Suggestions about These Brothers games for Linux Jun 5, 2020 5:05:20 GMT -5
Post by AstraAdriaAriMMO on Jun 5, 2020 5:05:20 GMT -5
First I would like the thank the development team of Trese Brothers and the wonderful community here that contributed to the creation of this wonderful group of games, especially one of my favorite games RPGs in recent years Star Traders Frontiers (with 100+ hours game play). my suggestions are primarily about Star Traders Frontiers but some of the suggestions may or can apply to the other games, hence I use the general board for this post and not the STF group, feel free to move it if and when needed. Second I hope the development of Cyber Knights Flashpoint is going according to plans and we will have the game in 2021 (the game looks that it will be very enjoyable to play) I will support the kickstarted and I have all the games via GPlay and Steam (+Soundtracks for STF). Last but not least my suggestions to improve the game and make it better, mostly in regards to gaming under Linux (I use Arch Manjaro Linux and Fedora Workstation, when post is made Arch Manjaro is at 20.0.2, Fedora Workstation is at version 32, STF works on Ubuntu 20.04 I have tried it as a testrun):
I have not used Windows since Windows XP more then 14 years (Before Vista/7) and Mac in more then 10 years, for the past 10 years I am using Linux, hence all of my suggestions are regarding Linux for PC and Linux Mobile (Mobile Linux, not Android/iOS).
It might sounds strange to some people gaming in Linux, but I have been doing it since 2010, and with steam tool called proton about 10,000 Windows games work in Linux + 1,000 many native games + Lutris (Epic Games, Blizzard, EA Origin)+many linux native games.
1) the suggestion how to transfer saves is very detailed and well written, if you replace Helium with other cloud transfer app like maybe Dropbox, Mega, Tresorit, G Drive (I use NextCloud) it applies the same (at least in regards to Linux and Linux Mobile).
www.tresebrothers.com/transfer-saved-games-between-devices/. (the best solution would be the game to have a steam cloud sync enabled it would make it easier for all I guess) About this guide in regards to Linux the guide is outdated here is why:
When you go to the link for Helium Desktop Install github.com/koush/support-wiki/wiki/Helium-Desktop-Installer-and-Android-App and from the page Select Linux download.clockworkmod.com/carbon/carbon-linux.tgz (link doesn't work, the app developers should remove it already) even if someone can find an older version of helium for Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora or Arch Linux the version is from 2016 and with minor releases every 6 months and major releases every 2 years, the software probably will not work or it cannot be installed at all.
2) as I said I enjoy the games and have them all including Star Traders Frontiers + the soundtracks, hence regarding the soundtracks once you install them as DLC (6 Songs + 2 alburart work picture, same photo to image formats), they appear directly into the game play folder without having a separate folder Soundtrack or anything like it. If I go into the steam app and press Play Album it doesn't work and when I press the bottom search local files it takes me to default music linux folder, but the songs are not in the default install folder (I assume or probably, because the game is programmed for Mac and Windosw and it tries to find My Music folder and when it cannot finds a folder my music it installs the music on the default game install folder (I assume steam should do a better integration since steam is based on Linux as a game platform and I am using flatpak using the best supported Linux container version for steam so it should work perfectly, but Steam is not FOSS so only Vavle knows that part) this is just a suggestion and not a core part of the game but I believe I should mention it.
3) Is their any battery improvement mode option, extra tool that can be installed or option I can choose (lower graphics or lower game cpu/gpu usage) just asking since my portable PC game play lasts 5-6h if I can increase it to 8-10h it would be perfect. PC battery lasts 10-14h.
4) Steam hardware install page. For Star Traders Frontiers store.steampowered.com/app/335620/Star_Traders_Frontiers/ Linux or at least most Linux based OS don't support 32 bit version so (it should save you development time in the future best to ignore 32 bit in Linux). This should have been done by steam in the page it says minimum ubuntu 14 (that version is out of date since 2019 April) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu and the recommended version ubuntu 16 will be out of date next year 2021 April, so I suggest you change it to minimum 18.04 LTS, recommended 20.04 LTS (I have written to steam about this also). It is really not a good idea to recommend an out of date and not supported operating system to a use to play the game, for the simple reason it may not be even able to install steam on that OS for start. The First Number is the year 18 2018, 20 2020, second number is month. 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS and Next 22.04 LTS are major release, ubuntu updates every 6 months 18.04 LTS and 18.04/18.10,19.04,19,10 and 20.04 and 20.04 LTS, stick to the LTS every 2y.
Steam hardware install page for Cyber Knights Flashpoint Steam hardware install page for Star Traders Frontiers, same suggestion as above above, minimum 18.04 LTS +, recommended 20.04 LTS, for 2022, Minimun 20.04 LTS Recommended 22.04 LTS.
same reasoning as above if you suggest installing Cyber Knights Flashpoint on ubuntu 14, it might not be even able to install steam to work on it and players usually end up hating the game not the game platform if it doesn't work. Probably someone will correct me here and say well it says 14+, yeah that means that game will work on all version above 14 including ubuntu 14 and 16 (I am 99% sure you will probably not be able to install steam on ubuntu 14/16 even today not just in 2021). Other Linux OSs like Fedora or Arch should not be added on the list since their are about 10 major and 100 non major Linux based OS. If it works under ubuntu using Flatpak (or SNAPs/AppImages) it can be installed on Fedora / Arch using the recommended ubuntu version that steam suggests.
5) I play a lot more other MMO games and I guess option for multiplayer missions or "visit bridge or visit ship options" might be interesting, I have about few friends who I personally know that play this game and we really would like to see MMO for this or a future game.
6) Are their any plans to bring Star Traders RPG to steam since I believe it is the only game not on steam, I don't have an Android/iOS phone anymore and that is the only game I am not able to play on Linux (amazon version of the game has only Windows version).
7) Option to use mobile UI on PC version via steam, this is probably the feature that I would like to have the most, I believe it can be done maybe on start have pop up window to choose between Mobile and PC app (I am not sure it was mentioned already).
The option to use the mobile UI on the PC version via steam it is just better for touch screen PCs and in my case Linux tablet PC or on Mobile Linux (I know Linux mobile is not popular but it exits and people install steam and play games also on steam mobile phones).
Why is this important, because for now when I install the game on Linux Mobile in order to play the game I would need to calibrate the screen to add mouse for that app or add wireless mouse connect to the phone to play the game with PC version and touch screen it is really hard even to open the menu or use the keyboard shortcuts since the phone has a touch screen keyboard and impossible to use while game is running. For now the only and best way to play on Linix Mobile this game is by using a wireless mouse, but still enjoyable and fun.
I would like to thank you for reading my post, I am also willing to help out in regards to Linux with my 10 years experience (at least write a manual or code scripts if and when needed, my English is not my native language but I believe I can handle it without a proof reading). Keep up the great work on this games and if I can help feel free to message me directly (not sure if their is an option for direct or private message here), I don't use social media or any other (data collection app) prefer regular message exchange here or email if needed.
Have a great day and a wonderful weekend ahead and enjoy gaming.
Kind Regards, Alex