General FAQ

Q: Who created this game?

I, Eric Hartman, created this game by myself using the Torque Engine.
I used Visual Studio 6 for C++ editing and compiling.
I used EditPlus to edit the script files.

Pre-Purchase FAQ

Q: Can you mod Blockland?

Yes, there is a super cool add-on system.

Q: How much Blockland cost? Is there a monthly fee?

No monthly fee. $9.95 USD, one time payment.

Q: Can you play Blockland on Macintosh?

No, not really.

There was a version of Blockland for Mac, but Apple has done a really good job at making it impossible to run. They have changed their windowing API multiple times. They have changed their processor architecture twice. New versions of OSX do not support OpenGL at all, which is what Blockland uses to render graphics. I don't even think you can distribute applications anymore without paying $100/year for an Apple developer account and then you have to buy new hardware every couple years because they keep changing it. Steam does not support old verisons of OSX anymore, so I can't even fix the old version of without buying newer mac hardware, but not completely brand new because that won't support OpenGL.

Apple is not serious about having software on their platforms and their target audience is social media addicts who don't know anything about computers. Supporting Apple hardware has been an unmitigated disaster and I recommend that no developer ever attempt to do it.

Hope this helps.

Q: Is Blockland appropriate for children?

The single player game contains no graphic violence or adult content, and the online environment is fairly clean as well. However, since other users are free to modify their game, this cannot be guaranteed.

The biggest concern is the chat room like environment of playing online. There is automatic curse word filtering, but it's not possible to filter everything. If you're concerned about inappropriate language, I would recommend disabling the chat feature entirely.

Q: How can I get the full version of Blockland for free?

You can't.

Anything claiming to be a free download is probably a scam or malware. Just get ten bucks and buy Blockland on steam.

Tech Support FAQ

Q: I can't read the chat, it dissappears too fast

Press PageUp
- or -
Change the Chat Line Time in the Advanced Tab of the Options Menu

Q: How do I disable chat?

To disable the chat:
  • Start the game
  • Click "options"
  • Select the "Advanced" tab
  • Scroll down until you see the value for "Chat line time (Milliseconds)" under Gui Options
  • Set this value to 0
  • Click "Done"

Q: My video card doesn't support OpenGL, can I use Direct3D?

Torque's Direct3D support was only added for Tribes 2 (a 2001 game) to support a handful of cards made in the late 90s that actually didn't have full OpenGL support. Torque's Direct3D support is poorly maintained and doesn't really work anymore.

All modern video cards support OpenGL with the latest drivers

If you actually have a Direct3D only card, your computer is probably too old to run Blockland. Or anything for that matter.

Q: Sound fades out from certain angles

Your sound card is set to 4 speaker or 5.1 speaker mode but you only have 2 speakers.

Q: How do I get add-ons?

You can download add-ons from the Blockland Forums.
Add-Ons are distributed as zip files. To install them, simply save the zip file to My Documents/Blockland/Add-Ons. Do not extract the zip file.

Once an add-on is installed, you will have to enable if you want to use it in-game.
To enable an add-on:
  • Start Blockland
  • Click "Start A Game"
  • Click the "Add-Ons" button
  • Check the Add-Ons that you want to use
  • Click "Done"

Q: Blockland suddenly started crashing after working fine

Blockland is a computer program, it does not wear out or spontaneously stop working. 99% of all Blockland crashes are caused by user tampering. Most likely, you have installed or created a defective add-on which interferes with the operation of the game.

Remove any add-ons you have recently installed.

If this fails, re-install the game and choose not to keep your old add-ons when the installer asks you.

Q: When I start Blockland my monitor displays OUT OF RANGE

You have set the display resolution to a value that your monitor cannot display.
When you see "out of range" press alt+enter to switch to windowed mode.

Q: How do I make my own add-ons?

Download some existing add-ons and modify them. Search for Torque scripting tutorials.

Q: Some keys stop working in Vista / Windows 7

  • ' " ` ~ = + [ keys not working
  • right shift-key not working
  • ] key acting like [ key
  • \ key acting like ] key

  1. Open your Start Menu and click on "Control Panel"
  2. (If needed, search for it in the bar at the bottom)
  3. Click on "Classic View" if it is not already selected
  4. Click on "Device Manager" after the list populates
  5. Find "Human Interface Devices" and click the plus sign
  6. Right-click on "Microsoft eHome Infared Transceiver"
  7. Select "Uninstall" - this is completely safe to do

Vista Key Problems