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Zero-K 1.8.12.1 - Sneaky Holiday Fixes

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32 days ago

Here are a few fixes to round out the year. Seawolf behaves better around coasts, Metal Extractor placement is smoother, and a lingering graphics bug has been resolved. This is probably the last patch of the year so I'd like to thank the community for helping each other through an otherwise difficult year.

Fixes with multiple dot points


Submarines can no longer traverse shallow water, reverting a recent experimental change. Unfortunately it resulted in Seawolf needlessly revealing itself to surface weaponry while skirting islands.
  • Minimum depth 5 -> 15.
  • Seawolf now has a higher aim point and fire point. This solves various weapon blocking bugs that could occur around coastlines.

Metal Extractor placement is now consistent with other structure placement.
  • If you click where a mex can be placed, the mex is placed, otherwise the click is ignored.
  • Previously, whether the click was used depended on the ghost under the mouse cursor.
  • This caused issues such as being unable to click on a blocked location near a free metal spot to place a mex.

Fixes with one dot point each


  • Writing a report description is now mandatory.
  • Replaced the 'Clan List' button in the Profile tab with 'Contact Admins' as this seems more useful.
  • Fixed reclaim failing to be highlighted during start position selection.
  • Filtered out the low quality part of the construction unit reply.
  • Fixed the problems stemming from the outline shader update, possibly even correctly. This fixes the non-default widgets that were missed by the previous patch, such as Bloom and Blob Shader.
  • Modding in extra shields is now a bit easier.
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32 days ago
This is the last patch of this decade :P
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32 days ago
Now I feel old.
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32 days ago
Another year and decade gone... feels just like jesterday... when thinking about how much (life-)time ive got left and how much ive already kinda weasted with what ive done so far... im missing the words to discribe it but it feels kinda scary and sad.

Once i look im my Steam Libary and see the Number "2246.4 (h)" next to Zero-K it shots in my mind: "OMG what have i done..".

Well maybe some more lobstering will distract me. (I sound like an addict -_-)

Merry X-Mas and Happy new Year!

- Snowlob
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32 days ago
Not sure about you, but I am "lucky" (like some others around) that Steam does not include the time spent on ZK (and springrts based games) before the Steam launch - otherwise it will be much more.

But I wouldn't see it as wasted (ok, I'm not at 2k yet :-p), just having fun with people all over in game and fighting in the forum (or was it the other way around?...).

Merry X-Mas and Happy new Year and lets have many more decades of ZK! And for this year in particular have a lock-down full of ZK (who would anyhow want to travel to a warm sunny place now?!)!
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31 days ago
Lamenting the past is a bit of a have-cake-eat-cake situation. Its only because you lived through the past that you can now look back and wish some things were different.

If you don't like the way you spend your time, change it. Don't lament the time that is already gone.

However, I'd argue that time spent enjoying yourself isn't wasted.
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31 days ago
these are the hours the zk server itself has counted. pure ingame time.


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cute
DErankAdminmojjj how did you fix your artifact-problem?
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31 days ago
export as bmp (png/jpg gave both artifacts)
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31 days ago
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these are the hours the zk server itself has counted. pure ingame time.
What interface is that?
What is AGS?
Why do I have higher level than snowlob, wit less games played and less in-game time?

Would be nice to have the info on some player page, even if only for the player.

I still think I have 10-20 days more play time on the springrts server (from before 2010, or around that period) - which would be significant.
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What interface is that?

Admin

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What is AGS?

Average game size

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Why do I have higher level than snowlob, wit less games played and less in-game time?

IIRC you get more XP for playing against actual players, and also for fighting stronger players than you. So... more adversarial games?

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Would be nice to have the info on some player page, even if only for the player.

Unfortunately the AGS in particular is a very slow query.
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AGS = average game size.

this interface is live, but hidden and i will not reveal it. reason: the code behind is poorly written and using it has impact on the database and therefore the performance of the site/infrastructure as a whole. e.g. sorting by gamesize in the global player list utilizes the server for minutes. now imagine everyone does this, there will be no more games hostable

EErankAdminAnarchid, it is reachable for any user, not limited to admins
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31 days ago
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it is reachable for players, not limited to admins

That sounds like a bug
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31 days ago
well i did not test it, but EErankNorthChileanG told me so.
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31 days ago
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Why do I have higher level than snowlob, wit less games played and less in-game time?


because you get more xp for winning than for losing.
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31 days ago
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this interface is live, but hidden and i will not reveal it.
That sounds almost like an invitation :-).

Tried it and it does not work, and seems it requires admin in the code as well (reference).

Thanks for the answers.
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31 days ago
That sounds like a hidden server self-destruct button waiting to be pressed.
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31 days ago
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That sounds like a hidden server self-destruct button waiting to be pressed.
Which part? The information according to which the user list was accessible seems to have been incorrect (but not an expert in this webapp).

If only admins can do it is fine. Not ideal, but with so many things to improve, this is not that interesting.
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31 days ago
The part where making big searches slows down the server =)

I didn't mean it needs to be changed or anything, I just thought it was funny that this vulnerability exists.
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30 days ago
Dare I ask what my time is?
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