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StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes
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StarCraft 1.18 has been officially released today by Blizzard, the first patch in over 8 years. With this patch, StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free to play. A copy of the patch notes has been provided below.


Note: When patching StarCraft, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.

StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes

StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing:

General

  • Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between.
  • Added UTF-8 support.
  • Added cursor clamping in-game while windowed; unclamped in menus.
  • Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types.
  • Added options to display actions per minute.
  • Added Observer mode.
  • Added opponent information when joining a game lobby.
  • Added autosaving for replays.
  • Added an option to display the game timer.
  • Added UPnP support.
  • Updated to a new OpenGL backend.
  • Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate to match LAN speeds over Battle.net.
  • Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections.
  • Improved behavior of available lobbies within the ‘Join Game’ section.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.
  • Improved anticheat capabilities.
  • Improved installation and patching performance.
  • Mac Beta support now available for 10.11 and up.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan face in the loading screen, and other graphic glitches.
  • Fixed problems with LAN game discovery.
  • Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus.
  • LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes.

Known Issues

  • The profile section is currently unavailable.

See the official Patch Notes for yourself if you'd like.

| Edited: Carl Bennett
Battle.net Scheduled Maintenance for StarCraft Patch 1.18
Battle.net

Blizzard will be performing maintenance to the Classic Battle.net servers on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in preparation for StarCraft: Brood War Remastered (Patch 1.18).

Announcement: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20753815644

Evening Adventurers,

Battle.net will be down for maintenance on March 28th in preperation for 1.18 Starcraft. Expected down time: 60 mins

Times:

  • USWest: 0800 PST
  • USEast: 1000 PST
  • Asia: 1200 PST
  • Europe: 1600 PST

Thank you, Classic Games Team

Additionally, the servers are displaying the following EID_ERROR message upon entry to any channel in preparation for this maintenance:

[Server Broadcast] Server maintenance at 1000 PST (https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20753815644)

| Edited: Carl Bennett
SC: Remastered confirmed and StarCraft patch 1.18a
Starcraft

A previous BNETDocs article talked about a rumor that StarCraft would be getting remastered. This suspicion was confirmed after Blizzard announced their plans during the "I <3 StarCraft" event which celebrated 19 years of StarCraft:

Furthermore, Blizzard conducted an interview about the development of SC: Remastered that you can watch here:

Recently, an article from Team Liquid surfaced about Blizzard's plans to prepare for SC: Remastered. That article has been reposted below.


In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, SC:BW will be receiving its first official patch since January 21, 2009—almost 8 years ago. This patch mostly contains bug fixes and added functionality, with only 2 changes to unit bugs.

These changes should have little or no effect on gameplays, since SC:R will allegedly be compatible with BW 1.16.

Patch Will Happen 3/30 US Time. More details soon?

StarCraft v1.18a Patch Notes

StarCraft and Brood War will now be completely FREE.

Specific Changes & Improvements

Please “Run as Admin” during patching; it is required by modern operating systems and your first client run will migrate saves to avoid issu es from Windows system admin changes

* Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between
* Added UTF-8 support
* Added Keybind options
* Added cursor clamping in game while windowed; unclamped in menus
* Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types
* Added options to display actions per minute
* Added Observer mode
* Added opponent information when joining a game lobby
* Added autosaving for replays
* Added in game timer option
* Added UPnP support
* Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate
  to match LAN speeds over Battle.net
* Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections
* Improved behavior of available lobbies within the Join game section
* Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
* Improved anticheat
* Improved installation and patching performance
* Native support for Fish

Bug Fixes

* Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan, and other graphic glitches
* Fixed problems with LAN game discovery
* Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus
* LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes
* Valkyries will fire missiles regardless of population size
* Dragoons will not freeze and require a Stop order before accepting new orders

Known Issues

* Mac is not supported this patch, but is in progress
* The profile section is currently unavailable
| Edited: Vector
I've disabled Cloudflare and started using Let's Encrypt
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BNETDocs is no longer using Cloudflare for any purpose other than DNS right now, and SSL/TLS has been switched from expired Comodo certificates to Let's Encrypt with automatic renewal.

I felt that this was a better solution due to Cloudflare's security issue last week. With Cloudflare no longer sitting as a middleman, Cloudflare was no longer the edge SSL/TLS, so Let's Encrypt has taken its place.

With Cloudflare DNS only and Let's Encrypt in place, so far things have been steady. This change happened earlier this week and I forgot to announce it. There haven't been any monitoring alerts that have come in since the change, and no one's noticed the difference as far as I've seen, which is a good thing.

Cheers.

USWest Scheduled Maintenance
Battle.net

Blizzard will be performing maintenance to the USWest Classic Battle.net servers on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM PST.

Announcement: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20753485183

The following games will be down during this maintenance:

  • Diablo
  • Diablo II
  • Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  • Starcraft
  • Starcraft: Brood War
  • Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Additionally, the USWest servers are displaying the following EID_ERROR message upon entry to any channel in preparation for this maintenance:

[Server Broadcast] Server maintenance Friday 0800 PST (https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20753485183)

| Edited: Carl Bennett

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