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RATS STEAM

Everyone is now invited to play RATS Multiplayer BETA. Join the RATS Steam Group to keep up with the latest updates, events, and news. The game is in beta, which means everyone should expect bugs, unexpected crashes, and frequent updates to both the game, and servers. The game type running is the RATS Team Deathmatch and the server is limited to 32 players. More game modes and servers to support them are coming soon. Servers are provided by Low Ping Servers.

 

3D Masons – Game Development, UDK Starter Kits, UDK Frameworks, and Tools

3D Masons has released the “UDK FPS/RPG Framework 3.0” for preorder. “The FPS framework is essentially a set of assets and scripts that binds the gap between what Unreal Development Kit provides and what a modern FPS is expected to have. There are hundreds of features that are standard in FPS games of today, these features all have to operate correctly, be kept updated with engine development, and work seamlessly over network.” The “FPS Framework” provides a full modern first-person role-playing game that supports a separate game layer to build your UDK games upon for rapid prototyping and commercial development. Read more information at: www.3dmasons.com.

3D Masons is owned and operated by Paul William Thomas, COO, and Lead Programmer of Magic Stone Studios, LLC..

 

 

RATS Beta

We are about to open beta back up to everyone who was previously invited. You will notice drastic changes but that should be expected. The game now comes with a user-friendly launcher, which will download the game, and keep it up-to-date whenever we make changes.

Those who have donated $25 or more will also be invited to join the beta release. In this opening you will have the chance to try out all the standard weapons available to R.A.T.S. and be part of the feature development process. After beta, everyone who participated in beta will automatically start at a higher rank, and given a weapon that no one else can own in-game. To be fair this weapon will be game-play balanced.

More coming soon. I figured I’d mention it for now at least.

Slow Load

The tutorials page is fixed to no longer attempt to load all of those tutorial videos. Instead you must click the tutorial title or one of the category anchor links at the top of each tutorial. Each tutorial also has a breadcrumb footer that can be used to navigate the tutorial better.

I wish I had more control of how that specific page was displayed but without spending a lot of time on it at the moment I figured it was best to wait until the layout design was finished. Then I can fine tune each of our pages and for now make sure it’s readable.

Still more work to be done, including moving the programming section of the tutorial, adding in the short tutorials I had posted on the original forums, and then following content updates I’m calling this done for now.

New Rig

I’ve just finished spending the day researching parts, prices, specs, and then adjusting to fit within a budget. I’m exhausted since it’s so hard to keep up with the latest technology, their average price, then web surfing to make sure you’re getting the best price or deal. NewEgg.com actually turned out the winner with hands-down the lowest prices including shipping.

If anyone is interested in what I purchased. I started with a new mid tower (IN WIN MANA 134) since the new power supply Jamie bought me is too small for my current full tower. I got this on a good coupon sale that I just had to add to NewEgg shopping cart that made it the cheapest tower with USB 3.0 on the front. It doesn’t half look bad either.

A MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard which I had selected from preferred specs such as Core i3/i5/i7, 32GB max ram, 2 PCI-E 3.0 slots, 2 PCI-E 2.0 slots, and SATA 6gb/s. This is the cheapest for my preferred specs and it just so happens to have a mail-in rebate, instant rebate, and a free 8GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance memory.

I went with a quad core, so for the best price of the day I got an Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz CPU that should fit the motherboard nice. I had to keep changing the CPU I wanted to purchase and I finally went with this one.

The graphics card, probably the most interesting for game developers and players. I didn’t have much of a budget left after the CPU, motherboard, and case. What I ended up with is a MSI N650Ti-1GD5 GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB and the reasons are; 1) the rebate, 2) the cheapest card with the most cores due to the rebate.

Last, I needed to make sure the recent problems aren’t due to the power/electricity in this house, so I purchased a CyberPower CP350SLG UPS to protect against surge and give me backup/saving battery time.

Without problems or delay, I hope to be back to game development within 4-7 days from today, and with a bit of gaming to try the speeds.

 

Moving Tutorials

For the moment I feel the need to move the tutorial over to the official website. This will be a long process but the modeling, rigging, and animation section will be finished today. The programming is a different story since it involves a lot of text and pictures, instead of videos.

You can still use the original tutorials, they’re not going anywhere until everything is moved. Source packages are still available temporarily to donors and soon they will be moved to a third party. This is to help with our overall server usage.

Refreshing the tutorials section you should notice posts constantly being added.

 

Wow

At this moment my borrowed laptop decided it doesn’t want to operate correctly anymore and instead refuse to run Windows normally, however still boot up, but refuse to play sound or accept USB input at all. No headset, mouse, or internet. If it wasn’t already bad enough.

Jamie has been working hard on the maps. He had posted screens not long ago on his Steam account and hopefully he will show them here. I would copy them myself but that is just a little more time consuming when using a Droid Razor to do everything.

After GUI, AI to map polishing, final touches, and we are ready to present Beta. More about that soon.

Feb 2013

Once again trying out another CMS and Forum combination and this may be a winner. For now I will be using this theme credited below but eventually have our own layout. There was one planned just never had the time to put it all together.

This blog is also a quick blog for testing but I am certain everything is working fine. I need to add more forums though.