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Author Topic: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships (now on Steam!)  (Read 32194 times)

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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #165 on: December 05, 2012, 12:30:07 pm »

I'm supa glad people are enjoying the game! I have some news from the development side.

1. I've upgraded the official servers to EC2 small instances. They have more horsepower now, but they are expensive. I'll see if that solution is sustainable. If not, I'll find another host.

2. Steam Greenlight: Gimbal is now "96% of the way to making the top 100 list". With the top games being accepted to Steam, it should only be a matter of months before Gimbal is Greenlit.

3. Gimbal is now live on Desura, as of yesterday. It's not Steam, but it's still good. I'll issue Desura keys to existing players, too. Just PM your key to "colinshark" on Desura, and I'll set it up.

4. I have a (free) expansion planned for release in Q1. I'm currently in development. New features will include different game modes and parts.

5. I'm continually fixing bugs. The absolute worst bugs are gone, but I have a handful that are hard to recreate. As time passes, I will crush them all.

Thanks guys. Happy Gimballing!

-Colin
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #166 on: December 05, 2012, 12:41:28 pm »

I'd still be playing myself, honestly, except that all the servers seemed to shut down and there's like 2 servers with 1 player each and 5 bots.  If/When Steam happens, I hope it'd pick back up again.

Game modes would help the most, I think.  Hunter-killer style 'stealthy deathmatch' and 'Carrier Hunter' game modes would be awesome, as well as traditional 'capture the flag'.  I'd also love to see things like territory control, where the teams fight to sit atop a certain location and change it to their control, maybe providing them with slow-rate healing or a few turrets that respawn.

And of course, this is Bay12.  Most of us would really love to see bigger ships.  Like, if these are all fighters that we're using, and some of the heavier chassis may count as 'very small warships' then being able to deploy larger ships at a high penalty would be really fun.  Like something half the size of the carrier and a steep price limit.  Maybe there could only be a certain number of them active per team at a time (server adjustable rules) and once one is destroyed then the next player can deploy theirs.  Or give it a cooldown depending on the size.  An interesting mechanic would be if spawn rate were directly tied to your ship's value, so that small, cheap ships could respawn quickly while larger vessels would be knocked out for longer.  The server could have options for "x seconds to respawn" or "x% of cash-timer before respawn" so it could be set to '15 seconds per spawn' or '200% the regular timer'.  That could actually encourage people to use cheaper ships instead of maxing out their value all the time.

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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #167 on: December 05, 2012, 01:08:46 pm »

I'd still be playing myself, honestly, except that all the servers seemed to shut down and there's like 2 servers with 1 player each and 5 bots.  If/When Steam happens, I hope it'd pick back up again.

Well, I still play regularly and even though there are fewer servers, they tend to be the better ones. Last night, from about 1-3 am GMT I fought in a great 6 player battle on eface's server (pretty great server overall). More people tend to join when they see there's more then one on a server, often I'll join a one player server and within a few minutes more people will arrive. But I get how annoying it can be when you want to fly that new ship and there's no one around.

4. I have a (free) expansion planned for release in Q1. I'm currently in development. New features will include different game modes and parts.

I feel compelled by indescribable eldrich horrors my love of Gimbal to ask whether the plan is to release at the start or end of Q1 and if you can give us any hints as to what wonderful toys it may contain?
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #168 on: January 09, 2013, 11:27:06 am »

Newsy news: V1.16 is out now.

Fixed bug where dead mines counted against your total
Fixed some accuracy problems in master server listings
Fixed an annoying Null Ref crash during multiplayer games
Fixed Null Ref crash in missile code
Fixed bad lag when clearing ToolTips
Fixed incorrect version number bug that affected favorite servers
Fixed bug with 1px tweaking in Designer
Fixed compound rotation in Designer
Fixed bug that caused missing parts or missiles on resupply
Fixed bug where missiles detonate instantly when flying at high speed
Fixed bug where bombs tumble wildly at high speed
Fixed NaN bug (division by zero) in physics engine
Added Stats "Dumper" command line tool (Game & Ship stats)
Added Bezier Curves for some particle trails and laser slag
Added Ship Hot-Swapping (on carrier resupply)
Added Projectile Deflection for armored surfaces
Added Auto-duplication upon editing stolen ships (like for stock designs)
Added Remote Detonation function for mines and bombs
Changed Mines so that dead launchers do not reduce your total
Changed Mines from 100% visibility at all times to visibility based on sensor perception, just like for ships
Changed Server Heartbeat interval (shorter) for more accurate listings

The supa feature enhancement pack is a bit behind after traveling for the Holidays and focusing on some of the worst bugs. To sum it up, the new stuff will be different game modes and parts/weapons.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #169 on: January 09, 2013, 01:14:16 pm »

I saw it, got excited, then realised it wasn't free :(

Well, it's well worth the price IMO. There's also a demo, which I recommend trying.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #170 on: January 09, 2013, 01:53:23 pm »

Well, I'll probably be seeing you on the severs at some point then, good luck! There's also a thread on the Gimbal forums that has a nice collection of ships in the demo budget range, designed to help players who are testing it out the game actually be able to fly stuff that can kill maxbudget ships. http://www.gimbalgame.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=206#p893. Great if you want a few pointers/nice ships to try out.

In case you're wondering about how to actually get ships outside of the game mechanics (killing a ship gets you the plans), it's really simple. You just copy the .png and paste it to the hanger or stolen folder within the main gimbal folder.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #171 on: January 09, 2013, 07:04:04 pm »

I ummm... have 10 keys lying around. PM me for more info.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #172 on: January 09, 2013, 08:18:53 pm »

I feel compelled by indescribable eldrich horrors my love of Gimbal to ask whether the plan is to release at the start or end of Q1 and if you can give us any hints as to what wonderful toys it may contain?

New game modes, maps, weapons, and parts. Girlinhat is right on track with some of the game modes.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #173 on: January 09, 2013, 08:26:31 pm »

A balance for ultralight guns is simple. Deflection from armor.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #174 on: January 09, 2013, 08:43:24 pm »

A balance for ultralight guns is simple. Deflection from armor.
UNNNNGGG. YES that's a good point.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #175 on: January 09, 2013, 09:34:30 pm »

Thanks for the key colinshark!

This game seems awesome, but I'm having trouble with the server browser. It can't find anything. Are there master server problems or something?

EDIT: Oh there we go, finally the firewall tells me it's blocking it

EDIT2: Still not working... I can run servers with bots, but I get a Heartbeat to main server failed or whatever message. I'll try restarting.

EDIT3: No luck. Playing against bots for now. Can you rank up against bots?
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 10:43:36 pm by Matz05 »
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #176 on: January 10, 2013, 12:02:26 am »

Yes, you can.
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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #177 on: January 10, 2013, 10:19:43 am »

Cheers to colinshark!

This is almost exactly like a game that I've had in my head (but never had the programming skills to pull off) for a decade at least. It's great to see someone finally make it (since I'm obviously never going to.)

I've tried out a couple of different designs. So far, the most promising is a brute chassis with a bunch of forward-mounted twin cannons and quad maneuvering jets - I can't move fast, but I can turn on a dime, allowing me to track targets.

My attempt at a turreted design suffers some major problems, but I can't tell if it's because the ship is unaerodynamic as all shit, or what. The two turrets turn at different speeds, and have a hard time coping with the fact that the ship loves to pinwheel uncontrollably.

So far half the fun is trying to limp back to the carrier with 3/4s of your ship burned off.

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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #178 on: January 10, 2013, 06:34:17 pm »

Managed to find a server with half-a-dozen non-bot people on it - good fun, although my <$3000 ships were rather outclassed, I did manage to get a kill here and there (and when I did, it was worth ~$100, so good stuff.)

Now I've leveled up, so now I can equip my ships to use the great secret that is... armor!

No more will my ship disintegrate when someone so much as looks in my direction!

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Re: Gimbal: MP space shooter with player-built ships
« Reply #179 on: January 15, 2013, 05:17:39 pm »

I have a LR missilespammer.

I also have a great big autotarget railgun platform taking up every dollar of the limit. I honestly don't know why it works as well as it does!
It's slow, unmanuverable, unstabilized, unarmoured...
I just have a very high HP hull and the railguns.

I want to see it getting killed over and oberships designed to get it. Maybe a ship with packet cannons and high speed with some front armour to splash off the turrets/engines. Or missiles, it should be vunlerable to those.

It's just sad if people go "oh, look. cheap." and leave.

What do you guys use for PD? Shredders?

Also, is there a way to take manual control of a gun PD uses otherwise?
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