It has been awhile since 3089 had its last update — been working hard on multiplayer & promotion during the IndieGameStand sale.
There is still much to do on the multiplayer front, but you can get an idea on how it will work. Basically, all single player games will be multiplayer games if you enable the “server” option — which I hope most people will do. This will help increase the number of servers people can join. If you enable the “advertise” option, it will post your server information to the twitter account at https://twitter.com/3089game. Make sure people can connect to your game — you may need to enable port forwarding on your router to port 3089 — you can read more information @ http://www.portforward.com/. Only a few things work at the moment, like finding & connecting to other games. You will be able to see the other player run around & you can send chat messages to each other (using the <ENTER> key), but many things like robots & damage are not synchronized yet.
There has been many changes to how terrain is generated. There should be more flat areas, but also some more varied hills & mountains also. Roads have been added, and the roads will tunnel through terrain or span over oceans where needed. You will get a small movement boost when traveling on a road. Due to the terrain generation changes, you may need to find a new backup station & do a “location rescue” when loading your game.
The user interface should look a bit better, too. I made a new dialog box image & organized item stats. Skill boosts are now grouped together and colored slightly green. “Bad” statistics, like “cooldown” and “ammo use” are slightly red. I’ve also labeled incomplete items more clearly.
Take a look at all of the changes @ https://3089game.wordpress.com/version-history/
What is next? I plan on filling in more multiplayer features. Eventually, I want specific features to encourage co-op play, even between players of very different levels. For instance, I can give rewards to high level players for helping low level players out. I also want a special “merge” mode where two players join together to create a superbot 🙂
OK, back to work!