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    • Nov19

      StarMade Dev Update: NPC Factions

      Greetings citizens, ~

       

      At this stage, our current version is ready to be tested on the Official test server. It contains all core features where we can expand on with the upcoming releases.

       

      The test server is running the build for a public test on play.star-made.org:4848.

       

      These builds are only available on the Dev branch; it’s highly recommended that you use a different installation location or make a backup of your entire StarMade folder before overwriting it with a dev build.

      Keep in mind that follow-up dev builds will most likely require you to also start a new world.

       

      To get a fresh install of the dev build, select a different install folder in the launcher and switch to the dev branch.

       

      Click on the gear (1), and change the build type (2) from “Release” to “Dev”, it is also recommended to use a separate installation directory (3). (Append a “DEV” to the installation path, to keep your original installation intact.)

       

      The dev build has mechanics that will be disabled in the next public release, but are a necessity for experimenting with the NPC factions:

      ~ Debug menu, press F1 + B

      ~ Extra logging in your logstarmade.log files

      ~ Disabled Fog of War

      ~ Shows all fleets

      ~ Shows info in the galaxy map if you go into a NPC faction controlled system

      ~ Will send extra information to clients so it might be a bit more bandwidth intensive and prone to lag in multiplayer as long as in debug mode

       

      In 2 weeks, we’ll release a stable public build for all servers to use.

      NPC Factions

      NPC factions are a new AI controlled entity in the game. They represent a faction in the main galaxy. Although it is possible to have them spawn in other galaxies too, we want to focus on the main galaxy to give players a good experience without endless repeating patterns the further you go out. While you will still be able to do that, and there might be something special to find, the action will always be in the main galaxy.

       

      Each faction has a config and blueprints that are copied from a set of faction configurations located in ./data/npcFactions/. There you can also add your own custom factions or edit the existing ones. When making a new world, they get copied over into the world’s database ./server-database/worldName/npcFactions/.

       

      We have a lot of new assets for the npc factions, possibly including the fleets from the contest. Some of them are already included in this dev build, and we’ll continue to do so for the full release. Expect to encounter A LOT of new high-quality ships across the universe. We will also be doing further contests to expand the arsenal of default factions.

      Spawning

      NPC spawning is the first step. On Galaxy creation the system will mark suitable spots, so it is efficient to select them later without having to iterate through every system and looking at its properties.

       

      Normal NPC factions only spawn in star systems. However there will be special ones, that will also spawn in the void.

       

      Initial Growth

      A NPC faction can grow initially to simulate them being further ahead in time. It will use a particular algorithm to determine the way they will grow. They will look at potential resources which are now distributed in the universe. They will also prefer star systems over void systems for that reason. Depending on the faction’s config setting, they will also either try to be densely clustered or expand much more loosely.

       

      Faction Demand

      A faction wants to grow and to do that it needs blocks to construct the new stations and ships it will add. We call that “demand” and it’s calculated from the blueprints that have been made available to them. Each faction has an individual config and individual blueprints they can and will use. The demand is calculated not only considering the actual resources used but also what resources those blocks are made of. The result is weighed to determine what resources a faction prefers and how much.

       

      Faction Inventory

      An NPC faction will keep track of all its possessions in a central inventory. Its start inventory will be filled according to a faction’s demand. You can change that in its’ NPC Faction config to adjust which and how many blocks they will initially get.

       

      Trade Prices

      In the next step, the faction will set its trade prices. Each faction’s homebase serves as a trading station, which can trade with other NPC factions as well as other players. The prices are set by demand. That means it first will look at the faction’s general demand as determined in the previous steps, but also how much of that demand is satisfied. If the amount is within a certain range, which can be adjusted in its config, the faction will be trading it. It will also adjust the prices depending on how much of its demand is already satisfied. So for example, if the stock is low but there is a high demand, the faction will pay more for it and at the same time stop selling that item.

       
       

      Contingent

      A contingent is the collection of entities a faction could possibly own. Each NPC faction can spawn a certain amount and types of ships per owned system. The types and mass distribution can be defined in the config. There is also a distribution by distance from the home system. That means you can have the faction spawn smaller fighters and outpost stations on the outer edges of its territory, and bigger battleships and factory stations the closer you get to the home system. A blueprint can now be saved with a classification that determines its usage. These classes are then used to look up ships in a faction’s available blueprints. Blueprints will now also save their capacity, so they can spawn with items if necessary (trading ships), and a score based on salvage beams.

       

      The contingent will adapt over time as the faction grows. Keep in mind that a contingent is only possible ships which are then spawned on demand when a player gets close.

       

      This solution is used to combat scalability issues you would have if we would spawn everything when they’re created. It also helps to respond to player actions with specific ships.

       
       

      Fleets

      A faction has system fleets and general fleets. System fleets will include everything within an owned system of an NPC faction. This includes patrolling ships that will respond to any attack, mining, and other events. There are different fleet types like attack, defend, mining, scavenging and more that can be configured to contain weighted amount of ship classes. So if there is an asteroid that needs mining, the faction will spawn a mining fleet if the contingent allows it and send it to mine that asteroid. Patrol fleets are going from station to station and will react to any potential threat that is entering the system.

       

      General fleets, however, are mostly for faction wide events. This includes actual trading fleets spawned on trading with the actual resources traded, but also attack fleets in case of war, scouts, scavengers and more. Those fleets can then be encountered outside of NPC territory.

       

      We will also add more ways to scan for fleet activity. The dev build is very verbose currently and will show all information.

       

      System Status

      A system keeps track on what ships it spawned from their contingent. That means it also knows how many resources are invested at the time, including cargo. When a faction ship or station gets blown up, the amount of resources are considered lost.

      This can then be used to apply a system status percentage of resources lost. This status will be visible to the player. When the status gets below a certain point, the system will be abandoned by the faction due to losses. If the status doesn’t go below that point, the faction will focus to replenish the resources first using their own inventory before considering expanding again. If the faction can’t replenish enough resources to bring the status back over a threshold, the system will still be abandoned after all.

       
       

      Diplomacy

      An NPC faction will also enable diplomacy both with other factions and with individual players. The diplomacy will be based on a point system. Those points can range between a minimum and a maximum value to represent the relation to another entity.

       

      There are two ways that can modify your relationship points with a faction:

      ~ Status effects: these effects add or remove a constant amount of points based on status. This means that if you are in war with a faction, they will apply -X points to your score, though the points will go back to its original point value as soon as that status no longer persists. This means, that status effects don’t actually permanently change points. There are several advanced status effects available including having close territory to them, being at war with their allies, or positive ones for being at war with their enemies.

       

      ~ Action effects: these effects create modifiers that add or remove points permanently over time. In war for example, in addition of the status effect, you’ll also get a negative action modifier for starting the war. This modifier will slowly remove points over time as long as you are in conflict. This means that you will end up with less points permanently after the war. There will also be negative modifiers for any aggression towards the faction and their allies. So no matter how much they liked you in the past, if you start to kill their stuff, they will get mad at you depending on how much of that you do. Action modifiers, when no longer reset by repeating the action or by a persistent status will slowly fade out till it runs out of penalty points or enough time has been spent since then.

       

      Actions include:

      Attacking them, their friends or their enemies. Mining in their territory. Getting territory close to them. Going to war with them, their friends or their enemies.

       

      Also some effects don’t have a modifier but trigger a reaction like offering peace, or offering an alliance.

       

      Right now diplomacy requires a lot of testing especially with the action modifiers that change over time.

       

      NPC Faction Turn

      A NPC faction turn are triggered periodically and that amount of time can be adjusted in the NPC config. Currently it’s every 15 minutes. In each turn, a faction will do the following actions in that order.

      Mining

      For each owned system, the faction will simulate mining. Each system calculates a total amount of resources depending on what resources the system is rich in. The system then looks at its contingent and how many mining ships it has. It then calculates a score based on the blueprints used as mining ships and from that calculates how many resources are mined. This is in addition to the actual resources mined by mining ships when a player is close by.

      Each mined system has a max amount of resources it can hold and how fast they replenish each turn. This resource status is then used for actual asteroid generation when a player gets close. Sectors with a low amount of available resources will not have many asteroids spawning or any at all if it is completely depleted..

       

      Production

      For each owned system, the faction will simulate factory production. It will take all the factory class stations it has in its contingent and craft items. The amount of raw resources used for production can be adjusted. The types of resources produced will again be focused on the faction’s demand (which changes based on the amount of systems the faction has). The production turn has multiple steps to ensure that higher level items are crafted from the lower level ones, that have been produced in previous steps.

       

      Resupply

      The systems will now use their faction inventory to resupply themselves based on resources lost. These resources are taken out of the faction inventory. If a system can not resupply to put its status above an adjustable value, it will abandon the system.

       

      Consume

      As an additional block sink and tool for balancing, a system consumes blocks each turn based on its contingent. This is used to balance the ability of mining and producing everywhere at once. It can be set to be temporary, so a new system will only consume items up to a certain point, which makes it handy to control faction growth.

       

      Trade

      One of the most complicated parts of a faction turn is the trading turn. A faction will look at all available trade nodes. Then it determines the price difference of its buy/sell price with the other node’s buy/sell price and how much can be bought/sold based on stock and money. From this difference the faction accumulates a trade value. The value also goes down the further the other node is away in the universe. That means that trading with far away nodes is only done when it is determined to be very lucrative or in very large amounts.

      The best value is then selected and the trading will start. Depending on config settings a maximum amount of items to trade with can be set, so a faction can potentially do multiple trades at once.

       

      Since an NPC trade is not dependent on the Trading guild, it will spawn an actual trading fleet that will be attached to the route. This makes it possible to raid NPC trading ships. We will be making the same for trading guild ships with some modifications for extra security. In the future we will also allow players to use their own fleets for trading so they no longer have to pay the trading guild, at the risk of losing their ships in a raid of course.

       
       
      Expand

      The last part of the faction turn is the expand turn. The faction will assess its current inventory and determine if it can expand. Expansion cost is dependent on the demand and how many systems the faction already owns. If the faction can expand, the cost is immediately consumed and the system is then taken.

       
       
       
       
       

      Testing the entire system is extremely time consuming and complex, especially when you’re looking at the scale. Minor mistakes could have major consequences. In the coming days we’ll also add more in depth descriptions to the NPC Faction config to clarify what each config value exactly does.

       

      Thanks for playing StarMade,

      ~ Schema and the Schine Team

       
    • Nov5

      NPC Faction Update Video

      Greetings citizens, ~

      due to the scale of the update, its impact, and amount of parts, we unfortunately weren't able to release the NPC update this week. However, we created a video for you watch, outlining how the NPC factions will work.

      Watch it here:

       

       

      As mentioned in the video, an after and with the NPC faction update, AI will be revamped and upgraded on all fronts. It was always the plan to wait with that for NPC factions so all parts can come together. We also will adress and overhaul weapon/ship-structure/resource balances in these coming update circles.

      Thanks for playing StarMade,

      - the Schine team

    • Oct7

      StarMade v0.199.253 - Fog of War and Display Block Upgrade

      Hotfix #1 (no server update required): Possible fix for Nullpointer involving display variable configurations. Fix for skin shader error.
      To all Servers that got a Database error: When the server was forced to shut down or crashed the last time before the update, the updated Database library couldn't handle the recovery file. The new database library increases performance significantly, so reverting to the old version permanently would not be good. However, here is a confirmed working solution to fix the problem: https://starmadedock.net/conversations/craftau-update-error.9237/#message-73155 

       

      Greetings, Citizens ~

       

      In the process of working on NPC Factions, we’ve been doing what we can to release those pieces of it that work on their own. One such piece is the Fog of War.


       

      Fog of War

      Most of you already know this mechanic in one way or another. This is how it works in StarMade in its current state:

       

      Fog of war happens on a per-system level with local granularity. This means that any sector and its neighbors become ‘scanned’ instantaneously when visited, and they keep being visible in the map until you log out (for personal usage) or the server/game restarts (for faction usage).  You can ‘scan’ a system if you have visited at least 15 of its sectors (trackable in the galaxy map) or if you simply use your scanner. A system will be always visible in the map once available.

       

      The reason for this two tier-system is simply scalability, as it would cause immense database load (and size) for an entirely per-sector fog of war.

       

      Keep in mind that the Fog of War system is subject to change, since it’s an important piece of the NPC update. Scanners will also likely be rebalanced to be better at exploring. The system also already supports trigger based and time based “re-fogging” of areas.

      Faction Sharing

      Factions share their fog of war. This not only means that newly scanned systems are instantly available to all members, but it also means that factions share progress per system: if a 16-member faction all warps into different sectors within a system, they would reveal it instantly.

       

      There is also a new permission available for faction ranks: Fog of War Sharing

       

      This means that factions don’t have to share their information to new members they don’t trust yet. However, once the information is shared, the player will retain the gathered fog of war information, even in the event they lose the permission or get kicked from the faction entirely.

       

      At the same time, a player will always share their personal fog of war information when they join a faction, even at a rank that doesn’t provide the player with any faction fog of war data in return.

       

      Additionally, a member with the ‘Faction Edit’ permission can share the faction’s fog of war information with other factions. This option is available in the diplomacy panel.


       

      Display Block Upgrade

      In addition to last update’s new copy function, you are now able to modify the content of your display blocks in even more ways. When copying the content from one display block to another, you can now use the following tags:

       

      [shield], [shieldCap], [shieldPercent], [power], [powerCap], [powerPercent], [auxPower], [auxPowerCap], [auxPowerPercent], [structureHp], [structureHpCap], [structureHpPercent], [armorHp], [armorHpCap], [armorHpPercent], [mass], [blockCount], [sector], [system], [name], [docked], [cloaked], [jamming], [speed]


       

      ~ '[PASSWORD]text': The text in this block will not show up.

      ~ '[ADD]text': The text after [ADD] is added to the existing text of the connected block ([ADD] must be in the very front)

      ~ '[DEL]number': Removes an amount of characters from the conneted block ([DEL] must be in the very front)

      ~ '[REPLACEFIRST]regexp[WITH]replacement': use java conform regular expressions to replace specific text ([REPLACEFIRST] must be in the very front)

      ~ '[REPLACEALL]regexp[WITH]replacement': use java conform regular expressions to replace specific text ([REPLACEALL] must be in the very front)

       

      You can also use the sensor block to check if two display blocks have equal text content. Just connect the sensor block to two display blocks as input.  The [password] tag is ignored when comparing text.

       

      All this information is also available in the ‘Help’ panel on any display block!


       

      It’s worth mentioning that, with enough logic circuitry, you could write a command parser using the above additions.  You could, quite literally, type “open airlock 12” into a display block and have your ship execute the command.



       

      Further Development

      Progress on the NPC update is steady, but we might need a 4-week release period to get the NPC update done more quickly.


       

      As always, thanks for playing StarMade!

      ~ The Schine Team

       
    • Sep24

      StarMade v0.199.234 - More Logic, New Effects, and Radial Menu

      Greetings citizens, ~

       

      This is another update in the midst of developing the NPC update. Although we said updates are going to be smaller during this time, this one actually has quite the substance to it for logic users.

       

      New Logic Blocks

      This update adds a new logic block and system to the game.

       

      Randomizer Block

      As you probably guessed by the name, this block produces random results when activated. Each time it receives any signal (true or false) it has a 50% chance to change its state.

       

      This can have several applications:

      Using multiple randomizers can create a random binary number depending on how many you use. You also can also modify the odds by chaining these blocks together with ANDs to reduce the odds, or ORs to increase them.

       

      Logic Sensor Block (Council suggestion T1756)

       

      The logic sensor block is part of an entirely new system that can probe the current state of most systems on a structure, such as power or shield percentage. This means you can now include the state of those systems in your logic circuits.

       

      The following systems can be probed:

       ~ Power and Power Aux: The output is based on the power/capacity percentage.

       ~ Shields: The output is based on the percentage of shields compared to its capacity.

       ~ Jump Drive: The output is based on the charge percentage.

       ~ Jam/Cloak: The output is 100% when it’s on and 0% when it’s off.

       ~ Doors: The output is 100% when closed and 0% when open.

       ~ Cargo: The output is based on that unit’s volume/capacity percentage.

       

      We will add more in the future.

       

      (For more information on reading from the values, see below.)


       

      The sensor block outputs a true signal to all touching logic blocks if its condition is met.

       

      It only does this check when it’s triggered by an external signal such as an incoming true signal from a button/activation module. It’s best to make your own clock so it constantly asks the sensor block to check again.

       

      Just link the sensor to any of the systems mentioned above to change what it should be checking. Linking it to a single block is enough. For doors it will look at the entire group, for systems such as power it will look at the total power. Make sure you only have 1 type linked.

       

      Its default condition is 100% (or above but it’s already the maximum value). Meaning that closed doors, cloaker/jammer/… enabled, and fully charged power/shields/.. Will make it output a true signal when triggered.

      You can change this condition by linking the sensor to activation modules. It’s using the same system as rail speed controllers so it’s looking at the ratio of true signals versus the total linked.

      3 true activation modules out of 5 linked ones means the condition is set to 60% (3 / 5 * 100) and above.

       

      Visual examples:

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      The reasoning behind requiring a logic signal to pulse the sensor is that it both adds more control over signal rates and significantly reduces overhead. A reverse trigger (meaning the block automatically firing when sensing the desired value) had several problems: Not only would it be performance intensive by having to iterate through all sensor blocks on every update (as inputs don’t know their incoming connection), but it is also less versatile, since this logic-based approach lets you sense a value on events (e.g. a better automatic door that only sends a signal to close a door that is actually open).

       

      The whole system also ties nicely into the general design of StarMade, which is to avoid countless menus of configuring systems with dropdown menus and entering numbers.

       

      Radial Menu

      We have developed and included a new radial menu for this update. This menu will finally make remembering shortcuts for menus a thing of the past.

      The default hotkey for the menu is TAB; everything that was previously bound to TAB has been moved to F1. Keep in mind that the design and usability of this menu is not final!  We understand that there are several approaches and ideas on how radial menus work, and we will adapt it according to what feels the most comfortable for users.

       

      New Graphical Effects

      This update also contains some shiny new effects, as well as improving existing ones:

       

      (Ship made by napther)

       

      Thrusters and Cannons

      We’ve added new post-processing to both the thruster plume and cannon fire that will make your ships significantly prettier, and the effect isn’t simply linear, so the more thrusters you expose, the more rockin’ that ship’s tail will be. This is a prototype and it will be expanded upon later.

       

      Likewise, cannon fire now glows, and scales with that cannon’s damage.  You can also customize the muzzle flash by connecting its computer to a light block. The same goes for the thrusters on your ship, just connect the ship core to a light.

       

      This glow has also been applied to our beacon blocks.

       

      Display Block Logic

      Due to high demand, we’ve had this planned for quite a while now.  The content of display blocks is transferrable, and it works exactly the same as rail replacement.  Just place an activation block next to a display block and connect it to a second display elsewhere. On activation, the content of the adjacent display block will be transferred onto the remote display.  This allows, among many other things: cycling systems readouts, security feeds, and even a chat/alert system.

       

      Since we’re aware that players will make some crazy things with this, we’ve made improvements to the network code so that changes only affect nearby players. In this case, it only sends the text to nearby players (as opposed to everyone) when displays change.

       

      Rail Connection Logic

      You may now connect rails to activation blocks.  This allows you to use logic without needing to place the activation blocks directly adjacent to your rails -- potentially in the middle of nowhere.  This will, however, disable touch logic for the specific rail block you’ve linked.

       

      Additional Features

       

      Rail pickup points are now invisible if the point is deactivated. (Council suggestion T1735)

      Furthermore, it is now possible to toggle the logic pipe graphics on/off in the game’s graphics options.

       

      Block Config change

       

      ~ Power auxiliaries were changed from 100 SHP to 25 SHP. This should make it less punishing to lose them.  We’ve planned other changes, but they’ve been delayed for the time being due to insufficient feedback.

       

      ~ We’ve changed the grouping of logic multi-slots to make room for the new randomizer and sensor block.


       

      Bugfixes

      ~ T1869: Client crash in specific sector (nullpointer)

      ~ T1918: Power aux explosions aren’t random

      ~ Ghost linking by switching rails with logic is fixed.


       

      The shadows have been fixed and improved using values from Crusader’s mod. The shadow map updates now runs at a limited framerate compared to the game, which improves performance. We’ve also greatly increased the draw distance for ultra quality shadows. Also, instead of objects beyond the shadow draw distance being dark, they will be lit instead.





       

      Thanks for playing StarMade,

      ~ The Schine Team

       
    • Sep9

      StarMade v0.199.214 - Auxiliary Power, Better Graphics, Better Textures, and Bugfixes

      Greetings citizens,

      Hotfix 0.199.217: Fixed universe generation (no planets in new universes). Fixed ClassCastException when loading ship with ongoing auxiliary power explosion.

      We are currently mainly working on the NPC Faction update, but we will release updates at the normal schedule. This update has some nice new gameplay features, as well as an overhaul of our lighting engine and a small texture update.

       

      Auxiliary Power

      The need for power in StarMade is always present. So much so, that players came up with complex designs that involve using the supply beam to overcome built in restrictions to docked entities.

      The problem with this kind of construction was, that they didn’t really perform very well, and if they actually undocked in combat or on accident, they would cause major lag.

       

      We don’t want to punish players by just taking their power away, so we had to come up with a compromise. Together with the council we developed a new block: Power Auxiliary

       

      This new power block replaces the functionality of the current docked reactor concept with an onboard block. Eliminating any lag caused by physics.

      Auxiliary power can be assigned to your hotbar (from your weapons menu) and can be turned on and off on demand. It works like a reactor with internal storage that can act as a buffer.

       

      When it’s on, its regeneration gets added to the main ship and also its stored power gets dumped into it (even if there is no room).

      When it’s off, it charges its internal storage although at a slower pace compared to its normal generation.

       

      Stations/Planets can’t switch between modes, their reactor is always on. The AI though can’t use the block right now, that will be added at a later stage.

       

      Docked reactors had downsides though. They were easily found on a ship because of their navigation markers. And when damaged, they would rapidly lose their efficiency.

       

      The new block has a different downside that comes down to the same thing, loss of efficiency/regeneration.

       

      If a block of a group gets taken out, the whole group starts to discharge. Explosions will occur inside that group. The amount of explosions, their radius and damage depend on the size of the group at the time of being hit.

      The biggest reactors can almost reach an efficiency of 200 power per block but they’re also the ones that are easily hit and take the most damage when exploding. They’ll lose most of their blocks in about 1-2 minutes which still makes them useful for a short period after they got shot.

      However, it is strongly advised to use armor, not only to protect those groups from external damage, but also to interlace it within the group, so a potential discharge would minimize damage inside a group.

       

      It’s a high risk high reward system. Using it wisely can make your ship superior to others. Using it recklessly can make your ship useless with some lucky hits. Your power is the most important part on your ship and you want to make sure it’s out of reach.

       

      (Smaller ships didn’t have docked power reactors to begin with. We have other systems planned that will affect them.)

      Supply/Drain Beams

      To make sure people will stop using docked reactors of any kind, we have now included a config option to modify the output of these Beams when they’re hitting a docked entity, or an entity where it is part of. It’s set to 0 meaning that

       

      ~ Power Supply

      ~ Power Drain

      ~ Shield Supply

      ~ Shield Drain

       

      don’t work anymore on any docked reactor type. We didn’t make a shield reactor replacement system since this is just a fancy way of avoiding the “regen under fire” mechanic. If shield rechargers or capacitors need a buff, then we’ll simply change the config values.

       

      Role play servers that still want these reactors to work just to have to change <RailHitMultiplierParent> in their blockBehaviorConfig to 1

      Lighting Shader Overhaul

      We completely reworked the lighting shader engine. It now looks much cleaner than before, allowing better specular control and removing previous oversaturation issues. More features will be coming to improve lighting indoors. If you have previously altered your Gamma or Lighting Quality settings to manipulate the brightness you may want to re-check your settings to find a desireable light level in this update.

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      Detailing on hulls such as wear and scratches are now light dependant and will shimmer in the sun.

       

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      Blocks that are light in colour will no longer wash out or bloom when lit.

      Texture Changes

      Hulls and Light blocks have been adjusted to work accurately with the new lighting system. All others blocks have been given a basic working specular value temporarily while we prepare for new texture projects.

      Normal maps have been re-enabled on hulls and measures added to help prevent Moiré effects.

      We’ve squashed lots of rotation bugs on hulls meaning hazard stripes and hull blocks with normal maps will no longer sit at odd angles to each other when rotated. They should now smoothly tessellate across varying shapes and angles and lighting will flow accurately along their maps.
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      This example of old, broken tiling is a thing of the past!

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      Fixed tiling! Hazard hulls will now tessalate correctly over multiple angles and shapes.

      An all new texture pack is in progress, which will take advantage of the new lighting changes to allow better material definition through specular mapping. This new pack is a complete overhaul of our default set, you can check out a few work in progress shots and discuss the upcoming changes here in this thread. We hope to have this in your hands within the next few release cycles.
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      Work in progress shot for the upcoming texture set.

      Small Shipyard Features and Fixes

      Several shipyard bugs have finally been fixed. If you find more, make sure to report them. Shipyards will be a key component later on so it’s important to make them reliable. There is still more to do in terms of usability but some small new features have already been added:

       

      ~ Designs can now be created directly from the catalog list.

      ~ A permission block next to the Shipyard now also acts like a permission block next to the shipyard anchor, making it possible for players to create ships on a shipyard that doesn’t belong to their faction. The constructed ships will have the faction of the player who issued the order.

      ~ Shipyards can be linked to factories (pull on construction will pull from factories)

       

      Rail Fixes

      In tandem with the Shipyard fixes, some important fixes to rails have also been made:

       

      ~ Rail movement is now delayed until all necessary elements have been loaded. That means, docked entities will no longer just start moving if they are on a rail that has 0 speed. They will also not collide into each other on loading making them unusable until redocked.

      ~ Rail collision behavior has been improved by delaying a resetting entity by a random time, this decreases the potential of a deadlock at intersections considerably. You could also use this as a random signal generator (until a block for that is introduced).

       

      Config

      The SHP of Shield capacitors and rechargers was reduced from 100 to 25. This should make them a more viable choice to use as a buffer block between your armor and your power.

      These blocks lost most of their usefulness when you start taking block damage so there’s no reason to have their SHP this high.

       

      The new power auxiliary block has the same values as power reactors/capacitors except for its HP and its recipe:

      ~ Block HP is 50 (instead of 25)

      ~ Crafting recipe is: 1x power reactor + 1x power capacitor


       

      Looking for new forum admin(s)

      The StarMade Forums (StarMade Dock) are currently looking for one to two new community administrators. Admins are volunteers who manage the moderation team, site policy and overall ensure the community is running well. More details can be found here: https://starmadedock.net/threads/looking-for-new-administrator-s-for-smd.26679

       

      Other Bugfixes

      ~ Your player character getting reset on exiting the game might be fixed now. This one is hard to trace.

      ~ Fixed an exploit involving shipyards

      ~ T1360 Shipyard adds suffix and prefix to chosen name



       

      Thanks for playing StarMade,

      ~ The Schine Team