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07
FEB

Las Venturas Playground 26.2

posted by Granny on Sunday, February the 7th at 9:02 AM


Howdy,

An update was pushed to the server! The changes can be seen below. If you notice any issues, please do let us know by replying here or logging a case on Github!

- 59309c6: /inf vehicles now come with infinite nitrous as standard, rather than 10x.

- 4d3912c: /my look is now persistent upon respawning.

- f5a425c: Remove occurrences of NetStats_PacketLossPercent. This feature is unreliable.

- 39634fa: The Ship will no longer act as a godmode safezone in worlds other than 0, the main world.

- 07a701f | 76218d6: Introduce a DamageManager. Ensure that minimized/paused players do not take damage to their health/armour.

- 39634fa: Don't notify crew members when the /borrow command is used.

- 8eaee38: Remove PlayerSyncHandler, various cleanups.

- 9ac0ae3: Clean up some use of INVALID_PLAYER_ID.

- 5dcfc36: Increase rounds/ammunition in the Spraycan as standard, helpful for those hunting /inf tags.

On behalf of the LVP management, crew and development team,
Granny

Server IP: play.sa-mp.nl:7777
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvplayground
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lvplayground/
24
JAN

Las Venturas Playground 26.0

posted by Granny on Sunday, January the 24th at 9:24 PM


Howdy,

An update was pushed to the server! The changes can be seen below. Most notable in this update is that changes have been made to try and resolve the lag/warp issues that we have been facing for quite some time. If you notice any issues, please do let us know by replying here or logging a case on Github!

- 7df0b79: Removed reference to /help 2 from /cmds --> Money. The /help function was rewritten a few months ago and /help 2 no longer works.

- 94d91b8: Grammatical adjustments to certain property commands.

- 422ff72 / 20ebeab / 3074bec: Clarify the bank account upgrade procedure.

- 62322e2: Improvements to the way in which vehicles are positioned.

- 7d0ede5: Temporarily disable the race system whilst a server crash issue is investigated.

- 51e1d4c: Resolved an issue where by the /fight invite dialog would leave you with infinite health.

- 1fd97c6: Added total # of vehicles, properties and ATMs to /stats

- fbe619d: Crew members are no longer notified when a player exports a vehicle.

- 8156530: Players are also granted VIP rights when tempadmin is given, these rights will now be removed if tempadmin is revoked.

- 748b1d7: Kills made during "Kill Time" now only count if the player is in the main world (world 0).

- b614caa: The "Regular Chat" is now only available to users with >50 hours gameplay, rather than 48.

- 63b7324: Resolved an issue where-by players joining the server during a chase would not have the correct colour for the circumstances.

- 44f2804: Removed /tefhint, this command doesn't get updated frequently enough (if ever?) to make it worthwhile.

- bd1ee60: Crew members' radar blips are now properly hidden should they choose to hide themselves.

- 28e1513: Minor adjustments to teleport messages.

- 576ec50: Don't send a notice to the #LVP.Dev IRC channel when a player sprays 100 tags

- 576ec50: Remove dead-code for the old moderator platform, merge four lines of commands into three.

- 90bd27e: Remove the management aprilfools command and dead-code for the old moderator platform.

- 48c75eb: Remove the use of OnVehicleStreamIn in an attempt to resolve the lag issue.

- ef976f8: Play sound when receiving a private message.

On behalf of the LVP management, crew and development team,
Granny

Server IP: play.sa-mp.nl:7777
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvplayground
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lvplayground/
05
JAN

Las Venturas Playground 25.5

posted by Granny on Tuesday, January the 5th at 12:57 PM


Howdy,

A small update was pushed to the server last night. The changes can be seen below. If you notice any issues, please do let us know by replying here or logging a case on Github!

- The Packet Loss counter that used to live in the bottom right hand corner has been removed. The results provided weren't accurate. As per the SA:MP wiki, "this function has been found to be currently unreliable the output is not as expected when compared to the client. Therefore this function should not be used as a packet loss kicker"

- When in a truck (e.g. the Linerunner) with a trailer attached, the trailer would often detach itself for no good reason. This issue is now resolved

- When stepping out of a vehicle, the rotation/position of the vehicle sometimes changed. This issue is now resolved

- Changes have been made to improve the reliability of /nos inf(inite)

- /settings newsmsg off now filters out textdraws that usually appear at the bottom of the screen (e.g. signing up for events, property purchases, etc)

- The Christmas decorations have been disabled

- An issue whereby minigames could lead to a false auto-ban due to weapon cheat detections has [hopefully] been resolved

- The commands listed under /cmds --> Main have been updated. @ has been removed as it isn't a command in the traditional sense, along with /leave, given that it only applies in certain situations

- Various server-side limits have been increased in an attempt to reduce lag and improve gameplay

- Various improvements/changes to crew commands

On behalf of the LVP management, crew and development team,
Granny

Server IP: play.sa-mp.nl:7777
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvplayground
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lvplayground/
26
DEC

Forum software migration

posted by MrBondt on Saturday, December the 26th at 12:28 PM


Greetings,

Since Las Venturas Playground's incarnation, we've been running SMF, which is free and open-source forum software used to power communities such as ours. It has served our needs well for almost half a million posts! With that in mind, we've made the decision to switch to another free and open-source option, MyBB. Some may look at this as nothing significant, as, ultimately, they both do the same thing -- allow users to post and communicate with others. There are various reasons for our decision, and whilst I could create a novel defining them all, I'll try to keep this short and sweet.

With SMF, some of the functionality we had was made possible using Plugins/Mods, and, with MyBB, almost all of these options are included as standard, such as reCaptcha, used to block spam-bot registrations, and embedding of videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and so on. Relying on third-party options adds additional security risks, compatibility issues in-case of updates and so on. MyBB has lots of handy tools built-in, such as a Forum Team page, allowing you to quickly and easily identify Forum Moderators and Administrators, a Contact Form and all the other goodies you'd expect to see. We were also seeing issues affecting the usability of the forum as a result of some recent server-software updates.

The migration is now complete. User accounts, posts, private messages, avatars, signatures -- we think that everything has made it over safely, however, as with any maintenance of this nature, there is an element of risk involved, and so, if you across any problems or irregularities, please be sure to let us know!

You should be able to login as normal. MyBB also allows users to login with their Email Address, along with a username, and so if you face any problems logging in, please try with your email address. Alternatively, you may like to request a password reset. If that fails, feel free to contact us.

On behalf of the LVP management, crew and development team,
Granny & MrBondt
25
DEC

Seasons Greetings from LVP - Free VIP, Bans Lifted, 2015 Overview

posted by Granny on Friday, December the 25th at 10:12 AM


Greetings,

The year is coming to a swift conclusion, and we felt it would be the perfect time to reflect on some of the year's events and changes!

Free VIP Membership
First of all, during the festive period, we've decided to make VIP membership free of charge for every player of Las Venturas Playground with an account. This will be automatically applied when logging in, and will remain active until the end of the year, at which point your account will return to a normal registered player. The benefits available to VIPs can be found here. This upgrade only applies to ingame, IRC and Forum rights will not be altered.

Farewell to bans & mutes
Every once in a blue moon, we like to forget about the past, and focus on the future. Our ultimate goal as a game server community is to provide a fun environment for all - a place to meet new faces...a place to kick back and chill. Rules are enforced by means of mutes/bans/kicks when attempts to diffuse hostile situations fail, or during violation of our rules (e.g. cheats). As such, a total of 1010 bans have been lifted from our game mode. All forum warnings and mutes have been lifted.

Gamemode development
A number of new releases have been moved to production this year, ironing out numerous bugs, improving existing features and in some cases, adding new features. Most significantly, we're pleased to announce our brand new Race platform, mustered together using JavaScript, a highly efficient and fault-tolerant platform. One of the flagship features includes the storage of your best personal lap times, as well as the best overall lap time achieved by another player. Previous releases of significance can be found here.

Packet loss
As some players have noticed, occasionally the in-game packet loss meter in the bottom right hand corner will display alarming packet loss readings, typically hovering from 15% - 30%. This can cause issues ranging from ramps failing to create, commands being slow to execute and so on. A significant amount of time, effort and changes have already been committed to resolving this problem. Our developers certainly haven't forgotten, or given up -- it's work in progress!

Back-end Software Updates
We've recently completed a series of upgrades to our database and web server in order to improve performance, and keep with the times of running the latest and greatest software! These changes have led to improvements in page load times, however, as with any maintenance, there is an element of risk, and so, if you notice any abnormalities, please do let us know.

Open Sourced Gamemode
2015 saw LVP's game mode becoming open-source, hosted on Github, which has also become the heart of our development. The project can be found here. Gamemode commits, or "changes", can be found here.

That's all for now, and I think I speak on behalf of the entire LVP Crew when I wish you all a very happy Christmas, and the best of luck in the new year! I'd also like to give a personal thanks to all the crew who've made Las Venturas Playground the community it is today, which extends much further than simply multiplayer experience built around San Andreas. Having only become involved at a crew level this year, I've built some excellent relationships which will hopefully live long and prosper!

On behalf of the LVP management, crew and development team,
Granny

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvplayground
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lvplayground/