Unity 5 Release and you get all the features for free, just as Unreal Engine 4 becomes free as well

Unity 5 just got release a bit ago and even the free Version (Personal Edition) includes all of the technical features of Unity Pro. So they did finally react to the cheap subscription fee that had many people go to Unreal Engine 4.
Unity 5 Professional Edition offers extended support and services, better team features, monthly free assets, access to beta version, the source code and more.

So far I haven’t had any problems letting Unity upgrade my old projects and automatically converting settings and code to the new conventions (aside from some third party plugins).

Announcement : http://blogs.unity3d.com/2015/03/03/unity-5-launch/
Comparison (Free vs. Pro): http://unity3d.com/get-unity?utm_source=unity3d&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=unity_5_launch_blog&utm_content=license

 

Shortly before this there was an announcement that Unreal Engine 4 is now also free.

Announcement: https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free

 

So now Game Developers and other  visual simulations developers both as a hobby and professionals have all the options available and can choose whatever they like to make awesome things.
This can only be a good thing and I’m looking forward to the amazing things this will bring us. And obviously my own development efforts. ;)

The official inofficial Mortal Online IRC channel

I’d like to invite you all to the official inofficial Mortal Online IRC channel located on Quakenet.

Quakenet is a big and established gaming network that has been around for decades. We also already have some people from the MO Community around having lively discussions and even Henrik joins in once in a while. This is your chance to change things up and be part of the crowd filling the community-driven channel.

The channel will be maintained by the community, this means for now I will be moderating it. I’ve been an active member of the Mortal Online community since April of 2008 and I’ve also been an official IRC moderator in the dawn of Mortal Online back on privnet from September of 2008 up to the Mortal Online open beta back in 2010.

Other users can prove themselves by means of activity and the way they conduct themselves and be promoted to moderators. Common sense rules and Mortal Online rules apply, but they will be enforced by the community and not some forum moderators who hardly know what IRC is and what’s actually going on. Aside from that everyone is welcome and free discussions and conversations are encouraged.

Trade is also welcome and if need be additional channels for specific means can be opened. I am looking forward to help with and promote events and other community activities in there.

The official IRC channel has been dying off because of server issues and lack of general activity and I’d like to revive direct community interaction in an open and “friendly” environment. I’ve also talked to Star Vault and if we get enough activity they will come by there as well.

IRC is still the best way to hold direct real-time conversations  with a bigger group and community and still keep track of what has been said in the past.

See you over there!

 

Server
General purpose server: irc.quakenet.org
Channel: #mortalonline
Direct Link (needs IRC client installed): irc://irc.quakenet.org/mortalonline

List of servers: https://www.quakenet.org/servers
Browser chat: http://webchat.quakenet.org/?channels=#mortalonline
Channel search: https://www.quakenet.org/search

 

Pros (in comparison to the official IRC channel)

  • Community-driven
  • More open discussions
  • More active and fair moderation
  • Big and established gaming IRC network
  • It’s not (ex-)Stratics

Cons (in comparison to the official IRC channel)

  • Not official
  • No devs (Henrik has been around from time to time)

 

Important commands
IRC
Connect to network: /server <server_address> – example: /server irc.quakenet.org
Join channel: /join (/j) #<channel_name> – example: /join #mortalonline

Quakenet
Register nickname: /msg Q HELLO <email_address> <repeat_email_address>
Identify nickname: /msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org AUTH <username> <password>
Change password: /msg Q@CServe.quakenet.org NEWPASS <old_password> <new_password> <repeat_new_password>
Register a channel: /msg R REQUESTBOT #<channel_name>
Help with Q(QNet bot): https://www.quakenet.org/help/q

GitHub Student Developer Pack including free Unreal Engine 4 license

Unreal Engine 4 License and other goodies, like cloud hosting and support services for free for students on GitHub.

Check it out.

Includes:
Bitnami
Install cloud applications in a single click
Business 3 plan (normally $49/month) for one year

Crowdflower
Crowdsourcing and data enrichment platform
Access to the Crowdflower platform (normally $2,500/month) and $50 in worker credit.

DigitalOcean
Simple cloud hosting, built for developers
$100 in platform credit

DNSimple
Simple DNS management with one-click services and a robust API
Bronze hosted DNS plan (normally $3/month) for two years

GitHub
Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management for open source and private projects
Micro account (normally $7/month) with five private repositories while you’re a student

HackHands
Live programming help available 24/7
$25 in platform credit

Namecheap
.ME Domain from Namecheap
One year domain name registration on the .me TLD (normally $8.99/year)
PositiveSSL from Namecheap
One year SSL certificate (normally $9/year)

Orchestrate
Unified database as a service including search, key/value, graph, and events
Developer account (normally $49/month) while you’re a student

Screenhero
Screen sharing for collaboration in teams
Individual account (normally $9.99/month) while you’re a student

SendGrid
Email infrastructure as a service
Student plan (normally $4.95/month) for one year

Stripe
Web and mobile payments, built for developers
Waived transaction fees on first $1000 in revenue processed

Travis CI
Continuous integration platform for the open source and private projects
Private builds (normally $69/month) while you’re a student

Unreal Engine
A complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers
Unreal Engine (normally $19/month) while you’re a student

AI Life is Feudal Server

Life is Feudal

Life is Feudal is a Sandbox, Full-Loot, MMORPG currently in development, and is most reminiscent of a blend of Wurm and Mount and Blade. You can read more about the game on their official website.

CelestialHell has rented a dedicated server and has set up Life is Feudal. Come join us, currently there is no password, but if it starts getting out of hand with pubs, we will put one on. I think pretty much everyone has access to the admin panel as well; meaning that if at any point the server crashes; one of us will be able to restart it.

servername: Pingperfect: Aegis Imperium
address: 178.63.88.242:28000

Sometimes it won’t show up in the game list, so to join you press the “~” key to bring up the console and type this in:

joinToRemoteServer(“178.63.88.242:28000″,””)

Come and play with us!

Small Update on Game Engines and Technology

Just a bit ago the Unreal Engine 4 turned free for colleges and universities.
Unreal Engine Educational License

At the recent Unite 2014 the Unity team released a public beta of Unity 4.6. Which features the long awaited new GUI system.
The first Unity 5 beta build has been said to be sent to pre-order customers in the next few weeks as well.
Unity 5 Information

Also recently the Oculus Rift DK2 has been shipped to most customers. We’ve got a few in our lab as well. It has gotten a few upgrades since the DK1 but there are still some problems with it and sadly it’s gotten even more inconvenient in some ways for people with glasses.
Oculus Rift DK2 Information

And a kickstarter for Project PERCEPTION NEURON: Motion Capture, VR and VFX a wireless full body motion tracking system will end. Working with these kind of things and knowing what these systems usually cost – with way less features – this is pretty much a gift package if they can realize it. I’m tempted to get one myself for private use and development.
Project PERCEPTION NEURON: Motion Capture, VR and VFX Kickstarter

Aegis-Imperium opening business again

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The Aegis-Imperium has started recruiting again. After a lovely dip in activity we have found new goals to achieve. We are looking for players that want to take on challenges of all sorts in Mortal Online.

Always wanted to know how the game works? Help out in figuring out how to cook? Or just looking for a cool bunch to hang around with and have some fun? Well what are you waiting for? Jump on mumble (and check out the forums) and join the Imperium…..

We get shit done (again)!

You can download mumble here
Address: eagle.mumbleboxes.com
Port: 36099

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