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12 Nov 2013 08:01 #1 by IsraeliRD
Hey there fellow marblers!

As promised recently we are going to release Marble Blast Platinum 1.50 in a beta build to the public. You will be able to access many new features of 1.50, although some have been either disabled or removed until the final build, or a later beta build.

Among the many new features in 1.50, you will have access to an improved Single Player and an all new Online section. With the Online section we have limited the amount of levels available in Marble Blast Gold/Platinum and Multiplayer. As such we also limited the amount of super challenges and achievements available.

One of the main features that will be kept throughout these builds is the ability to do a console trace log. This is done so you can replicate crashes in the game and send us the console.log file with the trace on. This means we can pinpoint where the crash occurred and therefore help us fix it for future builds. Please note that if your console.log file is over 30 MB (and up to 100MB on the Mac version), then Marble Blast probably crashed due to insufficient memory.

Before downloading, please read this Q & A guide we created for you that will, we hope, answer many of your questions regarding this beta build.

--- Download link coming soon! ---



Q: I'm on Windows/Mac/Linux, does this work for me?
A: Yes! MBP 1.50 was designed for Windows, Mac and Linux in a single universal build.

Q: When you push new beta updates and/or release the final build, can I simply overwrite the new version over the old one?
A: No. The beta is under a different directory name than the final, 'platinumbeta' as opposed to 'platinum'. We might also add or remove files which the anti-hack won't like. As such we prefer if you deleted your platinumdemo directory (Windows, Mac and Linux) and deleted your library data for platinumdemo (Mac only). You can however backup your config.cs/dso, mbpprefs.cs/dso, lbprefs.cs/dso and your ignition files.

Q: I'm on Windows, can I play against a Mac user? (and vice versa)
A: You can definitely play them on Challenges and Super Challenges, but you cannot play Multiplayer against one another due to engine limitations. Platinum will recognise if you're on Windows/Mac and will warn you if your opponent is on the other Operating System.

Q: I'm on Linux/Unix. Who can I play against?
A: You can play against other users on Windows and Linux, but not those on Mac.

Q: Can I create, play and share custom levels in the beta?
A: No. We removed all share options during the beta in order to reduce the amount of crashes you may experience.

Q: I experienced a bug/crash. What do I do?
A: If you can replicate the crash, then do so while having trace enabled. You can enable console trace by entering the command trace(1); without the quotes into the console right before you do whatever it is you did to experience the crash.

IMPORTANT: trace logs will spam your console and create large console.log files. To stop the trace, put trace(0); without the quotes into the console. If the trace is left on, it will eventually crash Marble Blast due to insufficient memory and the console.log file will be with a filesize of 30-100 MB.

Please note: you may experience that when you have your trace on, Marble Blast will suddenly cease whatever bug it is you wanted to replicate. That is a known problem and nothing we can do about it. Simply leave the trace on and with some luck, Marble Blast will crash where it should have. Disable the trace post-crash point so it doesn't spam your console and re-enable the next time you get to the point where it previously crashed without the trace on.

Q: I don't like this. Marble Blast Platinum crashes so much!
A: While we are doing extensive debugging to find all the possible causes, some do slip by. Unfortunately some crashes are known and are related to the Marble Blast engine, which means we cannot fix them.

Q: There are barely any achievements and no ratings! What gives?!
A: We have disabled ratings and limited the amount of achievements for now as we will be wiping out all user data as we transition from beta to final release, and merge with the current 1.14 Leaderboards data. We might add some more achievements or ratings in later builds.

Q: Will we get more custom levels and achievements?
A: Certainly! A few new level packs are in progress, and we have plenty of new achievements for you to try out. Of course currently they are due for the final 1.50 build rather than be tested, but we'll see.

Q: How will updates work?
A: When a new beta build will be available we will update the server to the new build number. Once it is updated the game will prompt the player to download the new version. You will not be able to play multiplayer and/or log into the online section until you update to the latest version.

Q: How often will the beta builds be updated?
A: As often as we can, but it can take an upwards of a month before we will release an update. We won't update for minor bugs but if a major bug is found we will update the build as soon as we can.

Q: How many betas will we have before the final release?
A: Depends on how we feel like it and the number of bugs reported. We are continuously adding new features and doing a lot with the game that will be pushed out to the public via the beta. Once we are satisfied with what we got, we might push out a Release Candidate build which will essentially be an almost-final 1.50, followed by 1.50 itself. Unless we do RC2...

Q: Where can I tell you guys that you're awesome?
A: This topic is good. Or make a new one called 'MBP 1.50 is AWESOME' or post in one that says how awesome we are.

Q: New website/PQ WHERe?
A: Shut up and enjoy 1.50. You got MP. Quiet. Down. Sit. NO! SIT! Roll over. Good boy.

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12 Nov 2013 08:03 #2 by blueteak
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W00T! Eagerly awaiting DL link so I can kick some butt in Multi-player!

Check out my website: alvios.com/ !

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12 Nov 2013 08:05 #3 by Trace
YALL CAN GET CRUSHED SCRUBLORDS #THEBEST

But seriously yay, waiting eagerly.

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12 Nov 2013 08:06 #4 by Jeff
now tell us how awesome we are to boost our egos!

also see you have now been warned to shut up for asking about the website and pq c:

I am a programmer. Most here know me for being one of the major contributors to Marble Blast Platinum and PlatinumQuest.

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12 Nov 2013 08:07 #5 by Blasted
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So, we can't share our multiplayer levels in the beta build but we can in the final build? Anyway I'm really waiting for that download link!

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12 Nov 2013 08:09 #6 by IsraeliRD
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Exactly. It just won't work in the beta.

"matan, now i get what you meant a few years back when you said that "the level in mbg is beyond me" after the last rampage i noticed things were insane, and now i truly feel that too" - Dushine, 2015.

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12 Nov 2013 08:10 #7 by Andrew
I wonder how many people will open this thread and expect a download link right away...

On a more serious note, I've been looking forward to this announcement for a long time. You guys will really enjoy MBP 1.50 when it comes out.

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12 Nov 2013 09:26 #8 by RadiantVibe
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DL LINK WHERe?

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12 Nov 2013 10:14 #9 by RandomityGuy
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Yay,what features are disabled?

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12 Nov 2013 10:27 #10 by blueteak
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I keep refreshing, but the
--- Download link coming soon! ---
continues to taunt me...

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12 Nov 2013 11:24 #11 by IsraeliRD
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Nov 12, 2013, 2:14am, krishiv768 wrote:Yay,what features are disabled?

Ratings, most of the achievements and super challenges. There will also be a lack of some levels from MBG/P and multiplayer levels since there is no point for users to have those until the final 1.50. You guys need to beta test

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12 Nov 2013 12:28 #12 by RandomityGuy
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Yay!None of the features of platinum quest have been disabled,that makes that me think the beta is full version!
When is download link coming?

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12 Nov 2013 14:13 #13 by ProMarbler
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This isn't PQ.

Really happy to see that MBP is fast approaching! Can't wait! Will you update this topic when you post the link is updated?

Way to go guys! I will make sure to find a dozen bugs!

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12 Nov 2013 14:17 #14 by IsraeliRD
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We're not committing to any date.
This topic will be updated and topic title will be modified to reflect the change.

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12 Nov 2013 15:42 #15 by RandomityGuy
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Nov 12, 2013, 6:13am, Frozen bananas wrote:This isn't PQ.

Really happy to see that MBP is fast approaching! Can't wait! Will you update this topic when you post the link is updated?

Way to go guys! I will make sure to find a dozen bugs!

This is PQ because on this topic:MBP::Version 1.50 - Double Update,it was said MBP 1.50 is PQ.

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12 Nov 2013 15:48 #16 by IsraeliRD
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And if you read later on it was said numerous times PQ is NOT 1.50. It is a STANDALONE different mod altogether. 1.50 and PQ have nothing to do with each other except both are made by the Platinum Team.

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12 Nov 2013 15:54 #17 by Enigma
I can't wait for the download link. #hype

Nov 12, 2013, 7:48am, admin wrote:And if you read later on it was said numerous times PQ is NOT 1.50. It is a STANDALONE different mod altogether. 1.50 and PQ have nothing to do with each other except both are made by the Platinum Team.It took Krishiv a while, don't you think?

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12 Nov 2013 18:44 #18 by Marblemaster1
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Nov 12, 2013, 12:10am, andrewsears wrote:I wonder how many people will open this thread and expect a download link right away...

Well, I can admit that at least I did. But I can't wait for the DL link; I'll finally be able to play MP! (And help report bugs. Kinda maybe.)

*There was supposed to be a gif of a jackhammer on the F5 key but the link was broken so yeah *

Also, I seriously LOL'd for about 5 minutes at the last Q+A question. PQ WHERe?

while (!PQ.getIsReleased())
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12 Nov 2013 19:36 #19 by deathclock
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Great, I can't wait to play the beta. I have a question, do you need the LB account to play multiplayer?

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13 Nov 2013 00:08 #21 by Enigma
Nov 12, 2013, 11:36am, deathclock wrote:Great, I can't wait to play the beta. I have a question, do you need the LB account to play multiplayer?Yes. You can't play online without one.

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13 Nov 2013 01:24 #22 by ProMarbler
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Nope. Accounts are to be linked with forum accounts, rendering LB accounts obsolete. Please attempt to check your facts before answering.

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13 Nov 2013 02:53 #23 by Enigma
Nov 12, 2013, 5:24pm, Frozen bananas wrote:Nope. Accounts are to be linked with forum accounts, rendering LB accounts obsolete. Please attempt to check your facts before answering. Well, it depends on whether the new website will be released along with the beta version of 1.50. Otherwise... I would think it would still be the LB accounts.

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13 Nov 2013 02:55 #24 by IsraeliRD
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You will need to make new accounts for 1.50 Beta, it is not linked to the LBs at this time.

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13 Nov 2013 02:56 #25 by Enigma
Oh. Good to know, Matan. My bad.

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13 Nov 2013 03:05 #26 by Catzs
Thank you guys a lot! I am awaiting to play this game of which you guys worked so hard in!

Merci beaucoup!

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13 Nov 2013 04:12 #27 by Pyro
Happy to see a thread! To bout that I am disappointed that I can't play today, but hey, he who gives in to anticipation shall suffer eternally...

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14 Nov 2013 21:35 #28 by Marblemaster1
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And so that this post isn't just spam...
I am just really happy that what everybody has been waiting for for so long is finally nearing release. MBP team, you guys are awesome!

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14 Nov 2013 23:19 #29 by Three
PQ WHERe
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I mean, HOLY CRAP! This is AWESOME!! Seriously, keep up the amazing work, guys!

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15 Nov 2013 11:38 #30 by vivienne
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I have been waiting for this moment for some time. Now I await the precious download link!
#gethype

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