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New Years Event Delayed

jeff
Lead Developer
Jen: M
Our apologies to everyone, but unfortunately Antilia will not be ready in time for the event we had planned on December 31st. Yesterday a major bug was discovered in our auto-update and data archiving system, resulting in random crashes and missing objects in-game. While a technical work-around involving deleting and renaming files may be possible, crashes and complicated technical instructions on how to fix them is not how I want to kick off any social event.

Antilia is experiencing what are known in the industry as "growing pains". I hadn't intended to work on the auto-update system any time soon, but as Antilia grows sometimes things will simply break. Antilia has needed an official installer since the first test, and I think this is a good opportunity to not just fix the archive system but improve the entire installation and updating process.

We will re-schedule the event in January but can't set a specific date just yet. We'll plan the new event to run for a full weekend rather than just a single day.



The Technical Details


For those that are not interested in the technical details feel free to jump to the next section, but I expect some in the community would like more information as regards to exactly what went wrong. On Friday we decided to start testing Antilia within the development team, and the quickest way to start testing was to push out an update and run the server in developer-only mode. After publishing an update with the new client both Lokosicek and I immediately began experiencing serious problems in the game, including crashes and logs reporting that various random files could not be loaded. After many hours of sleuthing, I discovered that new data being added to the game data files was becoming corrupted. As it turns out, our data storage system is limited to a max of 2 gigabytes of data, beyond which it fails catastrophically. (While looking into the problem I also discovered that the storage system is extremely inefficient - nearly 40% of the data files is wasted space. I didn't create the system myself, so I'm not entirely certain why it is implemented like this.)

Rather than try to fix this system, I would prefer to find a simpler, more efficient way of storing game data that would suit Antilia's needs better.



A Case for an Official Testing Team


While I think there will always be the potential for an obscure bug that comes out of nowhere and surprises the development team, this case has really made the point that we need a better way of testing Antilia. While inviting the community to jump onto the server for an event here and there worked in 2012-2013, we need to move to the next phase. If our goal is to build a game and server that can run 24/7, we need a test server that runs 24/7. These aren't new ideas, I've written before on the topic of improving our testing model, and immediately following this event I plan to follow through in creating an official testing team.



Again - we apologize for this delay, especially toward those who downloaded the client early or who have not yet had the opportunity to play Antilia. We'll announce the new event dates as soon as we test Antilia more thoroughly and are satisfied it is ready for the community.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 2:15pm
Jeff Leigh - Lead Developer - Right Brain Games
Raccoonstorm
Jen: 30
To be honest I'm glad you're delaying it.
My internet is really bad and I might not have been able to play,
but if you do it in January there is a 40% higher chance I can participate.

Also, progress!
Couldn't have stayed with that one launcher/installer forever.
Antilia is growing up! ((Can't wait until we potty-train it.))


... A testing server you say? I have experience in- wait no. I don't.
... A testing server you say? I can get experience in testing.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 3:07pm
Jump and press the O button, Sly.
WWWWWWWW
Jen: 47
No biggie! I think the 31st was a really busy day for many of the friends.

Are you saying the data storage system is something you didn't write yourself?
Saturday, December 27, 2014 4:19pm
jeff
Lead Developer
Jen: M
Quote by WWWWWWWW:
Are you saying the data storage system is something you didn't write yourself?

Well, Shane created it as part of the original Toi engine. It's one bit of code that's always just worked - so I hadn't taken much of a look at what it's doing until now.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 4:36pm
Jeff Leigh - Lead Developer - Right Brain Games
Fishdevil
Jen: 14
Take your time!!!
Saturday, December 27, 2014 4:44pm
Hi
blueslyster

Jen: 99
...Gonna need a bigger mallet to squash those bugs... except the Jidou... gonna need a bigger jar for the milk. Mmm Jidou Milk~.
Saturday, December 27, 2014 5:23pm
Sly da' Talikus aka LongSly
I will mallet all who question me! O.O
Noxious Skunk

Jen: 104
I'm also glad that it got delayed. I attempted to get the whole day off on the 31st, but my work wouldn't let me, so I had to compromise to get off earlier that day. Not to mention that my family would want me to celebrate New Years with them, so I would have about three to four hours to play.

Now that it's been delayed, I'm relieved, especially since we're getting a whole week. I'll sure to be there.

Quote by blueslyster:
...Gonna need a bigger mallet to squash those bugs... except the Jidou... gonna need a bigger jar for the milk. Mmm Jidou Milk~.


I'll just mix that Jidou Milk with some Turf Crud...
Saturday, December 27, 2014 8:12pm
Venuspelt
Jen: 14
Well, I'm sad now.... Found this game about 6 moths ago and I've never played it..... Oh, well. I got a new laptop yesterday and It has plenty of room. Not to mention that windstream is a jag-off and only loads one file AN HOUR! Any-who, I cant wait to see what this looks like when it's 100% finished. Wish you the best of luck! :)
Saturday, December 27, 2014 8:42pm
Iron and Steel can make you strong, but you are nothing without a soul.
I am Divergent between Dauntless and Erudite.
blueslyster

Jen: 99
Quote by Noxious Skunk:
I'll just mix that Jidou Milk with some Turf Crud...

No! Not my milk!
Sunday, December 28, 2014 2:18am
Sly da' Talikus aka LongSly
I will mallet all who question me! O.O
Therolyn
Jen: 12
Here's hoping that this one step back will lead to many strong steps forward in the future.

100% prefer a delay if it means fixing something that would be a serious gamebreaker.
Sunday, December 28, 2014 5:30am
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