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Homeworld v1.04 Patch

HOMEW104.zip

Description

The second official patch for Homeworld.

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README

Homeworld V1.04 - October 21, 1999
Changes to version 1.03

                TABLE OF CONTENTS

          I.    TUNING CHANGES
         II.    BUG FIXES
        III.    ADDED FEATURES
         IV.    SOUND CARD ISSUES




I. TUNING CHANGES
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o Defender gun stats adjusted
o Heavy Corvette build time reduced, build cost reduced
o MultiGun Corvette build time reduced
o Minelayer Corvette build time reduced, build cost reduced
o Cloaked Fighter gun stats adjusted
o Carrier build time decreased
o Carrier hyperspace cost increased
o Attack Bomber armor increased
o Missile armor decreased
o Missile tracking decreased
o Missile Destroyer mass increased


II. BUG FIXES
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o Bounty rating capped at 250.
o Homeworld now checks all available CD-ROM drives for the Homeworld CD - the Homeworld CD can be placed in any CD-ROM drive on the system
o Cheat detection for multiplayer games.
o Screensavers will no longer activate when Homeworld is running
o Various Save Game Bugs fixed


III. ADDED FEATURES
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o Homeworld Dedicated Server Support
 - If you create a game and are behind a firewall, you can now choose the server you use when you start the game.  People can have lower latency games if they select a server that is geographically close to them.  Also, people will be able to create their own Homeworld Servers with a separate program we will release soon.

New Commands added for online chatting and game control and creation.  All of the commands are preceded by an ! mark, this designates the start of a command.

o Ignore
 - Works only for the chatting in a room.  In the chat text box use the following syntax: "!Ignore <Player name>"  You can use this feature to turn add and remove a person from your ignore list.

o Ban
 - Works only for the Creator of a game.  This is entered into the game chat text entry box, you use the following syntax: "!Ban <Player name>"  You can use this feature to add and remove someone from the list of people banned from your game.

o Kick
 - Works only for the Creator of a game.  This is entered into the game chat text entry box, you use the following syntax: "!Kick <Player name>"  You can use this feature to Kick someone from your game.

o Limit
 - Works only for the Creator of a game.  This is entered into the game chat text entry box, you use the following syntax: "!Limit <Max Players>"  You can use this feature to limit the maximum number of Human players in your game.

o The statistics files are now being checked for inconsistencies in multiplayer games. If inconsistencies are detected, warning messages are added next to the appropriate line in the statistics files.

o The ability to view the world from any ship's point of view.  Simply run Homeworld with /pilotView option (e.g. Homeworld /pilotview), and then focus on a single ship.  Hit Q to toggle pilot view on and off.


IV. SOUND CARD ISSUES
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Running Homeworld in Windows 9x:
o Homeworld will use the DirectSound mixer if your sound card driver reports as certified, otherwise Homeworld will use the Waveout mixer.  If you have a newer sound card with new drivers, such as the Creative SoundBlaster Live or Diamond MX300, you may receive better performance by using the /dsound command line option because the drivers may not report as certified.  If you have a slightly older card, such as the Creative SoundBlaster AWE32, and are having problems with sound try using the /waveout command line option to force use of the Waveout mixer.  If you experience crashes that you believe are related to sound try the /waveout and then the /dsound command line options to see if one mixer is more stable than the other with your sound card and drivers.

Running Homeworld in Windows NT4:
o Homeworld will default to using the Waveout mixer, you should not use the /dsound option unless you are having crashes that you think may be related to sound.

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