SP Superweek is now officially open! For one week, from today to the end of November, several exciting things are happening:


  • SP multipliers! All Premium members will earn 1.5x SP in Afterwind and 2x SP in atWar Alpha!

  • atWar Alpha is now open to everyone who wishes to have a look!

  • All Subscriptions and Premium packs now have massive discounts!


    After this, on the 1st of December, we're merging the two games (more details here: http://afterwind.com/events/news_comments.php?news_id=77).

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    Alright, here's the culmination of our video-editing efforts. Props to everyone who showed up for the game footage filming - sorry that no usernames are actually visible (apart from Reckoner's)

    HD viewing is mandatory!



    In case you're wondering, ProtoBytes is the name of our company (since there are 3 of us now, we need a proper name) which we forgot to announce, but whatever

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    In other news...
    To thank all premium members the next week will be officially known as SP Super-week! If you are a premium member you will get 150% times all your SP earned from the 24th to the 30th of November!

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    • Collaborators - it is now possible to work on the same map together with friends! Permissions can be set separately for adding/editing/removing countries, cities, units, borders and images. Located in the map options menu.
    • Scenarios, new option: limit reinforcements to the units available in player's home country.
    • Fixed a few minor issues.


    UPDATE:
    Fixed a bug that prevented the creation of new maps. Also, moved 'limit reinforcements to the units available in player's home country' to map options (advanced tab) instead of scenarios.

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    • Ability to turn off cities in scenarios and presets.
    • Copy the default units to any map from the units menu.
    • New option for custom units - availability (from-to week).
    • Shortcuts for map scenarios, map & scenario clones from the map/scenario details panel.
    • Chat now doesn't overlap games/maps/scenarios
    • There's now a warning message when the editor zoom exceeds the in-game maximum zoom, and a button to see the in-game maximum zoom.

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    • Ability to customize the country label positions.
    • Customize how units will look on a map (unit icons). We'll add some more icons in the future.
    • Separated countries / cities and units cloning (you now can clone just the units from another map).
    • Map preview feature.
    • Troop info box combines separate armies of the same player.
    • In map editor, country, city and unit lists are now searchable. Also, the list will now correctly preserve page and sorting after you edit an item.
    • New game settings-changing system: http://afterwind.com/forum/topic.php?topic_id=4545.
    • Casual games no longer can be changed to Quick games.
    • Game settings panel now opens automatically if new settings have been proposed.

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    We are trying to take some cool Alpha screenshots and gameplay video for the new epic trailer, but we need some well-populated games for this.

    The idea is to enter a game en masse, set turn time to 1-2 minutes, rapidly expand within the first 15 turns, then set off a lot of battles and change the turn time to 5 minutes, so we could capture a video properly.

    We are going to do this tomorrow (Thursday) evening. Everyone is welcome - the more, the merrier. Here's the schedule (UK time, please convert to local time here):

    19:00 - Space v1.2
    19:30 - A Song Of Ice And Fire
    20:00 - Greek World
    20:30 - Default map

    These four maps were chosen mostly for being photogenic/representative. No hard feelings if yours wasn't chosen.

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    • You can now create scenarios for the custom maps!
    • Better image resizing algorithm (not retroactive, need to re-upload the map images).
    • Increased max. zoom.
    • Updated rank-dependent SP system to make it more balanced.
    • Possibility to change your existing rating for maps and scenarios.

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    Our current promotion manager had to quit before ever starting (being unable to find any available time), which means the position is now open again.

    What we're looking for:
    We're looking for a third person to be an equal part of the team. Me and Amok want to concentrate on game development and need someone to take over all promotion-related things. This includes creating the buzz in the internet, requesting reviews, contacting people and companies, building connections, looking for potential partners, finding new creative ways to promote the game, handling the marketing, etc. The most important thing we expect, for starters, is bringing new players into the game.

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    After the release of the Custom maps alpha there's been all sorts of rumors about the future of the game, including various doom and gloom scenarios. Well, now we can finally set all these matters straight.

    On the 1st of December we're planning to merge the two separate games we currently have (the old game + Alpha). This is when the hard work some of you put into making custom maps will finally pay off (as people will actually start playing them!)

    As part of the process:

  • All existing custom maps will be kept intact.
  • SP and stats from the Alpha will be added to your SP and stats in the old game.
  • Upgrades will be reset (with SP refunded).
  • All players will have access to the game. As in the old version, some features will be Premium-only.
  • All Premium packs will remain, with a few (small) changes. Scenarios pack will be used for custom maps, as well as for scenarios.
  • Basically, things will continue as with a regular update, so DON'T PANIC!

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    We are, hopefully, getting closer to eliminating all Custom maps bugs. Here's the new batch fixed in this update:

  • Teleporting units & gigantic defence lines
  • Upgrades no longer unlock units that are disabled in maps
  • Minimap now resizes properly and proportionally
  • No more multiple hosts in the game lobby
  • Air Transport is now available by default
  • Fixed cities without unit icons
  • Air Units have 'can take units' unchecked by default
  • Country flags are now properly resizing in game menus
  • 'No open games' message now disappears when a new game is opened
  • Country-specific units no longer show up in other countries' city menus

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    It's been only 4 days since the Custom maps alpha launch, but thing have been evolving quite rapidly. We have 255 maps now (127 published) - most of them of questionable quality, but there are a few gems as well. Given time, I belive we will have some excellent custom maps on our hands, some probably surpassing the default map.

    Meanwhile, we've been working hard on fixing all the bugs (of which there were plenty!). All of the worst ones are gone now; still a few minor ones left to weed out. Thanks a lot to everyone who was helping us with bug reports!

    There were a lot of helpful suggestions as well - some already implemented (editor tools), others are still on the to-do list. The most recent addition is the customizable color scheme, allowing to fit labels and borders to you particular map and to use lighter maps.

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    Finally, it happened. The alpha version is available here:
    http://afterwind.com/alpha/game/

    At the moment, it's only available to Premium players (active subscription or Full package). The alpha uses completely separate database, so your account details are copied there. Registration is automatic. Nothing you do in the alpha affects your account in the current version. SP, ranks and medals are not transferred due to the radical changes there.

    Scenarios and presets are temporarily disabled, they will be back very soon!

    Feel free to poke around and create maps. Remember, that this is the alpha version, and it's pretty damn raw. We need your help in testing it and violently eradicating all the bugs. Please report them in the new forum: http://afterwind.com/forum/board.php?board_id=200

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    echipa atWar

    Amok - programare
    Ivan - design, website
    Clovis - programare
    Dave - wearer of many hats
    Brianwl - community relations and waffel advocate

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