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Amadea
2019-05-18
  Status Update - Moving Forward  

It is about time to update everyone on GC about the updates that have been in the works and the
plans for forward progress for the game, so here goes...

Both the display/layout and the back end of gc are wildly out of date and disorganized from a
pure code standpoint, and the server and architectures that run it are roughly two decades out of
date. It`s honestly a miracle GC still functions as well as it does on modern web browsers.
To help rectify that we`ve spent the last several months working to port GC to a newer
architecture. At this time we have completed a test server running GC with Lucee (a modern
ColdFusion engine, the language GC was written in) on a Linux-based server. The database has
also been converted to MySQL and moved about 20 years into the future.

There`s a little more work to be done to get it public ready including finishing a slight front
end renovation. At this time we don`t want to change the classic gc look for everyone who is
accustomed to it, so for now this server will run on a very similar but slightly updated layout that
utilizes a modern web framework in Bootstrap 5. This framework allowed us to do a significant
amount of work on some nicer UIs for GC, but they weren`t our first priority as stated above, and
won`t be rolled out immediately. The new front end layout will be fully mobile optimized (this is
one area we will be doing a lot of testing on throughout, as many players with all different phones/devices
will help us make sure it is easily playable for everyone).
At the outset the server will be mostly GC as you know it. Your accounts, empires, and all
player/game data will be the same as regular GC on the day the test server launches. We would like
to use this test server as the ground zero for the full scale race and economy rebalancing the
game desperately needs. As we go through the rebalancing we will be adding full new features,
including some long requested things like more federation features. Yes, the turn based servers
will exist as well.

After we are relatively comfortable with the state and balance of the game, and any and all bugs
are fixed, we will be pouring some money into advertising and marketing the game in a very
serious effort at reviving the playerbase and drawing in plenty of new folks.

Giving absolute deadlines/timelines never works out great for the person promising them, so
please keep in mind these are all just rough goals and it`s certain some things will change, but
ideally:
- Test servers on new architecture fully ready and open to the players before the end of May.
- Ship and economy data applications/simulators created and open to the public for discussion
by the end of the first week of June.

Over the week following that opening, we`d like to outline the final direction and themes for the
races, and begin implementing the new designs and full scale changes.
We expect it will take at least a few weeks after implementations are done before we get a full play-tested
picture of if everything works and is balanced, but that will give us time to implement a host of things aimed
at fixing something GC has never done well: introduce new players. We aim to implement a full
tutorial of sorts for new accounts that will actually show/teach the basics of the game and setting up an empire,
as well as adding some official resources / help section (maybe even a decent wiki!?).

After that it`s all lights green and we will find out once and for all if our beloved game can hold its
own in 2019.


Edited by Amadea on 2019-05-18
OrginalV4V
88day(s) ago
4 months no update.. sad
GalacticMercenaries
96day(s) ago
..................
GalacticMercenaries
99+ day(s) ago
Bump Bump
Baa
99+ day(s) ago
unlike the remake
Renegade
99+ day(s) ago
:O it`s allliiiiiivvveeeeeee
GalacticMercenaries
99+ day(s) ago
*Pokes thread! :)
Brotherhood
99+ day(s) ago
*Pokes thread! :)
Rambo
99+ day(s) ago
Just came back to GC to see this, hopefully this is moving forward, sounds great
}Q{
99+ day(s) ago
Lights out folks, take the memories and move on.
ExorcistTPE
99+ day(s) ago
Thank you
Baa
99+ day(s) ago
whats happening then? anything ?
drgnrbrn46
99+ day(s) ago
returning player here. looking around hope it works played off and on for at least 15 years. lets see what happens
Brotherhood
99+ day(s) ago
Thank you all that has worked hard to not only keep this game going, but now working to improve it! I`ve been around this community for very long time, and proud to say so. Just wish some other older players, that lobbied, and fought for improvement could still be here and see that it is going to happen. Hell, maybe this will bring some back, and just as importantly bring new players!

Thanks, Brotherhood
Amadea
Game-Admin
99+ day(s) ago
We`re currently running 48-72 hours behind schedule. I have to have a procedure done on monday, and prep starts today, so that`s taking priority.

Things are moving well besides that and those who noticed the downtime today on GC may be pleased to know it was related to this getting fully setup.

Sorry for the delays everyone!
Tranq
99+ day(s) ago
...he mouth-breathed indignantly whilst sobbing onto his Cheeto-dust covered keyboard.
Baa
99+ day(s) ago
as may comes to an end...
EnderWiggin
99+ day(s) ago
Welp, this sounds amazing.
Transieritti04
99+ day(s) ago
Thank you for keeping this game alive :D
oddity
99+ day(s) ago
"...but that will give us time to implement a host of things aimed
at fixing something GC has never done well: introduce new players. We aim to implement a full
tutorial of sorts for new accounts that will actually show/teach the basics of the game and setting up an empire,
as well as adding some official resources / help section (maybe even a decent wiki!?)."

Amen.

That sounds like a lot of work, I appreciate everything you are doing.
Sandstorm
99+ day(s) ago
Right on!

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