Field Day Messenger 0.1 beta
Everybody ready for a World of TB exclusive?
It's the Field Day Messenger 0.1 beta release. YAY!
Okay, here's the deal... I've chopped down the full Field Day Engine. It's a simple & easy to use implementation of that "tool" that I discussed in the "Do we really need generals?" thread that Delta inspired.
In case you haven't been following, Field Day Engine is the full blown game server with 3D clients for producers & commanders, smartphone apps for force tracking, email/sms notification system, extended rules, etc, etc, etc.
This is the the Field Day Messenger 0.1 beta release. I've taken the email/sms notification system, respawn timers, scheduled missions, and put them in a small package that average users will be able to handle.
Anybody can now put on a basic event, delivering spawn timing and missions via email. Any team, player, promoter, etc, is welcome to use this. Airsoft, Paintball, LARP, whatever. If you can make it past the install, you are good to go. From there, all you have to do is setup an email address to send from, and fill out a pre-formatted database of your event criteria. It is free, all of the software required is free.
The destination of all those emails are disposable pre-paid cell phones players are willing to carry (and smart phones for those with insurance). The messages are sent via email, which some phones can receive directly, and others can receive as text messages through their provider's "SMS gateway".
If you already have a method, you don't have to change. This can run in the background, as just an extra channel of information, hands off. If you don't have a system, it is just fine to run standalone, however you must remember it is a beta release, this is purely at your own risk. No warranty or guarantee of any sort is express or implied.
* You must read and follow the installation instructions or you will fail. Horribly.
* This is not a single-click install. It assumes some computer knowledge.
* Once you're done with the install, read the User Guide. It explains the database.
* For tech support, post here, I'll get to it as I can.
The initial distro is 201mb and available via torrent:
edit: 8/29. torrent updated.
A quick note on having a proper email account. If you do everything right and run the game, you'll see the "game tick", and it freezes, you have either a time or email problem. Check your time format in the DB. If those are okay, then it is most likely an email issue. You need a fairly standard pop3 account. Contact me by email and I have test accounts available if you do not have one.
Also, particularly janky providers actually restrict outbound email server connections. I can't help you with that, sorry, but for some reason nobody will just give me root to all of their systems and make it happen for you.
Last note for now, on the DB template, in the gFactions table, the default faction ID is "0". These need to be changed to 4, 5, and 6 respectively for the users, or emails will not be sent out properly even in testing.
Get the new torrent attached to the post. I know for a fact it's seeding. If you still can't get it, find me on facebook and I'll give you an FTP link.
I know, I know, most people wouldn't bet any windows PC can actually be up that long... but I assure you, it is possible.
Messenger extension works pretty-okay.
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