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Topic: Game Programming / Totally lost with Bitmaps and BitmapData

draw() performance is heavily dependent on the object being drawn. If it’s a one-layered Sprite or even a Shape, it’s pretty decent, but still depends on the graphics data length. If it’s a heavily nested MC, the performance of blitting (even if blitting by pieces) will be about tenfold the performance of draw.

Yes, in this case a single draw call and then layering multiple copyPixels() will be better, but you’ll have to check the boundaries, because if your ray is semitransparent, double-layered parts will be brighter than single layered, and there could be jagged edges due to full pixel rounding required to properly perform copyPixels(). Still, you can blit 2000 per frame, if you do a draw beforehand.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Totally lost with Bitmaps and BitmapData

Aesica, apparently “ship” is not a bitmap-based object, so no “copyPixels()” for them. While yes, “lock” and “unlock” are needed.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Totally lost with Bitmaps and BitmapData

It’s not good to reallocate the entire BitmapData. Also, dropping a bitmapdata makes your “stageDrawing” lose connection with your bitmapdata. You should instead call “stageDrawingData.fillRect()” to fill the bitmap data with background, then draw the ship. Also, supply the dam matrix to “BitmapData.draw()” or else your ship won’t get drawn properly (most likely, in the wrong place).

 
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Topic: Game Programming / How to Make any kind of game??? NOT 3D

How about starting HERE http://www.kongregate.com/forums/4-game-programming/topics/160453-how-to-make-flash-games ???

 
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Topic: The Gate / WB Timer

11.02 06:27 UTC WB died

 
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Topic: The Gate / Community Tier List for Ultra Rares [Taken from Jason27104]

I think with such stats on Alkonost she can be classified as T1.5, being very viable in fire team for stats, alternate vulnerability and fear. Also cover fire helps everyone, not just earthen archers.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Mare bug

Nice find. It’ll be a reason to have 1 rebirth scroll just for the sake of “ow shi, I’ve accidentally lost Mare!”

 
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Topic: The Gate / WB Timer

People please place UTC time (seen in game) in these posts. Otherwise the forum writes “1 day ago” and here the precision of up to a minute is required.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Community Tier List for Ultra Rares [Taken from Jason27104]

Just have found out Abyss Brood is missing from the list. http://spicyworld.spicyhorse.com/wiki/doku.php?id=abyssbrood I’d say he’s in T2.5 as is, not too tough, no boosts, one CC and a decent NM skill “Swamp”.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Ultimate Guide (WIP)

Originally posted by cronzero:

Gold use tactic will be nice.

Hoard.

I think one of the best gold uses early game (Mare-wise, as you will get your 2k arena coins per day just by battling once vs a bunch of R2s) is buffing attack on your most evolved disciple (most likely your FA evo3) either to the top or half top (300 gold → 100 large atk DBs, two packs for topmost buff, one pack for half buff). Other potentially good uses are buffing deck slots (200 per 5 slots) and one skill slot if you’re not planning to get high royalty (1000 gold, and don’t go for more than 4, you’ll not get enough soul coins to put them all to use). Once you did all that and are satisfied with your deck size, stop and hoard until something like a tasty raid boss event would appear, so you could then employ that gold to gather all shards of the reward equipment with a potential to get 4-8 cards of the boss alongside.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Community Tier List for Ultra Rares [Taken from Jason27104]

What’s his attack speed (seconds/attack)? If slow, Shockwave might be better.

Also, what is Hard Bone and how to use this oddball summon?

 
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Topic: The Gate / Isla Mare for Lvl~25

Originally posted by Nechromanthys:

I’m not a pro in mare…
My highest cards are arg25 purson25 nero20 psucc20 zagam20 lili20 octo20. I don’t know which are choosen as best cards.
I run with arg25 octo20 lili20 rimmon15. Most of the fight you can win without caring too much about enemies, healer first works good.

A 25 Purson surely is one of the top 4 cards in your deck. You can check if you go “Disciples” – “All disciples” – sort by “High power”, first 4 cards will be ones that affect Mare. Also they say you shouldn’t delete (feed, sell) either of them, as this might weaken you but will not weaken Mare’s opponents.

About Fear – its radius is definitely smaller than attack radius, so yes, pull arg closer to enemies.

Originally posted by cpchua:

Im running 3 lvl 20 Full Argestes and a lvl 20 Lili Scorch / lvl 20 Ordog Blizzard Maw (3 Wind Buff = Squall,Gale,Breeze)
Bulldozing through Islamare, have some minor hiccups when facing 1 Mared Full Argestes (very rare case) Ordog will chewed through her and die (good doggy)

You’ve got lucky with a NM FA not being tops, or he had bad skills (Sunder Armor, Opportunist’s Boon – the latter isn’t worth a squat vs pure air team). I’m usually facing a what I call “mirrored FA” – a lv30 Full Argestes with comparable dps/def, Gale, Squall and Fear, for him, I use double healers and time Heal Alls while my FA eats up mirror’s HP along with other enemies. Everything else is resolved with just NM FA and Lili Scorch.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Noob Guide for Full Argestes Team (UPDATED)

In fact, a lv20 arg evo3 with cyclone+gale+squall is more reliable in Mare than your triple FA, also this allows to use Princess Octopain with Assault, Wound and Trap, and TWO healers with maxed (or upgraded) Heal All. Also, when you gain enough marestones to NM your FA, an NM’d FA with gale, squall and FEAR can RIP APART Mare while your other cards will wait in line. (Two healers are advised, one can do.) And of course, Virago might be better spent elsewhere (Carnal Queen? WWWB? Cerberus Lord?) than yet another FA.

Unholy Nova is crap, Mend is better for a rare case of healing FA from under 10% HP.

About Sunder Armor – it just reduces enemy def by its percentage, adding about 1-2k per shot against heavily defenced opponents, and about 600 against normal glass cannons. With 3xFA it might be useful, as your other FAs won’t hit as hard as one single big FA.

For records: My main’s team consists of NM FA lv28, Octo/20, Lili evo2 lv15 and a filler (Winged Lilith if facing troubles). Just pull your FA up front and whack melee in the face once, so they won’t think about eating your healers or octopain, then fear and watch the show of One Man Hero. My alt’s team is lv20 FA evo 3 (leveled up to 25 but not using fear atm), lv17 Octo, lv10 Lili Scorch and lv15 evo 2 Duke Vual of Ice. Can’t go full auto with this setup, as I need to time Heal All, but this wins Mare straight.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Isla Mare for Lvl~25

Originally posted by SaoNicolauP:

What is ur deck?

At that lvl, FA 25 + Octo 20 + lili (fire r3 healer) 20 + Another healer lvl 15/20 is normaly the best combo for mare.

So, in case u don t have her yet, u should be working to get a fully funtional lvl 20 lili, or, if u r lucky with summons and get all the 15 friends from invites a lvl 20 rimmon. But lili is a lot esear to get and will get the job done.

I’m pretty satisfied with a lv15 evo2 lili scorch, because her lv20 skill is pathetic and scales with atk, which isn’t big, and that Unholy Nova has potential to draw aggro to the healer. While yes, Heal All, Heal, Mend = enough for mare in most cases.


I advise u not to get past lvl 30 before u have at least 1 NM (that should be ur FA, the only really worthy NMing card at start) So, cut on ur XP gain if u need to manage ur lvling, try to allways keep ur deck more lvled than ur actual lvl.


No, this is only true for raids, not for mare. With raids, a highly evolved deck means easier bosses, but you will also need to burn hope and get exp to spawn more bosses. With mare, account level does not get factored in, and a balanced top 4 means harder mare than if one card of yours is OP and others are cr@p.

IF u need to xp ur cards with low xp gains on ur lvl just do Primo (elzapop very 1 st lvl) to get feeders for ur cards.


In case ur FA got scrwed with bad evolution and that is hurting ur game play, send a ticket to SH support explaning that, and they will reset ur FA to the 8 starting cards so u can rebuild her again. If she is just a bit screwd, and still useble, keep in mind that after u NM her, she will get fixed and will recover her perfect stats.


This one is true.

About mare fights: Here is what I did while my FA was normal:
1 – drag FA to the very center of the battlefield. While he’s moving, start dragging FA towards the primary target (Flux user, something fragile but with damage potential aka Naberius, something with nasty skills, or a healer), release when applicable. This usually puts all enemy team in FA’s Fear range.
2 – wait for FA to perform 3 attacks, slap Fear (to not interrupt third attack). Target FA to the next target after primary is down.
3 – pull Octopain forward so that all team is in rage of Octo’s trap.
4 – as soon as fear wears off, slap Trap – here, 3 more seconds of disability.
5 – slap Heal All prior to Trap wearing off, so that enemy won’t kill either FA or Octo.
6 – drag FA against strongest enemy card to draw aggro off Octo.
7 – slap Heal (FA is targeted) – FA will be healed over time, this is normally enough for FA to survive the ordeal.

The same tactics is applied now, when I have NM FA lv28, and with it I can eliminate teams just by using NM FA and lv15 Lili Scorch, Heal lv7 and Heal All lv9.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Three games you're playing RIGHT NOW

The Gate
Rebuild 2
How to trick your boss that you are not playing games on the workplace

 
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Topic: The Gate / Some Sugestions @ SH to improve game play

1 – a really great addition, selling/feeding a wrong card can hurt beyond measure.
2 – for convenience, although this would require tampering with working code with a potential to introduce bugs alike the one that made people sell R4s if they change sorting order. (Although this bug’s creator deserves to get kicked out of devs, there’s probably more to fix in the Unity code or even architecture.)
3 – agreed, clicking +1 button 100 times is plain stupid, I wonder why they didn’t make it earlier.
4 – agreed, so that you won’t evolve a card to 25 prior to getting enough marestones to not make Mare harder
5 – even if as paid option, it’s viable. Pinging support just for that is not the logical way to resolve these problems.
6 – this might trigger a reevaluation for existing mare shop cards, although I say it’s needed anyway. Also opening the third slot should cost a tad more virago. Say, replace the small DB slot with this one, with a probable change of its location.

7 – Let players save decks with skills, not just the “active” deck and skills, but say “water deck”, “raid deck” etc. for example, a player might want to construct a special deck just for world boss, with as much stun as possible, to survive longer and do more damage, to use another optimized deck for farming primo (or other stages should he feel like it), to present as PVP deck in Arena so he won’t be cannon fodder (optimized to be used by AI, say no double heal all, some AoE, slow+haste to control who fears first, etc – this can make people re-evaluate skills that are not used as often), maybe more. This opens a possibility to 7.1 – if someone would kill themselves against your deck, maybe award 1-2 points in the rating to the defending deck.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Bugged Mare and Arena - No Opponents found - Any one else has it?

Ha, there’s a redeem code in operation :D

HERES-TWO-SCROLLS

They say that this is a server issue, and it has been fixed.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Novice Night

I won’t get enough arena coins for 8x next monthly, because I’ve spent 15k for Nybras, and I’m not playing good enough to get more than 2k on normal days (4k on weekends), for the total of 18k/week, roughly 1 copy of a card per week = 2 full months to get one 8x monthly. Maybe the one on March… I like air element more than others, maybe because of FA.

Also, 8k virago is less than a full week, as you can mine 1399 per day, this totals to 9093 per week (if only not for that stOOpid “guess where the gold is” reward for 7 days…), this means getting a card from Mare is a tad faster than from arena, even if it’s a 8k one. I now have 15500 virago, and no ideas on what to hunt for (Oenomaus? Lucifrex? Any other card?), considering that I have a ton of 3x SRs and a couple of nybras food, as well as some rares waiting for exchange.

I also think that if there would be advices for midgame (at least what to do when you’ve NM’d your FA, where to look for, what to plan for, possibilities), this topic might eventually turn very useful for most players.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Event Summon Q

140 is topmost possible without battle scrolls, and it’s only when you are able to be online around 23:00 UTC, not everyone has this time available for playing. Anyway, you get 10 battles per day, and if you want more, you use a battle scroll, it gives 5 battles, meaning daily advantage only, as PVP battles don’t give direct reward (SC+small DBs don’t count). I can’t compare this advantage with time directly, so I have used raw values.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Novice Night

then I’m still in the early game I think. My Mare team is FA, Octo, Lili evo1 and Winged Lilith, with only backup being Duke Vual of Ice evo2 lv20 with pumped Fear. I’m about to NM FA in a couple of days (1 ox short), and I expect that NM FA to solo Mare on full auto :D

Agreed on new game modes, since bosses are all about “kill in 3 minutes” or in case of WB “last as long as you can, kick as hard as you can”, outlasting either is not a good move. Still, I’m happy 6 months away from not needing a healer anymore, I need WWWB and some air card with Wind Attunement first, all NM’d.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Novice Night

Rimmon rocks, but not if the enemy FA goes right at it XD And yes, he’s very tricky to get, chances are I’ll get me 8 Zagams before very first Rimmon, provided I don’t buy him. (I say don’t buy rimmons, buy decent ultra rares instead, and rimmons can go as they arrive, in the meantime even Winged Lilith will do as a healer – you need Heal All skill, period. As a temporary solution you might try 4x Lili Scorch, she’s better at 20 than Rimmon is at 10, and these can drop off Danker in Subtyranny, also you get two out of invite rewards prior to getting two King Rimmons.)

 
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Topic: The Gate / Is there a way to reset the game (start from scratch)?

Probably ask at The Gate support to reset your FA – I’ve heard they can take your evo3 FA and give you 8 evo0 FAs for you to build another. As for starting over – I’d say create another account at Kongregate, this will be easier.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Event Summon Q

I say using devil blood to buff your FA after you’ve already properly evolved it is one of the better uses for gold early game. Atk > HP >> def IMO. 199 (new player) summon is also a good investment, but pretty much nothing else. Hope refills and other consumables are just for patience, while deck space and training slots (esp. if you have already spent your free kreds elsewhere) can be bought for a permanent advantage.

Consider: 1 hope refill = 50 hope = 4 hours of waiting. 1 rood refill = 3 rood = 1.5 hours of waiting. 1 battle scroll = 5 PVP battles = roughly 12 hours of waiting and less than 50% chance to advance in reward ranks (more honor coins). 1 rebirth scroll = I don’t know where to use that thing. The only viable use for me is in Mare, where if you’ve lost a battle, you can use the scroll, win the battle and get virago, but your disciples will anyway be “dead” after you use the scroll. 1 premium summon (250 gold) is a bit more than 1 crystal summon, let’s say 800 crystals, about 2 days wait, depending on your raid boss fighting activity. 1 DB pack (attack) is +1500 atk to any of your disciples (permanent) = ~30 days of wait while you get 300 small DBs of all kinds from any sources (arena, WB, bosses, daily rewards etc), a considerable improvement in time/gold ratio vs other types of investment, so I went this way. Extra card slots are for the case when you have a ton of SRs in small quantities, and deck shortage can be avoided by reading this topic: http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2803-the-gate/topics/435921-4-star-disciple-tier-list-standard-only-event-excluded and actively searching for those SRs that you intend to use in the midgame and endgame.

 
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Topic: The Gate / Disciple sell bug

Hmm, I have reported that bug to SH already, and they say “resolved”. If you care to submit em another ticket, maybe they’ll fix that sooner.

 
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Topic: The Gate / 4 Star Disciple Tier list (Standard only, event excluded)

Sure enough it’s the strongest, it’s an UR after all. You could only get FA in Mare before they made it available as a levelup reward.