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Crossfire 0.94.2 Announcement

Version 0.94.2 is mainly a bug fix release - very few new features were added, and it held up pretty good under a bit more playtest than I have been subjecting previous released too.

NOTE: The way animations are dealt with has been changed. Thus, you can not run the new server with an older version of generated archetypes. The new collect.pl should make up a new archetypes file that should work if you have added other archetypes. But don't expect to be able to compile the new server and only use that without encountering some problems.

NOTE 2: The config file as distributed is set up for only new client/server usage. If you are using old method, you should uncomment the SERVER line, and comment out the NO_ADD line. This is how whitestar.pyrsonal.org is running.

Enclosed at the end of this message is a copy of the changes made.

There are five separate tar archives in the Crossfire 0.94.2 distribution:

sums (bsd) filename
63283 918 crossfire-0.94.2.arch.tar.gz
20259 91 crossfire-0.94.2.client.tar.gz
10701 860 crossfire-0.94.2.doc.tar.gz
59369 3004 crossfire-0.94.2.maps.tar.gz
23690 2421 crossfire-0.94.2.tar.gz

Sums (md5)
4d8175b517f6c96eeb9ad406b17f1c20 crossfire-0.94.2.arch.tar.gz
d0d9acb05c8479334580e2d7f0457e1a crossfire-0.94.2.client.tar.gz
504feb1fb85956471535b1230017e02c crossfire-0.94.2.doc.tar.gz
03533cc5ad2da4ec9308d5e71d36749e crossfire-0.94.2.maps.tar.gz
cc59e08438fa2b8ae6cd0194f533ec75 crossfire-0.94.2.tar.gz


There is no diff patch for this version. One reason is because you must have a new archetypes file. The second reason is that there were a lot of formatting changes made, which would make for a fairly large and/or a fairly messy patch.

crossfire-0.94.2.tar.gz contains the actual program code. See the CHANGES file in this archive for everything that has changed. It also contains pre-made archetypes and image files (along with postscript spoiler and handbook), so that the crossfire-0.94.2.arch.tar.gz file is not needed.

crossfire-0.94.2.arch.tar.gz contains the unpacked archetype (arch) directory. This file is not needed if you just want to compile the games and play. The contents of this archive is used to create the archetypes, bmaps, font, and X PixMap (XPM) files. You only need it if you want to add new archetypes, mess around with the existing ones, or recreate some files. You also need this if you want to create the images for the html versions of the playbook and handbook, but read the notes about the doc archive below.

crossfire-0.94.2.doc.tar.gz: This contains all the preformatted documentation from the doc directory (really, everything there is.) What you get is postscript versions of the spoiler and handbook, along with html versions WITH all images premade (this is the only archive that has the GIF images premade). What you don't get is the source code for the latex spoiler and handbook. If you just play the game but would like full documentation, this is the archive to get. Everything in here can be recreated if with tar and arch archives.

crossfire-0.94.2.maps.tar.gz contains all the maps. Maps fixed up to remove color information that was causing some crashes.

crossfire-0.94.2.client.tar.gz: Contains the new client (tcp/ip). Some bug fixes, and a few new features. If using the client, you should update from 0.94.1


FOR FIRST TIME USERS: You will need the crossfire-0.94.2.tar.gz and crossfire-0.94.2.maps.tar.gz file. You do not need the crossfire-0.94.2.arch.tar.gz file. If you just want to play the game at some remote server and have no interesting in compiling it, you may then want to get the crossfire-0.94.2.doc.tar.gz file and crossfire-0.94.2.client.tar.gz (for new servers)

There are no changes to the sound file - you can get the older version if needed.

Crossfire is avaible on the following ftp sites

Primary:
ftp.pyramid.com:/pub/crossfire (129.214.1.30)
ftp.ifi.uio.no:/pub/crossfire (129.240.64.44)

Secondary:
ftp.real-time.com/pub/games/crossfire (206.10.252.12)
yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au:/pub/crossfire (130.194.9.1)
ftp.cs.city.ac.uk:/pub/games/crossfire/
ftp.sunet.se:/pub/unix/games/crossfire (130.238.127.3)
ftp.cs.titech.ac.jp:/pub/games/crossfire
adams.humbug.org.au:/pub/crossfire (203.15.36.242) -
Australian users only please.

I uploaded this version to just ftp.pyramid.com - it should be on the other ftp sites in a short time.

Mark Wedel
mark@pyramid.com
05/16/98