Huntercoin: Mithril Edition Floating Windows

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 12-03-2014

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There are 6 floating windows to help you play the game:

  1. Mini Map
  2. Statistics
  3. Cell Info
  4. Target
  5. My Troops
  6. Chat

Mini Map

The mini map lets you zoom in and out and pan around the map in a small area. It is useful for monitoring different locations, tracking the crown, finding hearts, and finding coins.

Click the crown to instantly find the crown on the mini map and follow it.

Cick it again to stop following the crown.

During heated battles for the crown, this is essential information to have.

Click the heart to toggle heart visibility on the map.

Hearts give you extra hunters. They’re rare, so if you have a chance to get one, get it!

Click the coin to toggle coin visibility on the map.

These are the real prizes in the game. Collect as many as you can.

Double-click anywhere in the mini map to instantly navigate on the main map to that location.

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Statistics

The statistics window gives you quick information about how many hunter generals there are (players/teams), and how much loot they have.

It also tells you the total amount of loot that all players have, the amount that you can mine on the map, the name of the player that has the Crown of Fortune, and how many coins they have.

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Cell Info

Cell Info tells you about the specific square you have clicked on. If there are no hunters on the square, it is empty.

If there are hunters in that square, like here:

Then you will see all of their names and how many coins they have:

Click on a name to make it your “target”.

If you’ve closed the Cell Info window, you can easily open it up by double-clicking on any square. The Cell Info window will be restored along with information on that square.

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Target

Selecting a hunter in the Cell Info window makes that hunter’s team your current “target”.

Double-click on a hunter, or click “Center on Map” to quickly navigate on the map to where that hunter is.

If “Show Direction” is not greyed out, click it to toggle the hunter’s path so that you know where he is going. Paths are even numbered so that you can see how many blocks it will take for that hunter to reach a particular square on the map. <– This is a killer feature that will help you play much better! (Especially against bots!)

Enemy paths are drawn in cyan (light blue). (Your paths are drawn in red.)

The “Find” input lets you enter the name of any hunter to quickly locate them on a map.

To track a hunter, click the lock button. Your cell selection will follow that hunter.

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My Troops (moving not available in read-only preview)

The “My Troops” window is where you control your hunters.

Click on a colored tab to select the color of your team that you want to control.

In the first panel, select the name of the team. In the second panel, select the specific hunter that you want to control. Double-click on a hunter to center the map on that hunter.

Right-click on the square you want to move to. You can see the path that your hunter will take, along with the number of turns it will take to get to each point along the way.

The blue highlighted square is your currently selected hunter. The yellow highlighted square is your last selected square.

Your paths are drawn in red, unlike enemies that are drawn in cyan.

As you can see, in game chats appear in word bubbles, so you can quickly and easily find out who is talking. And hunt them down if you like…

Click the green checkmark to move. (Unavailable in preview.)

The radar screen shows all the different colors around your team. You can click the hunter icons to hide colors as well.

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Chat

FAIR WARNING 1: The chat window is uncensored. Some people may curse or express objectional ideas. Be prepared to ignore some people.

The chat window lets players communicate directly with all other players in the game.

FAIR WARNING 2: Chat is stored on the blockchain forever. If you do not wish to say something that you want stored forever, don’t type it into the chat. Once it is said, it is said FOREVER.

You can filter chat by color, view all chats, and view the console here.

HOT TIPS FOR PLAYING! (coming soon…)

Huntercoin: Syncing the Blockchain

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Software | Posted on 12-03-2014

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After you’ve entered the settings and restarted Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, the program will start the Huntercoin daemon and begin to sync the blockchain. If this is the first time that you’ve sync’d the blockchain, it could take a while, depending on your Internet connection speed. (On slow connections, expect it to take a day.)

The only thing you need at this point, is some patience. If you’ve ever downloaded a large MMORPG before, this is actually much faster.

At first, you will see a “Starting” and “Waiting” message like this:

“Waiting” will continue for a little while, and usually around 1~3 minutes.

Go get yourself a cup of tea.

When you get back from getting a drink, the program should be synchronizing the blockchain for you. This is the lengthy part, and depends on your Internet connection speed.

You will see several messages:

  • Game CONNECTED TO Huntercoin DAEMON, Hurray!!!!
  • Trying to (re)syng from block ####
  • Out of Sync, block #### is ## days, ## hours ## minutes old, keep syncing

The ## days and hours that you see isn’t the time that you need to wait. Huntercoin is a real time game, so that’s just an indication of how far out of sync you are. On a fast connection, “1 day” of blocks should synchronize in a couple minutes or so.

You may see an “[!ERROR!][TIME]: System: The operation has timed out” message. This isn’t a problem as the game will continue to sync the blockchain. If you really like the updates, you can safely restart the program. The amount that you’ve already downloaded is already on your computer and won’t be lost. (See below.)

And when it’s finished, you’ll also see “New Game State Loaded, height:####”.

The “height” is the blockchain height, and is a measure of what “turn” the game is on at the moment.

But… what you’re really been waiting for has finally arrived!

THE BLOCKCHAIN IS NOW SYNC’D AND YOU’RE READY TO PLAY!

(The preview edition is “read-only”, so you can only “see” the game, but can’t play it. It is still very useful for getting some in-game intelligence about enemy movements as you will see.)

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Mithril Man’s Huntercoin Client Preview

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 23-02-2014

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If you haven’t heard of Huntercoin, and you like games or crypto currency, then you need to find out about it NOW. You can find the official Huntercoin site here:

http://huntercoin.org/

And the official Huntercoin thread at the Bitcoin Talk forums here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=435170

MithrilMan in the BTF is creating a new client for Huntercoin. It’s not ready quite yet, but I had the chance to test it along with 2 other people. The game client is coming along really well, and is extremely smooth.

We’re running on testnet, so the screenshots don’t show the full main game, but they do show some cool features that you’ll love when its released.

This is the full client running in maximized mode instead of full screen (click to open the full resolution):

Mithral Man Huntercoin Client

There you can see how clicking on a hunter shows the entire team of hunters in the “Target” window. You can click to center on a hunter, or even show the direction that the hunter is traveling in.

The Cell Info window shows a specific hunter, and also the coordinates in the title bar:

Cell-info

It’s likely that there is more functionality yet to be implemented there, e.g. number of coins carried, etc., but so far, it’s coming along very well.

This video by Snailbrain (the Huntercoin creator) shows Mithril Man’s client. In it you can see paths that players are taking.

The chat window is significantly improved. Here’s a shot that shows how you can chat in multiple colours:

MM HUC chat

When was the last time you chatted with Bitcoin?

By choosing a tab, you can filter chats to show only 1 colour:

Show-yellow

In the top left of the screen is a green “radar” screen that plots players on the screen. I’ve highlighted 2 portions to help you see how it works (click to open a larger version):

Huntercoin RADAR

In there, where you click on the screen moves the radar around with the click-point being the center of the radar. You could use this at the edge of your screen to give you a quick peek at what’s off to the north/south/east/west without having to scroll. A very quick & useful tool.

The floating map lets you monitor another area of the screen, or immediately find the crown. It also has a checkbox that lets you follow the crown as it moves around.

Floating map

That will certainly make getting the crown a much harder fight. If you’ve been in a fight for the crown, they last HOURS and leave countless destructed and killed hunters all over the map. It’s a non-stop bloodbath, and extremely exhilarating! For example, if 1 HUC is about $1, then owning the crown is worth almost $12,000 a month! (1 block per minute with 0.25 HUC per block.)

The Crown of Fortune is very much worth protecting and fighting for. And Mithril Man’s new floating map and direction finding is going to make future crown battles truly even bloodier!

So, the future of Huntercoin is looking very bright. More development. More tools. More of everything!