Stonehearth Alpha 14 Is a Monster Update!
Happy New Year, and Happy New Alpha! Stonehearth Alpha 14 has arrived, and with it big changes to enemy encounters.
You’ll discover new monsters; better combat party controls; a new hearthling class (the Herbalist, who can heal your wounded); and did we mention more monsters? This is only Part One of the evolution of enemy encounters and combat, with more to come in future Alphas. You’ll also find continued performance improvements, other features, and bug fixes.
Here’s what’s new and notable in this release:
Moar Monsters! You didn’t think we were going to stop at goblins and undead, did you? Discover several new enemies and enemy encounter types, both raids and ambient appearances (enemies spawn and lie in wait for unsuspecting hearthlings).
New Class: The Herbalist. Moar enemies? Moar hurt! Good thing your herbalist makes house calls. Herbalists can craft and employ a variety of healing items, helping to keep your footmen, crafters, and workers in top condition.
New Combat Party Controls. We’ve made our combat controls more RTS-like; and you now have finer control over combat party activities.
New Town Defense Options, and a Well-regulated Militia. Your Carpenter can now craft a standard to create a “safety point,” which provides a new way to manage non-combatants in times of crisis. Also, you now have the ability to enroll any hearthling who is not a footman in your militia. Those in the militia will not only be more aggressive than their non-militia counterparts, but they are less likely flee from enemies and also receive a slight boost in damage done.
Hats and Helms! Moar Monsters? Moar Armor! Alpha 14 implements a new schema for hair that allows for hats and helmets. Some classes come with hats by default, and others can get helmets from advanced crafting recipes.
This is a monster update in more ways than one! There are tons of bug fixes and improvements to performance; hearthling activities; hearthling and NPC behavior; and more. Read all about it at stonehearth.net/alpha-14-has-arrived/
This is an Alpha release, so you may encounter monsters of a different kind -- that is to say, bugs. Please report them in our forums at discourse.stonehearth.net. Stonehearth Alpha 14 is available immediately on Steam and Humble Bundle.
Still don’t have your copy of Stonehearth?
We’ve tried to ensure that everyone who backed us has received access to Stonehearth during our Alpha phase. However, some of you still may not have your copy. If you don’t yet have Stonehearth, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll have you managing your hearthlings in no time.
We’re not slowing down! Alpha 15 is well underway. Visit stonehearth.net to keep up with all the news.
As always, we’re grateful for your support.
-- Tom on behalf of Team Stonehearth