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What's going on around here?
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Submitted By -BluetoothBoy- on 15/03/25
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So... I haven't been around for a very long while, and decided to check back in. Much to my surprise, this site and game still has active members. So, what's been going on? Anything noteworthy I should know about? Has anyone now tried exporting whirlds with Unity 5, now that the pro features are free?
 
Also, maybe I'll mess around with whatever is in that little open source packet Aubrey left us. No promises, but I might see what I can do with it. Looking back on the ridiculous and terrible things I made for this community in the past, I feel as though I should make something else that is actually good in order to make up for it, y'know? (I was, like, 14 back then though, so who knows what I thought looked "good.") :)

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2015/03/25 - 20:38 GMT
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2015/03/25 - 20:44 GMT << In Reply to
If I had to make a wild guess here, I'd say this isn't a good sign?
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2015/03/25 - 21:10 GMT << In Reply to
Yeah, things aren't that lively around here these days. Want to meet up in Mars or Skype chat?
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2015/03/25 - 21:26 GMT << In Reply to
Maybe later, sure! Busy at the moment. How late will you be up? I'll be available in about 4 - 5 hours or so (central time zone).
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2015/03/25 - 21:35 GMT << In Reply to
That's fine with me! Btw what's your OS? (If you have Mavericks or Yosemite, you won't be able to run Mars).
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2015/03/25 - 21:38 GMT << In Reply to
I am on Windows 8. I actually just redownloaded it today and ran it. (If I was on Mavericks or Yosemite, I would've worked around it with Wine and just run the Windows version. Luckily, I don't have to.)
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2015/03/25 - 21:40 GMT
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The Mars Explorer Open Source version is kinda broken for some reason, and the network does not work.
 
The laser colission sounds is heard at the same volume wherever it is. And the wheels of the tank are invisible. And the trees are pink.
 
I wish he didn't update it before releasing it :/
 
Bluetoothboy ,if you can, try to fix the Open Source Mars Explorer and make it work with the master server so we can play.
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2015/03/25 - 21:43 GMT << In Reply to
I have virtually no experience with networking, so I may not be able to do much there, but the laser collision, wheels, and pink trees seem like easy enough things to fix. I can't say anything for sure until I dive into the source, however - I can only fix what I can find. But I can give it a shot. ;)
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2015/03/26 - 20:46 GMT
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Was I just seeing things or did you say, you can export worlds for free with unity 5!!!!!???!!!?
Although can it be exported too Mars 3 build apocalypse, or whatever it's called? 
Also welcome back be awesome if you made more worlds!  And how would I export a world into Mars?
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2015/03/26 - 22:09 GMT << In Reply to
Well, I am not sure yet whether or not Unity 5 can export worlds; however, as long as the update didn't break the Whirld packaging system, then that effectively gives anyone and everyone the ability to create and export their own worlds. I'll look into it later today. :)
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2015/03/26 - 23:43 GMT << In Reply to
So it looks like there is some sort of syntax error within the game when trying to load a world created in Unity 5, even after my efforts to fix the compatibility issues with the Whirld system. Unless I can get more info as to what this in-game syntax error is, I can't really hope to fix this. Sorry.
 
I will still see about fixing the errors with the scripts for the source, and maybe doing some things with that.
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2015/03/27 - 16:16 GMT
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Hi bluetoothBoy!

Geeze give yourself a break! Your house world was always popular!

Anyhoo, Mars Explorer is currently "abandoneware" and the last of us regulars barely ever play.

I will host standard Mars Explorer this Sunday March 29th at 7:00 PM Pacific time and you're welcome to join.

If you're on late OS X, try Lamp's app. It works for me on Yosemite
http://marsxplr.com/view-14302

(funny pic, soda)

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2015/03/27 - 18:18 GMT << In Reply to
Glad to see there's still some activity around here, and I'm glad you're still active as well! Maybe I'll join on Sunday. :)
 
Whenever I get the chance to, I'm gonna be cracking open the open source stuff and will be looking into fixing the broken scripts/getting it up to date. Then maybe I can make a build that is up to today's standards in graphics as well (Unity's capabilities have changed a good bit since the last build). And do you know any good way of getting in contact with Flynn/flycub? I added him on Skype yesterday, but to no avail it seems. I have a few questions for him about what he did with Mars 3 to speed up my own efforts. Would he respond to a PM, do you think?
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2015/03/27 - 18:24 GMT << In Reply to
Ok, here's everything I have on everything: ibcf *may* be able to contact Flynn. Flynn will not reply to Mars PM or Skype, as far as I know.
Last time I emailed with Aubrey, he said he updated some (technical stuff) before uploading this package to github. Might be useful to you? https://github.com/AubreyF/unity3d-marsxplr
I believe that to work on the official networking, you'd need Aubrey's permissions and his server credentials. Also, he seems to have a community project in mind. Sorry I haven't any more details, Aubrey has since stopped replying to my emails, as he tends to do. Flynn's Mars 3 Mac app functions perfectly for me on both Snow Leopard and Yosemite (I'm dual-booting) except the networking. For a while I could join ibcf's games but no longer, and no one can join mine. Lastly, ibcf , some other ex-Martians and I are playing War Thunder. It is a "grinder" but tons of fun! Even if Mars Explorer was resurrected to the glory it deserves, I would probably not return to fully active on the game. I am loving War Thunder because I always wanted a funky biplane with a sputtering engine and now I have several of them! However, up to when I pretty much quit Mars Explorer, there were still newbies that were fascinated by Mars Explorer and it would be terrific if someone could rebuild it while retaining it's homey charm and simplicity. I say this last part because Terrium is up and running but has, IMO, severely missed the charm mark by adding updated, "wicked", "sick" modernized vehicle designs and altered default physics. That's fine, it's just not for me is all.
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2015/03/27 - 18:35 GMT << In Reply to
I will check with ibcf, then.
 
Also, thanks for that link! That could be a very useful tool for getting the system back to a fully working state. I'll look into it later. :)
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2015/03/27 - 18:52 GMT << In Reply to
I was updating my comment as you were commenting. ;D Now included is one of my infamous rant-blogs.

I do still love Mars Explorer and always will. Good luck BTB!
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2015/03/27 - 19:32 GMT << In Reply to
I'll redownload War Thunder! I actually played a few rounds a while ago, but since I had no one to play with, I just kinda dropped it. But now that I know some Martians play it, I'll give it a go again. :)
 
In terms of networking, I might look into another option that wouldn't involve Aubrey at all. No hassle, no issues... I hope. XD
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2015/03/27 - 23:05 GMT << In Reply to
My War Thunder username is kruncher so please add me. I am a total biplane noob and getting badly pwned but still having fun. I'm counting on ibcf to figure out how us Martians can easily play together.

Other networking options would be wise as Aubrey's network would require some activity on Aubrey's part which is as likely as Apophis making an honest post. ;D
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2015/03/28 - 6:20 GMT << In Reply to
My name at War Thunder is poiihy. I don't play it much because I am busy on the weekdays and I don't like to waste my time on the computer on weekends.
 
Add me and kruncher and ibcf as a friend.
 
We should have a list of all Martians who have a War Thunder account so everyone can friend everyone.
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2015/03/28 - 18:43 GMT << In Reply to
My War Thunder friends list with Mars name if needed

AlexNB
Etah
firespeed1
flomo (flouride)
PanzerAce
poiihy (Lamp)
Tigerstorm
TimberTerror (Timber)
Xenomorph1320 (invader zim)
bluetoothboy
[add kruncher] I'm not on my own friends list of course.
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2015/03/29 - 19:38 GMT << In Reply to
Oh there's many more than I though! :P
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2015/04/05 - 3:36 GMT << In Reply to
Hey Krunch, Add me on War Thunder. username's Teriva. 
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2015/04/05 - 21:13 GMT << In Reply to
@ teriva - Will do!
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2015/03/31 - 18:46 GMT
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saddly mo mom is not letting me get war thunder or is she letting get a computer where i could play it so guess i cant but it looks realy fricin cool and awesome . yeah also nothing is goin on here do not look behind the curtain 
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2015/04/01 - 3:19 GMT << In Reply to
She is letting you get a computer where you could play it so you guess you cant...? What?
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2015/04/01 - 2:47 GMT
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*whispers* everyone is getting attack by zombies. thats whats going on.
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2015/04/08 - 17:39 GMT
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Oh yeah!
Zombies on Mars! That would be epic!!!!
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2015/04/09 - 18:40 GMT
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Im thinking bout getting a computer. Weather or not I get it is debatable. Also there is a problem with money or lack of so that kinda sucks but eventualy I will get a laptop and it will be mine all mine I will set it up I will own it I will pay for it so nobody can tutch it with out my permition(meaning as not my mom or parrents or sister or friends) zombies can tutch it thoe but yeah savin up and lookin for better deals than 300 somethin any ideas on where I could get one cheap but not be a notebook or chromebook?
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2015/04/11 - 16:32 GMT << In Reply to
@ qwertyes - I'd first study to decide what kind of compy you want like brand, specs, year of build and if it comes with original operating system install disk.

As you're getting your money together, keep an eye on Craigslist for what you want. Best time to look is Monday through Thursday because most people search Craig's on weekends and they buy up the deals quickly.
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2015/04/15 - 23:56 GMT << In Reply to
qwertyes why do you talk like that?!


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