Forums

Search
Forums » Memoir '44 Online - English » M44 Online Beta 15
Show: Today's Posts 
  
AuthorTopic
Yann
-= Crew =-
KS Backer - Skeleton

User Pages
Posts: 2355
Registered:
October 2002
M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 14:14
Dear Memoir '44 Online Officer:

We are happy to report that we released the Beta 15 version of the software.

This version brings lots of bug fixes (over 35!).

What's New?

- We finally found a workaround to resolve the white or black screen of death some players were experiencing when launching the application on Windows PCs equipped with certain nVidia drivers and video boards. So if you had this problem before, here is your chance to try the game at last! Download the new version and have fun!

- We have introduced not just 1, but 3 new official scenarios: "Gallabat & Metemma", "Tunisia" and "Twin Villages". The last one features a Winter board with winter terrains. Enjoy!

- We fixed the bug that was blocking the promotion to Major (a tricky DB issue, thanks for your numerous testing trying to achieve that rank Wink). If you qualified for this officer rank but were not promoted up to now due to this bug, you will be automatically promoted upon the completion of your very next game. So make sure to play at least one game with someone else!

- Likewise, we resolved the issue that prevented deserving players from receiving the Armor Specialist achievement. Try again, it should now work!

- We can't show it to you quite yet, but we made excellent progress on solving some the nasty issues that prevent us from releasing the Expert Mode yet. If all goes well (this is still beta software), we should be able to release the Expert mode to anyone who purchased a qualifying Pack (ie Captain or Major) in an upcoming release (see the "What's Coming Next?" section below for additional details).

- Many strategic improvements were made to the robots' behavior of both Johnny and Hermann.

What's Coming Next?

First of all a BIG DISCLAIMER: This is development Software, and what is worse, Beta Software. So while we believe what follows to be the most accurate description of our development plans and status as of this date, some things might still go wrong: as a result there could still be a difference between what we plan to do and hope to accomplish at any point in time, and what we will actually be able to deliver over the next few months, in terms of timing and features…

# 1. With many bugs already fixed and more features added in, our plan is to release the Expert Mode into beta, along with a number of scenarios specific to it (ie scenarios that haven’t been coded for rules yet) in either the next release (b16) or the one that immediately follows (b17).

# 2. Assuming this works out as planned, the next related task will be the release of a new version of the Memoir '44 Editor to allow you to playtest your very own personal scenarios available in Expert Mode, and make them available for others to play with if you wish to.

# 3, Another top priority for us is to continue releasing new scenarios on a regular basis. This is always a difficult trade-off, as time spent fixing bugs and developing other features ends up competing for our attention with the new rules required for some of these scenarios.

# 4. The version just released (b15) comes 3 weeks after the prior one, but now that the Holiday season (and hopefully the nasty flu viruses that hit members of our team during that period) are behind us, we plan to return to our regular 2 weeks interval between releases. So if all goes well, b16 will come in two weeks, with yet many new improvements!

In the meantime, enjoy the current release and keep those reports coming!

How to upgrade?

It is very simple, just launch the game. After you log in, it will detect the new version and offer to download it. Make sure you do so. Then follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

If you have problems, you can always go to http://www.memoir44-online.com and download the software again. Nothing will be lost, since all your profile is stored in your DoW Online account.

Details of improvements and bug fixes:

- 3 new Standard Scenarios, including one with a winter board (Twin Villages)
- White or black screen of death with Nvidia drivers 260.89 and 260.99 is fixed
- Thread deadlock could crash the server
- Corrected an important server-side memory leak
- Major officer rank was never awarded
- [Achievement] Armor Specialist was never granted
- Implement desert and winter boards (but no Desert or Winter rules yet)
- [Sainte-Mère-Église] Plane could remain during the whole game
- [Resume] was still proposed even when the game had reached the AAR screen
- [Ambush] You should be able to activate it right away if you want to
- [Ambush] Re-compute activation conditions after each attack
- [Ambush] correctly evaluate all equally probable combat situations
- [Robot] should switch to a more defensive strategy when about to loose
- [Robot] now checks if it's not cutting its own retreat when attacking
- [Robot] Retreat flag not ignored, when it should have
- [Robot] was not ignoring flags when in hedgehogs
- [Robot] took ground, although it was attacking a cliff
- [Robot] is sometimes stuck, and then passes
- [Robot] obviously likes to swim, so it could move into the sea rather than toward the beach
- [Robot] attacked Artillery in a forest rather than a 1 fig infantry in an open field
- [Juno beach] Map preview could show "Classified"
- [Japanese Windows] App does not install on Windows with Japanese locale
- [Japanese Windows] Japanese date format would crash the application
- [Turkish Windows] Game does not launch on Windows with Turkish locale
- Typo in Russian officer ranks
- Support multiple medals on same hex
- Other various fixes

And as always:

A big THANK YOU to everyone who play and/or send us bug reports.

Make sure you stay tuned on this forum

And above all, have fun!

The Memoir '44 High Command at Days of Wonder Headquarters
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 14:21
Amazing, boys! Great work. Very Happy

3 new scenarios and over 35 fixes...thanks for everything you're doing to keep us happy and playing Memoir '44 Online! Cool

[Updated on: Fri, 14 January 2011 14:22]

      
bikini
Member
Colonel

User Pages
Posts: 55
Registered:
October 2005
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 14:43
When I loaded the app. It didn't automatically request to install the new version. It still says 1.0 beta14-r8bfda0 in the top right corner.

I am using a Mac, OSX 10.4.11
      
Yann
-= Crew =-
KS Backer - Skeleton

User Pages
Posts: 2355
Registered:
October 2002
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 15:06
bikini wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 14:43

When I loaded the app. It didn't automatically request to install the new version. It still says 1.0 beta14-r8bfda0 in the top right corner.

I am using a Mac, OSX 10.4.11

That's odd, because it worked fine for me in a similar configuration. If you are still using b14, send us the log using the bug report form. If you installed manually b15, then I guess it's too late to understand what happened. Wink

Yann
      
Atelog
Junior Member
Lieutenant Colonel

Posts: 20
Registered:
November 2010
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 15:19
Excellent work, thanks for your great dedication and effort optimizing memoir online!

Thanks a lot for all the fun provided in the battlefield.
      
Nightrain
Senior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 424
Registered:
October 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 16:22
Yann, you should get yourself a couple of beers, kudos for the great work, downloading now Smile
      
Caboose
Senior Member
First Lieutenant

User Pages
Posts: 1597
Registered:
May 2004
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 16:26
Nightrain wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 08:22

Yann, you should get yourself a couple of beers, kudos for the great work, downloading now Smile



Is that wise?? Namely if some of the programmers had colds..heard that cold medicine and alcohol rarely is good together!! Probably better would be getting some orange juice! Razz
      
Vulch
Senior Member
Colonel

User Pages
Posts: 404
Registered:
May 2009
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 16:28
Caboose wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 15:26

Nightrain wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 08:22

Yann, you should get yourself a couple of beers, kudos for the great work, downloading now Smile



Is that wise?? Namely if some of the programmers had colds..heard that cold medicine and alcohol rarely is good together!! Probably better would be getting some orange juice! Razz



Whisky and hot water......about half a bottle, cures all colds. Very Happy
      
Caboose
Senior Member
First Lieutenant

User Pages
Posts: 1597
Registered:
May 2004
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 16:57
Vulch wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 08:28

Caboose wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 15:26

Nightrain wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 08:22

Yann, you should get yourself a couple of beers, kudos for the great work, downloading now Smile



Is that wise?? Namely if some of the programmers had colds..heard that cold medicine and alcohol rarely is good together!! Probably better would be getting some orange juice! Razz



Whisky and hot water......about half a bottle, cures all colds. Very Happy


Maybe - but I bet it does lead to some bad coding due to the alcohol! ["Hey, that line of code made sense when I was drunk!" Laughing ]
      
Nightrain
Senior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 424
Registered:
October 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 17:21
couple of beers while we're still in beta is okay i guess, but just be careful when it's already Final Version Very Happy

      
Caboose
Senior Member
First Lieutenant

User Pages
Posts: 1597
Registered:
May 2004
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 17:25
Nightrain wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 09:21

couple of beers while we're still in beta is okay i guess, but just be careful when it's already Final Version Very Happy



Um, and how do you get to a final version?? By using the latest beta version that worked, no? Thus it be best if nothing gets in the way and thus no alcohol too!! (yes - I'm doing a joke here while trying to fix this Window Vista issue with Brice - so don't take it wrongly!)
      
Morgiliath
Senior Member
Generalmajor

User Pages
Posts: 165
Registered:
January 2011
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 19:15
First of all - thanx for beta 1.5, works great!
Looking forward to becoming a Major Smile

Second - try the following recipe: half a glass of whisky with half a glass of hot milk and two large teaspoons of honey. Having drink half, top up with whisky. Having driink ha'f, top u' whisk. Hvin drhaf, drinkup whisk.. and so on.
      
Randwulf
DoW Content Provider
Major

User Pages
Posts: 1364
Registered:
March 2005
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 19:29
Whowzzz ish guud recesspee... needz biggerz glassss

and who let Yann out of his box??, he has posted more today than all of last month.

Great work guys. Looking forward to next months new stuff!!!!
      
Caboose
Senior Member
First Lieutenant

User Pages
Posts: 1597
Registered:
May 2004
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 19:40
Randwulf wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 11:29

Whowzzz ish guud recesspee... needz biggerz glassss

and who let Yann out of his box??, he has posted more today than all of last month.

Great work guys. Looking forward to next months new stuff!!!!


Someone has to get out and let us know there is a new beta!!
      
Randwulf
DoW Content Provider
Major

User Pages
Posts: 1364
Registered:
March 2005
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 19:47
Got both my Major and over run badges today... wheeeee....

now, I just wonder how close to Lt Colonel I am???

      
Krank
Junior Member
Mayor

User Pages
Posts: 3
Registered:
December 2010
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 21:20
Thanks for the new scenario's. They are great.

      
Rilax
Senior Member
Commandant

User Pages
Posts: 138
Registered:
January 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 14 January 2011 23:24
Histoire que ce soit dit aussi en français ;
Très bonne mise à jour ! Smile
      
eric
-= Crew =-
Advanced Combat Training

User Pages
Posts: 3198
Registered:
October 2002
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 00:25
Merci! Cela fera plaisir à toute l'équipe, car ils bossent dur. Cool

[Updated on: Sat, 15 January 2011 00:27]

      
Phread
Senior Member
Stiff Upper Lip

User Pages
Posts: 1778
Registered:
December 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 01:56
Yann wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 03:51

bikini wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 14:43

When I loaded the app. It didn't automatically request to install the new version. It still says 1.0 beta14-r8bfda0 in the top right corner.

I am using a Mac, OSX 10.4.11

That's odd, because it worked fine for me in a similar configuration. If you are still using b14, send us the log using the bug report form. If you installed manually b15, then I guess it's too late to understand what happened. Wink

Yann


I had the same problem and downloaded the new version.
When I went to install it I found I had 5 copies of M44 online running in the background - which would explain why restarting wouldn't pick up the beta. The bug may be that the 5 times I ran the program yestterday it did not terminate properly. BTW I always quit with the quit button.

I gained my promotion and the new award in one game (Twin Villages). The armoured overrun was not hard to do as the targets were both single figure infantry - infantry units had done the hard work leaving the glory to the armoured boys.

[Updated on: Sat, 15 January 2011 01:58]

      
Phread
Senior Member
Stiff Upper Lip

User Pages
Posts: 1778
Registered:
December 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 07:14
Now, please, DoW, we need a new entry in the promotions table http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44-online/en/officer/#prom otions_table giving the hint(s) on what we have to do for the promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.

It should get harder and harder to get promoted, as fewer officers are needed at each higher rank. Very Happy

Of course in war often the quickest way to promotion is to wait fo your commanding officer to be killed. Don't think that's going to work here. Shocked Shocked Shocked
      
Erik Uitdebroeck
Senior Member
Lieutenant Colonel

User Pages
Posts: 1032
Registered:
December 2006
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 09:29
Thanks everyone at DoW.
This is an amazing job.
      
Yann
-= Crew =-
KS Backer - Skeleton

User Pages
Posts: 2355
Registered:
October 2002
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 10:03
Randwulf wrote on Fri, 14 January 2011 19:29

and who let Yann out of his box??, he has posted more today than all of last month.

LOL Very Happy
Sorry if I have not been very active on the forum lately, but as you will guess by looking at the release notes, we have been quite busy - not mentioning it took me 2 weeks to recover from a very nasty flu. Evil or Very Mad

Thanks for your support!

Yann
      
kusti
Junior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 4
Registered:
November 2009
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 10:57
I have a problem in Arnhem bridge scenario,and not only I.If you play on axis side tanks dont enter the bridge:(Best wishes.
      
Brice
-= Crew =-
Commandant

User Pages
Posts: 1917
Registered:
October 2002
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 11:19
kusti wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 10:57

I have a problem in Arnhem bridge scenario,and not only I.If you play on axis side tanks dont enter the bridge:(Best wishes.


Normally you can enter only around the end of the bridge (ie in the alignment).
If that doesn't work, please report the bug with our bug form:
http://www.daysofwonder.com/en/contact/sublevel/?entry_id=23 0
      
kusti
Junior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 4
Registered:
November 2009
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 15 January 2011 13:30
I know how to enter a bridge. Embarassed In beta14 version all works normally,it starts after installing a new version.
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sun, 16 January 2011 09:03
kusti wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 16:30

I know how to enter a bridge. Embarassed In beta14 version all works normally,it starts after installing a new version.


Have you sent this in with the Bug Report Form? It sounds like you might have found a problem but the forum here is not a good place to tell DoW about it. They just don't have time to check here very often, so if you send them the problem with the Form, it will help them and get the problem fixed more easily.

Good luck! Smile
      
kusti
Junior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 4
Registered:
November 2009
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sun, 16 January 2011 10:15
Yes,I send a bug report.
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sun, 16 January 2011 14:53
kusti wrote on Sun, 16 January 2011 13:15

Yes,I send a bug report.


Perfect!! Good man. Very Happy
      
Nightrain
Senior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 424
Registered:
October 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Mon, 17 January 2011 05:26
Quote:

- [Ambush] You should be able to activate it right away if you want to


yann, can you elaborate on how this one can be used effectively ?
should we arm the card just when the enemy is about to attack, or do we arm it all the time and click something when the enemy is about to attack ?
thanks
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Mon, 17 January 2011 07:22
Nightrain wrote on Mon, 17 January 2011 08:26

Quote:

- [Ambush] You should be able to activate it right away if you want to


yann, can you elaborate on how this one can be used effectively ?
should we arm the card just when the enemy is about to attack, or do we arm it all the time and click something when the enemy is about to attack ?
thanks



Hi Steve,

I think you might be a little confused about what that improvement is talking about. The way you use the Ambush card has not changed. You still "Arm" the card and you never have to click on the unit your are Ambushing...once it's armed, the computer chooses the target still and attacks automatically before the target rolls.

The fix you're talking about has fixed a different problem, I believe. There used to be a problem where if you drew the Ambush card, you couldn't select it or "Arm" it until after your opponent had done their whole turn. So it couldn't be used the same turn you drew it...now that's fixed. Cool
      
Nightrain
Senior Member
Oberstleutnant

User Pages
Posts: 424
Registered:
October 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Mon, 17 January 2011 08:46
ah okay i see, but at least there's an improvement there Very Happy

      
Phread
Senior Member
Stiff Upper Lip

User Pages
Posts: 1778
Registered:
December 2008
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Mon, 17 January 2011 11:01
There has also been an improvement to the logic of how the AI plays the ambush card.

I've observed a unit to show multiple possible ambushes when attacked by several units & the first attack is ambushed - rather than fixating on one attack and having the unit destroyed before the ambush is played.

The AI seems to prefer ambushing from the weakest defender - which isn't always the choice I'd make. It is better than it was.
      
Yann
-= Crew =-
KS Backer - Skeleton

User Pages
Posts: 2355
Registered:
October 2002
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Mon, 17 January 2011 15:07
Phread wrote on Mon, 17 January 2011 11:01

There has also been an improvement to the logic of how the AI plays the ambush card.

I've observed a unit to show multiple possible ambushes when attacked by several units & the first attack is ambushed - rather than fixating on one attack and having the unit destroyed before the ambush is played.

The AI seems to prefer ambushing from the weakest defender - which isn't always the choice I'd make. It is better than it was.

You analyzed the new behavior correctly, congratulations.

If there are several possibilities that are "valued" the same by the software, then it will react on the first attack performed on one of these.

Yann
      
Angelo
Senior Member
Maggiore

User Pages
Posts: 194
Registered:
June 2005
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Wed, 19 January 2011 16:54
Dont know why but with beta 15 I continue to be disconnected. Beside loosing games, I loose also gold points. And this is extremely annoying...
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Wed, 19 January 2011 19:46
Angelo wrote on Wed, 19 January 2011 19:54

Dont know why but with beta 15 I continue to be disconnected. Beside loosing games, I loose also gold points. And this is extremely annoying...


After 15 minutes, your Gold Ingots from being disconnected are credited back to you. While it must be frustrating to be disconnected, you aren't losing gold. Cool
      
TheDukester
Junior Member
D-Day Recon Team - Bronze

Posts: 29
Registered:
May 2005
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Fri, 21 January 2011 21:36
New scenarios? Outstanding!

As a solo-only player, that's the feature that will ALWAYS be at the top of my request list.
      
rasmussen81
DoW Content Provider
Designer's Oath

User Pages
Posts: 7189
Registered:
July 2007
Re:M44 Online Beta 15 Sat, 22 January 2011 04:18
TheDukester wrote on Sat, 22 January 2011 00:36

As a solo-only player, that's the feature that will ALWAYS be at the top of my request list.


Glad to hear you're enjoying playing Memoir '44 Online and with 60+ solo games, it looks like you're testing the AI extensively! Smile If you ever want to try playing against another person, I would be happy to play you...just PM me and we'll set up a time to play.

Of course you can also just continue enjoying Solo mode if you want! Cool
      
    
Previous Topic:Ambush horror stories
Next Topic:The releasing of Expert mode
Goto Forum: