Mega Combat Bug

So there's a pretty epic bug in NEO Scavenger right now.

I wanted to take a look at a few gameplay bugs this morning, and started with one that caused combat to crash, making the game unplayable. After a few rounds of testing, it was obvious this was not your run of the mill bug. It was causing all kinds of weird issues, generally resulting in an unstable game after it happened (crashing combat, endless turns, etc.). What's worse, it seems to crash in different ways each time I find it.

This is both good and bad news. The good news is that I think this is the bug that's causing many of the hard-to-reproduce weirdness being reported in the forums.

The bad news is that, after a full day of debugging, I still don't know how to fix it. In fact, I'm having a hard time forcing it to happen reliably. The best that I can tell is that it happens when creatures leave a battle. I think it's something to do with the game thinking a creature is in one battle, but they're actually in another (or no battle at all).

The summary is: I've pretty much dropped everything else to look into this bug. The deeper I dig, the bigger it looks, and it could really help fix stability issues if I can get to the root of it.

As the day comes to a close here, I'll have to admit defeat for now. I'll be back for round two tomorrow, though. Wish me luck!

Comments

kikendo's picture
kikendo

Good luck!

Buenos Aires, Argentina...

Dusky's picture
Dusky

Hey Dan Ive taught myself how to leave a save in the forums but haven't needed to do so yet. If combat is the likely, or most reliable, trigger I'll build a fighter in the morning and just have a field day kicking names and taking asses, lol, if any thing strange comes up I'll get you a save file in technical support. Hope we can help out. Oh and if you think it would be useful I can write up a tutorial for uploading a save in the forums for folks that are running windows. I just don't know if it is something people already know how to do. I didn't know how to do it but I'm not computer savvy like most here. Good luck!!

pointsource's picture
pointsource

Hi!

I noticed that the battle bug happens when we have more than one enemy engaging battle at the same time.

Sylverlight's picture
Sylverlight

I like turtles..

Dogman butt toucher.

dcfedor's picture
dcfedor

Thanks guys! I think I can make the bug happen by force-spawning 10-20 creatures in a small area, so battles start happening. So you probably don't have to go out of your way to get save files for this particular bug. If you notice other ones, though, feel free.

Oh, and I've started a sticky post in Tech Support about save games, if you want to add tips to that. Save games are a common question, so I figured I should put an official answer someplace :)

Dan Fedor - Founder, Blue Bottle Games