Last day of the DOTA 2 The International Championship Tournament

Dota 2 Screenshot (Credit : Dota 2 Steam page : http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/)

Today’s the last day of the The International DOTA 2 2013 Championship Tournament.

DOTA stands for Defense of the Ancients, which was a free mod for Blizzard’s “Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” and the expansion “Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne”), nearly 10 years ago.

In 2009, Valve (known for the Steam distribution client and the Half-Live series of games) hired “Icefrog”, the maintainer of the DOTA Warcraft III mod to create DOTA 2 built on Valve’s Steam engine. DOTA 2 was in beta for quite some time, with players needing invites to be able to download and play the game. However, DOTA 2 is now out of beta and available on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux as a free to play game.

Here’s some links with lots more DOTA 2 information:

So what is Dota? From the Wikipedia entry on Dota 2:

Dota 2 consists of session-based online multiplayer matches, in which two teams of five players attempt to destroy their opponents’ fortified strongholds. Each player controls a “Hero” character and, over the course of an individual game, focuses on improving their hero’s abilities, acquiring items, and fighting against the other team.

Dota 2 combines the real-time strategy elements of a traditional top-down perspective, while also incorporating the leveling and itemization functions of a role-playing video game. Players are pitted against each other as two factions called the “Radiant” and the “Dire”. The Radiant faction is based at the southwest corner of the map, while the Dire faction is based at the northeast corner. Utilizing one of six selection modes, players choose one of 102 “heroes” – strategically powerful units with special abilities, who, through combat experience, may progress to a maximum level of twenty-five. The heroes’ methods of combat are heavily influenced by their primary property, which can be strength, agility, or intelligence.

The basic setup of Dota 2 places two strongholds containing critical structures called “Ancients” at opposing ends of a geographically balanced map. These bases are connected by three main paths (referred to as lanes), which are guarded by defensive towers and groups of units commonly referred to as “creeps” which traverse their lanes, attacking enemy units and structures upon sight. Players are split into two teams, each consisting of up to five players, to compete as the primary defenders for each Ancient. The overall objective of each match is to battle through the opposing force’s defenses, and destroy the opponents’ Ancient. Because Dota 2 is highly team-oriented, players must coordinate with their teams in order to achieve victory. The towers and stronghold defenses are invulnerable to attacks, so long as the towers nearest to the enemy side still stand, and must be destroyed sequentially – a team cannot destroy the enemy’s Ancient without first destroying all towers leading up to it in any one lane.

The currency of the game is gold, which is granted steadily at a slow rate. Gold can be accumulated at a much higher rate by killing enemy units, destroying enemy towers, or killing heroes. Killing units grants gold solely to the player who killed it; killing heroes grants gold to the killer and any nearby allies; and destroying towers gives gold to all players on the team. Killing enemy creeps, heroes, and towers also provides experience, which allows the player’s hero to level up, granting access to more powerful skills and abilities. “Denying” is a feature of the game which allows players to inhibit the enemy’s ability to accumulate gold and experience by killing an allied unit or destroying an allied structure before an enemy can do so. Denying reduces the amount of experience and gold the enemy faction can receive for the kill. Allied heroes may also be denied if they are on critically low health and have a fatal spell applied to them.

Featured across the map are units referred to as “neutrals”, which are not aligned to a faction, primarily located in the forests. Located on the southeast side of the river is a boss called “Roshan” who typically requires multiple team members to be killed. Following his death, Roshan will drop a powerful item which allows for a hero to instantly respawn if they are killed.

 

 

Adobe releases security updates to Adobe Acrobat Reader & Acrobat for Windows, Mac and Linux

On May 12th, 2009, Adobe has released security updates to Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat for Windows, Mac, and Linux. From the security bulletin at http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html :

“A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions. This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1492) would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. A second vulnerability has also been reported that appears to affect Adobe Reader for UNIX only (CVE-2009-1493).

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions update to Adobe Reader 9.1.1 and Acrobat 9.1.1. Adobe recommends users of Acrobat 8 update to Acrobat 8.1.5, and users of Acrobat 7 update to Acrobat 7.1.2. For Adobe Reader users who can’t update to Adobe Reader 9.1.1, Adobe has provided the Adobe Reader 8.1.5 and Adobe Reader 7.1.2 updates.”

Read the security bulletin for download links : http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html

Adobe Flash Player v10.0.22.87 released to address potential vulnerability

According to a security advisory from Adobe , Adobe Flash v10.0.12.36 (and earlier versions of Adobe Flash 9) on all platforms has a vulnerability “that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits this potential vulnerability to take control of the affected system” – meaning malicious software could be downloaded and run on your machine if you visit a website with malicious Flash content  file or video (SWF) .

To determine what version of  the Flash player you have, visit  http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/and to install the latest Flash player go to http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.

Windows users should note that the Flash Player in their Microsoft Internet Explorer browser and the one in other web browsers  like Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari are separate installs. You should install and update both versions, by visiting http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer in Internet Explorer and then with your other web browser.

Software Freedom Day 2008 event planning for TTCS

Software Freedom Day (SFD) 2008 will be on September 20th, 2008 and the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS ; http://ttcsweb.org/ ) needs your help.

What is Software Freedom Day?

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the availability and benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Local teams around the world organise and have events
on the third Saturday in September.

Software Freedom Day is on September 20th, 2008. We need to plan now and

  • decide what to do
  • locate a suitable venue
  • promote the meeting once the venue and format of SFD 2008 is confirmed

The TTCS wiki page is available to assist with planning at http://ttcsweb.pbwiki.com/SFD2008-planning

Local Linux users, Windows users, Mac users, fans of open source software, everyone is welcome to assist with this project.

If you :

  • can help us with these tasks
  • have ideas and suggestions
  • would like to volunteer to help with planning SFD 2008 in Trinidad
  • would like to volunteer to help on the actual day(s)

please go to the planning page for further information and/or to add your contribution : the TTCS SFD 2008 wiki page at http://ttcsweb.pbwiki.com/SFD2008-planning and email admin at ttcsweb.org. Notes of meetings will be posted to the planning page with the first virtual one scheduled for July 27, 2008.

Further details will be posted to the SFD2008-planning page as well as via email to those persons interested in helping with SFD2008.

In 2007, the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s entry for SFD 2007 received a “highly commended” award from the Software Freedom Day organisation! Information about that event can be found here: