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Shooter's AMA (19 January 2018)

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I've done my best to select tidbits from Shooter's impromptu Ask Me Anything ("AMA"). Obviously the devs are still working hard on 1.2 so give them respect and flexibility. I don't think anyone should hold everything said as rock solid but this is just a glimpse of what the TPS devs are working on.

I've added some NOTES in brackets throughout where I thought more context was needed but did not want to post a ton of Discord comments to do so.

1.2 wen?

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 4:45 PM
is it time

shooter - Last Friday at 4:46 PM
haha not yet but it's slowllllly getting there
so many loose ends in this build

About shooter's avatar

Skytoon - Last Friday at 4:48 PM
What's the story behind your profile picture

shooter - Last Friday at 4:48 PM
My profile picture is awesome :smiley: googled it many years ago - stuck with it

About the Reflex movie (name TBD):

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 4:48 PM
how was the movie

shooter - Last Friday at 4:48 PM
the movie was good man, i think gamers will dig it :smile:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:37 PM
Pretty insane seeing Reflex on the big screen

shooter - Last Friday at 5:37 PM
Not exactly what we had in mind when we started the game :smiley: It's humbling

shooter - Last Friday at 5:38 PM
Outaimed isn't bad too :smiley: It's up to @CaNi & his crew ultimately :smiley:
Send your votes his way :smile:

About sv_pure

shooter - Last Friday at 4:49 PM
adding some sv_pure'y stuff which is taking a bit, but i want it done cleanly

shooter - Last Friday at 4:59 PM
the svpure stuff is quite clean

shooter - Last Friday at 5:00 PM
(so far :))

Volume - Last Friday at 5:00 PM
Just for mm, right?

shooter - Last Friday at 5:00 PM
It's for competitive ruleset :smiley:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:01 PM
They [NOTE: timers, other lua, etc.] will still work in casual/experimental/race etc.

shooter - Last Friday at 5:02 PM
People are begging for a competitive mode, they want a consistent platform to compete on. This is what competitive ruleset is.

Volume - Last Friday at 5:04 PM
Ruleset discussions are not for shooter AMA hours!
@shooter are custom sounds allowed or no

shooter - Last Friday at 5:04 PM
atm, nay

shooter - Last Friday at 5:14 PM
All the custom huds / assets will still work in casual mode (including through *MM)(edited

shooter - Last Friday at 5:17 PM
People are going to abuse any system out there. Expecially in such a competitive environment. Doesn't really surprise me that big game companies have huge ban waves now and then(edited)

Volume - Last Friday at 5:43 PM
Is r_lm_clear allowed in sv_pure

shooter - Last Friday at 5:43 PM
haha Volume :smile: That's going to be a fun one isn't it

shooter - Last Friday at 5:44 PM
r_lm_clear was made for the editor!

shooter - Last Friday at 5:44 PM
It is definately not intended. [NOTE: Some banter in chat about using r_lm_clear for regular play. He means r_lm_clear is not intended for regular play]

shooter - Last Friday at 5:45 PM
use r_gamma

shooter - Last Friday at 5:45 PM
game looks horrid without them

shooter - Last Friday at 5:46 PM
every time i see a stream with no lights, sun, fog (i said it :p), lighting, effects, particles turned off.. omg, i die inside

r3x - Last Friday at 5:49 PM
shooter, im just going to say this about any pure "locks" you are planning on doing- its gonna be extremely unpopular, alot of people dislike  sparks,particle effects, darkly lit areas, etc. The default hud is ugly as shit(sorry!) one of my fav things about reflex is how much you can customize, and im fairly sure im not alone, so please don't reduce the playerbase to even lower levels simply cause you like your hud

shooter - Last Friday at 5:54 PM
@r3x I'm always open to constructive / respectful feedback. The flip side is there competitive ruleset is far from an even playing field. People are using damage tracking widgets, playing with full bright setups, particles disabled. It's not fair at all. Competitive is supposed to be an even playing field. Players want an even playing field. It's been said & heard over and over. So what we do we -- we can either disable lighting / particles / everything for everyone. Or on the flipside, we can force everyone to use extreme particles & dark lighting. I think something in the middle is best, but It needs to be standardized at the competition level.

Reflex was designed with visibility in mind, it's already clear, high contrast etc.  I'd rather fix the "ugly as shit" HUD so it's good for everyone. I quite like it tbh, if you have suggestions on how it can improve, feel free to send them.

Sharqosity - Last Friday at 5:55 PM
I thought sv_pure was for tournaments only? If I want to play some practice matches on competitive, I don't want to be restricted to low fps and default hud

shooter - Last Friday at 5:55 PM
@Sharqosity it wont' restirct you to low fps. You still have all the in-game options

Volume - Last Friday at 6:18 PM
@shooter is weapon offset allowed in sv pure

shooter - Last Friday at 6:18 PM

shooter - Last Friday at 6:18 PM
all in-game settings are

Owl Ragnar - Last Friday at 6:20 PM
last requesty thing, if we're gonna get pure, can we get a better crosshair widget as default?
so we dont have to config fuck

shooter - Last Friday at 6:21 PM
@Owl Ragnar put something together please :smiley: and show us, IIRC the default crosshair has several settings, they're all not okay?

shooter - Last Friday at 6:28 PM
i'm standing by the sv_pure :P


About draw distance

lolograde - Last Friday at 4:49 PM
@shooter any chance of draw distance being expanded?

shooter - Last Friday at 4:50 PM
@lolograde it hurts perf, it also causes more Z fighting closer to camera...

lolograde - Last Friday at 4:50 PM
could it be turned off for just re_export, @shooter ?
since perf is not an issue then

shooter - Last Friday at 4:50 PM
you can't just turn it off :smiley: it's how the math works :smile:

lolograde - Last Friday at 4:50 PM
oh dang

shooter - Last Friday at 4:50 PM
it's not like i just added it for fun haha

shooter - Last Friday at 4:51 PM
you can do crazy things like two scene renders and composit them :S but that's kinda mad

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 4:51 PM

shooter - Last Friday at 4:51 PM
ah goat knows this stuff aye


About MM ladder seasons

Skytoon - Last Friday at 4:51 PM
@shooter is there a reason the seasons aren't automated?

shooter - Last Friday at 4:51 PM
@Skytoon we are talking about exactly this.. but shh :smiley:

LKO-,- - Last Friday at 5:02 PM
@shooter any plans for MM season rewards or other ways of incentivizing people to keep playing ladder?

shooter - Last Friday at 5:02 PM
I think Skytoon hit that nail on the head before. @LKO-

Owl Ragnar - Last Friday at 5:47 PM
@shooter I'll be cheeky and throw in a question - any thoughts about how long seasons are gonna be and what kind of revamp you are looking at? (dont know how much you can say other than the vague answer you gave lskytoon)

shooter - Last Friday at 5:48 PM
@Owl Ragnar We have cool ideas -- i don't want to promise anything though at this stage. 1.2 has taken so long, hopefully it's received well, and we can grow things further from there.

About rulesets (Ramaflex v. Sushiflex) and exp_plus ruleset

shooter - Last Friday at 4:53 PM
Yeah there's a lot of rulesets going on now as people are getting access to expplus build... Really not sure how i feel about it. I like it to be known that when you play Reflex -- this is what you get.

shooter - Last Friday at 4:53 PM
I also like letting people mod stuff though too -- so yeah, kinda thinking/watching this space :smiley:

[NOTE: There was some banter about which ruleset would be adopted. Then shooter responded as below.]

shooter - Last Friday at 4:56 PM
The ruleset was done in the 1.2 branch months ago

shooter - Last Friday at 4:56 PM
It was discussed on forums

shooter - Last Friday at 4:57 PM
It's very hard to please everyone :smiley: Which is a big part of why i put expplus out in the first place :smiley:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:08 PM
Warlord ruleset discussions have been made & decided on forums, Electro took care of it. I don't want to step on his toes at the moment. Newborn wanted the guns to be useful in Reflex IIRC. If we want to take gameplay discussisions further i'd prefer it on the forums where the original discussion took place!

shooter - Last Friday at 5:09 PM
I'm still undecided if exp_plus will live the day in 1.2 :smiley:

About movement changes

shooter - Last Friday at 4:54 PM
chaging movement is dangerous! the old 0.37 taught us all this :smile:

shooter - Last Friday at 4:54 PM
I'm realllllly not in a hurry to change movement :smiley:

Warlord Wossman - Last Friday at 4:55 PM
yeah movement was changed in 37 for ctf but nobody plays it and the other one feels better for combat :>

shooter - Last Friday at 4:55 PM
It was changed in 37 yes, it was changed a lot of the way back towards 36 in 37 minor updates too.

About steak (sic) gun

Volume - Last Friday at 4:57 PM
Any news on stakegun?

shooter - Last Friday at 4:58 PM
Not really unfortunately - it's still there in exp_steak or whatever it's called :smiley:

Soh - Last Friday at 8:49 PM
does anyone know if stake still has the tele glitch
where u come out and ur stuck'

shooter - Last Friday at 8:50 PM
steak in the face
(i don't know :p)


About borderless windows, resolutions

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 5:04 PM
wen borderless, resolution scale?

shooter - Last Friday at 5:05 PM
directx 11 IS fullscreen borderless always AFAIK?? use console to release mouse?

About new cosmetics

Volume - Last Friday at 5:06 PM
Shooter I know the cosmetics aren't your department per se but are there any that you're particularly excited about?(edited)

shooter - Last Friday at 5:08 PM
@Volume new cosmetics are great :smile:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:08 PM
I dig them

About new hires, volunteers, and community work

shooter - Last Friday at 5:09 PM
We can't hire anyone, i don't even pay myself lol #indiedev

shooter - Last Friday at 5:10 PM
The question of help comes up a lot. I really admire it, and it's a lot of the reason we put effort into map editors / scripts / exp_plus etc.

About greater access to Reflex's code for community

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 5:10 PM
just give us all the power to tweak the rulesets, they are very useful in private games too

shooter - Last Friday at 5:13 PM

As for editing the core game code, it makes things a bit harder. Expecially when it turns things in to security, IP ownership etc. It is a buisness, I am liable if it gets sued. It's something I've thought about a lot over the years. It still really doesn't have a good solution/answer.

It's interesting/curious to see Unreal making a difference here (this is the first time i've seen a big company take diffs from the open world) -- I like what they're doing, i'm unsure of the legailities / logistics.

Puma - Last Friday at 6:28 PM
hire goa & kyto
pay them in supporter weapons

Volume - Last Friday at 6:29 PM
No, just ask them if you can put their Huds in the game
They'll say yes.
Give them a shovel or something.

shooter - Last Friday at 6:29 PM
We've done this before, can talk to them in private about it.

shooter - Last Friday at 6:29 PM
I like the idea of improving base game for everyone.


About Discord integration

GoaLitiuM - Last Friday at 5:12 PM
any thoughts on discord integration? like voice and chat but also inviting people into games via discord

shooter - Last Friday at 5:14 PM
@GoaLitiuM we were in talks ages ago about discord integration. But we talk about a lot of things :smiley: Talk is easy, integrating to production ready is less easy :smiley:

About Discord channel, mods, behavior, etc.

shooter - Last Friday at 5:19 PM
Oh, someone commented about EU mods before -- Yeah we need more mods. And yes this discord needs to be nicer :smiley:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:19 PM
I don't really see a lot of the chat (it's when i'm sleeping / working), but ... yeah

shooter - Last Friday at 5:21 PM
CoC is there for reason. It's a place to come and talk, and be nice. Treat someone as you would in real life really.

shooter - Last Friday at 5:21 PM
And treat the mods with respect! They have a hard job, and we're all greatful for what they do

About MM map selection system

Volume - Last Friday at 5:29 PM
@shooter one last question, is aerowalk going to still be in the map pool, and will the "pick 1 of 3 maps" still be the method of map selection?

shooter - Last Friday at 5:30 PM
@Volume I think it works well?

Embarassing logs, tbh

Skytoon - Last Friday at 5:30 PM
@shooter was it you or Erectro that had the blessing of working on the Shrek karting game

shooter - Last Friday at 5:30 PM
haha @Skytoon how do you know about this :smiley:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:31 PM
Hey I even worked on a Barbie game :smile:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:32 PM
We did a scooby doo game too, 3d person platformer. That was fun :smiley:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:33 PM
:smiley: Software engineering is my day job

Linux support

erad - Last Friday at 5:41 PM
1.2 linux support

[NOTE: picture of a Linux penguin holding RL on Sanctum :D]

shooter - Last Friday at 5:41 PM
Making a picture is easier than porting it :smile:

shooter - Last Friday at 5:42 PM
I use my mac a lot, but yeah, Reflex is staying on PC.

About r_sun and Reflex performance

shooter - Last Friday at 5:49 PM
r_sun  was added for people with verrrry low end machines. In all honestly, i'm not sure the game needs the option now. It really should always be on IMHO.

shooter - Last Friday at 5:50 PM
my 780ti is like 4 years old, runs fine there

shooter - Last Friday at 5:57 PM
my 4gig i7 (it's like 3rd gen, maybe) + 780ti rocks high everywhere, tbh I turn on HBAO+ on top too(edited)

shooter - Last Friday at 5:58 PM
I don't have a fancy 120hz/144hz monitor :frowning: I have a 30" Dell which is so good for dev work i can't part ways with it :smiley:
Yeah ctf does stuffer a bit, expecially on huge maps
That's fair :smiley: [NOTE: not sure what shooter was referring to here. Maybe another comment but I left it in.]


About the internet (and Reflex community reaction)

shooter - Last Friday at 6:01 PM
This is the internet, people always overract! :smile:

About feedback (general)

shooter - Last Friday at 6:15 PM
It's easy to shit-cann anything or anyone. Actually building/showing something is the hard bit :smiley: We're going to run in to a lot of this I think with the pure changes. Create a forum post, show before/afters etc, and this will help us all understand & get on the same page. If we just say "that's shit fix it", it really doesn't help.


About race mode

lolograde - Last Friday at 6:21 PM
@shooter is there going to be an official race leaderboard? Race mode needs love!

shooter - Last Friday at 6:22 PM
It does need love

About the sound engine and sounds in general

Volume - Last Friday at 6:36 PM
@shooter can you give us any sneak peak insider info about any upcoming changes to the sound engine or directional sound in general?

shooter - Last Friday at 6:37 PM
not yet coz there aren't any :smile: lol... As before, easier solution is to look at the directional sound setup. I'd like to look in to this post 1.2

Xytaglyph ? - Last Friday at 7:37 PM
id love to see hrtf implemented
@shooter do you guys use x3daudio for reflex? if so, this might be something to consider, its free to use and distribute

shooter - Last Friday at 8:34 PM
hmm @Xytaglyph ? this is interesting... yes we use XAudio2
in fact, we use X3dAudio too..


About rumored F2P plans

shooter - Last Friday at 6:52 PM
I'm not keen on F2P
There i said it :smiley: lol

shooter - Last Friday at 6:53 PM
I don't want to say never, but at this point in time I don't think it's the answer

Edited by lolograde

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2 hours ago, truck said:

Please, use a whitelisting system for lua/modifications. The extra work needed for whitelisting can be figured out (eg. current mods, community volunteers, public votes).

as Long as stuff is in 3rd Hand it can be changed (even if whitelisted). so thats pretty difficult i guess

there can still be secret lua stuff implemented thats not shown in widgets menu but with commands

not sure about that

i think if they implement a lot of accepted and useful widgets by Default, it will be a great start

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Here's some stuff that happened during a smaller 'AMA' on Christmas. A lot of stuff is the same, just putting it here for posterity (and smileys :smiley:):


Shooter and 1.2

shooter-12/25/2017 We've had a lot of changes this last year, had to get a job, move, big life changes, personal stuff but yeah :smiley: This "1.2" has been ticking along. I'm not really giving time estimates because I don't want to promise & get stuck to it - at this point i'd rather push out builds when we're happy with them.


shooter-12/25/2017 The audio topic is interesting, we flaunted with it a while back. People are very used to hearing RA pickup sounds through the walls :smiley:

banDiscord-12/25/2017 Are audio improvements really planned? OpenAL is very hard to work with afaik. 
shooter-12/25/2017 Main thing with Audio is that people will complain they can't hear RA through walls :smiley: And perhaps they shouldn't? I mean that's realistic. But this is a game :smiley: and games aren't real lol
goulox-12/25/2017 sounds of armors might be treated with a special sound that is global and not treated like any other sounds
shooter-12/25/2017 yep, but next will be "i can't hear fall sound anymore in x map from y angle"
I'm just saying, people are very used to what is in there :smiley:

truck-12/25/2017 id just like more positional info
shooter-12/25/2017 exactly truck.

Killer Tofu-12/25/2017 http://kcat.strangesoft.net/openal.html @shooter
shooter-12/25/2017 https://valvesoftware.github.io/steam-audio/
shooter-12/25/2017 I'd prefer to experiment with that first :smiley:


TyroneSama-12/25/2017 i'd really love to run 9+ player games but it's impossible on any hardware
shooter-12/25/2017 What does suck a bit is when you have high team games and everyones spamming plasma guns, the network layer gets bogged down with too large packets and it drops into recovery mode. That's the flaw in it atm. That's not a cpu load issue though
TyroneSama-12/25/2017 gotcha. good to know the team's aware of the issue, is it fixable on the current stack?
shooter-12/25/2017 TyroneSama, It is through a few different angles. I will say that I think Reflex plays with smaller matches anyway :smiley: But yes i'd like to see it improved at some point - I have spent a bit of time in the past improving it to where it's at currently already.


r3x-12/25/2017 hey shooter, I want to ask you about the situation with ion cannon at higher pings (it starts getting bad when the ping gets yellow). Is this at all fixable? can anything be done to make the experience of say, 60-70 ping player vs 60-70 ping player resemble AT ALL the experience of a 30 ping v 30 ping match
shooter-12/25/2017 Jacob, perhaps but I'm really happy with the balance where it's at now, especially with what it's been put through. I think with games like this you do really need a decent ping
r3x-12/25/2017 Im not sure what you mean by balance, im not talking about weapon stats, im talking about hit registration ppl always advertise reflex as being 100% "lan" up to pings of 80 but thats not true. and with such a small community, we often have to play on servers out of our green zone
shooter-12/25/2017 network compensation "balance" :smiley: Push it too far either way and you get artifacts 
require too low pings and it feels laggy, allow too high pings and you do things you think you shouldn't be able to. It's a big topic :smiley:

Race mode

LKO-,--12/25/2017 @shooter have you guys worked on race improvements since 1.1? You know, like proper global leaderboards for maps and maybe for jumpstats too, etc Shit like CS kz/climb has
shooter-12/25/2017 not yet but we have a massssive list of race stuff i'd (still) like to get to one day


shooter-12/25/2017 i'd like viewers to be able to keep their custom uis

shooter-12/25/2017 It gets tricky when you start talking about UI customisation.
shooter-12/25/2017 for example:
1. I have an uber armor bar 2000 custom mod installed, it puts a custom armor bar in middle of screen
2. I hide the default armor bar
2. I have the default health bar moved up next to it.
3. I join an sv_pure server.
hat happens now? :smiley:

Volume-12/25/2017 @shooter simple - people set up two HUDs, one for SV_PURE, one for "all LUA enabled"
if join "sv_pure 1" server, it loads competitive hud1, with no silly stuff, and if you join a sv_pure 0 server, it loads hud2, with your meme huds
shooter-12/25/2017 so how do you configure your pure hud on a normal server?
I think it's going to get pretty messy pretty quickly. Settings for every UI option for each HUD
shooter-12/25/2017 We've had two configs in the past, was a mess (whole saving/loading, what config is saved to on quit etc). Separate resolutions it's just a mess too. Which is why we brought out the bind modifier (which worked pretty well, imho). But really not in a hurry to go back to that :smiley:


r3x-12/25/2017 mm is completely dead
shooter-12/25/2017 Yeah Jacob i know :smiley: we've been talking about it, have a few ideas but I won't go into details yet

shooter-12/25/2017 Problem is MM is too hard to find matches, it's mainly due to lack of updates. We had 10k+ matches in our first week of release

Nipplezits-12/25/2017 how complicated would it be if you set private servers up, whenever matches/sets up a pug game or a 1v1 through the bot, and they gain SR through that
shooter-12/25/2017 I don't want private servers giving out CP, but I see what you're wanting from it.
Nipplezits-12/25/2017 well, itll be your guys's private servers
shooter-12/25/2017 That's exactly what MM is :smiley:

Loading screen

def-12/25/2017 have u thought about adding a map preview loading screen?
shooter-12/25/2017 def, talked about it ages ago, really the map loading is so fast i didn't bother :P


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