"All the news that fits, we print."
Vol. 3, No. 7
In This Edition
Empire Toolkit 0.1.0
Kevin Morgan has release the toolkit with new C_SYNC capabilities.
Perl Empire Client 2.8
A new mapping tool and some bug fixes.
Empire Server 3.0.21
is the latest release, with a bunch of bug-fixes.
British Blitz Has New Options
Ed Down's British Blitz features a new distribution scheme.
Two new long term games started up this month.
was won by RedDog.
No new games are accepting players.
Current Long-Term Games (http://www.empire.net/~children/pea_pages/games.html)
Two new games have started since the last Empire News: Thematic IV and Generic Empire.
Current Blitzes (http://www.empire.net/~children/pea_pages/blitzes.html)
For the most up-to-date information on available blitzes, see the Empire
page above. By popular demand, here are the three blitzes confirmed
operational at press time:Blitz Name Host Port Comments Howitzer empire.net 7778 Latest server developments. (220.127.116.11) UAlberta brule.forsci.ualberta.ca 7777 Pretty vacant. Good for (18.104.22.168) beginners. British measun10.city.ac.uk 7777 Food is on. New distribution (22.214.171.124) scheme.
British Blitz changes
Ed Down has implemented his new threshold and distribution syntax on the British Blitz. He has also changed production priorities.
Empire Toolkit 0.1.0
Kevin Morgan has release a newly reworked toolkit. Client writers will be
interested in its C_SYNC handling capabilities. Download the toolkit from
the Empire FTP Archives (ftp://ftp.empire.net/pub/empire/player/tools/).
Those interested should also read the newly revised C_SYNC RFC
Perl Empire Client 2.8
Ken Stevens' release of pei 2.8
(http://www.empire.net/~children/PEA/player/clients/UNIX/) adds the tool "nmap", which shows sectors reflecting new designations. "pneweff" and "setfood" were also fixed.
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Empire Server 3.0.21 Released
Mostly bug fixes, from bugs reported by Keir Novik, Pat Loney, Aaron
Dewell, Ed Down, Jon Wright and Markus Armbruster.
The Empire 3 Server
If you'd like to try running the new server (http://www.empire.net/~children/PEA/deity/server/), it is available on
PEA. The latest release is 3.0.21. Patches to the server can be downloaded from the patch directory (http://www.empire.net/~children/PEA/deity/server/patch/).
The experimental (http://www.empire.net/~children/PEA/deity/server/experimental/)
server is also available. It contains a few changes and is now at
release 3.1.23. Markus Armbruster contributed some portability
patches. Sasha Mikheev added posix style threading. Ken Stevens did a
lot of bug-fixing.
For an up to date list of the changes in the new server, connect to
the Howitzer Blitz (http://www.empire.net/~children/pea_pages/blitzes.html) and type
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was won, for the second time in a row, by RedDog. BATF and McTavish
contributed to the win. Sorry, I wasn't fast enough to grab the results
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