Constellation Test Faq
Nemesis_Zero Old EuropeanMembers, Retired Developer, NS1 Playtester, Constellation Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 75Posts: 12,841
edited November 2006 in NS General Discussion
now with new line about 3.2 constellation test![insert by Marik]This thread was originally titled "3.1 / Constellation Test Faq." We do have a 3.2 test FAQ in the works; when it's ready for posting we'll unsticky this old thread and sticky the new one. Until then, I figure I'll put in one of the most common Q&A things:
Q: Where is the Constellation Donation website so I can become a Constellation Member and participate in the private 3.2 testing?
A: As of October 31, 2006, Flayra has stated "The Constellation system isn't functional yet so if you haven't donated previously I'm afraid you're out of luck and you'll have to wait until the public release."
If you are particularly interested in passing money towards Unknown Worlds Entertainment, even if it's in a way completely unrelated to playtesting NS 3.2, there is an alternative: check out the demo of Zen of Sudoku to see if you'd enjoy the full game enough to warrant a purchase. Purchasing Zen of Sudoku is completely independent of the Constellation Membership benefits; the only similarity is that money from either does go towards Unknown Worlds Entertainment & development of its new game(s).
Original post by Nemesis Zero follows:
As everyone who has checked the frontpage knows, we are going to open NS 3.1 to Constellation members this weekend. This thread is supposed to answer all arising questions.
General 3.1 Questions
Q.: Will 3.1 include Nexus?
A.: No. We had planned to include it, but discovered during development that all other changes planned for 3.1 would be done much faster. Faced with the choice between sitting on a de-facto finished product or another non-Nexus release, we decided an extra, earlier update was the better option.
Q.: I remember Zunni talking about backwards flight for the Lerk in the 'Developer's Corner' show on NSRadio, but can't find it in the published changelog. What's up?
A.: A number of variations to this concept have been tried during our tests, none of them ultimately satisfying. We're back at the drawing board.
Q.: Will this be the last version of NS on the HL engine?
A.: No, we plan to work on further versions parallelly with the port on Source. NS 3.2 is already in development.
Q.: I heard that NS might make it on the Steam 'My Games' list. Is this true?
A.: The NS team and Valve programmers have successfully adapted NS to work under My Games and it has been tested there by some of our PTs. Valve and the NS team are currently trying to negotiate terms for releasing NS to the public My Games list.
Q.: Are there going to be any new maps in 3.1? None are listed in the changelog.
A.: It is possible, but at this point not likely.
Constellation Test Questions
Q.: Just to be sure, who exactly is eligble to take part in these tests?
A.: All Constellation members, that is - everyone who donated $20 or more at one point.
Q.: When will the tests take place?
A.: They will begin at the 6th of August and last for upwards of two weeks depending on the amount of testing that seems beneficial.
Q.: What access restrictions will be in place?
A.: There'll be an authentication control that allows only Constellation members, Playtesters, or developers access to the servers, which will be supplied from our side (thanks to the server donors!).
Q.: Will there be organized events?
A.: The Playtest Leads will schedule regular games where players can meet and have large matches. Outside those events, players will be free to join whenever they feel like it.
Q.: What do you expect from these tests?
A.: Support in fine-tuning NS 3.1 to ensure a polished final product.
Q.: What's that '328' behind the 'NS v3.1' in my server browser?
A.: This is an internal version number. Please note it if you are going to make a bug report.
If you have further questions, please post them below, and we will answer when we can.
And if I haven't seen further, it's because those bloody giants have blocked my sight.
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