I'm happy to announce the release of our custom siege regions plugin, which introduces PvP siege regions to Nations. The wiki page for the plugin can be read here.
Naval and PvP sieges will now be referred to as assaults, and siege regions as assault regions.
Assault regions are now owned by nations rather than individuals. To begin an assault, a nation member with the rank of general, co-leader or leader must enter an assault region during its attack time windows (/aregion info <region name>) and type /assault begin <region name>.
Item rewards are treated as a stream of nation resources, and monetary rewards are deposited in the nation bank.
The primary objective of PvP assaults is to control various flags across the map, similar to the team PvP arenas on /server pvp. Flags are marked with beacons. Controlling flags and killing enemy players will award you with points. The assault can end early if one side wins a certain number of points. Precise values can be found in /aregion info <region name>.
PvP assaults have some properties that distinguish them from SiegeWar sieges and Movecraft assaults:
There are currently two PvP regions:
All regions except Sahara are organised into theaters of war, of which there are currently three:
Controlling every region inside a theater provides your nation with bonus rewards! Check /theater info <theater name> for more information.
You may notice there is overlap between theaters; this is intentional.
Movecraft battles remain largely the same, with a few changes:
This plugin was started by Rattlyy and I have been working on it intermittently since his departure.
We're pleased to introduce siege statistics to Nations. Powered by a custom plugin that collects data during battle sessions, they are now available to view both in-game and on a dedicated website.
The new sieges website, sieges.ccnetmc.com, allows you to explore all siege records held by the server.
The home page lists all siege kills and can be filtered by player name. You can further refine your search by choosing to view only their kills or deaths.
A death is registered as your kill if you dealt the most damage to the player over the 10 second period before their death. It registers as an assist for everyone else who dealt damage during that period.
The sieges page lists all sieges and can be filtered by town name. Each siege has a link to its own page.
The individual page for each siege reveals finer details, such as the number of kills, deaths and assists for each side.
Further down, a graph displays the progression of the siege balance and earned battle points by battle session.
See the list of players for whom statistics are available in the players page.
Each player's page displays their personal statistics, including KDR and KDA, as well as their kills and deaths.
Prefer viewing statistics from in-game? No problem. There are currently three commands:
Siege statistics are experimental, so be on the look out for bugs. Name changes are not currently supported, but may be in the future. Have any suggestions? Let us know on the suggestions forum, or as a reply to this thread.
A longstanding issue on Nations is the escalation of small sieges into large wars involving all major nations. This is partly due to player politics, but also the ease with which anyone can switch to another nation's town to participate in their sieges. That eliminates the challenges posed by distance and makes it trivial to intervene in any siege.
To address this, we will test a "loyalty" system on Nations:
Example: Gaining Loyalty
Example: Participating in a Siege
When will loyalty be enabled?
The loyalty requirement for siege participation will be enabled for the sieges beginning Friday April 14. Until then, loyalty will still be recorded; in fact, it has been recorded for the past few days. You can view your current loyalties using the command /res loyalties.
Please reply to the thread with your submission and the following details:
There is now a temporary copy of Nations for testing the new gun and cannon changes that are detailed below. Some of these changes may interest you; others, I suspect, may leave you aghast. All, few or even none of the changes may ultimately make it onto Nations. The purpose of the testing is to determine which of them are suitable for implementation on the main server.
Guns are organized into four categories: bolt-action rifles, carbines, sidearms and light machine guns.
New weapons are listed in bold:
Bullet drag exists for all guns. This will be more subtle on weapons which fire high velocity projectiles. Even with rifles, however, you will need to compensate for drag at long ranges or if aiming for headshots.
Recoil is now smooth. The previous recoil mechanic instantly moved your view to the updated gun position, which was especially jarring on machine guns. Guns can now also recover from recoil.
Machine guns are a lot less janky, particularly for users with high ping.
All gun models have been retextured and improved. Most guns will have different models for their hip-fire and aimed states; some even have different models for reloads.
Bullets are now visualized using both items and projectile models generously created by PuR1Fy_exe, who has also created new ammunition textures.
Damage for almost every gun now varies by range. Some guns will be highly effective at short ranges and weak at long ranges; others will only excel at long-range.
Finally, guns no longer do knockback. This was an annoying issue that could not be eliminated with the previous plugin.
The damage table for the guns below can be found here.
The table lists 'raw' damage values which are not useful by themselves. Here's how they translate to damage inflicted on a player wearing full P4 Diamond:
For example, a Mosin-Nagant will deal 1.5 hearts of damage to a P4 Diamond player that is between 0 and 29 blocks away.
Suppression and Shell Shock
Suppression still amplifies damage that a player receives. However, it now increases all gun damage — not just damage from rifles — and suppressed players will glow to make them easier to identify. Importantly, you can no longer regain health from satiation while suppressed.
Shell shock has changed considerably. Unlike previously, there are no "shock" weapons whose damage is amplified by their victim having shell shock. Instead, shell-shocked players will be unable to heal from healing potions. This sounds (and is intended to be) quite powerful, but needs to be considered alongside the cannon changes — as we shall see in the next section.
Land cannons have also received some changes. These were made in haste and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if they turn out to be entirely unsuitable for Nations. Nevertheless, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on them.
All land cannons have been consolidated into three designs that can be built in the Wilderness:
The Howitzer is an evolution of the Large 240mm intended for very long-range indirect fire. As such, it can only fire at vertical elevations between 60° and 80°.
It has a unique method of operation as it requires propellant (gunpowder) to be loaded alongside the projectile. The amount of gunpowder you load affects the range of the cannon — the more there is, the further the projectile will travel and the more heat the cannon will generate. You can overload the cannon with gunpowder at the cost of generating excess heat. If the cannon overheats, it will explode. It will cool down when not being used, but this process can be accelerated by right-clicking the cannon with ice. The temperature of the cannon can be checked by right-clicking it with a gold nugget.
The Field Gun (renamed Small 240mm) is largely unchanged. Its movement speed when piloted as a TowedArtillery has been significantly increased, and its maximum vertical elevation has been reduced. Note that that the gun can now only be depressed to an elevation of -15°. This change was made in hopes of eliminating the "sky cannon" phenomenon and requiring some more thought to be put into town defences (rather than just sticking all cannons on top of a tall wall).
The Mortar is the same design that existed at the beginning of N2 - one stone brick stairs block with a lever attached and a stone brick wall placed above it.
The Mortar fires Illumination and Smoke rounds.
The Howitzer fires HE, Shrapnel, Illumination and Smoke rounds.
The Field Gun fires Shell, Incendiary and AP rounds. They are unchanged from their implementation on Nations.
You'll first need to download the updated resource pack from here. You need to use this instead of the normal resource pack. If you don't use the resource pack, or you keep the normal resource pack enabled, everything will be broken.
Then head over to /server test. This is a copy of Nations as it was on August 23. Nothing you do here will be reflected on Nations, and vice versa. Think of it as a parallel universe. On this server:
The server will remain online until I have a good idea of your opinions on the changes.
I would prefer it if feedback was shared in the replies to this post.