When the server is waiting for a decision from the user, that particular island window now shows a glowing/wave animation in the top left and right corners. Hopefully this should make it clearer to both new and experienced players which user is currently making a decision. Please note that this animation only appears for human users and when there is no automatic/forced move available for the server to play.
Each island window now has its own commit button that, like the existing one in the main window, appears when all tools have been successfully assigned during the Equipper phase. Having a commit button very close to the buildings/plantations in each island should improve the ergonomics significantly during this role phase.
Logging in to the public Tropic Euro server has been sped up by a large factor, perhaps 50% faster or more on some computers. This update also includes lots of minor performances tweaks throughout the interface.
The ranking algorithm has been improved such that it gives substantially greater gain/loss in RP for 4 and 5 player games, to reflect that they take longer to complete. This has been done by using a variable K1 value according to the number of players. A new K2 parameter has also been introduced, although this is primarily of interest to other game developers who wish to implement the algorithm.
Each account now becomes temporarily blocked after five failed password attempts from the same IP address, to prevent brute-force password cracking attempts. A warning message is displayed after the fourth failed attempt advising the user to use the Tropic Euro forum to reset their password using the registered email address.
This update also includes some major performance and scalability improvements to the Tropic Euro server and a few tweaks in the client software as well.