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July 20th, 2005DPCon This WeekendThat's right!  Just a couple more days!  I've updated the DPCon 2005 info page with more detailed directions to Atlantis Gaming Center.  Also, it looks like Calrathan is going to be snagging some EA games for prizes.  The trophies came in yesterday, and the shirts are being delivered Friday.  I'm still working on getting the player model in a usable state, but it's almost there.  Lots of last minute stuff, but it's going to rock.  I'll try to take more pictures this time.
July 1st, 2005For Those Not Planning to Attend DPCon...This is the type of new stuff you'll be missing out on:

Additional screenshots here.

More realistic water, skeletal animation system, new game mode(s), new media, and of course tournaments with prizes and other general LAN party mayhem are all part of the game plan.  Perhaps there will be some other sneak peeks and surprises as well.

DPCon is less than a month a way - July 23-24.  More info here.  Signup here.
May 24th, 2005Two Months Until DPCon!I just went to an all-nighter at Atlantis Gaming Center's new location.  I think this place is going to work out very well for this year's DPCon.  Also, bring your Magic the Gathering and other cards of that nature if you're into trading and whatnot.  Plenty of people at Duelers to do that with.
New Model System in the WorksWe're moving up from the crappy, wobbly-vertex MD2 format to something much nicer.  The new format uses a skeletal system similar to current-gen games like Half-Life 2 and DooM 3.  We're also going to be remaking all of the models with much higher polygon counts.  3dblu is helping us out with a new player model.  If you want to see its progress and/or post some constructive criticisms, visit this thread.  Keep in mind this is still a work in progress!

April 15th, 2005DPCon 2005 SignupsThe date and location for Digital Paint Conference 2005 have been set.  It will be held on July 23rd and 24th at Atlantis Gaming Center again, but at their new location (now merged with Duelers).  A details page for DPCon 2005 has been added to the events page.  Click here to sign up.  If you have any comments or questions about DPCon, post them here.
April 14th, 2005Paintball 2.0 Build 14 ReleasedThe focus of this build was to make the game more stable and to port it to Linux, so there aren't a whole lot of new features per se, but it does have some handy new things like scrollbars and an improved vote menu.  Also it comes with an installer that will register a paintball2:// protocol which can then be used for links on websites and such.  Handy if you want to set up a page for a tournament or some other event, or perhaps set up a php script which lists servers, then it's as simple as clicking on a webpage link to get into the game.  Also, on the subject of lists of servers, the new server version periodically sends heartbeats to a set of php scripts which in turn populate the server list that the client uses for its internal browser.  No more manual additions of ip's!  You can just start a server and it's good to go!

Here's all the nitty gritty details:

Paintball2 Alpha Build 014 Client:
- Bugfix: Fixed serverlist crashing or not loading due to corrupt serverlist files.
- Bugfix: Fixed "seta" command not to overwrite userinfo flags.
- Bugfix: Running a dedicated server no longer wipes the serverlist file.
- Bugfix: Fixed some things with the string encoding, so you shouldn't see "(build ?)" when people connect any more -- it will show the proper number.
- Bugfix: Expanded some buffers so userinfo won't get truncated.
- Bugfix: Replaced vsprintf with _vnsprintf to prevent buffer overflows.
- Bugfix: Fixed glitches in mipmapping.
- Bugfix: Fixed bizarre weapon angles.
- Bugfix: Fixed demo recording to store team colors and other information properly.
- Bugfix: Security fix relating to configs.
- Feature: "paintball2://" url parsing support.
- Feature: Maps you don't have will be italicized in the server list.
- Feature: "alias" command with no second parameter will display what the alias is set to, rather than wiping it.
- Feature: Vote menu beefed up to display only the maps that are on the server rotation.  Temp maps are italicized.  Maps that don't meet min/max player requirements are greyed out.
- Feature: Scrollbars!  Finally!
- Feature: Notification of new versions when updating the serverlist.
- Feature: Native Linux support, based off of the
- Feature: Windows installer.

Paintball2 Server v1.81 (build 132):
- "ignore" command.  Usage: "cmd ignore <player ID>".  Use "cmd players" to get player ID's.
- Build number of connecting clients is displayed.
- "swear_filter" now works properly with build 11+ clients.
- "gamename" is set so HLSW displays the name properly.
- "sv_noextascii" strips extended ascii codes at the server console.
- "cmd id" modified you have to hold the crosshair over someone for a bit before it displays the name (less cheatish).
- fixed "g_writestats" and "cmd stats" to use gun names.
- "sv_shownamechanges" displays name changes to dedicated console.
- You can now switch teams midround when you're dead. 4:50 AM 1/10/2005
- Fixed "join auto"
- players can switch to observer while in play -- it will just wait until they die or the round ends to switch them.
- added ip's to "PlayerConnect" in stdlog.
- attempted to make flag appear faster when dropped by a dead person, also made it not go flying.
- Servers send heartbeats to redundant php serverlists, eliminating the need to manually update the server list.
- If you attempt to add a map to the rotation that was added temporarily via votes, it will force add it permanently.
- FlagSendHome sets velocity to 0 before changing origin, so the flag doesn't spawn in the wrong place.
- default "sv_votemaptime" dropped to 6 seconds.
- Intermission changes map automatically if nobody clicks after "intermissiontime" * 3.
- flag instantly returns to base when "hurt"
- items hitting trigger_push now work properly, even if they touch the ground.
- Added mins/maxs support so bases could be added through .ent files.  Fixed escapes on siegecastle with .ent file.
- changed SV_CheckVelocity to scale velocity as a vector rather than each component.
- Made player renames not log when the player first connects (doesn't work for bots, though).
- "minclientbuild" worldspawn option in case mappers want to use features only available in newer builds.
- Made default "idle" time "65" so people don't get put on observer right after respawn.
- Fixed it so jailers can't noclip... again.
- "forcejoin" command.  Usage: "forcejoin <playerID/all> <team>", example: "forcejoin all auto".
- If a mapinfo file isn't found, the filename is changed to lowercase and tried again (stupid case sensitive OS's).
- lots of little tweaks and optimizations

Head on over to the files page and grab it.  Be sure to provide some feedback on the forums.

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