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First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Red Eclipse v1.3 (Galactic Edition) Released (

qreeves writes: "The Red Eclipse Team is proud to announce their new release, version 1.3 codenamed "Galactic Edition".

This release sees a semi-stabilisation of the gameplay in favour of implementing a variety of bugfixes and user requests. We've removed some old cruft and implemented a few new game types to replace them, like coop (humans fight high powered bots), and king-of-the-hill (control and defend one flag). Due to the popularity of the impulse/parkour system we have introduced a new "impulse vaulting", where you can hold down your parkour key to "vault" over low obstacles, making it that much easier to navigate around busy levels.

We invite you to download it and give it a go, each release brings us that much closer to a polished game. If you have any feedback, feel free to visit our forums at and let us know what you think. We're also still looking for a new trailer to be featured on our home page, as the one we are using now is 4 releases old! If you think you can help make a professional video, check out the thread on our forums:

We hope you enjoy playing this game as much as we enjoy creating it. As always, you can download Red Eclipse from our website:"

Comment Bitlbee and other gateways (Score 2, Interesting) 174

I'm surprised this hasn't already come up, considering this is geek central I would have hoped more people were using Bitlbee. Facebook has added this annoying caveat to being able to login via jabber: You must be able to login via a web browser on the same host as the one you're trying to setup jabber with; this rules out public Bitlbee and other gateway services, as well as boxes that don't have X installed on them (Facebook requires you use an 'approved' browser, meaning lo (e)l[inks|ynx] for you).

Logging in: Authenticated, requesting buddy list Logging in: Message from unknown handle > You're signing in from a location we're not familiar with. That's no problem, but we do want to make sure no one is using your Facebook account without permission. Please take a few moments to review your recent Facebook activity. Start by logging in to from any computer. (For your security, your Facebook account will be unavailable until you complete these steps.) Couldn't log in: Account and resource used from a different location Logging in: Signing off..

Guess that means I'll continue on with FB chat disabled, like I need yet another IM that I won't use anyway. Google Buzz looks more interesting anyway, as it is integrated with my email and other cloud data (privacy issues blah blah blah, I know) and their jabber services actually work wherever I want them to. Last I checked, my password identified me as me, why the extra unnecessary step? Because they want you to actually read their shovelware app spam to make money.

Comment What about FOSS? (Score 1) 200

Everyone seems to have touched on the obvious issues here, but what about Free and Open Source games? The project I work on, a First Person Shooter, looked into the OFLC process only a few months ago, and there are strict rules in place; one of them being that you require a publisher. FOSS games not only have no publisher, but they're not even physically distributed in most cases. Not only can they not get classified, if they're deemed to exceed this arbitrary MA15+ rating they'll be outright blocked without any avenue of appeal because they don't fit "inside the neat little box" that still exist due to arcane laws (something that deeply concerns me as an Australian FOSS Developer).

Comment Re:My Challenge to Slashdot Users (Score 1) 103

Maybe I was being a little over-defensive because of the way others commented without even trying (or downloading, or investigating) the game, and yes as a result I have support burnout. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt here and I hope you can accept my apologies.

Your first issue is actually quite valid, it seems with more players the setting for "serverupdateinterval" is too short to accommodate the lag between people geographically far away from the server. (I've since increased the default for that variable to 30, which I hope will alleviate the problem). Realise that we did get quite alot of good, decent regulars who are playing now (which was a little unexpected actually) and that the problem lies in latency and routing issues and not with the game itself.

Your second issue is not the map you are on but the mode you are playing in. Select something like "deathmatch" or "capture-the-flag" before hitting vote. Your fourth issue is a bit challenging, I'm Australian and you turned up while I was asleep, usually I'm the only one doing everything from coding to tech support (which, again, attributes to the burnout), and usually most of the people who have stuck around talked to me and learned first hand how to actually play the game (and once you get past that it's quite fun).

Your last issue is just a misconception (you can adjust the botscale variable to scale the number of players the map suggests). Note that bots auto-populate maps if you're actually playing a deathmatch game, you actually shouldn't need to interfere with it beyond altering botminskill/botmaxskill. There are some issues with the AI logic in certain setups too which have been addressed upstream (sometimes they would go insane and flip targets constantly every frame).

I don't feel "games are art" more that the aim of it is to have fun, not to over-analyse every little (and often irrelevant) detail, as some of the trolls here did. I bit off your head without thinking because of others here who have no heart. The people who have approached me directly and given friendly criticism or asked intelligent questions have often had their issue fixed within five minutes (or submit upstream to SVN for the patch). I even fixed the issues the trolls here posted, believe it or not.

Mistakes aside, this is all why I won't be participating in the Slashdot discussions from here on in; the nasty people had me become what I despise most about alot of projects - rude and condescending developers - and is actually the reason we started Blood Frontier in the first place. It's hard not to get jaded when there are so many ingrates, and in my experience it is best to avoid those types of people completely. I wasn't expecting everyone to love the project, but I was expecting I higher caliber in the responses from people who should know better. People like that, they're the reason the devs get like I did with you; again I apologise for catching you in the crossfire and appreciate your attempts to set things straight.

Comment Re:My Challenge to Slashdot Users (Score 1) 103

And I've just realised that the only people who leave comments on the Slashdot article are the ones who haven't given it a chance. From now on I will not be responding to Slashdot comments, if you want to talk to us, you can use our proper support mechanisms (IRC and Forums) and be held properly accountable for your words (or be educated by someone instead of remaining ignorant).

Comment Re:My Challenge to Slashdot Users (Score 1) 103

1. The servers were not down, there were four people playing on the master server when you joined the IRC channel. I don't appreciate misinformation.
2. As far as I know this is an OpenGL context problem on Windows, destroying said context destroys all OpenGL data, so you'd need to reload everything anyway. Then again, I didn't write the engine or the libraries it uses.
3. You are playing in a non-DM mode, you can't do damage in Editing/Lobby/etc.
4. Hold the key as you run over the weapon, you'll pick it up and you don't need to stop moving. You CAN only pick up two weapons, it is just you do not drop your super weapon (grenade) or spawn weapon (plasma).
5. Default bot settings are easy so people don't get frustrated easily, increase their skill, it's right there on the second tab where you select your map.
6. Overseer is a work in progress, the doors will eventually lead to tutorials. Overseer is NOT a Deathmatch map, it is for the Lobby when you start up the game (think Quake's start level) -- wait -- don't the doors say "This area is under construction" when you're in the lobby, or was I tripping when I took the time to add that?
7. You obviously didn't read any of the errata at all or speak to anybody who has already played it; items don't respawn until the person who picked it up drops it - item domination replaces running around the level in routes to dominate pickups.
8. You're the only one to complain about the sound it makes.

While I appreciate the fact you've taken the time to download and try it, it seems like you've wasted your own and my time. You've either made false statements or dismissed a ton of things simply because you didn't take the time to examine it, and that just annoys me. Do I have to write everything in capital letters all over the levels? How many other Multiplayer FPS games explain every detail? In most cases you learn how to play by playing it - properly.

Realise you're speaking in a public forum and statements you make reflect on the long term view of the project - I'd almost call it defamation. Oh well, at least you're not as bad as the trolls here, but you gave it about the same chance as they did. I'm not looking for feedback from people who play it for ten seconds (exaggeration) and can't accept the rough edges of a BETA (because we all know from Google that Beta's are finished products, right?).

Comment Re:By geeks, for geeks. (Score 1) 103

Geez, I wasn't even being rude, I merely said I thought you were nitpicking a little over an inconsequential detail and accepted the fact that I made mistake; what more do you want me to do? If I had to wager a guess it is you who are incapable/unwilling to read, then again judging by your attitude I don't see why I should care either.

Comment Re:Yes, the web site isn't that good. (Score 1) 103

Please do! We are always looking for talented people to fill in the parts we are only improvising; you can either use our forums at or use our preferred method of collaboration by joining us on IRC at (or irc:// if you have an IRC client).

Comment Re:No no no no (Score 1) 103

Bit hard when you hide behind the "Anonymous Coward", we have no idea who you are or proof you made anything other than a trolling post on Slashdot. Ok, so you've made a few maps? We've had to make an entire game from nothing. I have this motto; "Deeds not words" - which basically means do something and stop talking about it.

Comment Re:By geeks, for geeks. (Score 1) 103

I'll be honest and say I was trying to find the best couple of paragraphs from our release announcement to share. As we had already been mentioned on Slashdot previously I did not think it was wise to rehash information people would already have known - but I'll keep this in mind in the future. If you had clicked either of the links in the O.P. you would have found out more and I think you're just nitpicking for lack of anything better to do. I do appreciate your response though and will make a better effort to be more descriptive future endeavours.

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