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1  Mayhem Intergalactic / General Mayhem / Re: Endgame advice needed on: November 15, 2009, 04:17:08 am
You should be creating your own giant fleets. Generally, you leave a lot of your planets undefended - or with minimal defences - in order to get a few gigantic fleets that can just crush your opposition - having more ships means you take less losses. If leaving your planets undefended worries you, you could try having medium-sized fleets scattered around near each other so they can reform into a gigantic fleet if necessary.

Also, are you remembering to upgrade your planets? It's a significant production boost.
2  Mayhem Intergalactic / Features & Bugs / Re: Mapping idea: Arbitrary images in maps. on: August 25, 2009, 10:21:39 am
Thinking about this a bit more, it might be a good idea to add a "Don't display this" option to rifts - so you can use rifts to handle complex density on some image you want to do interesting things. The most obvious example is a diagonal line that you want to be dense, which would be pretty annoying as a series of rectangles.
3  Mayhem Intergalactic / Features & Bugs / Mapping idea: Arbitrary images in maps. on: August 24, 2009, 05:35:53 am
Suggestion: Allow us to embed arbitrary images (probably .bmp or .png) in maps, along with layering information (So we can say "Draw this over/under planets/ships"). Additionally, optional density - I guess we'll have to specify size as well. Might look something like this:

layer = top
density = true
xsize = 200
ysize = 200

You could also give no icon to just have an 'invisible barrier' sort of entity - could be useful when trying to match actual density with a nonrectangular image.
4  Mayhem Intergalactic / Features & Bugs / Server stuck at victory screen on: June 23, 2009, 09:45:28 am
The two main servers are both stuck at the end-of-game screen, again. Looks like two players playing against a bunch of AI and each other, and then for some reason it didn't go back to the lobby after the match - possibly the two players couldn't figure out how to do that.

Might be a good idea to have servers auto-return to the lobby if nothing happens for a given timeout or something, to avoid this issue.

Also, AI players are reported as being one of the players in the game.
5  Mayhem Intergalactic / Features & Bugs / Re: Change log - feature additions and bug fixes in active development on: June 22, 2009, 07:13:06 am
I have an exam and a major deadline on Friday. After that, I hope to take a weekend break and get some Inventive Dingo work of some kind done. This is my Honours year, so I'm not going to be truly free until sometime in November, but I'll try and squeeze little bits in when I get sick of iterating on my Honours project.

I know that pain all too well. In the middle of exams at the moment, too.

It'd be nice to get some MI gaming in at some point.
6  Mayhem Intergalactic / Features & Bugs / Re: arrayOutOfBounds crash bug on: March 18, 2009, 07:47:51 am
java.util.Vector. Wink

Also, java.util.ArrayList, which does basically the same thing. There's a lot of redundancy in the Java API
7  Mayhem Intergalactic / Map & Mod Repository / Re: Yet Another Generic Mayhem-Intergalactic Age Map Thread on: March 09, 2009, 02:08:44 am
I consider rifts distorting if they're too large a bug. Tongue

When I've got some time I'll split them up into smaller rifts. For now it plays the same, I believe, it's just a bit uglier than it should be.

I've played a full four-player game on Pac-Galactic (4) with three AI players, to the end, with ship speed on normal. Only took me a few hours. Tongue

It's scaled up by a factor of 25 from Pac-Man, just FYI. The planets are dots, the rifts are walls. If there was some sort of teleporter, I'd whack one at the ends of the hallways, but unfortunately there is no such thing. This took a fair while.
8  Mayhem Intergalactic / Map & Mod Repository / Re: Yet Another Generic Mayhem-Intergalactic Age Map Thread on: March 08, 2009, 11:36:00 am
Two more maps. Pac-Galactic (2) and Pac-Galactic (4). Play the part of some sort of gigantic space-monster, in the form of a gigantic yellow circle-segment.

Pac-Galactic (2) is symmetric, and therefore fair. Pac-Galactic (4) is not symmetric, and I'm reasonably certain that two of the start positions are better than the other two. I won't 'fix' this, for obvious reasons.

EDIT: And a screenshot, clocking in at ~1.2 MB.

I believe there's a rift rendering bug going on in this screenshot. I've probably got corrupt data files or something.
9  Mayhem Intergalactic / General Mayhem / Re: New Dedicated Server - "Kumlekar's Custom Maps" on: March 01, 2009, 12:50:22 am
Some sort of folder-based organising thing on the basis of author also seems in order. Maybe some way of indicating that maps are different versions of the same basic theme, too - so you'd select Milky Way, and then in the new 'version' dialog, you'd select 'Medium'.
10  Mayhem Intergalactic / Map & Mod Repository / Re: Yet Another Generic Mayhem-Intergalactic Age Map Thread on: February 28, 2009, 08:00:57 am
Yeah, sure, go ahead.
11  Mayhem Intergalactic / Map & Mod Repository / Yet Another Generic Mayhem-Intergalactic Age Map Thread on: February 28, 2009, 01:50:23 am
I thought I'd give this newfangled custom map contraption a whirl, and here are some of the results, collected into one thread for the benefit of YOU, the customer!

To start with, Sanctuary (2) and Sanctuary (4), two and four player versions of the same concept. All players start in a very regular cluster of planets, quite dense, all easily conquerable - but their opponents are quite some way away. Minimum of three rounds in the two player version, minimum of four rounds in the four player version. The two-player version comes down to pure guesswork - where are your opponents ships stationed, where will they attack, and when? It's pretty much the heart of Mayhem Intergalactic, but may be too chancy for some people to stomach.

Sanctuary (4) is much more chaotic, because the addition of two extra players leads to far more "Oh dear, somebody just took my unprotected flank" moments. I'm considering putting a single planet - or cluster of planets - in the middle of Sanctuary (4). That wouldn't do for the two-player version, because whoever gets the centre planets will always be able to hold them, but with four players to take down anyone who shows signs of a lead, it could work much better. Thoughts?

EDIT: And some screenshots (About 1MB each):
Sanctuary (2):

Sanctuary (4):
12  Mayhem Intergalactic / Map & Mod Repository / Re: AI names on: February 24, 2009, 08:44:05 am
They'd be generated server-side, like planet names.

You'll have to wait for Chris for the rest, though. Tongue
13  Mayhem Intergalactic / General Mayhem / Re: Mayhem Intergalactic Tournament (unofficial thread) on: February 21, 2009, 11:02:21 am
Sounds good. I'd play/will play.

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14  Mayhem Intergalactic / Cartographic Chaos & Modding Mayhem / Re: How do I make my own maps? on: February 19, 2009, 10:30:39 pm
What are the default values for baseproduction, nativesproduction, factoryproduction, startpriority, etc?

I imagine startpriority defaults to 0, baseproduction defaults to 5, and factoryproduction defaults to 3. Don't know about nativeproduction. Is it more complicated than that?
15  Mayhem Intergalactic / Cartographic Chaos & Modding Mayhem / Re: Commotion - Map Editor - Beta on: February 19, 2009, 04:45:59 am
You're making an equilateral triangle.

A, B, and C are all an equal distance d from each other, and are all 500 distance from O. (At 0,0)

Angle AOB, BOC and COA are all 120 degrees, because they split a full rotation up into three equal parts.

So rotate A around the origin by 120 degrees and -120 degrees. The matrix for that is:

cos 120    -sin 120
sin 120   cos 120


cos -120    -sin -120
sin -120   cos -120

In numbers:

-0.5          -sqrt(3)/2
sqrt(2)/2   -0.5


-0.5    sqrt(3)/2
-sqrt(3)/2  -0.5

Do the matrix multiplication, the points you're looking for are:

(-250*sqrt(3), -250)
(250*sqrt(3), -250)

Or in decimals, roughly:

(-433, -250)
(433, 250)

I really should write some programs to rotate maps and the like.
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