Samurai Wars Update 27 Beta Now Open

There’s now an open beta of Update 27. Note that this is maintenance release only, improving stability and performance in order to fix many of the glitches in the current version. (New features are worked on in parallel, and will be relased in an upcoming release.)

Many small bugs and improvements have been fixed, but there are still some known issues. That’s why I need you to help out and report the things you encounter.

First out is the iOS versions. Sign up by replying to this forum topic. Just saying “hi” will do, and don’t write your e-mail address. Once I’ve registered your account in iTunes TestFlight you will get an e-mail instructions how to download the beta version. The registration step is a manual process, so it can take several hours before you get your mail.

The Android version and instructions will be coming shortly.

Server problems

It seems that as I’m working on improving server reliability I’ve also introduced some major glitches that is occasionaly causing the server to stop starting matches (I thought I had found and fixed it, but it seems I’m wrong). I’m putting top priority to investigate and resolve this issue. If it stops working, please report to http://forum.openwar.org or to felix@ungman.com, and I’ll manually restart the server as soon as possible.

The official forum is now open

There has been a lot of questions and discussions about the game on the blog, and though WordPress is great for blogging it’s not really suited for this kind of communication among members. So I have set up a community forum in order to provide a better place for discussing the game, everything from playing help and tips to development and bug reporting.

You’re welcome to head over to forum.openwar.org get the discussion started!

More server maintenance

I will be doing more server maintenance today. There may be brief periods of server downtime and restarts. No new features in this server update, but if all goes well it should improve server stability and reduce the need for future downtime.

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Big Ooops! Accidentally broke the chat :( Fixing…

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Chat is back! I will be monitoring the servers for further glitches.

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Apparently broke practice mode too. Fixing…

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Server update has been deployed. I will continue to fine-tune the networking in the coming weeks. If you experience network glitches, please report here.

Server maintenance

I will be doing server maintenance today. The may be brief periods of server downtime and restarts. In that case don’t panic, grab some fresh air, and check back at a later time. Thanks.

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I’ve now deployed a new version of the server. In case of glitches, please report here.

Roadmap (sep 2015)

RoadmapSamurai Wars is an online real-time tactical war-game featuring a reality-based simulation model. Up to now the focus has been on researching the various components needed for such a game, such as:

  • a simulation model and algorithm capable of representing the states and actions of thousands of fighting individuals
  • a distributed simulation framework that synchronizes this model between dozens of computers from all over the world
  • a network algorithm that handles high latency and crappy connections in a robust way
  • a rendering component that can visualize these battles on screen in 3D
  • an intuitive user interface for commanding armies and getting feedback of the battle
  • a lobby front end where players can meet up and start games
  • a lobby back end server that coordinates all of this
  • an architecture that is open and allows for maximum freedom to contribute and customize the game play

It’s been a lot of work, I’ve explored a lot of technologies, both useful ones and some dead ends. But the project is now in a stage were all the pieces of the puzzle have been discovered and it’s time to start putting them together.

Development and release process

The game is written in a of C++ (networking and graphics) and Javascript (user interface). There are no traditional version numbers or alpha/beta test phases or unstable branches. Instead, new features are released as soon as ready and as often as possible, and releases are labeled with the release date and time (yymmdd.hhmm in UTC). The three different client platforms (web, iphone/ipad, and android) will be kept in sync as close as possible (given the approval time of mobile app stores).

Get early access to the game by signing up as a Patron here:

https://www.patreon.com/samuraiwars?ty=h

Feature roadmap

This is a list of features needed for the game to be considered ”feature complete”. It’s listed in rough priority order, but there are no hard dates or deadlines. Features are implemented one at a time, and the list will be updated and re-prioritized between each task.

Map editor and custom maps

First step to customization is to be able to create and host your own maps. Initially with the current set of terrain features: hills, woods, and water, but later also structures like buildings, bridges, castles, and forts.

Lobby and chat improvements

Improve the main screen and lobby, add setup panel so you can host custom games. Add in-game team chat.

Battle view, gestures and commands

Need to fix glitches with camera control and unit movement / facing. And add more advanced unit commands for controlling groups of units, changing formation and unit orders like hold-fire, fire-at-will, hold-ground, etc.

Custom armies

Players will be able to select the units they bring to the battle field. Moreover, the host will be able to customize the cost of those units, as to balance the battle in his/her choice of preference.

Battle mechanics

Improve and fine-tune the calculations for movement and melee combat. Add support for artillery units. Improve how morale works and add fatigue. Add realistic line-of-sight and fog-of-war so that you can conceal units in woods or behind hills.

Graphics and animations

Graphics has admittedly been neglected while focusing on other parts of the game. Needs to be improved and expanded, recreating the style of classical Japanese woodblock prints.

Custom scenarios

Add different victory conditions and scoring mechanisms other than last-man-standing, like capture-the-flag, king-of-the-hill, free-for-all, etc. Also add historical and fictional scenarios of different types (meeting engagements, ambushes, sieges, etc). And improved battle AI for solo play scenarios.

Contextual battles

Add ability to play battles where the outcome matters in the context of a larger scope, such as ladders and competitions like tournaments and leagues, as well as the more traditional strategic campaign mode of play.

Other periods

Extend the platform to new periods, to ancient, medieval, napoleonic times, etc.