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miquelfire

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Update?
« on: December 23, 2016, 10:38:04 pm »
So, I got done playing a game recently, and noticed that my copy of CW2 has an update queued on Steam. I can't seem to find any info about it.

Karsten75

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Re: Update?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016, 01:29:41 am »
There was a strange bit of code (change made way back in 2013) that never got into the main line of CW2 until the new, Anniversary edition of CW2 (the 500- and 800- version builds). The change broke some maps, and we're still waiting for archaeologists to return with the scrolls that describe the original reason for the change. ...


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Re: Update?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2016, 10:57:43 am »
Yes, there is a new 0801 update for CW2.  It's an interesting tale...
In 2012 after the release of version 0497 I apparently fixed a "bug" in the creeper logic related to fields.  That fix was never pushed out in an update.  So the seasons came and went.  At the beginning of 2016 I repackaged CW2 to have a captive runtime.  That was based on the last source tree, so it had this "fix".  This version of CW2 was downloaded by a few folks who had trouble with the old AIR version.

Later in 2016 I released the CW2 anniversary edition.  This was of course based on the latest source, and had this "fix".  Problem is, some maps (maybe 1, maybe 10... I'm not sure I only know of 1) relied on the old behavior, not the fixed behavior. Map "#2766: The Treasure Chamber" is the map that broke.  The reason it broke is because it actually has a tiny flaw in the way the fields are arranged.  They allow creeper to leak out.  But, this only happens with the "fixed" creeper/field logic.  So the author never knew since it worked just fine in the game he had (and nearly everybody else had).

So, since the game spent 99.9% of its life with the flaw, I have restored the flaw.  That ensures that the creeper logic is as it was in version 0497 and all of the existing maps will work as intended.  It isn't a really large problem, since the game's entire history has been with the flaw :)  So, the prudent course was to restore that behavior and stop calling it a flaw.



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Re: Update?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2016, 01:06:40 pm »
So, the prudent course was to restore that behavior and stop calling it a flaw.
You know the old saying: "It's not a bug, it's a feature". Fascinating story. I hadn't heard of this.