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Nov 14

DVDs arrived!

icon1 ton | icon2 Apricot Press, Blender Institute, DVD Content, Production | icon4 11 14th, 2008

The long wait is almost over, today the dvds were delivered to the Blender Institute. Tomorrow we’ll pack them all for our sponsors/customers, monday it gets picked up by the Global Mail service.
Delivery is usually 2-4 days for countries close, 1 week for rest of Europe, 2 weeks for USA and rest of world.

In case you’ve moved to another place after ordering, make sure the e-shop knows! (Mail shop at order number and new address).


90 Responses

  1. Daniel K. on

    Mine arrived today too Germany (Duisburg). The documentation & tutorials read good, But the Game looks soo awful and plays extreme bad. I’ve seen more PSP Homebrew which looks and plays much better than this. There have to follow much projects like this to push the game engine more 😉 . But personally i can only hope, no engaged hobby developer team tries to implement their ideas in this engine at the current state. I don’t know what i’ve really expected. But the two movies before this project are technical state of the art. Ok, with the limited manpower both movies are short, but very good. Well, ive expected something similar with this game. A 20-30 minute game (demo) which was state of the art. I’m looking forward for the next blender project.

  2. OldJim on

    I got my DVD Today and it totaly Rocks…
    More Detail on Problems, Questions and Tings that really rock can be found on thise SubForum totaly dedicatet to YoFrankie and all the new thing that it brought to the BGE…

    So If you have any questions or additional Files (Levels) or anything else you can post it there hope to see a lot of you there.

  3. neXyon on

    Got mine too today (Austria, Styria), and I am totally amazed! I read the bad things and didn’t expect too much, but it’s way better than I expected!

  4. Inko I. A. on

    I received mine today (Zarautz, Spain). I like the presentation of the DVD. Good job!

  5. Richard on

    Not much of a success running it.

    Running on an iMac OSX 10.5.5 there is no sound, either at the start up screen or during the game. Also at the starting area when you walk into a sign to go to the level, walking into the ‘Game’ sign, it crashes me out of the game. Tried one of the extra maps, think it was called Rat Pack. Just when you reach the rats I jumped onto a grassy rock and dissappeared straight into it, unable to walk or jump out of it. Pressing Esc hoping to get back to the main menu but just exited straight out of the game. One more moan, tried with Vista running bootcamp and it wouldn’t start up the game at all from the Play menu, just had a constant rotating blue ring.


  6. xvisx on

    Same here, on OSX 10.4.11: no sound, and when walking towards the gamesign, it crashes. Furthermore, I can’t seem to run with Frankie, only walk.

  7. TABASCO on

    I tried it on three computers now and I didn’t had much success, too.
    The technical demo without GLSL runs fine, although the graphics there are far away from the video on the dvd.
    On my desktop (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro) with Ubuntu 8.10 the graphics of the blender version is just terrible and the crystal space version doesn’t work at all.
    On a Dell Inspiron 1525, also Ubuntu 8.10 it’s the same issue – when I run the crystal space version out of a terminal, the last lines are:

    Free list:
    FREE Offset:09166000, Size:0002e000, F.
    End of memory blocks
    celstart: ../common/dri_bufmgr_fake.c:1127: dri_fake_process_relocs: Assertion `ret == 0′ failed.

    However, I assume it’ll be much too long when we all paste our issues here. I already looked up the Blender forum for OpenProjects:

    Maybe it’s more usefull to open a thread there, otherwise it will get out of control here…

    I really would like to play the game in it’s perfection 🙂


  8. Kao on

    Hello, I receive mine yesterday (Paris France), and I just want to known if it’s possible to deactivate the fulllscreen option.
    I work on a linux. Thank you bye

  9. Fredster on

    I too have probems running on Mac. I have 10.5.5, 3 GB Ram and Core 2 Duo, on Mac i managed to play for about 2 minutes and then it crashed, before that i tried about 3-4 times to start it but it just crashed, all without any sound…Using bootcamp and XP is no help either, it crashes in all modes or doesn’t start at all….Money well spent;)

  10. kakapo on

    argh… i found the reason! the game somehow messes up the desktop resolution before going fullscreen and the notification window of the comodo firewall got placed on the second monitor – my TV which is switched off most of the time. i have checked what the TV displays earlier but didn’t notice the firewall window because it was almost completely off screen. only a tiny part of the title bar was visible.

    the game looks very nice!

  11. Pablo Vazquez on

    Fullscreen problem:
    It opens in Fullscreen because that’s the way the binary was saved. You can fix this by saving your own binary file!, just open levels/start_menu.blend with Blender 2.48a and change the settings in the Render Buttons, “Format” panel, there you have the Game Framing Settings, just disable Fullscreen and you can play with the resolution there too.
    Then save your binary going to File > Save Game As Runtime. put it in the same folder and thats it!

  12. Rowy on

    Doesn’t start in XP or Vista. Missed a dll. After download of the dll, it couldn’t find startcel.

  13. -bupla- on

    Cool, I get it this morning, but I had the same issues on OSX 10.5.5. No sound, I don’t know how to run with Frankie, and when I quit the game, the desktop is a mess, the dock is on the middle of the screen, and I must restart my computer.

  14. Kéké on

    @-bupla- : You don’t have to restart your Mac. I have the same issue and you just need to open the system settings and change the screen resolution to another and go back to the initial one.

    By the way, same problem that the others, no sound on Mac.
    I must admit that I’m a little disapointed by the result but I still understand the primary goal of the project. So good job guys, but I suppose that you see (better than us !) the long way still in front of us ! 😉

  15. blengine on

    Eek, well the bge version runs cleanly on xp and vista here, but I have not tested the crystal space version at home yet. I can’t help with Mac problems but if anyone chats on irc, #blendercoders might be helpful.

    To pick up a sheep, attack them when you’re at a really close range and you’ll kick them up in the air. This wasn’t made very clear but running is in the f1 instruction overlay, hold down the attack key.

  16. Dr. Dixie on

    I feel like an idiot asking this, but where do we download the game? I personally don’t care to buy the DVD, and when I downloaded it a couple times before, I’m pretty sure it either wasn’t the full game, or couldn’t have GLSL disabled. Thanks.


  17. Clint on

    Got mine in the mail today (Indiana, USA) — very exciting stuff! I’m glad to see that they’re starting to arrive State-side.

    Can’t wait to get off work so that I can try it out. 😀

  18. Lorax on

    Mine showed up yesterday – Texas, USA. With this, and the GameKit 2.0 Book, it’s going to be a great time over the Winter Break!!!

  19. blenderuser on

    When the game will be downloadable?

  20. Arconus on

    YeeeeP When the game will be downloadable? I can’t wait coz i live in Ukreine Kharkov maby some one make link on .Iso file

  21. G_Dragon on

    I got mine yesterday (British Columbia, Canada), and so far I’m loving it. The only weird thing is the game engine thinks I’m using a joystick in the main game, and some of the old demo files don’t play. Otherwise, I’d just like to thank the Blender Institute, all the other volunteers, and other sponsors who have contributed and made this game happen.

  22. Pablo Vazquez on

    For those asking about the download of Yo Frankie!, read comment #3! 😀

    (resuming, early december!, it will give us some time to prepare the servers and website)

  23. RedBirdiii on

    I got mine yesterday here in Bahrain. My little daughter is really happy to play the game.. whenever she sees me inserting the DVD into the PC drive she doesn’t let me play at all.. the only time that I can play is when she goes to bed..

    By the way, great game indeed.. really awesome effort for making such a great game for kids and adults!

  24. andyg (geekscape) on

    My copy has just arrived in Melbourne, Australia (after exactly 2 weeks).

    That solves the problem of what to do this weekend 🙂

    Fortunately, my daughter has her own Linux system … so, we won’t have to fight over the game !
    With any proprietary game, we’d have to purchase 2 copies 🙁

    I expect that we’ll enjoy going through all the production data and messing with that … just as much as playing the game.

  25. Bmud on

    I just got mine, but it will be a couple days before I’m home where my decent computer is. This laptop my mother has in my old room is a real piece of crap. Not complaining though… good to have it, and good to see relatives. 🙂

  26. Rafster on

    Can someone please tell me how to install the Crystal stand alone game on my Toshiba gaming laptop running Vista?

    Do I click on the exe file or the msi file, in the crystal directory? I tried twice to install the game and both times it failed to run – something about a missing dll. Could I drag and drop in the missing dll without screwing up the operating system??

    How the hell do I install the stand alone Blender Engine version?????? Do I need to have Blender installed to play the game?

    Why is there no installation instructions??????


  27. Ben on

    Where is the help forum for everyone who is having problems? (where people post about their problems; post their fixes, workarounds, etc.)

  28. OldJim on

    Help Forum would be here…:
    Just start a new Topic and ask your Question and there will be a lot of People that will give there best to help you…

  29. Leo on

    Arrived this morning in Venice, Italy. 😀

  30. qubodup on

    I got mine a week ago.

    1-2 weeks? this post is three weeks old now. Time to start seeding! 🙂

    (Remember Legaltorrents)

  31. Pablo Vazquez on

    working on it qubodup!

    also, it is open! so nobody can stop the already-dvd-owners from seeding their own copies :), but yeah is always better to wait and download just what needed from the servers, rather than a huge torrent.

  32. macduy on

    This is awesome work guys! Keep it up!

  33. Dread Knight on

    I’m developing an open source game following pretty much the same pipeline as Yo Frankie. Really looking forward to check out the tutorials/documentation from the dvd… time is an essential, looking forward to the BGE contest…

    Would really appreciate if someone would share the dvd with me asap. Thanks!

  34. marco on

    I have the same problems on osX 10.5.5. No sound, running from blender non signs (game, so I can’t play) and it crashes when I choose the game sign playing outside the blender app. I thought this was a multiplatform game, but sadly it isn’t.

    I can’t see any answer about this issues 🙁

    Sorry to say, but I’m a bit disappointed.

  35. venomgfx on

    there is stuff happening under the hood!

    online release pretty soon 🙂

  36. Camille Bissuel on

    hello !

    I’m a little worry, cause I didn’t receive the DVD one month later….
    i had pre-order it in January and change my address during the year… updating it in the blender e-shop.

    It’s ok cause i’ll be able to download it, but it would be nice to receive the DVD.
    Any idea ?

    Camille Bissuel

  37. venomgfx on

    @ Camille Bissuel, hey there, you’re not the only one! I’m still waiting for my DVDs here in southern Patagonia (Argentina), but it’s pretty normal for me though, since mail is always like this down here, where are you from Camille? Did you email e-shop to make sure they have your latest address?

  38. Camille Bissuel on

    from France 🙂 Netherlands is not so far 😀

    I think to a mistake in the address. You’re right, I should email the e-shop, but the command had disappeared.
    I’ll do it, and tell you back here what’s going on.
    Thanks for your attention !

  39. David Tabachnikov on


    Just recieved the DVD in the mail today, and tried to run it. I’ve got 2 Debian Lenny x86_64 machines, one at work and one at home, on both machines, double-clicking on the yofrankie-linux-x86_64 binary does nothing, and running it from the terminal prints that:

    $ ./yofrankie-linux-x86_64
    bash: ./yofrankie-linux-x86_64: Permission denied

    Trying to run the Crystal Space version takes a huge amount of time.

    Was a huge let-down.

    Is there anywhere I could get support/help for that?

  40. ewomer on

    David Tabachnikov . the reason your getting the “permission denied” is because the file isnt allowed to execute. you need to try the attributes which means you need to
    install the game onto the hard drive(i dont know the details of this since i dont have the dvd), you dont need a system install you can just put it under your home folder.

    once its copied onto your hard drive run this command

    cd /to/installed/yofrankie/folder
    sudo chmod +x ./yofrankie-linux-x86_64

    then it should run