Halloween is over? Not here!

I am pleased to announce that this Saturday, November 9th, I'll be running the Frightfest-based tournament called Monster Mash. As with last year, this tournament is spooky and has ghosts, though they're less cumbersome unlike last year, thanks to a good fright I gave them.

Sign-ups for this event are ... different. You can sign-up ahead by pinging me on #tourney-hype on our Marble Blast discord channel, or just show up this Saturday at 15:45 UTC on the leaderboards and announce your intention to play. We will begin at 16:20 UTC, with sign ups closing 5 minutes prior and the randomizer giving us spooky matchups.

It is recommended to check your pings to Tsuf and Thistle and preparing to play on both.
Further details are posted within the thread of this news post, so be sure to check it out.

- Matan

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IsraeliRD replied the topic: #1 09 Nov 2019 20:59
Congratulations to MBOUltimate for winning first place in exciting and grueling matches, and massive props to Robert on 2nd place. Also congratulations to Alexnico and Storminorman as semi-finalists, and thank you to Mazik, Nathan, ItzJean and SergJ2005 for playing and giving us fantastic matches.

You can view full results here: challonge.com/hnfuozob

Hope to see you all in the Winterfest tournament!
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IsraeliRD replied the topic: #2 06 Nov 2019 19:23
Tournament Details

Date and time
Saturday, November 9th at 16:20 UTC.

To compare UTC to your local timezone, you may use one of the following internet services: greenwichmeantime , timeanddate , timezoneconverter .

This tournament will be run on PlatinumQuest's Online section, so please confirm that you have signed up there and activated your account on MarbleBlast.com. When you join the event your Online username will be used.

It is your own responsibility to make sure you show up at the correct time (15:45 to 16:15 UTC) and date. The entire tournament will be finished within an estimated 4-6 hours, so please make sure to clear your schedule in advance.

Prizes
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
- First place: 50 USD
- Second place: 20 USD
- Semi-Finalists: 10 USD each

The prizes are sponsored by Matan.
You can select on receiving the prize as a gift card on either Amazon.com or Steam.


Rules and Formalities

Event Format
The tournament will be played as a single elimination tournament in best of three rounds up to the semi finals and finals, which both will be played as best of five rounds. There won't be a 3rd place match.
The person who chooses the first match is chosen by a coin flip done by me, and then the next map will be chosen by alternating between both players. Should a tie breaker occur (scores of 1-1 or 2-2), the final match will be picked by the in-game randomizer.
All games must be played with Ghosts enabled for our entertainment and your suffering.

Titles and Achievements
A number of unique titles and flairs are available to be won in addition to the above prizes. Their timely arrival is not guaranteed.

Servers
Each game must be played on Tsuf or Thistle, and both players must be present in the chosen server. Additional observers are strongly discouraged as to avoid excessive lag connection, but should both players agree that additional observers can watch, they may open additional slots.

Map pool
All Frightfest maps can be played.

Seeding
Players are entered into challonge which will then seed them randomly into their spots.

Result Reporting
Games will be reported via live stream, and should Matan crash during the match, both players should continue the game and report the match results. Once your match is finished you must wait until your next round in the leaderboard's lobby.

Conduct at the Event
Any conduct which tends to disrupt the event, including a failure to follow its instructions or discourteous or disruptive conduct generally may result in disqualification from the tournament. Players or individuals that disrupt or attempt to disrupt the event will be kicked or banned.

Camping
Not allowed, no exceptions. If a ghost gets you, go back to the gems spawn and get those gems.

Disconnection issues
Should a player be disconnected mid-match, the following data is required: level played, time remaining, scores and who was closest to the next spawn (if applicable). If there is a clear winner, that person will be given the game point. If not, the match will be replayed. Intentional disconnecting will result in exclusion from the tournament. Cheating will result in an immediate ban from the tournament and all MarbleBlast.com services.

Being Late or Away
Players should check-in on the leaderboards between 15:45 to 16:15 UTC. Players that fail to check-in or that do not show up to their match will be disqualified. At this point their opponent will advance. Players are expected to continue playing until eliminated or until the end of the tournament is reached. I am being lenient by skipping over your turn if you're idle/afk/brb unless you are withholding the next round's match (i.e. final match before semi finals, or quarter finals etc.), in which case you will be disqualified and your opponent will advance.

Registration
If you accept the rules and wish to participate in this tournament, please post on the #tourney-hype channel on the Marble Blast discord channel, or just show up between 15:45 and 16:15 UTC and announce your intention to play.

Please do not sign up if you are not 100% sure that you will be attending the tournament.
If something comes up and you are unable to attend the tournament, please post on the #tourney-hype channel ASAP.

Streaming
The event will be streamed live by Matan, at twitch.tv/IsraeliRD


Good luck to all players!

macOS Catalina and Marble Blast

macOS Catalina was released this Monday and has removed support for 32-bit applications. Marble Blast, and by extension, PlatinumQuest, will not run on macOS Catalina. If you want to continue playing Marble Blast on macOS, do not update past macOS Mojave.

Future builds of PlatinumQuest will continue to support the same versions of macOS (10.7 - 10.14) but if you update your computer there are a few alternative ways to play:

  • Install a Windows Virtual Machine and play the Windows version of PlatinumQuest.
  • Install a Linux Virtual Machine and play the Windows version via WinE or Proton.
  • Hopefully in time, CodeWeavers will update WinE on macOS to support running 32-bit programs.

Thanks for playing with us for all these years. We'll let you know if we add support for running PlatinumQuest on macOS Catalina.

- HiGuy

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Josep_Nollette replied the topic: #1 13 Oct 2019 05:19
In all honesty it is much easier to run an older version of Windows on a virtual machine than it is to run an older version of Mac OS X on the same. To run older PowerPC apps on an Intel "Mac" sold after Lion came out, one had to purchase Snow Leopard Server (the 'Client' version is not legally supported) and run it via a virtual machine. This was one thing that made me, hitherto a Mac fan, lose interest in the Mac platform and buy a Windows-based PC in March 2016.

IMHO the Mac died in 2006 when they ditched the PowerPC CPU in favor of Intel's x86 architecture. From 1984 up until 2006, one thing that made the Macintosh stand out from the IBM PC and compatible systems was its use of a CPU not named Intel 80x86. As a result, Macs at the time couldn't run Windows, and IBM-compatibles couldn't run contemporary versions of Mac OS. For this reason, I hesitate to call these Intel PCs with an Apple logo on them 'Macs' anymore. On the other hand, 'Apple PC' doesn't have the same ring to it.
To this day Apple is the last 'old-school' computer company to tie its own in-house-developed OS with its own hardware instead of bundling another company's OS and separate drivers like with Dell, HP and Lenovo. Had Apple not been so short-sighted as to restrict the Intel-versions of Mac OS X to its own computers in 2006, maybe then they'd have an install base comparable to that of Windows, and they wouldn't have to ditch 32-bit software compatibility.
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Nathan125 replied the topic: #2 11 Oct 2019 01:28
I'm still on High Sierra, so I'm good. X3
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Isoplere replied the topic: #3 10 Oct 2019 05:32
About CodeWeavers - their applications are great, and I have been using CrossOver for five years. As far as I know, there were no plans to expand to 32-bit software, but now that Catalina is removing 32 bit support for most applications, I am sure they are trying to come up with solutions to make a 64-bit Crossover as we write this..

Let us not give up hope, and let us pester Codeweavers for inquiries if we have to.

- Isoplere

Congratulations to Aayrl!

Today I, alongside HiGuy, had the pleasure to attend Aayrl's wedding. It's been a fantastic wedding and we greatly enjoyed it. It was also incredible for the three of us to meet each other in person and get some great photos, eat plenty and dance as well. There's a video of us three dancing somewhere....

Please join me in wishing Aayrl best of luck in his new life, and lots of happiness!

Matan

 

Left to right: HiGuy, Aayrl, Matan

 

HiGuy going first in the Marble Blast Championship of Jenga!

 

Matan thinking hard which piece should be moved carefully because HiGuy is winning hard at this point (spoilers: HiGuy won)

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zachman99323 replied the topic: #1 08 Oct 2019 21:36
Thanks for sharing this! Congratulations Aayrl!!
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RealPavle replied the topic: #2 08 Oct 2019 12:54
Awesome!!!
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Nathan125 replied the topic: #3 06 Oct 2019 16:12
Congratulations Aayrl on your wedding! I wish you luck on your future days in the realms of marriage under god.

Level Packs 50-59 Released

Level Packs 50-59 are here, bringing 50 more custom levels to the Leaderboards! These levels were selected mostly by the community (some time ago), and contain some of the best Gold/Platinum custom levels from 2017 and before.

Check them out now on the Leaderboards in the latest version of PlatinumQuest, available to download under the Downloads menu!
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Labor Day Madness 2019!

Hello all,

The Marble Blast Community Staff will again be holding our annual Labor Day Madness event!

This year, the event will run on Monday, September 2nd from 2:00 PM EDT (18:00 UTC) - 4:00 PM EDT (20:00 UTC). Please join us in Aayrl's "Labor Day Madness" Server at the time specified!

The event will feature several rounds of traditional gameplay, a series of special Event Custom Levels (including some from the Marble Blast Developer Archives), and end with a full play-through of the classic Marble Blast Gold levels in a round of multiplayer Co-Op!

See you online tomorrow!

~Aayrl
Marble Blast Community Administrator

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