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Building equipment stores, a performance boost, and an editor overhaul.

Reducing Micromanagement With Building Equipment Stores

Community feedback is an important part of the Early Access process and a common theme is reducing any micromanagement burden. As your population grows, managing the gear on every unit can be tiresome. In the pre-release of Alpha 22 that is no longer the case.

Opening the new Equipment tab on a production or military building now enables players to drag and drop gear from the village inventory and assign it for use by the building's workers. Workers will automatically equip gear based on ordered priority. For now, equipment further to the top left is given higher priority. In time, we hope to implement an internal gear rating stat to help us compare items to determine which is better.



Each item shown in a building's Equipment tab stacks and shows how many have been allocated. Darkened icons may show 0/2, indicating there are 2 of that item in stock, but workers aren't currently using that item. As one becomes equipped (1/2), the icon fills up until to half way with normal brightness, and when all are equipped (2/2), it becomes full.

Items can be dragged directly out of a building's equipment tab back into the village inventory, and will be removed from any worker who has it equipped. The worker will then try to equip another item into that slot should one exist in the building Equipment stores based on the priority rule.

Performance Boost / Engine Migration

June saw a challenging engine migration from Unity 4.6 to 5.1. Major code changes were required to the way we manage assets, shaders, and third party products. While that has limited the time we had available to work on other areas of the game, one of the key benefits is a performance boost of 25-37% depending on machine architecture. Players should now enjoy improved frame rates across the board, and may be able to increase their settings.

There is however a known issue preventing the game from running on Snow Leopard. We've filed a bug report with Unity (the engine developer) so hopefully we'll have a fix in the coming weeks.

Editor Overhaul

The Editor was running a legacy UI framework (NGUI) to drive the toolbar and a number of the dialog boxes. As part of the engine migration, it was time to purge NGUI from the project, and while re-implementing the dialog boxes, add some extra touches.



The Kits and Kit Pieces dialogs are now merged into one. A kits popup organizes kits into categories for quicker selection, while the addition of search enables level designers to search for pieces across all kits.

The new favourites tab lists kit pieces added by toggling the star in the inspector dialog, and the recently used tab does as you would expect.

We've also fixed the horizontal scaling of the toolbar, which would have affected players running at high resolutions.

One of the headline features we are launching in Alpha 22 is the terrain generator tool. Since it's first reveal in Dev Blog 35, we've added more options including support for the new volcanic biome.

The final Editor improvement is marquee selection. Being able to select objects by dragging a selection rectangle (aka marquee) is a huge time saver. Previously, you had to hold down left shift and click each item. The addition saves time, and will become the primary method for selecting objects, before grouping them and eventually saving them off as a prefab. At least that's what Alan is moving on to now that the terrain generator is all but finished.

Volcanic And Dwarf City Kits

Both have benefited from improvements, and are included in Alpha 22. We're working on an exterior location to test the pieces, and will be streaming level design sessions on Twitch.



And Finally...

A little teaser of something we're working on...

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Hi Folks,

OSX SNOW LEOPARD USERS, PLEASE DO NOT OPT IN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

I'm pleased to provide community members with access to a new opt-in experimental beta. This is a pre-release of Alpha 22.

We are taking this step due to risk associated with upgrading the game engine to Unity 5.1. While we've performed internal tests, running a test among active community members allows us to capture any remaining issues prior to a public release.

I am especially keen to hear about any crashes from game sessions exceeding 30 minutes.

Patch Notes:
http://www.gamesfoundry.com/patches/#patch032

Accessing the Experimental Build
1. In your Steam Library, right click on ‘Folk Tale’ and select Properties
2. Click the fourth tab labelled ‘Betas’
3. In the dropdown list, select experimental and click close
4. Wait for Steam to auto-update
5. If the update fails to download, quit and restart the Steam Client

Best wishes,
Simon
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Platforms
PC, Mac

Major Changes
Player: Heroes: Added Ser Gregory And Special Abilities (Taunt, Shield Bash, Power Slam, Iron Skin, Decisive Victory)*
Player: Mechanics: Woodcutters Now Automatically Plant Seeds**
Player: Mechanics: Trees Have 100% Probability Of Dropping Seed When Felled**
Player: Character Portrait System Added***

Minor Changes
Player: Idle Characters Will Now Move Away From Other Characters They Intersect
Player: Salvaging Implemented
Player: Added Zombies
Player: Added Beetles
Player: Special Abilities Can Now Be Queued
Player: Special Abilities Now Have Cooldown Timers
Player: Weapons Can Now Apply Buffs On Hit (Positive Or Negative)
Player: Disabled Experimental Anti-Kiting Code
Player: Weapons/Shields Now Scale Properly Depending On Character
Player: Stun Implemented
Player: Modified Some Labels To Remove Silliness
Player: Added Poison Visual Effects
Player: Added Distance Culling To Corpse Sparkles
Player: Forced Characters To Rotate First Before Move When Requiring > 90 Degree Change For A More Natural Feel
Player: Beasts And Spiders Den No Longer Drop Seeds
Player: Decreased Culture Cost Of Tier 2 Buildings From 350 To 275
Player: Workers No Longer Walk Long Distances To Reach Work Points e.g. Fishing
Player: Beastmen No Longer Drop Treebane Or Rare Weapons
Player: Adjusted Soundtrack Volume Range And Default Volume
Player: Adjusted Keyboard Sensitivity Default For Faster Panning
Player: Added Setting For Ambient Sound Volume (Tweeting Birds, Howling Winds etc)
Player: Changed Mead And Honeycomb Production Amounts
Player: Villagers Need For Entertainment Enabled When First Tavern Is Built Rather Than Waiting For Culture Level To Be Reached
Player: You Can No Longer Sell The Supply Wagon/Storehouse If It’s The Last One
Player: Supply Wagon Capacity Now Properly Capped
Player: Tweaked Costs Of Bakery, Bee Yard, Butchery And Fishing Hut
Player: Disabled Medium And Severe Diseases Temporarily
Player: Only Announce Disease Outbreak If No Medicine In Stock
Player: Most Maps Updated
Editor: Light Intensity Can Now Be Changed In Inspector
Editor: Object Scale Factor Now Shown In Inspector
Editor: Added Missing Armor Crafting Recipes
Editor: Added Lots More Loot Items
Editor: Added Bone Kit Heaps And Decals
Editor: Added Beetles, Zombies, Alternative Spider, Spider Queen To Wave Spawner
Editor: Workbench: Added Node SetAllegiance
Editor: Workbench: Added Node Console
Editor: Workbench: Added Node InstantiateCharacterAt
Editor: Workbench: Added Node AddAttributePoints
Editor: Workbench: Added Node To Set Attributes On Spawned Character
Editor: Workbench: Added Node CameraMove
Editor: Workbench: Added Node InstantiateBuildingAt
Editor: Workbench: Added Node CharacterToWorldObject (Converts, Enabling Use Of Destroy)
Editor: Workbench: Added Support For Boolean Variables
Editor: Workbench: Added Active Output (Boolean) to Quest Node
Editor: Workbench: Added CharacterHealth Node
Editor: Workbench: Added CharacterAlive Node
Editor: Workbench: Character Portrait Can Now Be Set Via An Input On Conversation Nodes (However Implementation Will Change In Alpha 22)
Editor: Workbench: Modified Gate Node To Include Initial State Toggle
Editor: Workbench: SpawnedCharacter Can Now Get Character From Wave Spawner

Bug Fixes
#0182 Sandbox Player: Destroying Supply Wagons Leads To Unrecoverable Problems
#0184 Sandbox Editor: Entering Editor Second Time Breaks Bounding Boxes
#0185 Sandbox Player: Some Particles Are Being Affected By SSAO
#0186 Sandbox Player: Duplicate Civics Bars For Vegetables
#0187 Sandbox Player: Some Sounds Not Playing Or Very Quiet
#0188 Sandbox Player: Most Weapons, Rings And Necklaces Not Stacking
#0189 Sandbox Player: Scale And Halberd Recipes Not Unlocked By Blacksmith Research
#0190 Sandbox Player: Villagers Sometimes Get Stuck Outside Cottages
#0191 Sandbox Player: Peasants Near Cottages Ignore Command To Chop Tree

Known Issues
Crafting recipes found in loot aren’t showing their icons, but are appearing in the crafting menu.
Ser Gregory really needs a rage meter rather than taking power from the Mind stat.

Developer Comments
Alpha 21 has a strong focus on heroes, special abilities, and combat improvements. It includes all the code to support heroes including queueing abilities, applying buffs on hit, combat AI

*Level Designers please note that Ser Gregory should be created via workbench using the new InstantiateCharacterAt node, which also allows you to set his allegiance.

**Automatic seed planting is now in. Woodcutters will plant saplings if there are 5 or fewer trees within the boundary of the Woodcutter Hut, or if you have an abundance of seeds. Felled trees automatically grant 1 seed, at least until we implement the Marketplace building. We have removed seeds from monsters and spider dens.

***Everything but profession uniforms are in. There’s a missing male beard, and the female herbalist hairstyle which are known issues.
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Ser Gregory, the first hero built on a growing RPG code base, Dwarven culture, and the terrain randomization tool.

Well met Ser Gregory

While the last release cycle was all about village building and economy, the team are now focused on expanding the RPG side of Folk Tale. As you explore the world you'll meet heroes entwined in an evolving story. Help them with their goals, and they'll become available for selection in your adventuring party.



Building on existing RPG mechanics including inventory and stats, our first foray into RPG adventuring begins with the addition of hero systems, and in Alpha 21 we're introducing Ser Gregory. As a heavily armoured tank, Ser Gregory's abilities place him at the heart of melee action. His abilities are designed around defence (Iron Skin), crowd control (Taunt and Shield Bash), area of effect damage (Power Slam) and being able to finish off opponents with low health (Decisive Victory). Each ability is detailed on the website (link above). Abilities can be queued to be executed one after another, have cool down timers, and power costs to prevent you from spamming special abilities which would be totally OP. We've added all the supporting systems for character states including stunned and knockdown, and will be rolling these out across new and existing characters in Alpha 21 and beyond.

For now we've enabled all Ser Gregory's abilities for community feedback, but in a future release you'll unlock abilities as Ser Gregory levels up, and then level up each ability to make it more powerful. For now, pick your battles carefully and save regularly as there's perma-death. We'll be adding revival to respawn dead heroes back in your village, but that's not in yet.

Combat feels a little smoother now we've reduced the interval between attacks from 3 seconds to 2 seconds. The anti-kiting code has been removed so there's no more insta-heal enemies, and characters no longer stand on top of each other, moving apart if it occurs. We've also made characters rotate before running in a direction. It's a subtle change, and it might feel a little different for a few minutes, but ultimately adds a little bit of extra quality.

And what to do with all that junk loot? Salvage it of course in exchange for a little gold! You can now drag unwanted inventory items onto the salvage icon.

Character Portraits

The days of looking at the bald male villager placeholder in the character wheel are over. We now have a new portrait system showing the actual appearance of villagers in a nice hand-painted portrait. While heroes, bosses and behemoths all have their own unique beautifully hand-painted portraits, villagers are a little more challenging. Due to the number of permutations of hair - including beards and moustaches on men - we layer up the features and use tinting. We start with the background and uniform, then add skin (ranging from light to dark), beard, moustache, head hair and finally any hats/helmets. For now, villagers will all have the peasant uniform. We expect to have the other profession uniforms including hats added for Alpha 22.



Death By Deforestation

If you've played a long session, you'll be familiar with the impending doom that awaits due to deforestation. We previously added seed drops to spiders, bears and boars, but your feedback told us this didn't really solve the problem. So in Alpha 21 each felled tree now drops a seed (added to your inventory), and when a Woodcutter's Hut has 5 or fewer trees in it's boundary, Woodcutters will automatically plant a seed. This completely removes the micromanagement burden, however you can still use the Woodcutter ability to plant saplings where you please. In time we may link this ability to the Forestry research. We'll have to see how well this scales with a Tier 3 upgrade.



Village Building And Economy

Attaining Tier 2 building upgrades needed to happen a little sooner in gameplay, so we've reduced the culture cost from 350 to 275. We've still got to implement the reasons for upgrading, including tying research with better bonuses and effects to higher building tiers.

One community reported issue was that workers could end up walking a long way to reach a workpoint within a building's boundaries. For example, a Fisher may have to walk a ways to reach a bridge to cross a river to get to the other side. This could take them into enemy territory leading to their death. We now check journey distance to determine if a work point should be used or not.

Mead and Entertainment were bugged in Alpha 20. For the next release, we've made sure that villager need for entertainment begins when you first construct a Tavern, even if you haven't yet attained a culture score of 300. A barrel of mead also now converts to 4 tankards of mead at the tavern instead of 2, helping with supply shortages. To address the over-production at Bee Yards, 30 honeycomb are now required per barrel productions instead of 5, although the yield of honeycomb has been increased to be inline with other buildings. Further rebalancing may well be required, so please share your experiences in the community forum.

Dwarven Cultures

Development of the dwarven culture is progressing well, including the dwarven fortress of House Hraun (faction), under siege by the exiled Cult Of Pyros (faction) and it's leader, Archmagus Brimstone. There's a mountain of work goes into developing each culture, including modelling and painting weapons and shields that appear on characters, loot icon illustrations including armor and jewellery, environment props, textures and visual effects, script writing, voice acting, character modelling, painting and animation, sound effect design, and of course soundtrack composition.

Expect to see Dwarven content make it's way into the game in Alpha 22 or 23.



Story Script And Voice Acting

Story will feature prominently in Folk Tale, delivering a campaign like feel similar to the original tutorial, but within a sandbox environment. The Grassland starting story script is now complete, which leads into the Withering Dead and Gladefolk faction storylines. We completed voice actor casting a few months back, and are now working our way through the recording sessions.



Terrain Randomization Editor Tool Progress

Building large terrains in the Editor can be time consuming. To help increase productivity, we're working on a terrain randomization feature that automatically generates a terrain based on settings. It's able to generate mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and waterfalls, place trees, generate coast line, and apply splatters of paint. It utilises the full range of core tiles available, including full, half and quarter height tiles.



All being well, by the time you've read this Alpha 21 should be in final testing ready for launch.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DRVWnpnVrY
Hi Folks,

Interested in following development of Folk Tale more closely? Did you know that for the last 9 months we've been streaming Dev hangouts?

In each stream we take a look at the latest internal dev build and cover work from the last week or so. Dev Hangouts provide a way for community players to chat with us live and have questions answered on air while catching up on the latest developments.

Where can I join live streams?
http://steamcommunity.com/app/224440/discussions/0/540744937017373582/

Where can I watch past streams?
For those who can't make the live hangout, we post videos to our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfbRgg_s65Xez6fgTuWtIeTICYCqj6XH6

Why do we stream?
  • To provide direct access to the dev team
  • To investigate current issues in the forum
  • It's an opportunity for us to test the latest code!
  • To raise awareness of the constant progress being made

Because we use the daily builds, please note that bugs are to be expected and streams don't always go smoothly and to plan.

Hopefully we'll see you in the next hangout!
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Folk Tale milestone Alpha 20 (Patch 0.3.0)

A New Release Cycle

This weekend we bid fair well to release cycle 0.2.x and welcomed in 0.3.x. Having massively expanded the scope of the 0.2.x cycle last year to make it by far the largest of all the cycles, we've had 17 monthly releases since. Many aspects of the game have matured including village building, economy, and the editor, which we use to design and deliver playable content. With the addition of Workbench - our visual modding tool - we're primed to deliver RPG content and gameplay in coming patches.

What can players expect in Alpha 20? As with any major milestone release, we have headline features to share, but also bug fixes which have an equally important role to play in improving gameplay.

Building Upgrade Tiers

Tier 1 buildings can now be upgraded to Tier 2 and Tier 3. Each tier delivers benefits, including support for more workers; 8 workers at Tier 2, and 12 at Tier 3. Each upgrade will expand a building's boundary bringing more resources into reach for workers. In later patches we'll introduce a pseudo tech tree with new research being unlocked at each tier; more complex production options that deliver additional benefit; and staggered crafting recipes bound to building tiers.







Workbench

With a limited feature preview of Workbench included in the last patch, in Alpha 20 we've more than doubled the node count, introducing 35 new node types. We'll be updating the Workbench Guide on the website to demonstrate how the new nodes can be used to deliver engaging gameplay and storyline. We'll add more great features to Workbench throughout the 0.3.x release cycle targeting RPG gameplay including quest rewards and faction standing.



Sandbox Tutorial

New players, and those returning to check progress can feel a little overwhelmed when experiencing sandbox for the first time. Using Workbench, we're adding a voice acted step-by-step tutorial to walk inexperienced players through early game mechanics. As the list of mechanics continues to grow, we'll continue to expand the new tutorial.



New Content For Level Designers

With each new patch we aim to add new kits and/or pieces so community level designers have something to play with. This release is no exception, with numerous additions. We have Mordrich's Factory kit, rusty pipework we'll be using to make his underground magic sandal factory; and the Grassland Caves kit for spider and dragon layers.

We've linked monster movement speed to their scale, so it's now possible to have giant skeletons and spiders that move naturally. Players can observe this in the spider lair added to the Crypts Level 1 map, which makes use of the Grassland Caves kit.

The Systems kit receives three new pieces:

  • A new Point piece for marking locations where you want the command NPC's to go using Workbench. You can grab the position and rotation for exact placement;
  • Sphere and box triggers for triggering scripts such as NPC interactions, monster ambushes, and in time traps;

Previously missing pieces make a return in the now separate Water FX, Bones and Spider kits.

Environment lights located in the Lighting kit are now scalable, adjusting the light range. A word of caution though - large lights can get expensive.



Bug Fixes

We strive to fix bugs and gameplay niggles in each patch release. Small changes such as eradicating the delay when commanding peasants to clear resources and making them run instead of walk instantly feels more responsive.

Building research is working once again, including the Tailor who wasn't progressing research at all. We've also modified the Building Dialog production tab to separate our worker happiness (and it's effect on production) from bonuses provided by research and epic items to give a clearer picture of what's going on.

The Monastery Of The Mangy Wolf has all of it's navigation and chest issues addressed, including being able to cross the bridge that connects the Tall Tower to the main Monastery. The map has been updated to add additional resources in key locations, so you don't always have to start in the same location.

Many loot items that were previously cluttering inventory now stack properly.

What's In Production?

During game development it's usual to have lots of parallel tasks each month. Some of those are highly visible and make their way into the Dev Hangouts, while some do not. For months our character artist Allan and animator Tom have been working diligently behind the scenes on bosses, heroes, behemoths, and creeps. They are now ready to debut in-game, and we'll be adding them during this release cycle. So far we have fleshed out the Gladefolk, Withering Dead, Goblin Traders, and Toadkin factions.

The script writing for the Gladefolk and Withering Dead faction storyline is progressing well, and we'll soon be sitting with the recently cast actors to record the voice acting. Devin, our texture artist, has the task of producing the 3d weapons that can be equipped, and there's a small mound waiting to be added. Jen, our Illustrator is alternating between loot icons and NPC portraits that will appear during quest conversations.



Rich and Hayden recently finished adding the 34 building upgrade tiers, and have moved on to the lava zone. While the snow zone is my current favourite, the lava zone is a contender to take that crown.

Aron continues to be omnipotent. We've been eyeballing an upgrade to Unity 5.x for a while, and now seems like a good time. Then it's on to implementing heroes and all the RPG goodness.

As for myself, well I'm just here to make the coffee.
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Patch notes can be hard work, so why not check out the latest Dev Blog instead at http://blog.gamesfoundry.com/.

Platforms
PC, Mac

Major Changes
Sandbox Player: Added Tier 2 and Tier 3 Building Upgrades
Sandbox Player: Added Sandbox Tutorial (Phase 1: Basics)
Sandbox Player: Added Active Quests UI (Integrated Into Workbench)
Sandbox Player: Added NPC Dialogue UI

Minor Changes
General: Frame Rate Capped On Main Menu (60fps), Game Pause Menu (120fps), and Editor (120fps)
Sandbox Player: Peasants Now Instantly Run When You Tell Them To Clear Land
Sandbox Player: Spiders, Goblins and Beastmen Now Have Being Hit Animations
Sandbox Player: Walls Now Use Same Placement Conventions As Buildings
Sandbox Player: Billboard Grass Now Turned Off When Environment Detail Medium Or Lower
Sandbox Player: Added Mouse, Scroll And Keyboard Sensitivity Settings For Camera Speed Control
Sandbox Player: 74 Loot Items Added (Armor, Weapons, Quest Items, Jewelry)
Sandbox Player: Yellow Spiders Are Now Faster
Sandbox Player: Scaled Monsters Now Run At A Speed Appropriate To Their Size
Sandbox Player: Advisor Warning Added When You Must Build A Supply Wagon
Sandbox Player: Snow Map: Fixed Navigation Issues In Werefu Monastery
Sandbox Player: Snow Map: Fixed Chests In Werefu Monastery
Sandbox Player: Building Cornerstones Are Now Removed After Construction
Sandbox Player: Yield Of Honeycomb Per Visit Reduced By 50%
Sandbox Player: Building Dialog Production Tab Layout Changed To Separate Villager Happiness And Efficiency Bonuses
Sandbox Editor: Systems Kit: Added Sphere And Box Triggers Inc. Integration With Workbench
Sandbox Editor: Systems Kit: Added Point (For Character Positioning With Workbench)
Sandbox Editor: Mordrich’s Factory Kit: Rusty Pipework
Sandbox Editor: Bones Kit: Adds Back In Missing Bones Props
Sandbox Editor: Spider Kit: Adds Back In Missing Cobweb Alphas And Eggs
Sandbox Editor: Water FX: Adds Back In Missing Water Alphas
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Performance Improved (At The Cost Of Wire Smoothness)
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Zoom Added (Mouse Scroll Wheel)
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Flashing Red Dot Added To Incomplete Node Connectors
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: BuildingDemolish - demolishes a building
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: BuildingSelect - selects or deselects a building
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: BuildingUpgrade - upgrades a building
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Damage
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: CharacterDamage
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: AllCharacters
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: AllBuildings
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: NumberToString
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: TriggerCount
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Trigger
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Count
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ListWorldObjects
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ListAddWorldObject
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ListDuplicateWorldObject
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Store
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Get
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: SetDay
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Format
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ForEachCharacter
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ForEachWorldObject
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Quest
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: SubQuest
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: SubQuestWhen
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Trigger
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: CharactersInTrigger
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Rotation
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: CountFields
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Index
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: SetResearchEnabled
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: IsResearchEnabled
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ResearchProgress
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: ResearchAddProgress
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Happiness
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Need
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: New Node: Gate
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Change: Sound File Added To Conversation Node
Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Change: When Node Checks Less Often After Some Time
Sandbox Editor: Updated Grasslands Neutral Ambient Loop (Chirping Birds)

Bug Fixes
#0150 Sandbox Player: Kobolds Are Not Highlighting On Mouse Over
#0164 Sandbox Player: Settings Button On Topbar Doesn't Pause Game
#0165 Sandbox Player: Many Loot Items Not Stacking, Causing Inventory Clutter
#0166 Sandbox Editor: Workbench: Declining Performance
#0167 Sandbox Player: Research Failing To Unlock Crafting Options
#0168 Sandbox Editor: Roads Not Saving
#0169 Sandbox Player: Tailor Research Not Progressing
#0170 Sandbox Player: Destroying Resources During Construction Doesn’t Cancel Worker Animation
#0171 Sandbox Player: Research Bonuses Not Working
#0172 Sandbox Player: Decals In Snow Map Showing Hard Black Lines When SSAO On
#0173 Sandbox Player: Waterfall And Particle FX Not Respecting Fog
#0174 Sandbox Player: Arrow Trails Not Always Showing
#0175 Sandbox Player: Research And Crafting Complete Sounds Playing At Start Of Game
#0176 Sandbox Player: Crafting Recipes Not Affected By UI Scale
#0177 Sandbox Player: Skeleton Bones Clipping Through Armor

Known Issues
Research won't work in the Barracks and Storehouse.
Tutorial Quest ‘Chop Chop’ sometimes fails to complete.
Wolf Chow’s animations are glitched.
Undead Characters Kit/Skeletal Archer should be hidden.

Developer Comments
After 17 patches we’re now saying goodbye to release cycle 0.2.x and welcoming 0.3.x. As players might expect from a major update, we have several headline features to share, as well as a host of bug fixes and game mechanic improvements.

Building improvements are now enabled, with 34 new visual states added in total. At the moment it’s more functional than pretty, and we’ll be improving both aesthetics and function throughout this release cycle. We’ll tie research and crafting options to each of the tiers; introduce new production options that provide additional benefit to your villagers such as better food; and add scaffolding. For now, the key benefit is more workers.

Workbench - the visual modding tool built into the Editor - is maturing rapidly and is now ready to pull together voice acted NPC dialogue, questing, triggered events and heroes. We’ve used Workbench to add a voice-acted sandbox tutorial map to introduce new players to Folk Tale. This is a transformational patch opening the valve so that RPG content can start to flow, providing meaning and purpose to those who prefer more structured play in the form of faction campaigns, over say the openness of sandbox.

To help new players and those who haven’t played since the original tutorial, we’ve added phase one of the voice acted sandbox tutorial. Taking what we’ve learned from phase 1 of the new tutorial, in this release cycle we’ll be working on implementing the Gladefolk and Withering Dead faction storylines. The art assets are ready, the scripts are approaching final draft, and the voice actors are primed.

Players who found the pan and rotate speed too slow will be pleased to hear that we’ve added control sensitivity to the settings menu. Hit escape, open settings, then click the last tab on the left.

Bug squashing continues, and research should be working once more. We’ve not had a chance to resolve the Barracks/Storehouse research mechanic yet, but research in all other buildings should now be working as expected, including the Tailors Emporium. Roads are saving once again, and items are stacking properly in the inventory.

And finally, for this patch, we’ve reverted back to DirectX 9.0c temporarily.
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Hi Everyone,

With today's latest patch (0.2.16), we've broken the install for Windows players. We're working on resolving the problem. We're posting status updates in the following topic:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/224440/discussions/0/618458030661853492/#p2

Thanks for your patience and support.

Folk Tale Dev Team
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Platforms
PC, Mac

Major Changes
Sandbox Player: DirectX 11 Now Default, With Fallback To DirectX 9.0c
Sandbox Player: Woodcutters Receive Plant Sapling Ability (Consumes Seeds)*
Sandbox Player: Seeds Are Now A Resource, Dropped By Monsters
Sandbox Player: Topbar Changed To Add Resources; Removed Stockpile Dialog
Sandbox Player: Buildings Can Now Be Constructed Over Resources**
Sandbox Player: Advisor Queue Added For Priority Voices (e.g. Tutorial Quests)
Sandbox Player: Walls Are Now Easier To Place
Sandbox Player: Objects Blocking Building And Wall Placement Are Now Highlighted In Most Cases
Sandbox Editor: Workbench - Visual Modding Tool Added***

Minor Changes
Sandbox Player: Characters Get 30 Seconds Immunity After Recovering From Sickness
Sandbox Player: Roads Removed From Maps
Sandbox Player: Food Rations Removed From Wagon, Making Foraging More Important
Sandbox Player: Goods Are Now Only Removed From Inventory When Villagers Arrive At The Point Of Transfer Rather Than Removing Them Before They Set Off
Sandbox Player: Global Inventory Now Shows All Goods Be They In Storehouses, Being Carried, Or In Buildings
Sandbox Player: Character Collider Radius Increased To Make Selection Easier
Sandbox Player: Bakery, Butchery, Windmill and Fishing Hut Now Transfer Food To Storehouse. Food Now Bought From Storehouses.
Sandbox Player: Working Peasants Now Return Resources To Any Appropriate Building, e.g. Wood to Wagon, Woodcutter Hut or Storehouse
Sandbox Player: Need For Protein and Vegetables Starts When Culture Score Passes 30
Sandbox Player: Need For Firewood Starts When Culture Score Passes 35
Sandbox Player: Popup Confirmation Added When Save Game Successful
Sandbox Player: UI Tweaks (Font Change, New Text Rendering System For Improved Clarity, Button Hover States, Removed Background From Resource Proximity Locators)
Sandbox Player: Day/Night Cycle Extended, Crossfade Takes Longer
Sandbox Editor: Ice Palace Kit Overhauled
Sandbox Editor: 67 Kit Pieces Added (Ice Palace, Grassland Glade Props)

Bug Fixes
#0090 Sandbox Player: Trebuchet Class Deer As Enemies
#0149 Sandbox Player: Large Tree Stumps/Berry Bushes Not Cleared When Placing Building
#0153 Sandbox Player: Advisor Says Several Things At The Same Time
#0156 Sandbox Player: Woodcutter Harvests 5 Wood When Manually Ordered To Chop, Should Be Greater
#0157 Sandbox Player: Workers Don't Clear Closest Resources To Buildings First
#0158 Sandbox Editor: Bounding Box Doesn't Show On WorldObjects After First Selection
#0159 Sandbox Player: Building Walls After Placing Gatehouse Can Result In Perma-Smoke Cloud
#0160 Sandbox Player: Villagers Hammering Thin Air After Deleting A Wall Section Under Construction
#0161 Sandbox Player: Minimap Is White When Playing Crypts Map
#0162 Sandbox Player: When Constructing Walls, Removable Objects Under Walls Removed Even If Not Enough Resources
#0163 Sandbox Player: Small Ore And Stone Resources Not Giving Same Output

Known Issues
Paths Aren't Saving In Map Files
Several Ice Palace Props Are Broken
Several Construction Kit Props Are Broken
Some Systems Kit Pieces Cannot Be Used Or Selected If Placed (Save And Reload Map In Editor)
Zombie in Undead Kit Is Broken - Don't Use

Developer Comments
We’d like to remind players that the default build for Windows is now 64-bit, which the vast majority of players are using. Players with older 32-bit versions of Windows will need to opt in to the 32-bit build. For more information, please visit http://steamcommunity.com/app/224440/discussions/0/540744474771635312/

* To plant multiple saplings, once the Woodcutter’s special ability is activated, left click will place one after another, until you run out of seeds or you right click to cancel.

** Resources that will be destroyed are highlighted in yellow. Blocking objects preventing construction are highlighted in red.

*** Workbench is the visual scripting modding tool integrated into the Editor. Press ‘Y’ to access it. We’ve written the Workbench Guide to help get you started, and you can watch the last two Dev Hangout videos on http://youtube.com/gamesfoundry.

We've iterated on the way economy inventory works to reduce player confusion. Crafting can now draw on goods in transit, so if peasants run off with all your Firewood, you can still craft items that require it as an ingredient (for example Plate Armor). We draw directly from the peasant’s carry load so their final delivery is smaller. Basically you can steal back your Firewood!

In March we cleared out the remnants of the old tutorial from the project, significantly changing the structure of the installation footprint. The patch size is therefore much larger usual.
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