December 31, 2016, 07:16:16 pm by Banshee Views: 9109 | Comments: 6
Greetings, to whoever may be reading this (and when). A turbulent year already has passed for some, for others it will have in a few hours. But it does not matter if you read this post this year or the next year, the content is still the same. That said, let's get going.
New trials Yep, we found it time to invite some new (and old) blood to the team. Three people found themselves being placed in our group chat ; First off, we found it right to take back Winside. It's been a while but he's back where he belongs. And then for the new faces, we've invited Veiko, and Yoshi; who will also be our new developer. Congratulations to all 3 of you!
To keep close to the topic, we just wanted to mention that the Join Requests are always open, and that there's always another chance. Also, the people that already had open join requests won't have to rewrite them, but of course you're free to change them as you wish.
That all said, we hope you will have (had) an amazing and happy new years eve! And if you happen to drop by our server tomorrow, we will have set the cash multiplier to x12!
December 23, 2016, 03:23:15 pm by Corex Views: 706 | Comments: 0
Merry christmas, everybody!
We hope everyone is having a wonderful and cozy Christmas with the ones they cherish, and enjoying the last few days of the year.
And since everyone will be celebrating in the next few days, Gallardo decided to add something a little bit special for everyone; If you happen to donate using Paypal during the next 3 days (including today) you will be receiving x2 In-game Cash & Donator Days! (Extended till new year's eve)
Also, Banshee & I have a very special Contest for Christmas prepared that's way different than last year's, and it will have some interesting prizes. So, don't forget to check that out!
Yes, ever since Gallardo got back home from the army, he's been doing an awesome progress in Helium with the help of others, already. Banshee already wrote most of the things that will be included in Helium in this news topic. Expect some information about the launch date in the upcoming month(s)
It might be very late to announce these Role Changes right now but for those who don't want to miss out, these are our very recent changes in the team: I (Corex) got promoted to be the second Leader with BriaN to help him keep things going, R3L4X is now a Map Uploader, Cheetah got to be a Reports Manager, and Banshee was chosen to be an Events Manager.
New trials? BriaN mentioned a while ago that we won't be accepting any new people into the clan until Helium is out, but that might change very soon. Feel free to apply to the clan and maybe expect some new trials within the upcoming month(s)
October 31, 2016, 05:48:33 pm by Banshee Views: 2977 | Comments: 3
Time for a little update concerning the server and it's future, but also a little team update. Most of you may know, we got a brand new server version in the works. We started working on this in May 2015, and it's not quite finished yet, but it certainly is coming along nicely. For this update, we had to restart from scratch... everything is new. Although, it may look similar with the naked eye, under the hood it is quite the contrary. However, as you're not really getting anything wiser from this, let's get into the details that we can share with you, today. But before we do, we would like to mention and thank The Crew for their short announcement of Helium in TCN #27.
This time, its a fairly short team update, because as some of our players may have noticed, we got 3 new trials:
Please give them a warm welcome!
To start of, some of the pieces that make up for a better and more efficient server. A big part of it comes down the how the general order of things are made up. The core gamemode handles the main management, while the other resources will talk to it, register themselves and execute the action. With this, comes the support for dynamic rooms & livepatch. We can add new gamemodes in just several lines, and update others without the need to restart. Another improvement we made is the way the map builds when it is loading. In it's current stage, we've achieved much faster map loading, even for people with a slower internet connection. Another piece of this update comes in the form of a new secure sandbox for map scripts, with faster execution and more secure scripts, which can not steal any of your data. This enabled us to share some common resources, like palms, which you will now have to download only once. To continue, we've implemented a new centralized database management system with better performance, while still being just as secure, if not more. In the end, we are proud to say we achieved a rock solid 7500% performance increase over Oxygen, the current server version we are running as we speak.
VISUALS & INTERACTION
Let's continue on a slightly different note. From this section, you already had the pleasure have a sneak peak... the current radar we are using is part of the Helium update. The nice thing about it is the fact that it is GPU-accelerated. With this, you have also seen the general idea and style of the upcoming interface; simplified & space efficient. Some thing which will be coming later on with the big update, are things like a multitude of languages, which will be supported by the userpanel, toptimes, notification bar and any other kind of message. Talking about the notification bar, it now features a better look, but it also performs better. New models for the pickups, new animations and achievements. But also, a tuning room for all your vinyls and other tuning needs, including... performance parts? Yes, there are performance enhancing drugs upgrades available for you to buy, but these upgrades are not fit for usage in the usual rooms and gamemodes though. The room also includes a new graphical manager; a new interface and new mouse & keyboard controls. Oh, and of course... how can we forget. With a new server version comes a new bot. This as well is made from scratch, and it will include a new and improved weather service, but also the ability to add your own sentences to the bot with a voting system. Nice to meet you. My name is Helen.
ROOMS & NEW GAMEMODES
Oh, we mentioned something about rooms right? First up, one of the new rooms will be the Drag room, including a manual transmission & clutch. This is also where you can finally unleash all the performance you gathered with those shiny new performance parts we've been working on. And if you're interested, you can even make your own maps for this gamemode, as well as the next one; Drift is another new gamemode we will be offering. Points will be scored accordingly to how well you do, and high speed and/or close to wall drifts are rewarded with more points. Another new gamemode is Stealth, in which 2 teams will be spawned on 2 opposite sides of the map, and they will have to hunt down the enemy players, and this is done without the help of things like a radar. And at last we got the Freeroam room, where you can see the region of San Andreas in whichever way you like. But, we won't just come with some new rooms, we will of course also work to improve our older rooms. And with that comes the separation of skilled maps and older maps from regular DM. To accommodate this, we will feature 3 rooms, called 'Classic', 'Modern' and 'XDM' respectively. With this we aim for more satisfaction for every diverse individual.
Of course, setting things up and getting everything ready on our server will take quite some time, which is why we will be taking our time to be as sure as we can be of smooth sailing. The server will be closed on the 18th of January, 2017, and we will reopen it on the 25th; a week later. (Delayed) With this will also come a brand new forum, which will be connected to our server in more ways than before, with for example, more statistics and other information exchanges available on our forum. And, no, there will be no forum browser on our server.
So, after we've shot some fancy words at you, we hope that we have informed you well enough about what's on our table. But, as we said, things aren't ready yet, so for now, why don't you just enjoy your last moments with Oxy before we have to replace her. - ER Team