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Official announcement of notAlobby on spring rts forum

Sea of love

Spring Engine version 101.0 release is a good occasion to both, turn to history and talk about our common future.

The Spring Engine is unique in its universality. It is true that lately the Spring Engine has been widely criticized for not being efficient enough and for the fact that the decision-making on issues stops due to overwhelming differences – first of all among the members of the community.

It is absolutely natural for such a diverse community. When the first version of Spring Engine was released, its founders did not in the least think that there would always be consensus. Spring community’s strength comes from taking different views and opinions consideration. Decisions debated within the community can either be taken as future features or not.

We all know that after some conflicts in the past, a centre of domination raised in the community. And then those who found themselves at the top of that pyramid were tempted to think that if we are so strong and exceptional then we know better than anyone what to do.


Someone thinks that GPL is the only right and true way of living on that sinful planet. They fear the low “bus factor” of close source programs.

If developers of NOTA disappear for some reason, then all work at the close-source program will be lost, that happened already few times with other stuff contrivuted as closed source to spring too. Now you see why making project open-source would be big benefit for all.

Instead of releasing the “unitsync” under LGPL license, you create obstacles or, in other words, “Put a spoke in someone’s wheel”.

Of course, the world is changing and the Spring Engine community must be consistent with this natural transformation. NOTA team is ready to work together with all community members, but we consider the attempts to block someones and not to block the others for the same deal as extremely dangerous. They can lead to a collapse of the entire community relations. Then, indeed, we would be left with no other rules than the rule of the force. We would get a world dominated by selfishness rather than collective work.

We suggest, however, we should take a wider view on this issue. We are all different. And we should respect that. We should all remember what our past has taught us.

Announcement for forum

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is new notAlobby. This lobby satisfy GPL license demands and its new official client for NOTA.

The new lobby is not linking unitsync.dll as previous version of the lobby did. Now, we are using own way of identifying games versions and maps. For the first look it seems that new lobby is not supporting other games/projects. It is true, but only in part. We had to choose technical solution which doesn’t ruin our time-budget and at least satisfy our needs. To make it compatible with other game projects it would take much time and other resources from us. We hope you understand this decision.

Of course, this does not mean we are not open for real cooperation in the future!

Technical things

The obsolete lobby which was considered to crossing rules of this community is no longer available on:

Its sources won’t be released. Let’s think that “the school bus” knocked down the computer where the sources were stored. We no longer support it and no longer distribute it. We also actively remove any problematic old content – e.g. if there exist some forgotten link or version of given client (so we encourage you to contact us in case you find such thing).

We hope that our future relationship will be guided by common interests and expect that there will be no big fights once we do this step.

As reaction for this announcement (and as long we will follow what we promise above), we expect that:

  • NOTA project won’t be no longer blocked in any sense on this forum and springrts page
  • All filteres blocking referencing NOTA projects pages, blocking NOTA news in all spring rts channels will be removed
  • Also there wont be done any future actions to NOTA content on springfiles.com and other shared repositories
  • There will be removed any other technical or personal provisions blocking specifically NOTA related stuff in shared infrastructure.

We also hope any member of NOTA dev project will be no longer target of extra moderation effort 😈 (that was joke).

Speaking openly,

  • danil_kalina (NOTA Game Lobby developer)
  • PepeAmpere (NOTA project representative)

(announcing this together, so from this time new lobby is part of NOTA project, to make that clear for people from outside and to be sure there is just one point of contact for any future issues)

Short version with discussion is on springrts forum.

This article is uncut version of our official new lobby announcement on SpringRTS forums. The full version reveal our motivations more to be sure all ideological opponents have enough flame-war ammunition :). In all cases we still try to be constructive!

NOTA Lobby 4.8.4

Change Log

  • fixed map downloading
    • new spring maps repository included
    • added own nota map repository to map repos list
  • Rapid download is now working.
  • System Proxy connection support
  • Linux version released for 32 bit
  • Download no longer available

Help and Hunt

What da fuck?

Our dear friend Forgotten Angel is now it the middle of his another performance show. Sadly or happily, it affects all of us, not just his own game, whole Spring games community reputation. Continue reading

Not A lobby 4.6 – friend of Spring 95.0

notAlobby 4.6

NOTA :: Lobby 4.6 released

  • Lobby is cruel Spring 95.0 compatible

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New Not A Lobby – 4.5

notAlobby 4.5

NOTA :: Lobby 4.5 released

  • Add: NOTA-TV widget for all games
  • Fix: Add NOTA-TV inside Installer
  • Fix: Spring Map options
  • Fix: Thread Download ( Fix Crash )

Learn more

New Not A Lobby – 4.4

notAlobby 4.4

Major updates:

  • Add: TrueSkill Rank for players in the Battle Room
  • Add: Support Nightwatch offline message service
  • Fix: Battle Room spam protection for SPADS autohosts

NOTA :: Lobby 4.4 released

  • Add: Make possible to select engine when player is hosting game
  • Add: TrueSkill Rank for players in the Battle Room
  • Add: Turn ON/OFF General sound + New Message sound
  • Add: Show the reason why you were kicked from Server
  • Add: Support Nightwatch offline message service
  • Add: Settings – scroll wheel speed, unit render distance
  • Add: Settings – message sound volume
  • Add: Auto-Join to Left Battle Room when reconnecting/rejoining
  • Add: AutoUnspec, when battleroom is full and you can’t “unspec”
  • Add: You can be ready/unready and spectating ( Set in settings )
  • Add: If you were kicked, don’t let you join again for 3 minutes
  • Add: Split chat on Host chat and Users chat
  • Add: Host – force players to Teams
  • Add: Host – force players to Spectators
  • Add: Host – force players to Kick
  • Add: Host – force lock/unlock battle
  • Add: Host – force players to Set Colors
  • Add: new AI dialog
  • Add: Bot data ( color, side, team ) update
  • Add: Host – add/remove start rects
  • Add: Ask player after every battle if he wants to keep or delete replay ?
  • Add: Multiple Replays selection for deleting. [by pow]
  • Add: Side column to replays player list
  • Fix: Battle Room redesign
  • Fix: Battle Room spam protection for SPADS autohosts
  • Fix: Join – Send My Status -> faster joining battle
  • Fix: Switching between Single/Multi Player => faster switching
  • Fix: BattleRoom chat shows every message twice
  • Fix: Players status in chat, when you click Sendmessage twice
  • Fix: Players status in chat, player is online when you have been disconnected
  • Fix: Cooperative Missions Setup, auto-add AI
  • Fix: Clear Autohost chat when rejoin
  • Fix: Linux 32 and 64, Spring can not be started ( install SDL )
  • Fix: Set for the maps download – NO Multi downloading
  • Fix: Download Cancel and Retry
  • Fix: Download sometimes can not be finished ( 99% bug )
  • Fix: Add more tries to find map for downloading
  • Fix: TV parsing now is by player index

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New Not A Lobby – 4.3

notAlobby 4.3

NOTA :: Lobby 4.3 released

  • Fix Default Graphic Settings
  • Remove: check new lobby version issued
  • Player’s color in the battle room is changing properly
  • Fix Settings Page, Lobby crashed because of the Sound problems
  • Added bugged CRC_32 from springlobby and zkl for compatibility reasons
  • Fix Settings when you start lobby at first time

Learn more

New Not A Lobby – 4.2

notAlobby 4.2

New lobby version is on the roof.
  • UI – Remove Tray Icon for Linux
  • ADS – Fix: Bird Eyes are watching you every time you launch lobby
  • Messages – Fix: You don’t see your own messages
  • Connection – Fix: You can’t join to battles due to your login name is not match server login name( pow[nota] and pow[NOTA] )
  • BattleRoom – Fix: Some autohosts kicking you because of spam protection
  • Sound – Make playing sounds like playing taunts
  • JoinGame – Fix: HOST bug in Battle List ( in game name column is battle title )

No need for notApacks! NOTA installer here!

NOTA Installer 1.0
NOTA installer is here, bringing new super cool Nota :: Lobby 4.0, downloading automaticly all needed and optional parts of content. All in few clicks.
  • Friends list
  • Channels list
  • Chat & History
  • In lobby taunts
  • Invite people for chatting
  • Bots
  • Single player
  • Multiplayer
  • Host battle
  • Replays and NOTA-TV
  • Auto-Download System (Rapid, Plasma)
  • Lobby settings
  • Spring Engine settings
For all news, check changelog. All thanks go to danil_kalina, a1983 and all involved testers!

NOTA gamepack v8.5 – new lobby, game and missions!

NOTA game pack v8.5

Huge game changes included, many lobby fixes and improvements, new TV widget version and promo mission xAnts!

NOTA gamepack v8.2 with NOTA 1.69!

NOTA game pack v8.2

New game pack V8.2 for Windows users including latest game + NotaLobby RC3 3.0 + last stable version of engine Spring and many prepared features as widgets in gamepack.

NOTA gamepack v7.2 with NOTA 1.681 and Nota :: Lobby 3.0!

NOTA game pack v7.2

New game pack V7.2 for Windows users including latest game + NotaLobby 3.0 + last stable version of engine Spring and many prepared features as widgets in gamepack.

NOTA gamepack v6 here with NOTA 1.67!

NOTA game pack v6

New game pack V6 for Windows users including latest game + NotaLobby + last stable version of engine and many prepared GUI features. More info in changelog. Get it in Download section.

NOTA v1.67 inside pack

  • completely changed hitsphears of all planes
  • changed hitsphears of both shipyards – elipsoid => box
  • 50% reduction of dmg recived by hovers from torpedoes attacks
  • fix – Samurai added into hovertank armor class
  • +20% front armor for heavy tanks (Repaer, Goliath, Bulldog), +10% front armor for all light and medium tanks
  • heightmod 1.1 handicap for bug2 and Spore tower AA. Bug2 is unable to shoot high attitude planes and def burrow have big problems with it now
  • finished speedups for spacebugs
  • fixed some AA that was able to be force to attack ground (Equalizer, Panther, Hermes, Horgue, Swatter, Slinger)
  • fixed Jethro and Phalanx chasing ground units bug
  • fixed spacebugs Queen crushing own Hives and Spore towers and Commtowers
  • fixes spacebugs Queen was able to forceattack ground with AA missile

NOTA :: Lobby 2.2


New version of NOTA :: Lobby, was released. Find out more…
v. 2.2

– Minor bugs fixed
– Fix: issue 016 – engine checking

New Game pack v5 released

NOTA game pack v5

New game pack V5 for Windows users including latest game + NotaLobby + last stable version of engine and many prepared GUI features. More info in changelog. Get it in Download section.

NOTA :: Lobby 2.1


New version of NOTA :: Lobby, was released. Find out more…
v. 2.1

– Welcome page for a game
– Add support for Spring version check when in battle room
– Add support for Spring Command Line Argument ‘–safemode’
– Battle List filter
– Blocked users list
– Rapid Download System
– Font for text messages (more black)
– Map List (Selected map picture, Less memory consumption)
– Fixed many bugs

RoN Taunts, future feature of NotaLobby, now ingame!

Ron Taunts 1000

NEW WIDGET: 999 cool sound messages to other players sent by pressing 3 numbers code can be tested now ingame. Future feature, that will use NotaLobby is now free for public testing. For more info check description text on Springfiles or on NOTA Project Google site.

New Game pack v4 released

NOTA game pack v4

New game pack V4 for Windows users including latest game + NotaLobby + last stable version of engine. More info in changelog. Get it in Download section.

NOTA :: Lobby 2.0 released!

NotaLobby 2.0

New, historical version of NOTA :: Lobby, was released. Find out more…
v. 2.0

– Friends list
– Channels list
– Chat ( private, channel )
– Plasma Download System