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21/04/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.17.1 Patchnotes

Hey everyone, after releasing the new feature that automatically reports crashes to us, we've found tons of issues and fixed as many as possible as fast as we could.
Here you see the results of this bug hunt.

We'll be releasing more patches over the next few days, which will mostly be bugfixes. We probably won't post an entire news article every time we update the game to fix crashes.
Instead, we're probably going to make a sticky in the forum, where we add all the bugs we fixed so far. Edit: Here's the sticky: https://steamcommunity.com/app/445220/discussions/0/3211505894140606500/

Beta Branch Note: These changes are currently available on the beta branch. The beta branch is for testing experimental changes and for finding and fixing errors.

This is how you get access to the beta branch (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK):
Right-Click on Avorion in your Steam list, Properties -> Betas -> Select branch 'beta'.

Balancing
  • Enemies with torpedoes no longer immediately fire torpedoes once they see the player or once loading screen ends
Scripting API
  • Chat messages can now be sent via the Faction class
    • Only sends if the faction is an online player or alliance with online players
  • Removed misleading "Faction Scripts" button from entitydbg.lua script
Misc
  • Improved overall performance by speeding up Entity-Lookups (up to 50% faster for large sectors)
Bugfixes
  • Fixed a rare crash when entering numbers into text fields in factories
  • Fixed Fake Distress call mission crashing and not spawning enough pirates
  • [UBR] SoundEffect and MusicTrack no longer throw exceptions when volume setting is not between 0 and 1
  • Fixed a crash when trying to report a lua error in a script that's currently being constructed and crashing
  • Fixed a crash in ai dialog script
  • Fixed a crash when creating a tooltip for turrets or fighters without weapons
  • Fixed a crash in Inventory UI while sorting which led to stations with inventories hanging (example: research station)
  • Fixed a script error when issuing orders to alliance ships without captains
  • Fixed a crash in several trading scripts when players aren't in a ship (yet)
  • Fixed a crash in wormholeguardian script
  • Fixed a crash when tooltipmaker.lua returns an object other than a Tooltip
  • Fixed a rare crash when torpedoes were fired by AI ships
  • Fixed a script crash when upgrade for a factory can't be paid
  • Fixed a script crash in smugglers market
  • Fixed a crash when trying to mail an alliance-bound item
  • Fixed a crash on client related to instanced rendering of asteroids
  • Fixed multiple crashes when modifying system upgrades the exact moment your ship is destroyed
  • Fixed an issue where AI factions could get corrupted and become un-interactable

More bugfixes can be found in the hotfix log:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/445220/discussions/0/3211505894140606500/
19/04/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.17 Patchnotes - UI & Crash Reports

While working on the Combat Update II, we've realized that we have a lot of changes in the pipeline that we could easily release before the second part of the Combat Update.
Since we also want to aim for more but smaller updates, this seemed like the right thing to do.

There's also one very important feature in this update, that we wanted to roll out as soon as possible: Automated crash-report sending, which gives us a quick, anonymous info of a crash.
No more bug reporting with first finding logs etc, all the important info is sent to us automatically. This will help us A LOT with improving game stability in the future.

And if you don't want to send the anonymous crash reports, then you can just disable that in the main menu.

Apart from that, you'll mostly find polishing and issues that you've raised over time, and now we've addressed them.

Beta Branch Note: These changes are currently available on the beta branch. The beta branch is for testing experimental changes and for finding and fixing errors.

This is how you get access to the beta branch (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK):
Right-Click on Avorion in your Steam list, Properties -> Betas -> Select branch 'beta'.

Gameplay
  • Salvage & mine commands are now persistent and restart when new wreckages/asteroids appear
Balancing
  • Player start sectors are now placed closely to their first ally faction's home sector
    • This avoids problems with missing gates
  • Made some VERY small adjustments to how ship costs are calculated, might resolve in slightly (below est. 0.1%) higher, but more consistent costs
  • Reduced glow-block durability by 75% to match reduced maintenance cost
UI
"Most importantly: UI Scaling and a back-button for station interaction windows."
  • Added icon that shows the current order to the indicator of a selected ship
  • Added different answers for NPCs if their home sector lies inside a rift
  • Building Mode
    • Hide blocks window: Added filtering by material and block type at the same time
    • Turrets can now be focused in building mode
    • Ambient shield animations are now disabled in building mode
  • Added greying out tabs in ship window as long as they're not yet relevant
  • Added a first version of UI scaling
    • Still testing here, please report issues if you encounter any!
    • Issues related to this could include: Mouse cursor not working properly, transparent/too bright windows
  • Irrelevant stats are not shown in stats overview
  • Added back button for ui windows, which enables fast switching in the interaction dialog
  • Added scrollable UI for smuggler's markets
  • Improved pixel-perfect rendering of lines
  • Fixed rendering of target indicators, steering indicator and pro-/retrograde markers
  • Shield bar at the bottom of the screen flashes when hit by an EMP torpedo
  • Color of the selected block is now visible in building mode
Server Browser
"We've updated the server browser to allow favorites, a search function and a history."
  • Added favoriting of servers
  • Added history of last played servers
  • Added a search function to search server list
  • Added a filter for creative servers
  • Added a filter for server/client version
  • Improved general behavior of Server Browser Window
Scripting API
  • Added a CargoBay component
  • Added sending of anonymous script crash reports to improve bug hunting (configurable)
    • These are only sent for vanilla scripts, modded scripts (including dependencies) will not trigger crash report sending
Misc
  • Client and server now send anonymous crash reports to improve bug hunting (configurable)
  • Several minor performance improvements
Server
  • Added a command line option --send-crash-reports to configure crash report sending (default & recommended: enabled)
  • Improved RCON interface, supports the RCON protocol of Rust as well as Valve's RCON protocol
  • Added graceful Ctrl-C and console-closing shutdown for AvorionServer
Bugfixes
"As usual, [UBR] marked fixes are User Bug Reports. Thanks for reporting and keep it up!"
  • [UBR] Fixed turret orders being reset
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where players were put in their drone instead of their ships on sector switch
  • Fixed an issue where the game might crash when a sector can't be loaded
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue in building mode where mirroring via multiple planes showed the wrong price
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where torpedo warhead types weren't localized in the target displayer
  • Fixed a potential crash in logging
  • Fixed several minor UI issues
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where delivery and organize goods mission rewards were paid to the player even when in an alliance ship
  • [UBR] Anti-Smuggle ships investigating ships without a player in them only take the cargo and don't attack any more
  • [UBR] Relations only worsen to ai factions, not players, when telling a civil ship to dump its cargo
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where resource shortages at resource depots weren't synched to new clients
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where Avorion or the AvorionServer would keep running in the background even though it was exited
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where keybindings for the same key with and without modifier would conflict
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the transformation brush didn't update a block's unpainted material color
  • [UBR] Fixed Ctrl-Z costing resources or money sometimes
  • [UBR] Fixed a crash in docking AI
  • [UBR] Fixed relation drops for shooting down torpedoes
08/04/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.16.7 now live on main branch!

Hey everybody,

The patch 0.16.7 has been performing well on the beta branch, so we've decided to set it live on the main branch. We'll be monitoring it closely, but so far we're confident that it'll do well.

Here are the full patchnotes for 0.16.7:
https://steamcommunity.com/games/445220/announcements/detail/1655511409920195454
Have fun!
05/04/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.16.7 Patchnotes

Balancing
  • Reduced hull damage of Sabot (shield penetrating) torpedo by 33%
  • Reduced hull damage of Tandem (damage to both shield and hull) torpedo by 25%
  • Persecutors don't spawn when strong enough AI ships are in the sector
UI
  • Loading screen only shows relevant tips and the tips are sorted by importance
  • Added more loading screen tips for beginners
  • Added more loading screen tips for torpedoes
  • Added a combo box to configure collision damage, similar to game difficulty
  • Context menus for items only appear in inventory windows, no longer in building window, Research Station etc.
Misc
  • Added more log output to threads
Bugfixes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to hangar and torpedo launcher content not getting restored after a server crash
  • Windows Version: Fixed several timing issues and low resolution of timers (only Windows 8 and higher)
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to bad performance issues on servers with large amounts of sectors
  • [UBR] Fixed a crash on start-up on Intel devices when Bloom was enabled
29/03/2018

Patch 0.16.6 Bugfixes

In this patch we've fixed an issue with torpedoes that has been affecting several players: Tunneling.
In some cases, it was possible that torpedoes were tunneling shots - that essentially means they were moving so fast that from one frame to another, they "skipped over" PDC shots, resulting in them not colliding with these shots. This behavior is now fixed and torpedos should get hit by PDCs correctly, no matter how fast they're going.

We've also added some tips to the loading screen on how to best defend your ship against torpedoes.

As a general tip: Don't fly around too crazily if you want your PDCs to hit torpedoes. While they have a high turning rate, they still have to aim, and lots of orientation changing through turning will make it harder for them to hit torpedoes - so try to avoid that. Flying around also causes torpedoes to start flying in curves, making them harder to hit for your PDCs.

General
  • Improved performance of threaded calculations
UI
  • Added loading screen tips for defending against torpedoes
Bugfixes
  • Improved tunneling of torpedoes when shooting at them
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where enemy ships could spawn with empty shields
  • [UBR] Fixed several issues that led to bad performance

Edit: Before it gets lost in the comments: I'm working on a fix & default branch has been reverted to the previous 0.16.5 patch. In order to get it you should restart Steam. Truly sorry for the inconvenience!

Edit 2: After testing extensively on the beta branch, the new build for this patch seems to be very stable and we've now set it online.
28/03/2018

Patch 0.16.6 Patchnotes

We've heard your feedback after setting torpedoes live on the default branch, and one of the biggest complaints is that torpedoes can wrecks ships hard, especially the shield-penetrating ones. We're adding a few countermeasures for you in this patch, and we're also trying to create more trade-offs so that combat stays interesting in the end.

There's some explaining to do here. Torpedoes have a high potential to damage your ship's hull. When your blocks start breaking off, your ship's stats go down - crew dies, energy levels sink, etc.
While this can be a great tactical move, it can also be very frustrating, especially early game, when your ship becomes unmaneuverable due to a lucky hit by the AI or your turrets get shot off immediately.
This can lead to an unrecoverable downward spiral during combat, making fights unfun and frustrating as long as you don't have shields.

We've got a few changes in this patch to improve this behavior. First off, we're buffing integrity fields. Second, we're adding a system where blocks won't be immediately blown off, to ensure that you get a fighting chance while taking damage. In order to understand why we're doing what we're doing, here's some explanation on how damage in Avorion actually works.

Each block has its own HP, which is a threshold until it breaks, which is normally its HP that it contributes to the ship (with several exceptions, but we're not going into too much detail here. For example, inner blocks have a higher break threshold to make intricate ship designs combat-viable and to make designing more fun).
Damage to blocks is ALSO directed to the normal HP of a ship (health bar). What integrity fields do, is reduce the damage that a block itself takes, so it takes longer to break, while damage to your durability stays the same.
With this patch, we're doubling damage reduction to block HP through integrity fields, and blocks protected by integrity fields also only send 50% of the damage taken to the ship's HP, instead of 100%.

We're also adding another major change: Blocks on PLAYER owned ships (not NPCs!) that take damage start breaking only after a certain threshold of ship HP is reached, based on difficulty.
For example, on "Normal" difficulty, this threshold is 40%, so your ship's blocks only start breaking after your ship has 40% or less health.

In total, this should make fighting without shields and taking hull damage a lot less punishing and combat more fun.

Gameplay
  • Implemented an upgrade that makes shields impenetrable
    • This upgrade redirects shield durability to make shields impenetrable, except for collision damage
    • This upgrade also increases the time that shields take to recharge after a hit by a lot
Balancing
  • Increased break-damage reduction for blocks from integrity fields from 90% to 95%
    • Blocks can now take double the damage before they break
  • Ship damage from integrity-protected blocks reduced by 50%
    • Shot hits to blocks protected by integrity fields will only cause 50% damage to your ship's durability
  • Blocks start to break on player & alliance ships only after the ship's durability has been lowered to a certain point
    • This threshold scales by difficulty:
    • Beginner: Threshold is 0%: Your blocks will never break.
    • Easy: Treshold is 20%: Your blocks will start to break once your ship hits 20% or less HP.
    • Normal: Treshold is 40%
    • Veteran: Treshold is 60%
    • Difficult: Treshold is 80%
    • Hard & Insane: Treshold is 100%: Blocks will start breaking immediately (pre-patch behavior)
  • Increased time that shields have to take to start recharging after the last hit from 10 seconds to 30 seconds
    • This was actually an oversight of ours and one of the reasons why shields are so strong. We upped recharge time to what we actually had in mind while designing shields to make it a little harder to continuously fight even with strong shields.
Bugfixes
  • [UBR] Fixed shield penetration not working
  • [UBR] Fixed several performance issues which might have led to players experiencing weapons not dealing damage
    • To all those who had this issue: Please try if this makes it work, if not, report back to us! We're taking this very seriously!
26/03/2018

News: Combat Update Part I



The Avorion Combat Update Part I is now live!
Featuring specialized enemies, new weapons and most importantly: Torpedoes! Use these powerful one-shot weapons to obliterate your enemies, and equip Point Defense Turrets to protect yourself from torpedoes at the same time!



Turret Scaling
Turrets now scale depending on their class and tech level, increasing damage and range for larger turrets, but they'll also require more turret slots and more space on your ship! Also, beware the recoil!



Torpedoes
Equip torpedoes to obliterate your enemies with a single shot with these extremely strong, heat-seeking weapons!



Point Defense Weaponry
With the new Point Defense Chainguns and -Lasers, you also have means to fight off your enemies' torpedoes! These specialized weapons have a very high fire- and turning rate, at the expense of damage, but they'll catch those torpedoes!

Tons of More Stuff!
There's also tons of other features that will be added in this update, including:
  • Easy sector switching for improved commanding of ships
  • Specialized Anti-Fighter Weaponry
  • New Usable Items
  • Rebalancing and Specialization of Weapons

And those are only the big ones! You should definitely check out the full patchnotes more all the glorious details:
http://steamcommunity.com/games/445220/announcements/detail/1657761941147309053
Have fun!
26/03/2018

Patch 0.16.5 Combat Update I - Patchnotes

These are the full patchnotes for the combat update, since the last major update on the default branch. These include all changes from the beta branch, although we didn't list changes that only affected the beta branch, such as fixes for bugs that were introduced to the beta branch or balancing that happened on the beta branch.

The update will hit the default branch in the next few hours, we're going to make an announcement once it's live!

Gameplay
"You can now switch to a sector with a ship/station of yours in it! Your current ship will stay where it is. Use this feature to easily command remote stations and ships without having to go all the way back. Random dialogs popping up were quite the nuisance, we've improved this behavoir and added a hailing system where players can decide to answer calls or just reject them - with consequences though."
  • Added a "Switch to Sector" command that lets a player switch to several sectors on the map
    • Players can now switch sectors to their own ships, alliance ships and *online* group members
    • The current ship stays where it is, only the player moves
  • Increased refresh rate (and thus accuracy) of turrets
  • Added a "Defensive" mode for independent targeting turrets
    • Turrets in "Defensive" mode prefer torpedoes and fighters over other ships
  • Added a Search and Rescue mission event
  • Added a bulletin board mission to explore a sector
  • Added an upgrade that increases pickup range of loot
  • Stations now have upgrade slots
  • Ships of disbanded alliances can now be claimed by everybody
  • Turret and system upgrade loot now only despawn when there is no player in the sector
  • Fighters whose mothership got destroyed can now be commanded by all ships of the same faction
  • Implemented passing of time for resource depots when they are loaded from disk
  • Implemented passing of time for shipyards when they are loaded from disk
  • Improved combat AI of ships so they can use PDCs and Anti-Fighter turrets correctly
  • Added a hailing system where players can decide to accept a dialog or not
  • Adventurer hails instead of popping up a dialog
  • Anti-Smuggle ships start hailing before popping up a dialog
  • Added basics for usable items
    • Usable, scripted items are now possible
    • Usable items can be used with Double-Click or Right-Click
  • Added a new usable item: Energy Signature Suppressor
    • Energy Signature Suppressors can be used to shield a sector's energy signatures
    • Sectors which's energy signatures are shielded won't be attacked by persecutors
    • Suppressors are active for 10 hours of playtime
    • Suppressors can be bought at NEWLY GENERATED Equipment Docks
Point Defense Chaingun/Laser (PDC/PDL)
"Good defense against fighters, very good defense against torpedoes. You're going to want some of these when getting closer to the core!"
  • Added Point Defense Chainguns as a new weapon
  • Extremely fast turning speed
  • Very high fire rate
  • Non-scaling damage with tech level
  • Medium range
  • Always independent targeting
  • Added Point Defense Lasers
    • Point Defense Lasers behave similar to Point Defense Chainguns but are more accurate
    • Point Defense Lasers only turn up closer to the galaxy core
Anti-Fighter Cannon (AFC)
"Specialized to fighters, especially in close-range combat."
  • Added Anti-Fighter Cannons as a new weapon
  • Very fast turning speed
  • Shoots projectiles that explode near the target and deal AOE damage
  • Lower reach than normal weapons
  • Deals fragment damage that's more effective vs. fighters and torpedoes
  • Always independent targeting
Torpedoes
"This is just the general gist of torpedoes, there's tons of changes to internals, mechanics, lots and lots of new UI etc., but we'll do you a favor and only list the most important things here."
  • Added Torpedoes
  • Torpedoes are always-seeking one-shot weapons that deal massive damage
  • Torpedoes must be bought at an Equipment Dock (looting them is planned)
  • Torpedoes are made up of a body and warhead
    • Torpedo body determines flight properties
    • Torpedo warhead determines damage, shield penetration and the like
  • Added a torpedo launcher block that launches torpedoes
  • Added a torpedo storage block for storing torpedoes
  • Each torpedo launcher block adds a new torpedo shaft to your ship
  • Torpedo shafts can be filled with torpedoes and assigned to hotkeys similar to turrets
    • Material of torpedo shafts determines how many torpedoes it can hold
    • Torpedo shafts have to be assigned to a weapon group in order to work!
  • If a torpedo barely misses its target, it will still explode and deal half damage
Turret Scaling
"Turrets now scale in size and slots, gaining more power and reach with every slot they use up. We've got a few special plans for more high-tier weaponry that will take up 5 slots and more. Stay tuned!"
  • Turrets increase in size, firepower, reach and slots, while firepower and reach scale with amount of slots
    • 2 slot turret: 2x damage, 115% reach
    • 3 slot turret: 3x damage, 130% reach
    • 4 slot turret: 4x damage, 145% reach
    • etc.
  • Maximum scaling depends on the kind of turret (example: PDCs never scale)
  • Turret rotation speed decreases with size
  • Turrets can now use up more than one slot
Enemy Specialization
"In order to spice up combat, we've added specialized enemies that will be very strong in their specific area, for example destroying your shields or fighting from long range."
  • Enemies are now more specialized and some will carry torpedoes
    • Defender (untouched): Stronger ship that spawns in normal sectors, to defend it
    • Carrier: Carries fighter squads, anti-fighter weaponry
    • Military Ship (untouched): Default ship with armed turrets
    • Torpedo Boat: Attack ship that carries normal torpedoes
    • Disruptor: Shield breaking or penetrating ship, can carry torpedoes
    • CIWS: Anti-Fighter, Anti-Torpedo weaponry
    • Persecutor: Strong attack ship with advanced torpedoes
    • Flagship: High HP, carries fighters, anti-fighter weaponry and strong weapons and torpedoes
    • Artillery Ship: Long range weapons and torpedoes
  • Added icons for specialization of enemies
  • Added icons for military ships and civil ships
  • Pirates have ship classes as well now
Weapon Specialization
"We've revamped the strengths and weaknesses of many weapons so they're more specialized. We won't go into super-deep details, but here's the general overview of how we rebalanced them. Some remain mostly untouched, while others have undergone bigger changes."
  • Kinetic Weapons' main purpose is to do damage to hull
    • Ranges from low to high: Chaingun, Bolter, Railgun
    • General behavior of these remains unchanged
  • Disruptor Weapons' main purpose is to deal massive damage to shields
    • Ranges from low to high: Tesla, Plasma, Lightning
    • Range of Tesla Weapons has been increased
    • Range of Lightning guns has been massively increased and their accurancy improved
  • Artillery Weapons do mixed damage from very high range
    • Ranges from low to high: Cannon, Rocket Launcher
    • General behavior of these remains unchanged
  • Defensive Weapons are meant for defense against torpedoes and fighters
    • Anti-Fighter Cannon (see above)
    • Point Defense Chaingun (see above)
  • Special Weapons:
    • Laser: Mid Range, 100% accuracy
    • Pulse Cannon: Mid Range, shield penetration
    • The general behavior of these remains unchanged
  • Short ranged weapons have rather low damage and accuracy, but a high turning speed can fire for a long time
  • Mid ranged weapons have average damage, medium turning speed and can fire for some time
  • Long ranged weapons have high damage, slow turning speed and rate of fire and overheat more quickly
  • Civil weapons, such as mining lasers, salvaging lasers and force guns remain unchanged
Further Balancing
"We've added some more changes to make it more difficult (not impossible!) to fly to the center without proper equipment or ships."
  • Turrets can no longer be built on holo blocks
  • Headhunters now spawn as persecutors with torpedoes
  • More pirates and more different pirates are being spawned now
  • Added persecutors that hunt players down when they go too deep into the galaxy without proper ships or weapons
    • Persecutors are disabled for Beginner difficulty
  • Reduced price of reconstruction site setting by 50%
  • Reduced artificial jump calculation time by 50%
    • Note: Jump calculation time masks sector generation time - So it's very possible that on busy servers your calculation time may still be high.
Server
  • Stopped AvorionServer from creating ~/.avorion and querying pwuid when --datapath is specified
  • Added a --hostgalaxy cmd line option similar to --startgalaxy, but that hosts a LAN game
  • Chat messages that are sent with the /say command (and others) have their own message type and stand out more
  • Added a config option to enable invincibility for player ships when players log out
    • This is only enabled for a ship when the player has been logged out for at least 30 seconds and the ship wasn't damaged in the last 30 seconds
  • Added a /difficulty command to change the difficulty of the server
Client & UI
  • Added a builk assign/unassign/dismiss UI for crews
  • Improved layout of trade invite window
  • Increased amount of time radar blips are visible on the map
  • Gate and wormhole lines to undiscovered sectors are faded out
  • Reduced maximum intensity of bloom
  • New inventory items are set to non-recent on mouseover, not click
  • Improved hit feedback (damage numbers)
  • Hit feedback displays dodges of fighters as well
  • Added dps, shots until overheating weapons for overheating weapons to tooltips
  • Added block penetration of railguns to tooltips
  • Added description for no shield damage to tooltips
  • Improved overview of crew salary in ship tabs
    • Salary is displayed by default
    • Salary is yellow when due
  • Added a "Press T to Enter" text when approaching a ship that can be flown
  • Added scrolling for ComboBox
  • Added numbers to different corner blocks to tell them apart by name
  • Increased visibility of turret overheating displayer
  • Added icons for home sector and reconstruction site
  • Added multi-key (Ctrl-F, etc.) key assignments
  • Improved layout of controll settings window
  • Added hotkeys for fighter commands
  • Turrets no longer lose their favorite or trash marker when built onto a ship
  • Added a combo box for the ingame game menu to change difficulty
    • Only in singleplayer or when you have the correct permissions on the server
  • Added borders to dropdown menus of UIComboBox
  • Added a pause key
  • Added a warning window for applying ship plans with large block counts
  • Added context menus for right-click on inventory items
    • Mailing items can be done with RMB now
    • Destroying items can be done with RMB now
Misc
  • Improved logging when a crash happens
  • Improved description clarity of "All Turrets" turret upgrade
  • Added community localization for Turkish
    • Thanks Corviuse for your hard work on the translation!
  • Added more debug logging output
    • Threads print out what they were last doing on crash and where (sector)
    • Threads print out when they're started and stopped
  • Chat window now prints messages to the console
Scripting API
"We're taking the first steps towards a more modular modding API and dynamic mod loading."
  • Improved and added missing documentation of several callbacks
  • Added getCurrentLanguage() function to client API
  • Added a new ServerInformation chat message type
  • Added torpedoes to API
  • Implemented init.lua scripts for player, entity and sector
  • Removed sector.lua script and moved its contents to init.lua scripts
  • Fixed addScriptOnce() function so it works when scripts aren't initialized yet
  • Implemented a script callback "onEntityJump" for when entities jump
  • Added a "transferEntity" function to Galaxy to easily move entities between sectors
  • GameSettings class is now available on both client and server
  • Difficulty enum is now available on both client and server
  • Added script callbacks for torpedo launcher events
  • A new script template type for usable items was introduced
Bugfixes
"As usual, user bug reports are marked with [UBR]. Thank you everybody for reporting and keep it up!"
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue in whisp command for names with spaces
  • [UBR] Fixed several issues with hangar visuals
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the player didn't stay seated when transforming a ship to a station
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where entities that don't belong to the player could be selected by dragging a rect in strategy mode
  • Fixed an issue where entities with faction index 0 were checked in the targeter for strategy mode selection
  • Fixed swapped line in screenshots
  • [UBR] Fixed several issues with spelling and typos
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where wormholes to non-passable sectors could be created
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where energy system would load battery with too high speeds
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the sun could shine through planets
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where keybindings for mirroring were not taken from the config
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where clicking a fighter in a squad would change the order of the squad
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where buttons of hint windows could be placed outside the game window
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where energy weapons fired even when disabled in energy tab
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where UI of station docks wasn't rendered when in huge ships
  • [UBR] Fixed an exploit that allowed players to build negative-space ships leading to all kinds of glitches
  • [UBR] Fixed an exploit that allowed players to fly holo-only ships that were impossible to hit
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the hyperdrive was recharging while waiting in loading screen
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that lead to one-way gates from start sector
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the turret factory ui showed stolen goods
  • Fixed an issue where the building stats UI started off at the wrong position
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that lead fighters without motherships to attack gates
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where beams of rotation locked turrets weren't rendered correctly
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where launched fighters weren't transferred to the alliance with their mothership
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where action music wasn't triggered for players in alliance ships
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where turrets could be placed on hangar openings
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that could lead to a crash when deleting official servers in "Join via IP"
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue when building two ships with the same name in a shipyard
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where players in alliance ships didn't get some achievements
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where player-owned stations could be exploited
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where players and alliances could exploit stations
  • Fixed an issue where pulse conservation wasn't considered correctly when building
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where salvaging and mining orders wouldn't remain over a server restart
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where ingredients would get reset in turret factory after building a turret
  • [UBR] Fixed a rare crash when an object was moving and changing its bounding sphere (we've been looking for this one for a while, thanks to the Rusty Server Crew for helping us!)
  • [UBR] Fixed non-existing ship styles at alliance shipyards
    • Note: This only affects new alliances
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that caused one-way gates
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where the order of stations in the station founder gui wasn't stable
  • Fixed several client-sided crashes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where wreckages in a stationwreckage sector had an active deletion timer
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where bonus stats in a turret factory would change when transferring it to the alliance
  • [UBR] Fixed a crash when resolving intersections between entities
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to hangars and torpedo launchers not being restored after server crashes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to crashes when deleting a selection of blocks while mirroring is enabled
19/03/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.16.4 Patchnotes

Beta Branch Note: These changes are currently available on the beta branch. The beta branch is for testing experimental changes and for finding and fixing errors.

This is how you get access to the beta branch (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK):
Right-Click on Avorion in your Steam list, Properties -> Betas -> Select branch 'beta'.

Gameplay
"Added a new category for inventory items: Usable Items!"
  • Added basics for usable items
    • Usable, scripted items are now possible
    • Usable items can be used with Double-Click or Right-Click
  • Added a new usable item: Energy Signature Suppressor
    • Energy Signature Suppressors can be used to shield a sector's energy signatures
    • Sectors which's energy signatures are shielded won't be attacked by persecutors
    • Suppressors are active for 10 hours of playtime
    • Suppressors can be bought at NEWLY GENERATED Equipment Docks
UI
  • Added a warning window for applying ship plans with large block counts
  • Added context menus for right-click on inventory items
    • Mailing items can be done with RMB now
    • Destroying items can be done with RMB now
Scripting API
  • A new script template type for usable items was introduced
Bugfixes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to crashes when deleting a selection of blocks while mirroring is enabled
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to torpedo tab crashing the game
14/03/2018

Beta Branch Patch 0.16.3 Patchnotes

Beta Branch Note: These changes are currently available on the beta branch. The beta branch is for testing experimental changes and for finding and fixing errors.

This is how you get access to the beta branch (USE AT YOUR OWN RISK):
Right-Click on Avorion in your Steam list, Properties -> Betas -> Select branch 'beta'.

Gameplay
"Random dialogs popping up were quite the nuisance, we've improved this behavoir and added a hailing system where players can decide to answer calls or just reject them - with consequences though."
  • Added a hailing system where players can decide to accept a dialog or not
  • Adventurer hails instead of popping up a dialog
  • Anti-Smuggle ships start hailing before popping up a dialog
  • Added Point Defense Lasers
    • Point Defense Lasers behave similar to Point Defense Chainguns but are more accurate
    • Point Defense Lasers only turn up closer to the galaxy core
  • Improved turret AI to better aim at torpedoes
Balancing
"We've done some polishing on persecutors to no longer have them attack immediately and we've also given them some dialog. We still want them to be somewhat of a nuisance though, but you can get rid of them more easily now."
  • Improved behavior of persecutors
    • Persecutors now hail the player, with a timeout for not answering
    • Persecutors can no longer jump immediately after a player
    • Persecutors lose interest after 4 jumps of following the player
    • Persecutors no longer attack immediately, but try to get some protection money from the player
  • Reduced artificial jump calculation time by 50%
    • Note: Jump calculation time masks sector generation time - So it's very possible that on busy servers your calculation time may still be high.
  • Mining lasers and salvaging lasers no longer take up more than 3 slots
UI
  • Group sector switching hint is now displayed before all other sector switching hints to be more clear
Scripting API
  • Added script callbacks for torpedo launcher events
Bugfixes
"As usual, bugfixes marked with [UBR] are user bug reports. Thank you everybody for reporting and keep it up!"
  • [UBR] Fixed a crash when resolving intersections between entities
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that led to hangars and torpedo launchers not being restored after server crashes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where Xsotan wouldn't turn aggressive when firing torpedoes
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue that, among other things, led to mining lasers no longer working and being counted as armed weapons
    • Note from Koonschi: This will sadly not fix currently skewed weapons, that's simply not possible. Sorry guys :(
  • [UBR] Fixed an issue where torpedoes could deal damage to ships in pvp-damage-free zones