From Stardock: Demigod Day 0
has word on some issues with Demigod
, Gas Powered
Games' new action/strategy game (thanks
). The post by Brad "Frogboy" Wardell outlines four major
issues, and what's being done about them, as well as word to expect some
"Stardockians" populating online games:
With the first official day of the
game's availability almost over, I'd like to give you a status report on 4
critical issues we're working on addressing:
#1 Custom Games. The lobby and the NAT connection are seperate which, in
hindsight, wasn't an ideal design decision. It's something that can be addressed
but it'll take some days to do it. Basically, the connection system needs to be
more like a lobby where the host can eject users who have problematic setups,
slow ping times, etc. In any other game, if you create a game and you see a user
who's got a slow ping, you'd eject them probably. But here, they have to first
connect to everyone else. And that assumes their router isn't set up like fort
knox whicha lot of users clearly have.
#2 You're connected but not in the game. This appears to be a genuine bug
on our part. We're looking to address this and with any luck we'll be able to
provide an updated build today or tomorrow. This is a very frustrating problem
#3 The Pantheon / Skirmish games create uneven teams and such. This is
mostly due to a lack of data for the system to work off of. When it was
developed, it had a ton of beta tester win loss data to create balanced teams.
Plus, from a "fun" point of view it was designed to try to get a skilled player
versus 2 or 3 unski-er less experienced players as we found that pretty fun
during the beta but the problem is, with everyone starting out with the same
rating, it ends up with some bad results. This situation will iron itself out in
the next couple of days on its own but now you know why it's happening.
#4 Server Load. We can't complete this list without talking about the
overall server load Demigod's Pantheon and community features are using. A lot
of this is simply volume but part of this is just finding areas where certain
calls were being made too often. This will take a bit of time to address but I
expect by the end of the week it'll be pretty responsive if not sooner.
As some of you know, we're all over the forums and on the chat channels hanging
So how can we make any of this up to you? Well, we've decided one way is to
expand on something that our partners at Ironclad (developers of Sins of a Solar
Empire) really got going when Sins came out and that is put a lot of
"Stardockians" online to play multiplayer games with people later this week.
These Stardockians will be on to help show people how to play the game, give
them tips and provide just a good online experience. For people who found
themselves trying to get a game going today and couldn't due to server overloads
or network connectivity, you'll be able to get a good game going with us.
Thanks for your patience. We'll keep you up to date!