Hey everyone, quick note to let you all know we've pushed a new trait and some bugfixes to Alpha 21 on all branches, including stable. This update gets you everything from release_706 as well as the stuff that's new in release_707:
One new trait: hothead. This hearthling is braver in combat than most, and perhaps more than they ought to be…
Fixed bug where bald males had no hair customization option
Fixed bug where traits sometimes don’t refresh properly in the customization screen
Fixed bug where we crash to desktop on returning to main menu from customization/loadout screens
Fix portrait flickering and some other UI issues on the customize your party screen
Fix Rayya's Children tattoo hair style not updating skin color
Fix infrequent bug that caused some players to start with 20 citizens
Fix bug that sometimes prevents Clerics from healing when being promoted
Hey everyone, Alpha 21 is now up on Steam Stable! If you haven't yet, give it a spin and let us know what we can make better! Here are the release notes:
Alpha 21: The Inner Life of Hearthlings REVEALED
Hearthlings are people too! Welcome to Stonehearth Alpha 21! With this release we continue our work towards making hearthlings feel more alive, both as individuals and in how they relate to their world and one another. We think that understanding what makes your hearthlings tick will help you plan and guide your settlements more effectively. This Alpha sees the new Trait system being added with associated updates being made to embarkation and loadout selection.
Hearthling Traits: Be somebody!
Something that we really want for Stonehearth is to cultivate the feeling that you’re helping steer a town of individuals with their own unique quirks and personalities. To that end, we’re introducing a new system of Traits to the game. When a hearthling is born into the world, they’re given a set of traits that may influence how they behave and react to events in the world. In Alpha 20, we focused on giving hearthlings thoughts and feelings. In Alpha 21, we make these thoughts and feelings different for different hearthlings.This initial release focuses on a relatively small numbers of traits, many of which feed directly into the Happiness system from Alpha 20, and the hope is to grow the list slowly over time as new systems come online. In Alpha 21, you'll encounter around 16 traits, with many more to come in future alphas. From now on you may find your settlement inhabited by such characters as a night-owl who may or may not be a member of a secret cult, or a hearthling who is great at farming but only eats red meat. Green Thumbs! Vegetarians! Optimists! Pessimists! Together, the traits present for your collective set of hearthlings should result in a different narrative experience for each town and its inhabitants.
Up Close and Personal(ized)
When setting off with a new group of pioneers, not only can you more clearly see their new stats and traits, but you also now have the ability to re-roll individual hearthlings! No longer will you be required to do a bulk party reset in your quest to find a balanced party.We’ve also made a change to the stat allocation algorithm, so that the hearthlings in your starting party should all have reasonable to good stats, while the hearthlings that join you later may be a bit more… extreme in their capabilities. As a result, we’ve removed the “Randomize Hearthling Attributes” option from the gameplay menu. The hope is that this change will breed more interest in the new hearthlings’ arrival, while allowing us to have more consistent control of the difficulty of the starting party.But wait! There's more! In addition to stats, you can now also customize the look of your hearthlings, by tweaking their skin and hair color, and hairstyle. Now your hearthlings can be more visibly individual -- according to your wishes -- than ever before.
Loadouts: Take only what you can carry!
Alpha 21 introduces a major new concept to the embarkation flow: loadouts. Instead of being presented with a store from which you can purchase separate items, you’ll instead select from a group of loadout packages, each tailored towards a particular playstyle.We’re offering three loadouts with this release, and expect to add more in the future as we gather your feedback. Our hope is that this new approach will have players making stronger choices about how they want to grow their town, without also requiring them to have a nuanced understanding of the Stonehearth economy.These loadouts are easily expandable, so modders who are interested in creating explicit starting scenarios for their games will be able to utilize this system in cool ways as well. We do expect this first batch of loadouts to not be perfectly balanced, so definitely expect some changes to them as we move forward.
Space: Uncramping your style
With Alpha 20 we introduced a system that allowed hearthlings to have a concept of how big or small their homes were. While we’re happy with how this system is developing, we did notice that the initial implementation was causing players to do some odd things with the layouts of their home to make the hearthlings feel more at ease. While placing your bed in the center of your room is a bold stylistic choice, it’s not exactly the most cozy one, so with this patch we’ve updated the space calculation to better handle walls and corners.Now hearthlings will not feel cramped simply because they are against a flat surface; the room they are in will actually need to be pretty small and windowless. This should let you have freedom in your room layouts once again, while still rewarding you for spending more resources to build larger, more windowed homes for your citizens.
Follow Camera: I see you!
When you select an individual hearthling, you can now follow them throughout their day with the new Follow Camera! By pressing J after selecting a hearthling, your camera will swivel over to start following the hearthling automatically from a bird’s eye view. This should help you track a hearthling better than you can currently, and any camera movement will disengage this camera mode. We’re definitely look for feedback from each of you on how this camera feels and if you like it, so please contribute to the conversation!
Topology Service: Knowing where to go, and when.
Alpha 21 introduces a new bit of backend tech called the Topology Service, which allows entities to skip pathfinding to unreachable items. Figuring out how to get to places in a dynamic world like ours takes a lot of time, and before this tech was introduced it wasn’t unusual for a hearthling to spin and spin and spin on trying to figure out a way to get to that berry bush, only to realize too late that no pathway to said bush even exists. This tech short circuits that test, letting the pathfinder know before it even starts that certain items are not reachable. As a result we’ve seen quite the improvement in the amount of CPU time large towns require to function properly.
Key Rebinding: We encourage your input!
For the past month we’ve been going into the depths of our code base, tearing out and rewiring a bunch of the infrastructure. As a result of that work we now are on the path to having a unified input system, which will in turn allow for rebinding of almost all inputs in the game! This work is still in progress, so there’s no UI available for it yet, but you can begin mucking around with this early by adding your own "user_bindings" to your user_settings.json, using what's in stonehearth.json as a reference. These keybinds will work both for in-game and UI events, and we will develop this outwards to support a wide range of control input types over time.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback through the unstable cycle for this release -- it really helped! As always, please give us any and all feedback you may have on our forums at discourse.stonehearth.net.
Hey guys, Designer Richard showed us how we could address the imbalances and gameplay issues in the starting store! This has been bothering us for months now. Let's take a behind the scenes look at the new loadouts screen from A21.
So... very... close... to the stable release of Alpha 21. A few more enhancements and a few more bug fixes await you in this Steam unstable edition. As always, let us know if you encounter any difficulties. Enjoy!
What's Inside Develop-3378
Added 'Loves Their Job' thought for use with Passion traits.
Added 'Animal Companion' trait.
Changed 'Heart of a Crafter' trait to exclude Passion traits for non-crafting jobs.
Updated citizens pane UI to show hearthling traits. Moved mind/body/spirit stats into citizens row and moved Haul/Mine/Build/Job checkboxes to the right.
Updated trait description font to make it easier to read
Cubemitter VFX performance improvements
Added sleeping animations for pets
Improved Change Job screen is smaller but shows more information. Note for modders: if your mod adds a new job, you'll need to add a "display_order" field in the job_description.lua file in order to show the job on the promotion screen. Look at any of the existing jobs as an example.
Fixed bug where a Hearthling with 'Heart of a Crafter' trait could have both the positive and negative thought from the trait.
Fixed bug related to saving/loading during Follow Camera zoom.
Fixed engineers not being able to mine
Fixed attribute tooltips positioning in character sheet UI
Fixed some memory leaks
Fixed items that shouldn't be hung from being hangable.
Fixed glutton hearthlings from being stuffed when they are created
Fixed error with backpack capacity
Fixed number input in crafting menu triggering the speed buttons
This week we take a look at the brand new Hearthling Customization feature, which allows you to specify the appearance of your hearthlings. We also show off the awesome Locks of Many Colors mod, by Wiese2007 and KittyODoom, which gives you even more hairstyle options. This feature is in SH Alpha 21, available now on the Steam Unstable branch!
Hey everyone, Desktop Tuesday makes it's triumphant return! Despite a wide variety of work-and-personal travel, Team Stonehearth has been hard at work on Alpha 21, and it's tentpole feature, Hearthling Traits. Let's take a behind the scenes look at the traits and how they function:
The Alpha 21 release train is starting to pick up steam. Well, it's on Steam, anyway. This unstable build tackles some pesky bugs as well as building more into the new Traits feature. As always, please let us know on Discourse if you encounter any issues. Enjoy!
Hearthling customization added, allowing players to change the look and build of individual Hearthlings.
Added Callous trait.
Added Courageous trait.
Added Green Thumb trait.
Added Heart of a Crafter trait.
Featherweight trait description clarified.
Rayya's Children UI color updated.
Fixed bug that caused Hearthling to restock indefinitely on old saves.
All box selectors fixed to work properly on roads and floors.
Engine error related to patrolling parties fixed.
Tutorial no longer skips portions of the Place Stockpile section.
Fixed engine error that could have occurred when lamp was no longer in the world.
Hearthling male put-down-on-table animation fixed to properly show carried item.
Bug related to sleep duration possibly being negative fixed.
Trapper backpack capacity was not working as advertised. Level 4 Trapper perk now increases capacity by 2.