Thursday, March 15, 2007

Updates and Global Conquest for BR 1.15

I want to start this entry with developments for 1.14. Well GTADS development had been going at a decent pace with the Server code being improved and some SQL additions to make new server user installs quick and easy. Progress has been slower on the Client end since developer availability has been limited and my recent Windows XP crash :-\. Nevertheless virtual machines should provide enough testing to get something out.

Now for the bigger news posed for the future. I will be developing a game which will use the integration of GTADS and Age of Empires to create a hybrid of a strategy based game such as Civilization with the real time battle of Age of Empires. The name of this game so far will be Global Conquest and right now it is in the planning stage. The implementation approach we are going to take is going to require a few rewrites of the current code to allow the implementation of plug-ins on both the client and server side.

We will keep you posted on developments.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Long Absence and Development

February was a very busy month for me and I wasn't able to really take a look at the GTADS code and do much development on it. Its already March and it will nearly be a year since the 1.0 release of GTADS came out. I want to hope that we can get 1.14 out sooner than that and with limited machines for testing it makes it tough. GTADS has received a number of changes however including multiple chatroom support that allow any user to be in multiple rooms at the same time. In addition to that, we have new security settings in place that give the server the ability to enforce strong passwords. More bug fixes and memory problems were solved as well as our massive project to get many languages supported in our next release. I appreciate everyone's patience as we continue to develop and move on at our pace. I also ask that if anyone would like to support the project further, we will be accepting more language translations (We still need Russian) and donations are important.