The blue area outlined are the map 'chunks'. They are especially vulnerable. The red area is a pillar. They are indestructible and it is not possible to build on top of this area.
What makes the chunks so vulnerable is the dark lined circle around them, that connects them to the pillars:
They're only one block thick! Remove all the dark blocks and the whole chunk falls down. It takes all of five seconds to knock a chunk out:
You're probably wondering what is going on under there, let's look:
The chunks are only a good 12 blocks thick, and underneath is a cistern of murky, deadly water. Don't touch it, you'll die! You can see the indestructible pillars reaching all the way to the ground. Don't worry, even if all the chunks were griefed, you'd spawn on one of these pillars as would the tent and the intels. Nothing is getting stuck in the poisonous water!
But that's another interesting point: You can still build down there. You can build rickety dangerous platforms to sneak into enemy territory!
You can even use the holes for intel defense:
If that sounds too slow for you, capping intel will automatically drop 10 chunks of enemy territory.
the turnout for BuildCon 2013 was great! many familiar and fresh faces showed up to express their creativity through in-game building. thanks to Thelionmaster for planning the event, aloha.pk staff for keeping it playable, and all who participated. here's the final result after about 10 hours:
Hi everyone! Lion here, and I am reporting on two events coming up. The first one is BuildCon 2013, an aloha.pk event organized by myself, and the second one is Nostalgia Faceoff, a BuildAndShoot.com gaming night organized by DE of The Bastion. Let's get started!
Most of us have built awesome structures on Ace of Spades, maybe by ourselves or maybe with the help of a few other people. But we've never built anything with the whole community. That's why we're hosting our first aloha.pk community building event, BuildCon 2013! This will be an exciting event where people can build whatever they want with other members of the community without worrying about getting griefed. Killing will be disabled for obvious reasons and the server will be protected by members of our staff. After 2-3 hours, when we're done building, killing will be enabled and we'll have an epic battle. This event will take place on aloha.pk ctf 24/7 classicgen @ aos://1379434439:40887 on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 9:00 PM GMT. Click here for a countdown timer. If you have any comments or suggestions, go ahead and click right here.
DE of The Bastion is organizing another BuildAndShoot.com gaming night. This event will take place on our shiny new server, aloha.pk tdm 24/7 faceoff @ aos://1379434439:50887 on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 9:00 PM GMT. Click here for a countdown timer. The purpose of this event is to, of course, have fun and to bring back the good old days of faceoff. To read more about this event, check out the original thread here and reply to it if you are coming.
I hope you all come to these two events, and if you do, have fun!
push is a newish game mode by danhezee that's all about building bridges over deadly water to the objective while attacking the enemy and defending your team from incoming enemy fire. a simple and fun concept. if you tried this game mode in the past and had a bad run-in with griefers, be sure to give it another try because Danke and i recently added some anti grief measures. here's an introduction to push by CraftDinur:
blockpower is an experiment-gone-right by Danke. it's a hybrid of CTF and RPG elements; capture the intel to boost your powers! very addicting. currently there are 16 different powers:
Armor: You take less damage from body shots
Blocksplosion: Your blocks are explosive
Regeneration: You heal hit points per second
Acid: Your bullets eat away at blocks
Clusterbombs: Your grenades pack an extra punch
Teleportation: Warp around the map
Disarm: Disarm your target
Misery: Your bullets do damage based on the amount of health you lost
Helmet: You can survive headshots without damage
Bombsquad: You take less damage from grenades
Feign Death: Hold Sprint and stand still to fake your death
Overgrowth: Break a block to start a block growing chain reaction
Griefshot: Hold crouch to charge a griefing bullet
Divination: Your blocks can feel the nearest enemy
Distraction: Hold crouch to charge a distraction bullet
Transmute: Break blocks to get ammo
choose the power you want to level up by selecting a block color from the 1st and 4th columns of the palette:
keep in mind blockpower is a WORK IN PROGRESS! Danke is still making changes so anything and everything i just said may be outdated.
tennis is a little map/mode i threw together that forces fast-paced gameplay in a small area with grenades and shotguns only. it's based on the map he_tennis from Counter-Strike. currently there's only one map in the rotation but Danke made another map with a slightly different gameplay style (also fast-paced) that allows only 1 life per round. either both maps will be included in the rotation or one will replace the other. time will tell.
faceoff is a concept map i released in June 2011 that was popular in the earlier Ace of Spades days. teams spawn on raised platforms that are separated by a gap too big to jump across but small enough to see the other side. thanks to Zeke for suggesting its comeback. it's currently running team deathmatch with water damage and a 40 hour time limit.
these servers and all of our servers can always be found on the front page of aloha.pk and at BuildAndShoot.com.
if you didn't get the memo: Tower of Babel is an Ace of Spades Classic game mode all about building to the sky and returning the intel from it before the enemy does. to play look for "aloha.pk tower of babel" on the BuildAndShoot.com server list (also on the front page of aloha.pk) or enter the following URL directly into your browser: aos://1379434439:34887
New Gamemode that you can play at aos://1379434439:47887 or look for "fallout" on the server list.
How the game works:
Just like regular CTF, two intels, two tents. But: Every 5 minutes the game goes into "nuke mode" for about 45 seconds
Nuke Mode: The sky turns yellow-orange. Everyone takes 20HP per second damage when exposed to the sky (no blocks between you and the sky) Players have a chance to be targetted by an airstrike The airstrike belongs to them, it can hurt them, but it will also hurt enemies. It is possible to get kills with it. Your airstrikes will not hurt your teammates (but you never really know whose airstrikes are whose anyway) The airstrikes do block damage. They will slowly (sometimes quickly) rip apart the map trying to get to you. Holding intel (hazmat suit) will protect you from radiation damage (you'll take no damage from being exposed) You will not be protected from grenades You will also be warned when airstrikes are launched at you (about 5 seconds before they start) Capturing Intel will give a refill to you and all your teammates Being exposed to the sky (with suit or without) will increase your chance of getting targetted with an airstrike If you survive the nuke period without taking radiation damage (other damage is fine) you will be refilled (HP, ammo, blocks)
There is a 10 second countdown warning you when a nuke is going to detonate.
Here's a little something to help you get around
Click the image to see it without the lines.
I will be trying to update the map (it is very far from finished) as often as I can. Hopefully there will be a lot less brown all over the map.
CraftDinur who is a longtime aloha.pk admin made a six and a half minute video compilation to briefly showcase the various game modes that are available to play right now in Ace of Spades Classic. it's a friendly and quick watch. be sure to try any game modes that interest you!
Just moments ago, the cgen server hosted a peaceful cease fire between Blue and Green in honor of Christmas. In the spirit of unity, both teams came together and created an amazing Christmas scenario/model in the center of the map. With help from both sides, a successful Christmas celebratory model was created. Because it was so outrageously gigantic, it took a few hours.
There are a few more pictures in the attachments of this topic.
danhezee, StackOverflow, and i are pleased to announce that BuildAndShoot.com has opened its independent master server for Ace of Spades Classic to the public, which allows players to find live playable servers for the free version of the game. now that the official master server is down, BuildAndShoot.com is your go-to portal for everything Ace of Spades Classic!
BuildAndShoot.com is a player-run community for the free and highly addictive game known as Ace of Spades. login at BuildAndShoot.com to play the game, interact with fellow players, and create/share/experience customizations including, but not limited to, the guns you shoot, maps you explore, game modes you play, and servers you connect to or host yourself. it's all 100% free!
an anonymous user by the name of zombieeeeeeee shared links to these images in the #AoS@QuakeNet IRC:
several official sources have confirmed the legitimacy of these images, but it's uncertain whether they are actual in-game screen shots or external renders.
the anonymous user also shared this text, which is an unconfirmed upcoming press release:
<+zombieeeeeeee> JAGEX FIRES NEW LIFE INTO THE FIRST PERSON SHOOTER GENRE WITH ACE OF SPADES <+zombieeeeeeee> PROTOYPE HITS 2.5 MILLION INSTALLS AHEAD OF A FULL RELEASE IN DECEMBER 2012 <+zombieeeeeeee> CAMBRIDGE, UK – Thursday 1st November 2012: Jagex, Europe’s largest independent games studio, today formally unveiled details of its previously unannounced innovative shooter, Ace of Spades. The game, which has already gathered a loyal underground following during its prototype phase of 2.5 million installs, will launch on Steam in December 2012. <+zombieeeeeeee> Ace of Spades is the latest title from the multi-awarding UK studio behind the leading free-to-play browser MMO RuneScape.com, the recently announced Facebook Racer, Carnage Racing, and the eagerly anticipated Transformers Universe MMO. <+zombieeeeeeee> Ace of Spades is a retro-looking intelligent creative shooter that gives players complete strategic freedom over a battlefield they can evolve and built on throughout a game session. Featuring up to 32 players, Ace of Spades destructible environments are only limited by the imagination of the players creating them. The game provides players with all the ‘world-building’ freedom of a voxel-based sandbox, but with the addition of competitive, team-based multiplayer FPS gunplay. <+zombieeeeeeee> The game provides a rich and compelling experience to fans of first person shooters looking for a game which will allow them to express their creativity while satisfying their thirst for fast-paced gameplay. Creativity is key to succeeding in Ace of Spades as the game gives players the freedom to construct anything from simple bunkers to elaborate fortresses and tunnel networks. <+zombieeeeeeee> This adds a new and innovative component to the game giving players unrestricted freedom to plan their own battles, construct purpose-built defences, and adapt the environment in real-time, changing the course of the battle. <+zombieeeeeeee> Ace of Spades seamlessly combines both combat and construction in real-time, players are able to utilise fortifications, coordinated assaults, stealth and strategy tactics in their attempt to achieve one of a variety of set objectives or can design their own bespoke games and objectives to obliterate the enemy from the map. <+zombieeeeeeee> Jagex CMO David Solari commented, “If you’re tired of the same old first person shooters, coming out year after year with a fresh lick of paint and a hefty price tag, then Ace of Spades will tick all the boxes for you, offering an all action multiplayer featuring up to 32 player FPS combat and a fully customisable environment which will continuously develop throughout your battle.” <+zombieeeeeeee> Solari continued, “Despite keeping this game under the radar during development, it has still proved to be hugely viral with more than two and half a million players entering the prototype phase. Ace of Spades is set to take FPS to the next level, adding evolving tactics and strategy to twitch FPS gameplay. We have blended the artistic style of voxel-based sandbox games, such as Minecraft, with the class based combat of titles like Team Fortress, and added an extra dimension with real-time evolving battlefields to create a game which we firmly believe will appeal to FPS gamers looking for a bigger challenge.” <+zombieeeeeeee> The game, which has been developed by Jagex and a small team of talented independent developers, has been running a massively successful prototype since April last year which has been downloaded in excess of 2.5 million times and currently has 550,000 active monthly users. <+zombieeeeeeee> The full version Ace of Spades featuring an improved graphics engine and an armoury of new weapons will be available to download from Steam in December 2012 for a small one off fee. <+zombieeeeeeee> Further details about Ace of Spades can be found on the games website: http://www.AceofSpades.com/.
the tent is now a ball. jump when you're near it to kick it. jump while looking up to kick it even even farther! kick it into your opponent's goal to score. this is football aka soccer, a scripted game mode by hompy for Ace of Spades:
thanks to Big Jimmy for the video.
play at aos://1379434439:46887 or look for "aloha.pk football/soccer" on the Ace of Spades play page. there are currently five maps in rotation, all by jojoe.
optional but highly recommended: save this custom cp.kv6 into your ~\Ace of Spades\kv6 folder to replace the default tent with a ball. more fun and easier to play this way!
do you love pinpoint? or hate it? ever imagine an AoS with moar teams? this new scripted game mode by Danke should interest you!
presenting four teams (blue vs. red vs. green vs. yellow) spread around two pinpoints mashed together:
a player's team color is the color of the block held in his hands.
it makes for some pretty intense gameplay. gunfire comes from every angle, so pay attention to your surroundings! look for "aloha.pk four teams" on the play page or join directly @ aos://1379434439:45887
got a competitive itch? or just enjoy freestylin' it up? check out Dany0's latest creation; a race/parkour scripted game mode!
sprint, jump, and crouch your way through various courses, overcoming obstacles and passing through checkpoints, in the most efficient way possible to get from point A to point B in the fastest time. scores are saved and ranked, and will be available for public viewing here soon.