After stay the same for more than a decade, Sphere finally got some general interface updates to make it feel more "modern"

Help menu
- The old prehistoric code using MENUs got updated to new DIALOGs that can be easily customizable
- Players now can send GM pages directly through the dialog, and also remove the request itself

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GM Page menu
- The engine is now softcoded and can be easily customized
- Now everything is dialog-based, GMs doesn't need to manually use page commands anymore
- GM pages can be replied remotely, where players will receive the reply on a dialog even when afk or offline (when offline, it will show on next login)
- Marking the page as "handled" will lock it, only the current GM handling it will be able to reply/delete the page

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Information menu (command .info)
- Old T2A dialogs got updated to an modern AOS design
- Now it will show more information about the item/char
- Dialogs will show properties based on server settings (eg: it will only show elemental damages/resists when elemental combat is enabled, etc)

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New
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These changes are already available on latest build, you just need to update the .exe and some few scripts (sphere_dialog.scp, sphere_msgs.scp and sphere_skills.scp).
More dialogs are planned to be updated (eg: add/admin dialogs) but there's no estimated date.

I know this place is not as busy as it used to be, but to all the dedicated sphereserver users, I want to wish all a happy new year!
I hope this project keeps going for many more years to come.

This month our automatic compiler server for linux builds got updated from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise) to 14.04 LTS (Trusty), so Sphere linux builds now will be compiled under this linux version.

Usually in most cases this won't cause any drawback for users, but anyway if you get any compatibility problem on new Sphere builds, just take a few minutes to update your linux packages used by Sphere, this should be enough to keep Sphere running without problems.

Very shortly, I will have to update the php version of the site from php5 to php7. This is causing some issues with some of the sites code so bare with me while I fix it. It is possible that some pages will not be available during that time.

Thanks,
Ben

Some might have already noticed that old sphere server versions are now available directly in our downloads section instead of having people looking everywhere to find them. This does not mean that we can or will fix bugs in them. Development will only continue from the latest version.

That said, the nightly site will no longer be used. We have arranged to have the automated repo builds go directly into the downloads section of this site. These builds are not updated nightly, but will be updated every time a change is made to the repo within a few minutes.

Enjoy!