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Community Announcements - MrCrispy
We're happy to announce that from today, everyone can now access a preview of the upcoming Dedicated Servers update.
We have picked 3 key Community members to head up the servers for the three core regions, the admins can then recruit additional admins if they wish to help them run a great server during the preview period.

The Servers will be running on Multiplay's ClanForge Software, you can read up on all the features provided here

Count - Wiki Overlord, and awesome evangelist of all things community! He will be admining all the servers located in the US Region

Marisa Krisiame - Providing us with laughter with the 'easy-listening' music, and much super clever technical talk. MK will be admining all the server in the Australian region.

Old Flads - It's not often you see Olly without his Camera, he has been an awesome member of our Community, he will be admining the London Server.

Throughout the duration of the Preview you will only be able to play on the Servers provided in the Server Browser

How they choose to run the servers during this preview period is completely up to them, and we look forward to what they come up with!

Check out Old Flads' video of how to get involved in the preview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wUY6t53XGNM

Or check out the text tutorial below to access the preview & get involved.

1. Head into your Steam Library, right click Ace of Spades then go into properties

2. Click the 'Betas' tab and enter the following code j@g3x_s3rv3r (This should provide you with confirmation of access to the 'Server Preview' branch)

3. Make sure the Server Preview branch is selected in the the drop down menu

4. Press 'Play, and wait for the update to download, go to 'Find Match > Server Browser > Community' and join one of the preview servers and play with everyone!

We hope you will check it out, and take advantage of the opportunity to get involved via the dedicated server update before it is launched.

The Ace of Spades Community Team
Community Announcements - Shauny
Hello Soldiers, as we approach the start of our GameBlast Stream we’re happy to announce that Ace of Spades will be going on sale from 10AM EST tomorrow until 10AM PST on the 24rd February with 75% off for £2.50, 50% of these profits will be donated to GameBlast.

The 24 hour Stream Schedule is listed below, we will go live on www.twitch.tv/aceofspades from 1PM GMT tomorrow. We hope to see you all there!

1PM - We announce the winners of the Ace of Spades RT, Follow & Win. (find out more)

1.30 PM - Public Matches on the AoS Servers

3PM - Custom Game Masscare (Crazy settings + Rules)

5PM - Custom Game Requests, the viewers decide what rules we play on.

7PM - Buildathon Winner Announcement - We review the top maps made with the GameBlast tag.

9PM - 2 vs 2 Charity Wingman Rumble - Highest team point score over the 2 hours wins!

11PM - Build a Battle - Zombie Midnight Theme, what can Shaun & Sally come up with?

1:00 AM - Bring Out the DEAD! - The Community Zombie voices come to life! In this special section of the stream, we show off all of the Community Made Voiceovers in Zombies!

3:00 AM - Best of Steam Workshop - Give an overview of who won the map making contest (cut down version) & then have a look through the workshop. We'll show you specifically why we chose this map and give you some advice upon on how to improve upon your maps!

5:00 AM - Public Freeplay - The Ace of Spades Team jump straight in to a public server to play a variety of standard games.

7.00 AM - Custom Game Craziness - Crazy combinations to the extreme, we may take requests from the viewers also!

9.00 AM - Build a Battle - We take on a Community Team to build the best map possible in the given time. (Dream Theme)

11.00 AM - GameBlast Grudge Match - 1vs1, 2vs2, 6vs6? Who knows! It's the battle of Green vs Blue!

See you there.

Sally, Chris & Shauny
The Ace of Spades Community Team
Community Announcements - Shauny
We’re happy to announce that the Ace of Spades Community Team will be getting directly involved in raising money for GameBlast with a 24 hour live stream, we’re thrilled for you all to join us. Find out all of the details below.

Dates

Februrary 21st 1PM GMT - Februrary 22nd 1PM GMT

What is GameBlast?

GameBlast is a special 24 hour streaming event for SpecialEffect, the donations you all make will go towards making gaming easier for people with disabilities. To read more about the event as a whole click the link (http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast)

Video about the Event - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKLNrCivOzw&feature=player_embedded
Event Information

We’re just under a week away from the event but we have three opportunities for you guys to bag yourselves some goodies for showing off your skills! Read more about each specific event below.

Bring out the Dead

We’re looking for some outrageous over-the-top or serious Zombie voices that we could throw into our Stream while we attempt to take on the Zombie horde at one point. We're looking for Zombie death notices and/or Groans, show us what you got! Follow the steps below to get your audio clip on to the Ace of Spades Group.

  • First of all you need to do is head on over to www.soundcloud.com and register, upon register then record your Voice Clip in the .ogg audio format.
  • Secondly, join the ‘Ace of Spades’ Soundcloud Group (https://soundcloud.c...s/ace-of-spades)
  • Upon joining, head over to your ‘Tracks’ then add your Zombie-esque track to the group.

Prize – You have the pleasure of having your voice being used in a special section of the stream!

GameBlast Buildathon

We’re looking for any talent map makers/teams to step up and make a map based on the theme of this event which is the charity GameBlast, when making your map it MUST have either the logo of ‘GameBlast’ or ‘SpecialEffect’ somewhere on the map.

We’ll be looking to feature some top maps so make sure you put your creative mind to use!

Prizes

  • The prize for your creativeness is a £50 Amazon Voucher. The Ace of Spades Team will also donate the equivalent of that value also
  • OR you can give up that prize voucher and the Ace of Spades Community Team will do the same for ‘GameBlast’.

2 vs 2 Charity Wingman Rumble

During the 24 hour stream we will be featuring some fun 2 vs 2 matches, anyone who turns up at the time of the event can take part but if you register early you will be first on the list to play. You can signup now in the 'Events' section of the Ace of Spades Community Site (http://www.aceofspades.com/community).

Prizes

The team that takes home the voucher is the team that wins by the highest margin, the game mode will be Multi-Hill.

  • The prize for winning is 2 x £25 Amazon Vouchers. The Ace of Spades Team will also donate the equivalent of that value also
  • OR you can give up that prize voucher and the Ace of Spades Community Team will do the same for ‘GameBlast’.

Steam Schedule
The Schedule will be updated each day as we get closer to the event!

1PM - We announce the winners of the Ace of Spades RT, Follow & Win.

1.30 PM - Public Matches on the AoS Servers

3PM - Custom Game Masscare (Crazy settings + Rules)

5PM - Custom Game Requests, the viewers decide what rules we play on.

7PM - Buildathon Winner Announcement - We review the top maps made with the GameBlast tag.

9PM - 2 vs 2 Charity Wingman Rumble - Highest team point score over the 2 hours wins!

11PM - Build a Battle - Zombie Midnight Theme, what can Shaun & Sally come up with?

1:00 AM - Bring Out the DEAD! - The Community Zombie voices come to life! In this special section of the stream, we show off all of the Community Made Voiceovers in Zombies!

3:00 AM - Best of Steam Workshop - Give an overview of who won the map making contest (cut down version) & then have a look through the workshop. We'll show you specifically why we chose this map and give you some advice upon on how to improve upon your maps!

5:00 AM - Public Freeplay - The Ace of Spades Team jump straight in to a public server to play a variety of standard games

You can already start donating for this worthy cause at (http://bit.ly/AoSGameBlastDonate), show your AoS colours by leaving a comment with your name! Starting next week, more information will be revealed about the stream, stay tuned!

The Ace of Spades Community Team
Community Announcements - Shauny
Hello everyone, we've just released the new Community Site below is a list of everything you can do on there.

First of all is the change of Forum Software, we have moved from ‘vBulletin’ to ‘Invision Power Board’, the change was decided because we believe it will allow us to provide a better service to you guys through a more flexible platform that we can manage ourselves. It has also allowed us to utilise plugins that will add much desired features.

  • Community Home added. The new number one destination for all of your community needs!
  • Featured News
  • Community News
  • Community links & Fan Pack
  • A dedicated area which will highlight Community Creations
  • Latest Activity – find out what’s going on via this Calendar feed
  • Current Hot Topics
  • Ace of Spades TV – The best video content from our community video makers
  • Staff updates/statuses

Clans - For Clans we have added a dedicated ‘Clan HQ’ which will be the hub for clan pages providing a much needed home within the community.

  • This will allow Clans to post as if it was their own Forum
  • Ranks can also be assigned to each member of a clan so a ‘Chain of Command’ can be established
  • Through customisation Clans can now develop their own identity
    Recruitment applications can be managed through the closed group settings & your own recruit/application forum
  • We want to cater for the full range of clans; casual/social, creative, and competitive clans, so each clan can easily identify themselves as such.

Blogs

Home of the Community News Team

  • Featured Blogs – If you have an idea for an interesting Ace of Spades Blog then you can pitch it to us for the chance to get your own blog or a group blog. So get your thinking caps on!
  • The entire Forum Index has been revamped also, providing a modern, sleek and much cleaner layout.
  • The top level of the forums has been cut down to just three categories so you won’t have to scroll as much, and can find what you need quickly.

Coming soon

A massive upcoming feature is our ability to ‘Self-host’ a variety of different competitive activities right here on the site, we will be putting this system to good use very soon with a fun Ace of Spades Cup for teams to participate in.

  • This will finally allow for the much requested clan ladder our Clan Ambassadors, leaders, and members have been dreaming of
  • Both player run and officially run headline tournaments are now possible
  • Anyone can register a team regardless of whether they are in a clan or not. So gather your closest friends and prepare for war!

We will be actively checking for any noticeable bugs that may cause an issue, and improving the site over time, but feel free to give us feedback over in the feedback forum.

We hope you enjoy the new Ace of Spades Community home, and here’s to 2014!

Sally, Chris & Shaun
Announcement - Valve
The Steam Holiday Sale continues today with huge savings throughout the store! Check back often to take advantage of our eight-hour Flash Sales. You can even help select what goes on sale with our Community's Choice Voting Sales.

In addition to Flash and Vote sales, more than a hundred games and apps will be featured as Daily Deals throughout the sale, with new deals popping up every 24 hours.

Today's Daily Deals include:

Participating in the 2013 Steam Holiday Sale will also earn customers exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards. Collect, trade, and craft 10 Holiday Snow Globe Cards that can only be earned during the sale. Every craft of a Holiday Sale badge will also generate a random item drop from 10 participating Free-To-Play games, featuring exclusive in-game items from Warframe, Path of Exile, Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2 and more. These items are both tradable and marketable.

Learn more about this year's Steam Holiday Sale features HERE.

The Steam Holiday Sale will run until 10AM PST, January 2nd. Complete information on Daily Deals, Flash Sales, Community Choice Voting and more can be found HERE.

Community Announcements - MrCrispy
Please be aware that you may be disconnected from London Based (LON) Ace of Spades servers for 1-2 minutes between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00am on Thursday 19th December 2013. This is to allow for our Network Engineers to make some necessary adjustments at the London Datacentre.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If for any reason you need to contact us, please e-mail aceofspades@jagex.com for help.

Regards,
Your Ace of Spades Team!
Community Announcements - MrCrispy
Update Highlights

  • Map Editor Now Available
  • Steam Workshop Integration
  • Full Server Browser Has Returned!
  • St Valentine’s Day Massacre DLC Now Free for All
  • 100’s of Bug Fixes & Minor Improvements


Votekick Update
Votekick has been tweaked to try and reduce abuse of the feature.

Any player can initiate a votekick, however, now only players on the same team as the player subject to a kick vote can vote on whether they should be removed from the game or not. This should still allow players who are griefing their team mates or obviously abusing a glitch to be kicked whilst making it harder for players who are simply good at the game to be booted out.
  • The function keys for voting yes or no have been changed. F1 is now "No" and F2 "Yes".
  • The host of a custom game can kick any player from their game. However, this only applies to the original host for the game, if that host leaves this privilege will be lost!
  • The host of a custom match cannot be targeted to be kicked from the match.
  • In VIP mode if the VIP is kicked, for any reason, another VIP should be selected from the remaining members of their team.


Known Issues
  • Server Auto balancing Over-rules Custom Match Settings
  • Several functionality issues with the new Votekick system


Patch Notes

  • Fixed a lobby issue whereby changing the Max Players whilst a player joins could cause the player to ghost and break the lobby.
  • Changing Anti-alias graphics settings no longer require a client restart to take effect.
  • Several Client/Server Security Improvements
  • Fixed an issue which could cause construct names to not update if a player changes class with the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause block usage to not update if a player changes class with the keyboard.
  • A number of translation/text updates were applied.
  • Fixed an issue where leaderboards could appear empty without a relevant error message.
  • Improved the handling of network errors in the leaderboard menu.
  • Graphics Defaults now affect the Draw Distance setting.
  • Updated Default Shader Quality to Medium.
  • Fixed an issue where Turrets could be placed inside blocks in some situations.
  • The Server List will now sort servers by current players, followed by maximum players by default.
  • Spectators can now be seen on the score screen and vote-kick dialog from the opposing team.
  • If network connection is lost while on the "lobbies menu", you will now be sent back to the main menu and shown an error message.
  • Fixed an issue which could allow non-hosts to change UGC settings after the host lost network connection.
  • Improvements to the frontend and backend processing of the leaderboard.
  • Removed deprecated key bindings
  • Prefabs are now known as constructs in all menus.
  • Fixed an issue which would cause players to be presented with a blank screen when entering spectate as classes are changing.
  • Projectiles now explode 50 blocks above the highest block
  • Fixed an issue where a player joining from spectators could be auto-assigned a restricted class.
  • Fixed an issue where the team progress bar could be positioned incorrectly if the window was resized.
  • Flare blocks are now counted when repairing bases in Demolition Mode.
  • A number of security/hack fixes have been attempted.
  • Fixed several issues which could cause the class menu button to become enabled at the wrong times.
  • Fixed an issue where the Construct Set field could yield no options in a Map Creator lobby.
  • The default selected equipment item is now always the most practical item in a players inventory.
  • Fixed an issue with the Maximum score in Demolition Mode.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause a survivor to remain a survivor after death in Zombie! Mode.


And Many Many More! For Full Notes Visit: Ace of Spades Forums
Community Announcements - MrCrispy
We Your Help to Test the New Ace of Spades Map Editor!
Find Out How to Join the Preview, Provide Bug Reports, Stability & Performance Feedback Here: http://www.aceofspades.com/community/topic/6678-update-notes-ace-of-spades-battle-builder-public-beta/
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 66% on Ace of Spades!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends July 7th at 10AM Pacific Time
Jun 13, 2013
Community Announcements - Instinct
Today we have pushed out an update with a large number of bug fixes and optimizations. Highlights of the build are improvements to the Ranked Server Matchmaker and improvements to the way the destruction of large voxel objects are managed!

Build 3133

Fixes and Tweaks


General:

  • Optimized method in which large voxel objects are destroyed, should no longer cause connection timeout message.
  • Fixed an issue where the scrollbar would not retain its position correctly in Custom Match Lobbies
  • Several optimizations to the ranked server match-maker to ensure the best server is selected based on ping and server population
  • Fixed an issue where the ranked server match-maker could cause a game crash in certain scenarios
  • Improved accuracy of loading progress bar on the loading screen
  • Change of options order within Rules (General is now is the second option)
  • Updated block and prefab placement cost to display even if the placement is not valid, in which case the cost is displayed in red
  • Removed unused and duplicate PNG and KV6 files from the client
  • Dump files will now be created in the game's install folder if the game crashes
  • Fixed an issue where pressing ALT could cause the game to enter a paused state
  • Improved the way using TAB on the end-of-round score screen switches between score boards
  • Fixed an issue which could prevent a custom match host from kicking a player from the lobby in Zombie Mode
  • Fixed an issue where a player a player's team color would become "Blue" if their team was selected as "Neutral" in the lobby preventing them from joining the game.
  • Improved messaging if a player tries to change team during a Zombie Outbreak
  • Removed option to start games with a target score of 256 or greater
  • Fixed an issue where Spectators could be incorrectly kicked at the end of the map
  • Removed "Most Team Kills" Award


Weapons:

  • Added Engineers SMG Foresight
  • Added a mini map icon for the Rocket Turret
  • Fixed an issue where Rocket Turrets would not "One Hit Kill" when the option was enabled in a Custom Match


Graphics:

  • Fixed an issue where shadows could move ahead of a character


Gameplay:

  • Decreased Target Score within TDM to 200
  • Decreased dynamite knock back to reduce cases of using it to team kill
  • Added correct text to several Prefabs where placeholders were displayed before
  • Added ability to place Rocket Turrets on water
  • Balanced Fall Damage (Especially the Engineer)
  • Improved Vote Map display reliability in Ranked Matches
  • Fixed an issue in Demolition Mode causing characters to become unable move during the base building time
  • Fixed an issue whereby it was possible to leave the bounds of the tutorial
  • Fixed an issue whereby a single tutorial area could be occupied by multiple players
  • Fixed an issue with Rocket Turret positioning
  • Fixed an issue with Rocket Turret ghost color not being neutral sometimes
  • Fixed an issue where the ghost prefab could become partly submerged under the water line


Scoring:

  • Attempted Fix for an issue where a TDM round would not end when the target score was met
  • Attempted Fix for an issue where players could receive a score of zero during a TDM
  • Improved server-side performance of the leader-boards


Text/Messages:

  • Removed ability to enter text in the in-game chat which is not supported by the chat font
  • Improved Leaderboards display of long names by cropping rather than re-sizing the font
  • Fixed an issue where "Blocks cannot place on water" message would flicker
  • Added correct text to the "MOST_Distractions" award
  • Added different message to be sent to the player who cashed in a diamond than is sent to the rest of the team


Enjoy.

Ace of Spades Team
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