This evening, the sandbox server was upgraded to the newest version of autopilot: Version 2.0
This new version is a little more stable, a little less buggy and has a good deal of new features. Here’s what it does for the Sandbox server:
- Pauses the game when there are less than two players
- Greets all players as they join, giving a message of the day, including a link to the Wiki and an admin email in case of trouble
- Logs all of the in-game chat to a database, so that the game’s conversation can be followed on the web
- Automatically changes the server password every five minutes, to keep the server free from casual vandals and other disruptive types (the server’s password being available through the wiki or from members on IRC)
- Connects the #openttdcoop IRC channel with the in-game chat, allowing people in the IRC channel to converse with players int he game, and vice versa
- Provides a plethora of commands to IRC users, including the ability to see who’s playing on the server, and in which company, and to request various URLs for the community.
Commands are given in the IRC channel by preceding them with a ! or by sending a private message to sandbox. A quick rundown of the commands:
version shows the autopilot version
newgrf (currently disabled due to extreme verbosity) lists the newgrf lines you’d need in your openttd.cfg
companies lists the companies that are in the game
players lists the players that are int he game
url gives the #openttdcoop web site address
wiki gives the URL of the wiki
blog gives the URL of this blog
email gives the email address of an admin (er, mine, as it happens…)
revision shows the revision number of the openttd server
playercount shows you the number of players inthe game
companycount shows you the number of companies in the game
There are a couple of others, too. Commands can be added, modified and removed by the server admins as they see fit.
The software will be released to the general public for testing once the documentation has been written.