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  1. Nah, tomorrow is this Friday.
  2. Welcome to the 14th edition of W3D Weekly! Let's get into it! Community News There's nothing too new to talk about on the general community side of things, but something worth mentioning is that @ Coolrock made a thread on the forums recently for people to post their old community photos. There's some good ones in there already, but if you have some moments that you want to re-share, feel free! You can find the thread here: Red Alert: A Path Beyond - Releasing 3.6 Soon! Today, we're going to report which levels will have new bot support. Stay tuned though, more exciting APB info below. The following levels are likely to be added to the lower player count rotation since they now support bot play: Canyon River Keep Off The Grass Under Be sure to attend our APB 3.6.0.0 game night on October 1. That is...checks watch... next Friday! I guess we'd better release by then. Have I mentioned there will be prizes involved?? Since we have too many updates to share and not enough weeks to stick to weeklies, we would like to share with you an APB update every day until 3.6 releases, so stay tuned for that! Cold War ConfrontationMore info from CWC this week! Today we're showing off the 3 basic NATO defence structures. This is the MG Nest. Armed with a .50 caliber M2 Browning heavy machine gun, this defensive structure will make quick work of any infantry trying to attack a NATO base. This is the TOW Nest. This structure is very similar to the MG nest, but is armed with a TOW missile launcher, perfect for eliminating vehicles. (Be warned, the TOW missiles WILL track you down once fired!) Finally we have the Stinger next, which is the anti-aircraft defensive structure. It has a pair of Stinger missile launchers mounted to a fire control system, as well as some camo netting. Going near this with a helicopter is not advisable. Don't worry, though. The Warsaw Pact has its own set of defences which shall be revealed all in due time. Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising No real updates from us this week, but rather a question. We've ben talking about the Battle Bunker again this week and how we should implement it. We have dug out one of our old demo videos which has an interesting implementation with key-carded doors, but we're a bit undecided on it at the moment. Check out the video in question below! Let us know your thoughts and ideas about how you feel this structure should be implemented! That's it for this week!Come back next time for some more bodacious W3D content! [blurb]We've got more APB, CWC and AR updates in this latest weekly update! Come and check it out![/blurb]
  3. Welcome to the 13th edition of W3D Weekly! This week it's an APB special with some AR thrown in for good measure! Community News Keep your diaries clear for Friday the 1st of October, as we will be hosting a game night for Red Alert: A Path Beyond! Find out more details from @ Coolrock and the gang below! Elsewhere in the wider community, the Generals community is celebrating 18 years of C&C Generals with some events happening across none days starting on the 18th of September. This showcase will feature mods that our very own @ GeneralCamo is involved with, so be sure to check it out! The image for the event is below and you can find the full schedule here. Red Alert: A Path Beyond Rain or shine, APB 3.6 is coming in just a few short weeks! That out of the way, I (@ ChopBam ) would be remiss if we didn't share another bullet point from the 3.6 changelog this week. Introducing the Soviet BTR! Role: Medium skirmisher and scout for the Soviet arsenal. Its speed and mobility are unmatched among Soviet ground skirmish units, making it great for scouting, early rushes, and intercepting Allied Longbows and infantry. Its characteristics put it in a role somewhere between the Allied Ranger and APC, with mobility and speed almost on par with the former, combined with the heavier firepower of the latter, all packaged into a unique unit that no longer feels like a copy-paste of the Soviet Ranger while also fitting the Soviet playstyle better than it did. Price: $750 (tentative). As with all things in a testing phase, it might be adjusted before release. Strong vs: infantry, aircraft, mines Weak vs: heavy vehicles, seacraft, buildings Notes: Although this unit generally replaces the Soviet Ranger on lower tech maps, it may appear in other places where the Soviet Ranger didn't, like Pipeline. The vehicle's textures (particularly the forest and desert versions) aren't final and are still subject to change. While we plan to do that eventually, we decided in the meantime that it's not something that's worth delaying the release. Thanks to @ Killing_You for concepting the unit, and @ Ice for providing this unit's model and texture. The rig was originally created by @ GeneralCamo and then worked on and tested by @ ChopBam with help and input from the testing team, especially @ ryknow69. Short clip of what it looks like ingame. Apocalypse Rising Over in AR land this week, we realised that shooting and repairing buildings from the inside was giving way too many points and credits. @ moonsense715 tracked down the issue with some help from the testers and we discovered that the points system was looking very wonky. To counter this, @ moonsense715 has made some adjustments to how we set the score of all of our units and buildings in the editor. Here are the basics: Score = A value we configure in the editor. Credits = Score Repair Score = 50% of Score Repair Credits = 50% of Score Previously the way we setup score required us to do some maths and if the HP of a unit changed (damage points were setup as a direct multiplier to the health of a unit/building), we would have to redo those maths. But now that we can just setup the score of what a unit is worth in points which makes the entire points system a lot easier to balance! Great job comrade @ moonsense715 ! In other news, @ Romanov has been hard at work putting some finishing touches on Tanya's character model! You can see the model below! Also on @ Romanov 's list is Einstein's lab, which will play a part in an upcoming map that he's making. That's it for this week!Come back next time for some more excellent W3D content! [blurb]The 13th edition of W3D Weekly is now out! This week it's an APB special with some AR thrown in for good measure![/blurb]
  4. Back before APB version 993 came out, the guy that modelled most of the vehicles (Sir_Phoenixx) used to post his work in progress models up on the forums. I kept a few of these images from across the years which you can see below: Also here are a couple of bonus Reborn memes for a laugh.
  5. I missed this thread the first time around. You guys are the best. Late congrats K0V. <3 We should totally start a post-your-old-community-photos thread at some point so that we can be all nostalgic. :D
  6. Welcome to the 11th edition of W3D weekly! Let's get straight to it! Red Alert: A Path Beyond This week we would like to discuss the new visible map boundary system added by ChopBam. At the "soft" map boundaries, we use red warning stripes that fade at distance. Once you go past them, they appear green from the other side. Included below is a quick video of how this may appear in a few different scenarios. * Note: Due to the way these stripes work, using lower texture settings may make these boundaries appear incorrectly or not at all. Battle For Dune @ Romanov has been making new buildings for Battle for Dune. Below you can see some examples of the Harkonnen Barracks and Wind Trap. Work continues on with great progress being made across the board! Renhalo @ Jerad2142 is back to working on Renhalo again, currently he’s adding a new level between 5b and 6a as the original campaign has a bit of a story telling jump between the two levels. He’s not sure when the level will be done but at the very least it will add some more new scripts to the TT branch. That's it for this week!Come back next time for some more kickass W3D content! [blurb]Welcome to the 11th edition of W3D weekly! This week we have updates from APB, BFD and RenHalo! Click below for more![/blurb]
  7. Welcome to the 10th edition of W3D Weekly! Dive in for your weekly dose of news below! DDoS Attacks First off I just want to address the elephant in the room here. Over the course of the past week, we've been getting hit with what we understand to be a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks. What this basically means is that an individual (or multiple individuals) are flooding our servers with a large amount of incoming junk traffic in order to bring them down. We're currently investigating what we can do in order to mitigate these attacks with the resources that we have at our disposal, however we are unaware of what the attacker's motivation is at this time. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be taking some defensive measures, but as this is still fresh and we're still gathering data, we will need some time. I'd also like to personally extend an arm out to the attacker to come and talk to me personally about what their motivation is and whether there is any way we can solve this problem amicably. I am not aware of anything that we have personally done as a team that would warrant these attacks, but I'm willing to hear the attacker out if they have legitimate complaints. If this situation can be solved diplomatically, we're willing to consider it for the good of the games. At the end of the day, all of this effort to shut down a small community that is trying to enjoy a niche game seems a bit much, so it would be good to understand the why of the situation right now. To the players, you have our word that we'll work to overcome these attacks if they persist, but in the meantime I'm sorry to say that we need more time to put some more substantial defence in place. We'll keep you all informed on Discord in the meantime. - @ OWA Tiberian Sun: RebornThankyou to everyone who joined us last Thursday for our Tiberian Sun: Reborn stream! It didn't go quite the way we anticipated, but we used the opportunity to take a closer look at TSR 2.0 form where we left it last year. If you would like to watch the stream again, it's has been linked below: Red Alert: A Path Beyond For the next release, we've made some adjustments to how the score sharing works when buildings are destroyed. In the current build, if a main base building is destroyed, every individual on the opposing team is given 250 points, regardless of their efforts during the match. Support structures and major defenses are 100 points per player and smaller defenses are 25 points per player. This has led to some complaints of unfairness when it comes to matches and game nights where individual scores matter. A player on a winning side could be AFK most of the round and earn well over 1000 points for simply being on the same team that destroyed the other team's buildings, whereas someone on the losing side who has superb amount of work to defend wouldn't earn any such advantage and may even be placed below the other team's bottom player on the roster. Our adjustment is this: the team's shared score pool will still earn the same amount of points as before (250/100/25 multiplied by the team's player count), but no longer are any extra points given to those individual players when buildings are destroyed. You must do the work if you want points. As a result, players will actually need to work to have a higher score, and not earn points sitting around. This also means game night awards will be more fair. Moonsense715 deserves credit for doing the coding gruntwork, and ChopBam has applied that code to the various parts of the game that need it to get this function working. Screenshots are included below of how the scoring works in the public (left) and internal (right) builds when one player destroys the War Factory by themself. You can see the Allies gain 1875 points in both, but the only points given to the players in the internal build are actually earned by the one player's work, and everyone else on the teams are still on equal footing with each other. Additionally to this, there are some points adjustments regarding the nuke flare and C4 charges: Disarming A-bomb flares will soon grant a joint 250 points to all the players who worked on it, and the other 250 points will awarded to the team's score after it's disarmed. In the current public build, 500 points went to the player who did the last bit of disarming. Disarming C4 charges will soon grant live points to all the players who work on it, rather than awarding all the points to the person who fired the final disarming shot. Bonus: Renegade X: Firestorm Surprise! We don't usually talk much about what other communities are doing, but the Renegade X team recently held another one of their Q&As on Renegade X Firestorm! If you've been living under a rock, this project is a very exciting and ambitious attempt at bringing a redesigned take on Tiberian Sun to the Unreal engine. Here's a link to the video below: Tiberian Sun: Rising Double surprise! We don't usually talk about what other non-C&C-FPS mods out there are doing, but this one deserves a special mention. Assassin's Tiberian Sun: Rising mod has been in development for a very long time now, but recently showcased some really exciting developments as part of the Tiberian Sun 22nd anniversary celebrations! A lot of you probably don't know this, but back around during 2005-2006 before the Apocalypse Rising team joined up with the A Path Beyond team, Assassin and the crew at C&C Source hosted Apocalypse Rising for us, which was a really fun time during development. You can read back through the first 20 AR dev blogs that catalogue this point in our development. One of the more amazing features in TS Rising however, is the Tiberium Ecosystem that evolves the state of the map as you play. Check it out below! We wish Assassin and the team all the best with this awesome project! That's it for this week!Come back next time for some more top W3D content! [blurb]Welcome to the 10th edition of W3D Weekly! Dive in for your weekly dose of news below![/blurb]
  8. Welcome to the 9th edition of W3D weekly! Let's get straight into this week's updates! TSR Game NightTiberian Sun's 22nd anniversary is coming up and to celebrate it, we're hosting a Reborn Game Night! Join us for some Banshee flying and Titan stomping tomorrow at 7PM BST! We'll also be streaming on http://twitch.tv/w3dhub Here's a link to some more details! Tiberian Sun: RebornIn preparation for said event, @ Killing_You has taken some time off from Dead Legion in order to release a balance patch for TSR 1.6! Arnold is FINALLY nerfed! Check out the full details right here: Red Alert: A Path Beyond Thanks to more great work from @ CMDBob , in the next release, @ ChopBam reports that infantry will actually be slightly shorter when they crouch, which means their target box from other players gets visibly shorter, and they can wedge into slightly shorter spaces. Practically, this doesn't have huge gameplay implications, but it's now completely possible to create spaces only accessible by crouching. These crouch percentage values can differ between character classes, and will be able to be edited live on singleplayer LAN mode with the console command EDIT_HUMAN. Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising@ Romanov has put some finishing touches on the Time Machine, which will feature in a new map that he's making. Elsewhere @ OWA has been making sure that dogs look cool whilst driving vehicles. Y'know, important stuff! That's it for this week!Come back next time for some more bang tidy W3D content! [blurb]Welcome to the 9th edition of W3D weekly! Let's get straight into this week's updates![/blurb]
  9. Welcome to the 8th edition of W3D weekly! It's a bit later in the week than usual, but we've got some good stuff to show off! Interim Apex@ Kaskins posted an update for Interim Apex recently which adds a plethora of new vehicles and rebalances a large amount of the game. head to the thread below to check out the full list of changes and updates! Also, please join me in congratulating both @ Kaskins and @ dblaney1 for becoming fully fledged @Staff Moderators! This prestigious title is coveted amongst all W3D Developers. W3D Engine - Scripts 4.7 Update 1 Just in case you didn't see it last week, Scripts 4.7 Update 1 is now out! If you're a Renegade player or a server owner, head on over to the thread below and grab the update! Upcoming EventsTiberian Sun's 22nd anniversary is coming up and to celebrate it, we've been asked to host a Reborn Game Night! Join us for some Banshee flying and Titan stomping on the the 19th of August at 7PM GMT! Here's a link to some more details! Red Alert: A Path Beyond This week's update comes from @ Ice on the new Artillery model that's being assembled! It's no secret that our current artillery model remains one of the oldest vehicle assets in the game, and has really been showing its age next to our more recently updated vehicles: Several replacement models had been worked on by different artists over the years, but none ended up being implemented, and so the increasingly ancient artillery model soldiered on as most other vehicles progressively received shiny new models. Back in May, @ ChopBam ran a poll on what the best replacement would be, between two primary contenders: Results were mixed. On one hand, A's large boxy rear was at odds with the open style of the classic unit, and the gun barrel was too small. The model also had too many details which led to an excessive polycount. On the other hand, B's gun barrel was too big, while the large spade on the rear didn't fit the style of the classic unit or the gameplay of the APB version. The model also seemed somewhat unfinished and had some notable clipping issues. In the end, although both models looked quite nice in their own right, neither was ideal for our needs, and so we went back to the drawing board to combine the best aspects of both into a new design. Given the game's alternate-universe setting and the ambiguity of the available source material, we decided to get a bit creative with it. Here's a sneak peak, along with some of our sources: In the spirit of classic C&C nostalgia, the new model is now based primarily on the ingame sprite, with details selectively taken from both the cameo model and the Remastered version, all combined into something unique that feels like a more faithful interpretation than either A or B above. Red Alert 2: Apocalypse RisingThis week we gave the Conscript a new weapon because we were finding that he felt a bit too bland as a unit. We took some inspiration from Red alert 3 and now the Conscript has a Molotov Coctail that he can throw. This deals damage over time in an area, so it's perfect for flushing out deployed infantry and denying passage through corridors. Just watch out, because it does deal damage to you if you throw it too closely to your feet! By making this, we were also able to create this horrifying display masterpiece of 6 Mama Romonovs spinning on a merry-go-round. More important content to come next week. That's it for this week!Tune in next time for some more excellent W3D content! [blurb]Welcome to the 8th edition of W3D weekly! It's a bit later in the week than usual, but we've got some good stuff to show off![/blurb]
  10. Probably worth poking @ Kaskins and @ dblaney1 about this one.
  11. This type of low-content post is not acceptable. I've locked this topic as a result.
  12. Yeah I think the general idea is to stop repairs if a vehicle sitting on the SD was damaged within the last X amount of seconds.
  13. Welcome to the 7th edition of W3D weekly! We're a day late, but that's not too bad! W3D Engine - Scripts 4.7 Update 1 Just in case you didn't see it last week, Scripts 4.7 Update 1 is now out! If you're a Renegade player or a server owner, head on over to the thread below and grab the update! Upcoming EventsTiberian Sun's 22nd anniversary is coming up and to celebrate it, we've been asked to host a Reborn Game Night! Join us for some Banshee flying and Titan stomping on the the 19th of August at 7PM GMT! Here's a link to some more details! Red Alert: A Path Beyond This week, @ ChopBam is here to show off his new Service Depot repair animation, based completely on the Service Depot animation that takes place in Red Alert. Those who are extra observant may also notice a change to the cost of repairs. With some things still in the works that are related to this, however, a proper announcement for that feature may come in a future weekly. Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising Over in AR land, @ moonsense715 has been hard at work lengthening our existing toolkit of modular road tiles. This will offer us more flexibility when creating city maps. Check it out below! In other news @ Romanov has been working on models for both Tanya and the Soviet union's prime matriarch, Mama Romanov! Tanya is still a work-in-progress currently, but Mama Romanov is ready to dish out the bowls in the canteen to keep the Soviet war machine well fed (but not too fed!) Now then, be a good Conscript otherwise there's no borscht for you! That's it for this week!Tune in next time for some more excellent W3D content! [blurb]Welcome to the 7th edition of W3D weekly! We're a day late, but that's not too bad![/blurb]
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