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Happy to have solved your problem.

We wish you a good game.

The Blackvoxel Team

Hello Tomaschku and Welcome to the Blackvoxel Forum  :)

Thanks for reporting this problem.

If your issue is limited to one particular universe, this can be a rare issue where the player become stuck on the edge of one block.

Try to dig or build to suppress any void block in order to make a flat ground under the player. This should restore the control.

Does this solution solved the problem ?

The Blackvoxel Team

General Discussion / Re: Just started using this engine today!
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:13:59 am »
I'm a new user as well. I wonder why Blackvoxel isn't more popular than it is... It offers so much freedom from what I gathered so far.

Hi Stomberg and welcome to the Blackvoxel Forum,  :)

Thanks for your positive feedback!

We are thinking about some ways to make Blackvoxel more popular.

There is also some work on the way that could contribute to that.  ;)

Also, we would be happy to know how you knew Blackvoxel.

The Blackvoxel Team

Suggestions / Re: Machine Interface
« on: April 01, 2018, 08:53:39 am »
I'm all for this feature, I don't know how many times I've started crafting something without knowing what is in the machine and ended up wasting materials.

Hi, ThomasMonroe

You'll be happy to hear that since this topic was opened, we made a way to know what's inside the machines.

This is the "Analyser" tool. It is very cheap and easy to build even in the early game phase. Put it in the "tools" part of the inventory. You can use the "F" key to switch between tools. This tool can also display very useful informations about molten metal.

That said, your comment make us to think about it.

It would certainly be better to make this feature availlable from start. Not like an option.

So, it is likely we'll change this in some future version.

The Blackvoxel Team

Troubleshooting & Bug Reports / Re: Mouse glitches
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:32:24 am »
Hi, ThomasMonroe.

Thanks for signaling this problem.

Yes, you are right, the actual Windows version of Blackvoxel(2.20) was working well when we released it (We are doing tests before releases).

We found the cause of the problem, it appeared with a Windows update.

Fortunately, we were working on it since a few days. The fix is now ready and we'll push all the new files in few minutes. This v2.30 come along with some other bug fixes.

In fact, this bug was not related to Blackvoxel code. The Windows update brings a change in a function which triggered a problem in the underlying SDL library.

Strangely, only the latest versions of the SDL library are affected. So we reverted back to an unafected version of the SDL as a temporary fix.

The Blackvoxel Team

Troubleshooting & Bug Reports / Re: Atomic Compressor
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:47:13 pm »
Hi Reini and welcome to the Blackvoxel Forum  :)

Yes, producing atomic compressors with factories may be tricky in the actual game.

Modifiying factory orientation could help in such case as it will change the order of the
active voxels processing.

Anyway, the team will think about what you said in order to improve future releases.

Thank you for your comments and encouragement. Of course, the development of Blackvoxel will continue in order to make a better game.  :)

The Blackvoxel Team

Ps: Blackvoxel with "a", not "Blockvoxel".  ;)

Suggestions / Re: Crafting Recipe Guide?
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:25:30 pm »
You'll be happy to hear that this feature is already in our todo list.

No, we don't believe it would make the gameplay too easy : there is more interesting challenges to offer to players than just switching between game and browser for manufacturing instructions.

About the offline play, that's a good argument.

Anyway, thanks for your return, this is always useful for us.

The Blackvoxel Team

Suggestions / Re: Player Physics
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:42:52 am »
Hi, ThomasMonroe and welcome to the Blackvoxel Forum  :)

We understand what you said about the left handed users. So, the team decided to make something. A customisable input system is already in the todo list, but taking in account the priorities, it may take some time. In the meantime, what we can do is adding the right shift key as a "quick fix" for an upcomming version.

For the points related to travelling time, we are not surprised that players accustomed to other voxel games can be slightly lost. Blackvoxel is a very different game with very different paradigms and gameplay. Much more different than most player could think at first sight.

What we mean is that a different game means some different gameplay choices. In Blackvoxel, the travel time is one of the problems we decided to put strongly in the player's way. So, it's part of the problems the player will have to think about in order to find solutions. This have a strong influence on player's gameplay.
When displacements have a strong cost, this incitate the player to avoid unnecessary travels. So, the player will develop some kind of organisation in order to avoid these. That's what we want.

Blackvoxel provide Vehicles, Automation and Massive voxel interaction as base paradigms. A slow travel time reinforce the need for vehicles, organisation and automation.
There is also other game orientation reasons in favour of that choice that would be long to explain. This kind of choice is also common in adventure games.

A "power" for walking faster was already discussed in the forum. After some thinking and consideration, it's unlikely we'll add it. For the same reason, we won't retain suggestions to include some "teleportation portal" or any similar paradigm that would eliminate the distance.

For the example you given about water, here are some example I would suggest in order to solve it in a "Blackvoxel gameplay way".

* Automation way : Use more pumps, so you'll have more water per time unit. You'll bring back much water per travel, so much less travels to do.
* Building way : In Blackvoxel, water can flow from a relatively long distance. Some players dig horizontal tunnels to get water near their base.
* Exploration way : There is some infinite water generators in the Canyons ( Why not bringing one at home ?

About "Stairways pain", you'll be happy to hear that this will be improved : some planed elements are missing and remains to do like a vertical transportation system.

For the actual game, there is some ways to avoid making a very long staircase. Some players use the airplane to travel vertically in order to reach deep locations. Robots can dig large vertical access pits and horizontal caverns where you can build runways. The Z0 airplane can be used, but when you reach high tier of the game, the Z1 airplane and it's short landing distance is very good for that.

In the hope we can have helped you, thank you for your interesting return, feeling and thoughts. :)

The Blackvoxel Team

Announcements / Blackvoxel 2.1 Mac Os Port is out
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:08:08 am »
The Blackvoxel Team is proud to announce Blackvoxel V2.1 : now compatible with MacOsX.

All thanks of the team goes to Joshua Olson, the contributor who made this port.

This first experimental version is released in source code form.

To run blackvoxel on MacOs, go to the Blackvoxel Github and follow the instructions.
  • Open a terminal
  • Execute `xcode-select --install` if you don't have Xcode's command line tools.
  • For the GLEW and SDL dependencies, make sure Homebrew is installed.
  • `brew install glew sdl`
  • Download the Blackvoxel source tarball (or zip file) here and extract it to somewhere in your home directory
  • Use something like `cd blackvoxel_source*` to open your terminal to the root of your Blackvoxel source folder.
  • `make`
  • `./blackvoxel`
Once this is done the first time, you will then only have to repeat steps 1, 6 and 8 to launch Blackvoxel.

Report any difficulties in the Troubleshooting and bug reports section in this forum.

The Blackvoxel Team

The first "bug" can be converted into an option: when enabled, it stops the sound after the first block, but not if the option is disabled.

The second "bug" may be resolved by changing the sound of the footstep (maybe less loud?).

Hi, Rajdakin and Welcome to the Blackvoxel forum. :)

Yes, we think these are good ideas for making it better. :)

The Blackvoxel Team

Ps: About your message on github, as the private messaging system is disabled because of some spammer issues, we sent you an email address on your email.

Suggestions / Re: Mid-game logic systems
« on: May 05, 2017, 01:44:14 pm »
Yes, we'll take the necessary time to make the things right.

Blackvoxel is a long term project, what's matter is to make the right choices.

Thanks for your encouragement and support.  :)

The Blackvoxel Team

Suggestions / Re: Mid-game logic systems
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:53:17 am »
Thanks for your interesting suggestions and toughts  :)

Yes, we are aware that there is currently a gap to fill between "dumb" automation and the programmable stuff. And that is limiting the kind of interactions that can be done. We have some reflexions and improvement plans for future updates in order to bring more production schemes. But the confirmation of the user (you) on this point is useful for us.

You'll be happy to hear that many point you raised are already in our plan : logic gates, sensors and electronic circuits... and many, many more. (It's would be difficult to expose the 7 years of thinking we had around this game). All these will come. Though, these may work differently of what you described : Blackvoxel have a particular game logic and spirit ;). We should publish a guide to explain this.

For interfaces to voxel inventory, there are already some. That's what enable automation interactions (ex: Pump->Atomic Compressor). But I guess you mean : these are stream oriented and a direct access kind is missing for some kind of future blocks or the programmable robot. We'll add one.  :)

About roadmap and priority, it's difficult to indicate when a particular feature will be implemented as the roadmap is dynamic and subjet to frequent re-evaluation and changes. This also depend on community returns.

For the actual gameplay, I would recommend not trying to control the production from the source (by "blocking" it's input) but rather to control the production from the end : When a machine produce something and you don't remove the produced block, the machine will stop and wait for producing another one. Yes, some resources are immobilized in the "pending" production. But that's not a real problem as resources in blackvoxel are plentiful enough.
About chaining production, I recommend to use the networks (Optical and Wireless). Several machines can be fed with one single input. You can make a factory that can build everything "on demand" with this.

The Blackvoxel Team

Troubleshooting & Bug Reports / Re: Two bugs in the manual
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:04:21 pm »
Hi dodomorandi and welcome to the Blackvoxel Forum  :)

That's fixed ;)

The mission 21 is now published(So, don't forget to accomplish it).

Thank you for submitting these bugs. This is very useful for us.

If you see other problems or issues, we'll be happy to fix these. :)

The Blackvoxel Team

Announcements / Re: Blackvoxel V2.0 is out
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:05:58 am »
Yay! :)
Was just thinking... they said they were going to do a new version 'soon'... I checked a month or so ago and nothing :)  But now....

Hi, d3x0r, Glad to see you.  :)

Yes, at the time we answered, we though to release it shortly.

But the objective was strongly raised in between  ;)

Thanks for this report and interesting reflections,

The drilling sound was really annoying when mining repeatedly for a long time. That's why we decided to stop it after collecting one block for saving our ears ;). Yes, it could be taken as a bug, so we agree it's not the perfect idea. We left it as is because it is comfortable. Maybe we'll find something better someday...

There is no "running" mode in Blackvoxel. The idea behind this choice is : faster = vehicles. If the player could run, the vehicles would be less usefull.

We tough about an optional running mode as a power. But this will depend on our futur choices about game balancing. Nothing decided yet.

Shift in Blackvoxel activate the "No Fall" mode and the "Caps Lock" key locks this mode on.

We choose this key because it is near the "WASD" keys and easier to maintain for a long time than the CTRL key.

In this mode, the player is supposed to walk cautiously, so the feet won't hit the ground hard enough to make a footstep sound.

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