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v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/28/2014 11:32:25 PM   
Erik Rutins

 

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You can download it from the Members Club, Here.

This build has the following changes from 1.9.5.0 (initial release):

CRASH FIXES
- Fixed crash in ship design screen when changing image scaling
- Fixed crash when generating ship designs
- Fixed rare crash in game editor when adding asteroid fields
- Fixed rare crash with fleets
- Fixed rare crash with processing empire messages
- Fixed rare crash when identifying raidable colonies for pirates

BUG FIXES

- Steam Achievements fixed, should be working again now!
- Manually cancelled Deep Cover intelligence missions no longer continue to reveal enemy map for rest of game
- Fixed bug with loading troops when first non-garrisoned troop is too big for troop bay
- Fixed research and ship designs to not auto-update when edit empire in game editor, unless player has ship design automated
- Fixed occasional invisible space monsters
- Ensure empires properly cleared when using existing savegame as galaxy map for new game
- Ensure that ruins with delayed events also getting properly investigated

DISPLAY AND USER INTERFACE

- Reviewed all in-game font scaling and anti-aliasing and reworked font support to take newer Windows operating system scaling into account. Font size and clarity should now be more consistent across all systems.
- Enlarged and clarified fonts: Diplomacy screen, scrolling message list, tutorial screen, cash and income display
- Added Introductory Game button in Start New Game screen, we recommend this as a first game for all new players
- Moved PreWarp tutorial to last based on player feedback

OTHER

- Added a way to disable the intro movie in the Startup.ini file in the DW installation folder. This may help with some startup black screen issues by manually disabling the intro movie.
- Significant performance improvements
- Improved look of in-system background nebula clouds
- Pirates retain protection arrangements for minimum period before cancelling, this should also help with the pre-warp tutorial
- Improved randomness of starting government types in new games (for other empires, when random govt selected)
- Increased maximum event delay to 32000 days (from 10000)

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/28/2014 11:32:43 PM   
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Awesome. Thanks Erik.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 12:40:40 AM   
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How do we apply this to the steam install?

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 12:41:33 AM   
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Right click on the game in your library, select Properties, then go to the Beta tab. Enable the beta, and it will automatically start downloading.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 12:43:36 AM   
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How do we apply this to the steam install?



Open Steam, go to your library. Right-click on DW and select properties. Last tab is BETAS, click on that and choose the beta in the drop-down. Done.

Ninja'd! Curses

< Message edited by Morelyn -- 5/29/2014 1:44:38 AM >


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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 1:04:58 AM   
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Erik - thank you for the quick patch - just a quick comment for future patch descriptions. Now that we can and will be modifying more than just visual and audio candy, it would be very helpful if the patch notes contained a list/reference of any externalized data files that were modified for that particular patch. This became crucial in Space Empires IV and V to help the modding community update their own mods and keep things in sync with the latest patches.

Example from Space Empires V Patch:
  6. Added - "All Shipsets Get 360 Degree Center Firing Point" to Settings.txt. This field adds an
 additional firing point to all shipsets that is directly in the center of the ship and
 fires in a 360 degree arc. This field is mainly used for shipsets that don't have a complete
 firing field for their ships.


< Message edited by Tampa_Gamer -- 5/29/2014 2:15:05 AM >


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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 8:19:45 AM   
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Nice list of improvements!

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 9:01:04 AM   
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Looks better now but some set-up menus still have some display problems but most of the texts in-game look better on windows 8.1.

Anyone know if DW extended works with this patch?

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 9:12:40 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Tampa_Gamer

Erik - thank you for the quick patch - just a quick comment for future patch descriptions. Now that we can and will be modifying more than just visual and audio candy, it would be very helpful if the patch notes contained a list/reference of any externalized data files that were modified for that particular patch. This became crucial in Space Empires IV and V to help the modding community update their own mods and keep things in sync with the latest patches.

Example from Space Empires V Patch:
  6. Added - "All Shipsets Get 360 Degree Center Firing Point" to Settings.txt. This field adds an
 additional firing point to all shipsets that is directly in the center of the ship and
 fires in a 360 degree arc. This field is mainly used for shipsets that don't have a complete
 firing field for their ships.



Use WinMerge.

Only the text files need be checked, the ones in the root directory, races and the policy files.

Make a back up of them before applying the patch and then just check those against the new ones.

Easy enough to do and means Elliot can get on with doing more important things

Darkspire

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 9:37:59 AM   
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Anyone know if DW extended works with this patch?


Working fine for me.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 12:13:19 PM   
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Thanks. Performance is certainly much better here on my laptop.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 1:35:43 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Darkspire
Use WinMerge.

Only the text files need be checked, the ones in the root directory, races and the policy files.

Make a back up of them before applying the patch and then just check those against the new ones.

Easy enough to do and means Elliot can get on with doing more important things

Darkspire


Couldn't disagree with you more - Yes, I am only talking about the files that contain externalized data but it isn't all that difficult for a programmer to keep/post a short side list of changed files for a particular patch (more than likely already has it). You would prefer that every modder and potential mod user independently compare dates on all the original files for each patch to determine which ones changed and then spend time conducting diff or blacklining of each file to determine changes. That is hundreds of collective hours wasted by the community each patch - that could be better spent playing, modding and improving the game!



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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 2:24:34 PM   
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Tampa_Gamer,

It's a good suggestion, we'll try to make sure that's part of our change notes.

Regards,

- Erik


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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 2:26:41 PM   
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Thanks. Performance is certainly much better here on my laptop.


Great to hear - we addressed some major performance bottlenecks during Universe development but found and fixed one particularly huge one that didn't make it in time for the release version, but was in this first update.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 4:52:56 PM   
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Alright, the new fonts look pretty good. Thanks for that. It appears as though the interface button clicks are still too loud though. Can you please have the volume slider have an effect on them as well?

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 5:06:38 PM   
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Thank you!

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 9:54:58 PM   
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quote:

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How do we apply this to the steam install?



Open Steam, go to your library. Right-click on DW and select properties. Last tab is BETAS, click on that and choose the beta in the drop-down. Done.

Ninja'd! Curses


Unfortunately this doesn't work for all STEAM users. I for one do not have the Beta tab in my DWU Properties Tab. :(
It did not auto update either. :( Still release version. Restarted STEAM, and still no update for DWU. Oh well.

< Message edited by Atrocities -- 5/29/2014 11:04:14 PM >

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 9:59:22 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Atrocities


quote:

ORIGINAL: Morelyn

quote:

ORIGINAL: Fleshbits

How do we apply this to the steam install?



Open Steam, go to your library. Right-click on DW and select properties. Last tab is BETAS, click on that and choose the beta in the drop-down. Done.

Ninja'd! Curses


Unfortunately this doesn't work for all STEAM users. I for one do not have the Beta tab in my DWU Properties Tab. :(



Can confirm. Beta tab is not there. (I'm activated for beta but the tab is no longer visible anymore)

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 5/29/2014 10:13:21 PM   
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ORIGINAL: mr_flappypants


quote:

ORIGINAL: Atrocities


quote:

ORIGINAL: Morelyn

quote:

ORIGINAL: Fleshbits

How do we apply this to the steam install?



Open Steam, go to your library. Right-click on DW and select properties. Last tab is BETAS, click on that and choose the beta in the drop-down. Done.

Ninja'd! Curses


Unfortunately this doesn't work for all STEAM users. I for one do not have the Beta tab in my DWU Properties Tab. :(



Can confirm. Beta tab is not there. (I'm activated for beta but the tab is no longer visible anymore)



I sorted the problem. IT was a STEAM Issue. The game did update but STEAM didn't show that the update had been. :D

Looks great. Thank you guys for this patch. It is greatly appreciated.

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RE: v1.9.5.1 Public Beta Update Now Available! - 6/1/2014 6:09:37 PM   
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Has reputation been changed to faster recovery times in universe? It seems most of the empires are heroic without doing anything.I just bombard a race to dust and 5 minutes later I am seen as awesome by the other races.

Could we have this be a moddable element.Recovery times and factors as its just not very realistic.

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