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Devlog #13

Hey everyone and welcome to Devlog #13!

The Mineral & Craftsmanship update added some big content and systems to the game and the team have been working to fix any remaining bugs but also to polish the content that was added.

Consequently, we are now working on a content patch that will add some further improvements to the recent update. This patch will not only improve on some of the visuals but will also expand the masterpiece parts.

1.6 Content Patch

More specifically the 1.6 Content Patch will include:

  • Visual improvements to the quarry depots
  • Visual improvements to the mineral deposits including improved textures
  • Improved mineral distribution
  • Visual tweaks to Masterpieces
  • New parts for the Gate Masterpiece
  • New sounds for mining and workplaces
  • New animations including workshop and building animations

We are sure you will be excited to hear that the 1.6 content patch will also include the following QoL improvements:

  • Promotion window sorting
  • Many more villager names and the option to rename villagers (planned)

With that, let’s take a closer look at what the team are currently working on…

Buildings & Masterpiece Polish

Claudine and Loup-Gabriel have been enhancing some of the building visuals, polishing current buildings with improved basements and grounded doors as well as working on the new Masterpieces.

The Gate Masterpiece, in particular, will see a new wall part as well as even more parts for you to build that perfect entrance to your city.

More Visual Polish

Enhanced textures are being worked on for the Mineral Deposits with Claudine currently working on a more refined Gold texture. You can expect to see more improvements to the deposits and quarry depots for the upcoming content patch.

Quality of Life Improvements

Christopher has been busy on a number of improvements including, updating the notification panel to remember your severity choice and refining the action button and warnings. These changes can be seen live right now in last week’s hotfix which also included Christoper’s work to allow multiple Masterpieces on the same monument.

On top of these changes, he is currently working on the villager promotion window to show more information in addition to some added control in the form of a sortable promotion list!

Building & Workshop Animations

Something we have been wanting to add for some time is more interaction between workers and the buildings, for example, the gold smelter pouring liquid gold from the cauldron when smelting.

Up until recently it hasn’t been possible… but now it is! With this newly created ability, Michaël has been working on new interactions between buildings and workers that includes moving parts on the buildings themselves.

Winepress now in action
Is the sheep checking in on the weaver?
Modding

In the past few weeks, we have been gathering feedback from the modding community to see what new features and content they would like to see unlocked. Armed with this feedback Max has been busy opening up new options for modders to create extra content.

For example, last week’s patches saw a new behavior tree for custom guard behavior. This will allow modders to create custom locators for guards so that they can patrol your villages.

Additionally, the recent patches have exposed a whole host of assets for modders to play with, such as building functions for the new quarries and workshops, masterpiece parts, villager jobs and much more. Full modding changelogs can all be found on the modding wiki pages.

Alongside this, Max has been working to add in some quality of life improvements and bug fixes for both modders and players alike. Modding logs have been augmented to catch errors in created mods and a useful QoL update has seen a new prompt when a player loads a save that might be missing mods. This will allow you to download the missing mods directly when starting a save game.

Both Max and Leo continue to work on performance optimizations improving the game for players and modders alike.

And Finally…

Vincent has been working on a top-secret project for a future update. Unfortunately, we can’t bring you more news on this just yet but it will bring some extra life to your villages.

To wrap up this Devlog we have some particularly exciting news that we know you will all be very happy to see. Dan has been working on the UI redesign whilst also improving the user experience wherever possible. The design phase is progressing very well and thanks to the UI tool that is being created by Ben, integration will start soon.

Once that big chunk of work is done, we will iterate both on the UX and the style of the menus, so expect changes along the way.

We are excited to reveal to you an exclusive sneak peek of the work so far:

You can see more samples of the work in progress UI in the recent article from Rock Paper Shotgun.

We would love to get your feedback, so don’t forget you can join us on our Discord server and let us know your thoughts.

– The whole Polymorph Games team

 

Minerals & Craftmanship 1.6 Update is now live!

Lords and Ladies, we are excited to present to you the Minerals & Craftmanship 1.6 Update, now live on Steam & GOG!

Savegame compatibility warning: 1.5 saves will be compatible but some of your buildings may be removed if they were placed on one of the new mineral deposit sites.
Also, note that your builders will now require a Builders’ Workshop.

It’s a big one, so let’s take a look at some highlights of what you can expect in the new update and let you get quickly into discovering the new minerals and crafting up some masterpieces!

 

WHAT’S NEW

 
Discover and Extract New Minerals!

New Mineral deposits can be found scattered throughout the maps, containing nice shiny new minerals, from gold-rich veins to glittering quartz nodes. These deposits can be prospected by your Bailiff in order to identify the ore they contain.

Inside the Mineral deposits your Bailiff will find both rare minerals as well as more common ones such as Iron. Once discovered the minerals can be extracted by clicking the deposit and building a quarry.

 
Extend your Buildings and Build Masterpieces

Buildings can now be extended with new parts. The first building extensions will take the form of crafting workstations that can be added to the Builders’ Workshop. These crafting workstations will allow your builders to craft various objects such as sculptures and stained glass.

Note that Builders’ Workshops are now mandatory for the building of any construction.

Masterpieces are sets of specific parts that can be added into a monument or be built as a standalone building. They are unique creations that will give your village unique perks once built. In total, there are 9 Masterpieces to discover and build.

Each masterpiece will unlock when specific conditions have been met. For example, this could be when your soldiers emerge victorious from a faraway mission.

 
New Productions

All of the new minerals can be used in production buildings as well as in the new Masterpieces. Further, new production buildings have been introduced to refine these minerals to be ready for use, such as the new Gold Smelter that turns Gold ore into Gold bars, the Glassworks that will work quartz into glass as well as a Jeweler who will make good use of any gold and gems you might find.

 
Bailiff Mandates

The Bailiff’s role has been expanded and can now undertake Mandates. These mandates will range from prospecting the new resource deposits to gaining influence with an Estate or researching blueprints. Yes, the scholar was unhappy and has now left!

 
Pathing Inside Buildings

Villagers can now path through monuments! This means that Monks can now get to those inner courtyards and soldiers can protect the pass. Pathing inside buildings will allow particular villagers to enter and exit through separate monument doors. Pathing will have conditions so that only those that should be allowed through can get through.

 
Visits

Word of your settlement is growing stronger. Not only will there be visits from envoys but there will be new visitors arriving at your village. Pilgrims might visit your shrine masterpiece and one of your monuments, that is perfect for taking in guests, might also receive a visitor under certain conditions.

 
Even More New Features

As you may know, we are working on a full UI overhaul. In the meantime, you will notice a new notification panel that will help to see warnings of potential issues in your village as well as a log of your missions and quests including currently active quests.

Bridges can now be raised in height as well as length. Yes m’lord, you can now raise your bridges up high, the sky is the limit!

 
The List Goes On…

The Minerals & Craftmanship update will also include:

  • New animations
  • New modding functions and capabilities
  • New sounds
  • New improved grass and cliff visuals
  • 9 new achievements
  • Plus many fixes and improvements

You can check out the full changelog below:

 

1.6 Changelog

 
Gameplay

New features

  • New: Minerals sources that can be prospected and extracted
  • New: Production chains related to minerals
  • New: Masterpieces
  • New: Productions chains
  • New: Buildings can now have multiple placeable parts
  • New: Builder now has his workshop
  • New: Builder’s workshop can be extended with crafting extensions
  • New: New unlockable builder’s workshop parts
  • New crafting feature: craft sculpture and stained glass
  • New: Bailiff can have mandates assigned like prospecting minerals and influencing estates
  • New: New notification panel
  • New: Pathing can now go through buildings that have multiple entrances

Improvements

  • Add: Completed monument parts activate its function, (no need for an entire monument to be built before it becomes usable)
  • Add: Gold has been separated in two new resources: Gold Coins and Gold Bars
  • Add: Improved performance when editing a monument
  • Add: Transporters will now carry materials to construction sites
  • Add: New uniformized build flow between buildings and monuments
  • Add: “getting started” section to help menu
  • Add: Davenport now sells gems
  • Add: Allow multiple transporters to carry materials to construction sites
  • Add: localization
Art

Buildings

  • New Builder’s workshop and crafting extensions: sculpture, stained glass, jewelry
  • New mineral sources and quarries installations
  • New Glass Smelter
  • New Gold Smelter
  • New customizable fountain, stained glass

Characters and animations

  • New miner’s job outfit and animations
  • New Glass Smelter & Gold Smelter animations

Environment

  • New grass texture
  • New cliff texture
Bug fixes
  • fix: soldier/monks could get stuck on bridges
  • fix: Wooden Keep Door B
  • fix: tavern bridge bug
  • fix: transporters and builders flow (pause & builder allocation)
  • fix: missing tavern chimney texture
  • fix: path finding issues when house upgrading
  • fix: crash when the same game file is empty
  • fix: crash when closing the game due to unsupported OpenGL version
  • fix: rare crash with promotion
  • fix: clear preview on bridge
  • fix: freeze on clear preview
  • fix: wooden bridge entrance PATH & slope locator position
  • fix: showing bulldozer button on destructible building when under construction
  • fix: mod list disappearing when scrollbar is added/removed
  • fix: crash when destroying building too close to map edges
  • fix: rare crash during tax collector collection
  • fix: drop-down scroll bar behavior
  • fix: wooden keep stair colliders
  • fix: a crash in mod list menu
  • fix: rare crash in workplace list window
  • fix: building parts are not child of the core part anymore
  • fix: crash with public lounge function activationfix: crash with
  • notification window
Modding
  • Add: mods hot-reload with Ctrl+Shift+R
  • Add: creation of new asset and data types, and extending existing asset, component and data types
  • Add: creation of behavior trees and custom behavior tree nodes
  • Add: access to events
  • Update: example 02 mod bridge
  • Update: Remove Mover from Building Part Asset
  • Update: Batch all Modding logs in a single file to avoid opening too many files
  • Update: Foundation log file and mod log file are now readable during execution
  • fix: asset retrieval by scripting ID was not allowed in some cases
  • fix: VS Code snippets
  • fix: restore some missing textures

The full modding changelog can be found on the modding wiki.

Let us know what you think or discuss the game with our awesome Foundation community on our official Discord server.

– The whole Polymorph Games team

 

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