Report article RSS Feed It wasn’t dead, just resting: Fistful of Frags 3.0

The original western themed mod returns with new strengths.

Posted by R_Yell on Jul 4th, 2010

Hey, it's been a long time since last beta, the fact is development ceased after 2.6. I'd say there were two main reasons: community seemed to decrease each new beta and mod progress was held back by some serious technical issues. However I always felt like this project still wasn't finished, it just reached a ceiling we couldn't break by that time.

If there was going to be any new version such technical problems should be approached or we'd keep running in circles. My work on Dual Reality made me a much better coder, and that experience has been critical to commit this new beta. There were some engine glitches like player movement or hit registry since the very beginning. A much needed upgrade to latest SDK has fixed many problems, lag related issues are handled much better up to the point a ping over 200 doesn't feel any more laggy (movement wise) than a local game. Some major fixes and improvements have been applied to our mod code too, so weapon prediction glitches and several exploits are now a thing from the past.

On top of that, we never released a Linux server build. Beta 3.0 will be played on Linux servers too thanks to the immense work made by Psychonic. He also added fixes, security improvements, plug-in compatibility and will grant us full SourceMod support. You may know him for projects like SourceMod or HLStatsX, his help may push this mod up to levels we couldn't imagine before.

More highlights: player movement has been redone completely. No sprint, no stamina, no movement restrictions. This was an efficiency problem, could we reach same goals than old movement system using a simpler and less frustrating approach? New system features no other limitation than a progressive speed penalty when player jumps/strafes, same speed over all directions. Feels way smoother, quicker gameplay overall and is friendlier for newcomers. Melee weapons get a default speed similar to old sprint.

This isn't a feature-centered release as you can see. Focus has been those things which weren't working as we wanted. There are however a few important additions which will be commented in a future news post. For the moment I'd like to feature a new map: fof_robertlee. This level , based on one of the most famous steamboats from the Old West era, presents a good chance for close quarters combat and gameplay wise it's a nice departure. Thanks to Morricone for developing this amazing idea.

Beta 3.0: fof_robertlee by Morricone/RYell Beta 3.0: fof_robertlee by Morricone/RYell

My thoughts about 3.0 are clear, this is a huge leap. Fun weapons and maps, quality music/sounds and original gameplay were there, now comes technical polish, server support and game balance to max out the experience. Next day I'll talk about our incoming final testing stage, you still can help us and we'll reward you in a very special way!

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Juffe
Juffe Jul 4 2010, 12:31pm says:

Cool.

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theM3nace
theM3nace Jul 4 2010, 12:34pm says:

!!!!!\(T-T)/ thank god!
I was there when it fell asleep and I couldn't stand it, it was so awesome and now it's back! F yeaH!

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Saladofstones Online
Saladofstones Jul 4 2010, 12:37pm says:

Awesome.

Are there going to be any additions to the bots?

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R_Yell Author
R_Yell Jul 4 2010, 2:41pm replied:

They handle reload better in deathmatch :), no well, they are just a complement not much work done.

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AnarchyDom
AnarchyDom Jul 4 2010, 1:11pm says:

It's back? Nice, always loved Fistful of Frags and was disappointed when I'd heard development had ceased. Hopefully the playerbase'll pick up again.

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FJS
FJS Jul 4 2010, 1:37pm says:

This is great... Since the latest version I stopped playing because I couldnt find how to disable the fuc***g bots and the game was too laggy. I'm also really looking foward for the new movement system.

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DejaPu
DejaPu Jul 4 2010, 2:42pm says:

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

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MattmanDude
MattmanDude Jul 4 2010, 3:07pm says:

This is an awesome game. All it needs is SP. And I don't mean MP modes played SP, I mean an actual SP campaign. That would be awesome. It would make this mod very popular too. It'd be nice to infuse a little more interest the the western genre in gaming.

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modlisk
modlisk Jul 4 2010, 3:19pm says:

Oh my god. I can't wait.

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rellik_pt
rellik_pt Jul 4 2010, 4:28pm says:

good to see the mod alive

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BlueSunsleader
BlueSunsleader Jul 4 2010, 4:29pm says:

O the Devs are still alive, who of thought it? :)

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DarkLiberator
DarkLiberator Jul 4 2010, 5:59pm says:

Can't wait!

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Jesusfreak
Jesusfreak Jul 4 2010, 6:08pm says:

This news just made my day. You guys really need to get a Steam installation application, then this mod would always be played.

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izzysinz
izzysinz Jul 4 2010, 6:56pm says:

Good to hear your back, Maybe this time you wont shut down the forums when the community starts to get good ;)

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UKcharlie
UKcharlie Jul 4 2010, 7:06pm says:

Great news

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Rawket
Rawket Jul 4 2010, 7:14pm says:

I'm glad this is still being worked on.

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Mastix
Mastix Jul 4 2010, 11:46pm says:

Waited for that post RYell, as one that tests 3.0 I can tell you guys that it's an absolute blast!

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Velmarshal
Velmarshal Jul 5 2010, 4:14am says:

Reminds me of the Hitman Blood Money level.

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KindredPhantom
KindredPhantom Jul 5 2010, 7:19am says:

Nice, i look forward to 3.0.

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Torabi
Torabi Jul 5 2010, 7:34am says:

Finally it is made public! Good job RYell.

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yester
yester Jul 5 2010, 8:26am says:

Funny thing : I had on my mind yesterday precisely "The only big thing that will be missing now (except many 3rd party mappers) is the long-awaited linux dedicated server build :D ..Amazing

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Sire
Sire Jul 5 2010, 10:49am says:

ohhhhh yes! i enjoyed fof so much in the past and now it returns! good times incoming :D

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Mattiasrex
Mattiasrex Jul 5 2010, 11:59am says:

sweeeEEEEEeeeet

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Xylemon
Xylemon Jul 5 2010, 9:24pm says:

Yes!

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Kingo64
Kingo64 Jul 5 2010, 10:14pm says: +1 vote     reply to comment
stromsen
stromsen Jul 6 2010, 12:03am says:

after i'm back from my journey i will download and play that game to the fullest..... love that fistful game ;-) yeeeeehaaaaw

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Savci
Savci Jul 6 2010, 10:16am says:

I..did not see any people playing the last year.

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Himme
Himme Jul 6 2010, 12:19pm says:

I hardly got to play the mod before, just a few matches. Will be fun to see it back :)

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