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    1.27 porting tools, and new Borland IDE
    23-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    The porting tools for the 1.27 source code are now ready. You can get them here, and I hope they help you port to the new Q3 code base. You'll also need the Visual Diff and Merge tool, links to that are further down this news page, as well as in the docs.

    There are four IMPORTANT things:

    1. READ THE DOCUMENTATION CAREFULLY! No ifs or buts. Diff Merge is a non-trivial thing, and merge software isn't for novices. I've tried to flatten the learning curve, but you still have to *think*.

    2. There's a known bug in the VM compiled code (this came out during NDA testing, but too late to fix). This is documented in the overview.txt file, so read it!

    3. I can provide support for any problems within the batch files, but really don't want to get a full mailbox about every little nuisance or tiny problem you're experiencing while porting. You'll have to do some *thinking* for yourself.

    4. Make backups! Use these tools at your own risk!

    On a separate note, I've release an updated IDE for Borland tools for use with 1.27. You can compile either standard Q3 or Team Arena (but not both at the same time). You can get it here

    1.27 source code: now out!
    22-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    The source code for version 1.27 has just been released and you can download it from FilePlanet here. It's unlikely to be as crowded as the 1.27 patch release, but you might want to grab it from a more local mirror all the same. You can also get the source code for the Q3 tools from this download, no prebuilt executables though.

    The porting tools that I said I'd work on have been ready for quite a while now. I took the opportunity to give them a thorough test on the NDA code, and have used them to port my own mod as well as MaxCarnage. I just need to verify they work with this source code release, and I'll upload 'em here.

    If everything runs smoothly, that should be tomorrow, or later this evening. Just in time for Xmas :)

    Small bug fix for homing rocket tutorial (#35)
    17-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    Another small update, this time for Homing Rockets. The tutorial uses a variable, maxclients, that I forgot to set up. I've updated the tute with one that does the same job, level.maxclients. Thanks to Cobra for bringing this to my attention.

    Here's the updated code.

    Bug fix for grappling hook tutorial (#12)
    16-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    Although the code to enable the grappling hook works fine, the changes made to the user interface produce some errors. Part of the g_bindings[] array is incorrectly accessed, and unexpected errors or crashes are the result.

    This little "feature" is easily missed in the ui_controls2.c code, and any modification here can easily fall afoul of it. Its the use of ID_WEAPON10 as the for input control that kicks the whole problem off. The value of then becomes the index into g_bindings[], and an out of sequence value becomes the problem.

    I've updated the code, so take a look at the changes and re-apply them if you've had problems.

    1.27g binaries released
    15-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    The next release is out and available for download for Win32. Expect the servers to be busy, so try and find a more local one if you can. Download links for major sites here. As usual, mac and linux versions to be released shortly.

    The source code should also be out in a few days, I'll post my tools and docs to assist in the porting process after I've done a quick once through on a test mod.

    New tutorial#35: Homing Rockets
    13-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    As promised, the homing rockets tutorial from Chris Hilton's MaxCarnage mini-mod in the ModSource section. Watch your enemies *squirm* as they try and evade these rockets!

    ModSource: a new section at Code3Arena
    12-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    Something new for aspiring mod coders to look at and learn from! A complete mini-mod with source code for you to study. And the compiled form for you to enjoy playing at LAN parties too.

    Chris Hilton has stepped forward and provided the source code for MaxCarnage, all the Quake 3 weapons turned up to 11. He wrote the mod to learn his way around the Q3 source, and in doing so has given many examples of how to modify weapons to your own (excessive!) needs.

    I've also taken some of the code and written a tutorial around it, implementing the cluster grenades. This should make it all too easy for you to pull this code out and develop it on your own. I'll be following this up with a tutorial on the homing rockets, expected tomorrow.

    Enjoy the work that Chris has done here. And if you'd like to showcase your mod in the same way then please get in touch.

    Q3 1.27: source available under NDA
    9-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    Robert Duffy over at Id Software has now made the source code available for mod developers under Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Such an agreement means the source is *not* publicly available, but the source code has been finalized and will soon be. The NDA allows developers the oppourtunity to port their mods over, and help smooth the transition when the new version is released. I've applied for an NDA, and plan to take part in this process.

    If you're interested in working with the source code under the NDA (or just reading info about what's going on), then join up here at the Id maintained forum, and read Robert Duffy's post in the mod newbie section. It looks like access to the code will only be granted for existing mods with a solid homepage. No casual use, or interest only.

    Being allowed to work under an NDA is a tremendous privilege (and benefit) to the mod community. Id have taken a strong lead in making their tools available for us to use, without commercial (fee based) licensing just to gain access. They deserve our support and continued patience in this.

    If they're burned then its unlikely they'll help us in this way ever again.

    Errata: Article#2, Vectors
    9-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    A small update to Article#2: Vectors, correcting the definition of VectorMa(). The rest of you probably spotted it, but thanks Chump for telling *me*.

    Popup Menus: a double whammy tutorial
    7-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    Ever wanted to add a dynamic popup menu to your mod? Help the player buy some items, issue in-game commands to other players or bots, or quickly change in game options without having to resort to key binds?

    Taken from my own mod UI Enhanced, and in two parts, this tutorial provides the needed code. The first part is the essential framework used to create the menu, you can't work without this. The second part is a full working example of all the bot commands for Team DM and CTF. There are also a few useful helper functions that access data usually controlled by the server.

    This may well be superceded by the goodies promised for us in the 1.25 code, so I don't know whether this code will have the lifetime of a mayfly or not. It should co-exist with 1.25 code, but I can't promise this without having seen that source!

    Still, I thought I'd get this in *first*. Enjoy, and make full use of it.

    There are a few more projects in the pipeline, including a rather nice mod gift from a C3A reader. More when I've written a tutorial around part of it: should be here soon.

    Mods you don't want to see
    7-Dec-00 HypoThermia

    I recently found a top 10 for the kinds of mods that quakers don't want to see, by Pappy-R and Ash, here at PQ. Code3Arena gets a mention at number 10 for Cut'n'Paste mods, and quite right too!

    Actually I had to go back and read the article a second time. I'd mis-read it, and my blood started boiling as I thought it was extracting the urine. It is... but not of C3A :)

    Still, they've got a good point. There's a lot of great material here at C3A, but it doesn't all hang together in the way that a well designed mod does. The tutorials *do* showcase useful parts of the code, help understand obscure things, give ideas, and show off the coding skills of contributors (ahem!).

    If you recognise one of the projects in the top 10 as something you're working on... try and do something positive about it, ok?

    Thumb twiddling
    20-Nov-00 HypoThermia

    Well the wait for 1.25 is going on for longer than expected. Personally I'd much rather they get it right, than have to go to another new codebase after this one. It looks like this has (indirectly) caused a severe shortage of submissions for Code3Arena too. I guess people really would much rather wait for the new source code, than produce something that might end up broken in the near future.

    Just to fill in the gaps a little, my own pet Q3 project is nearly ready for its next beta release. There's some material in there that's suitable for a tutorial, so as soon as the beta goes out I'll be writing it up.

    Thanks for your patience!

    More updates
    26-Oct-00 HypoThermia

    A few more updates to the site. Several people have pointed out (cheers!) that the delay problems described in my Alt-Weapon Fire tutorial are caused by the flood server protection code. Using sv_FloodProtect 0 makes the problem go away, but re-introduces difficulties with abusive players.

    Well the wait for 1.25 is still ongoing... one of the reasons for a quiet spell here at C3A. A recent interview of Paul Jaquays over at Digital Addiction has promised some (unspecified) goodies for mod makers. I did send my original article to Id as a bug report... so I hope I'm not to blame in any way for the delay! Link to the article spotted at ShugaShack.

    Finally, a small (but useful) addition to the compiler page: a batch file that allows you to compile all three VM's in one go.

    Article update: UI Menu Primer III
    17-Oct-00 HypoThermia

    A small addition that covers how to use uis.firstdraw to detect when a dormant pushed menu is reactivated. Useful for checking when a child menu has changed something that the parent needs to know about. You can read the article here.

    Tutorial updates: One critical... and one not.
    9-Oct-00 HypoThermia

    Two minor changes to tutorials: firstly to Calrathan's Locational Damage tutorial (#14). This fixes a bug that causes problems when corpses are shot. An essential update for anyone who's used this tutorial in their mod.

    The second is to my own Alt weapon fire tutorial (#31). KnetterGek has sent in a good explanation of the BUTTON_ANY flag, and how its most like used to keep a client-server connection alive.

    Porting your mod to 1.2x source code
    30-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Although the 1.25 (or later) source code isn't out yet, I'm preparing some tools that will help coders port their mod to the new code base.

    To help make this as smooth as possible there's some preparation that you can do in advance, here's what I'd suggest people do:

    1. Make sure you have the original virgin source code your mod is based on (1.15, 1.16, or 1.17).

    2. I've found a shareware program that does the three-way merge needed to update your mod. Its called "Visual Diff Merge", and I'm planning on building my tools around this. By getting it now you'll be able to learn about how to use it, and feel more comfortable using it as a tool when it comes doing the porting.

      You can get Visual Diff Merge from most shareware archives, its filename is VDIFMRG2.ZIP. You can search for a more local archive at FTP search at Lycos.

      There's one small bug that I've found: clicking on the window area before any files are loaded crashes the program (on Win98ME at least), but this isn't present when there are files loaded. Feedback on this tool, and any others you've found, are appreciated.

    3. When it comes to porting the code, the best thing you can do is start with a stable mod. This means either a point release, or a stable internal alpha. Be aware that any half finished features will be more difficult to test immediately after the porting process.

    I'll be producing documentation around the tools that I write, and some early beta testers would also be appreciated. If you want to participate, and can give a rapid turnaround on the material I send you, then please drop me an e-mail with a rough estimate on the size and complexity of your mod changes.

    All we can do now is wait for the source code release...

    AssKicka departs Code3Arena...
    29-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    AssKicka joined Code3Arena just as it was starting up, swelling the number of people contributing to the site and making it take-off. He wrote four great tutorials for us from his SolidGround mod: Bouncing Rockets, Cloaking, Flame Thrower, and Vortex Grenades. They've helped many a coder get up and running.

    For the past eight months he's been busy helping coders with problems, and passing on his understanding of the intricacies in the source code. AssKicka has been keeping the site going as people have come to us for help, ideas, and sometimes even inspiration.

    But all things come to an end. AssKicka has started up his own business in South Africa, and needs to give all his time to make that project the success it deserves.

    We at Code3Arena thank AssKicka for his time, effort, and outstanding contribution to the site, and wish him every success for the future.

    New Tutorial: #31 Alt weapon fire
    28-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    This tutorial is a skeletal framework for adding an alternative fire mode for weapons. It gives you the same advantages that existing weapons have: instant starting up of animation in the client, server side damage and effects, and access to the prediction code.

    I wrote the tutorial after helping fix a problem that CAIRATH was having with his mod. The fix turned out to be simple (but not well documented or obvious!), and used the predictive code in bg_pmove.c rather than making everything server side. This code is very difficult to gain access to, and needs to be well understood before modification.

    There's also some info on how to test your mod on a server if you don't have a network, or access to an Internet server. Finally, there's a simple test to show you what the problem was in the first place (I've reported this bug to Id).


    Quake III release point version 1.25
    24-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Id have just released a new point version 1.25 for Quake 3. Judging by the readme file its a major update to the game engine to bring it in line with the up and coming Team Arena add-in pack.

    Here are some download links from the primary Id site, and here at FilePlanet. You might want to find a more local mirror... its a 17Mb download. You'll need 1.17 already installed, and this update is for Win32 only.

    I haven't yet had a chance to assess the new release yet (I'm downloading it on 56k as I'm writing this), and I can't see the source code release yet on my local mirror. When I do grab it we'll do our level best here at C3A to help ease the transition. Unfortunately this looks like some hard graft.

    If you do need to port your code, two strategies spring to mind: for small changes run a diff utility between your mod and virgin 1.17 source install. Patch the differences into the 1.25 source code. For a very large mod run a diff utility between a virgin 1.17 and virgin 1.25 source, and apply those patches to your mod code. In each case assess the impact of the changes before applying them.

    If anyone knows of any tools that will help with the diff analysis or code patching then please e-mail me.

    For the moment: stay calm, get the 1.25 release, and keep your eyes peeled for info on how the dust settles. Consider running two installs of Q3: one at 1.17 for code development, and another at 1.25 as game servers are updated.

    Tutorial#30: Beheading (headshot!)
    17-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Busy, busy, busy! Another tutorial from Kilderean, this time covering the nasty business of removing the head part of the player model. Continuing on the Unreal Tournament theme, the tutorial wraps this up into an implementation of the "headshot!" kill, using the railgun.

    The blood thirsty amongst you are going to love this!

    Borland compiler users: Essential download
    16-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    I've just updated the Borland compiler archive: putting borland_hack.c back in because I found the math error dialog box again under exceptional circumstances.

    The problem only affects Borland compiled DLLs, not the QVM generated with these tools. The only files changed in the archive are the IDE project (to include borland_hack.c in cgame - you can do this manually if you want), the borland_hack.c file itself, and an updated readme.txt. All other files are unchanged.

    There's also a minor change in the IDE, documented in the readme.txt, and a makefile for use with the free Borland 5.5 command line tools.

    An essential download/update for Borland C++ compiler users.

    Tutorial#29: Rotating doors
    14-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Valkyrie has come up trumps with a tutorial that should make its way into a large number of mods. The only kind of doors you've been able to use in Q3 so far were sliding Star Trek ones - until now!

    Realism mods and original projects can make good use of rotating doors, just take a look at Half Life. All mod coders should implement this rotating door code: independent map makers can then use this kind of door if they want. Although the modifications to the source code are extensive, they're all localized into a few files and large chunks of code, rather than lots of fiddly changes all over the place.

    Included in the tutorial is a link to a test map and map source, so you don't have to fiddle around with Q3Radiant to test the code. Our thanks go to Ro4dDogG for providing this sample map and source.

    Get a codin' and a mappin' people!

    Tutorial#28: Progressive zooming (a la UT)
    11-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Kilderean has just dropped in a short but very sweet tutorial that gives you much more control over zooming.

    This could form the first step of a sniper rifle weapon modification, or just be included as an enhancement over the original zoom mode. It's entirely client side, and very easy to follow.


    Article#9 updated: Cvars, commands, and VM communication
    11-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    I've updated the article with a table of contents and internal links for easier navigation. That should make it a more useful reference for this (potentially confusing) subject. I've also applied a minor addition: when to use CVAR_USERINFO in client Cvars.

    I tried to upload this yesterday, but a hiccup in the PQ network left an incomplete copy. Apologies if this caused any problems.

    IRC channel for Q3 coding questions
    6-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    An IRC channel has just started up thats dedicated to talking about Q3 coding. Its run by kid_loco on the irc server, port 6667, channel #quake3code.

    He's currently looking to expand the number of people there chatting, as well as adding a few moderators.

    Personally I don't get much chance to trawl the boards or IRC channels because of the metered Internet access here in the UK. That's changing shortly for me, so I'll have a chance to change my habits. The last time I did some serious chatting on the Internet was with the free Uni access and the MUDding I was doing :)

    Tutorial #27: Weapon reloading
    5-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Martin Dominguez (aka Drive C:) has now added his second tutorial to Code3Arena: this time on the subject of weapon reloading!

    Those of you that want a touch of realism, the need to prepare for combat, or the terror of finding you're unable to fire for a few moments, will want to add this to your mods.

    Thanks go to Martin. Enjoy!

    Update to tutorial#25
    1-Sep-00 HypoThermia

    Drive C: has updated his tutorial on the Flashlight and Laser to fix a bug that occurs when you die. The only code change is in the Laser_Think() function. Cheers!

    Article#10 added: Compiling with Metrowerks CodeWarrior,
    and: An easy way to compile QVMs

    29-Aug-00 HypoThermia

    Those of you looking for an integrated development environment and compiler for working on the Q3 source should take a look at Metrowerks CodeWarrior. Tony Kostanjsek has sent in all you need to know to get things up and running, including header files, a project, and a plugin to help with the QVM compilation! The article is here.

    Metrowerks CodeWarrior is an extremely flexible compiler that allows you to build "cross platform" - I've heard good things about it for Palm software development on the PC. Even though it's not a free compiler, we're giving you the ability to develop Q3 projects if you already have it, or are thinking of buying it. So follow the links in the article and take a look.

    Not to be out done, Tony has also sent in details on how to get the QVM to compile using just LCC headers and the executables distributed with the Q3 source! The details are here on the compiler page.

    Thanks Tony, and everyone else enjoy!

    Tutorial #5: bugfix for Armour Piercing Rails
    22-Aug-00 HypoThermia

    There's a bug in this tutorial that was pointed out to me by mrk0r3 (Thanks!). It can lock up the game when the railgun is fired, but the slug never hits the sky. As this only happens on non-space maps, this wasn't picked up on in the rush to nail Xaero!

    The fix is quite straight forward: when the railgun is traced through the world, it only traverses the length of the vector supplied to it. Unfortunately the tutorial didn't check that this had happened, and looped continuously when no hit occured in the length of the vector. Space maps never had this problem because they are always enclosed by a sky textured box.

    The lesson for the day: If you loop forever, make sure your break out condition is always met!

    The only code that's been changed is the last part of section 2. In addition to breaking out when the sky is hit, it now breaks out when the full length of the vector has been traversed (and no hit has been made). Purists will note that the sky check is now optional, but it does allow you to break out earlier, so I've left it in.

    Article #9: Cvars, commands, and VM communication
    3-Aug-00 HypoThermia

    I've just finished writing an article about how the three VMs talk to each other, and you can read it here. It covers the diverse (but related) issues of Cvars, configuration strings, console commands for the server or client, and scripting for the server.

    I know things have been quiet on Code3Arena for the past few weeks, so I started writing this article to fill that gap. It became much more involved that I'd originally imagined as I learned more about the subtleties of how the VM's can influence and control each other. I hope I've been able to explain and document all of this in a way that people find clear and useful.

    If you find any errors or serious omissions then please let me know. Some of it was made more difficult by not being able to look at what's going on in the executable source code. I'd also planned to cover the manipulation of entities, but the whole article became too large. I'll do that another time.


    Re-born mod looking for coders
    9-Jul-00 HypoThermia

    This just in from BlazeQ: the Re-Born mod is looking for experienced coders to help bring back the single player Doom experience to Q3. They've already started on the map conversions, and things look promising.

    Check out their website at

    Eating humble pie on Tutorial #26
    2-Jul-00 HypoThermia

    Lets finally put this one to bed. I did what I should have done in the first place: implemented the tutorial, rather than just code-reading. The problems that people were having have now been found and fixed.

    Sorry for the mix up. I've learnt from this experience and am going to take even more care when I review submissions to Code3Arena in the future.

    Essential tutorial 26 update
    1-Jul-00 HypoThermia

    I inadvertently deleted a part of the tutorial required for it to work properly. The missing part is now back in and it should run as advertised.

    Apologies for the confusion, and for any hassle given to Carnage because of this.

    Tutorial 26 added: Weapon Positioning
    29-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    Carnage has just sent in a sweet tutorial for left, right, or central weapon positioning. While the old Q2 weapon positioning affected aiming, this effect has gone with Q3A's accurate reticule. You can now put visual weapon positioning back in and go on a nostalgia trip!

    If you want to find out more about the project Carnage is working on then take a look at Generations Arena.

    Q3 TC project "The Dark Conjunction" needs coders
    25-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    Andres Bordeu has sent in a request for one or more capable coders to work on an up-coming TC called "The Dark Conjunction". Set as a single player story-line, they're keeping the plot twists and turns very close to their chest! Some of the coding requirements they're looking at appear pretty challenging too, and give a peek at what is to come.

    Drop in on their preview website and have a look at the startup work they've already done... as well as what they plan for the future. If you think you're up to the job then send in your gaming CV and be prepared to get deeply involved.

    It's early days yet, and the work looks long and hard, but the direction Andres has described looks very clear and focused. We at Code3Arena wish them every success.

    Tutorial 25 added: Flashlight and laser
    20-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    A new tutorial by Drive C: that shows how to add a flashlight and laser aiming dot into Quake 3. Conceptually each item has behaviour that differs only in the way it's drawn on screen, and this tutorial shows how strongly related ideas can (and should!) use the same code.

    Tutorial submission stubs updated
    20-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    The submission stubs have been updated with a readme file that should make it easier for tutorial writers to fit in better with the Code3Arena site style. The GrammarSpy article is also included for reference... but remember that submitted work is accepted for its content, not grammar.

    Fix for VM's for 1.16 and 1.17 that don't compile
    13-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    Kukaracha has e-mailed me to say that the batch files used compile the VM code (distributed with the Q3 source) are broken when used under Windows, or in a DOS box. His simple fix returns them to perfect working order, and you can find it on the compiling page.

    I wouldn't have picked up on this because I use batch files modified for a Borland compiler. Cheers, Kukaracha!

    Tutorial 21 updated
    12-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    Iain McGinniss has sent in an updated version of his Scrolling Credits tutorial that fixes an issue with the latest code building tools for the QVM. PlanetQuake ftp is a little screwy at the moment, so I'll update the source code that goes with it when that problem has been fixed.

    Hud scoreboard tutorial added
    2-Jun-00 HypoThermia

    A sweet little tutorial from HeffX that puts a useful scoreboard in the HUD display... you don't have to stop fragging to see how you're doing!

    You can use this as a basis for any scoreboard related information that you want to display on the HUD. The size of the HUD scoreboard flips to a smaller font when there are a large number of players.

    As a challenge to your coding savvy you can try implementing a frag-rate scoreboard instead (take a look at tutorial 17).

    Bookmark this page!
    25-May-00 HypoThermia

    Our news page is finally up and running! New tutorials, articles, and other major site updates will be announced here.

    We've just passed the big three-oh at Code3Arena - more than 30 articles and tutorials in just three and a half months. We're adding content all the time; so you can be inspired to write better mods for the whole Quake3 community to enjoy.

    Our thanks go out to everyone who's contributed to C3A. This mod coders resource could not have come so far - and so quickly - without your time and effort!

    More stuff coming soon. Add this page to your bookmark file... and check back regularly!

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