Command & Conquer (a.k.a. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn or simply C&C/C&C1; the game is also often unofficially called Command & Conquer 64 for the Nintendo 64 port) is a 1995 real-time strategy video game produced by Westwood Studios for MS-DOS and released internationally by Virgin Interactive. It was the first of twelve games to date to be released under the title Command & Conquer; six subsequent titles having since continued the story set as sequels with one acting as a prequel, along with the production of several spin-off games. Met with universal acclaim by consumers and critics, Command & Conquer was released for seven separate platforms along with becoming the initiator of the Command & Conquer franchise, and today generally is considered as the title which originally defined and popularized the modern real-time strategy genre.

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Playtest 20160403

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We have finally entered the feature freeze phase of the development cycle, where we stop adding features and focus on fixing bugs found during playtesting. This is where you come into play! We need your help to give this playtest as wide a test coverage as possible to ensure another successful stable release of OpenRA!

We therefore ask you to please report any and all bugs and problems you encounter on our bug tracker, in the OpenRA IRC channel, or here in the comments. We will strive to fix as many bugs as possible before a final release. Thank you for helping to improve OpenRA!

While there are the usual bug fixes and improvements, a big focus over the last six months has been reworking several fundamental parts of the OpenRA game engine, with changes that will be felt foremost by server operators, modders and mappers. In fact, some of these changes are so fundamental that we will address them in-depth in the articles covering future playtests.

But one thing after the other…

Ingame changes

Quite a few long-standing annoyances have been addressed during the last cycle. Just to name a few, players will no longer be kicked from the server after installing a map, walls now stop bullets reliably, and husks can finally be targeted on refineries.

Other changes and new features include:

  • By popular demand, a tech level without super-powers has been added to the Red Alert mod.
  • Zooming is now possible by holding CTRL while scrolling your mouse wheel. For spectators and in the map editor, two additional zoom steps are available.
  • Cancelling an entire build queue at once is now possible by using CTRL + right click.
  • Static defenses will now stop tracking their targets once it is out of range. This also sometimes prevented camo pillboxes from cloaking.
  • Line-building of walls can now be disabled by holding the Shift key while placing the wall element.
  • A couple of issues related to left-click controls have been solved.
  • Engineers will no longer be selected when you drag-select a group of combat units.
  • Fragile diplomacy has been removed.
  • Lots of minor fixes, UI polish and performance improvements.

As usual, both the Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert mod have received some balance changes. Additionally, a number of Red Alert maps have been revised to be more balanced. A complete list of all these changes can be found in the changelog.

Restart dialog

Players finally have a restart option after failing a mission or skirmish!

Team colors and health bar improvements

When team colors are enabled in the settings, they will now be used on the radar map.
You can also set health bars to only appear when units are damaged.

Nod units with proper color

This is for the nostalgic ones among us (and who isn't?).
Nod units in missions now show their proper silver colors known from the original game.

Worm trails

Worms have received some polish and now leave a trail similar to the one from the original game.

Mapping and modding changes

The way that the game handles maps has changed significantly since the last release. We will elaborate on the changes and the reasons for them in a future post, but for now you only really need to know three things:

  • Maps from release-20151224 and earlier must be upgraded before they will work.
  • Maps are now installed into per-version subdirectories – like replays.
  • Installing maps ingame and using the map editor works as normal.

Upgrading maps in the resource center

The maps currently available on the OpenRA Resource Center are in the process of being updated,
and we have added an option for you to upgrade your maps manually.

Support for third-party mods will significantly improve with the next release. It is now possible to create an archive of your whole mod (called “.oramod”). Installing it on other computers is then just a matter of placing that archive in the “mods” subdirectory of the Support folder.

The news post for the second playtest will detail what changes your mod needs to make it compatible with the upcoming release and to enable the .oramod packaging. All shipped mods have already been converted, so feel free to take a look at those.

In the future, OpenRA will feature an ingame mod browser that will allow you to search for and install mods directly from the Resource Center.

Dedicated server changes

Dedicated servers have been made a lot easier to operate for the next release.

$ ./OpenRA.Server.exe Game.Mod=ra Server.Name="My Server" Server.DisableSinglePlayer=true
[2016-04-02T16:06:10] Starting dedicated server for mod: ra
[2016-04-02T16:06:11] Master server communication established.
[2016-04-02T16:10:08] Antares has joined the game.
[2016-04-02T16:10:56] Player has joined the game.
[2016-04-02T16:11:49] Newbie has joined the game.
[2016-04-02T16:12:16] Antares changed the map to Doughnut.
[2016-04-02T16:13:41] Game started
[2016-04-02T16:37:38] Player has disconnected.
[2016-04-02T16:37:47] Antares has disconnected.
[2016-04-02T16:37:54] Newbie has disconnected.
[2016-04-02T16:37:54] No one is playing, shutting down...
[2016-04-02T16:37:54] Starting a new server instance...
[2016-04-02T16:37:55] Master server communication established.

First and foremost, the biggest change is that dedicated servers no longer need to sync maps with the Resource Center. Especially when you were running multiple servers of different versions, this could quickly become a headache. Another advantage is that the distinction between synced and unsynced servers will go away. That’s right: maps uploaded to the Resource Center will be available immediately, on all servers, without any further action required.

Another change is that there is now a dedicated executable for dedicated servers, OpenRA.Server.exe (and a matching /usr/bin/openra-server on Linux). As a consequence, the old Server.Dedicated andServer.DedicatedLoop command-line arguments no longer exist. If you are using custom scripts to start your server instances, you will need to adapt them accordingly.

One last, unrelated change is that the Server.AllowBots flag has been removed in favor of aServer.DisableSinglePlayer flag, which will allow people to play with bots on servers, but only if there is more than one human player in the game. Server.DisableSinglePlayer defaults to false, so be sure to set it if desired.

So much for a general overview of the upcoming release. For a detailed list of changes, see the full changelog.

At this point we need to mention another thing. As many other open-source projects, we don’t have any clear idea how much our software is actually used. There is a huge discrepancy between the number of downloads (about 50,000 currently for the latest release) and the number of online players (60-75 players concurrently at peak times). In order to get a better idea of this, and also to help with steering the future direction of the project, we decided to add an anonymous, opt-out data gathering facility to OpenRA. When enabled, the game will send us your operating system and .NET framework version, supported OpenGL version of your graphics card, your language settings, as well as the current mod. As already mentioned, this data is sent to us anonymously, using a randomly generated ID. If you are still feeling uncomfortable with this, you can disable this functionality by unchecking the “Send System Information” checkbox in the advanced settings dialog.

Advanced settings dialog

With the help of the data gathered, we hope to be able to decide – amongst other things – when we can allow ourselves to drop Windows XP support, and also how much benefit there would be if OpenRA was translated to other languages, and if so, which languages should be prioritized.

You can find the installer for your operating system on our download page.

Thank you very much, and have fun!

DTA - January updates!

DTA - January updates!

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We've released 3 updates in the last few weeks. Let's explain the changes.

Release 20151224

Release 20151224

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featuring in-game IRC, new missions, revamped Dune 2000 balancing, joystick scrolling and weather effects!

DTA Reaches ModDB 2015 Top 100

DTA Reaches ModDB 2015 Top 100

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This is the second time we've reached the Top 100. Thanks for voting!

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More than 600 single player missions for Command and Conquer 1 - TIBERIAN DAWN

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It would be nice to have a slower scrolling speed as it's currently way too fast. So when I found this patch, I tried it out. Well I do have a slower scroll speed, but thats about it. It completely messes up the graphics when scrolling (doesn't matter which resolution, although the bigger the resolution, the bigger the mess). So I have to revert to the unpatched version.

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You know, I'd see this kind of comments much faster if you'd reply to the actual article instead of the general comments on the C&C game.
As for your bug...
1. Read the patch FAQ. I explain these things in there.
2. It's caused by the missions being smaller than your game resolution, so there's not a lot I can do about that. Increasing the game resolution doesn't magically make missions bigger, hmm?
3. It keeps baffling me how people manage to exit the game to complain about this bug, without noticing that the simple act of opening the ingame menu, which is a necessary step to exit the game, FIXES THE ISSUE.

I'll go ahead and add a #4 here. The graphic messup is a purely cosmetic thing, which in no way prevents you from playing on and finishing the mission.

Oh, and maybe I can squeeze in a #5? Sure, why not. Here we go: playing on the original game resolution ALSO completely fixes this issue. And the patch allows completely free resolution control, if you just bother to open the configuration tool.

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I don't know wether it's a glitch or not: At the bigining of every skirmish, AI strikes with all starting units. When I look around the whole map, I never find the AIs base, which I doubt exists. Worse, I can't change the starting cash (5000).

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Skirmish in the C&C95 v1.06 patch doesn't include bases. More info about that can be found in the patch readme file, and on the moddb page of the patch.

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Thanks for the illumination. Now I know I have to build up defences asap.

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A fun way to play Skirmish is to use Capture the Flag mode, and do surgical strikes against the mobile headquarters of the AI armies :)

It's a pity the "timed hunt" logic used in the multiplayer AI doesn't adapt to the number of units it has though. It'd be much nicer if they didn't all rush at once after a while. The logic was meant to just give a steady stream of enemies.

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Odd yellow stuff? That's detailing.

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You know, comments (even snarky ones) related to my news article are better put in the comments OF the article, rather than here in the place which is meant for general comments about the game...

And no, it wasn't detailing, since only one frame of the 32-frame rotation sequence had it :p

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command and conquer ultimate edition has been released the command and conquer and The Covert Operations has 225 MB of .VQA files i think you can delete all the .VQA

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I made a cleanup script for that stuff. It's included in the unofficial 1.06 patch ;)

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