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Intelligence Bulletin Vol 2 * No 40

intelligencebulletingvol02no40 Alive! It’s on live! This has been an eventful week in the HQ. We ran the large stress-test with the final version of Eisenhower and got a lot great data that we can use to optimize the performance. And the servers did not crash. They ran slowly, but kept breathing. Following that we rolled out the first version of the Felber build, with a lot of new features. 3 new tanks, 2 new motorcycles, new skirmish map. You can take a look at the full changelog here.

We are now using both the feedback from the stress test and the feedback we get from Felber to roll out hotfixes for Felber on a daily basis until we get the most pressing issues fixed. I think it shows how much we benefited from the daily hotfixes on Eisenhower. This week we also welcomed reto.Scratchliquid to the team! He will work doing 3D art and weapons and props and other wonderful things.

Later on today we will have the annual company Christmas party and celebrate with some good food and beer, but before that we are restructuring the office, moving people around for Guderian.

Reto.Leto (armed with a hammer) directs the troops; Reto.Colding & Reto.Hr.Wille while Reto.Splixxen and Reto.Ratamahat stands by as reserves (sorry for the blurry pic from my phone)

Through luck, bribes and diplomacy I (reto.Robotron3000) managed to stay in the same place, so I am documenting the events and acting as DJ playing loud moving music.

And in a fitting mood for the Christmas party, the temperature dropped to just over freezing and it just started snowing! :-)

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Developer Blogs this Week

Skirmish in the forest

By Reto.Fleck, Level Designer
“A new and much improved skirmish map has been added to Felber” Read More

H&G 5th edition

By Dondergod, Community Newseditor
“The 5th edition of the community newspaper is out! News about Felber and other exciting things.” Read More

The Tyrannosaur feels tiny

By Reto.MasterDisaster17, Server Programmer
“An epic tale of a giant lizard’s fight with a memory leak.” Read More

Team Debriefing

Design


Reto.RedBjarne

Game Director
“- Dysentery (2 days in infermary. mental note, don’t shit next to the tanks. use entrenchment tool)”
“- Work on optimized terrain workflow.”
“- Meetings”
“- Planning”
“- Meetings”
“- Planning”
“- Felber bugs+adjustments”

Reto.Fleck

Level Designer
“- Finalize new skirmish level.”
“- Blog about new skirmish level.”
“- Making plans for moving people around.”
“- Moving people around.”
Reto.Ratamahat
Level Designer
“-Setting up map files and my terrain in Softimage to be able to run the map in the game client”
“-Testing and tweaking terrain”

Reto.Robotron3000

Community Manager & Game Designer
“- Weapon hotfixes on Felber”
“- Not moving office”

Artists


Reto.Hr.Wille

3D Artist
“- This week I have been working on new vehicles for Guderian and
remaking textures on old ones.”

Reto.Mato

Lead Character Artist
“- Suffering from the plague”

Reto.Owleater

Art Director
“- Get up to speed with the new task-management system”
“- Kinda forgot what else I did so I just said ‘Art Directing’ to reto.Robotron3000 when he asked me what I’d been doing.”

Reto.Colding

Lead Animator
“- This week I have been finishing new assault team pics and polishing the old ones with new backgrounds… and then I have been M.I.A. down with a cold.”

Reto.Dave

Environment/Props/
Concept Artist
“- Listens to Wu-Tang Clan, ODB, plans Christmas party AND makes props and graphics plans.”

Reto.BombeBo

Effects Dude
“- Working on effects and impacts.”

Reto.Scratchliquid

3D Artist
“- I thought I would join this war before I got drafted.”
“- I have been introduced to the team.”
“- Although I keep hearing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the building but I can not seem to find him.”
“- Setting up my PC, updates and tools.”
“- Checking out the German Armory and having a look at the Gewehr 43. Nice!”

Coders & QA


Reto.Goonstah

Programmer and Technical Lead
“- Conducted the stress-test and collected feedback and results”
“- Various bugfixes on Felber”
“- Some optimizations on the Flash client “

Reto.Hal9k

Render Programmer
“-Felber build & deploy”
“-Felber bugfixing – render stuff and matchmaking stuff”
“-Continuing evaluation of XCP for build environment”

Reto.Ogssan

Gameplay Programmer
“- Features for the easy access mission”
“- Fixes for Felber”
“- Christmas party stuff”
“- And secret stuff”

Reto.Leto

Gameplay Programmer
“- Fixing bugs”
“- Player prediction improvements in the netcode.”
“- AI work for First Blood”
“- Moving office”

Reto.Injection

Senior Programmer
“- Working on a new ressourcesystem “

Reto.Splixxen

Lead Tester
“- Stress test.”
“- Stress test feedback.”
“- Felber feedback.”
“- Test Felber hotfixes.”
“- Crashlogs.”

Reto.Indusninja

IT Architect
“- live bug support”
“- culprit responsible for clearing everyone’s stats and credits”
“- switch logic for “Men” to include new categories – “Infantryman”, “recon”, “tankcrew”, “fighterpilot” & “paratrooper” resources”
“- stop ATs from getting reinforcements if they’re in an auto-resolve battle”
“- do not allow ATs to be dissolved if they’re in battle or transporting”
“- Matchmaking crashing because it tries to delete dummy-ATs again and again”
“- Started work on new iteration of skirmishes on the campaign side”
“- fix duplicate creation of a battle object on the same battlefield – leads to mission not working correctly”

Reto.Vashu

Flash Programmer
“- Stress Test of Eisenhower! [Eisenhower]”
“- Bug fixing most of the time. Everything from new bugs, to ironing out old bugs [Felber]”
“- Making sure new fixes were moved up to test server [Felber]”
“- Forum hunting [Felber]”
“- Helping to scope out new work flow guidelines [Guderian]”

Reto.masterdisaster17

Server Programmer
“- Looking over data from the stresstest, trying to pinpoint some performance spikes. Also implementing transaction numbering for the backend, to prevent some synchronization issues with clienthandlers. Finally, I am slowly regrowing my hair after pulling most of it out over the last few weeks. “

Sound


Reto.Draebesmoelf

Lead Sound Designer
“- New suspensions sounds for the R75 motorcycle have been created.”
“- All suspension sounds for the Kübelwagen, the US 4×4, the Halftrack M3A1 and the SdKfz 250/3 have been overhauled, edited and adjusted.”
“- The tire skidding sound for the bicycle has been adjusted.”

Reto.Lord

Audio Programmer
“- Fixed infinite loop on flash client startup if a hosting center ping request timed out.
- Flash client now handles invalid hosting centers gracefully
- match making request changed to accept all host centers with ping response lower than a, for now, predetermined max
- flash client profiling.”

Management, IT & support


Reto.KenSolo

Producer
“- This week I’ve been planning the stress test, sent a bunch of new keys, planned almost all tasks for Guderian, held a briefing for the team, rolled out our new production management tool and is now almost ready to get drunk at our annual x-mas party. Cheers!”

Reto.Hansg

IT Admin
“- New server room setup and internet cable from 5 to 1 floor.”
“- New perforce setup new build on windows.”
“- New nagios alarms setup on US servers. now passive test”
“- Secure the server room. new keys”

Reto.Lusa

Project Coordinator
“- Coordinating the Christmas party”
“- Recajiggered the defimbulator to help improve meeting discipline”

Reto.Bacon

Support Manager
“- Support”
“- Support”
“- Support”
“- Aaaand support (with bacon)”

 

NOTICE

The Intelligence Bulletin is designed primarily for the use of the members of the Heroes & Generals community. It is a vehicle for the dissemination to them of the latest information received from Reto-Moto Intelligence sources about the development of Heroes & Generals. Readers are invited to comment on the use that they are making of the Intelligence Bulletin and to forward suggestions for future issues.

Reto-Moto Intelligence Division,
Developer Department

  1. DondergodDondergod11-30-2012

    “- Checking out the German Armory and having a look at the Gewehr 43. Nice!”

    Seems the axis side will have a party of themselves today ;).

    “- Stress Test of Eisenhower! [Eisenhower]“

    Lies Vashu, stress test of Eisenhouwer was during the Crace build!!

    Bacon, now that you are fully back at work again, did you get:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M6qAMMqFhI
    out of your head yet?

  2. FontanFontan11-30-2012

    “- Although I keep hearing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the building but I can not seem to find him.” …strange always in TS i could swear i hear him as well xD

    -“…new vehicles for Guderian…” finally my Sdkfz 7/1 is joining the war, or am i wrong ?

    -yes i am commenting, because Reto’s are “not sobar enough to fix serbers”

  3. jumanajumana12-01-2012

    This really was an exciting week. First the stress test with thousands of players and the the introduction of the new Felber build which clearly is a step forward. Keep up with that speed! Can’t wait to see Guderian!

  4. R8TigerR8Tiger12-01-2012

    I want to Play! :)

  5. CraneTYSCraneTYS12-01-2012

    Yeah, first time i was dissapointed at Felber but now all good and finally Campaign map not lagging.

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