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Blood Tactics - user accounts implemented

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Got basic accounts functionality working. Users now need to create an account ingame. Currently only kills and deaths are tracked but im going to be extending it alot.

Ive created a simple "World ranking" page where all players are listed with their kils/death ratio from top to bottem.

getting blood tactics server + java oracle bindings(ojdbc6) + oracle db + apache2 + php + php oracle bindings(oci8) installed and playing nicely together on a remote linux(centos5) box was quite a schlep for someone new to linux like me :D I spent way more time getting all these things configured and working than i spent writing code!

You can check it out here http://www.distantmelody.net/blood-tactics/play

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Looking nice so far :-) However, I noticed two bugs:

- When walking forward using "w" and looking straight ahead you walk in a straight line, as expected. When doing the same thing but walk in a 45 degree angle to the ceiling tiles and look straight up, you walk slightly diagonaly when pressing "w".

- I was unable to login with my newly created account. Are there any restrictions to user names or passwords? These should be clearly written.

Keep it up!

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hmm. i saw the accounts you created o-san and O-san. It logs you in automaticaly the first time you create an account but i gues you got that far. Did it not let you back in a second time with the same account? There are character restrictions but it simply wont let you type in a restricted character in the first place.

Sigh. One problem with making a multiplayer FPS like this is that unless i stay logged into it al day long theres hardly ever 2 or more ppl online at the same time. Everyday I see a couple of people logging in at different times but never together :/ Of course its stil in its early stages so hopefully this problem recrifies itself over time.

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