More Fun, Less Frustration

May

14, 2008

by Matt Dusek


Archive

A new release is upon us. Its theme: more fun, less frustration. Building and playing in ROBLOX should always be easy and fun. We’re constantly working hard to make sure it is. Here’re a few things we’ve focused on lately:

Decals

If you’ve ever tried to add custom graphical elements to your models and places, you know what an exercise in frustration it can be. When you add a Decal to a block, it only shows up when visiting a Place solo. If you add a lot of Decals, your Place becomes too large to save to ROBLOX. Clever builders figured out ways around this (they always do), but it required creating T-Shirts, cutting/pasting, finding and changing texture properties, deleting unnecessary T-Shirts, etc. In short, it was painful.

NO MORE!

Today’s release adds support for user-uploadable Decals that behave well in online multiplayer games. They’re simple to create and easy to use.

To create a Decal, use the Decal Builder. It works just like the builder for T-Shirts, Shirts, and Pants. Just browse to the image you want to use and upload it. ROBLOX will create a Decal and add it to your stuff. You can find the Decal Builder by clicking the “Create” button while on the Decals tab of your stuff. You can also browse for Decals created by other users in the Catalog.

Decal Builder

To add a Decal to a Place or Model, open the Insert menu in ROBLOX Studio, choose My Decals or Free Decals, then click the Decal you wish to apply. You can drag the Decal onto any surface and click to drop it there.

Decals in the Toolbox

Piece of cake!

Less Lag

Who likes lag? Not us. This release brings a big performance breakthrough for games with large numbers of players. Go try out your favorite Places and see if you notice the difference.

Reliability

It’s no fun when you’re locked in intense battle with several of your friends, you’re on the verge of scoring the winning shot, and suddenly your game crashes. Or worse, the server crashes. That bugs us, too, so we’ve devoted a lot of time and energy this release to making the ROBLOX game more reliable.

Of course, as with any release we’ve addressed a number of minor bugs and other inconveniences. Many of these are brought to our attention by your reports, so keep sending them our way.

Enjoy!

Matt