Hiya,

Unfortunately I had an accident at the gym on Thursday that saw me wasting much of Friday in A&E, I worked my ass off in the evening however and have managed to get the first pass of the new PVP changes implemented.

Yellow skulls?

Here are the changes in today’s update…

  • If you have no skull, attacking a skulled player who has not attacked you first will:
    • PVP flag you, locking you out of safe zones
    • Give you a yellow skull that you and they can see
    • Make you a “justified” kill for them
  • Combat timer overhaul:
    • PVP cooldowns now persist through PVE actions, making it much easier to lose a skull
    • Killing a player gives you a 10 minute PVP cooldown
  • Deleted characters are now exempt from highscores
  • Deleted characters no longer show up in the moderator’s /view command
  • Fix for moderator logs UI crash

Server side hotfix @ 1am…

  • Monsters remembered how to switch targets

Why do we need yellow skulls?

In mirage skulls are used to indicate that a player has been involved in PVP combat and there will be no penalty for killing them. This wasn’t working with just white skulls as if you were white skulled attacking someone for whatever reason and other players jump into the fight against you, they could just run back into the safe zones if you fought back despite the fact you would actually be defending yourself at that point. Now, a yellow skull indicates that a player you haven’t attacked has decided to jump into the fight. Only you and that person can see that they have a yellow skull (so to bystanders it will still look like you are just being a murderous nutcase) but when you see a yellow skulled player it lets you (and the game) know a few things:

  • It is justified for you to kill them, there will be no penalty (when penalties are added)
  • They are now blocked from safe zones, just like you

So if I defend myself I get a yellow skull?

No. If you are minding your own business and someone comes and starts attacking you, you are free to both fight them back and run into the safe zone. If someone else who isn’t involved sees you getting attacked and decides to hit the white skulled player, they will get a yellow skull that the person attacking you will be able to see, and they will not be able to run into a safe zone like you can as they joined a fight.

This system will be greatly expanded upon in the near future. Cheers.

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Hello again everyone,

This update adds a bunch of boring stuff that, like with most of the updates recently, we needed to get out of the way.

Finally, you can delete your unwanted Heroes 🙂

Additions

  • Character name punished is now recorded against violations
  • Upgraded to latest version of LibGDX, minimum android version is now 2.3
  • Added “time created” to account
  • Added “time created” to hero
  • Time played is now tracked
  • Added broadcasts for punishment revokation
  • /TimePlayed command implemented
  • /AllTimePlayed command implemented
  • /view command shows time spent online
  • Moderation logs UI implemented, accessible via CM chat
  • Namelock feature implemented – namelocked names are perma-disabled for new chars, future renames etc
  • Heros can now be deleted
  • NPC definitions now specify their own respawn times, lots of monsters respawn times tweaked
  • Moderator MOTD added for better internal communication
  • Addition of commands to let game masters manage the active CMs
  • IP Address logging for moderator reference

Fixes

  • Fix for 1 week punishing the player for 1 month
  • Fix for equipment screen crash on old versions of Android
  • Fix for moderator enforce punishment screen sometimes crashing
  • /view command is now /who command
  • The kick command can now kick players who are in combat
  • The summon command will no longer break peoples clients if they are mid map transition or dead
  • You can no longer perform actions on yourself
  • Main menu will no longer “pause” when it loses mouse focus on Desktop
  • The main menu now server ping, preventing timeouts while creating characters etc

 

The three major things here are the hero deletion, ability for moderators to lock offensive names (rather than ban the player), and the new moderator logs interface. The next update will be a gameplay update, focusing on the skull system and making open world PVP fairer for everyone involved.

Liam

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Dear players,

A mid-week patch has just been deployed that addresses a number of bugs and performance issues that I felt couldn’t wait until the weekend.

The performance issues in the new zone should have been addressed.

  • You can now change your password in the “My Account” section
  • Elite weapons have been buffed up to 15% damage after the 10% regression
  • Critical bug fix for player entities being left in-game if you disconnect in combat then die
  • Critical bug fix for players experiencing client freezes and weirdness on Android
  • Various overdue stability fixes server side
  • Behemoth zone performance improvements
  • Removal of bluetooth keyboard support (temporary, this was contributing to the freezes on Android)

A big thank you to everyone who notified me of issues and helped me track them down so I could get this fixed and patched as quick as I did. Really – thank you.

Liam

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Hi everyone,

It’s been a while but it’s official – we are back on track and I’m hitting the code again! To mark this great occasion we indulged in a 12 hour live coding session over at twitch (www.twitch.tv/foxzorz) which culminated in the release of a new version.

Uh oh…

This release brings the following:

  • Fix for combat cooldown remaining on death
  • Several map tweaks
  • Fix for emote bugs
  • Fix for experience gain showing as negative on bosses
  • Brand new email verification system
  • Training weapons now hit for 2% max of the targets hp
  • Bosses can no longer become un-elite
  • New Behemoth zone (experimental)
  • Bank capacity doubled
  • Full support for keyboards (bluetooth or otherwise) on Android devices added
  • Behemoths take twice as long to respawn as other creatures

Its no secret a lot of people have struggled using commands to verify and manage their email addresses in-game, this was a fairly major issue and has taken a while to rectify largely because it was extremely boring and I couldn’t bring myself to work on it.

The new “My Account” menu

There is a new “My Account” section in the main menu that has all of the tools you need to verify or change your email address. In addition, several small bugs with the existing system have been fixed so you should now easily be able to manage the security of your account. The next update will bring a “change password” section too, for those of you who have recovered an account and are stuck with an auto-generated one you can never remember.

All the best,
Liam

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Hey everyone 😀

The new lighting engine

This week I am focusing on bringing darkness to Mirage. The second iteration of the new lighting system is now live and for the most part it is performing well. This has been a long time coming and we are in a tricky situation with Mirage as everyone needs to be able to see and sometimes there can be 100 players all in the same tiny area so it has to perform super efficiently.

This new system seems to be performing well for the majority of devices, however I am aware there are people out there using older hardware that are experiencing some FPS loss so tomorrow I am going to be adding settings that will improve performance for you guys should you need too. If you have any specific issues with specific devices, please come forwards on the forum thread accompanying this post as I’m literally going lighting crazy until Sunday because I’ve wanted this in-game since I started the project.

Again, don’t panic if your device is struggling with this stuff, you won’t get left behind, get involved on the forums and we’ll get you running smoothly.

All the best everyone 🙂

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Hey everyone,

You can find the donate button in the menu 🙂

It is with great anxiety I announce a new feature that has just gone live that tracks paypal donations and automatically triggers realm events based on rolling thresholds. These are standard realm events that benefit everyone, and at the moment there are only two automatic events:

  • 150% experience points
  • Double skill points

This is a crazy idea but hey, if it brings in the donations then I will add a lot more events such as boss spawns, potions being twice as effective, drop rate bonuses etc. Everything stacks too, so this could be really sweet if it takes off.

A “situation” in the PVP arena…

You can read all about the rewards and donate via the new button in game or here on the website via the link on the header. Check it out!

In other news, I borked the APK deployment to the Play Store again because its late so if you update and it is crashing, check the store and update again. My bad >.<

All the best everyone,

Liam

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Hey everyone,

Those of you who follow the project closely may be aware my living circumstances have been… sub-optimal since the start of this project, and as a result developing the game has been to put it mildly… somewhat challenging. Well, I am working hard to resolve this and a lot of my time and effort right now is going into purchasing a house (I say purchasing, what I really mean is the bank is buying it for me and I’ll be paying them back for the next 25 years) and as such development has slowed to a crawl this week.

It is unlikely there will be any updates deployed over the next few weeks due to these circumstances, however should I be successful in my quest to acquire a roof over my head then development should speed up massively. I’ll have access to both a computer and a desk (on the luxury!), both of which are quite useful when trying to create a computer game 🙂

Cheers.

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Hello everyone,

This update fixes some issues surrounding the PVP implementation and makes more areas PVP enabled to make things a bit more interesting.

  • Fix for targeting while moving
  • Fix for not being able to target attack a player if you already have another target
  • PVP attack is now double tap instead of long-press
  • Long press now exclusively loots bags under other players / monsters
  • Fix for short skull time if you kill a player
  • New PVP zones:
    • Slime forest
    • Deeper Widow cave
    • Felwalkers
    • Inside Cyclopse plateau
    • Deepest Water Wyrm cave
    • Imp volcano

It is worth noting the patches that occurred last night as they are changes that are otherwise unlisted.

  • Mages and Rangers do full damage even when stood next to players (PVP only)
  • Knights do not throw knives at distance as it was preventing them from hitting their hardest (PVP only)

I’m sure there will be many more tweaks to come but this is a good start. Its interesting to already see little wars and guild arguments developing over hunting zones that are PVP enabled… suddenly it is very beneficial to form friendships and be part of a guild if you want to hunt effectively in the harder zones. I look forward to seeing how this pans out over the coming months, though I feel Guilds may now be needed sooner rather than later 😉

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Hey everyone,

So for those of you who haven’t been in game for a while the server has now been successfully migrated and Mirage now has high score lists for all skills as well as a bank for you to store your items and transfer them between characters 🙂 But that was last weekend, and I have been working my ass off since then! What is new?

PVP carnage under the town

The game now has a basic PVP system. Certain zones (at the time of writing just Hell and a special fun zone underneath the town) are flagged as PVP arenas, and in them you can kill each other. To start attacking a player simply hold your finger / mouse down on them instead of tapping them and the game will realise you are being aggressive and attack them. Beware however, attacking a player who isn’t skulled will result in you receiving a skull icon and being locked out of safe zones! If this happens, the only way to lose it is to avoid all combat for 60 seconds. Attacking a skulled player does not skull you or lock you out of a safe zone.

Here’s a full list of the changes that went live today:

  • Long press to loot bags underneath players / monsters
  • NPCs no longer spawn on top of players
  • Plus and minus buttons for the stack slider
  • The account name system is now an email address system
  • Email verification implemented
  • New “PVP” map type (added to hell and a new arena under town)
  • New “Town” map type that lets you walk on other players
  • Long-press to attack / stop attacking a targeted player
  • Combat cooldown timer increased to 1 minute for pvp flagged players
  • Skull icon added for pvp flagged players (thanks Mombi!)
  • Show an icon if a map is PVP or Town
  • PVP flagged players cannot enter safe zones or logout
  • Added /time command to show the server time
  • Map chat title now reflects the type of zone you are in
  • Various fixes for the ban and mute commands

There are bound to be all sorts of weird and wonderful issues but we had to start somewhere;)

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Hello everyone,

As a lot of you will likely know, in January I asked for some help purchasing a server as Mirage had outgrown it’s bedroom project roots and needed a serious hosting platform. We met the goal thanks to all of you wonderful people in the community and as promised the new machine has been built and I have signed a contract to have it hosted at a data centre close to London for the next year.

The new server 🙂

I have spent this weekend working on configuring it ready for deployment and will be arranging to put it into the data centre this week. I will then run a series of tests over the following week checking security, stability and performance before finally migrating the world over to it. So what can you expect?

  • No more kicks / router crashes
  • Significantly improved pings
  • Support for a significantly greater number of simultaneous online players
  • 1337% faster response time from me on server issues

I will notify players ahead of time on Twitter, Facebook and the Forums when the migration will be taking place, and I expect the migration will take around 12 hours. This update will not include any new features or changes in-game to keep the risk of issues to an absolute minimum.

Cheers!

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