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XDF Academy Part 1

Yesterday Dekry and Donald streamed a knowledge-sharing session about XDF, which employs a completely different physics configuration from the default or “vanilla” in Xonotic. There’s a treasure-trove of topics covered. From the video’s description: Strafing (Gaining speed) Starting the run (Circle jumps/prejumps) Strafe turning (technique for making turns at high speeds) Overaiming (technique for dropping speed on super tight turns) Wall strafing (use walls to accelerate) Slick surfaces (map specific feature, allowing us to slide like on the ice) Dealing with obstacles and map elements (ramps/jump pads/teles) Check it out!

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packer's Xonotic Duel Cup VODs available

Long time player and contributor packer has uploaded a ton of videos on demand from the last Xonotic Duel Cup. If you want hours and hours of exciting gaming content, look no further! He went far beyond simple demo-rendering for this one. You get both player perspectives in one along with their country of origin, the map being played, and the current set points for each player. It’s really a great piece of work.

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XonStat Records its Millionth Game

XonStat has recorded its millionth game! Our game count totals have been steadily rising over the past two years as they inched closer and closer towards that magical seven-digit number. Now it has come and gone with the conclusion of an unbalanced 1v1 CTF match. Little did Kult and Sandoz know that they were taking part in history! It’s a shame that I couldn’t shower them with in-game confetti or something…

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2017 By The Numbers

We said goodbye to the year 2017 quite a while ago, so now it is time once again to see what that year’s worth of data had to tell us. As I did last year, I unleashed Pandas and Matplotlib on 2017 data from the database that powers XonStat: XonStatDB. Let’s see what it has to tell us! Let’s first look at the number of games throughout the year:

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phrantic walkthrough

I had some free time last night, so I dusted off the old microphone and did a map review and walkthrough of phrantic! Made by cortez, the map is a reimagination of the classic Quake 3 CPMA map with several twists specific to Xonotic. It’s visually beautiful and geared towards deathmatch. Check it out! Great job, cortez! Join the discussion of the map on the forums.

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XonPickup’s database examined

Did you ever wonder which would be the best time to join #xonotic.pickup for a match? We’ll answer this question and more in the following article about the activity of the pickup community. The first diagram shows 2,519 pickup games played by 324 unique players, which have been tracked by the XonPickup bot since 24th July 2012. 2012 and 2017 look quite low because we don’t have the data for the whole year.

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Xonotic 0.8.2 Release

Avoid the April foolery with some fast-paced fragging: Xonotic 0.8.2 is available today! Comprised of over a year’s worth of effort, this one packs quite a shotgun slap. There’s vehicle improvements, a quick menu, minigames, and several new weapon models to mention just a few things. Grab yourself a copy using the information below, then read on for more details of the changes before you bunny hop into the fray.

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2016 By The Numbers

With 2016 in the bag, I thought it would be fun to explore all the data that was recorded in the Xonotic world during the calendar year. For this I turned to XonStat’s underlying database XonStatDB. Armed with the Pandas and Matplotlib libraries for Python, some interesting visuals appeared! First up, let’s look at the number of games throughout the year: It’s interesting to see that the winter months hold the most amount of games!

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World Cup Interview - Smilecythe

Onwards with the interviews! This time I’m talking with Smilecythe, the current top dueler in the world. We talk a little about everything, including his affinity for finding Waldo (or is that Waldi? Who knows!). I must apologize for the curt finish of this one, as Smile’s mic went to Whackity Wicktown and didn’t want to come back. Listen to the chat here or download the file directly by saving the link.

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World Cup Interview - Islinn

Let the interviews continue! This time around I’m talking with Islinn, formerly known as Asgar. We talk about his entry into the dueling world and the different ways that he’s improved over time. We also discuss some high level tactics for the upcoming world cup. Listen to us chat away here or download the file directly by saving the link. Enjoy, and happy fragging!

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