Hi all and Sam.
Is it possible to add langpacks like in STW? I know some people who would like to play Redspot but problems with English have stopped them.
About the newbie system: this is a progressive reform, nevertheless it needs to be fixed. A newbie is a player who wants to raise his params to a playible level, but not to become an unkillable diversant. So:
1. The newbie flag would no longer be vanished automatically in consequance of this newbie's shot. Only if out of timer. Newbie simply will can't shoot while he has such status.
2. To reset the flag manually, the newbie would have to type /newbie (or another special chat command). When the command entered, the newbie flag vanishes and a loud sound plays, warning nearby players that some newbie in there neighborhood just became adult and dangerous.
3. Placed explosives (barricades, mines etc) would not be wasted for newbies. They will not explode, but will simple stop a newbie instead, preventing him from getting in there defeat zome. Stop, but NOT STAND like tasers do. Example: there is a base called X and a newbie player called P. X is defended by 4 barricade bombs: one on the north, one on the east, one on the south and one on the west direction. This bombs are installed so that there activation zones (circles of radius 15) overlap. P comes from the north side. The distance between him and the northen bomb is reducing: 18, 17, 16... Next, P try to get closer, at the distance of 15, but the program does not allow him to do this. P now can move left, right and backward, but not forward, cause he haven't the right to enter into the activation zone of the northen bomb. P goes to the goal from other directions, but fails again by same reason. Even decimal directions does not make result, because the activation zones are overlapping.
4. Look closely at the example in point 3. What if P would attack X from the air using a concussive grenade or simply jumping from any nearby tower if there is such one? I propose to solve this problem radically: forbid newbies to climb up anywhere using PageUp. There is a logic: they are newbies, so additional territories (towers, mountains, sky
islands) are closed for them. Please note that jumping from the ground must be allowed, because jumps are speeding up the moving. But concussive grenades must be forbidden too (see point 5).
5. Block for newbies all items that can be used as a weapon or a diversion tool (all bombs, lockpicks, concussive grenades etc). Bikes would not be blocked cause newbies have the right to move fast and a problem with avoiding barricade bombs have been solved in point 3.
I also share the idea of buildings, but this is a topic for a separate post.
In conclusion, I want to talk about a strange bug, witch I detected recently (but before the last update, so it has a probability to be already solved). Imagine the next situation:
Player A is located at coordinates (200;490;0). Player B is at (200;502;0). They are separated by a wall of the mountain, but player A shoots and hit player B. The wall is shootable? Completely stupid assumption. Next, player B moves north for several steps. Player A shoots again, but B haven't been damaged now, though A's weapon range allows him to hit B at such distance. I don't know certainly, but it seems to be a floating point rounding error. If that's the case, it wouldn't take a long time to solve this problem.