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  2. haloman30

    12/4/2019 Update

    * Disabled "Post before Registering" setting - Removed Killerteddy
  3. + Added plugin: Enhanced Status Updates + Added theme: Daylight 7.1 (based on Midnight 7.1, includes all of the below fixes for Midnight 7.1) * Fixed calendar header when scrolled down the page not having enough padding * Fixed dialog z-index as a result because some genius decided that the sticky header should display in FRONT of a modal dialog * Made spoilers use the new bright blue color instead of old darker blue seen in the earlier Midnight/Elaztek themes * Improved spacing for awards tab * Added background blur effect for some elements (uses CSS property "backdrop-filter", does not work on all browsers) * Fixed theme menu styling * Fixed mood profile display * Fixed overlap issues with various header button placements * Fixed split button drop shadow radius not being correct * Ivory Tower/Audio Organizer styling is now more dependent on the theme rather than being built into the page itself - Removed Killerteddy
  4. to get rid of the bigass copy paste i did like 2 years ago

  5. i am going to post 2 status updates

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  7. Hey, everyone! We've been doing some updates, upgrades, and general improvements to the Elaztek website! We've introduced new features as well as enhanced and improved old ones. Overall, the general theme is bringing more parity with CU's forums - with the eventual end goal being that the two forums move in lockstep when it comes to general community features. Moods These have been on Chaotic United's forums for quite some time, but we figured it was high time that they made their way over here. All the moods that are available on CU are available here. Along with that, we've fixed a few minor display issues with several moods (on both Elaztek and CU forums). Nothing too spectacular or out of the ordinary. Hit the smiley face in the top-left of the navbar to set your mood! Awards We've actually had a handful of awards set up for a while. Many of them were unused (and still are), and virtually none of the awards from CU's forums made their way over. Well, since part of CU's relaunch was its new awards setup, we've brought many of those awards over to Elaztek - excluding ones that don't really fit Elaztek. However, we've also disabled many of the (small selection of) old awards - primarily, the category named "Blamite Expertise" and the Contest award "Project: Infinity Mapmaking Contest". These were both disabled because, well, it's gonna be a long time before those awards are going to even be relevant. Blamite is years from being of quality (and likely still at least a couple away from actual, proper gameplay), and Project: Infinity is also quite a ways out as a result. They'll be refined and reimplemented when Project: Infinity and Blamite are complete. Several awards, new and old, are currently pending some new icons. Keep an eye out for those. We won't make an announcement, but you'll see it in a changelog at some point in our Update Notes blog. Profile Changes These are the most minor of the changes (besides the minor fixes and edits in the changelog), but still worth mentioning. The old 'PC Specs' field has been disabled and, in its place, a full category called 'System Information' for you to put all your different PC information. CPU, GPU, Operating System, RAM, and so on - each one has its own respective field. And if we've missed one, we've added another field for other system info. If your PC has some special quirks about it, you can share those details in the 'Other PC Info' field. We've also added a new Profile Step for you to quickly and easily put it all in. Additionally, we've added a few other minor fields for Interests, Discord username, Skype username, and Location. We've also made it where several major fields (Steam, Discord, etc.) show up alongside your forum posts - much like how they do on CU. Wrapping Up We've made a few other smaller changes here and there, but they don't really warrant much mention here. If you want to know all the details, check out the full changelog in the latest Update Notes blog entry linked below. Lastly, if you (or anyone you know) is interested in game design, development, or engine programming, send them our way! We're always looking for new people to introduce to the team - Blamite isn't gonna build itself, y'know. If you wish to join our team, slam the "Join the Team" button below. Alternatively, if you want to learn more about Blamite, click the 'Blamite' link in the navigation bar. We'll bid you farewell for now with a few screenshots from me working on text rendering: Our font system effectively draws text as a series of bitmaps strung together. (we needed a way to draw text independently of dear imgui) After creating a tool called FontExtractor to export our favorite Fixedsys font into these glyph images, it started to come together. The spacing was due to how FontExtractor exported images, leaving lots of blank space in the resulting image files. And then this happened. Uncompressed fonts utilize a fontinfo.xml file to determine how glyph images are drawn (including sizes and such) - here, the glyphs were cropped by FontExtractor but the actual size in the XML file wasn't yet updated to reflect that change. After that was sorted out, we added a WIP font editor dialog to play around with the font properties to get optimal displays. In the future we'd ideally have FontExtractor handle this automatically, but hey - this works for now. The charspacing property determines how much space is left between characters when drawing. Setting it to negative can be used to draw text backwards. Good to know. You can alternatively just make it really high and have some w i d e l y s p a c e d t e x t . But, setting everything properly, the end result is nearly identical to the standard text (as seen in the windows in the screenshots). The text in those windows is handled through an entirely different system, and it cannot be (elegantly) used to just draw text at a point on the screen. The font display with our custom setup isn't perfect, but it's very, very close. Upcoming work includes implementing a proper game tick, doing some reorganizing of the codebase, and then adding the ability to tint/color our text. Following that, we'll start on properly implementing the console. And after that? Who knows? Stay tuned to find out! Also, if you want more stuff like this, let us know - we'd be happy to do development updates (when there's meaningful progress to share). Join the Team Learn about Blamite
  8. Hey, everyone! We've been doing some updates, upgrades, and general improvements to the Elaztek website! We've introduced new features as well as enhanced and improved old ones. Overall, the general theme is bringing more parity with CU's forums - with the eventual end goal being that the two forums move in lockstep when it comes to general community features. Moods These have been on Chaotic United's forums for quite some time, but we figured it was high time that they made their way over here. All the moods that are available on CU are available here. Along with that, we've fixed a few minor display issues with several moods (on both Elaztek and CU forums). Nothing too spectacular or out of the ordinary. Hit the smiley face in the top-left of the navbar to set your mood! Awards We've actually had a handful of awards set up for a while. Many of them were unused (and still are), and virtually none of the awards from CU's forums made their way over. Well, since part of CU's relaunch was its new awards setup, we've brought many of those awards over to Elaztek - excluding ones that don't really fit Elaztek. However, we've also disabled many of the (small selection of) old awards - primarily, the category named "Blamite Expertise" and the Contest award "Project: Infinity Mapmaking Contest". These were both disabled because, well, it's gonna be a long time before those awards are going to even be relevant. Blamite is years from being of quality (and likely still at least a couple away from actual, proper gameplay), and Project: Infinity is also quite a ways out as a result. They'll be refined and reimplemented when Project: Infinity and Blamite are complete. Several awards, new and old, are currently pending some new icons. Keep an eye out for those. We won't make an announcement, but you'll see it in a changelog at some point in our Update Notes blog. Profile Changes These are the most minor of the changes (besides the minor fixes and edits in the changelog), but still worth mentioning. The old 'PC Specs' field has been disabled and, in its place, a full category called 'System Information' for you to put all your different PC information. CPU, GPU, Operating System, RAM, and so on - each one has its own respective field. And if we've missed one, we've added another field for other system info. If your PC has some special quirks about it, you can share those details in the 'Other PC Info' field. We've also added a new Profile Step for you to quickly and easily put it all in. Additionally, we've added a few other minor fields for Interests, Discord username, Skype username, and Location. We've also made it where several major fields (Steam, Discord, etc.) show up alongside your forum posts - much like how they do on CU. Wrapping Up We've made a few other smaller changes here and there, but they don't really warrant much mention here. If you want to know all the details, check out the full changelog in the latest Update Notes blog entry linked below. Lastly, if you (or anyone you know) is interested in game design, development, or engine programming, send them our way! We're always looking for new people to introduce to the team - Blamite isn't gonna build itself, y'know. If you wish to join our team, slam the "Join the Team" button below. Alternatively, if you want to learn more about Blamite, click the 'Blamite' link in the navigation bar. We'll bid you farewell for now with a few screenshots from me working on text rendering: Our font system effectively draws text as a series of bitmaps strung together. (we needed a way to draw text independently of dear imgui) After creating a tool called FontExtractor to export our favorite Fixedsys font into these glyph images, it started to come together. The spacing was due to how FontExtractor exported images, leaving lots of blank space in the resulting image files. And then this happened. Uncompressed fonts utilize a fontinfo.xml file to determine how glyph images are drawn (including sizes and such) - here, the glyphs were cropped by FontExtractor but the actual size in the XML file wasn't yet updated to reflect that change. After that was sorted out, we added a WIP font editor dialog to play around with the font properties to get optimal displays. In the future we'd ideally have FontExtractor handle this automatically, but hey - this works for now. The charspacing property determines how much space is left between characters when drawing. Setting it to negative can be used to draw text backwards. Good to know. You can alternatively just make it really high and have some w i d e l y s p a c e d t e x t . But, setting everything properly, the end result is nearly identical to the standard text (as seen in the windows in the screenshots). The text in those windows is handled through an entirely different system, and it cannot be (elegantly) used to just draw text at a point on the screen. The font display with our custom setup isn't perfect, but it's very, very close. Upcoming work includes implementing a proper game tick, doing some reorganizing of the codebase, and then adding the ability to tint/color our text. Following that, we'll start on properly implementing the console. And after that? Who knows? Stay tuned to find out! Also, if you want more stuff like this, let us know - we'd be happy to do development updates (when there's meaningful progress to share). Join the Team Learn about Blamite
  9. haloman30

    11/29/2019 Update

    + Installed addon: Moods + Added all moods from Chaotic United + Added Awards category: Staff Awards + Added Awards category: Posting Awards + Added icon and description to Awards category: Site Awards + Added icon and description to Awards category: Contests + Added description to Awards category: Blamite Expertise + Added award: Staff Position + Added award: Founder's Recognition (awaiting icon) + Added award: CU Owner's Recognition + Added award: Advertiser + Added award: Liked + Added award: Loyal + Added award: Developer + Added award: Veteran + Added award: Streamer + Added award: Server Maintainer + Added award: Diamond + Added award: Picasso + Added award: Imperial Legion Sword + Added award: Graphics Master + Added award: Angel + Added award: Spy + Added award: Helpful + Added award: Skull + Added award: Golden Pen + Added award: Active Poster + Added award: Senior Poster + Added award: Insane Poster + Added award: Star Poster + Added award: Psycho Poster + Added several emoticons from CU forums again + Added Profile Field category: System Information + Added Profile Field under System Information: Processor (CPU) + Added Profile Field under System Information: Graphics Card (GPU) + Added Profile Field under System Information: Motherboard + Added Profile Field under System Information: Operating System + Added Profile Field under System Information: Memory (RAM) + Added Profile Field under System Information: Cooling Type + Added Profile Field under System Information: Storage + Added Profile Field under System Information: Other PC Info + Added Profile Field under Contact Methods: Skype + Added Profile Field under Contact Methods: Discord + Added Profile Field under Profile Information: Location + Added Profile Field under Profile Information: Interests + Added new Profile Completion Step: Tell us about your rig! + Added Skype and Discord to Profile Completion Step "Where else can we find you?" * Moved "Members" navigation menu item from "Help" to "Community" * Updated Awards from 1.3.0 to 1.3.2 * Renamed Award "Software Developer" to "Official Software Developer" * Moved Official Software Developer award to Staff Awards * Moved UI Designer award to Staff Awards * Fixed popup modals displaying behind navbar on Midnight 7.1 * Fix small tab navigation inactive item text being hard to read * Make Award category icons larger (40px -> 80px) * Make Award icons larger (64px -> 80px) * Award notifications will be shown as being by FORUMBOT instead of haloman30 * Fixed display of mood: Flirty * Fixed display of mood: Ban Happy * Fixed display of mood: Woot! * Fixed display of mood: Bored * Fixed display of mood: Mischievous * Fixed display of mood: Sauna Bathing * Fixed display of mood: Trash * Fixed display of mood: Immersed * Fixed display of mood: Fine * Fixed display of mood: Lucky * Fixed display of mood: Goofy * Fixed display of mood: Busy * Fixed display of mood: Tired * Fixed display of mood: Cheeky * Fixed display of mood: Buzzed * Made forum post background darker to better match editor background color * Fixed Rank (not usergroup) icon not displaying on forum post author pane * Fixed Awards pane not showing on forum post author pane * Renamed 'Website' profile field to 'Website URL' * Renamed 'Contact' profile field group to 'Contact Methods' * Renamed 'Steam Username' profile field group to 'Steam' * Made popup modal background darker * Stylized Profile Field header in Edit Profile popup * Set Status Updates to be enabled by default * Fixed signatures being disabled - Removed Profile Field "CU Forums Username" field from Profile Step "Where else can we find you?" as it's been unused since the ability to directly link your CU Account was added - Disabled old 'PC Specs' field - Disabled Awards category: Blamite Expertise (will return in the future when Blamite is actually usable/public) - Disabled Award: Project: Infinity Mapmaking Contest (will return in the future when Project: Infinity is released) - Removed Killerteddy
  10. + Added bot: Carl-bot + Added channel: #starboard - Messages with 2 or more starts will appear in #starboard + Added category: Carl Logs + Added channel: #carl-logs + Added channel: #carl-member-logs + Added channel: #carl-server-logs + Added channel: #carl-voice-logs + Added channel: #carl-message-logs + Added channel: #carl-join-leave-log - Removed Killerteddy
  11. haloman30

    11/23/2019 Update

    * Made http://gitlab.elaztek.com redirect to https://newgitlab.elaztek.com - Removed Killerteddy
  12. * Archived subforum: Eon Game Engine - Removed Killerteddy
  13. + Added custom emoji from CU Forums (and some extra ones) + Added partners page + Added parnters page to navigation menu + Added new Blamite homepage + Added new Blamite homepage to navigation menu * Help > About now has an icon on Midnight 7.1 - Removed old Blamite website - Removed Killerteddy
  14. + Added new theme: Midnight 7.1 * Default theme set to Midnight 7.1 * Restructured navigation menu * Lots of backend file cleanup * Preparations to consolidate Issue Tracker into Bug Tracker - Removed Killerteddy
  15. Hey, folks! Been a while, hasn't it? That seems to be a common thing unfortunately. Anywho, we've got some new stuff to share with you guys. You may have noticed some of the changes yourself - but we're shaking some stuff around. We've organized them into neat little sections for your convenience. Website Let's start with the site changes, shall we? Themes You may have noticed a number of adjustments have been made to our default theme - Midnight 7.1. Most of these aren't major changes, but they should no-doubt help make things look a bit nicer. The navigation menu has some new icons, and what used to be darker blues are now brighter and more vibrant. Most elements also now have nice animations to them rather than being static. Along with that, some weird quirks with the theme have been taken care of at last, as well as some remnants of the original Midnight theme. If you prefer the old theme, it's still available as 'Midnight 7'. Navigation Along with the nice icons we mentioned before, you might also notice that the menu itself has been reorganized a bit. This was done to make it more consistent with the improvements made on Chaotic United's site, which we believe is a significant improvement over the old navigation menu. Forms We've moved the Project: Infinity and Blamite team sign-up pages over to our own Forms system. In fact, you might notice that there's only one form now. We've consolidated our standard Staff, Blamite Game Engine, Galactiminer, and Project: Infinity signup forms into a single, nicely laid-out form. The new format also borrows some of the improvements made to CU's Staff Application format recently as well. The other forms from CU (Reports, Ban Appeals, etc) have also been brought over and tweaked as need be. Along with that, you'll also notice that several subforums now have handy redirect links to their respective forms, to make submitting things nice and easy. Discord It's not just our site that got some facelifting, our Discord server also got some renovating done too. Gitlab Integration Fun fact - we've had Gitlab notifications on Discord for a long time. They've just been exclusively visible to our team up until now. We figure that, since major announcement-worthy progress updates are so few and far between, it makes sense to at least give you guys a glimpse into what's happening with Blamite and our other projects. Basically, any time a commit, issue, wiki page, or anything of that sort is made to one of our linked repositories, a notification is posted in the #gitlab channel. You won't be able to view the source code of course - but you'll still get an idea of what we're doing behind the scenes. NSFW Channel Do I even need to say anything here? Yes, yes I do actually. By default, you won't see the #nsfw channel. We ask that you review the information in #nsfw-info before heading in. It contains some info about how to access the channel, as well as a few rules that apply to the channel. As of the time of writing this, the rules are as follows: Shock content will NOT be allowed - We define shock content as things such as 2 girls 1 cup, gore, and anything else that is generally intended to be disturbing. The general rule is: "is this someone would want to see"? If the answer is no, it probably shouldn't be posted. Do not post any images, videos, or other content of yourself - We don't want to see your body and chances are, you don't really want to have your naked body floating around the internet either. Post it somewhere else if you really want to, but keep it out of here. All images, videos, and other content must be of people 18 or older - This should be pretty self-explanatory. There will be absolutely zero content of minors posted. The rest of the community rules apply - You can't break all the other rules just because one of them doesn't apply in this specific channel. If you're 18 or older and would like to share or view *ahem* mature content , you can do !nsfw in #bot_turing_test. You can hide the channel again at any time by doing !nonsfw. If you know for a fact you never want to see adult content, you're free to hide the #nsfw-info channel and pretend it doesn't exist by doing !nsfw-ignore. You can also restore that channel by doing !nsfw-unignore. Keep in mind that breaking any of the rules above will result in removal from the channel, or in some cases being banned from the Discord server outright. It's a channel for mature content, please be mature when using it. Additional #forums-feed Notifications Previously, only a handful of content sent a notification to Discord. Now, virtually all content appears. The two ones of note are Status Updates and Blog Entries. Neither of these posted on Discord before - and now they do. The Team, and the Eon Game Engine You may have noticed mention of a project of ours called the Eon Game Engine. This project was spearheaded exclusively by a former developer of ours, @JTKreates. However, due to him becoming busier with life and other such things, he had to step down. As such, Eon is being shelved for the foreseeable future. We are retaining the source code in the event it could be useful, but our current plans don't really include any 2D-based games - so don't expect anything about it for a while. Additionally, we'd like to introduce the first of hopefully many new team members for Blamite - @zzVertigo! His previous experience includes mostly networking stuff, including the Halo Online Rewritten project. He's been hard at work getting Blamite's networking foundation added - which has proven fairly easy due to the early stages of the engine. Of course - if you happen to be interested in joining the team, feel free to apply! We are always looking for new team members - so if you think you've got what it takes, don't hesitate! Join the Team Upcoming Changes In the future, we're going to be continuing to refine and restructure the website. The issue trackers are being removed in favor of a unified bug tracker. The Blamite website will, in its entirety, be replaced with a page that is integrated into the Elaztek website itself - rather than acting as a completely isolated website. Its functionality will be replicated as it currently exists, but the design will match the rest of Elaztek. Other old pages too are being sent to the archives that are redundant or otherwise unnecessary. Company Direction Now, all that stuff is cool, but this announcement isn't just about some site and Discord enhancements. You saw the title - you knew something like this was coming. We're currently gearing up to start the long journey of putting Elaztek Studios on the map. Here recently, Michael informed me of an independent studio that had only existed for less than a year - they have a functional (still incomplete, but functional) game engine, a team, and are a LOT further along than we are right now. There's two major reasons that Elaztek is still where it's at currently after over two years: Chaotic United, and my own stubbornness. There isn't much I can do about the former. Chaotic United is, and always will be my baby. It's a passion project and it continues to exist because I genuinely enjoy doing it. The trouble is, the way I've been going about managing the two has been rather troublesome. I would focus entirely on CU, at which point Elaztek basically goes on hold. After a few months, guilt creeps up and I feel bad for basically ignoring it. At which point I shift gears and go all out on Elaztek. A few months later, guilt creeps up and...I think you see where I'm going with this. I focus on one 100%, then shift gears and focus on the other. I've tried and failed to have a proper balance - what usually happens is that I'm focused on a certain task on one that ends up spanning multiple days, then I keep going and eventually just get too wrapped up in it - then I look and it's been a few months since I've touched the other. However, there's still something we can and are doing about it. Part of it is something that I'll have to slowly learn and get better at doing, which is managing my time and being able to distribute it effectively between the two. The other part comes to the relationship between the two. Elaztek Studios and Chaotic United You see, back when Elaztek first launched in a real, public sense, it was under awful circumstances. Elaztek had existed for over a year prior to it's public launch, and it's history dated even further back if you count Haloman Development. But when it went from being essentially just an idea to being an actual website and entity that existed, it was in response to drama and chaos that had befallen Chaotic United. Back in 2017, a lot of us were still fairly immature - some more than others, but overall it was a chaotic situation that could have, and should have been easily avoided. It was the conclusion of those events that led to Elaztek's launch. Several staff at CU disagreed with my final decision, and nearly left outright - so, I compromised. Elaztek Studios would become their new home, and they luckily agreed. The person involved would be banned from the start and would have no place in Elaztek. This would be both a safe haven and a new frontier to pursue. Over time, however, people matured. Time passed, and people came back to CU. Despite this, however, some of our team members were still largely uncomfortable with bridging the gap between CU and Elaztek. A gap that used to be nonexistent, but still remained despite the smoke clearing. Some small baby steps were made (primarily the ability to link your Elaztek and CU forum accounts), but they were overall still kept separate, and that person kept banned. Today marks the end of that period of time - and with it, a new era for Elaztek Studios. CU and Elaztek will continue - separated, but standing side by side. The two will, moving forward, be partnered with one another. With it, we will be introducing a new Partner program. The details of which are still being ironed out, but the goal is to be able to partner with other relevant communities - big or small. Expect a separate announcement on that once we launch it for real. The person in question will be allowed into our doors, with welcome arms. The wall that was built up between CU and Elaztek has been torn down, and the two will no longer be kept away from each other, but instead be sisters. There are no immediate plans to make use of this, but expect to see CU get included in some things we do here from time to time - it'll probably be a while before anything happens, but the door is open. I briefly considered merging the two together once more, however I feel that ultimately, while it would help things in the short term, the two ultimately have too different of goals to sensibly be a single entity. Chaotic United is a gaming community, primarily focused on Minecraft. It briefly dabbled with game development somewhat with Demoria Online, but the project never panned out and was still separate from CU during its development. Elaztek is focused on game and software development. While granted, both do have a lot in common - the relaxed atmosphere with their teams, the same guidelines, similar Discord and Forum structure, among other things - they both are seeking separate objectives. As such, they are going to continue to remain separate entities. Coming back to the partner program however, our plan is to be more open than we have been to outside communities. Previously I've been fairly squeamish about working with other communities - for fear of losing some of my team to "greener pastures" if you will, or fear that the partnership won't yield any results. These fears are based on virtually nothing - and ultimately, we're at the bottom and we need people to help grow our team and community. The Blamite Game Engine will not happen on its own. I can't do it alone. I'm getting better with C++, but I am still ultimately just one man. One man cannot build a game engine on the same scale as Unreal or Unity or Slipspace. I suppose in a sense you could consider this a sort of relaunch of Elaztek, although it's not so much a relaunch as it is turning a new leaf. Much like CU's nearing 1.14 update, I hope that this is the start point of Elaztek actually making progress. A point where we look back on, where we can say "that's the point where it all began". Whether or not that will happen is yet to be seen. Some other changes are coming down the pipeline as well. I'm going to be making some much-needed refinements to Elaztek's website and its general direction. Stay tuned.
  16. Hey, folks! Been a while, hasn't it? That seems to be a common thing unfortunately. Anywho, we've got some new stuff to share with you guys. You may have noticed some of the changes yourself - but we're shaking some stuff around. We've organized them into neat little sections for your convenience. Website Let's start with the site changes, shall we? Themes You may have noticed a number of adjustments have been made to our default theme - Midnight 7.1. Most of these aren't major changes, but they should no-doubt help make things look a bit nicer. The navigation menu has some new icons, and what used to be darker blues are now brighter and more vibrant. Most elements also now have nice animations to them rather than being static. Along with that, some weird quirks with the theme have been taken care of at last, as well as some remnants of the original Midnight theme. If you prefer the old theme, it's still available as 'Midnight 7'. Navigation Along with the nice icons we mentioned before, you might also notice that the menu itself has been reorganized a bit. This was done to make it more consistent with the improvements made on Chaotic United's site, which we believe is a significant improvement over the old navigation menu. Forms We've moved the Project: Infinity and Blamite team sign-up pages over to our own Forms system. In fact, you might notice that there's only one form now. We've consolidated our standard Staff, Blamite Game Engine, Galactiminer, and Project: Infinity signup forms into a single, nicely laid-out form. The new format also borrows some of the improvements made to CU's Staff Application format recently as well. The other forms from CU (Reports, Ban Appeals, etc) have also been brought over and tweaked as need be. Along with that, you'll also notice that several subforums now have handy redirect links to their respective forms, to make submitting things nice and easy. Discord It's not just our site that got some facelifting, our Discord server also got some renovating done too. Gitlab Integration Fun fact - we've had Gitlab notifications on Discord for a long time. They've just been exclusively visible to our team up until now. We figure that, since major announcement-worthy progress updates are so few and far between, it makes sense to at least give you guys a glimpse into what's happening with Blamite and our other projects. Basically, any time a commit, issue, wiki page, or anything of that sort is made to one of our linked repositories, a notification is posted in the #gitlab channel. You won't be able to view the source code of course - but you'll still get an idea of what we're doing behind the scenes. NSFW Channel Do I even need to say anything here? Yes, yes I do actually. By default, you won't see the #nsfw channel. We ask that you review the information in #nsfw-info before heading in. It contains some info about how to access the channel, as well as a few rules that apply to the channel. As of the time of writing this, the rules are as follows: Shock content will NOT be allowed - We define shock content as things such as 2 girls 1 cup, gore, and anything else that is generally intended to be disturbing. The general rule is: "is this someone would want to see"? If the answer is no, it probably shouldn't be posted. Do not post any images, videos, or other content of yourself - We don't want to see your body and chances are, you don't really want to have your naked body floating around the internet either. Post it somewhere else if you really want to, but keep it out of here. All images, videos, and other content must be of people 18 or older - This should be pretty self-explanatory. There will be absolutely zero content of minors posted. The rest of the community rules apply - You can't break all the other rules just because one of them doesn't apply in this specific channel. If you're 18 or older and would like to share or view *ahem* mature content , you can do !nsfw in #bot_turing_test. You can hide the channel again at any time by doing !nonsfw. If you know for a fact you never want to see adult content, you're free to hide the #nsfw-info channel and pretend it doesn't exist by doing !nsfw-ignore. You can also restore that channel by doing !nsfw-unignore. Keep in mind that breaking any of the rules above will result in removal from the channel, or in some cases being banned from the Discord server outright. It's a channel for mature content, please be mature when using it. Additional #forums-feed Notifications Previously, only a handful of content sent a notification to Discord. Now, virtually all content appears. The two ones of note are Status Updates and Blog Entries. Neither of these posted on Discord before - and now they do. The Team, and the Eon Game Engine You may have noticed mention of a project of ours called the Eon Game Engine. This project was spearheaded exclusively by a former developer of ours, @JTKreates. However, due to him becoming busier with life and other such things, he had to step down. As such, Eon is being shelved for the foreseeable future. We are retaining the source code in the event it could be useful, but our current plans don't really include any 2D-based games - so don't expect anything about it for a while. Additionally, we'd like to introduce the first of hopefully many new team members for Blamite - @zzVertigo! His previous experience includes mostly networking stuff, including the Halo Online Rewritten project. He's been hard at work getting Blamite's networking foundation added - which has proven fairly easy due to the early stages of the engine. Of course - if you happen to be interested in joining the team, feel free to apply! We are always looking for new team members - so if you think you've got what it takes, don't hesitate! Join the Team Upcoming Changes In the future, we're going to be continuing to refine and restructure the website. The issue trackers are being removed in favor of a unified bug tracker. The Blamite website will, in its entirety, be replaced with a page that is integrated into the Elaztek website itself - rather than acting as a completely isolated website. Its functionality will be replicated as it currently exists, but the design will match the rest of Elaztek. Other old pages too are being sent to the archives that are redundant or otherwise unnecessary. Company Direction Now, all that stuff is cool, but this announcement isn't just about some site and Discord enhancements. You saw the title - you knew something like this was coming. We're currently gearing up to start the long journey of putting Elaztek Studios on the map. Here recently, Michael informed me of an independent studio that had only existed for less than a year - they have a functional (still incomplete, but functional) game engine, a team, and are a LOT further along than we are right now. There's two major reasons that Elaztek is still where it's at currently after over two years: Chaotic United, and my own stubbornness. There isn't much I can do about the former. Chaotic United is, and always will be my baby. It's a passion project and it continues to exist because I genuinely enjoy doing it. The trouble is, the way I've been going about managing the two has been rather troublesome. I would focus entirely on CU, at which point Elaztek basically goes on hold. After a few months, guilt creeps up and I feel bad for basically ignoring it. At which point I shift gears and go all out on Elaztek. A few months later, guilt creeps up and...I think you see where I'm going with this. I focus on one 100%, then shift gears and focus on the other. I've tried and failed to have a proper balance - what usually happens is that I'm focused on a certain task on one that ends up spanning multiple days, then I keep going and eventually just get too wrapped up in it - then I look and it's been a few months since I've touched the other. However, there's still something we can and are doing about it. Part of it is something that I'll have to slowly learn and get better at doing, which is managing my time and being able to distribute it effectively between the two. The other part comes to the relationship between the two. Elaztek Studios and Chaotic United You see, back when Elaztek first launched in a real, public sense, it was under awful circumstances. Elaztek had existed for over a year prior to it's public launch, and it's history dated even further back if you count Haloman Development. But when it went from being essentially just an idea to being an actual website and entity that existed, it was in response to drama and chaos that had befallen Chaotic United. Back in 2017, a lot of us were still fairly immature - some more than others, but overall it was a chaotic situation that could have, and should have been easily avoided. It was the conclusion of those events that led to Elaztek's launch. Several staff at CU disagreed with my final decision, and nearly left outright - so, I compromised. Elaztek Studios would become their new home, and they luckily agreed. The person involved would be banned from the start and would have no place in Elaztek. This would be both a safe haven and a new frontier to pursue. Over time, however, people matured. Time passed, and people came back to CU. Despite this, however, some of our team members were still largely uncomfortable with bridging the gap between CU and Elaztek. A gap that used to be nonexistent, but still remained despite the smoke clearing. Some small baby steps were made (primarily the ability to link your Elaztek and CU forum accounts), but they were overall still kept separate, and that person kept banned. Today marks the end of that period of time - and with it, a new era for Elaztek Studios. CU and Elaztek will continue - separated, but standing side by side. The two will, moving forward, be partnered with one another. With it, we will be introducing a new Partner program. The details of which are still being ironed out, but the goal is to be able to partner with other relevant communities - big or small. Expect a separate announcement on that once we launch it for real. The person in question will be allowed into our doors, with welcome arms. The wall that was built up between CU and Elaztek has been torn down, and the two will no longer be kept away from each other, but instead be sisters. There are no immediate plans to make use of this, but expect to see CU get included in some things we do here from time to time - it'll probably be a while before anything happens, but the door is open. I briefly considered merging the two together once more, however I feel that ultimately, while it would help things in the short term, the two ultimately have too different of goals to sensibly be a single entity. Chaotic United is a gaming community, primarily focused on Minecraft. It briefly dabbled with game development somewhat with Demoria Online, but the project never panned out and was still separate from CU during its development. Elaztek is focused on game and software development. While granted, both do have a lot in common - the relaxed atmosphere with their teams, the same guidelines, similar Discord and Forum structure, among other things - they both are seeking separate objectives. As such, they are going to continue to remain separate entities. Coming back to the partner program however, our plan is to be more open than we have been to outside communities. Previously I've been fairly squeamish about working with other communities - for fear of losing some of my team to "greener pastures" if you will, or fear that the partnership won't yield any results. These fears are based on virtually nothing - and ultimately, we're at the bottom and we need people to help grow our team and community. The Blamite Game Engine will not happen on its own. I can't do it alone. I'm getting better with C++, but I am still ultimately just one man. One man cannot build a game engine on the same scale as Unreal or Unity or Slipspace. I suppose in a sense you could consider this a sort of relaunch of Elaztek, although it's not so much a relaunch as it is turning a new leaf. Much like CU's nearing 1.14 update, I hope that this is the start point of Elaztek actually making progress. A point where we look back on, where we can say "that's the point where it all began". Whether or not that will happen is yet to be seen. Some other changes are coming down the pipeline as well. I'm going to be making some much-needed refinements to Elaztek's website and its general direction. Stay tuned.
  17. This update includes changes from the past 2-3 weeks. * Footer navigation for all Midnight themes is now linked together * Reorganized navigation menu * Reorganized backend page structure, archived legacy pages - Removed Killerteddy
  18. * Archived forum: ARK: Survival Evolved * Archived forum: Just Cause 2 * Archived forum: Don't Starve Together * Archived forum: Counter Strike: Global Offensive - Removed Killerteddy
  19. Hey, folks. For those who haven't been keeping up with our Discord, there's a fairly important announcement we have to make in regards to the Gitlab. Actually, we made it before - but failed to announce it on Discord in a timely fashion. So, here's the general situation: due to a failure in a backup we made a while back (an error with Gitlab itself unfortunately, not user-error to our knowledge), LFS data was excluded from the backup. It took us a fair bit to realize this fact, but once we did it was already far too late. All LFS data on the original Elaztek Gitlab is gone. There's nothing we can do to recover it. If you have your local files on hand, we advise making a backup and keeping those files held tight as they are likely the only copy with any LFS files. If your repository doesn't use LFS, you should be in the clear. We are migrating to a new Gitlab at https://newgitlab.elaztek.com - creative hostname, I know. All data must be manually migrated - this includes wiki pages, tags, branches, issues, milestones, labels, and everything else. We are leaving the old gitlab online until sometime in July to allow users to move over. After the old Gitlab shuts down, the new Gitlab will likely return to the standard gitlab.elaztek.com subdomain to keep things clean and consistent (assuming doing so wouldn't cause a plethora of problems). The other part of this announcement is in regards to announcements themselves - we've been doing a pretty terrible job at actually announcing things timely. There's been a couple announcements that were late to the party, namely the one where we shut down most of the old gameservers. The Gitlab LFS data one was announced on forums, but never got a proper announcement on Discord until a while later. This obviously is no way to do things and is something we promise to never repeat. For slightly more information the LFS incident, check the original topic Michael posted a while back here.
  20. Hey, folks. For those who haven't been keeping up with our Discord, there's a fairly important announcement we have to make in regards to the Gitlab. Actually, we made it before - but failed to announce it on Discord in a timely fashion. So, here's the general situation: due to a failure in a backup we made a while back (an error with Gitlab itself unfortunately, not user-error to our knowledge), LFS data was excluded from the backup. It took us a fair bit to realize this fact, but once we did it was already far too late. All LFS data on the original Elaztek Gitlab is gone. There's nothing we can do to recover it. If you have your local files on hand, we advise making a backup and keeping those files held tight as they are likely the only copy with any LFS files. If your repository doesn't use LFS, you should be in the clear. We are migrating to a new Gitlab at https://newgitlab.elaztek.com - creative hostname, I know. All data must be manually migrated - this includes wiki pages, tags, branches, issues, milestones, labels, and everything else. We are leaving the old gitlab online until sometime in July to allow users to move over. After the old Gitlab shuts down, the new Gitlab will likely return to the standard gitlab.elaztek.com subdomain to keep things clean and consistent (assuming doing so wouldn't cause a plethora of problems). The other part of this announcement is in regards to announcements themselves - we've been doing a pretty terrible job at actually announcing things timely. There's been a couple announcements that were late to the party, namely the one where we shut down most of the old gameservers. The Gitlab LFS data one was announced on forums, but never got a proper announcement on Discord until a while later. This obviously is no way to do things and is something we promise to never repeat. For slightly more information the LFS incident, check the original topic Michael posted a while back here.
  21. This is some news I never wanted to be making, but unfortunately we have identified that during one of the major failures we had in the past that LFS files were lost. This means that some repositories will not function properly, however if you directly download the files via zip, gzip. or tar all of your files will still be in tact. The easiest fix is to create another repository. We are currently still figuring out ways to help salvage projects data (if it is possible). However we have also been discussing other options as well to generally improve the gitlab and also make sure that this never happens again. We are currently in the planning stages and will be posting updates via Discord and here as well. We apologize for the inconvenience
  22. Hey there! Chances are you're reading this because you're interested in playing Project: Infinity when it releases, or maybe you even want to help us make it a reality. Maybe you're curious as to what it is. Whatever boat you fall in, keep reading. Introduction Project: Infinity is a fan-made Halo project, focusing on bringing a unique Halo experience to PC. Unlike other Halo fan projects, we aim to offer a complete experience - featuring both a single player Campaign and full multiplayer. We plan to include everything that players expect to see within a Halo game, and more. Along with this, we plan to create our own engine that mimics the Halo engine - the Blamite Game Engine. We want to build a game that is accessible and familiar from players and modders alike. Our Goals As mentioned before, we plan to build our own engine from the ground up to mimic the Halo engine. In a more general sense, we want to have the following features available upon the game's completion: Campaign Multiplayer Custom Games Forge Theater Mod Support We plan to continue utilizing Blamite after Project: Infinity for all future games we produce, retaining most of these same features. How You Can Help If you want to help us out with bringing Blamite and Project: Infinity to life, you can apply to join our team. We do ask that you provide examples of your skills. In particular, we are looking for people who can help us in the following areas: Blamite Game Engine C++ and C# (some of our toolset utilizes C#, but the core engine is in C++) Experience with DirectX (OpenGL is also good as we plan to add support for it later) If you are a skilled member of the Halo modding community, we'd especially love to have you on board Project: Infinity Concept Artists As we progress, we will also be looking for people in these areas: 3D Artists (UNSC, Covenant, Forerunner, Flood, Civilian, Nature) 2D Artists (UI/HUD, Medals, etc) Sound Designers (Game SFX) Voice Actors While people are free to apply for these positions now, these won't be heavily needed until later. Apply to the Project: Infinity Team Apply to the Blamite Game Engine Team
  23. CEO These are the people who lead the company. They are involved in most, if not everything that happens within Elaztek Studios. Administrator These people administer the servers and/or forums, and ensure everything is running smoothly. Manager These folk manage game servers and make sure that you're able to have a smooth online experience with our games. Advisor Advisors are special members who serve to guide our decisions and give input when needed. While most of our team gives feedback, these guys are generally more notable members of either the community, or are former staff of Elaztek or Chaotic United. Voice Acting Team These people are tasked with delivering stellar voice acting for our characters in our stories. Without them, the stories we create would be devoid of personality. Join the Team Art Team These people create everything you'll see ingame. Literally. Any texture, 3D model, HUD element, and muzzle flash was make by someone in here. They may also contribute to our website from time to time as well. Join the Team Audio Team These people create the ear-pleasing sound effects as well as the beautiful melodies you hear ingame. They're responsible for all things sound. Join the Team Development Team These people are the backbone of our games. They help create the engine, the tools, and everything in between to ensure that we can create games that are enjoyable, as well as ensure that you - the community - can mod and tweak it to your liking. Join the Team Story Team These are the people who write our stories. They plan out and script every aspect of our campaigns, to ensure that we can succeed in both gameplay and story. Join the Team Moderator These people moderate our games, as well as our Forums and Discord, to ensure that the community guidelines aren't being broken left and right. They generally help keep order within the community. Apply Helper These people help out with the operation of the community. They might also assist with the game development process as well. Apply Tester These are people hand-picked from our community to help beta test our games. While we may run Insider flights to parts of the community, our Testers tend to be involved in testing much earlier builds of our games. Veteran These are members who have been in Elaztek or within Chaotic United for a long time. Premium These are members who donate to ensure we can keep the lights on. Thanks guys! Donate Member These are people who have joined our awesome community. Sign Up Closed These are members who have either requested their accounts be closed, or have been banned from the forums for repeat violations of our guidelines.
  24. Hey there! Are you a fan of Halo? Maybe even a modder? Or maybe you're just interested in game development. Recently we just cut out a few of our inactive team members (mainly ones who came over from CU) and we're looking to help replace those roles and then some. In either case, we're looking for new people to join our team! The Blamite Game Engine and Project: Infinity won't make themselves - we need a team to help bring them to life. If you're interested in helping out with Project: Infinity, check out the Project: Infinity signup page. If you're more interested in the engine itself, you can check out the Blamite signup page. Our requirements aren't too strict, we ask only that you have some level of skill in the area you're looking to apply for, and that you have a good attitude. We tend to be fairly casual in our staff-only chats on Discord and Forums, and we tend to be fairly laid back overall. If that sounds like an environment for you then by all means - apply! Project: Infinity Team Signup Page Blamite Game Engine Team Signup Page
  25. Hey there! Are you a fan of Halo? Maybe even a modder? Or maybe you're just interested in game development. Recently we just cut out a few of our inactive team members (mainly ones who came over from CU) and we're looking to help replace those roles and then some. In either case, we're looking for new people to join our team! The Blamite Game Engine and Project: Infinity won't make themselves - we need a team to help bring them to life. If you're interested in helping out with Project: Infinity, check out the Project: Infinity signup page. If you're more interested in the engine itself, you can check out the Blamite signup page. Our requirements aren't too strict, we ask only that you have some level of skill in the area you're looking to apply for, and that you have a good attitude. We tend to be fairly casual in our staff-only chats on Discord and Forums, and we tend to be fairly laid back overall. If that sounds like an environment for you then by all means - apply! Project: Infinity Team Signup Page Blamite Game Engine Team Signup Page
  26. What is an abscessed tooth? An abscessed tooth is referred to as a pocket of pus which also result in bacterial infection. Due to this, it causes severe pain which can reach the ear or neck. This problem is also referred to as dental abscess and it can occur at different parts of a tooth. If you don’t get the treatment et early stages then it can turn to very serious condition. What are the different types and it causes? There are different types of Abscessed Tooth and it depends on location. Periapical abscess This problem occurs at the tip of the root of the tooth. It happens when in the teeth bacteria enters the pulp. This usually enters in the form of a cavity. The inner part of the tooth which is soft is referred to as pulp. Additionally, this is made of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. Periodontal abscess It is referred to an abscess of the gum which is next to the root of the tooth. You have to cautious about this problem as it might get spread to the surrounding tissue and bone. Another cause of this is some type of injury. Gingival abscess This usually occurs on the gums. The cause of this is when some unwanted thing gets attach to the gum such as toothbrush bristle, popcorn hull, or some other thing. If these problems are not treated it can cause severe pain. Some patients notice swelling and inflammation at the root of the tooth. How the abscessed tooth can be cured? First, best dentist In whitefield will examine your teeth and then locate the abscess. This can be examined with an X-ray or CT scan to find the exact location and where the infection has spread. Secondly, the main focus is to clear up the infection and to get relief from pain. Some of the treatment options the doctor will suggest to you when you visit the dental clinic In Whitefield Draining the abscess To drain the pus, the doctor will make a small cut in the abscess. Once the area is treated it is cleaned with a saline solution. Root canal Procedure To remove the infected pulp, the root canal procedure is used. In this, the infected tooth is drilled so that the abscess can be removed. After this, he will fill and seal the pulp chamber and this holds the pulp and root canal. To make the teeth more strong he may also cap the tooth with a crown. This process is usually done in a second appointment. Tooth extraction If the damage is too much then the doctor might remove the tooth before getting rid of the abscess. Antibiotics Antibiotics are prescribed when the infection has spread beyond the abscessed area and your immune system is very weak. For this, oral antibiotics will help to prevent the infection from spreading further and also clearing it. Removing the foreign object If the abscess is the reason of some foreign object then it will be removed from the guns. After that, it will be cleaned with a saline solution.
  27. Choosing the right door for the business premises is very important. In the past few years, many options have been introduced. The options for selecting the doors are endless whether they are bi fold doors, patio doors, or sliding doors. Additionally, these doors also maximize the space as well it helps in increasing the natural light in the home as well in your office. No doubt, it is not easy to choose the right and the best bi-fold door both practically and stylistically. Additionally, they provide an instant wow-factor which you are looking for. But, it is equally important that you choose the right type of these doors for the business premises. Here are some tips for selecting the best bi folding door for the business premises. • Material The very first thing while selecting the door is making sure the material you choose is of the best quality. If not then the doors won’t perform effectively and the way you want. In other words, you can say that they won’t serve the purpose for which they have installed. These doors are available in different options such as Timber, Aluminum, or PVC. Each of them has there own benefits and limitations. If you are looking for something more durable and flexible then aluminum is the best option. But, the owners who want something conventional then choose timber. If you are looking for something which does not require much maintenance then choose PVC. You should ask the professional to guide you properly about the different options. • Security The doors should make the entire place secure which means it should prevent the intruders from entering your business premises. The folding doors are a great way to add another layer of security. Additionally, you can also add another security mechanism to make it more secure. You can install security cameras on the doors to check who is entering and going out of the building. • Maintenance Another important thing which you should keep in mind that the material should be durable and it should withstand different weather conditions. This will save your money on maintenance every few months. As we know, folding doors are made of glass but they are properly fabricated which makes them more flexible. Additionally, this option is also popular for shop fronts among different business owner as maintenance cost is very low. • Cost Some business owner is not ready to spend so much money on the installation of the door. For this, it is very important that you should tell your budget to the professionals. This will make both of your work easy and you will also get the best product. No doubt, it also doesn’t mean spending less money will not give you the best quality product. Call the professionals so that they can guide you properly. • Threshold Additionally, the folding doors should provide a seamless transition between the interiors and exterior of the building. Installing these doors also maximize the space and it allows natural light to enter the building. So, choosing this door for installation will surely look modern and it also changes the aesthetic of the building.
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