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Old June 24, 2007, 20:20   #1
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Angband 3.0.8 prerelease

Angband is soon to have a new official release. Before that, though, I
want to put out a prerelease version for testing purposes. I believe
this version to be mostly bug-free and fairly consistent, but you may
find otherwise, and if you do, I want to know! If no problems are
found, I'll release 3.0.8 final without any modifications on 1st July.


Download at:

Source code: http://rephial.org/downloads/angband-3.0.8pr1.tar.gz
Windows: http://rephial.org/downloads/angband-3.0.8pr1-win.zip
RISC OS: http://rephial.org/downloads/angband-3.0.8pr1-ros.zip
(RISC OS version will be available later.)

No Mac OS X build has been made yet, but I'm sure one will be soon.

Please note that the source archive is now ~2.3MB, because I've included
graphics, fonts and sounds.


Quite a number of people have been involved in this version, and thanks
must be given to Hugo Kornelis, Pete Mack, Marco K and Frank Palazzolo,
Christer Nyfalt, Leon Marrick, Andrew Doull, Kenneth Boyd, Iain McFall,
Kiyoshi Aman, Christophe Cavalaria, Nick McConnell, and Brendon Oliver.

Special thanks go to Antony Sidwell for setting up http://rephial.org/,
which is the new home of Angband. It hosts the wiki, downloads, and the
Open Source effort, which centralises all of those bits nicely. Special
thanks also to Yendor for hosting the issue-tracker and source code
repository, which has been invaluable.

All gameplay options are now only alterable at birth. Be careful when
importing savefiles to make sure that the AI and scumming options are as
you want them for the entire game! And please keep backups of old
characters, just in case things do go wrong.



Changes
=======
(All changes from 3.0.6 are mentioned.)


Major visible changes
---------------------

- New splash screen.

- The Ey/Un-style knowledge browser has been imported. You can set
autoinscription settings through that browser now.

- Mouse support a la FAangband added, but nowhere near as advanced or
useful. Most of the menus you encounter can be selected using the
mouse now, as well as using keypresses. Clicking somewhere on the
map will now "walk" there, within certain constraints. It's a tad
bizarre in the town, but seems to work OK otherwise.

- Massive options clearout/reorganisation/redefaulting:
- many options have been removed (20 or so, I think)
- a large number have new default settings
- new option: remaining HP changes the colour of the '@' sign.
- new option: always pick up things matching an item in the inventory
- experience to next level always displayed until clev50
- macros/visuals/colours are now accessible (only) from the options
menu

- Sangband-style object handling, which makes it much easier to sift
through things in the dungeon.

- Item squelching support, EyAngband-style. Instead of being
automatically destroyed, items are instead marked with the inscription
"squelch" (if there is no already existing inscription), and all items
in your inventory and on the floor inscribed with this will be
destroyed if you press '!' at the "destroy" command.

You can set individual squelch settings for only those items which do
not get pseudo-ID'd. For those that do, you can choose to mark things
as "squelch" depending on the feeling you get when you first ID them
in that way. These categories are much broader than those found in
other variants; complain if necessary.

Worthless items and emptied chests are automatically inscribed with
"squelch", saving some micromanagement.

- Two kinds of ego-light added. You'll know when you find one; there's
no ID required to figure out if your lantern is special or not.

- Lights now don't use fuel in the daylight in the town.

- Amnesia (the monster attack) is now a timed effect (a la confusion),
and has makes you forget how to read scrolls/pray/cast spells one
time in two.

Potions of Healing, *Healing* and Life are the only three things which
will get rid of amnesia early, but it goes away within a few turns.
Please tell me if this is still too harsh.


Minor visible changes
---------------------
- Allow weapons and armour to be damaged instead of destroyed by
inventory damage effects, thus making swap weapons more viable.
- Browsing books now displays information about the spells therein, if
requested. As part of this, move spell names/descriptions/locations
out into a new file, spell.txt. (Hugo Kornelis)
- Arrow keys are now distinct from the numeric movement keys, and
because of this you can now edit text at prompts in game properly.
Supported on Windows, Mac (untested), and curses. If you get it
working for anything else, please send the patch!
- Resizing the game window automatically updates its contents, on
platforms which support this.
- Inscribing an item with '!t' will now confirm if you try to take it
off.
- If a stack of rods is recharging, you'll get a message when the first
rod is recharged and another message when they are all recharged.
There is no message when the second, third, etc., rod is recharged.
(Hugo Kornelis)
- The recharge notification will now disturb you if you have set the
option to be disturbed when boring things happen (disturb_minor) to
yes. (Hugo Kornelis)
- Add the recharging fix from V CVS -- things can now explode when you
recharge them once more.
- Added support for improved pluralization of object names. Allow
custom plurals for words which need them (e.g. "Kni|fe|ves" and
"M|ous|ic|e"). Unused at present. (Hugo Kornelis)
- Bugfix: Monsters that resist one or more of acid, lightning, fire,
cold, poison and water *and* resist one or more of nether, plasma,
nexus and disenchantment had two "it resists ..." sentences in the
monster info. (Hugo Kornelis)
- Bugfix: Sustain CON was reported before Sustain DEX in self knowledge.
Since DEX is reported before CON in all other situations, this is now
reversed. (Hugo Kornelis)
- Set wrapping width to 72 for character dumps' item information, to
avoid well-behaved newsreaders messing them up.
- Move back to pre-3.0.6 panel changing behaviour.
- Semi-rewrite of the store code; now uses a scrolling menu with a
slightly more streamlined interface. Bigscreen support in stores.
Ammo is treated in more aesthetically pleasing quantities.
General Store always stocks what it stocks now.
- Remove double-rate spellcasting with the smart_monsters option.
(imported from V CVS; Julian Lighton).
- '[' command displays a monster list in the main terminal window.
- "Enter" key brings up a little window in the middle of the screen,
from which you can select what command you would like to use. This
is inspired by (but not derived from) Hengband.
- Prompt for overwriting savefiles.
- Added echo to macro trigger entry.
- Restore some pre-Ben flavour text.


Major code cleanup
------------------

Most of the cleanup has been related to removing ancient or
non-functional cruft.

- A powerful generic menu interface has been added and used throughout
the code. It reduces code duplication and makes it much much easier
to create menus in various styles; e.g. scrolling or multicolumn.
See ui.c.
- Event handler added. (Menus can listen to each other, etc.)
- Lots and lots of code duplication removed:
- pref file dumping now has much less boilerplate
- the status line, sidebar, and term window update code is much more
streamlined.
- Nuked a lot of old ports: cap, lsl, sla, xpj, ibm, dos, vcs, lfb, ami,
emx, vme.
- Added a new SDL port by Iain McFall, based on the ToME and Sang ports.
- As a result of the above, makefiles considerably simplified. As many
makefiles as possible use a common list of source files in
"Makefile.src", which simplifies maintainance. Makefile.std has also
been rewritten and contains much less cruft.
- Timed player modifiers (blind, confused, etc.) are now kept in an
array, rather than being seperate variables in p_ptr. This simplifies
a *lot* of code, and makes it trivial to add new effects. The
majority of the work was done using sed scripts.
- Use a new autoconf/automake system, called OMK.
- Removed Lua.
- Charges for wands/staves are customisable in the lib/edit/ files.
- Considerably simplify and speed up main-gcu.c. (Thanks to Christer
Nyfalt.)
- Removed trivial-to-hack-around or non-functional compile-time options
(VERIFY_SAVEFILE, _TIMESTAMP, and _HONOR, CHECK_TIME).
- Combine the various h-*.h files into a single header file; remove a
lot of cruft, use C99 types when available,
- Clean up file locking, move file handling functions into z-file.c,
remove usleep() function, add a "portable" directory scanning
interface (works on Windows and Unixes at the moment), and
my_fexists().
- Use the safer string handling functions much more; the only use of
the "unsafe" built-ins are in the various main-* files.
- Split random name code from randart code into its own file with a bit
of a rewrite. Use this code for scroll names.
- Move lots of things out of defines.h to more appropriate places, like
h-basic.h and config.h.
- Replace various magic numbers with constants or N_ELEMENTS().
(Hallvard Furuseth)
- Use C99 types where appropriate (for bools and ints).
- Import Sangband's/Steamband's code to put chance of generating piles
of items in object.txt.
- Use tables of commands instead of a big switch, to allow doing thing
like the new command menu easily without duplication. (See cmd0.c.)
- Switch to new model for producing sound: instead of a TERM_XTRA_SOUND
hook, we now have a simple "sound_hook" which should be set to the
appropriate function to play a sound. Introduce a new modular system
for sound modules for ports that use main.c (for the future, in case
we want to use e.g. gstreamer). Allow sound to be toggled as an
in-game option.
- Remove hardcoded values for p_ptr->noscore.


Platform
--------
- Modernize Mac support; now works on OS X 10.3 onwards, but the old
main-mac has been removed, as has the MPW makefile. (Pete Mack)
- OSX font selection problem fixed.
- Add console mode patch for Windows (Frank Palazzolo). This is
basically playing the game in an old-school terminal window for
those who like uncluttered gameplay.
- main-x11 now reads window placement from x11-settings.prf.
- Fixed Windows bug where you can't move one of the font files after
having played a game this reboot. (Thanks to Leon Marrick.)
- Add platform-specific ifdefs to readdib.c and main-ami.c.
- Allow ^S without freezing the game on the console. (Hallvard
Furuseth)
- Mouse support on RISC OS.
- Sort out licences for the various fonts distributed with the game.
- Import the old DOS/IBM fonts for use in the Windows port.
- Include SDL_mixer sound module, useable on any port that uses the
main.c mechanism. Thanks to Brendon Oliver for the initial code
for this.
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Old June 24, 2007, 21:47   #2
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Cheers!

So, the VERIFY_XXXXX and usleep code is removed. Cutting down the number of compile-time options is always good, I hope those changes can be ported to Sangband.
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Old June 24, 2007, 22:01   #3
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Andrew, can you fix www.rephial.org so it does not give #404 error on home page? (rephial.org without www works)
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A question about the new build system:
Which files are built when autogen.sh is run? configure and aclocal.m4?
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Old June 24, 2007, 23:54   #5
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Andrew, can you fix www.rephial.org so it does not give #404 error on home page? (rephial.org without www works)
Fixed now, I hope, and thanks for the heads up. There's always one thing you forget to check, isn't there?
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Old June 27, 2007, 02:36   #6
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OK, first comment on the new version - "ack, make install is not working!" :P I get the following error:

touch: cannot touch `./lib//apex/scores.raw': No such file or directory

I wondered about the double slash so I took a slash out of DATA_PATH to no avail...

OK, got the game running by copying angband up a directory and running from there, and oops, in SDL mode I seem to have lost the term window by changing the font around too much and resizing things... fortunately I was able to get it back by deleting the sdlinit file...

Hmm, vanilla doesn't have the auto-show lists for various commands option? (Sorry, don't recall what the official name is - it's the one where if you do a command, the game shows the list of applicable objects to use, as if you had pressed "*" or space...)

Say, would there be any way to disable mouse support? I'm afraid of clicking somewhere accidentally and winding up on the wrong side of a dragon, so to speak!

The numpad doesn't seem to work as arrow keys in the shop menus... hmmm.....

Gaah! Who took away the "n" command which repeats the last command used? That was SO handy for spellcasters - then I could just prepare a spell and cast it repeatedly by pressing "n"!

Oh, yeah, thanks for taking on the position of Angband maintainer - for a while it looked like nothing as going to happen, but now Angband is so active once again!
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I have to add the following pararemeter in Makefile.std to compile the sdl port in openSuSE 10.2:

-lSDL_image

after installing the SDL_image development package of course

I'm getting a bunch of warning messages compiling the sources too. I will post those later

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Old June 27, 2007, 21:13   #8
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I'm getting a bunch of warning messages compiling the sources too. I will post those later
The 'implicit definitions' ones were mostly caused by cmds.h not being included; that has been fixed (not by me) in svn now. I'm still getting a couple of others, too
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Hmm, looks like the "self knowledge" display is showing attributes from un-ID'd equipment...
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These are the warnings

cmd0.c: In function ‘cmd_init’:
cmd0.c:564: warning: comparison is always true due to limited range of data type
cmd0.c: At top level:
cmd0.c:39: warning: ‘do_cmd_try_borg’ declared ‘static’ but never defined
cmd1.c: In function ‘move_player’:
cmd1.c:1592: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘do_cmd_alter’
cmd4.c:111: warning: ‘default_join_cmp’ defined but not used
files.c: In function ‘close_game_aux’:
files.c:3795: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘do_cmd_messages’
obj-info.c: In function ‘object_info_screen’:
obj-info.c:605: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘do_cmd_browse_aux’
pathfind.c: In function ‘findpath’:
pathfind.c:75: warning: unused variable ‘wanted_dir’
squelch.c: In function ‘quality_menu’:
squelch.c:647: warning: ‘evt.key’ is used uninitialized in this function
ui.c: In function ‘menu_destroy’:
ui.c:1130: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘rnfree’ discards qualifiers from pointer target type
z-form.c: In function ‘vstrnfmt’:
z-form.c:569: warning: ‘bitmask’ may be used uninitialized in this function
main-sdl.c: In function ‘AcceptChanges’:
main-sdl.c:1581: warning: implicit declaration of function ‘do_cmd_redraw’
main-sdl.c: In function ‘init_paths’:
main-sdl.c:3450: warning: unused variable ‘fff’
main-sdl.c: In function ‘load_gfx’:
main-sdl.c:3212: warning: ‘Pixel’ may be used uninitialized in this function
main-x11.c: In function ‘init_x11’:
main-x11.c:2626: warning: ‘bitmap_file’ may be used uninitialized in this function
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