A very Happy New Year to our Stonehearth backers!
Greetings, Stonehearth Backers!
2016 was a great year for us in terms of features (combat classes, monsters, building, town progression), work on long term projects (performance, art), and in terms of building out our team. For those of you who haven’t been counting, we added nine members to Team Stonehearth in 2016! (And we’re not stopping there… Team Stonehearth is already adding new members in 2017.) So we’re well equipped to take the game into the future.
As we head into 2017 we double down on our goal, which is to make Stonehearth a complete, deeply enjoyable fantasy townbuilding game. We don’t know how long this will take us, because we’d much rather the game be good than finished prematurely, but we’ll continue to be transparent as we add new things and make further plans.
Stephanie has posted an in-depth discussion of where we’re going this year and what you can expect. It’s a great read, and we’d love your feedback.We so have some significant milestones to tackle this year, and we’re eager to achieve them -- there is much good stuff on the horizon, including the development of a solid game loop; a satisfying endgame; and our initial outline for where multiplayer may take us.
The New Year has also brought the arrival of a new unstable Alpha. We debuted Alpha 20 on our Steam latest branch this week; this Alpha brings a whole new Happiness system to the Stonehearth which is the foundation for deeper interactions of hearthlings with each other and their world, and a critical element for us to develop a more engaging game experience to keep you occupied. If you’re interested in experiencing this latest and greatest feature, go get it now.
It’ll be a couple of weeks yet before we’re ready to move Alpha 20 to stable (and make it available on Humble as well as Steam); if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to play Alpha 19 now is your chance! This Alpha brings some long-overdue love to the Rayya’s Children kingdom and the desert biome.
Finally, if you love the image that accompanies this message (we certainly do!), you can download it as a desktop background for your very own. It’s a Frostfeast-themed portrait created by Allie, and a lovely seasonal bookend to her midsummer background from last year. And if you’d like to try your hand at this year’s challenging Frostfeast community mod, created by RepeatPan and Froggy, you can get that here and use Alpha 19’s in-game Mod Manager to turn it on and off as you like.
So... onward! As always, we’re deeply grateful for your support and we look forward to continuing our journey with you.
-- Team Stonehearth