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CSRD Update: 26 July 2019

Summer is pain. Have an overdue changelog.

Map additions

Bot changes

  • Updates to Robot Bots:
    • The robot on-hit effect has been modified to use the …

CSRD Update: 6 March 2019

It's been a couple of months, so it's about time for another update rollup to document what's new on the server.

Ghidra is out; I've spent the entire day since it came out yesterday just disassembling the latest TF2 server library with it, and it's fantastic. There's still lots of …

CSRD Update: 25 December 2018

Happy Honda Days! You know how it goes; very low maintenance effort.

The server is automatically running its winter season event, so it'll be running exclusively winter-themed maps until the 10th of January.

I'll see if I can add support for nominating maps from the standard rotation.

Season's greetings

  • Opened …

CSRD Update: 19 October 2018

It's aliiiiiiiiive.

After months of working late nights in the lab and tons of test server crashes, bots have received a major software upgrade.

I can't really think of anything witty to say and I want to push this changelog out before bed, so here you go.

Seasonal events

  • The …

Why TF2 painted Kemptown BLU

Navigation mesh decoration display of koth_kemptown's RED spawn.

I find it hard to believe that it'd ever happen, but after a year and a half in limbo, Kemptown (KOTH) finally has bot support! Normally I'd just sneak this into the next round of patch notes, but it's a bit long for bullet point format.

For the longest time …

CSRD Update: 7 September 2018

It's September! One month after finally finishing this monstrosity of a solo project and doing some party prep, it is finally time for me to get back on track with job stuff.

So we're still in maintenance mode.

The solo project also led me to crack open IDA and learn …

CSRD Update: 29 May 2018

Hello! It's been a couple of months since the last update log.

I haven't made any major changes to the server, partly because there's only so much to work on here (barring new client features), but also because I'm currently working on a large commissioned plugin project. And, of course …

CSRD Update: 26 March 2018

Picture of RED team getting destroyed by their own Payload cart.

The future is here! Thank you for your patience during this drought of update posts.

After a few days of figuring out how SourceMod extensions work and poring over a disassembly of the game, I've managed to add Payload Race support for bots!

With existing research from iPlayer's PLRbots Source …

Replacement Calibration Sheet for PANSCN06

If you're in a rush, here's a link to jump to the important stuff as listed in the title.

I do a good amount of thrift store shopping.

Months ago, I find this long, blue unit by itself. Luckily, I also found the power cable and the mini-USB connector for …

Isolated User Installs in Python

I don't really like virtualenv. In theory it's a great tool to isolate Python environments, but in practice I've never used it because of the context switching involved. Keeping track and activating and deactivating environments takes effort, and I'm extremely lazy.

direnv is a useful shell utility that automatically swaps …