8BitLighting & new buildable items

Alright, the S5 release is done! Here’s the big new features:

  • Lighting!
  • Grief protection – now you can only pick up items that belong to you (or have no owner). You also can not build in the same tile as someone else.
  • Roads – travel 2x as fast
  • Signs – Press E to read. Type /signwhile next to a sign to set the message.
  • Doors – Press E to open. Comes in two varieties, yellow handle doors that allow everyone entry, and red handled doors that only admit the owner.
  • IRC integration – you can idle in irc.editingarchive.com #8bit and chat back and forth between players in-game
  • Password reset via e-mail (only if you registered with an e-mail address)
  • Right sidebar displays latest news & relevant links
  • Facebook / twitter feeds set up
  • New, faster world renderer
  • Gold can be picked up and is now correctly added to money instead of going into inventory
  • Lots of misc bug fixes & performance improvements

Known issues:

  • Sometimes on death, you get stuck on a black screen. Just say /home to fix.
  • Lighting doesn’t recalculate when the world changes
  • Signs in some tiles are hard to read (for now, just place in another tile next to it)
  • In-world text (text shown over players & npcs) looks like butt. 😛
  • There’s an occasional server crash I haven’t tracked down yet

Please give it a go and let me know your thoughts! :)


Introducing 8BitMMO, a game of combat & building

8BitMMO is a MMO game that is still very early in development.  Right now there’s only one weapon (stab things with your sword!), one NPC (slay lawyercats!), and a couple basic tilesets (build a fort!).  But there’s enough content you can start to see what the game is like, and a number of us have already had fun playing. 🙂

How to get it:  No download, it plays in your browser.  Just launch 8bit.vg



Essential controls:

  • WASD – movement
  • Enter – to chat
  • I – Show inventory screen.  Click an item in your inventory to make it your active item
  • Spacebar – use active item (click sword and use spacebar to stab things)

How to play:

  • Look around near the spawn point for CAT5 ports, which is where LawyerCats spawn.  (This is a super-serious game. :P)
  • Slay LawyerCats and collect the loot
  • Once you have enough loot, press H to open the shop.  Buy stuff to build with
  • To build, use inventory to select an item to place in world, then press R to drop item — click where it goes
  • Advanced building tip: hold SHIFT to set Z height
  • Advanced building tip: use the Z Axis Lock in the bottom right as another way of setting Z height


That’s pretty much it for this build… hope you enjoy!