Carrier Landings
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Thursday, 07 June 2007

The next release of Thunder&Lightning will contain the long-awaited aircraft carrier. See below for a nice teaser video. :-)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 June 2007 )
Binary RPM
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Sunday, 27 May 2007

There is now an RPM package to ease installation for users of OpenSUSE 10.2 provided by Toni Graffy. Thanks!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 May 2007 )
New Release: Thunder&Lightning 070526
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Saturday, 26 May 2007

The first release for more than a year brings major changes!

To highlight just a few:

  • Major enhancements with regard to playability and stability.
  • A tutorial mission!
  • Enhancements to the tank's artificial intelligence: It is now entirely possible to be shot down by one of them!
  • TnL makes full use of the Io language for scripting. Io's addons open up possibilities to extend the game in completely unforseen directions.
  • It's now possible to switch to a free-moving observer mode, even in pause (press 'V').
  • Missiles use real-life proportional navigation and have become incredibly dangerous.

This is what I would call a mini-release: There is just a Linux version and no source, data and Windows packages. If you want the source and the data, get them via darcs ! If you want a Windows version, wait until the next full release or nag the author about providing one.... Update: So far, not a single person has nagged. :-)

Now go start your download !

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 May 2007 )
Collision detection
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Saturday, 26 May 2007

Did a bunch of changes in preparation of a major release:

  • Invested loads of time in debugging the collision detection and fixing some errors where bullets would fly straight through actors without hitting them.
  • Tanks are real collidables now and thus vulnerable to Vulcan rounds.
  • External observer that works even in pause mode (press 'V' to switch to external view). While in external view,use mouse to look around. Moving the mouse forward and backward with the left mouse button held down will accelerate. Moving with the right mouse button held down will move to the side.Pressing the mouse wheel or middle button will stop the observer.

Want to give it a try? Get it from the darcs repository! The version has been tagged "070526".

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 May 2007 )
Help on compilation...
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Sunday, 20 May 2007

So, you were brave enough to download tha latest darcs version of TnL and are eager to play? The FAQ now have an updated step-by-step guide to compiling Thunder&Lightning.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2007 )
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Saturday, 19 May 2007
A Lightning aircraft firing missiles

Screenshots from the upcoming release in the Screenshot section!

The screenshots were taken using the new freely positionable observer camera, which works even in pause mode.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 May 2007 )
Source Control
Written by Jonas Eschenburg   
Friday, 18 May 2007

In order to release early and release often and to make participation for the community easier, the Thunder&Lightning source code and data are now available via a darcs server.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2007 )
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