Sanctimonia: Looking for Testers

Kevin Fishburne left a comment a few days ago in which he outlined how to get the game running. Since it is being built for Linux using the GAMBAS programming language, it’s not quite straightforward for Windows or OS X users to make it work…but it’s not hard to set up a Linux VM, either.

…one may play the game for free using Linux in a VM, dual-booting or setting up a separate machine. There are two PPAs, one for stable and one for daily, so installing GAMBAS is pretty straightforward. To play you need to extract the binaries (main directory and contents) and run the executable using gb3. So:

1) Boot Linux Distro
2) Install Gambas
3) Download binary
4) Extract binary
5) Run executable in binary’s main directory
6) Test mechanics and get crazy

Of course, Kevin could also use some help testing the changes he makes to the game:

I’m seeking testers to confirm and improve online efficiency and interoperability. All are welcome. Testing dates are up in the air, so whenever one or more people want to test multiplayer let’s set a date and time and I’ll forward the port and run my server. In-game text chat works, as does movement, looting and combat. The new arch plan stuff hasn’t been tested with other players, but should work fine since it’s based on existing systems (needs testing).

If you’d like to help out, drop a comment here; Kevin frequents the site on a regular basis.

3 Responses

  1. Sanctimonia Sanctimonia says:

    I do frequent here. 🙂 Good lifehacker link to running Linux in a VM on other OSs.

    What’s funny is that Gambas and its dependencies are all open source and well-linked. If someone was serious about it, they could actually get Gambas and all its components’ dependencies compiled on and working in any OS, including Microsoft, Apple and Google OSs. Gambas has a robust build script. Ironically I think the main obstacle is a semi-universal loathing of and disdain for Microsoft and Windows by the Gambas developer community. Gambas is cross platform in design and code, but has not successfully crossed to the main platforms yet.

    It is unfortunate, but even so it’s still pretty easy to run the game, as installing Linux is easy.

  2. Sanctimonia Sanctimonia says:

    After reading the lifehacker article, I recommend VirtualBox as your VM software in Windows/OSX (or any environment it supports): It’s pure point and click with no file manager or text-editing required, including the Linux installation into it. For a distro use Mint (MATE or Cinnamon; both are good), Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu or go to Distrowatch and look at the Page Hit Ranking and do your research.

  3. Sanctimonia Sanctimonia says:

    The commands to install the latest “stable” Gambas 3 in Linux are:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/gambas3
    sudo install gambas3