By now, some of you may have noticed the existence of a certain Ultrabundle floating around on the Puppygames site. This is an experiment to see what happens when you, er, sell stuff ridiculously cheap. The results are quite interesting. Apart from a slight problem when Markus accidentally tweeted about it just as it went live (instantly killing our server as a deluge of Minecraft fans descended upon its weedy single core 1.6GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 10mbps ethernet connection), it seems to be doing pretty well.
To cut a long story short, and following the tradition of the Minecraft stats page (except less, hm, dynamically updated at the moment – maybe Chaz should pop that on the front page!), we’ve sold 300 Ultrabundles in the last 48 hours, and even while I typed this blog post another 3 came in. 4 sorry. Although that is something of a mockery compared to the 15,000 sales at three times the price that Minecraft made in the same time period 🙂
In traditional Puppygames style it’s not without its teething troubles of course. We’ve got a small problem with international characters in addresses sent from BMT which I’ll be thinking of a way to fix, which causes your registration not to “stick” and you have to keep registering – annoying. And Linux users using Sun JDKs are having some problems running Droid Assault, though it seems to work fine using OpenJDK here on Ubuntu.
Unfortunately… I’m just about to move house. Like, in about a few hours’ time. So I’ve got to pack this computer up right after the blog post and I won’t get back online for a few days to fix anything or deal with any troubles. Chaz will man the email support and fob everyone off (politely) until I get back online again.
In other news – we were supposed to be releasing Revenge of the Titans 1.61 tonight but I completely forgot I was moving house when I wrote the schedule. So instead we’ll release it on Hallowe’en, and after your brains have been fried in Minecraft Hell, you can unwind with a short burst of the extreme frenetic terror that is Survival Mode. Survival Mode is awesome. I think it’s my favourite bit of the game so far.
Chaz Edit: if you’re having Linux version problems there’s some help (maybe) after the jump…
Edit: and if you’re having problems with Ultratron and you have Norton installed read on too…
Big thanks to ninjaguardsheep and Steven Saus for the following info, which has been collated from www.omgubuntu.co.uk. Please bear in mind I’ve no idea what any of means – so any mistakes please point them out 🙂
Hopefully Cas will fix things when he’s back online …
Droid Assault error:
Linux users receiving error ‘JNLPSigningException[Failed to validate signing of launch file. The signed version does not match the downloaded version.]’ will need Open JDK packages for your distro installed for Droid Assault to run.
Ubuntu users can get it by opening a terminal and entering: sudo apt-get install icedtea6-plugin
Other distros can get it here… icedtea
The .jnlp files are installers not launchers for the game. After installing they *should* put a launcher on the desktop. You will have to activate these by giving them permission to run as programs – right click, select properties and check ‘Allow executing file as program’ under the permissions tab.
Only Ultratron is creating a launcher on the desktop:
(using Ubuntu) Edit the properties as above and then copy it twice for Titan Attacks and Droid Assault:
cp Ultratron.desktop TitanAttacks.desktop
cp Ultratron.desktop DroidAssault.desktop
Edit the properties for each. You’ll see a path that looks like this:
Change ultratron.jnlp to titanattacks.jnlp or droidassault.jnlp as appropriate. The icon files are:
You should have functional launchers at this point.
Also, if you move these launchers to the .local/share/applications folder in your home directory they will appear in the menu.
Ok, so I’ve only had one report of this happening so far, but I’d be surprised if there was just the one case of this knowing Norton/Symantec, so I’ve added this to our support page too …
Game will not start, and desktop shortcut is missing it’s target file.
Norton has been reported to delete ultratron.exe when installed… without telling you!
You’ll need to reinstall the game, excluding the game’s program folder (eg. C:\Program Files\Ultratron) from scanning. This folder will need to be added to both the Scan Exclusions section and the Real Time Protection Exclusions section in Norton’s settings.