Dead Frontier GPS - FAQ
How to find the User ID?
Can I use the account name instead of the UserID?
Loot recording, how does this work?
Loot checkmark refresh rate, how does this work?
Loot spot obsolescence, how does this work?
Image quality, how does this work?
Sometimes the Dead Frontier GPS displays an obsolete position where I was a few minutes ago and left meanwhile; why?
Want to use this map on your website?
What about the service availability and response time?
How to find the User ID?In order to find your User ID, please do the following inside the game Dead Frontier:
1 - click 'My Profile' on the left side, above the picture of your avatar
2 - click 'Show Stats' on the page that just loaded
3 - when you are in the 'Show Stats' page, check the address bar of your web browser, it should contain a number. This number is your User ID.
For example, on my account, on the 'Show Stats' page, the address bar displays:
Can I use the account name instead of the UserID?Once a player has been searched at least one time with his UserID he will be registered in the database and you will be able to use his account name for subsequent searches.
Loot recording, how does this work?Provided you enable this 'record loot' option, Dead Frontier GPS can collect what and where you loot. This data is used to display loot spots on the map and display checkmarks when the spot has been looted.
Attention: when you loot, you will be prompted in-game with a loot dialog box, asking if you want to take the loot. Possible answers are 'yes'/'no' if you still have inventory slots available, or 'ok' if your inventory is full.
The loot is recorded at this specific time: after the dialog box is displayed and before you have selected an answer.
** If you want to ensure your loot is properly recorded, wait 2-3 seconds before clicking an answer. **
Loot checkmark refresh rate, how does this work?Loot spot are shown on the mini-map and marked with a checkmark once you looted them. A certain time after the loot, the checkmark is removed: and the loot spot is shown blank again.
By default this checkmark will dissapear in 45 minutes, you can change this timeframe with the option 'Loot checkmark refresh rate'.
Loot spot obsolescence, how does this work?With this variable, you can control which loot spots are displayed by the Dead Frontier GPS, based on the last time these loot spots have been reported.
The bigger the value, the further back in time the research will be.
0 will disable this feature.
Example: if you set this to '1', the Dead Frontier GPS will only display loot spots reported within the last day (24 hours)
Image quality, how does this work?You can select one of three settings for the quality of the GPS map images: high, medium or low.
The better the quality, the nicer the contrast and colors will be displayed, and the larger the image will be. Large images can cause the webpages to take long time to load on your screen.
By default, this setting is to medium, you are welcome to try other quality settings to assess which one works best for you and provides an acceptable page load time.
To get an order of magnitude of this setting's impact:
- High quality outputs a map image of ~250KB
- Medium quality outputs a map image of ~100KB
- Low quality outputs a map image of ~50KB
Sometimes the Dead Frontier GPS displays an obsolete position where I was a few minutes ago and left meanwhile; why?Short answer: this is 'normal'. The delay in updating the information is coming from the official Dead Frontier website: what is displayed here is 1:1 what is provided by the official Dead Frontier website.
The data can have up to 5 minutes delay.
This delay injects some level of noise in the data collected and displayed; such as loot spots from interiors being displayed outside.
Long answer: at each page refresh for displaying the position of a player on the map, the Dead Frontier GPS website retrieves this file from the Dead Frontier website:
This webpage contains all the relevant player data to be used for the Dead Frontier GPS.
If retrieving this file fails, no data will be displayed; if the retrieving succeeds, the Dead Frontier GPS displays the data.
Should your position displayed on the Dead Frontier GPS be obsolete, this is due to the data in the Dead Frontier official site to not reflect the latest values.
On February 2012, I have reached out to the admin team to see if there is some other way to retrieve accurate 'real time' data. There is no better way as of today: this is the best they can offer.
Want to use this map on your website?Feel free to do so, you should be able to integrate it easily in HTML using this tag:
Please note that your html page will need to collect the variables (mandatory: $userid, optional: $red, $green, $blue, $markershape) to call the map.
Projects using the Dead Frontier GPS:
- Brody Gilbertson's useful tools
What about the service availability and response time?This is data publicly available: please fnd the charts below for overview, click on them for more details.
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