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1  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Stars 'n Aliens: Testers Wanted on: 2004-08-24 09:44:07
Yes, we are working on a tutorial.
I'd prefer to do something in, say - flash, as part of the website, but people aren't likely to start there.
So I'm part-way through a design for a change in the client that would function as an in-line tutorial.  
I've got a few areas that make use of the flyover messages, but they are not everywhere.
We will intend to have much more content before we initiate the monthly charge.
As for the interface - yes, there is a lot there.  I've only got a few more areas that are coded with XYLayout.  Once those are converted, then I can turn off the size lock.  Ultimately, I intend to convert to a more 3D look, with overlays and controls that are only visible when available.  But I'm not a 3D programmer, and they don't grow on trees. Smiley

Thanks for your insight.
2  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Stars 'n Aliens: Testers Wanted on: 2004-08-23 19:15:27
Super annoying!    Sad
I installed the client.  Didn't have the same issues as blah3.  I would have preferred a jws and a straight download link.
Had to create an account.  Booo.  Sad
Got the password emailed to me.  Tried to login.  It said bad password, then closed the app.  Double boo.   Angry
I wanted to try it out, but so far its been lots of trouble.
Dr. A>

Well, it is a role playing game, so an account is needed in order to keep track of your player.  We require a valid e-mail address so that people don't randomly create accounts with names just to create them.

Our experience from working with IM clients taught us to close the login after a failed attempt.  Some kids seem to get a thrill from hacking other people's accounts, so we chose a more conservative behavior to prevent that.

Just this weekend I worked with a person who had a similar problem.  After getting him on a voice chat, I learned that he was double clicking the password in the e-mail (a good idea, actually), then doing a copy/paste and it was picking up the space after the word.  I've already changed the code to do a strip of whitespace.  It's sitting in the source for the next build.

I really feel bad for the problems you guys have had.  But I'm noting your issues and plan to make what changes I can to prevent others from having the same issues.  

I really appreciate you giving it a try.

As for the German, uhhh, I'm clueless.  I don't have any language extensions setup.
3  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Stars 'n Aliens: Testers Wanted on: 2004-08-22 20:19:25
Thanks for your input.

The installer is the free version of Zero G's "Install Anywhere Now".  I haven't had time to extend the support for other platforms, even though the installer supports them.

I've had feedback that the website isn't 'high-tech', even complaints that it's too simple.  Smiley  But I've never heard that javascript was an unacceptable web language.

I noticed that you post here quite a bit and appear to be quite knowledgeable with regard to java web start.  I appreciate your opinion on that.  I looked into an early version of jws and haven't had time to look at the current version.  As I've seen on other topic threads, it appears that there will be a newer version of this available soon.  If I have time, I'll try to look into it.  I also went to the grex site and noticed the article on jws.  I plan to make use of that resource in the future.

The direct link you were referring to is here:
Stars 'n Aliens Client with JVM.
Hopefully that will get you past the website issues.

Given your knowledge and experience, I'm interested to hear your opinions and feedback on the game.  However, it would be easier for me if you would use the forum at the website (forum link) after you have created an account within Stars 'n Aliens.

Thanks again.

4  Games Center / Archived Projects / Re: Stars 'n Aliens: Testers Wanted on: 2004-08-22 19:28:09
Was that error generated by the installer at the website, or did you get the game installed, then have that error occur?

5  Discussions / Jobs and Resumes / Stars 'n Aliens - Writers Needed on: 2004-08-22 19:01:27
Stars 'n Aliens is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in space.

We are looking for talented sci-fi genre writers willing to work on an 'if-come' basis.

Detailed information can be found at this private url:
SnA Help Wanted - Writer.

thank you
6  Games Center / Archived Projects / Stars 'n Aliens: Testers Wanted on: 2004-08-22 18:57:30
Project Description
Stars 'n Aliens is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in space. Gameplay consists of configuring the player's ship and using it to explore a universe full of Aliens, Items, and other Players. The interface is 2D static graphics. Most actions occur at the player's pace, with combat occuring in real time. Players can group and interact with other players.

Project Status
Currently Stars 'n Aliensis fully functional. We continue to design and add new functionality into the game. The current need is for testers. The game is open-ended, but through the use of Quests and Missions, we can provide players with a structure to pursue goals and provide direction within the game. We currently have a base set of Aliens to populate the Universe.

Request for Testers
At this time, we are seeking new players to play and evaluate the Stars 'n Aliens.
If you are interested in participating, please visit our website for screenshots and a downloadable java client.

Website: [size=10]Stars 'n Aliens[/size]
Click to Play

thank you
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