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How much power does Heroes & Generals use?

Behind every action game bullet and every strategic movement a server is using electrial power. In this post I will tell you a bit about the use of power switching on the backbone network.

Here is the picture of the power used by the backbone network. All servers is connected to dual power supplies in the servers. This is for safety use, if the normal powers drops it will switch over to the backup power. We have two power feeds.


This is the power consumption in the morning Central European Time. In the morning there are lots of players and more players give more power use by the servers.

 

 

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Level building pipeline

We are hard at work with new levels with shiny new tools! In today’s post I’ll tell you all about how we work, why it takes time to make a level and what we’ve been doing to remedy this.

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You have to consider that for every new, unique environment we want to put in the game, there is a lot of man hours and coordination involved. The environments have been created first, that is, the textures and geological rules for how the terrain features should be generated. A new one of these is a big decision as it takes time to make and affects everything that will go in it. We stick with it for potentially many maps. Then level design and level building is done using one of the environments, and any special models can be planned alongside this. A new environment can also be planned and created alongside a level design. When planning new models, we aim for re-usability, not only to have the option to place it in other levels, but also in case anything should happen to that special level they were made for. If we decided to cut a hypothetical Paris-level, it would be a shame to have a beautiful hypothetical Eiffel-tower just sitting on our hard drives! These are just some of the considerations we need to take into account when we want new map content in the game.

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Is data mining really that boring?

Many of you may think that analyzing data and running statistics is dreadfully boring, and you may be right – but for a self-proclaimed geek like myself, I actually enjoy playing around with data – especially if it poses a challenge and on top of that shows some nice or surprising patterns.

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My latest “assignment” was quite interesting, as I was investigating mission wins during each played out war. Not only was I looking at faction wins for each mission, I also looked into wins for the different battle types and wins depending on which faction was the defending party.

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The European Theater

The focus in Heroes & Generals, as of now, is on the European theater of WWII. With the two factions battling for the other’s capital, the way to success is capturing land. And land in Heroes & Generals means cities. And lots of them.

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You see, we really want to reward cooperating and strategic thinking players, and the way to do so, is to make sure that tactical players have an advantage. In the action game, owning more access points means an advantage for the attackers, since it’s harder to defend a city when attackers are coming in from multiple sides, and in the upcoming new battle system and resolver, the amount of access points owned by either faction has a say in the defending and attacking stacks’ combined force.

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Moving Assault Teams on your Mobile: Tapping, swiping and long-pressing.

Some of the most common questions people ask when they try out our applications for iOS and Android are: “So, how do I move my Assault Teams around?” and “I can’t join a war!?!”. Both of these points are entirely valid, and we are working on getting that functionality into the respective applications. Before I start the actual implementation, however, we do need to think long and hard about the best way of enabling the users to perform the actions they want — that is, design the user interface we want to implement.

In this post I will focus on some of the issues that arise when you want to fit a fairly complex interaction patterns into touch devices with limited screen real-estate. Since the act of choosing a war can be supported with a simple scrollable list, it is the movement of Assault Teams that really needs our attention.

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Possible network instability

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Our backend provider is upgrading a switch in Amsterdam (or maybe a bridge in Arnhem :-P )!

This means that in the timeframe below, network connectivity might misbehave with high ping, lag etc.

22JAN13 – 0500-0800 CET


Click the date above to get the time in your local timezone.

We are not sure how much this will affect the game, but we thought we should warn you.

Reto Sweat Shop

As you might have noticed in the previous Intelligence Bulletins Reto.Mato has been hard at work expanding our character pipeline and building new parachutes. Here is a bit more information on how this process works. Enjoy! – Reto.Robotron3000

When creating the uniforms for the characters, we start out using a cloth simulation program to create the base uniforms cloth pieces draped over a body model. This creates realistic looking folds and wrinkles on the uniforms. We decided to make a parachute bag with it’s intricate straps and the open parachute canopy itself in this cloth simulation program. We wanted to see if we could benefit from the simulated forces from the pulling of straps, ropes and the effects of wind and gravity. The simulation for the bag and the straps is made on top of the German paratrooper uniform for a perfect match.

Parachute simulated on top the German paratrooper uniform.Parachute simulated on top the German paratrooper uniform.

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