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Old December 12, 2019, 09:39   #1
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[Announce] Cthangband 6.2.0 Release

That's right. It's time for a new Cthangband.

This is only a minor release in terms of gameplay changes, but it feels a lot more like a major release because of the large amounts of internal refactoring (I'm still steadily converting it from a procedural program to an object oriented program) and the graphical changes.

The other large change is that I've written somewhere around 30,000 words of documentation that I've included in the game via and HTML viewer - because I'm aware that people were getting confused by some of the systems that work differently in Cthangband to vanilla Angband now that the two have drifted so far apart.
  • Replaced old plasma-based terrain generation with a Perlin Noise based one for a more realistic island.
  • Flavoured items now have their true appearance even when unidentified.
  • New town layouts to give towns more personality.
  • Added an “Other” gender for those who want it (or those playing sexless golems).
  • A metric ton more internal code refactoring.
  • New animation system for spells and similar effects.
  • Lighting and line-of-sight is now visible on more than just basic walls and floors.
  • “Organic” cavern levels added (using the same Perlin Noise algorithm as the new terrain).
  • New in-game “Cthangpedia” documentation added.
  • High Score Table is now versioned, so you’re only comparing scores with characters who have had the same game experience as you.
  • When choosing to re-use a character, the character gains a generation after their name (which is displayed on the high score table, save game preview, and gravestone). For example, “Bob”, “Bob II”, “Bob III”, “Bob IV”…
  • Recovery rate is now properly shown as a multiplier on the character sheet, rather than a misleading “Regen” bonus, since it does not actually affect health regeneration; only poison/stun/bleeding recovery rate.
  • Fixed occasional crash where the game would try to delete a non-existent monster.
  • Chests are now included in the Journal’s “Worthless Items” section.
  • Fixed bug where examining a disarmed but still locked chest would cause a crash.
  • Fixed Journal’s monster list so it doesn’t skip monsters when browsing backwards.
  • Reverted to classic speed system.
  • Fixed bug where fixed-quest uniques could sometimes appear outside their designated level.
  • Journal’s pet list now identifies what your pets are even if you’ve not seen them.
  • Fixed bug where unusual key combinations (e.g. Alt+Numpad2) could sometimes cause a crash.
  • Removed the (albeit very remote) possibility of getting an offensive name for a random artifact or an offensively shaped vault.
  • Doubled the size of the colour palette.
  • Changed the colour and/or character of over two hundred monster types to reduce ambiguity (fewer monsters now look identical); particularly Lovecraftian creatures, which have been mostly moved to the new characters of ‘A’ (for ‘Abomination’) for the races and ‘X’ (for ‘Extradimensional Entity’) for the unique Great Old Ones and Outer Gods.
  • Glyph of Warding changed to Elder Sign
  • Explosive Rune changed to Yellow Sign
  • Recoloured a large number of items and dungeon features to take advantage of the new colours and enhanced lighting.
  • Tunneling through trees no longer gives a confusing message about walls.
  • Corrected cost/level of Chaos Bolt spell for Cultists.

Oh - and I suppose a link would be handy, wouldn't it...

Download Cthangband 6.2 here.

(Remember, this is now a native Windows game written in C# - so if you're not running Windows then I'm afraid you're out of luck. It requires the .NET Framework 4.5.2, but that should already be pre-installed on the vast majority of Windows machines. If you've got one of the rare machines on which it isn't already present, you can download it from Microsoft here.)
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Old December 12, 2019, 13:55   #2
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Always good to see another robust update---keep at the fine work.
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Old December 13, 2019, 03:26   #3
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Any reason why is this is Windows only? I would hope to get this to run on Linux someday
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The reason it's Windows only is because it's written in C# and uses the WPF Framework for display. The WPF Framework, as far as I know, is not available on any other .NET implementation (e.g. Mono).
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Old December 19, 2019, 21:48   #5
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I just started the game, wanted to buy a cloak, but instead I bought 16. Wanted to sell them back and needed to sold them all.

Am I missing something, or is there something wrong?
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Old January 2, 2020, 09:21   #6
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I just started the game, wanted to buy a cloak, but instead I bought 16. Wanted to sell them back and needed to sold them all.

Am I missing something, or is there something wrong?
I can't reproduce any problem with buying things. It gives you the choice of how many to buy, from one to the whole stack, and that choice defaults to only buying one unless you change it.

It looks like there might be a problem with selling, though. It's supposed to give you a choice of how many to sell, similar to buying, except defaulting to all instead of defaulting to one. It looks like for some reason the latest version is skipping that choice and just automatically selling a whole stack of similar items.

There's a simple work-around if you want to sell a partial stack. Drop the part of the stack you want to keep outside the shop, then go in and sell the remainder. Entering a shop and leaving it again doesn't regenerate the whole level, and only takes a single turn, so the item or items you left outside won't disappear (although you may want to get rid of any nearby townspeople just in case).
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I can't reproduce any problem with buying things. It gives you the choice of how many to buy, from one to the whole stack, and that choice defaults to only buying one unless you change it.
I can't reproduce it either... now it just works as I'm used to... don't know what happened the previous time...
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Old January 2, 2020, 22:49   #8
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With me, the shift+direction doesn't activate run. I need to use "." and then the direction.
(hope you can reproduce it this time!)

edit: I just notice this: h = help / H = how you feel (the key help tells you the other way around)

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I can't reproduce it either... now it just works as I'm used to... don't know what happened the previous time...
I was going to suggest that you might have pressed return twice by accident and missed the prompt for the number to buy, but that would have resulted in you buying one rather than sixteen.

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With me, the shift+direction doesn't activate run. I need to use "." and then the direction.
(hope you can reproduce it this time!)
Ah - I think that the fix I put in to discard non-ASCII keypresses (to avoid bizarre alt-sequences potentially crashing the game - mentioned in the change log) seems to be also discarding shift-numpad combinations. Since I never use shift to run, I'd not noticed that.

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edit: I just notice this: h = help / H = how you feel (the key help tells you the other way around)
I switched those around, since if you need help you shouldn't need a key combination to get to it, just a simple keypress (people are likely to try 'h' and less likely to spontaneously try shift-'h'). Looks like I forgot to change some of the documentation to match.
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I was going to suggest that you might have pressed return twice by accident and missed the prompt for the number to buy, but that would have resulted in you buying one rather than sixteen.
I am really puzzled how this happened. Should have followed up your answer more quickly. It might be that I was trying another variant the same day, and mixed them up reporting an unexisting bug!


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Ah - I think that the fix I put in to discard non-ASCII keypresses (to avoid bizarre alt-sequences potentially crashing the game - mentioned in the change log) seems to be also discarding shift-numpad combinations. Since I never use shift to run, I'd not noticed that.
Would be good to fix that, my fingers get exhausted by the . key on the numpad (I have a Belgian azerty keyboard, the "." is either a shift-combination or the numpad)



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I switched those around, since if you need help you shouldn't need a key combination to get to it, just a simple keypress (people are likely to try 'h' and less likely to spontaneously try shift-'h'). Looks like I forgot to change some of the documentation to match.
ah, ok I'm used to the ctrl-F, so I pressed 'h' for help, which told me to push 'h' Took a while before I noticed the helps said 'H' was help and I realized that these must have been switched around.

Let me know when you fixed the shift-run. I like your variant a lot! But I am gonna wait to play it further until that fix. It's a struggle on my azerty-keyboard right now!

edit: oh, is there any way to get the font smaller and center the view on the player (I'm used to using shift+5 for that)?
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