mtrek.com update 09 Aug 2014
Several updates have been made:
Delta Quad is now a “training ground” for new players. Disabled “Spatial Anomaly” in Alpha and Delta to limit the potential for abuse.
Added “KPB-13 (Holographic)” to the ship selection screen. This is essentially a KPB-13 with super-strong shields and hull, primarily intended for new players to use while figuring out the basics of the game. The KPB-13H spawns only in Delta Quad.
Added “KEV-12 (Target) to the bot playlist. This is a severely-weakened, moving, shooting target for new players to shoot at with minimal risk of dying. The KEV-12T also spawns only in Delta Quad.
Disabled upgrades: SPHERE/VORCHA/VALDORE. Existing ships can still be played as usual. However, players will no longer be able to purchase these ships.
[edit: these ships are no longer disabled. sphere upgrade has been moved to omega quad planet “a”]
Added filters to the high score lists: SPHERE, VORCHA, VALDORE, KPB-13H, KEV-12T, and all “bonus” ships (ie BR-6, Dwarfstar, etc.) will no longer appear on the overall high score lists. Players with these classes will still see their standings within their respective classes’ high score lists.
[edit: sphere/vorcha/valdore filters removed]
Additionally, high scores are now sorted purely by gold. The “composite” scoring has gone away.
There has been a little restructuring on the website. Most of the content is still available, but sometimes, less is more. There were simply too many things to click on from the home page.
In our next few updates, expect to see some tweaks to the gold economy. Also, to complement the new-player quad, there is an extensive beginners’ guide in work. I’d estimate it to be about 70% complete and I hope to have it published by the end of the month.