Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to no longer continue my work on DotA AI maps. Between my increased work responsibilities, advancing on to the next stage of life, my waning interest in DotA, and the frustration from both dealing with the community's demands and the community having to deal with my absences, I believe it is best for me to let this project go and move on.

It was a fun two years, with updates on almost every version since 6.49 (we're up to 6.66b now, crazy!), but as lazyfiend/RGB said when he left, I find that working on this map is no longer enjoyable to me, and is in fact quite a burden.

I've contacted GoD-Tony (killerbee) about taking over, and if he decides to, I'll try to help him get up to speed as much as possible. If not, I hope whomever takes my place will have as much fun as I did these past two years learning the ins and outs of JASS and the WC3 engine.

My passion has always been with the Fun Taverns, and though I will not continue AI development I may occasionally release some maps on my blog with old heroes and/or original creations, so feel free to visit and leave comments for me here.

Thanks for the fun times guys!

67 comments:

JimmY said...

Best wishes. Greatly appreciate your past hard work and contribution.

Hero Hunter said...

I hope Killerbee will answer you . I enjoy AI maps so much :(

mithrandr said...

So sad to see you stop. Enjoy the AI maps very much. Thanks for all the hard work you've put in thus far!

bastard said...

Well personally I have to say it's sad to lose the one place I went to for AI maps, but I understand where you're coming from.

All the best and thanks for everything so far.

karadoc said...

Thanks for the maps of the past, and good luck with whatever it is you do in the future.

To be honest, I think the high-pressure demands of people on the playdota forums would be enough to put most people off... If I was making AI maps I know I wouldn't feel like 'rewarding' demands like that. But that's just me.

You did well to carry on for as long as you did. :)

Hung said...

So sad to see you stop. We love you. We appreciate your contribution. Thanks for everything.

|eXon|® said...

I started out on you 6.50 AI map and I've enjoyed you ai maps since. You've made a great and generous contribution to the community. We wish you good luck for your future endeavors (if you do everything as well as you made ai maps, you won't need luck. Salutes!

XIX Dragunov said...

gud luck in whatever u are doing now...wish u all the best...thanks for everything though....

i know it's hard to twitch DoTA map...i've tried it and my head cramp~hahaha

deo said...

thanks for all the hard work buffmeplz. been playing ai maps from cloud_str to RGB to you, thank you guys for spending your time to make us enjoy dota. i really enjoy playing your original heroes buffmeplz. looking forward to seeing more of them. adios and goodluck with life. :)

Soul said...

Hey who made the fun tavern?

Of course it's you - BuffMePlz. We'll never forget you and your maps.

All the best to you. Cheers.

gelaco said...

Thank you very much for everything you have done for us. You won't believe how much time I killed with your AI maps. :)

Muhammad Noor said...

wow.... its a shock man that you will leaving in making ai map...but gud luck in whatever you doing.. your contribution to DotA is huge... helping newbie in DotA

Step of Failure said...

have a nice rest!
but.... . . .ur work r the best ^^.

Christoph said...

Best wishes and good luck! Thx for all the work you put into Dota. Maybe we see you again at a long dark tea time of the soul ;-)

ShotokanTuning said...

Hey BMP,

You can't do this to us? Of course you can! You have done so much we all love what you have done in the past. Thank you!

Thanks for all the hard work, fun creations and keeping us posted on what is going on.

The best of luck in your future plans.

Would love to talk to you, about your experiences of being the official AI map creator of DotA, one day.

Greetings,
ST

Bone said...

Thanx for all! Let God bless you fo your future life!

Fei C. said...

thx for all your past work.

we appreciate it. wish you best anyway

WeiKang said...

All the best in life, I, and I believe the rest of the community appreciates your work and commitment truly.

AFN said...

Thanks for all your Ai maps. :D

Before Well Grown said...

Its a sad new thought...but we have to move on and let goes of something...best wish on your future...=]

GoD-Tony said...

I will post my response to all of this tomorrow on my blog.

franco said...

Good lucky GoD-Tony

marceloalt said...

OHHH, sad.... but indeed i had just deleted all games in my computer, so i get suprised with your communication, but understood perfectly. life changes sometimes.

Have you ever thinked about asking a low price for each download of yours maps???? for exemple: 5 cents each download?

DJ said...

BMP,

You're AI Maps were the best of them all.

I hope someone will take the torch you're willing to let go and carry on the tradition of DotA AI with as much patience and effort as you did.

I'd give it a try in the future when I'm not too taxed.

Good luck on your future endeavors and I wish you the best.

Godspeed.

dJ0013/gAmEsHaRk?

iruel said...

good luck with new life...

josephting said...

Good luck to you! You've did a lot of great work in the past and those are extremely valuable.

Anyway, the title "Ex-DotA AI Maps" is cool! =D

Lucas said...

Thx for all you have done for us ! =)

Allanon said...

Here is my opinion about the AI and s.o.:
I`m a programmer and i`ve started playing DotA recently. I was interested about the AI and how can i enhance the AI`s behavior. I decompiled latest BMP`s AI map and started poking around. I just wanted to make a basic AI for a hero like Kaldr The Ancient Apparition. I wanted to build an item set and make him spam some of his skills on the lane and helping in ganks.
For a whole afternoon i deobfuscated and checked all the item`s builds and changed all the names of the items. I understood the whole process of buying/selling but many things are still unclear for me like skills build trees, AI attack/defend decisions making etc etc... I have some assumptions but it`s not enough for now to poke in the code and make new funcs.
I have experience with many languages... JASS is no problem for me... picked it up from the first moment... but this obfuscation is getting on my nerves. I just don`t see how obfu will stop some hacker to do his sh1t on the map/AI when he is determined to do it... past experiences are showing that. I myself learned assembler and took many months of lessons in reverse engineering just to defeat a software chain protections. And i did it... and nothing stopped me.
The obfu just gives the developers nightmares. Not many people will be determined to deobfuscate for weeks just to understand something. As a working person i don`t have that much time to loose it on changing names of variables and functions for all day long instead of working on something useful. I hope BMP will post some general guide which he proposed to Tony or better he will post his version of the AI script with his code unobfuscated and then i`m sure some people will find the guts to pick up the code and make the new releases possible. I know he spent endless hours of reading and understanding the code but it will be his and others`s before him legacy which will be lost.
And if not... then the project will prolly die... and all those endless hour will be just wasted.

Psyc-ho said...

It was shocking news BMP !! really shocking ! your maps were the best !
it made me really sad ! i`m here to tell you we are really sad ( Persian DotA Community) to see you leaving , to see another good AI maker is leaving !!
as a fan of your maps as a map creator i really wish you good luck and success in your life !!
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jiraiya said...

All the best :)

Phoenix said...

So long friend. Lead a happy and good life. It was great pleasure playing on your maps. I started playing DotA in it's true form only after I could practice on your maps. Yours contribution to DotA is one of the biggest in my opinion. Thanks for all your hard work.

Regards,
Phoenix :)

Kurniawan Jatmika said...

thx, u r really great :D

matheus said...

Thx man... I really had fun with the Ai maps...
Good luck with your life and thx again for your hard work these past 2 years.

jepoy83 said...

FUCK YOU ASSHOLE ......

jepoy83 said...

YOU SUCKS LAZYFIEND STILL THE BEST FUCKKKKKKKKKK YOUUUUUUUUUUUU............

darktoaster said...

Wow!You are an idiot. Who yells at somebody who has provided you a game you like for free.

Good luck BMP. Sorry to hear you got burnt out but it is totally understandable.

Sapphiron said...

i very appreciate all your effort to give us AI maps

harreke said...

I'm Harreke.

I sent you a message through pladota.com, but I don't know if you've read it.

If there really is nobody any more, could you allow me to take over your work to continue updating your AI maps?

I've researched your AI system for a long time, and I still have lots of time to continue researching it.

I'm sure I can do it well.

My MSN:
Harreke@live.cn

Please contact me.

Frencz said...

All the best! But it's vry sad to c u stop on AI map ... but if it's a burden thn i could understand.. hope killerbee can take over the burden. Good luck!

mohamad Shoox said...

to see u go is frustrating. the Dota community should give you a medal or some token as an appreciation to your hardwork this past 2 years. your AI bots are the best. i enjoyed playing ur AI map. the AI are smart in some kind of way. all i can scream out to you is GODLIKE!!!!

Arky said...

Well... I guess I can say I saw this one comming...
But I guess its ok, I'll really miss your maps but if its because you have a job that demands you this much time... And because we are just too god damned addicted to your maps that you feel burdened by us...
Then its good... Maybe this will help us a bit fight our addiction Hahahaha!
Anyways... I hope someone takes up your work... And sure as hell I hope I see more of those FUN TAVERNS!

Man as someone said earlier... If you do anything as good as you do maps... Then you are all set up...

Allow me to wish you success in anything you do... And a happy life...

Know that you will be forever remembered as BMP, buffmeplz, the Legendary DoTA AI map maker among many of us... And well... The boots you are leaving are gonna be DAMN HARD to fill...

Thank you again for all this years of endless fun... And see ya!

The 7 Bachelors said...

Your work is legendary. Pros or Newbies, I'm sure every single DotA player have played your AI Maps. I can assure you, that it had helped many new players(including me) to train and get better before fighting against people. It really had helped me to be a better DotA player. I salute you for your diligence in constantly releasing AI maps although it had proved to be quite difficult. We, the DotA players, will miss you very much! I speak from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate all that you have done to help players these two years. I wish you all the best, and fair luck on whatever you are pursuing right now. I hope you would lead a happy life. Goodbye BuffMePlz. :D

SoRaSAN said...

Yep , love the Fun taverns a lot too. Actually is still stuck on the April Fool's Day map ( Awesome map )

Thanks for your hard work ! Wish you all the best on the next stage :) ! Cheers !!

EC 2009.1 said...

Despite your retirement of the AI map scene, I still hope you continue releasing versions with old heroes and custom creations; that was pretty much the biggest reason I played your maps. I'd love to play 6.67c with stuff like Old Merc and Old Silencer, damn, such good memories from the past XD

Anyway, best wishes, and thanks for all the hard effort you've put on the maps. I hope I won't need to miss Formless for too long, though. He was awesome!

Pete said...

Good luck and thanks for all your hard work!

Akemi89 said...

Good luck and keep moving forawrd in life~ Thanks for making AI maps T^T I love you~

Guster Henry said...

Best wish for you, thanks for the wonderful moment that you have given to us in old days :) And looking forward to your "fun" old maps

Cenebi said...

Thanks for all your hard work on DoTA AI, good luck with your future endeavors.

jx said...

Fun tavern was really fun =) and the AIs were good thanks for all your effort...

All the best in your life!

BukanManusia said...

Been enjoying your AI maps.
Thx to you, I have changed from a noob to a pro player.
So long BMP, good luck ^^

Wind (Nokia E51) said...

BuffMePleaz @ BMP, i myself had spent so many hours n fun with your AI map. life wouldn't have been the same if your AI maps were never released the first place.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart, you've made my life enjoyable the past years. I wish you ALLLLL the best in your life, your work, your future! take care dude! we love ya... ;-) <3 <3 <3

MuGen said...

we really enjoyed ur maps,

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check out
http://www.dotaspree.blogspot.com/

srijan said...

Hey man.... thanks for all the work you have done ..... really loved your maps...... u r simply BEYOND GODLIKE..... miss you.. have a great time ahead in life..

chann said...

bmp....you rockk the world with your maps...so sad..but good luck in your future undertaking...

Crap said...

Well it's your choice to not continue and the way it looks it indeed becomes a burden. hope u can cope better with ur life after u stop doing AI maps, all the best and thanks for all the previous contributions in creating AI maps. they allowed me and my friends to enjoy quite alot so yeah, thanks.

Daniel Kris said...

Thx 4 the old maps, it gives me lots of fun, ganbatte and good luck

JOSE said...

and the dota Ai 6.67b of harreke is god or not?

JOSE said...

good or not?

Gungnir said...

has it really been 2 years?hmmm..never realized that until i read it..
my friends and i,like tons of other dota players,started by getting pawned real bad,like lv13 against lv25 with 2 or more div rapiers before the game ended by creeps destroying everything,but we endured it,we watched how other people played,and we tried it(of course,it means another hard beating),and we tried it again and again..until we know what to do and began playing like a veteran..just around the time when i can beat the noob-pawner,i get this cloud_str map of AI (or is it AI+ ?)..u know what i said back then?"why didnt i get something like this sooner!?"

and i absolutely sure,that ALOT of people didnt have to endure the pain i know,because of your maps.

for that,and tons of other goods your maps provided,"thank you,BMP."
and for your decision ,"its your life,hey you only live once!"
so..dont mind us and the stupid community's demands,u've done more than we deserved.
oh yeah,good luck with whatever u're doing now..hope you can enjoy it as much as we enjoyed your wonderful maps,Gbu.

~O_o~ said...

Thanks for all your hard work BMP
Good luck

kanmax said...

Dude thanks for the AI Maps thought they weren't the best u took it for the good of the community. Wishing so much u were staying

yUSri said...

best wishes for u bmp.. i just want to say something, can i hav the Ai script.. i wan to remake and trying something new =).. i hope i can..

my mail: verge_puppeter91@yahoo.com

m6hidrogen said...

goodbye bmp, anyway you are always welcome to create AI maps in the near future..

Mxyzplk said...

its a shocking news...
Well I hope there is another person who could continue your legacy.

Lee Song said...

Thanks for you AI maps and fun tarven
I love your map but...
Theres no AI maker anymore, hope you release AI scripts and how to inject script into the map...
I always plays dota with AI but no more with 6.68...

Axl3blaze said...

We All Appreciate Your Work You Had Contributed A Lot And We all Wish you a Great Career For ur Future

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