Patch 1.1 Patch Notes + Update!

Hello Folks,

Update – Things seem to be back to normal in the store.  I’ve posted Patch 1.1 into review!

Current review progress: 100%  (3/29)

Finished up 1.1 tonight.  I’ve included the patch notes below.  Unfortunately the Xbox Indie service seems to be having issues with recently posted games no longer being downloadable.  I’ve seen it happen to one full game, and it looks like it may have also happened to a game receiving an update.  While this issue is present I will be unable to release the Deadburg patch.  So far no word back from Microsoft on this issue, I’ll let you know when I have an update.  Sorry for the delay.

Patch 1.1 Change List:

  1. Fixed issue where strength durability bonus could make weapons invulnerable.
  2. Fixed issue where street lights would not emit light when moved.
  3. Fixed issue where clock would incorrectly show 12AM at noon, and 12PM at midnight.
  4. Fixed issue where broken doors and refrigerators would spawn back their missing half when actioned.
  5. Adjusted terrain generation to improve performance.
  6. Fixed issue where zombies might spawn in mid air on apocalypse maps.
  7. Fixed issue where zombies would occasionally be frozen in incorrect animation. (Or not…)
  8. Fixed issue where game would occasionally crash when drawing zombies.
  9. Fixed issue where lights were generated in the middle of hospital stairways.
  10. Fixed issue where zombies could occasionally become unresponsive (This may still occur due to other bugs)
  11. Fixed issue where flowers would remain after their flower boxes were destroyed.
  12. Fixed issue where zombies would occasionally get stuck trying to jump over a block.
  13. Fixed issue which could cause an out of memory crash in multiplayer games.
  14. Adjusted auto-save to run every 5 min instead of every 60s to help address stuttering in game. (Will probably make this a setting in a future patch)
  15. Fixed issue where player could become stuck during initial game load.
  16. Added network throttling to games to try to recover from significant desync conditions.

Big Features:

  • Defense game mode added. Currently in “beta” as there’s still some work here.
  • Advanced settings added to games.  More settings to come in future patches.

Known Issues:

  • Zombie attack waves arrival/departure is not animated.
  • Defense mode may not be playable/responsive on all network connections.

Update on 1.1

Hey Folks,

I’ve been a bit remiss in updating you on the 1.1 progress, wanted to remedy that now.  The patch is pretty close to complete.  The features are functional but during testing I saw some fairly significant network slowdowns when dealing with defense games over Xbox LIVE.  I’ve got a few ways to address the problem but they need to be tested thoroughly as they could cause new issues.  On the plus side they should improve the network performance on survival games as well.  Rough ETA for this work is Tuesday.

Sorry for the delay.  I’ll let you know as soon as I submit the patch to review with the full patch notes.

Update:  Still testing the networking fix, hopefully should post to review tomorrow or Thursday.

Patch 1.0.2 submitted to review!

Hello Folks,

Just wanted to let you know that the latest patch (1.0.2) was submitted for review tonight.  I decided to tell you now, rather than wait until it’s actually available.  I’ll post an update when it passes review so you know when you should see the update.

Review Update: 8 of the 8 required reviews are in, it’s on the way!

Patch notes included below.


Patch 1.0.2 Change List:

  1. Fixed issue where changing key bindings in game could cause a crash.
  2. Fixed issue where large damage over time effects could cause a crash.
  3. Changed damage over time ticks to be slower and deal more damage per tick.
  4. Fixed issue where deleting the last city in your resume game list could cause a crash.
  5. Fixed issue where secondary attack could cause a crash if weapon breaks during swing.
  6. Fixed issue where terrain saves could become corrupted.
  7. Fixed issue causing auto saves to not work if console is turned off or game crashes
  8. Changed network search to only look for games of matching version.
  9. Reduced food drops from kitchens.
  10. Adjusted zombie noise volume.
  11. Adjusted third person muzzle flash location for all guns.
  12. Fixed issue where dropped items/blocks could cause a crash on loading game.
  13. Fixed issue where Night Owl was not affecting ranged damage.
  14. Fixed North and South street names so they match sunrise/sunset.
  15. Beds can now be moved, will drop block instead of components when broken.


  1. Added apocalypse terrain modifier.  Note: Enabling will increase load times.
  2. Added new upgraded guns.
  3. Zombies will now respond to gun fire.
  4. Added basic compass + player radar.

Known Issues:

  1. Apocalypse terrain modifier can result in spawns inside pits.
  2. Apocalypse terrain modifier can result in zombies falling to their deaths.

Patch 1.0.1 has passed review! (Stability fixes only)

I got the final reviews needed tonight.  The patch has now passed review.  It can take 24-48hrs for it to propagate through the Xbox LIVE servers, so you may not see it immediately.

Note this patch is a bit smaller than most will be, as it was coded up at the tail end of the holiday.  Here’s what was fixed in this patch.

Stability Patch 1 Change Log:

  1.  Fixed issue where player will crash if selecting Ready while in a game lobby.
  2. Fixed issue where kicking a player can cause the network session to crash.
  3. Fixed issue where game would crash upon player hitting lvl 20.
  4. Fixed issue where player could no longer jump when at bedrock.
  5. Fixed issue where player would loose items if in stacks over 255 (This will not work for your initial load, but should work subsequently).
  6. Fixed issue with bandages that would occasionally behave like med kits.
  7. Fixed issue where game would occasionally crash when a player left.
  8. Fixed issue where game would crash if “Coming Soon” menu was opened twice.
  9. Fixed issue where game would Code 4 instead of blue screen if crashing during load.
  10. Fixed issue where stats and attributes could be set higher than their 10 lvl max.
  11. Fixed issue where game could crash when saving stats.
  12. Fixed issue where some crafted weapons/guns would get extra stats.
  13. Fixed issue where some crafted guns could crash the game when fired.

Losing save data? Try leaving game before powering off console.

So I’ve been looking into the lost save data issue that people have been reporting.  I’ve got a fairly easy repro of the issue related to powering off your console.  Basically if you power off the console while the game is running, your data won’t save.  Main menu counts as well, as long as any part of Deadburg is running when you power off, anything you did that session won’t save.  What you can do is exit to the dashboard first.  Then power off, and your data should be saved.

This will be fixed in an upcoming patch, but given how long its taking patch #1 to go out, it will probably be a few weeks out.

Patch update

Just wanted to give everyone an update on the first patch (1.0.1).  It was submitted to review on the 2nd, but we’re still a few reviews short of it going live.  I had indicated in some comments I expected it to go live this week, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case.  In case you don’t know what the review process is, I’ll quickly outline it.

The Xbox Indie store is gated by a peer review process.  Where devs review each others work, to ensure that only games reaching a certain level of quality reach the store.  In this case quality is generally referring to how the game behaves, rather than its content.  In order to get a game onto the service you must submit it for review, and then a certain number of developers must review it.  This process can be slow as the current number of developers is rather low.  Patches also go through this process, and it is here that the first patch is current hung up.

I’ll post again when the patch is live, and give more details on what it fixes.  And a rough road map for the upcoming patches.

Hitting a crash and want to help fix it?

First off, no one is under any obligation to assist in solving crashes.  It’s our job to release a stable game.  But assistance can help us solve problems faster.

There are three basic types of crashes that you should see:

  1. A “Blue screen”, with text on it, like this
  2. A “Code 4” error that your Xbox will pop up
  3. A hang/stall of the game, this may occur even if the graphics are still animating in/out.

For any of these issues the most important information is some idea of what you were doing when it happened.  Whether that’s joining a game, or performing an action.  The more detail the better.

The next important piece is whether this happens consistently, or if it has happened once/twice/etc.

Finally, in the case of a “blue screen” crash, there is some data on the screen itself that can help us track down the cause of the crash.  The best thing you can do is snap a picture with a cell phone and e-mail it to  But even if you can’t do that it can be helpful just to know about a few lines from the text on this screen.  Essentially we need the second line from the crash screen, and then the first two lines that start with “at ZombieBlocks.”, these lines may be at the top or in the middle of the crash log.  I’ve highlighted the important part of the log on this image.  This data will make it much easier to track down the cause of crashes.

If you hit a hang, or a Code 4 crash there is not currently any further information that can be provided beyond a description of the problem and how often it happens.  But please do report any issues you see as we might be able to diagnose the problem simply on the description.

Local co-op on the same console is NOT supported!

Due to a mistake made when posting the build to the Xbox Live Indie Game marketplace Deadburg currently shows support for offline co-op. This is NOT a supported feature.

We will be updating the game as soon as possible to fix this error in the description. That will probably go live around 1/6, based on how long it took to get initial approval.