Winterfest is Here!

Hey everyone!

I am pleased to announce the annual Marble Blast Winterfest event has begun! Players will be able to partake in this years festivities from December 11th at 20:00 UTC through January 9th at 00:00 UTC.

This year, we've included some special new content for all of you:

  • NEW GAME MODE: MEGA MARBLE WAR - This game mode will be available permanently, starting with the Winterfest event! This game mode replaces King of the Hill with an improved variant we've been testing with various members of the community over the past few months. Grab your Mega Marble and knock opponent players out of bounds to score points! I'd like to thank everyone who had taken the time to try the new game mode and provide us with feedback throughout its development.
  • NEW WINTERFEST MULTIPLAYER PQ LEVELS - The PlatinumQuest team has been generous enough to provide us with two NEW PQ-winterized levels to explore this holiday season! Grab your friends and dive into some exciting new content!
  • NEW WINTERFEST MULTIPLAYER CUSTOM LEVELS - And if the PlatinumQuest levels weren't enough, we've added two brand new custom levels to the official Multiplayer Winterfest category!
  • NEW WINTERFEST ACHIEVEMENTS - Explorers rejoice! More exploration achievements have been added to the Winterfest levels!
  • And much, much more!

So sit back, relax, and compete with your friends in Marble Blast this holiday season!

Enjoy!

~Aayrl

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Alexnico replied the topic: #1 12 Dec 2016 07:51
The Update made my game not work for online mode.
The error said that a file (spooky.cs.dso) was changed (CHANGED ITSELF!)
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Ralph replied the topic: #2 11 Dec 2016 20:49
Alrighty, let's go! Thank you, devs!

Winterfest Returns Again!

Hey folks,

I'm pleased to announce the return of our annual Winterfest Event starting on December 11th, 2016! The event will run until January 9th. More details will be revealed later next week, so stay tuned for further updates regarding the start of the Winterfest event!

Additionally, the Marble Blast Advent Calendar has returned for 2016! Similar to last year, you'll be able to track theĀ Advent Calendar progress on this page. Be sure to sign in to the Marble Blast Website daily and visit your profile to claim your reward every day! You may find more hidden rewards this year as well!

Check out the Daily Advent Calendar (2016)!

Best Regards,

~Aayrl

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PacPlayer replied the topic: #1 10 Dec 2016 23:10
Fun fact: In the URL, if you change 16 to 15, you'll see the 2015 calendar. ( marbleblast.com/docs/cal16.php to marbleblast.com/docs/cal15.php )

Resignation

We all knew this was going to happen one day. Today is the day.

I am resigning from my posts as Administrator and Community Leader of this website. I want to further pursue my goals in life and need to spend more time towards them. However this is not a goodbye by any means. I will continue to work on PlatinumQuest and the various World Record Rampages, as well as other things, but will no longer take an active role in the decisions of this website.

I would like to welcome HiGuy as the main Administrator of this website. He has been with us for almost a decade and has played major role in the release of Marble Blast Emerald and lesser roles in other minor mods. His best work is inarguably for developing Marble Blast Platinum 1.50 and above, and doing the main work for PlatinumQuest (2017). He has also taken a very active role in this community and partakes in many activities that occur.

On a last note, I did ask HiGuy to leave me to be able to post news here so that I may still annoy everyone when necessary.

Until next time,
Matan

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Marblemaster1 replied the topic: #1 05 Dec 2016 18:45
While I have found myself drifting away from the MB community because of other things in my life, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everything you have done. Matan, you will be dearly missed.
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Technostar replied the topic: #2 27 Oct 2016 22:33
I haven't posted on these forums in a while (I'm waiting for PQ before making more levels, Citadel Castle was my last big one before PQ is released), but I have stopped by occasionally to see how things are going. Seeing this, I am reminiscing on all the progress our community has made with Matan as the leader. We have gone from a small group running exclusively off of GarageGames's website to a fully-fledged community with several game-changing mods, one of which (MBP) that is practically a full sequel to the original game. Now, we are less than 3 months away from the release of PQ, the largest mod ever constructed for this game. I am grateful for your leadership, Matan! I hope that you find the same enjoyment in your other pursuits that you did in Marble Blast!
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BlastedMarble replied the topic: #3 26 Oct 2016 04:02
Thank you for everything, IsraeliRD. Needless to say, you've contributed a whole lot in this community. Whether it be World Record Rampages, PlatinumQuest, and, of course, how everything in this community started.

A small gift

I've teased for many months now about the May 2007 staff build, and now it is available for the public. You can download it for both Windows and Mac or find it on the bottom of the Downloads page. Thanks to HiGuy for helping me compile these builds. Just extract the .zip file into a new directory and you're good to go!

No bugs or mistakes will be fixed. This version is unsupported and released solely for the enjoyment of this community.

Only changes done to this build were to ensure compatibility for both Windows and Mac. Windows users can delete the Contents directory as it contains the Mac executable and data.

Known issues and additional info about this version:

- Windows users will likely crash after loading Hazardous House twice by entering the level, and quitting it and then attempting to enter it again
- Windows users will crash if The Time Modifier Race is not played first, or any level is played second after TTMR. The reason is that this level uses exactly 512 interiors, which is the hardcoded Windows interior limit.
- LSmultiplayer is a Multiplayer-based map Lonestar made which will not work on Windows as it uses more than 512 interiors.
- Windows users should avoid playing too many levels, as the 512 interior limit exists. When the game crashes, your prefs.cs doesn't save at all, unless you saved it first by quitting the game normally.
- Sanctuary is a level from Xelna which was never ported to the final version of the game. You can add it yourself to the custom directory (does the interior exist? didn't check, don't care)
- Some .recs are available. Some will work on windows, some on Mac, maybe they don't work at all. I don't know.
- The fried egg skybox exists. Best skybox in all of Marble Blast's history.
- Also the old interface. God the horrors.
- NO CHECKPOINTS as we didn't have any code for it back then
- Some levels are incomplete, such as Ultimate Tree. Except levels by Jase and Phil, the rest were made in the Level Editor. Most levels are also easier/harder than their final version counterparts.
- Note that Tarmac is easier... :)
- Ultimate/Easter Egg Guides are available, dated May 2007 as well.
- You can qualify the next level by pressing the middle of the P in the level select menu.
- Source is available for certain stuff. Have fun.

Enjoy,
Matan and HiGuy

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HiGuy replied the topic: #1 04 Sep 2017 05:01
The page linked in the top post: files.marbleblast.com/oldmbp.html
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Yoshicraft224 replied the topic: #2 04 Sep 2017 03:42
What do you mean by the old downloads page?
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HiGuy replied the topic: #3 26 Jul 2017 03:20
Yeah download them from the old downloads page, extract, and open. They won't work online but you can still play the levels offline.

Labor Day Madness 2016: Aftermath

Hey everyone!

I wanted to thank all of our community members who were able to participate in the 2016 Labor Day Madness event! The Marble Blast Community Staff had a great time hosting the event and were equally impressed by how stable the game servers have become!

If you were unable to make today's event, fear not! Aayrl will be hosting more community events in the near future! Keep your eyes and ears on the Forums for details!

Having so many of you community members with the time and energy to dedicate to Marble Blast is astonishing, and the turnout this year was surely something to be proud of. While I didn't nab a photo of the website homepage at the time (I got one a few minutes before, shown below...), we did reach a maximum server capacity of 29 / 32 players a few minutes after the start of the event. A huge round of applause for all of you who made this possible!

While the server was a little unhappy with 29 concurrent clients connected (and neither was my router!) it did manage to play the game at a whopping 3 FPS. After some quick setting changes on my end (and some assistance from HiGuy), I was able to bring the players back up to around 20 - 30 FPS (though, I had to spectate most of the games to accomplish this.) Overall, the majority of you had informed me the latency was "manageable", and I believe we even identified the cause of some server stress as well! Going forward, we'll certainly see if we can strive towards stable 32 player environments, as we're looking to hold similar events in the future where we expect massive turnout!

Additionally, during our annual "spawn-camp King of the Marble" round, El_Robert and Rozi battled (not really, they were just sitting on Yellow Gem spawns hoping the random number generator would work in their favor) to shatter the King of the Marble multiplayer record, but in the end, El_Robert prevailed with a whopping 506 points! (Rozi was not far behind with 486). Next year, I think we can aim for 750, what do you say?

Lastly, I know some of you whom participated livestreamed the event and/or recorded some of the gameplay - Please feel free to share your recording(s) in the comments section below! We'd love to see how things went from your point of view! HiGuy is currently working on a series of videos, which we'll list shortly after they're available. In the meantime, here's some of our favorite action shots captured by yours truly from this afternoon:

28 players on King of the Marble? How is this even playable?

24 Players on King of the Ring was quite fun to spectate - half of the marbles just spun around the outside the entire time, really wish I had some footage from Spectator view for all of you!

22 Players on Sprawl turned into an absolute brawl!

There were tons of campers and some fierce Mega Marbles during All Angles!

HiGuy steals the Platinum Gem to assert his lead during a round of Marbleland!

Nukesweeper, anyone? I think most of you spent the round Out of Bounds!

Three Minute Madness felt more like Three Minutes of Skillshots!

Towards the end of the event, our fellow marbles enjoy a relaxing picnic with some Fun in the Sun.

Thank you again, and we'll certainly see you next year for more Labor Day Madness!

~Aayrl
Marble Blast Community Manager

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Aayrl replied the topic: #1 08 Sep 2016 00:33

Pokko wrote:
It was fun, but here in eastern Europe it was getting late (21.00 on my timezone when event started)


I apologize about the timeframe of the event for some of our European players. It's quite difficult as you can imagine to schedule something for the entire community to partake in when we have members all over the globe (which is great, btw!)

I'll make sure there's another event in a few weeks that Europe will have more reasonable hours to attend!

~Aayrl
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Pokko replied the topic: #2 07 Sep 2016 21:32
It was fun, but here in eastern Europe it was getting late (21.00 on my timezone when event started) and the lag was horrible.
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Xedron replied the topic: #3 07 Sep 2016 04:15
Despite all the awful lag (mostly at the start..) this was a pretty fun event to do! Thanks Aaryl for organizing this event.

Also, I love how in the Three Minute Madness photo, Nobody is literally covering up half the marbles playing.. :P

"...he used Savage Brick power-up to block the view!" - Discord