Message of the day

In Alpha 1.12 Survivalcraft will get a message of the day feature. So if a problem like the audio issue in 1.11 happens again, I will have a way to tell everybody who launches the game how to workaround it. I think it’s important, because there are a lot of players who don’t ever read the blog or even know about its existence.

Notch was in a better position here because in case of problems he could release a fix in a matter of minutes, while Survivalcraft has to go through the MS certification.

MOTD will appear in the main menu screen above the buttons. The game will try to download MOTD data only when it’s running and at most every 8 hours (provided that the game is active all the time), and the data itself is tiny, so bandwidth usage is close to zero. Initially I will be using Dropbox public folders to host the MOTD content. Dropbox website says there is a 20GB/day bandwidth limit, which should be good enough for up to some millions of players :-) Well, this will put it to the test.

MOTD will also be used as a notification about update and new/upcoming features.

Btw. the dangerous creature still needs some spawning and special audio work before it’s ready. And the cows now run away when they get attacked or are set on fire.

 

13 Comments

  1. Chandler Zwick
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 00:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Kaalus can you pretty please add minecarts and switch’s? Pllllleeeeaaasssseeee? I want to make a awesome roller coaster.

    • Posted May 28, 2012 at 10:29 | Permalink | Reply

      I think this is rather low priority at the moment… Also it’s very much like Minecraft so I’d rather do something else instead :-)

      • DUCKZUES
        Posted May 29, 2012 at 02:48 | Permalink | Reply

        I I love the idea of mine arts but u could just do hook able vehicles like u can make tracks and choose from a variety of vehicles such as cars bikes roller coasters maybe mine carts etc. And it would be a new idea… I still would like the idea of something similar to mine carts and pressure plates… What about switches and or press able buttons… Also a switch to turn lights on and off and make trapdoors open, but most of all I think we should be able to have lockable doors with a 1-10 did get lock a 9 dot lock or old-fashioned key lock…

  2. Chandler Zwick
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 00:11 | Permalink | Reply

    Oh yea cool message of the day thing. :)

  3. Duxk
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 01:07 | Permalink | Reply

    This is a good addition and should keep people from giving the game bad reviews based on glitches.

  4. fred
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 01:25 | Permalink | Reply

    EPIC!!!

  5. bob
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 02:58 | Permalink | Reply

    The message of the day is cool and useful but I am so curious and excited about the dangerous creatures I hope they are cool.

  6. Chris
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 03:30 | Permalink | Reply

    Wait, what? You can set animals in fire!?!? I never thought of trying that! Time to cook some food.

  7. bob
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 16:22 | Permalink | Reply

    Can you make cows drop beef and I think bulls should also drop beef instead of beacon

    • Posted May 28, 2012 at 18:38 | Permalink | Reply

      I will eventually when there is a survival mechanic that will differentiate it from bacon. But at the moment beef would be just a different named bacon.

      • 420lifestile
        Posted May 28, 2012 at 20:38 | Permalink | Reply

        When will it come out

  8. DUCKZUES
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 02:37 | Permalink | Reply

    Cool

  9. xXFEAR70Xx
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 04:38 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey kaalus you should add beds and special settings like we could make certain maps where it is only night. Hey and good work on this game

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