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new dmod -- THE LAST QUEST (part 1): The Oraculum

September 19th 2016, 07:49 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
I have uploaded the 1.0 version of a new dmod this past weekend. Once it is posted for general downloading, be sure to let me know of any problems that I need to address within it.

Thanks and have fun.
September 19th 2016, 09:47 AM
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JustaGhost
Ghost
 
Are you sure you released this D-Mod here?
I can't find it...
September 19th 2016, 10:07 AM
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scratcher
Bard bloop
cigarette bonca 
There doesn't seem to be any dmod in the list of files waiting for approval. Maybe the upload failed?
September 19th 2016, 10:38 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
I definitely uploaded it and I am pretty sure I didn't do anything wrong. I think that ReDink (Dan Walma) has to do something to make the upload available for download.

I clicked on the [Contribute] button, then [New File] panel. Then I filled out the Description and ticked the category [x] D-Mod, Chose a file from my computer's hard drive (lastqst1.dmod) and clicked on the [Submit] button.

If I made a mistake somewhere, then I'd be happy to upload it again, but would like to know what I did wrong first.
September 19th 2016, 10:52 AM
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scratcher
Bard bloop
cigarette bonca 
Check Contribute -> View Contributions. You should see your file there, along with its current status (pending/approved/rejected). If it's not there at all, that means the file didn't upload properly for some reason. I think the uploading process can be a bit iffy, since there isn't any kind of loading bar, nor, I think, even a failure message; you just click submit, and then wait for the page to finish loading. If your internet connection breaks up during this time, or the DN servers go down for a moment, that can easily lead to a corrupted file/no file uploaded at all.
September 19th 2016, 12:13 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Thanks for your help.

This time I got a message when the upload was complete that said "Your file was added successfully, and it will be reviewed by a staff member soon.".

I then went to Contribute -> View Contributions and saw this information:

Type Title Updated Status
Version THE LAST QUEST (part 1): The Oraculum v1.00 Sep 19 2016 Pending
File THE LAST QUEST (part 1): The Oraculum Sep 19 2016 Pending

So, I think it worked this time. However, I do not (yet) see it on the "Latest Files" section of the http://www.dinknetwork.com/files/ page.

September 19th 2016, 03:03 PM
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JustaGhost
Ghost
 
Can you only upload D-mods, if you have an account?
September 19th 2016, 05:22 PM
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DackFight
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
You'd probably want to make an account to upload it on, so no one takes credit for your work or that we know you're really you. I've seen some files uploaded by ghosts, but anyone can pose as them here and I can't even remember their names so you can tell how important they are.

Plus for the contributions tab, if the staff reject it for a list of reasons (link) you'd probably want to know what the problem was (If there is a problem) without having to wait for them to finish refilling their soda machines.
September 20th 2016, 06:37 AM
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GOKUSSJ6
Peasant Male Poland steam
Everyone should get a pizza for free in each week. 
It's not in Latest Files because the admins hadn't added it yet. Hence why you have Pending at the end.
September 20th 2016, 06:38 AM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Female Australia steam
kosovo je srbija 
It used to be the case back in the day that you'd send your file as an attachment to redink and he'd add it to the site without needing an account.
September 20th 2016, 07:22 AM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
Can't wait to try it.
September 20th 2016, 08:55 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
If I am able to post to the forum, and have an icon and such, isn't that all the account I could possibly need?
September 21st 2016, 07:24 AM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
WHEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEE'SSSSSSS THEEEEEEEEEEEEE D-MMMMMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!?
September 21st 2016, 09:44 AM
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leprochaun
Peasant Male Japan xbox steam bloop
Responsible for making things not look like ass 
Can you only upload D-mods, if you have an account?

you can email it to a staff member and they'll take care of it too.
September 28th 2016, 03:12 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
It seems that there is a delay in getting uploaded dmods to be made available for download. In recent weeks, both I and Baphomet have uploaded some work and it seems RobJ may do so soon as well.

Since that first weekend I have tried to reach Redink by email, to no avail. I can't stand this interminable waiting #!@^$%!

1) How long do we usually wait for one of the DN administrative staff persons to get around to making these files available (on the Latest Files section of the http://www.dinknetwork.com/files/ page)?
2) What is the longest it has taken in the past?

September 28th 2016, 04:33 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Female United States xbox steam duck bloop
i like pie 
well anyways, i messages him after reading your post because i am the court jester now i guess.

still nothin. but mayyybe he'll see it eventually. then we'll have 93 new dmods
September 28th 2016, 05:00 PM
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Quiztis
Peasant Male Sweden steam bloop
Life? What's that? Can I download it?! 
True, it's taken much longer than usual. :/ it's a mystery to everyone
September 28th 2016, 06:10 PM
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DackFight
Peasant Male United States
Making Topics off-track faster then you can say it 
It's the end of the DN, it was foretold in the prophecy.

1. That which is old, will get wrinkly (Ms.Dink's prune collection got wet and then had to be dried again)

2. 2 Jesters will cross in a night (Skurn playing 2 Jester cards.... when we were playing UNO [Though would that be 3 jesters?])

3. A wolf will howl while there is no moon (Kris' dog wouldn't stop making noise when there wasn't a moon, also Kris wouldn't answer any messages when I tried to tell him)

4. A Demon will spawn (After 5 months, Striker's collection of rubbish/gifts from Skurn, turned into a living breathing monster when he was flexing and produced some sweat that fell on it)

5. Adventures will be cut short (That is either now, or when I plan to shoot one of us in the knee)

There is more, but it seems like it is destined.
September 28th 2016, 09:19 PM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
I apologize, SlipDink. Thank you for your contributions, I'm sorry that I didn't address your e-mail sooner.

1) Based on the last couple years worth of new files, they're usually approved within around 2-7 days.

2) I think a few years ago we had some files that stayed pending for about 2 months. The biggest delay I found was 'Dink and the Bonca' (submitted Jun 28 2014, approved Jul 14 2014, for a total of 16 days).
September 29th 2016, 04:15 AM
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shevek
Peasant Netherlands
Never be afraid to ask, but don't demand an answer 
I just started playing this, and found a few bugs:

- In the smith's basement, the exit doesn't work; it brings you to the shop screen, but outside the shop area. Walking around it to the door warps you outside (and thus back in the normal game area), so that's a workaround, but there should be a warp from the cellar to the stairs.

- After helping the monster, trying to enter hir private room locks up the game; zi says "Hey, that is my private lair!", it plays the ORACULUM sound and I can't move. The only thing that still works is pressing space, which plays the sound again. The text doesn't even vanish. Perhaps it was because I pressed space while the text was displayed. Anyway, there doesn't seem to be a workaround, so I'll need to restart from my last save.
September 29th 2016, 07:32 AM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
YOUR D-MOD HAS BEEN RELEASED!! I am off to play it now.
September 29th 2016, 07:39 AM
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JustaGhost
Ghost
 
FINALLY!!
September 29th 2016, 10:57 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Thanks for your detailed answer and (as always) everything dink that you do.
September 29th 2016, 11:01 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Excellent bug report shevek! Thanks. I have addressed these two matters and they will be part of my 1.1 release.

Since the two issues seem to have minimal workarounds, I won't post my 1.1 version right away and will await further reports from dinkers around the world.

Keep me informed folks!
September 29th 2016, 03:31 PM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
Good D-mod. The story is really good!
September 29th 2016, 03:40 PM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Thanks Baphomet! I am very pleased to know that the story appeals to you.
September 29th 2016, 04:10 PM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
I like to play D-mods that have a good story line.
September 30th 2016, 04:45 PM
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shevek
Peasant Netherlands
Never be afraid to ask, but don't demand an answer 
Another one, I have no idea how but &candlerooms can become -1, and then the next candle refuses to jump into the lantern. This can be "fixed" by changing == into <= on line 44 of lantern.c. Of course it doesn't fix the problem (because I have no idea what that is; it seems that the function must run twice in parallel or something), but it makes the lantern work again.
October 1st 2016, 07:29 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Again thanks for your detailed error reports and (in this case) even an excellent "fix" for the problem. Like you, I'm a bit puzzled about how the &candleroom variable got decremented twice so that it became less than zero.

I'm guessing it must be that Dink quickly moved from one room to another and perhaps hesitated on the boundary moving back at least once so that he "entered" two rooms in rapid succession.

Anyway, thanks again for the bug-spotting and the help you offered in fixing it.

Do you think this lantern.c bug is a great enough threat to playing the game that I should now upload my 1.1 version with this handful of fixes?

1.1 patches:
- minor textual changes in warptalk.c
- eliminated freeze in bonclair.c and altered text, etc.
- fixed broken warp in smith's basement (screen 578) to his upstairs shop area
- adjusted warp point a bit further down in the quiet forest (screen 706)
- changed == into <= on line 44 of lantern.c in case &candlerooms becomes less than zero

October 7th 2016, 10:02 AM
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Baphomet
Peasant Male Germany
Tanke och tal!!! Ro! Ro in sinnets land!!! 
This is a great D-mod SlipDink