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Halloween Event Stats

TagPro players love the zombie mode. Of registered players, the average number of zombie games played was 31.4. The most games played by a single player was 434!

Of all players that completed at least one game of Zombies, the flair stats are:

Those with Candy Corn: 69.6%
Those with Bat: 37.4%
Those with Jack: 15.6%

Persistence Pays

Players with between 1 and 25 games
Those with Candy Corn: 52.5%
Those with Bat: 14.8%
Those with Jack: 3.1%

Players with between 26 and 50 games
Those with Candy Corn: 97.6%
Those with Bat: 59.9%
Those with Jack: 20%

Players with between 51 and 75 games
Those with Candy Corn: 100%
Those with Bat: 81.6%
Those with Jack: 37%

Players with 76+ games
Those with Candy Corn: 100%
Those with Bat: 96.2%
Those with Jack: 61.9%

Greedy (in a good way) Players. The most Jacks.

ToucanSam: 12
Zeeres: 11
Bowlarity: 9

We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! See you next year…

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Periodic Progress Post – October 2017

We are retiring the Community Update that we did on reddit. It was a rollup of what we accomplished lately and what we were considering doing. We feel like being more active on the blog accomplishes communicating our updates much better. Just going to the home page of the blog and scrolling through it gives you a quick glance of what’s recently changed.

That said, we still want to communicate what we’re working on and thinking about. So we’ll still make periodic posts about that. This is one of those posts. Something to keep in mind is that we sometimes dump projects we are working, for a variety of reasons – it happens. So something you see in one of these posts may never get released.

PrivateMajor will still be operating in a community management role. On a monthly basis, I’ll be meeting with him and he’ll be distilling down what should be priorities, from the community’s perspective. If something warrants an official response from the development team, those will be included in this posts as well. So if you’d like to make sure PM sees a post, please continue to tag /u/PrivateMajor on reddit.

What have we been working on?

Platform and Framework Upgrades

We have been upgrading the technology that runs TagPro. That means the platform and frameworks that TagPro depends on. Upgrading these created a lot of breaking changes and we’ve had to address those. The payoff will be a more stable and performant product. Plus, it will unlock a lot of new language features for us to use in future code and projects we want to take on. We hope to be deploying the upgraded TagPro in the coming month.

Mod Tools

The tools the moderators use needed a big upgrade. A lot of progress has been made in a complete rewrite of them. The new tools will help moderators in their daily tasks and help keep the trolling and toxicity at a minimum in-game. We hope to have moderators testing the first versions of the new tool in the upcoming month.

Flair Stream

As part of a proof of concept for a larger project we want to take on, a flair stream was built. This will add a streaming list of flair being acquired by players to the home page of TagPro.

What are we thinking about?

Improvements to No-Script for Leagues

Chasing down cheaters is always going to be a challenge and a cat and mouse game. No-Script added some layers of protection to allow leagues to attempt and disable the use of outside scripts in league matches. We (and the leagues I think) have been pleased with the results.

That said there are concerns that some players may have defeated the protections – totally possible. We’ve looked into this and can’t give a definitive yes, but it has gotten us thinking about improvements we could make to strengthen no-script.

Single World Joiner

We’ve been putting a lot of thought into this. A single world joiner would mean no more named game servers. Instead you’ll just go to tagpro.gg, and hit play now. It will find other people with similar ping and experience level and put you in a game on a hidden game server.

This would solve some problems. It would solve the “everyone is on radius” problem and more players would play more games with an optimal ping. Next it could solve the newbie problem by given us the opportunity to group new players with other new players. More long term, we could consider separate joiners for events and maybe event game modes.

Full disclosure: This is a major rearchitecture of TagPro works. It’s going to be a lot of work, a lot of refactoring and a lot of new code. It’s one of the reasons we decided to do the platform upgrades mentioned above. If we tackle this, and it’s highly likely that we will, you can expect it to dominate a large portion of the development time.

Bumper Tiles

Basically a tile that a player could bounce off of. We’ve tested it as a round element and it was pretty hard to use in a consistent way. There may be more potential in a square form factor.

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Graphics Upgrade and Yellow Tiles

We rolled out two changes:

Pixi.js Upgrade

We’ve upgrade Pixi.js to its latest version, which is the WebGL graphics engine we use. This will provide greater stability and performance. It is possible this could break some addons or userscripts. We warned of this a few weeks ago and suggested authors update their code if needed. If you are suddenly having issues with TagPro and use TagPro addons, disable them to figure out which one needs updating and find a new version.

Yellow Speed Tiles

We previously posted about Yellow Speed Tiles coming to TagPro. This has been deployed. We’ve also upgraded all the maps, built-in texture packs and some of the common map editors. If you are suddenly missing tiles in-game, you are likely using a custom texture pack and will need to get an updated version from the author. Or switch to a built-in texture pack.

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Yellow Team Tiles Are Coming!

UPDATE: Yellow tiles are deployed. Enjoy!

In the coming days, we will turn on yellow team tiles. Yellow team tiles will give a speed boost to both teams. We are going to update all maps that used a checkered strategy to instead use yellow team tiles. We have updated all the built-in texture packs with a yellow team tile. This should just work for most players. However, if you are using a non-standard texture pack, you will need to update your own tiles.png with a yellow team tile or obtain a new file from the author.

We will also be updating the unfortunate-maps map editor with the ability to use yellow tiles. Any downstream forks of the map editor should merge in these changes ASAP. NewCompte has already made some Pull Request to popular forks with the change.

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Jimmy is back! TagPro Halloween event starts on Friday.

UPDATE: The event is live!

The classic Halloween event is back this Friday. You’ll be disarmed this time around – no pumpkins to throw. But Jimmy is back with a vengeance. He’s armed his zombies with even more stealth. Survivors can no longer see Zombies through walls!

Spawning?

Like past events, once the event begins on Friday, it will spawn the first 15 mins of every hour. It will spawn 5 mins early on Pi, Sphere, Origin and Orbit.

Flair?

Yes, there will be new flair to obtain! Winning a match as a zombie gives you a chance to find Candy Corn. Winning as a survivor results in a Bat. Winning as the Sole Survivor earns you a Jack!

Why not something totally new?

I did make a whole new event but – it wasn’t that fun. They all can’t be insta-winners. So we decided instead of forcing it on a tight deadline, we’d play a classic-mode (with a twist) that most everyone has loved.

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We’d like to introduce our new TagPro developer: Gem!

We are excited to add Gem to the development team. She is a long time community veteran who has been very helpful through the years, especially on the league front. She has built several sites and tools to help with league promotion, draft and management. When she isn’t participating in TagPro, she works as a professional developer building awesome web applications.

All of us, Gem included, realize she has a checkered reputation in the /r/MLTP community. In the time we’ve been closely working with Gem, we’ve been impressed with her skills and poise. We know she is a hard worker and will be an excellent addition to the development team.

Gem will be initially getting her feet wet in the TagPro code by reworking the moderation tools and adding in some much needed features for leagues/private groups.

We look forward to working with Gem and her helping to build a higher quality product for you.

Welcome aboard Gem!

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Return of the Blog

It’s been a long time since our last update.  A full calendar year plus nine months.   We want to revitalize this platform and post more regularly about our technical work. It’s been so long we feel we should write an update. We’ve completely changed gears from working on Next and spent our time updating TagPro Classic. What follows is a timeline of our work since then.

By this point the community had made it clear we weren’t doing enough work on TagPro Classic. The hot topic was about getting new players to play the game. For a long time our primary source for new players came from AskReddit threads, and since being banned for vote manipulation we could no longer participate. The lack of new players was noticeable. We shifted our focus to develop more features for Classic.

Mentioning our plans for Kongregate blew up on us. As always it took us much longer than we expected to finish this up. There was enormous difficulty in building a user account system for Kongregate users.  This time-consuming task made it difficult to put other features in, and we also had little to report for a while since it’s all invisible backend changes. Not to mention it was summer and we step back to have fun in the sun. We still added updates in the mean time:

At this time the community was in full force meming hard on the volume slider. Some of it was pretty funny. Immense frustration with our lack of visible progress for Kongregate created an atmosphere of doubt we’d be able to do the job . We then created a new role for a community manager to help us with keeping a respectful communication channel with everyone.

This was where we had drawn the line for Classic, we met our initial goals for Classic and even went  further and put it on Kongregate. From this point it was unclear what we should do. The community still desperately needed more players and our efforts only minimally paid off. In addition more and more features are requested for Classic.

We realized at this point we can’t simultaneously work on two games. Splitting our efforts increases the difficulty to add features. All our attention had been on Classic and we had little time to work on Next. Members of the community who believed in that project saw no  progress while we kept saying in every monthly update Next is still planned. We needed to decide on one project. We tabled development on Next and attempted to keep the larger group of Classic players happy.

The community didn’t take this last update well. Our community manager helps us facilitate a respectful communication channel with everyone. That month of September we had several updates ready to be pushed into production once they went through a final code review. Our community manager tried to meet with us, but we couldn’t coordinate a time. We were unable to relay our progress, and our community felt abandoned. Overall a rough month.

Here we are today. We’ve announced in previous updates we’re working on a single world joiner. We want to use this to help reduce latency and spawn a simple matchmaking system. This is another idea likely to blow up on us. These massive updates take time, lots of testing, and patience. We have other features in the pipeline too. We’ll likely finish the smaller things before the joiner.

Be patient 🙂

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