As the Sauerbraten SVN repo is quite active these days, one might suspect that the next release is near. Sauerworld took the chance to ask the community about what they would like to see implemented into the next release. For me personally such features would include a comed style fragmessage, fully customizeable team and enemy skins or adding the damage dealt to the network packages. But to my suprise, the answers you gave were very different but interesting! So here is what you answerd to
Which non-standard features would you as a gamer like to see incorporated into the next Sauerbraten Release?
Frosty: the community has done a good job already making clientmods and servermods with new features so maybe just add that stuff, and what about a sauer launcher so we can get updates whenever they are ready rather than once every three years. im fine with the gameplay/engine as it is, rather focus on useful features and game tweaks rather than jetpacks and rainbow.
Hades: I would only like to see weapon changes really:
Rockets – Requires accuracy, so reduce the damage spread? radius? whatever you call it
Mg – give it a pattern that you have to master, rather than it being random luck spray (not like ac where they just look at the skybox)
Nades – Justice nades were better
Rest of the weapons are fine
I dont usually play ffa/ctf but maybe when someone dies it will drop the weapon they had out and you’re able to pickup with whatever ammo they had left in it
pisto: I believe the sauerbraten people should move to octaforge and start requesting features there
Agalloch: I’d like to see more settings that are already known from other clients. Like changing skins colors, more customizable hud. Putting it simply, everything that other clients already feature. If this all would be like “all in one” package, it would be great. Especially if we could call it “standard client”. But i have one more nonstandard feature which is alredy known anyway. Its IRC built in client. I tried it in the past in client of gear4. Was a great thingy.
oh also some kind of “Global messages” that can be sent from some masterserver, like add, info, Ads or info about tournys so pubs can see it too and join.
degrave: In the next release i would like to see:
1. Support of online coop campaings, it can give new life to the sauer (for example, because of good modding capabilities and support for coop mode people still playing Doom 2)
2. Support of downloading a maps with textures from a server (as i know it is laready implemented)
3. Fixed physics for proper support of a race mode or defrag mode (if someone don’t know what is defrag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd9i9ls7u7U), for now race mode is defacto second by popularity mode
Actualy that features is not really something nonstandard but i would like to see it in sauer
GustavoLapasta: The nonstandard feature I would like to see in Sauerbraten is simple: Tesseract.
Yeah, it’s kind of a stretch calling it “non standard feature”, but let me explain it a little bit: we are in the era of fancy video games with crazy graphic effects and stuff, and that’s what the new users want. Of course, we all know that the hardcore players will disable all the distracting graphics, but I want the community to grow with new players everyday and Sauerbraten gameplay is awesome, but it’s not enough to attract new players, just because of its aged graphics engine. In my opinion Tesseract is a totally underestimated gem, just download the latest nightly and try it. It’s astonishing. Yes, the gameplay is somewhat different, maps are missing, and so on. But it’s the next generation of our beloved game, you’ll feel right at home. And for the hardcore players, don’t worry, “texreduce 12” works on Tesseract, too ;)
swattlellama: The most important feature I can think of would be some package control system. Eihrul could frequently update Sauer with little fixes and additional maps and then we could all instantly play new maps (modes even!) instead of waiting at least three years for a new release.
I liked the comed weapon colors a lot too and would like to see this feature as a default.
Built-in duel modes / Clanwar modes with overtime enabled could be nice.
instead of making it server-side
And then when our nice servers and their admins go missing, we have to make other servers with that feature
obst: yes, I would love to have a proper map download system. sauer has this great ingame editor but distributing custom maps is still a pain.
Fatality: Well, I’d obviously like to see new quality maps (emphasis on quality), but also some maps to be removed. I think there are too many maps that just aren’t even touched and that everyone can agree are bad. I also think the ability to send and get maps from the server in modes other than coop would be awesome. from a mapper’s viewpoint, things like shape-able materials would be great but not entirely necessary, and for some way for the game to recognize if a player is using anything other than the default configuration for a map the same way as if you had a modified map. I also heard an idea somewhere about collateral damage from rifles (hit two enemies with one shot) which would be cool but again not necessary. I’m not really too picky in this topic, I really think Sauer’s redeeming quality is the game mechanics which are already in place now.
hamon: First of all i can nearly bet money that noone of this features will added in the next release(s), but i think they will do Sauerbraten more attractive: – Auto-Mapdownload Why? In alot of games i can see this kind of feature. It’s much easier for all player to get new maps which are not released in the game release. It would give more maps a chance to get popular. And in Tournaments the mappackages would be unnecessary.
Bourbon: I think it would be cool if the masterserver would have centralized accounts, so that you can use one login for all servers, similar to steam. An automated map download system would also be a nice addition, so that new maps can be played without running into trouble, because everyone has a different version. Furthermore, it would be cool if the coloured weapon shots from ComEd would be a standard feagure or maybe even different shot/weapon designs to choose from.
What are your favourite ideas and what would you like to see added to the official Sauerbraten? Leave us a comment!