Populous Reincarnated http://popre.net/ The Site of Populous The Beginning Hosting For All IncaWarrior Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:04:40 -0800 http://popre.net/news.php?n=92 Matchmaker allows almost all to host

Matchmaker introduces a new way for networking Populous. Instead of relying on the aging network code of Populous designed for 90’s style Internet connections, Populous now relays all traffic through the matchmaker. This allows the matchmaker to control essentially every aspect of networking meaning easier host setup with fewer firewall rules and a lot less unexplained connection problems.

Issues are still being worked out, so if you try to host a game and it gives an error or doesn’t work, contact IncaWarrior for instructions on sending some logs so it can be worked out. Apart from the hosting/network improvements, this solution also opens the doors for a number of other interesting features, so stay tuned!

Matchmaker QuickGames IncaWarrior Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:45:56 -0800 http://popre.net/news.php?n=91 New Game Settings Window in matchmaker

Game Settings
There are a variety of changes in the latest Populous Matchmaker version that allow for some new and interesting gameplay options. Most visibly is the new game settings panel that replaces the options previously beneath the hut list.

In this image, the colors have been rotated twice, but the player in the blue base has been marked as a watcher, so he will not have any followers or buildings.

The Obelisks in the map will be replaced by Gargoyles (to avoid the Obelisk bug where blue gets the spell if the worshiper leaves at the very end).

The game is set to be a timed game lasting at a maximum of 20 minutes where the player/team with the highest population at the end of that time will be the winner. Other options for time games include Armageddon, Most kills, and Most shaman kills.

Finally, there are a couple Map Additions checked meaning those buildings will be placed prebuilt on the map. Training huts are placed randomly near the CoR, towers are placed on hills around the base, and for regular huts, as many as possible are placed in the base. Followers are placed along with the huts, or directly in the CoR and Mana is placed as a discovery that can be grabbed above the CoR. All additions are added in a balanced way, so no player starts with an advantage

In-Game Improvements

Within Populous a few minor changes have been made. The framerate the game runs at has been doubled which makes scrolling in the game much smoother looking than before. As a side-effect, smoke and fire will look twice as fast, but not in a way that affects gameplay.

The No-Pillar Trick, while still working, now works in a more realistic manner, so not having a Reincarnation site has the predictable consequences.

League Updates

The league will be recalculated soon, along with a redistribution of the ranks so there is a more even spread of the grades in the lobby. Stay Tuned!

Game Searching IncaWarrior Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:54:14 -0700 http://popre.net/news.php?n=90 Better game result filters

The game results page has a few new filters available to narrow down games. Games can now be filtered by a player’s tribe, game result. hosting, and alliances.

These new options can be found on the left side bar by expanding the section under a player name. Options to filter by player names, number of players, map, date range, and rated games (those that get points) are also available in the section.

Facebook Optimizations

For all those that have been hoping to share their victories on Facebook, the site will now show better page previews for links shared for game results, maps, forum posts, news, users, etc.

Also, be sure to Like Populous Reincarnated on Facebook where you can get updates on new features and server issues.

Help out with Hosting

From time to time, people have expressed interest in donating to Populous Reincarnated in order to help out. In the past there was no way to do easily handle the money so it couldn’t be done, but now thanks to our webhost Dreamhost, anyone can Donate directly to hosting costs through PayPal.

Matchmaker Update IncaWarrior Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:07:45 -0800 http://popre.net/news.php?n=89 Matchmaker

The latest matchmaker has a major update to the map pack system with a complete rewrite of the back end and a new method of installation. Map packs are now installed into a separate directory leaving the original Populous files untouched. This should cut down on the permission and corruption issues people have seen that require a full reinstall of Populous to fix.

There is a little bit of setup required to copy the files that is done the first run of the matchmaker. If there is ever a problem with the game not starting or issues with levels, just type !restore to recopy the files.

Map Testing

Another new feature in the update is testing of maps not in a map pack. Often map creators found that it was difficult to try out their map in a multiplayer setting to work out balance and game play issues, so this should help with that.

To test a new map, first submit the map to the website. The uploaded maps will show up on the user submitted maps page. Only maps #266 and higher can be played in the matchmaker.

In the matchmaker, enable map testing on the Populous tab in Options (all testers must do this). There will then be a new "map pack" available labeled "* Test Map" at the top of the map pack list. Click that and pick the map to play on the list for install. Only the host needs to select the map.

Achievements IncaWarrior Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:02:27 -0700 http://popre.net/news.php?n=88 Unlocked: Read the news

Ok, there isn’t actually one for reading the news, but there are around a hundred other achievements that are now unlockable. Achievements are unlocked for performing certain actions or reaching milestones. For example, the achievement "Master Assassin" is given to a player who has killed 50+ shamans in a single game, and "Part of the Tribe" is given to players with 10+ ranked games (advanced from wildman).

Once unlocked in the matchmaker, the achievement will appear listed in your profile page with the medal (Bronze, Silver or Gold) for all the world to see. A description is shown by hovering over the title.

Some that require multiple games to unlock such as "Conquerer" will only include games from now on, but others that are accumulative stats will count all previous games in the new system.

Map of the Day

A new map of the day has been added that’s visible in the daily matchmaker message. Today’s map is Devil Worlds 2: Grass Worlds - Three Cats. Any wins on the map will receive double the traditional points for the game, and the player with the most wins will be announced Player of the Day (there’s even an achievement for your bragging rights).

Website Update IncaWarrior Sun, 04 Sep 2011 21:15:25 -0700 http://popre.net/news.php?n=87 New Design

As most regulars will have noticed by now, the website has received a complete redesign. A big thanks to Apnea for designing the new graphics. The new design separates the website into six main categories and provides useful stats to logged in users on the left sidebar.

New Backend

In upgrading the website, a big portion was to move from the 8 year old phpBB 2 forum to the recently released (and updated) phpBB 3 software. The entire site is now integrated with this software which should provide better consistency and better working pages. As there are a lot of pages on the site, some not commonly used, there may be some missing pages that were not converted. If you see any missing or broken pages, report them to IncaWarrior so I can get those fixed up.

More pages and features will be rolled out as they are completed and tested.

New Statistics

Aside from the basics on the left side bar, there are many more statistics available. User profiles will give many nifty tidbits of information such as the player’s favorite map, Nemesis, total time played, and more.

Every map now has a page with similar information specific to the map, as well as a new league based on games just played on the level. For those that missed it on the old site, there is an interactive preview of every level that shows the land and information on any monument found in the world.