TITANS 1v1 Ranked Season 8

Mid-season ends at 2020-09-04 00:00 UTC

Season ends at 2020-10-23 00:00 UTC

Two maps carried over from season 7:

  • PAX Frontier!
  • Complaint Department

Two maps returning from previous seasons:

  • Lost Temple (updated)
  • District

Eight NEW maps for season 8:

  • Faren
  • Gorge
  • Tempo
  • Haze
  • Clutch II
  • Line
  • Shard
  • Plenty
  • Ulmost
  • Nogolia
  • Mirum

Most Active Prizes Are Back!

Participation prizes are back for the most active players:

Mid-season ends 2020-09-04 00:00 UTC

  • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

Season ends 2020-10-23 00:00 UTC

  • Three most active Bronze players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Silver players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Gold players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Platinum players – US$100 each
  • Three most active Uber players – US$100 each

114776

  • Updated translations
  • Added skybox graphics setting
  • Improved modding support for multiple selectable skybox mods in settings:
    • model.skyBoxes.push({text: 'Test', value: '/pa/terrain/sky/textures/skybox_02.json'})
  • api.ar_system.changeSkyBoxSpec(api.settings.getSynchronous('graphics', 'skybox'));

114780

  • Updated TITANS 1v1 ranked maps and reconnects

114803

Grenadier

  • Idle aim delay restored to 1.0 from 0.5
  • Firing velocity decreased to 80
  • Splash radius decreased to 5 from 6

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Vision and range decreased to 200 from 220
  • Can no longer target seafloor

Naval Basic Fabrication Ship

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model

Barnacle support barge

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model
  • Can now build teleporters on land

King of the Beasts AndreasG

Hello Commanders,

Players have fought head-to-head in our 1v1 ranked for 7 seasons. Many have climbed over the scraps of fallen foes in an anxious scramble to reach the coveted Uber #1 rank. Previously, this has been a final moment of instant, assured glory. That is about to change.

At the end of the seventh ranked 1v1 season on 2020-07-24:00:00 UTC, AndreasG as Uber #1 claimed bragging rights, glory, and the Beast commander.

What about the other Ubers that were hot on his heels, hoarding their points, diligently annihilating their way to the highest echelons of destructive mastery?

Now we are giving the top players the glorious opportunity to challenge for the crown in a best-of-7 1v1 series with the winner claiming US$1,000 along with exclusive use of the Beast King Commander.

But a note of caution to the eventual King Beast: complacent Kings seldom hold onto their title for long. A new challenger may present themselves in the seasons to come, and there can only be one…

King of the Beasts Prizes

The winner will be awarded:

  • exclusive use of the Beast King Commander
  • US$1,000

King of the Beasts Results

#DateKingWinsChallengerWins
12020-08-01AndreasG4Diskraip0
2AndreasG

Windows

A great way to troubleshoot Windows issues is by starting with a clean boot: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135/

Generic troubleshooting: https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/troubleshooting/

Windows System Requirements

MinimumRecommended
Windows 7 Service Pack 1Windows 10 latest

Update Your Windows GPU Drivers

Please make sure your graphics drivers are up to date by downloading your drivers directly from the graphics card manufacturer websites. Drivers from Windows laptop manufacturer websites are often outdated.

Alternatively use the graphic card manufacturer auto detection and update tools:

Multiple GPUs or Switchable Graphics

If your gaming laptop or desktop has multiple graphics cards, please make sure you have updated drivers for both cards and that you have configured both PA and CoherentUI to run on your high performance dedicated GPU.

Windows Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your local app data directory:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation
C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\local\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation

Your user AppData directory is hidden by default so you have a couple of options:

Windows Incompatible Software

ASUS / ROG GameFirstMay cause network lag resulting in unit stutter / jumps with both online and offline servers.
Firewall / Security Suites
May cause connection failures and crashes.

Disable or add exceptions for SSL / protocol scanning / filtering for PA.exe, server.exe and CoherentUI_Host.exe

ESET: https://support.eset.com/en/kb5833-manage-protocolssltls-filtering-in-eset-windows-home-products
Kaspersky: https://support.kaspersky.com/12684#block2
On Screen Displays (OSD)May cause black screens and crashes.

MSI Afterburner / Rivatuner
ASUS / ROG Sonic Radar
3D API / OpenGL InterceptorsMay cause black screens and crashes.

Lucid Virtu MVP
Sound EnhancersMay cause no sound.

ASUS Sound Studio
Nahimic for Gamers

Windows Crash Dumps

PA generated crash reports with logs (and dxdiag on windows) are usually automatically uploaded to our crash reporting system.

When reporting crashes it also helps if you include the crash ID from your logs (same as the filename of the generated minidump):

xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx.dmp


The default location for crash dumps generated by PA is now the logs directory in your Planetary Annihilation data directory.

The environment variable MINIDUMP_DIRECTORY can be used to change the location where PA crash minidump files are saved and will also generate more detailed (and larger) minidump files similar to the new --enable-detailed-minidump command line option.

Windows Error Reporting (WER)

The default location for mini crash dumps created by Windows Error Reporting (WER) is:

  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\CrashDumps\

WER crash dump files are named like:

  • PA.exe.NNNNN.dmp

Windows Environment Variables

To set environment variables on Windows use:

  • Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables (or search for environment variables if using Windows 10).

Troubleshooting

Planetary Annihilation is a cross platform client / server networked OpenGL application.

Any software that interferes with network connections or OpenGL can cause issues.

When playing you are connecting to a local server or hosted server over the internet.

A cabled Ethernet connection to your router will perform better than Wi-Fi for most games.

System level crashes or mouse / keyboard freezes during live games are almost always a hardware / driver issue with your system. PA can really push your hardware to the max.

System Requirements

MinimumRecommended
CPUMODERN Quad CoreMODERN Quad Core+
Memory8GB RAM for dedicated GPU
12GB RAM for integrated GPU
4GB free for local server
16GB RAM
GPUOpenGL 3.2+ / 1GB VRAMDedicated GPU
Storage5GB available space7 GB available space
InternetBroadbandBroadband via Ethernet

Older CPUs

  • AMD Phenom
  • Intel Core 2

Try the legacy build.: https://planetaryannihilation.com/guides/planetary-annihilation-public-test-environments-pte/

Verify Your Game Files

Clear Your Download Cache

Delete the contents of the download directory in your Planetary Annihilation Data Directory.

Remove Special Characters from your Display Name

Special characters in display names can cause issues like:

  • hanging on the login accepted screen
  • game over not appearing

To change your display name in-game, click on the social icon in the lower right-hand corner. A menu should appear with your name and a dropdown box to change your online status. Below that says, “Change Display Name.”

A box will appear where you can type in your New Display Name. If the name you’ve entered has already been taken, a message will appear to notify you.

Disable FPS Counters / Overlays / Memory Optimisers

The safe way to check stats is via control-p in-game to toggle between:

  • Client FPS
  • GPU memory usage

When connected to a local or public server:

  • Server (always max 1FPS)
  • Sim (max 10 FPS once game has started)

Close Other Applications / Browsers

PA is a CPU heavy game especially when running a local server.

Close unnecessary applications and browser tabs especially on older systems.

Clean Testing

You can start a clean copy of PA without deleting your existing Planetary Annihilation Data Directory by using the --localstorageurl command line parameter.

Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The data directory or folder is separate from your install directory and contains:

  • logs
  • local configuration localstore
  • file system mods client_mods and server_mods
  • downloads for community mods download

The data directory is shared by all installations of Planetary Annihilation:

  • steam
  • launcher
  • stable or PTE streams

Updating or reinstalling PA does not impact the data directory.

By default all installations use the same local configuration. You can override this using the --localstorageurl command line parameter.

--localstorageurl=localstore-testing

Windows Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your local app data directory:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation
C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\local\Uber Entertainment\Planetary Annihilation

Your user AppData directory is hidden by default so you have a couple of options:

macOS Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your local library folder:

/Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Application Support/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation
~/Library/Application Support/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation 

Your user library folder is hidden by default and can be accessed via:

Linux Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your home directory:

  • ~/.local/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation/

Steam Installation Directory

  • Open your Steam library
  • Right click on Planetary Annihilation: TITANS or Planetary Annihilation in your list of games
  • Select Properties
  • Click the LOCAL FILES tab
  • Click BROWSE LOCAL FILES

Steam Command Line Parameters

  1. Open your Steam library
  2. Right click Planetary Annihilation: TITANS then select Properties
  3. Click Set Launch Options…

PA Launcher Command Line Parameters

  1. Open the PA launcher and sign in
  2. Click on your username then select Build Options… from the list
  3. Additional command-line options

Crash Reports

PA generated crash reports with logs (and dxdiag on windows) are usually automatically uploaded to our crash reporting system.

When reporting crashes it also helps if you include the crash ID from your logs (same as the filename of the generated minidump):

xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx.dmp


The default location for crash dumps generated by PA is now the logs directory in your Planetary Annihilation data directory.

The environment variable MINIDUMP_DIRECTORY can be used to change the location where PA crash minidump files are saved and will also generate more detailed (and larger) minidump files similar to the new --enable-detailed-minidump command line option.

Windows Error Reporting (WER) and macOS may also generate different crash reports: https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/kb/faq.php?id=200

Streaming

Use game capture with a specific window to avoid jitter when scrolling.

macOS

macOS is our primary development environment.

Generic troubleshooting: https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/troubleshooting/

macOS System Requirements

MinimumRecommended
macOS10.9 64 bit10.15
CPUMODERN Quad Core i5MODERN Quad Core i7+
Memory8GB RAM for dedicated GPU
12GB RAM for integrated GPU
4GB free for local server
16GB RAM
GPUOpenGL 3.2+Dedicated GPU
Storage5GB available space7 GB available space
InternetBroadbandEthernet Broadband

macOS Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your local library folder:

/Users/YOURUSERNAME/Library/Application Support/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation
~/Library/Application Support/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation 

Your user library folder is hidden by default and can be accessed via:

Rainbows & Unicorns Updates 114599 / 114618 / 114673 / 114716 / 114726 / 114734 / 114750 / 114759 / 114776

Hello Commanders,

Your eyes do not deceive you, this creature of majesty above is both half-Commander and half-unicorn. Touch its horn if you will, but the only wish it grants is the pillaging of the galaxy’s resources to ensure the demise of your enemies. Friendship is temporary, but a well-placed ubercannon is forever.

The Unicorn Commander is available to all players during the Steam Summer Sale, after which it can be purchased through the Armory. It also comes with its own strategic icon so that everyone else knows that you’re better than them, both as a player and a person.

Lobbies now have the option to shuffle player starting locations. No longer can you know who is where without any scouting in FFA and team games. Live the mystery.

The AI has had an easy difficulty added to skirmish and normal in Galactic War as part of some more extensive changes. We hear your eyebrow lift (just one, you’re classy like that) at the addition of an easier difficulty, but once improvements land and it’s kicking your hiney, you’ll be sorry you got all sniffy about an easy difficulty.

Translations have been updated and expanded to include community mods like Legion Expansion and Queller AI.

Previous update: https://planetaryannihilation.com/news/stay-safe-update-114344-114438-114445-114475/

Technical Notes

Client Improvements

  • Updated translations
  • Added connect timeouts to download manager to avoid long launch stalls
  • Added initial support for full offline / disconnected mode via --offline (work in progress)
  • Improved game password dialog with focus and default button
  • Added shuffle landing zones to new game lobby for large FFA and teams games using maps with custom landing zones
  • Improved discord user handling (114673)
  • Improved commander spawn zoom (114673)
  • Added spacebar to exit video (114673)
  • Improved locale error logging (114673)
  • Improved fatal error logging (114673)
  • Added audio device routing (114716)
  • Added default audio device setting with list refreshing every 5 seconds 114716)
  • Added default audio device selection during startup (114716)

Client Fixes

  • Fixed SDL2 full screen toggle / resize issue on Windows (114628)
  • Fixed intro video loss of focus (114673)
  • Fixed tutorial commander specs (114716)

AI Improvements

  • Added easy difficulty for AI skirmish to match galactic war (work in progress)
  • Improved AI start location selection (114716)

Galactic War Improvements

  • Added normal difficulty between easy and hard (work in progress)
  • Added Default personality placeholder to gw minions (114716)

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Improved attack (focus fire) task
  • Added shuffle landing zones
  • Added early exit for sim tasks that set failed during initialisation (114673)

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed AI server crash in evaluateBases
  • Fixed server crash for modded units with ORDER_Attack and no weapons (114673)
  • Fixed target priorities vision (114716)

Maps

  • Added shuffleLandingZones
  • Updated the following maps to use shuffleLandingZones: true
    • Clutch
    • Lock
    • Crag
    • Bedlam
    • PAX
    • Medea
    • Roc
    • Blitz
    • Forge
    • Berg
    • Duat
    • Pacific
    • Styx
    • Meso
    • Amplus

Modding

  • Exposed locTree for localislation parsing of modified DOM nodes avoiding the need for concatenated loc strings or data-binding
    locTree(document.getElementById('#nav-link'));
  • Added gOffline and gModsOffline for offline mode (work in progress)
  • Added api.audio.getDevices():[string]
  • Added api.audio.setDevice(string)
  • Reworked SettingItemModel to support
    • options.function(currentValue)
    • options.deferredFunction(currentValue) for async
    • options.refresh: seconds
    • option.empty: string
  • Added support for JSON // single line comments

AI Modding

  • Default personality tag is the placeholder for current base game functionality
  • Added fall back to default netural_networks if not included under personality.ai_path which will be the case for most mods
  • Added additional --ai-debug output (114673)
  • Added enabled to build specs for AI debugging (114673)
  • Added debug to build conditions for AI debugging (114673)
  • Added IsMainBase build condition (114673)
  • Added first pass of AI intel point threat status (114673)
  • Added personality.starting_location_evaluation_radius (114673)
  • Added gw mod support for bounty_mode, bounty_value, sudden_death_mode, shuffle_landing_zones and land_anywhere (114716)

AI mods can use personality.ai_path to specify their own complete set of templates, builds and unit maps as the default AI may be changing significantly

Toolchain

Updated software development toolchain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toolchain

  • C++17
  • Visual Studio 2019 latest with 142 build tools / Windows 10 SDK latest
  • Xcode 11.5 / macOS 10.15.x latest for macOS Mavericks 10.9+ with full notarisation using hardened runtime
  • Steam Linux runtime with gcc-9 / LTO native (previously limited to gcc 6.2 and no LTO)
  • Steamworks SDK 148 (will upgrade to 149 soon)
  • Windows libcurl 7.68.0 with nghttp2 1.40.0 for HTTP/2 and multiplexing (will upgrade to 7.70.0 and 1.41.0 soon)
  • breakpad latest
  • libpng 1.6.37 with SSE optimisations
  • libsquish 1.15 with SSE optimisations
  • stb_image 2.25
  • stb_truetype 1.24
  • lz4 1.9.2
  • miniz 2.1
  • zlib 1.2.11
  • sdl 2.0.12

114618

  • Fixed missing Unicorn Commander build image
  • AI tweaks

114628

  • Fixed SDL2 full screen toggle / resize issue on Windows
  • Changed libpng 1.6.37 SSE optimisations for older CPU on Windows (use legacy build for older CPUs)

114673

  • Updated translations
  • Updated Steam Linux runtime
  • Improved discord user handling
  • Improved commander spawn zoom
  • Added current zoom type support to api.camera.lookAt
  • Added early exit for sim tasks that set failed during initialisation
  • Added spacebar to exit video
  • Fixed intro video loss of focus
  • Improved locale error logging
  • Improved fatal error logging
  • Fixed server crash for modded units with ORDER_Attack and no weapons

AI modding

  • Added additional --ai-debug output
  • Added enabled to build specs for AI debugging
  • Added debug to build conditions for AI debugging
  • Added IsMainBase build condition
  • Added first pass of AI intel point threat status
  • Added personality.starting_location_evaluation_radius

114716

  • Updated translations
  • Added audio device routing
  • Added default audio device setting with list refreshing every 5 seconds
  • Added default audio device selection during startup
  • Added Default personality placeholder to gw minions
  • Improved AI start location selection
  • Fixed target priorities vision
  • Fixed tutorial commander specs

AI Modding

  • Added gw mod support for bounty_mode, bounty_value, sudden_death_mode, shuffle_landing_zones and land_anywhere

Modding

  • Added api.audio.getDevices():[string]
  • Added api.audio.setDevice(string)
  • Reworked SettingItemModel to support
    • options.function(currentValue)
    • options.deferredFunction(currentValue) for async
    • options.refresh: seconds
    • option.empty: string
  • Added support for JSON // single line comments

114726

  • Fixed custom line formations crash
  • Fixed settings mod compatibility issue

114750

  • Updated translations
  • Added automatic open of players list for 1v1 ranked games
  • Added --enable-detailed-minidump command line parameter as an alternative to setting the MINIDUMP_DIRECTORY environment variable
  • Fixed join modded game crash from modded new game lobby or live game
  • Fixed landing crash on slower systems

114759

  • Updated translations
  • Fixed setCommandMode crash
  • Fixed line command crash

114776

  • Updated translations
  • Added skybox graphics setting
  • Improved modding support for multiple selectable skybox mods in settings:
    • model.skyBoxes.push({text: 'Test', value: '/pa/terrain/sky/textures/skybox_02.json'})
  • api.ar_system.changeSkyBoxSpec(api.settings.getSynchronous('graphics', 'skybox'));

114780

  • Updated TITANS 1v1 ranked maps and reconnects

Stay Safe Updates 114344 / 114349 / 114351 / 114353 / 114438 / 114445 / 114473 / 114475 / 114803

Hello Commanders,

Did you want to know what Planetary Annihilation Inc is doing to help you stay safe during COVID-19? No? Didn’t think so. Instead we’ve spent the time adjusting the dials, tweaking the numbers and fiddling the stats, all to create the new perfect™ balance. We’re making adjustments to make it easier to create your initial base, make tanks more viable as an early game option, and also make it easier to get into the orbital layer.

For the map makers among you, we fixed metal on the equator, allowed you to quickly create backups as you work, and height adjustments are now possible for terrain. You’ll need to dive into the pas files with your preferred text editor to make the changes, no fancy UI just yet, but it will allow you even more control over your creations. In return, don’t create systems with planets as far apart from one another as possible and orbital travel times so long they verge on the realistic. No one likes those systems. Please stop.

New support section on website (work in progress): https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/

Horsefly update: https://planetaryannihilation.com/news/horsefly-and-titans-1v1-ranked-mid-season-4-winners/

Technical Notes

TITANS Balance Changes

Fixed attack (focus fire) delayed targeting and charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Commander, Grenadier, Hornets, etc.

Queued area load and unload can now be used to create a temporary ferry.

Commander

  • Build range increased to 30 from 20
  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun (114438)
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec (114438)

Icarus Solar Drone

  • Speed increased to 50 from 30

Stryker attack vehicle

  • Speed increased to 20 from 15 (faster than Dox)

Grenadier

  • Rate of fire increased to 0.5 from 0.4
  • Range increased to 145 from 130
  • Yaw ranged increased to 135 from 90
  • Idle aim delay decreased to 0.5 from 1.0
  • Firing standard deviation decreased to 0.75 from 1.0

Drifter hover tank

  • Range increased to 115 from 100
  • Damage increased to 125 from 120

Pelter medium range artillery

  • Firing standard deviation increased to 0.5 from 0.35
  • Range decreased to 240 from 260

Orbital Launcher

  • Cost decreased to 1,500 from 2,000

Mend advanced combat fabricator (check the build range)

Anchor defense satellite

  • Ground weapon range reduced to 80 from 100

Jig gas mining platform

  • Metal production decreased to 30 from 36
  • Energy production decreased to 7,500 from 9,000

Piranha gunboat / sea scout:

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover (114438)

Stingray missile ship target priorities:

  • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
  • Mobile & Air

Narwhal frigate target priorities:

  • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
  • Mobile & Air

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft

  • Cost increased to 2,000 from 1,200
  • Health decreased to 1,250 from 1,500
  • No longer targets air

https://planetaryannihilation.com/guides/titans-balance-changes/

Client Improvements

  • Added support for interplanetary area and line formations with load / unload
  • Added control build range preview
  • Added official support link to start menu and removed community support link
  • Added alt / option alternative area build (114438)
  • Added max radius for alt / option alternative area build (114445)
  • Changed Armory to be available offline and show locked commanders not available to purchase without steam overlay (114473)

Client Fixes

  • Fixed black screen issue where load event for splash image failed to fire (patched by community mods)
  • Fixed strategic icons and fog of war lighting showing when units teleporting
  • Fixed invalid userIds causing empty friends list (114473)

System Editor Improvements

  • Added export to system editor for fast backups while creating maps
  • Added description, creator and version to system editor

System Editor Fixes

  • Fixed system editor metal sport validation
  • Fixed unselectable sunken CSG in system editor

Server / Sim Improvements

  • Added continuous area load / chase and interplanetary area load / unload (queued area load / unload orders can be used for temporary ferry)
  • Added terrain height adjustments to planet builder
  • Added water-hover navigation type for low draft brown water navy access to shallows (114438)

Server / Sim Fixes

  • Fixed transport / distance with teleport load / unload exploits
  • Fixed death explosion damaging their own wreckage
  • Fixed move sub tasks targeting a unit only targeting initial position resulting in missed air / orbital loads for moving units
  • Fixed nav agent targeting of lower layers by air / orbital not excluding radius of each agent resulting in missed loads as vertical move outside of goal range
  • Fixed attack (focus fire) charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc
  • Fixed attack (focus fire) weapon targeting (114438)

Modding

  • Added to transporter spec
    • load_range
    • chase_range
  • Added alternative area builds to unit spec: (114438)
    • alt_area_build_separation
    • alt_area_build_type
    • alt_area_build_pattern
  • Added to unit state JSON for map units capture: (114438)
    • unit_spec
    • army [index]

Content Creation

  • Added --no-sun and –-no-planets with hidden black biome for video capture using api.ar_system.changeSkyboxOverlayColor(0,0,0,1)

Terrain Height Adjustment Example

{
    "name": "test",
    "description": "",
    "author": "",
    "version": "",
    "planets": [
        {
            "name": "test",
            "mass": 20000,
            "position_x": 13400,
            "position_y": 1200,
            "velocity_x": 17.19521141052246,
            "velocity_y": -192.0131072998047,
            "required_thrust_to_move": 0,
            "starting_planet": true,
            "respawn": false,
            "start_destroyed": false,
            "min_spawn_delay": 0,
            "max_spawn_delay": 0,
            "planet": {
                "seed": 1,
                "radius": 500,
                "heightRange": 100,
                "waterHeight": 50,
                "waterDepth": 100,
                "temperature": 100,
                "metalDensity": 50,
                "metalClusters": 50,
                "metalSpotLimit": -1,
                "biomeScale": 50,
                "biome": "grass",
                "symmetryType": "terrain and CSG",
                "symmetricalMetal": true,
                "symmetricalStarts": true,
                "numArmies": 2,
                "landingZonesPerArmy": 0,
                "landingZoneSize": 0,
                "heightAdjustments": [
                    {
                        "normalizedAdjustment": -0.5,
                        "radius": 200,
                        "pos": [
                            0,
                            0,
                            500
                        ]
                    },
                    {
                        "normalizedAdjustment": -0.5,
                        "radius": 200,
                        "pos": [
                            500,
                            0,
                            0
                        ]
                    }
                ]
            }
        }
    ]
}

JavsScript example of 10 equally spaced terrain height adjustments using golden circle for a 600 radius planet in the System Editor scene using the debugger:

(function(count, adjustment, radius)
{
    var planetRadius = model.radius();

    var increment = Math.PI * (3 - Math.sqrt(5));

    var offset = 2 / count;

    var adjustments = [];

    for (var k = 0; k < count; k++)
    {
        var y = k * offset - 1 + (offset / 2);
        var r = Math.sqrt(1 - y * y);
        phi = k * increment;
        adjustments.push({
            normalizedAdjustment: adjustment,
            radius: radius,
            pos: [planetRadius * Math.cos(phi) * r, planetRadius * y, planetRadius * Math.sin(phi) * r]
        });
    }

    model.heightAdjustments(adjustments);
    model.heightAdjustments.valueHasMutated();
    model.update_planet_spec();
    model.previewTerrainSelectedPlanet();

})(10, 1, 100)

Lave biome with generated terrain height adjustments:

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    "name": "test",
    "description": "",
    "version": "",
    "planets": [
        {
            "name": "test",
            "mass": 20000,
            "position_x": 13400,
            "position_y": 1200,
            "velocity_x": -17.19521141052246,
            "velocity_y": 192.0131072998047,
            "required_thrust_to_move": 0,
            "starting_planet": true,
            "respawn": false,
            "start_destroyed": false,
            "min_spawn_delay": 0,
            "max_spawn_delay": 0,
            "planet": {
                "seed": 1,
                "radius": 600,
                "heightRange": 10,
                "waterHeight": 0,
                "waterDepth": 0,
                "temperature": 100,
                "metalDensity": 50,
                "metalClusters": 50,
                "metalSpotLimit": -1,
                "biomeScale": 50,
                "biome": "lava",
                "symmetryType": "terrain and CSG",
                "symmetricalMetal": true,
                "symmetricalStarts": true,
                "numArmies": 2,
                "landingZonesPerArmy": 0,
                "landingZoneSize": 0,
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                        "pos": [
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                        "pos": [
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                            -320.422607421875
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                    },
                    {
                        "normalizedAdjustment": 1,
                        "radius": 200,
                        "pos": [
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                            180,
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                    },
                    {
                        "normalizedAdjustment": 1,
                        "radius": 200,
                        "pos": [
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                            300,
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                        ]
                    },
                    {
                        "normalizedAdjustment": 1,
                        "radius": 200,
                        "pos": [
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                    {
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                        "radius": 200,
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114349 / 114353

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft

  • Cost increased to 2,000 from 1,200
  • Health decreased to 1,250 from 1,500
  • No longer targets air

114438

  • Updated translations
  • Added alt / option alternative area build
    • Four wide strips of land mines
    • Double walls
    • Nuke farm sphere
    • Double Galata Anti-Air
    • Double Flak Cannon Advanced Anti-Air
    • alt_area_build_type
    • alt_area_build_separation
    • alt_area_build_pattern
  • Added normalizedAdjustment property to terrain height adjustments with range -1 (water bottom) to 1 (max height)
  • Added water-hover navigation type for low draft brown water navy access to shallows
  • Changed Piranha gunboat / sea scout to new water-hover navigation type with new flat bottom model
  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec
  • Fixed attack (focus fire) delayed targeting and charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Commander, Grenadier, Hornets, etc

114445

  • Updated translations
  • Added alt / option alternative area build
    • Double Lob
    • Double Turret
    • Double Pelter
    • Double Catapult
    • Double Holkins
  • Added max radius for alt / option alternative area build
    • Land mine
    • Nuke Launcher
    • area_max_radius
    • alt_area_max_radius
  • Fixed alt / option area feature crash

114473

  • Updated translations
  • Changed Armory to be available offline and show locked commanders not available to purchase without steam overlay
  • Fixed invalid userIds causing empty friends list
  • Stingray missile ship target priorities:
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air
  • Narwhal frigate target priorities:
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air

114475

  • Updated translations
  • Fixed compatibility issue with some mods

114803

Grenadier

  • Idle aim delay restored to 1.0 from 0.5
  • Firing velocity decreased to 80
  • Splash radius decreased to 5 from 6

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Vision and range decreased to 200 from 220
  • Can no longer target seafloor

Naval Basic Fabrication Ship

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model

Barnacle support barge

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model
  • Can now build teleporters on land

Beast vs Beast Clash of the Egos NikolaMX vs AndreasG Best of 9

Hello Commanders,

We’re almost mid-way through Planetary Annihilation: TITANS 1v1 ranked season 7.

Over the past seasons many players have proven themselves to be among the best commanders out there, capable of adapting to the ever changing pool of maps. An even smaller number of commanders can lay claim to the title of Uber #1, the highest symbol of skill in the game. Holding this rank at the end of a season also comes with the reward of the prestigious Beast Commander.

Of those few who hold this title to their name, two have consistently shown they can stand out from even the highest echelons of commanders with the sheer size of their egos. Now it’s time to put them head-to-head to determine once and for all who really has the biggest pair of tusks!

On Saturday, June 6th, starting at 17:00 UTC, AndreasG and NikolaMX will compete in a best-of-9 series. The winner will take home US$1,000 while the loser departs in disgrace and audience catcalls.

They will NOT know the map list in advance. The maps may be from the 1v1 ranked pool, or they may be confronted with brand new maps. We’ve allowed them to submit one map each to try to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses.

This titanic grudge match permits no excuses for defeat other than distinct and tangible inferiority. The defeated will be, officially, a loser.

Join us over at WPMarshall’s Twitch where this event will be cast live for your pleasure. It’s going to be quite a spectacular tussle between these 2 players where we will determine who is truly deserving of the Beast Commander.

When: 2020-06-06 Saturday 17:00 UTC

Where: https://www.twitch.tv/wpmarshall

Linux

Linux is our labour of love.

Starting with build 114220 we have upgraded our Ubuntu based toolchain to gcc-9 with LTO which is available in the default repositories or backports of most distributions.

gcc-9 is available for all Ubuntu releases back to Ubuntu 12 Precise and derivatives via https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ToolChain

gcc-9 for Debian 10 buster can be pulled from Debian 11 Bullseye.

https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/libstdc++/manual/abi.html

Local servers will see performance improvements from the move to gcc-9 with LTO and c++17.

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GCC-9.1-Compiler-Released

Generic troubleshooting: https://planetaryannihilation.com/support/troubleshooting/

Linux Dependencies

  • libstdc++6 >= gcc-9 GLIBCXX_3.4.26 (native)
  • libcurl4-gnutls or libcurl-compat (native on non Ubuntu / Debian)
  • libsdl2 (provided by steam)
  • libgl1 (provided by steam)
  • libudev0 (provided by steam)
  • libuuid (provided by steam)

There are some known issues for Linux distributions not based on Ubuntu / Debian.

As a last resort if packages are not available for libudev0 or libcurl4-gnutls you might be able to use a hacky symlink (not recommended).

Stops on launch splash

Downloads are stalled due to missing certs on some non Debian / Ubuntu distributions like Fedora or NixOS.

Use the OpenSSL SSL_CERT_FILE environment variable when launching PA from a shell script:

SSL_CERT_FILE=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt

For steam command line arguments use:

SSL_CERT_FILE=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt %command%

Black screen or fails to start

Check your logs for missing dependencies:

  • libcurl4-gnutls
  • libstdc++6 from gcc-9 or newer

Some non Ubuntu / Debian distributions provide a libcurl-compat package for compatibility with libcurl-gnutls from Ubuntu based builds.

Mesa Coherent UI Panel Corruption

The following added to /etc/drirc or ~/.drirc in the <device driver="radeonsi"> section may help:

<application name="CoherentUI_Host"executable="CoherentUI_Host">
    <option name="radeonsi_zerovram" value="true" />
</application>

Linux Planetary Annihilation Data Directory

The default location is in your home directory:

  • ~/.local/Uber Entertainment/Planetary Annihilation/

TITANS Balance Changes

Unit database: https://palobby.com/units

114803

Grenadier

  • Idle aim delay restored to 1.0 from 0.5
  • Firing velocity decreased to 80
  • Splash radius decreased to 5 from 6

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Vision and range decreased to 200 from 220
  • Can no longer target seafloor

Naval Basic Fabrication Ship

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model

Barnacle support barge

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model
  • Can now build teleporters on land

114716

  • Fixed target priorities vision

114473

Stingray missile ship target priorities:

  • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
  • Mobile & Air

Narwhal frigate target priorities:

  • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
  • Mobile & Air

114438

Fixed attack (focus fire) delayed targeting and charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Commander, Grenadier, Hornets, etc.

Added water-hover navigation type for low draft brown water navy access to shallows.

Commander

  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec

Piranha gunboat / sea scout:

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model

Area build:

  • Four wide strips of land mines
  • Double walls
  • Nuke farm sphere
  • Double Galata Anti-Air
  • Double Flak Cannon Advanced Anti-Air

114349 / 114353

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft

  • Cost increased to 2,000 from 1,200
  • Health decreased to 1,250 from 1,500
  • No longer target air

114344

Partially fixed attack (focus fire) charging to their death for units with a firing delay, ballistic solutions, etc. eg Grenadier, Hornets, etc.

Queued area load and unload can now be used to create a temporary ferry.

Commander build range increased.

Icarus solar drone speed increased.

Stryker attack vehicle speed increased (faster than Dox)

Grenadier rate of fire, yaw, range and accuracy increased

Drifter hover tank range and damage increased

Pelter medium range artillery range and accuracy decreased

Orbital Launcher cost decreased

Mend advanced combat fabricator can now build Anti-Nuke Launchers and Umbrella anti-orbital defenses (check the build range)

Anchor defense satellite ground weapon range decreased

Jig gas mining platform energy and metal production decreased

114218

Orbital Fabrications Bots can now build T1 metal extractors.

Stryker attack vehicle ammo damage and velocity increased.

New Units

Horsefly advanced heavy strafing aircraft

Stryker attack vehicle

New Mechanics / Automation

Area Load / Chase and Custom Formation Unload

The following transports can now queue area loads:

Note: area load will now wait for units to enter or rolloff a factory in the area and can be queued with unload to create a temporary ferry.

Area load / chase and custom formation unload are also enabled in classic PA.

Auto Reclaim

The following can now auto reclaim:

  • Mend advanced combat fabricator
  • Angel advanced air support platform

Note: patrol will not normally reclaim if economy is positive and metal storage is full. Auto reclaim units will always reclaim wreckage while patrolling.

Amphibious Sea Floor Targeting

Amphibious units moving on the seafloor which are near the water or above the water surface can now be targeted as surface units.

The following can no longer target sea floor (113929):

Defenders still have the advantage as units must surface and if underwater they can still be targeted by artillery and bombers.

Amphibious sea floor targeting is also enabled in classic PA.

Water Hover Navigation Type

Brown water navy can now access shallows (114438).

Noteworthy Balance Changes in 2019

Advanced Metal Extractor cost increased and production rate decreased to slow T2 rush in favour of expansion, map control and T1 units (113410).

The following can no longer target air (113945)

Advanced Hornet tactical bomber and Wyrm heavy bomber speeds increased.

Naval speeds increased to be faster than land (113553).

Typhoon drone carrier Squall drones can fire torpedoes (113553).

Technical Details

Economy

Advanced Metal Extractor (113410)

  • cost increased from 1,500 to 2,000
  • production rate decreased from 20 to 15

Land

Bots

Grenadier (114344)

  • Rate of fire increased to 0.5 from 0.4
  • Range increased to 145 from 130
  • Yaw ranged increased to 135 from 90
  • Idle aim delay decreased to 0.5 from 1.0
  • Firing standard deviation decreased to 0.75 from 1.0

Mend advanced combat fabricator (check the build range)

Gil-E advanced sniper bot

  • Velocity increased to 1000 from 600 (113929)
  • Can now target Stingray Tactical Missile (113945)

Lob Dox launcher

  • Range decreased to effective range of 240 (no change to existing behaviour and range circle will now be correct)

Vehicles

Stryker attack vehicle

  • Damage increased to 15 from 12 (114218)
  • Ammo velocity increased to 140 from 120 (114218)
  • Speed increased to 20 from 15 (114344)

Drifter hover tank

  • Range increased to 115 from 100 (114344)
  • Damage increased to 125 from 120 (114344)

Leveler advanced tank (113936)

  • Range increased to 140 from 120
  • Velocity increased to 160 from 140
  • Turn rate increased to 60 from 50

Vanguard advanced heavy tank (113936)

  • Radar increased to 260 from 150

Artillery

Pelter medium range artillery

  • Firing standard deviation increased to 0.5 from 0.35
  • Range decreased to 240 from 260

Mobile Anti-Air

Spinner anti-air vehicle (113929)

  • Range increased to 130 from 120

Storm advanced mobile flak vehicle (113681)

  • Health increased to 400 from 300
  • Changed to fire 4 projectiles
  • Damage decreased to 15 from 60
  • Splash damage decreased to 10 from 30
  • Velocity increased to 100 from 60
  • Added pitch of 60 with pitch rate of 360
  • Second stage duration decreased to 300 from 700
  • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
  • Range increased to 100 from 80 (113929)

Static Anti-Air

Flak Cannon advanced anti-air (113681)

  • Changed to fire 4 beams
  • Damage decreased to 40 from 150
  • Splash damage decreased to 40 from 150
  • First target priority changed to Air & (Bomber | Gunship)
  • Range increased to 120 from 100 (113929)

Air

Icarus Solar Drone

  • Speed increased to 50 from 30 (114344)

Kestrel advanced gunship

  • Damage decreased to 15 from 20 (113681)

Hornet advanced tactical bomber

  • Speed increased to 40 from 30 (113953)
  • Can no longer target seafloor or underwater layer / subs (113953)
  • Cost increased to 800 from 600 (113600)

Wyrm advanced heavy siege bomber

  • Added heavy unit type UNITTYPE_HEAVY (113681)
  • Speed increased to 30 from 20 (113945)

Angel advanced air support platform

  • Can now manually reclaim wreckage / features and will auto reclaim nearby wreckage if nothing to repair
  • Speed increased to 40 from 30 (113945)
  • Health increased to 1,200 from 1,000 (113945)

Naval

Piranha gunboat / sea scout:

  • Navigation changed to new water-hover with updated flat bottom model (114438)

Narwhal frigate

  • Speed increased to 12 from 9 (113550)
  • Target priorities: (114473)
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air

Orca destroyer

  • Speed increased to 12 from 9 (113550)

Stingray missile ship

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)
  • Target priorities: (114473)
    • Air & ( Transport | Bomber | Gunship | Titan )
    • Mobile & Air

Leviathan battleship

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)

Typhoon drone carrier

  • Speed increased to 11 from 8 (113550)
  • Cost decreased to 5,200 from 6,500 (113550)
  • Ammo rate increased to 30 metal per second or 20 stored drones then one per second once depleted (113550)
  • Initial launch stage decreased to 200 from 500 for shorter launch before turn (113550)
  • Now targets sea floor (113550)
  • Guard layer changed to WL_AnyLayer from WL_AnySurface with guard radius of 100 (113583)
  • Launch projectile lifetime changed to 3.0 from 2.0 (113583)
  • Squall drones
    • Weapons priority changed to torpedoes (113550)
    • Torpedo rate of fire increased to 0.8 from max 1 with up to 10 low damage torpedoes depending on range to target (113550)

Orbital

Orbital Launcher

  • Cost decreased to 1,500 from 2,000 (114344)

Orbital Fabrication Bot

  • Can now build T1 metal extractors (114218)

Anchor defense satellite

  • Ground weapon range reduced to 80 from 100 (114344)

Jig gas mining platform

  • Metal production decreased to 30 from 36 (114344)
  • Energy production decreased to 7,500 from 9,000 (114344)

Commanders

Commander

  • Build range increased to 30 from 20 (114344)
  • Faster and more accurate alt-fire ubercannon d-gun (114438)
  • Fixed all commanders to have identical mesh bounds based on base commander spec (114438)
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