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The new gameplay mode YOU requested! Also, fixes and HUD polishing and persistent XP/titles, but mostly the new gameplay mode, really.

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Hello! Those of you who frequently check Sidekick may have noticed that Build 5 was released yesterday.

With it, we’ve released a new game mode! You clamoured for a free-for-all mode in Blade Symphony, and we have delivered: “Freelance,” a hybrid between free-for-all and duels.

In Freelance mode, everyone can attack everyone else. However, you can challenge anyone to a duel by using the new challenge button (vs_challenge - you’ll need to bind it in the options). If they accept, you’ll be in a private duel - you can only damage each other.

Additionally, we’ve added a new type of map - free_ maps. Since FFA does not work with the three-arena setup of our existing maps, map type will now determine gameplay mode. duel_ maps are restricted to Duel mode only, and free_ maps can be either (single-arena) Duel or FFA. To go with this, we’ve added a single-arena version of box called free_box.

You’ll also notice we’ve added some new HUD elements (especially for the challenge mechanic) and in general, redesigned our HUD elements to look a little bit less scruffy.

Round End info

Steve's Iron Sword

Caduceus Chord

Plus: more swords, persistent XP and titles, bugfixes and sound changes! Here’s the full changelog:

Changelog wrote:

    Additions & Changes:

  • Added a Freelance (FFA + Private Duel) game mode where all players start in a large deathmatch style arena and are able to challenge other players to a duel. Requires a map restart.
  • Game mode is now determined by the map name. For example duel_monastery will always run as a duel-only map. Whereas, free_box will run as an FFA+Duel map.
  • Renamed “box” to “duel_box”
  • New keyboard command vs_challenge bound to C by default. Can issue duel challenges to players in Freelance mode.
  • Added free_box map for testing free for all and private duels.
  • Added box.vmf to serve as a reference point for Blade Symphony mappers.
  • [#3276] Added a message explaining a time limit to changing sword models.
  • Added a round end notification which shows how much experience and rating a player has earned.
  • Added earned titles based on experience points which are append the player’s name on the scoreboard. A list of experience points and titles can be found here.
  • Changed most heads-up display messages and user-interface elements to use a newer, prettier version with cool sounds and effects.
  • Changed ambient effects in Library arena in Monastery to be louder.
  • Changed attacks that are un-blockable to have a red-orange tracer coming from the sword.
  • Added a new sword: Caduceus Chord
  • Added a new sword: Minecraftian Minuet
  • Bug fixes:

  • [#3324] Fixed a bug which caused the player’s choice of character to not stick when initially spawning with tournament game mode on.
  • [#3346] [#3347] Fixed some small issues with Character Selection Notifications.
  • Fixed a timing issue which caused Reverse String 2 to be really difficult to hit with when attacking with Tier 3.
  • Fixed stance and string HUD so it displays correctly on at least 768px tall resolution.

As usual, the updated server package is available in this thread.

Oh, and because we think you’re awesome, here’s a new beta key for you and your friends. It’s valid for 200 uses, so get one quick:

da554880921744cf

(Use it at Blade-symphony.com)

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

It's Jedi Academy all over again!

You guys rock!

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urinalcake
urinalcake

No. You rock!

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urinal-cake
urinal-cake

Oh hey, I totally made that comment on my other mistake account. Great!

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ZPower
ZPower

Awesomesauce is awesome. <3

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Darthlex
Darthlex

Hmm .. I wonder what Exp will be for.

So far this is going in a nice direction. The Caduceus Chord seems like it is a tad longer than the other swords, but I guess this may just be the angle?

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Docs.google.com

This is what XP is for.

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urinal-cake
urinal-cake

We've also talked about having swords and other things be unlocked by Achievements and Experience. For example, the Minecraftian Minuet.

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kazumo
kazumo

Awesome! Can't wait to try it out :3

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FJS
FJS

Downloading right now!

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Theon
Theon

A Minecraft sword! :D

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (yes, I was bored at the time I am posting this)

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Anddos
Anddos

do i need a beta key ?

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urinal-cake
urinal-cake

Unless you are part of the Puny Human Appreciation Network (or PHAN Club) for short,) at Punyhumangames.com then you will need a beta key to access Blade Symphony right now.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

sounds great :> will update my version soon i guess ;p

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rainerwain
rainerwain

It gives me an error, something about not finding the file

Connecting to us1.sync.punyhumangames.com...

*** exception: Das System kann die angegebene Datei nicht finden

Done.

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tomnobsnob
tomnobsnob

I'm having the same issue I think...

Trying to ask for help here -

Punyhumangames.com

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KindredPhantom
KindredPhantom

Try selecting a different server.

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urinal-cake
urinal-cake

We've also updated Sidekick a few times both today and yesterday, so try running it again, and most, if not all, connection issues should be fixed.

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

You should make a gamemode like this free-for-all but with 3 teams, would be so badass :)

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FJS
FJS

Im having this error Img856.imageshack.us when I try to join a server. Also there is only one map in my list, is that right? Oh and Sidekick doesnt appear to recognize the version of the game.

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KindredPhantom
KindredPhantom

Open up sidekick choose a different server and then update. It doesn't matter if sidekick doesn't recognise your version of the game, after a successful update it will.

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FJS
FJS

Ok, opnening Sidekick from ...\sourcemods\BladeSymphony\ and choosing the second server made the program work. Updating right now.

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tomnobsnob
tomnobsnob

try opening sidekick in the actual mod folder itself then try updating.

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DzjengisKhan
DzjengisKhan

Awsome mod, thank you very much for the beta key ;)

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tomnobsnob
tomnobsnob

Sweet, now to get it working ^^

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Esoj
Esoj

yes you need a beta key or to be a phan.

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WarlockSyno
WarlockSyno

Boo-yeah! I got one! Thanks guys!

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Prigle
Prigle

this looks so epic!

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poundsyourfacein
poundsyourfacein

i was getting an engine error but i think it was because i didnt update. luckily i caught myself!

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Craka_J
Craka_J

Grats on the release. :]

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Ziltara
Ziltara

Hmm really wanted to test this mod, looks like kingdoms kolide alot, 1337 mod u know, but my question is, when is it going to be downloaded without pay for it?? like a public relise? Peace, and once again! NICE mode dudes!

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urinal-cake
urinal-cake

It can be downloaded now, by anyone. However, to play in a server, you need to have a key for the closed beta (which we provided in this newspost) or be part of the Puny Human Appreciation Network at Punyhumangames.com

We've been giving out beta keys, which can be redeemed at Blade-symphony.com on various websites, and through our twitter and facebook feeds. Follow those, and you should get a key pretty soon. We're not telling anyone to become a PHAN to play Blade Symphony, but we are encouraging the support so that we can pay for our monthly costs (and the game servers we currently have up in Europe and Eastern United States.)

We're giving access to those that donate, but it won't be permanent. The game will be accessible by anyone upon it's release, but we don't plan on giving early access to updates for those that donate right now.

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Keeferz!
Keeferz!

Is this Source engine? :O HL2 mod... looks too good for Source :D

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jerry111
jerry111

looks polished like hell. downloading.

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TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden

Like the look of this mod... except all those flashing lights on those swords.. I would prefer it looked a bit more realistic. Either give them lightsabers or remove those flashes, just looks ugly.

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