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Back to DCFinal

By popular demand, TPU is switching from DCX back to DCFinal on Tuesdays, until further notice.

Another mod possibility for TPU: Silent Heroes

Sisko recently pointed me to a BF42 mod I hadn't previously heard of: Silent Heroes. It's modern combat, with choppers and other modern weapons, between Sweden and Norway. It includes several new maps (all based in the warring countries) as well as modified versions of many of the classic BF42 maps.

Most of the maps have co-op support (bots), so this mod would be a good fit for TPU.

So, let's hear it. What do you think about the idea of trying this mod on a future Wildcard Wednesday on TPU?

Baytown map fixed

The Road To Rome map Baytown was causing client crashes, so I reverted the server map back to the original, basic TPU mods, bumping up tank and plane spawns, and it seems to be okay now. If anyone is still having problems with it, please let me know.

Points formula changed in stats

There was some discussion in the forums recently about how the TPU admins always top the stats, and how that may be discouraging to other players. As an experiment, I've adjusted the formula used to calculate the 'Points' column, which is normally how the list is sorted.

The old formula was:

The new formula, which gives more weight to team activities, removes double-counting of certain stats, and averages all numbers over the number of rounds played, is:

To make this work, I had to increase the minimum number of rounds played for a player to appear in the stats from 1 to 10. Otherwise, the list was topped by people who only played a few rounds.

Take a look at the new points ranking and let me know what you think. I can make additional adjustments to the formula, and I can always bring the old formula back if that's what you all want. Don't forget that if you want to ignore the points sorting, you can click on any of the column headings to sort differently.

By the way, now Mojo is #1, Sisko is #2, Ryda is #8 and I (Boot13) am #35. But the margin is a lot smaller.

Map briefing images posted

Most of the original Battlefield 1942 maps - and some of the expansion pack maps - came with 'briefing' images. These images are normally only shown in single player mode.

The briefings are useful because they give specific names to map features, particularly spawn points.

I extracted all available briefing images from the map files and posted them in the 'Files and links' section of the site. Here's a direct link: http://jdrgaming.com/geeklog/staticpa...pbriefings

UPDATE: A reader pointed out that some of the briefings were actually for other maps. The duplicates have been removed. Thanks!

TPU invaded by CKUA players

There are sixteen players on TPU right now, which I believe is the most ever. Apparently the CKUA server is down and everyone has switched over to TPU for now. The team rules are apparently out the window as well, as they are playing on both teams. I wonder if they realize that one team is bigger? Anyway, it's interesting. I just wish BF42 had a spectator mode.

Internet connection problems

We are experiencing intermittently slow Internet connectivity. This has been going on since late yesterday. I worked with Shaw technical support this morning but they were unable to resolve the problem. I will take the cable modem to Shaw this morning and get a new one. Hopefully that will resolve the problem. TPU will be down for about an hour while this is happening.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 2012Jun21 9:26am PST: Everything should be back to normal now.

Map no longer restarts when second player joins!

Thanks to an awesome individual who goes by the handle Tuia on bfmods.com, I have just patched the BF1942 server executable so that the current map no longer restarts when the second player joins.

Tuia is the same person who figured out the patch to prevent one of the hacks that was being used to mess up BF1942 servers a while ago. If you have any interest in server-side modding for BF1942, I strongly recommend that you head over to http://bfmods.com and do some reading.

I will be monitoring the server to make sure the patch isn't causing any new problems. If you see anything weird going on, please let me know. And if you notice the server restarting when the second player joins (which I'm sure it won't), let me know.

A useful BF42 modding web site

A few months ago, when BF42 servers everywhere (including TPU) were being hit by a nasty exploit, I discovered this web site: http://bfmods.com

Several of the site's contributors are adept at patching the server software, and they came up with a patch to prevent the hack. I applied the patch to the TPU server and the hacks stopped.

There's plenty of other useful information on the web site, including server-side modding, as well as modding tools. Check it out!