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#1 thanoulas

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:20 AM

Hi, as a few of you might know I've been working on a HiRez Native Launcher for the past week, specifically for the Tribes Ascend game.
I've made a lot of progress, but there are a few things that still need to be done, the most important being the installation of the game without the need for windows or a VM.

This launcher is used by HiRez Studios for their other games as well, and the result could end up being a fully featured Launcher for all of them (Smite, Tribes Ascend, Global Agenda).

Here is a screenshot of the Work In Progress:
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The project is being developed in Objective-C# / Mono 2.9 and Wineskin
It's a pretty big project, so any help would be appreciated.
A private and a public beta will follow, before the release.

I will need 4-5 beta testers for the private beta test, they will only be needed to test the launcher, and not the game itself.
You will need to download approximately 3GB from the net!
Only members of the forum please, Porters have priority. First come, first served.
Oh, and admins / mods I'd appreciate a Member's project thread! Thanks!

Final List of Private Beta Testers:
  • wMin17
  • moussaillon
  • blinxfrost
  • kGameLover1
  • yujenisis
Sorry to those who didn't make it in, you will be able to test the public beta soon.

Special Message for the Private testers:
Please, do NOT redistribute the files that you will receive once the private beta starts. Their purpose is to make a stable enough version to share it with everyone, and the private beta is not going to be anything like that. If you do share the file with anyone and that comes into my attention, you will receive my eternal fury :ph34r:
and I will make sure that the launcher won't work in your machine again B)

Once the first working version is ready, you will receive a PM with instructions and the link to the file.
You will then need to post here your results.
Please document everything you do step by step, in proper readable english (blinx :P)
You will need to go through the setup process at least 3 times, each time doing something different. Random keypresses and attempts to f%^k up the launcher are more than welcome. Please, try and break it :)

MAY 2, 2012
The first test is underway! Instructions and links have been sent to the private testers!
I am going on, trying to find a way to decompress the archive! After that, it's just a matter of porting!

ACTIVE BUGS/TASKS LIST that need to be resolved BEFORE the PUBLIC BETA:
  • CRC check the downloaded file(s)
  • Retry download if CRC fails
  • Timeout download and retry
  • Extract the .dfc file
  • Make the wrapper
Thanks for your interest! I'll try and make sure your time is rewarded by giving you the ability to finally play this great game!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:31 AM

I would love to :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

What about posting an article on the front page in the member's projects section? It could bring more visibility on this big project :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

I Do It :D. will global agenda work via steam?

if global agenda works via steam would still need custom launcher because steam can still update right?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:12 PM

View Postmoussaillon, on 25 April 2012 - 12:05 PM, said:

What about posting an article on the front page in the member's projects section? It could bring more visibility on this big project :)
I'd prefer to have some actual results first. The public beta probably.

View Postblinxfrost, on 25 April 2012 - 12:11 PM, said:

I Do It :D. will global agenda work via steam?

if global agenda works via steam would still need custom launcher because steam can still update right?
No, as far as I've seen from their code, even steam still goes through the launcher.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

View Postthanoulas, on 25 April 2012 - 12:12 PM, said:

I'd prefer to have some actual results first. The public beta probably.


No, as far as I've seen from their code, even steam still goes through the launcher.
ok i still test it

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:34 PM

I already had first dibs on testing....I'm still up for this :P

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

View PostKGameLover1, on 25 April 2012 - 01:34 PM, said:

I already had first dibs on testing....I'm still up for this :P
You were already in by default :)
One to go, mousaillon, I didn't get it you're in or not?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:44 PM

Well, to be honest I have no porting skill at all (I'd be glad to learn) but if you need me to test or search info I'm your man :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:28 PM

In you are then, I'm looking for testers not porters. I only said porters have priority over normal users for obvious reasons, but you fit the bill :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:34 PM

View Postthanoulas, on 25 April 2012 - 11:20 AM, said:

I will need 4-5 beta testers for the private beta test, they will only be needed to test the launcher, and not the game itself.
You will need to download approximately 3GB from the net!
Only members of the forum please, Porters have priority. First come, first served.

If you're still looking for testers I'd love to help you out. I don't have any porting experience but I do have a few Macs to test with, and a PC with an existing Tribes Ascend account.

Either way, thank you so much for taking this on. :)

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:20 PM

i know a good amount of coding and troubleshooting id be interested to help out, i have 3 different macs and have gone deep enough into wine and ciderx
to make my own engines and game ports

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:19 AM

I am definitely in this!  I was the first comment :)

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

Private beta signups are now closed. See the first post.
There might be some more openings if more testers are needed. Please monitor this thread to check that.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:06 PM

aww man :(

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

what are you complaining about?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:33 PM

View Postblinxfrost, on 26 April 2012 - 12:06 PM, said:

aww man :(
You're in, why are you sad?
If it's for the "comment" I made, it's nothing personal, I just need to clearly understand why something is broken when it's broken in order to fix it.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:33 PM

View Postthanoulas, on 26 April 2012 - 12:33 PM, said:

You're in, why are you sad?
If it's for the "comment" I made, it's nothing personal, I just need to clearly understand why something is broken when it's broken in order to fix it.
ok

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

wow, the beta tester list was very fast filled >_>

I was interested in testing as well XD Poor thing that I was to late.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:47 AM

Status update on the launcher anyone??? I had given up hope and started using bootcamp.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 03:38 AM

It'll be done when it's done. Be patient - at least he's working on it.

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in game my guy spins out of control only way i can control is arrow keys my hands are to nubby to reach them and shot

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Just wanted to let you know that if you need any more testers, feel free to hit me up. Props for doing this, hope us OSX'ers can play it soon without having to go through Parallels or Bootcamp (don't have a copy of Windows unfortunately). Good luck :)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:31 PM

Main post updated with the latest news (or "Bump"(sic)) :D

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:49 PM

Sweet! I'm excited. Starsiege was one of my favorite games... who remembers it? :D

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in game my guy spins out of control only way i can control is arrow keys my hands are to nubby to reach them and shot

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How to use a Wineskin wrapper!


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for the update thanoulas! Ready to get at work :)

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:53 PM

Oh, by the way, any suggestions on the user interface are welcome!

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:50 PM

View Postthanoulas, on 01 May 2012 - 04:53 PM, said:

You will need to go through the setup process at least 3 times, each time doing something different. Random keypresses and attempts to f%^k up the launcher are more than welcome. Please, try and break it :)
Breaking Stuff I Really Good At That :D

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 05:52 PM

View Postblinxfrost, on 01 May 2012 - 05:50 PM, said:

Breaking Stuff I Really Good At That :D
looooooooooooooooooool... good one.. at least you can laugh at yourself and not get all butthurt. I'd give you a Like but I've reached my quota for the day.

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in game my guy spins out of control only way i can control is arrow keys my hands are to nubby to reach them and shot

View my ports! <--- Orcs Must Die, Payday, Fallout, I Wanna Be The Guy, and more!

How to use a Wineskin wrapper!


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

View PostKGameLover1, on 01 May 2012 - 05:52 PM, said:

looooooooooooooooooool... good one.. at least you can laugh at yourself and not get all butthurt. I'd give you a Like but I've reached my quota for the day.
believe it or not i think i broke my winetricks i think

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:29 PM

View Postblinxfrost, on 01 May 2012 - 06:18 PM, said:

believe it or not i think i broke my winetricks i think
blinx pls how u brek winetricks it impossibru

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in game my guy spins out of control only way i can control is arrow keys my hands are to nubby to reach them and shot

View my ports! <--- Orcs Must Die, Payday, Fallout, I Wanna Be The Guy, and more!

How to use a Wineskin wrapper!





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