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Posted by Ender on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 3:32:21 pm (ET)

As you may have noticed, I have a tendency to add little flavorful hidden messages throughout the game for doing various obscure things. Sheldon Cooper recently picked up on this with regards to the birth date settings, so I decided to turn it into a little game. Here are the rules:

  1. The bot to post a screenshot of the final age-based hidden message wins 1 free star.
  2. The star is of course transferable, but the trophy points are not, so respond on the bot that you want to get the trophy points on.
  3. You must post responses to this thread.
  4. Every hidden message is in a green box. If it's red, it's an error and it doesn't count.
  5. Either a screenshot or copy/paste is fine.
  6. It doesn't matter how many you find, only the person to post the 9th and final hidden message wins.

Here's the current status of what's been found (5 out of 9):

  1. "Glorius escape from the womb, comrade!" - Set the current day as your birth date.
  2. "Please report to the training room for your regularly scheduled beatings, infant." - Set birth date so that your age is under 2.
  3. "Okay, but you're probably lying about your age." - Set birth date so that your age is under 5.
  4. "Okay, but you're probably lying about your age (and if you're really under the age of 10, this game probably isn't for you)." - Set birth date so that your age is under 10.
  5. "Cool, you have the same birthday as me (Ender)! Carry on. :)" - Set your birth date day/month to, well, mine. :)
  6. (unknown)
  7. (unknown)
  8. (unknown)
  9. (unknown)

Keep in mind it may not be beneficial to immediately post any hidden messages you come across. Only the person to post the last one wins anything!

Good luck. :)

Posted by Ender on Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:43:06 pm (ET)

The time it takes to idle out from the game has been increased from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. This should help avoid frustrating situations where you have to step away from the computer for a short time and don't make it back before the idle timeout.

The online list now also has a color-coded "idle" column to show how long each bot has been idle. With this list now potentially showing bots that haven't been active in close to an hour, this will help give you a quicker impression of which bots are truly active at any given time.

Thanks to Agent Zord for the suggestion!

P.S. Fun trivia fact: The idle timeout in bots2 was 10 minutes.

Congrats to Shoegazer [102] for leading <Eternal> to victory in the September 2014 clan competition and securing a 8th George Washington platinum trophy! Monthly energy has been reset and a new round has begun.

rank clan owner energy month
1 <Eternal> Shoegazer [102]
5,956,946 (x7.47)
2 <lHl Luthrin lHl> Luthrin [100]
2,156,433 (x2.75)
3 <Escapism> ReneDescartes [220]
2,108,504 (x2.61)
4 <Peace> ACE 10 [55]
2,022,635 (x2.36)
5 <Atreides> gr33n [82]
1,605,709 (x1.92)
6 <Z Fighters> Juv0 [95]
1,084,396 (x1.57)
7 <Rapture> Satanus Inaximasus [298]
1,042,660 (x1.21)
8 <The Reason> overdose7 [122]
1,030,056 (x1.19)
9 <VIP> vip04 [58] 965,511 (x1.12)
10 <Platinium Squad> neps0 [70] 960,488 (x1.16)

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Posted by Ender on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:37:34 am (ET)

What is Smarty and why should you care about it?

Smarty is a PHP Templating Engine. In short, it is what wires together (a) all the logic in the game's backend with (b) how the data from the backend gets presented in the browser. It's the glue that holds together every page on this site.

You probably don't have to care about it. The only reason I'm announcing this is because it's a major version upgrade with breaking changes. I've done my best to fix everything that it breaks before enabling it, but mistakes of course happen, especially with big changes like this.

Please be on the lookout for anything obscure this may have broken (if you do find something, either reply here or more preferably create a bug thread) and enjoy the perhaps small performance boost this upgrade results in (the main benefit of the upgrade has more to do with my use of it).

Posted by Ender on Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:48:52 am (ET)

Continuing with this year's theme of automation, getting and changing custom logos on bots with 9+ stars no longer requires interacting with a human (read: me)! The details:

  • There's a new field on the workshop settings page.
  • The new field is only editable for bots with 9+ stars.
  • Like bot/clan images, you use Imgur to upload your logo.
  • Unlike bot/clan images, the logo will be downloaded to the bots4 server and thus the Imgur URL you use will not be saved.
  • Some basic validation is done on things like image dimensions and extension.

This update is a big win for everyone. Players no longer have to wait for me to manually move a file around and I have one less recurring game maintenance task to deal with, freeing me up to work on more interesting updates.

Stay tuned for self-service perm star moves. That should be the last recurring chore of mine to automate. \o/

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