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3 comments by numbersix on Dec 10th, 2014

How has "the Archons" progressed since the beta 1.1 release last year?

Reasonably new features for this release:

Archon magic! (yes, it works)
Archon "soul vessels" - limits to Archon powers
Sphere of Annihilation super black hole mode
Many nasty bugs have been eliminated. :-)
More monster enhancements than you dare shake a stick at
PK 3.0 support is pretty much finalized
HUD update, a few new features here

What is left leading to final release?

Finalizing the Archon vs. Archon conflict
Deciding if demi-archons will make it in before the mark III recode
Avoid any more feature creep, if at all possible
Decide if the map-hack tech maps will -
a. be included
b. have some kind of limits
(these are the design spec for the "realms of Chaos" world)
Decisions regarding HD pack integration:

What significant part of the current plan is still missing?

The ability to pick up an Archon "soul vessel" and carry it to a flag altar and sacrifice it for the points and / or build up to the Archon total not even written.
Some approximation may be put in - then again it may not.

What is the main challenge?

I got bit hard by the "new code" has to be written _now_ syndrome.
I've started the qc++ v1.07 recode already. This will be a major
resource hog on my limited free time. It will be some time before
this new code base grows into Chaos mod mark (III).
It is very necessary - some of the mark (II) code simply does not go
forward very well. The recode will fix a few corners I painted myself
into with the mark (II) code base.

What is the current status?

I have just squashed the "floating" zombie bug (I hope - the bots are testing for me right now...)

fig 1. the "floating" zombies

When I am satisfied with the result - I just need to build the release package.
Then boom - you get it. In time for the holiday week.
Gee, arent I a swell guy? Ha ha.


fig 2. bots give 100% testing new features

zappy, zappy! _____________________________________ sucky __

rainy days _____________________________________
new worlds

fig 3. determined foes

______ arg! gremlins _________________________ new things to stick nails in

fig 4. Archon of Chaos

fig 5. Occlument Augury

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Mv.c9 Jun 23 2010, 2:47pm says:

I love that Gravity Effect, the one that pulls everyone to itself and cuts them to bits.

I think im gonna dream abt it tonight :) . . . :0

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numbersix Creator
numbersix Jul 21 2010, 12:48pm replied:

Heh heh...I dream about the code too. So matrix-y sometimes its almost scary.
What is real? Just electrical impulses interpreted by your brain...

I gave a (longish) reply to an old comment I've been giving some thought.
I have an idea for a commercial release and sadly I wont be able to include any of iD's proprietary materials, or even most of the cool quake 1 stuff from various mods - this stuff is all based off the artistic license iD made for creating quake 1 mods and it forbids commercial releases.

Unrelated to that - when the final release for painkeep 2.0 beta (2.2 now?) comes it will include a fix for single player - the original painkeep code causes stuff to respawn in single player and I just fixed that up.

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numbersix Creator
numbersix Jun 13 2010, 3:53pm says:

Things go slowly now with 1 hand.
On the plus side there isnt a whole lot I can do so I can do lots of coding.

Figured out a long standing Qe-radiant bug where it couldnt load q2 map texs - they were indexed tga (made that way by wally from .wal files - which radiant doesnt see) and they need to be RGB tga. Fixed that with a tricky little convert script that piped them through 100 quality jpg and back to tga using colorspace RGB. Woo-Hoo.

This goes along way towards supporting the chaos mod which is supposed to run all quake maps up to q3 and converted doom / wolf maps.

Check the .plan for daily(s) -
And starts some threads in the discuss and bug tracker forums -

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numbersix Creator
numbersix Jun 4 2010, 1:23am says:

in a bizarre twist of fate my wrist is now broken.
things might slow down a bit.
not if can freaking help it.
I got myself to the hospital with a broken wrist.
I am now re-evaluating what is and is not possible.

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VampireVic Jun 3 2010, 10:49am says:


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Kommunist Jun 21 2010, 4:44pm replied:

it's to epic !

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Mv.c9 Jun 3 2010, 1:19am says:


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numbersix Creator
numbersix May 31 2010, 9:03pm says:

I have added a set of forums for: .plan file (no public posting, just the .plan and replies), discussion and update notices, and bug reports.

If you really want to see the somewhat daily nuts and bolts work, check the .plan file - .

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numbersix Creator
numbersix May 26 2010, 5:43am says:

Thanks everyone who's responded.
Put up some more video - I enhanced auto-sentry code a bit. More sv_* variables to control the changes. Might include some *.cfg files for different server options.
Maybe even add an admin menu option & some alias to load different configs.

I'll re-load the update download once I've tested the latest build's stability.

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ian502 May 24 2010, 7:15pm says:

Very nice work, keep it up with the mod

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