Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi,

I have just released the corresponding updates for the Mac and Linux builds for Super Blood Hockey.

I have no means of testing these builds, so if something isn't working, please make a post of it about on the discussion forum. I would also greatly appreciate it, if some on could inform me that the new builds are at least properly launching by making a post here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/532190/discussions



Change Log
  • Tutorial Mode - added a new tutorial mode.
  • Added thumbstick navigation to the menus/options
  • Added a new graphics option to disable lighting. This may significantly improve performance on slower systems.
  • Mac/Linux beta testers have been added to the credits.
  • Some trial solutions to the Face-off bug
  • Fixed some visual bugs related to menu appearance.
  • Misc bug fixes.

Thanks again to all the Mac and Linux better testers who helped get SBH running on both platforms.

- Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi,

Based on community feedback, I have decided to add a tutorial mode to Super Blood Hockey to teach some of the basics and to create an easier atmosphere to get adjusted to the controls. The tutorial mode will teach you how to pass, how to score, and how to fight. I might consider adding a 2nd tutorial to teach advanced techniques as well.

NOTE TO MAC AND LINUX USERS - Please note that the updates to the Linux and Mac build will follow shortly (max a few days). I want to release only the Windows build until I am sure there are no major bugs, then I will apply the changes to the Mac/Linux build.

If you encounter any bugs, please make a post about it here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/532190/discussions/

Face-off bug status: There has been a bug where players fail to show up for a face-off. I currently have no means of reproducing this bug (if you figure out how to reproduce it, please contact me and you will be rewarded). However, I have made some changes that I believe could fix the issue. If you see the bug again, please make another post about it or contact me directly.


Change Log
  • Tutorial Mode - added a new tutorial mode.
  • Added thumbstick navigation to the menus/options
  • Added a new graphics option to disable lighting. This may significantly improve performance on slower systems.
  • Mac/Linux beta testers have been added to the credits.
  • Some trial solutions to the Face-off bug
  • Fixed some visual bugs related to menu appearance.
  • Misc bug fixes.

I would like to say thanks again to everyone who keeps providing me with feedback and bug reports. Your help is critical to my success as a solo developer, so I must ask that you guys keep providing me great feedback! If you encounter any issues in this update, please rest assured I will fix any issues ASAP.

Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi everyone,

Thanks to the feedback from the very helpful Mac beta testers, I can now say that Super Blood Hockey supports macOS. I really appreciate everyone who took the time to post some feedback and bug reports.
  • MacOS now supported
Please note: Mac Retina may cause some display issues when changing to certain resolutions. This can easily be fixed by choosing a display resolution no larger than your native resolution. If you need any help with this issue, please do not hesitate to make a post about it in the discussion forum and I will get back to you ASAP.

Future Plans
As far as what is next for Super Blood Hockey, I would like to bring the game to a console (Xbox One most likely), but I am still awaiting to resolve some business related things. Then I would like to start working on new content. I may also launch the console version concurrently with a content update.

The new content I would like to work on based on feedback from the community would be a Career/Season Mode of some sort. This would likely include some team management aspects as well as some sort of progression system. I also have some ideas for some new challenges and corresponding special options, if you folks have any ideas for cool challenges or special options you would like to see, please don't hesitate to tell me!

I am still experimenting with a multi-colored jersey palette so I can expand the selection of teams, but I have yet to find something that actually improves visibility / makes it easier to tell teams apart, etc.

Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi folks,

The Mac beta is ready for testing. Any one can access it :) I don't personally own a Mac so I have no means of testing this build myself, so I will need your patience and your feedback to make this happen. Please post any feedback / bug reports here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/532190/discussions/3/

NOTE: It is likely that the first few builds might not launch at all. If the game does not initially launch from Steam, try navigating to the folder and launching the game directly.


How to Access the Mac Beta:
Step 1. Right click on Super Blood Hockey in your Steam Library and go to Properties.
Step 2. Under the betas tab, enter the password: EnableHipsterMode and then select the build from the drop down menu.


Thanks again,
Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi Folks,

Super Blood Hockey now supports Linux/SteamOS. I really appreciate everyone who participated in the Linux beta and helped me work through all the issues. I couldn't have done it without all of you. Next update I will be adding everyone that helped to the credits section of the game.

I will not be revoking beta keys, so if you helped test the game, you get to keep it. But if you enjoyed the game and want to help out, maybe consider purchasing it as a gift for friend :)

Up next is the Mac port. If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping test the Mac port, feel free to contact me here, or on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LorenLemcke

If you encounter any issue with the Linux port, please make a post about it here and I will reply asap:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/532190/discussions/2/

Thanks again!

Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi everyone,

I need your help to get the Linux port running. The current build may not launch. I am currently trying to determine whether there is an issue with the port, or my Linux install. I must confess, I am not an expert at Linux, so this will require some trial and error. Thanks for being patient! :D

I need your feedback on whether or not it launches. Please include any error messages and post feedback here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/532190/discussions/2/


How to access the Linux Port
- Right click on Super Blood Hockey from your Steam Library.
- Click Properties and then navigate to the Betas tab.
- Enter WindowsSux0rz in the access code field.



After I get the Linux build up and running, I will then start working on the Mac port. I really appreciate everyone's help!

- Loren
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Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi,

This update is a small one, just a few bug fixes. Also, if any one experiences the bug where players do not show up to a face-off, please post about it in the discussion forum. I am having trouble figuring out what triggers this bug, and without being able to recreate it on my side its proving challenging to fix.

It seems to never happen for most people, but a few have seen it multiple times. This leads me to believe there is some behavior or action that can trigger it.

Patch Notes
  • Fixed a bug where fights were triggering far too often in the 12 vs 12 Mega Rumble.
  • Implementing a trial solution for the faceoff bug. This may or may not fix it. If this bug happens to you please make a post about it in the discussion forum.

Thanks for all the help and please keep the bug reports coming. As a solo dev I really rely on community feedback!

Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi,

Some still feel the game is too difficult even on Very Easy. I have changed the names of the settings, but Easy is now even easier than Very Easy was before.

Difficulty Changes
  • Modes have been renamed. I have shifted them all up one. Very Easy is now Easy ; Easy is now Medium ; Medium is now hard ; etc in that fashion.
  • The difference in difficulty has been exaggerated a bit. Easy modes are easier, hard modes are a bit harder.

Now, some have developed some false beliefs about the game, and I have received continuous questioning about them, so here are some myths dispelled.


Myths about the difficulty dispelled
  • No one nation is better than any other. I have not rigged the game in favor of Finland or any other country.
  • The AI on your team is exactly the same as the AI on the enemy team. If you feel the enemy teams AI is way better than yours, than that is just your imagination.
  • The Goalie AI is exactly the same on both sides. Your goalie is not significantly worse than the enemies goalie.
  • The AI does not cheat in anyway. They are not more likely to score, or anything of that sort.

I never intended the game to be a very easy experience. Do not expect to master the game in 30 minutes or less. Goals must still be earned. If you are still having difficulty making goals check out this guide:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1115908478

Loren
Super Blood Hockey - Loren
Hi folks,

I have been receiving feedback that some have found the game to be especially challenging, even on easy difficulty, because of this I have introduced a "Very Easy" difficulty setting. There is also now a "Very Hard" difficulty setting as well, for those that want an even more challenging experience.

If you are still having issues scoring and winning then check out this guide by a community member. I give it my official endorsement and should be helpful to many:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1115908478

I also have squashed a few bugs. If you encounter any issues, please post about it in the discussion forum and I will reply to you ASAP.

There is one known large bug remaining, but it is somewhat rare. If you encounter a moment where the players do not show up for a face off, possibly resulting in the game hanging, then please post any details about it in the discussion forum: e.g. what mode you are playing, what you just played prior, what team you were, etc. Anything you might think of could be useful.

Thanks for helping make the launch of Super Blood Hockey successful! :)

- Loren

Patch Notes
  • New difficulty settings: Very Easy, Very Hard
  • Fixed a bug related to SFX/Music volume settings being set above 100
  • Fixed a bug on the leaderboards where global rank wasn't being displayed properly.
  • Fixed a bug where the Special Options background sprite would be out of alignment if the resolution of the game was just changed.
  • Several other small fixes and a few typo fixes.
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