Facebook Connect!

 

FacebookLoginWe have a new Facebook login feature to make things easier for our players who are Facebook users.

Signing in with Facebook is optional, but for Facebook users it means they won’t have to make a separate login for ROBLOX. We hope this makes things a bit easier for veteran and new users alike.

What will happen depends on each user’s current status between their ROBLOX account and Facebook.

  • Already connected?
    You’ll be logged into your connected ROBLOX Account.
  • Have an account but not connected?
    You can select a ROBLOX account to connect to.
  • New user? 
    You will be asked to create a ROBLOX name for your account!
Have an account or make a new one
Note: The next time you log in using Facebook you will be put into your most recently used ROBLOX account.

And if you ever want to change your account or stop using Facebook to login you can disconnect on the My ROBLOX page.

Pretty cool!

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-ReeseMcBlox

In-Game Video Capture Feature

Hi there! We have a new in-game video capture feature. You can save videos to your computer and upload them to YouTube! Here’s how…record button

1. Go into the game, click the Record button.

2. Do your awesome stuff!  Then click Stop (same place as the Record button).

3. Then you’ll get a screen asking what you want to do next. You can upload to YouTube if you want to, or just check it out in your computer’s ROBLOX Videos folder.After Recording Interface
4. Posting to YouTube is easy! Just link up your ROBLOX and YouTube accounts. Our page will walk you through signing in at YouTube to allow access.
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This feature is really new, it’s in beta really. We will be improving it over time but there are a few things you should know for now.

  • There is no sound yet.
  • It only works on Windows 7 and Vista (Not XP yet).
  • It may take some time to finish uploading, be patient!
  • It’s still not allowed to post links to your videos on ROBLOX, but you can tell people your YouTube name so they can go look it up.

Here is my first video, made at REDALERT2’s Sandbox! You can find it under ReeseMcBlox on YouTube.

Have fun with your videos! You can talk more about this feature on our ROBLOXiwood Forum!

-ReeseMcBlox

Advertise This Group

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Groups, clans, armies, corporations and other socially cohesive entities of ROBLOX: this year’s development plan includes several upgrades to our user group feature. We have released the first: group advertising!

Group owners can now run advertisements for their groups in the same way that players can advertise their places, models, and clothing. Group owners can also grant the “can advertise this group” privilege to any rank in the group to allow other group members of this rank to also run ads for the group.

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It will be interesting to see over the next several weeks what effect this change will have on group dynamics. Will it become easier to launch a new group and fill it up with members quickly? Or will existing giant groups with bottomless pockets spend their way to world… err… ROBLOX domination? What other group improvements is the ROBLOX team working on, and when will they be announced? Only time will tell!

- Telamon

Let Your Dim Light Shine–Ambient Shadows

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The ROBLOX team brings you another exciting release with awesome graphics improvements! Presenting: ambient shadows!

Ambient shadows are shadows that are created from ambient (as opposed to direct) light. With ambient shadows on, you will notice that the corners of rooms are darker, as well as areas where two parts are close together (like the top of the stairs in the following screenshot).

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You will the see the new shadows in all ROBLOX levels if you have a mid-to-high range graphics card. Shadows are a computationally taxing. For complicated levels with a lot of bricks you may see shadows turn on, and then turn off if ROBLOX notices shadows is dropping your framerate below 30 FPS.

- Telamon

Exploits, 3D Performance, and Group Building!

Hello ROBLOXia! We put out a new release of ROBLOX this morning. It fixes a bunch of nasty crashes, and it has some cool other stuff:

Place Copying Exploit Patched

The place copying exploit that has been allowing some unscrupulous users to steal copy-locked places has been patched and confirmed to work. This was the only known working place copy exploit.

3D Graphics Performance Improved

The graphics team is continuing their work on improving ROBLOX’s 3D graphics performance. This release offers a 10-20% speedup on low-end graphics cards.

Group Building Enabled for All Users

We introduced Group Building as a BC Beta feature more than a year ago. Group building is still very much a beta feature – we’re still working on improving it, mostly through our work with ROBLOX: Blazing Man, but we’ve decided to open it for free members as well. Check out the original Group Building blog post for more details. You can enter a group building place from any group’s page that you have building permissions for.

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Until next time,

- Telamon

Introducing: ROBLOX Blazing Man

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This morning the ROBLOX Team put out a major update to the ROBLOX game. There are a ton of awesome improvements:

  • Game join time improved 200-300% (wow!)
  • New in-game Heads Up Display (HUD)
  • New Non-Player Character (NPC) dialog tree system
  • ROBLOX Blazing Man

The first two are self-explanatory. I want to talk a bit more about the last two, which are probably the most exciting.

ROBLOX Blazing Man

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ROBLOX Blazing Man is our company-wide effort to rethink and reinvent multiplayer building on ROBLOX. We’ve been working on this project for about a month – many of you have seen early glimpses of it on gametest.roblox.com.

Blazing Man is named after Burning Man, the party-in-a-desert-everyone-bring-someone-creative-then-lets-burn-it-at-the-end-of-the-party event that is super trendy in Silicon Valley. The Blazing Man place is an insanely experimental multiplayer building level that over the next several months we will be continually improving until we have the best online building experience on the internet. During this period it may burn down several times.

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Today when you join the Blazing Man level, you get:

  • Your own baseplate to build on
  • A new building tool that only works on your baseplate
  • A delete tool that only works on parts you own

The new building tool lets you stamp out parts from a finite collection that we will be improving over time. You can rotate these parts as you stamp them out by pressing “R”.

People are already building some amazing stuff. Go try it.

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NPC Dialog Trees

Ok, so at this point everyone stopped reading and has gone to play the already incredibly fun Blazing Man level. That’s too bad for them, because they won’t see the second really cool feature that we’ve added in this release: NPC dialog trees.

imageNPC dialog trees are really easy to create in ROBLOX Studio. Check out this demo level that I made. It shows off most of the dialog features.

Here’s a high-level summary:

Dialog objects are the root instance for a conversion. By sticking one of these under a part, you can make it talk. You can make any part in the game talk, but commonly you will put this under a character’s Head part. The Dialog object contains the initial prompt. It might be something like “Hey, how are you?” There are various properties on this object that let you customize the icon (!, ?, or $) and color of the chat bubble.

DialogChoice objects go under Dialog objects. These represent different branches of your chat tree. There is no limit to how deeply you can nest these, so you can create some very talkative bots! Each node of your dialog tree can have at most 4 choices. Here is an example of how this might look in the Explorer pane in ROBLOX Studio:

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You will find the Dialog.DialogChoiceSelected(Instance player, Instance dialogChoice) event very flexible. With it you can create NPC dialogs that “do stuff” when the player selects specific responses. For example, you could create an NPC that checks the amount of in-game money the player has, and if it is above 100, offers to sell the player armor for 100 gold. If the player selects “Ok, buy the armor,” your script could then double the player’s maximum health and subtract 100 gold. The possibilities here are vast. It will likely be several months before people have completely mastered the new dialog system.

If you need help crafting your own dialog scripts, I recommend two resources:

  1. The ROBLOX Scripting Helpers forum
  2. Posting specific questions to StackOverflow, making sure to use the “roblox” tag

Whew

That was a huge release, and we have another one planned in a couple of weeks. Until next time, keep building!

- Telamon