Survival Guide - Dust Settles: News and Updates
The purpose of in-game news is to let you know about important game information
that can and usually will affect your camp. Game updates are short messages noting when an admin has made an update to a primary game page. These may be interface updates,
gameplay changes, or even the occasional major bug fix. We won't post news
about every typo corrected, but something major will be noted in the news so
that those who didn't see the forum post
(or private message if applicable) will
have warning of the change before they find themselves severely affected or
confused. Typo fixes will generally be noted in the game updates because this keeps track of changes both for the admins and for the players.
Whenever you log into or play through the game, there might be
news or updates added to the game. You will be alerted to these updates in two
ways. First, your notifier on the right-hand
side of your screen will be updated
with the number of new news posts or update posts. Second, the link at the bottom
of the page will turn bright red instead of the usual blue if there is a new news post. One of these
should alert you to the fact that something new has been posted. You can use either
spot to get to the news page so that you can read the latest announcements, and the updates can be reached by clicking the "Updates Today" notifier.
The only way to mark a news post as "read" is to actually go to the news page.
When you first click on one of the links, your page will open with the new news
posts shown in orange as pictured
above. This will help let you know what announcements are actually new instead
of having to reread them all to find the one(s) that you haven't yet read. Old
news posts will be shown in the tan pictured
Game updates will be listed in alternating colors on the updates page with the new ones displayed with a red number beside the information. Old updates will merely have a standard black number beside. New updates will remain marked as such for 24 hours after posted, whether you've viewed the update, logged out, etc.
News posts are very important as you play through the game. These are the way
that the game admins can let the entire community know about major changes,
upgrades, or additions that need to be made before and throughout the game.
We will post news at the beginning of the round to let everyone know about changes
that were made between rounds and to remind everyone (new and old) who the admins
are. We may answer questions that are asked repeatedly or post reminders for new and old players to make sure that everyone
is well-informed about that specific topic. You will also find the occasional
alert here if we have to make changes or updates that could severely affect
your camp or gameplay.
Game updates are useful tidbits of information. These will generally give you some information on what we've recently worked on in the game. Each update will have a number, the admin who made the change, the title of the update, when we announced the update, and usually some information about the update. Occasionally the title and description will be left out because of sensitive changes. In that event, you'll see a title of "Admin Only" and "<This change's details are not public>" as the description.