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Staxel Reporter – Issue #20: Minecon & Cooking/Baking

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #20

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we announce we’re going to Minecon again this year and talk about the improved cooking system.


We’re Going to Minecon – Again!

It’s that time of year again where lovers of voxels everywhere come together to see what’s new, ask questions and get answers, meet up with friends from around the world and generally have a fun time. That’s right, it’s Minecon 2016!

Last year we went to London for Minecon 2015. It was an opportunity for us to set up a booth in the Indie zone and finally let people have their first look at the game and get some valuable feedback in real time.

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It was great to see Staxel so well received and we took a lot back from the experience which really helped us focus on the direction we wanted to take Staxel in.

It’s now a year later and we’re readying up to do it all over again in California! All we had to show last year was a creative mode and our community built server, but this time around we’ve got a lot more features to show off, a brand new server build set on a farm, and an in-depth display of some of the more important gameplay components in Staxel. Farm animals, crops, buying and selling, crafting, baking and cooking among other things will all be available for people to try out.

Minecon 2016 is taking place on September 24-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. We’re very excited for it and really looking forward to meeting some of our community, if you see us there come and say hi!


New and Improved Cooking

We recently overhauled the cooking and baking system in the game, the new system is a lot more streamlined and intuitive. Originally, the cooking process required the use of several different objects and stations. For example, a kitchen counter would need a chopping board placed on top, and you would then need to equip the knife from your inventory just to chop a tomato. It was a bit finicky and could get confusing quickly, especially for players who were new to the game.

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The new systems brings every aspect of each cooking method together into it’s own respective station. So instead of having to prepare an area with a stove and pots specifically for “boiling”, you’ll just have to place down a “boiling station”. This will make it a lot more straightforward when it comes to preparing different dishes from recipes that call for different cooking methods.

There are currently five different cooking methods in Staxel, and as such five different stations. This might be expanded upon in the future but for now here is what you can look forward to seeing when it’s available in game:

  • Chopping station
  • Boiling station
  • Mixing station
  • Frying station
  • Baking station

As you’ll expect, cooking becomes a lot easier when you’ve got a recipe to hand. There are a few ways to get recipes in Staxel. Firstly, you can experiment! This is one of the reasons we decided to reinvent the cooking system. Experimenting is now a lot more user friendly, and when you don’t have to worry about setting up different cooking apparatus and looking for utensils, it makes it so much easier to use your imagination.

Secondly, recipes can be found throughout the world. You could find one in a chest while exploring or be rewarded with a recipe for completing certain tasks. The only question now is where do you keep them once you’ve found them?

Once you have a recipe in your hands you just have to interact with it and then it’ll be added to your “Recipe Book”. This is an in-game collection screen that you can find under the “Cooking Pot” tab at the top of the inventory menu.

There are going to be a lot of recipes in Staxel but don’t worry about running out of space, the recipe book has more than enough room for all of them.

That’s about it for the new cooking and baking system, I hope it gives you a good idea of what you can expect in the coming updates, but until then why not start thinking up plans and designs for your very own restaurant or bakery where you can show off your cooking skills to your friends!


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

Thanks for reading!

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #19: Turning a Profit & Ranch Furniture Set

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #19

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about turning a profit on your farm & the new Ranch Furniture Set!


Farm Profit

Let’s talk a bit about selling your produce in Staxel, after all, the only thing better than sharing the tasty goods you produce on the farm with your friends, is making some money on the side. Before we get into it just be aware that we’ll only be talking about money you can make from farming in this section, not any other activities that you would be able to profit from.

Crops

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This is the obvious place to start. Growing crops undoubtedly takes the longest amount of time before you see a return on your investment, but it will certainly be worth the wait. Crops will more than likely be the main focus on your farm, considering the amount of work you’ll be putting into them! But this isn’t a bad thing. After ploughing, planting, raising and harvesting there’s nothing as satisfying as than seeing all that love and care reflected in their monetary value.

Out of all the possible money-making avenues on the farm, growing crops requires the most planning. You’ll have to make sure you plant your seed in the right season (and make sure you’re not planting them too late!). You’ll have to decide if you’re going to fertilise your crops or not, while this increases the value of the end product keep in mind that fertiliser costs money, and so does keeping animals if you’re thinking of making your own.
Lastly, don’t go getting ideas about creating a turnip kingdom and retiring within a year. Remember, the rules of “supply and demand” exist here, if you grow too much of a certain vegetable, people aren’t going to want to pay so much for it after a while, offer a little variety and your customers will be happy to pay up!

Fruit Trees

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This will be one of the easiest ways to make a profit on the farm. Once fruit trees are established, they really don’t need much looking after. That’s not to say you should leave them to their new-found independence, after all they’re still living under your roof! Collecting and selling fruit is really just as simple as it sounds, once you’ve picked all the fruit you’ll be happy to know that they will eventually grow back, so don’t just leave them on the tree because it looks good!

Fruit isn’t just restricted to apples and oranges, you can plant any type of fruit you find while out exploring and grow your own varieties right here on the farm. This applies to bushes too, remember to pick a few berries while you’re out and about, if nothing else you’ll have easy access to recipe ingredients instead of hunting around for that blackberry bush you think you saw once.

Animals

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Keeping livestock on the farm will bring you more than just company, if you care for them properly you’ll find out that there’s quite a bit of money to be made when it’s done right.

Each animal supplies you with it’s own type of produce. The three main types from the animals we’re currently working on are:

  • Cows – provide milk
  • Chickens – provide eggs
  • Sheep – provide wool

These all fetch quite a nice sum of money when you come to sell them, but as you’ll expect you could also use these items to process into something else, possibly selling for more! So experiment a little, sometimes the quickest buck isn’t always the best buck…. buck, buck.

In the end, with animals it all boils down to how well you look after them. If you don’t give them proper attention or keep forgetting to feed them you could end up worse off than when you started.

 

Processed goods

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The clue is in the name, and although we haven’t completely decided on which items will be considered “processed goods”, they will generally be food items that have been prepared and packaged for storage on the store shelf, or useful items crafted from other produce on the farm.

Mixed some summer berries up for a delicious, fresh jar of jam? That’s a processed food. Spun a ball of yarn from your sheep’s wool? That’s a processed item too. Of course, hand-crafted treats like these don’t come cheap. You need to be compensated for your time and expertise after all, so in most cases you can expect to get a better price for processed goods than you would by selling the ingredients individually, just make sure the time you put into preparing them doesn’t interfere with tending to your crops and animals, or else you could end up losing money in the long run.

And there we have it. You should have a better idea about making some money on the farm, and although it might sound like a lot of hard work, just take it one step at a time and you’ll be fine. If you have any questions or suggestions then be sure to drop by the forums or the Discord! There’s always someone around who’ll be able to help you out.


Ranch Furniture Set

We’d like to introduce the Ranch Furniture Set! Perfect to pick up for any home, cottage or farmhouse, if it doesn’t have it already!
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The Ranch Furniture Set includes the following:
  • Ranch Armchair
  • Ranch COffee Table
  • Ranch Double Bed
  • Ranch Dresser
  • Ranch Lamp
  • Ranch Loveseat
  • Ranch Side Table
  • Ranch Single Bed
  • Ranch Table
  • Ranch Wardrobe

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Ahh, you can still smell the sawdust. Can’t you picture it? Coming in after a hard day’s work in the pouring rain, having a hot meal at the solid oak table. Finish the day with a bit reading on the couch and off to bed which, by the way, has a hand made quilt. We found it in the cupboard, nice isn’t it?

To sum up, if you want your home to feel extra cosey and homely, the Ranch Furniture Set might be for you!


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #18: Placing Orders & Chickens

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #18

Hi everybody, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about placing orders from the Honey.Comb catalogue and chickens!


Placing Orders

There’s always something you need to get round to buying, be it a new hat, some extra fence pieces or a brand new furniture set to spruce up your home. For all you shoppers out there, Honey.Comb has you covered!

Every villager has a Honey.Comb catalogue laying around somewhere in their home. You use this catalogue to place orders for things you need (or don’t need).

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To make use of this ever so handy shopping catalogue you need to place it in your home somewhere and then interact with it. This will bring up the shopping interface with which you can buy ’til you cry!

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When reading the Honey.Comb catalogue you can search for goods, view your order queue, see how much money you have to waste on things you really don’t need but have to get before your friends show up for the crop watering “party”.

Ooh I like that groovy armchair, let’s order one! Tap the ‘Order Now’ button, while making sure we have the quantity we want, and badabing badaboom it should arrive the next day. (That’s right, free next day delivery!)

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After a good night’s rest, go to your ‘delivery station’ and a crate should be waiting for you! One crate can be delivered per day with a limited amount of space, so make sure to prioritize the right things when placing orders.

That about sums up ordering and receiving goods. I should note that you will eventually be able to go to a store and purchase items as well as order from a catalogue, but for now this is how you do your shopping in Staxel.


Chickens

You’ll have noticed recently that we’ve been doing a lot of work on the farm animals in Staxel, this week was no exception and we’ve finally got our first look at chickens in the game.

Let me tell you a little about how they’ll work. Bear in mind that all of this is subject to change throughout development. Saying that though, we’re very happy with our current plans!

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D’aww, aren’t they cute? As you’d imagine, chickens will supply you with eggs. It’s up to you whether you sell the eggs, use them in delicious recipes or hatch little chicks from them to increase your farm’s overall productivity and cuteness.

Care

They may be small, but they’ve got big hearts! Chickens require the same amount of love and care as the rest of the animals on your farm. You’ll need to make sure they’re fed every day, chickens can be fed with seed or with chicken feed which you can purchase from a vendor.

Staxel’s chickens are a hardy bunch, they have a naturally strong constitution! Basically, chickens don’t get sick. But don’t try and take advantage of this by neglecting their needs. Chickens are sensitive, and when they see that you haven’t been caring for them like you usually do they’ll become sad. A sad chicken won’t lay any eggs until it feels better so make sure to keep them happy and cared for.

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Eggs

Selling eggs is the most straightforward way to utilise this commodity, a happy chicken will lay an egg a day. Having two happy chickens will get you 2 eggs a day! You get the idea, more chickens equal more eggs, which in turn means more money.

Eggs can be used as ingredients too, especially in baking. Cooking with eggs isn’t just for fun either, you can sell your baked goods to a vendor for profit, or just give it to someone as a thoughtful gift.

Finally, you might decide to hatch your eggs instead of needlessly spending money on purchasing more chickens. This takes a while longer than buying a chicken and having it delivered the next day, but who can resist the thought of cute little chicks running around the farm?


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #17: Manure & Palette System Guide

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #17

Hi everybody, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about animal manure and created a guide on how to make use of the new ‘Palette System’!


Manure

If you’ve been following us on twitter you’ve probably seen a few interesting screencaps. That’s because Bart’s just finished up the code that gets our cows pooping! Let’s have a look at what role manure fulfills on your farm.

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Manure is an optional part of the crop crowing process, your crops can grow just fine without it. However, just a sprinkle of this golden brown fertilizer could be all it takes for your crops to go from good to A grade! Using fertilizer will make your crops grow faster and improve their overall quality once harvested. That’s definitely something a resourceful farmer should keep in mind.

Fertilizer will likely be purchasable from a local store, but why buy what your animals produce for free? “You’re telling me I can get dung off of the ground for free? No way.” I hear you saying, but I’m serious! Once you have livestock on your farm you can just pick up their fresh manure and BAM – free fertilizer! Some animals may produce more manure than others, right now we’re thinking pigs will produce the most.

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It’s proving to be quite a challenge to resist all the jokes coming to mind so I’m going to end the article here. I hope I’ve given you a good idea of the benefits manure will have in your farming career!


Colour Palette Creation Guide

A palette is basically an optional colour scheme for a given accessory model. Models do not necessarily need to support palettes (you can have a completely unpalettable model designed to only have one colour scheme), but models which are designed to support palettes can essentially have any number of colour schemes limited only by the number of palettes defined

On a basic level, in the model designed for paletting, we use a set of colours which are then mapped to other colours which will replace them in the individual palette files.

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It’s also worth noting that if you have a palettable model, not all parts have to be switched out with a palette colour – only the parts defined in the swap colours

Step one of paletting is to create a model with a set of colours that you want to represent what’s being switched out. (We use ugly greens as the base since they’re unlikely to be desirable as part of the actual colour palette and we recommend that you do the same.)

It might look something like this, where the greens are the colours we want replaced, and the others are colours that should always stay the same.
It might look something like this, where the greens are the colours we want replaced, and the others are colours that should always stay the same.

Step two is to create the .palette and accompanying images:

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They always have to be defined in pairs of 16×16 blocks (one from colour, one to colour). Of course, you can define as many to/from as you want in a single palette image.

You also need a 12×12 icon for displaying the palette in the character designer, like this:

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Now that we have our palette, we need to make the corresponding .palette file, which looks like this:

{
“code” : “staxel.palette.orange”,
“icon” : “staxel/palettes/orangeicon.png”,
“palette” : “staxel/palettes/orange.png”
}

 

Final step is to add the palette to the list of supported palettes in the accessory itself

In the .accessory file you’ll need to add some code that looks like this:

“palettes” : [ “staxel.palette.black”, “staxel.palette.darkbrown”, “staxel.palette.brown”, “staxel.palette.blonde”, “staxel.palette.grey”,
“staxel.palette.red”, “staxel.palette.orange”, “staxel.palette.yellow”, “staxel.palette.green”, “staxel.palette.blue”, “staxel.palette.purple”, “staxel.palette.pink” ]

 

And voila, you’ve made a palette!

Palettes can be used on any part of the playable character. That mean’s you can use palettes on skin, eyes, hair, and any piece clothing including hats and accessories. Hopefully this guide has been helpful to those of you looking to mod in your own palettes for existing models or your own custom made ones!


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #16: Farm Animal Designs & New Character Creator

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #16

Hey everybody, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about the new farm animal designs and have a look at the new (but work in progress) character creation screen.


 

More Farm Animals

Conor has been working on designing more farm animals. The first farm animal is nearing completion and we’re all getting pretty excited! Right now, we’ll be taking a look at the farm animal designs as they currently are. Just remember that these designs may or may not change in the future!

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D’aww, how cute are these pigs? They have chubby, rosy cheeks and, if you ask me, they already seem to have a lot of personality! I can’t wait for these little guys to be in-game makin’ cute lil’ oinking sounds! (Pigs are my favourite farm animal… very excited!)

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These sheep look ready to be sheared, of course, sheep are a special case as their appearance will be completely different depending on whether they have wool or not.

As you can imagine, sheep give you wool which will have various uses in-game.

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Yup, we have ducks planned as a farm animal! They’ll most likely behave a lot like chickens. Laying eggs, hatching eggs and so on. I love their current design. They have a cheeky, mischievous look to them!

I’ll just come out and say it, I’ve never trusted ducks… or birds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at some of our planned farm animals’ current designs. If you have any suggestions or input on these designs feel free to post them to our forums!


 

Character Creation Overhaul

If you’ve launched Staxel recently you’ve probably noticed a rather big change to the UI, especially the brand new Character Creation screen. We touched on it a little bit last time but now that we have a better idea of what we’re doing I thought I’d expand on it a bit more.

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If you’ve played Staxel before then you’ll most likely remember this screen. This was the old layout for your Character Creation options, and while it served it’s purpose well, it was only ever meant to be temporary and has been replaced with the new UI which currently looks like this:

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As you can see there are a lot of changes. The biggest change you’ll notice are the three tabs at the top of the interface, these will allow you to focus on the three different stages of character creation individually.

The first tab is where you’ll choose your character’s gender and species. Not much has been revealed about this yet but for now you’ll be able to choose between human and elf, the biggest difference being, well, elf ears.

The second tab is for customising all of your character’s body options. As you can see this is where you’ll choose your skin type, hairstyle and colour, and eyes.

The third and last tab is for changing the individual parts that make up your character’s outfit. You can already choose between a big selection of shirts, dresses, trousers, shoes and hats! Accessories are also being worked on so you’ll be able to mix and match for a unique look, remember, always dress to impress!

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It’s worth noting that the Character Creation menu is still a work in progress. It’s all coming together nicely but there’s still a lot that needs to be done. As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas on things we could improve on, don’t be shy! Head by the forums and drop a post in the “Suggestions” section.


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #15: Dresses & New Team Member

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #15

Hey everybody, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about dresses that are currently being worked on and introduce you to our new team member!


Dresses

You might have noticed a few changes to the UI since the last update, specifically the new character generator screen. There’s still quite a bit more work to be done so it might be a little confusing for the time being but bear with us, when it’s done you’ll be able to customise your character’s individual features and clothing a lot easier.

Considering that character generation is the flavour of the week, we’ve been discussing how we can expand on the current selection of outfits and the subject of dresses was raised, and how they would work with the current character animations.

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A dress SteampunkStein made which is already in-game

RazzleberryFox has been working on different dress mockups to give us a feel for how dresses will look and things we need to address to make them work in-game. Take a look!

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As you can see these dresses all look fantastic and will add a bit more glamour to character creation and your in-game wardrobe. There’s still much to be done in regards to clothing but we have some exciting plans. From formal to goofy, uniforms to something more casual, there will be outfits for all occasions!


 

Introducing MoombaDS

I’d like to introduce you all to Joe (MoombaDS)! Joe is the latest addition to the Staxel development team. He’s a programmer and, although he’s only been on the team for a few months, has already done a huge amount of work! Anyway, I’ll stop going on and let you all hear from him yourselves.

“Hello! The name’s Joe and for the past few months I’ve been working as a programmer (alongside my cat – he arguably writes more code than I do) on Staxel.

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While I may be programming now, my first foray into the video games industry was as a composer, writing music for a few small indie titles here and there. Outside of game development, one of my primary interests comes in the form of writing fiction, particularly within the science fantasy genre. The cat insists that I collect far too much manga and spend an excessive amount of time watching anime.

I’m a huge fan of all types of games and have been since time immemorial, but RPGs and (of course) farm-life games hold a special place in my heart. As you can imagine, I leapt at the chance to get on board with Staxel and I look forward to adding many cool features in the long run!

Feel free to give me a shout on twitter any time @moombads! I don’t bite (the cat does though)!”

Well there you have it, that was Joe. Make sure to follow him on twitter as he’ll be tweeting out Staxel tidbits of what he’s working on, screencaps and such in the future!


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #14: In-Game Storage Mechanic & General Dev Update

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #14

Hey everybody, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we show off a storage mechanic idea we’re experimenting with and give a general update on some of what we’re working on.


In-game Item Storage

This week, MoocowTG started experimenting with item storage. We’re trying an unconventional approach here, as you don’t store your items in a 2D UI menu that pops up when you open a chest, but you actually place them on an in-game storage unit! There are some pictures of this below to demonstrate what I mean. I should mention however, that this approach to item storage could possibly change in the future.

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This was the first pass on the in-game item storage, testing the concept. It looks great having your items visibly displayed in the actual game world. However, you don’t want to be limited to storing all your items in 2×2 crates, they’d be everywhere!

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This is more like it! This is just a standard shelf unit, but it shows that storing items in-game looks great and could arguably replace having to navigate 2D menus for all your storage. You can almost imagine walking into a player made bakery where the shelves are stocked with all their freshly baked delicacies on display.

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As you can see here the stack count is now displayed above a stack. This definitely needs some prettying up, but this mechanic has only been worked on for a couple of days. We’ll probably have something pop up when you hover over the item, displaying additional info for what you’re looking at, we’ll have to keep experimenting and see what works well! You’ll also notice that a lot of items look smaller than they actually are when placed in the world, this is pretty much necessary so that you consistently store any of your items in your storage unit of choice.

If we do decide to run with this idea, we’ll be able to do all sorts of different things. For example throw operational doors on some units, chests, mannequins, drawers, display cases. Let us know what you think of this mechanic on our forums, discord, twitter, reddit or facebook!

 


General Development Update

I thought I’d give you all a look at some of what’s been worked on this week. I won’t go into too much detail about each aspect but this should give you a good idea about a few of the things you can expect to be showing up in the game pretty soon.

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We’ve made some good progress with our first in-game farm animal! This was featured in the last Staxel Reporter, but since then the cows have had their animations worked on, and improved AI code is currently being written.

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This week we started working on the beekeeping mechanic, and how it’s all going to come together and function in the game. If you’re curious as to how the beekeeping mechanic is going to work, we did an article on it in the Staxel Reporter – Issue #11: Beekeeping & Modding Guide Spotlight.

We’re all very excited for beekeeping and we hope you are too!

As you can see we’ve continued to add more plant life to Staxel, right now we’re specifically working on adding fruit trees. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to creating a huge, colourful orchard with every type of fruit tree!

We’re very happy with our progress these past two weeks, it’s nice to see another main feature shaping up in the game, and makes us excited about everything else we have planned.


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #13: Dev Update On Plant Life & Cows

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #13

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we give an update on aspects of Staxel we are currently working on.


Farm Crops

This week, Conor and Razz have continued adding more variety to the plant life in Staxel! Let’s take a look at what they’ve come up with:

You’ll find berry bushes growing wild as you traverse the world, berries are gatherable so make sure you grab some on your way past. Berries come in all shapes and sizes, so if you take a liking to a particular variety you could always collect a few extra and try growing a few bushes of your own for easy access. There’s nothing quite like having nature’s bounty on your doorstep.

Berries can be sold at a vendor as an easy way to make some extra money while exploring, but keep in mind they also make fantastic ingredients, especially in baking, but only if you can resist snacking on them until you get home.

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You’ll notice there are different kinds of trees here. Trees can be chopped down for the wood resource which is useful for building and crafting. On top of that however, some trees also grow delicious produce! Nothing beats an apple pie freshly baked with home-grown apples.
Just like with berries, if you find yourself spending a lot of time traveling to your favourite fruit trees and back, make it easier on yourself and try growing some of your own closer to home.

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As you can see we’re still expanding on the selection of crops that will be available in Staxel. We’d like to have a wide variety of plant life for you to grow and discover. If you have any crop suggestions, or any suggestions in general, feel free to post them in the suggestion section on our forums, we check them frequently!


Farm Animal Progress

We’ve been working on implementing farm animals, and we all voted to start with cows. If you’ve been following our social media you’ve probably seen our progress. It’s been very exciting working on Staxel’s first farm animal, here are a few pictures of the progress from the very beginning:

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Everyone starts somewhere, and as you can see here the Staxel cows started as a weird army of mooing people. Hey, it takes all kinds!

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In Staxel you transport your farm animals with crates.

As you can see we’ve made a good bit of progress since the mooing people. These cows are happy to finally look like cows… but the sound they make is actually pretty spooky, we’re using a placeholder sound for now.

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We’re very happy with our progress these past two weeks, it’s nice to see another main feature shaping up in the game, and makes us excited about everything else we have planned.


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #12: Farm Crops & Qubicle

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #12

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about our plans for crops and have an article about Qubicle’s release on steam!


Farm Crops

As the resident farmer, one of your many jobs is to sow your crops and help them keep their ground. I’d like to give you all a better picture of what we’re planning for your farm’s fields.

Each of your crops will start from a seed, no surprise there really. What might surprise you though is the fact that each seed is brightly coloured, depending on what type of seed it is. This means you can tell at a glance what seed you’re looking at. Your bare fields will look pretty too!

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Once you’ve tilled the earth and your seeds are planted, it’s up to you to take good care of them. Some crops may require special care, but most are pretty standard. Your crops need to be watered frequently or they will wither away! You can take additional steps to improve your crops’ quality, for example, adding manure

Some crops can only be grown in specific seasons, so take care to plant seeds in their compatible season. If you’re unsure what season a given seed can grow in, just check the packet! The packet is marked with one of four strategically placed symbols, each representing one of the four seasons.

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It’s finally time for all that hard work under the beating sun and pouring rain to pay off! After harvesting your crops you can take them to market and make a well-earned profit. You can also keep some of your harvest aside for cooking, or perhaps trade them with friends for crops they’ve grown!

In conclusion, if you take care of your plants they will take care of you. We’re all very excited about the crops and hope you are as well!


Qubicle is now on Steam!

Minddesk have just recently released the Steam version of Qubicle Voxel Editor so I thought I’d take this chance to introduce you to it.

As many of you will know, Qubicle is the voxel editor we use to create all the models in Staxel. Everything you actually see in the game has been created with this editor so we can definitely recommend it to anybody interested in making their own content.

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The base version will provide you with all the tools you need to make those voxel models you’ve been dreaming up. Qubicle is easy to understand and makes short work of tasks like importing models you might want to customise and exporting anything you create to the correct .qb format.

There are also a number of additional upgrade modules available which provide some more unique features if you feel like they’d benefit you. “Voxelizer” for example allows you to import a regular mesh and convert it to voxels.

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So make sure to check out the Steam page here and remember, if you need any help you can always take a look at the Modding section on the forums, where you can find a wealth of information on creating mods for Staxel, or, visit the “Learn” page on Qubicle’s website where they’ve provided an in-depth guide on using the software as well as some basic tips on getting started.

So make sure to check out the Steam page here and remember, if you need any help you can always take a look at the Modding section on the forums, where you can find a wealth of information on creating mods for Staxel, or, visit the “Learn” page on Qubicle’s website where they’ve provided an in-depth guide on using the software as well as some basic tips on getting started.


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

Thanks for reading!

EGadd

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #11: Beekeeping & Modding Guide Spotlight

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #11

Hey all, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we talk about our plans for beekeeping and spotlight an awesome modding guide a community member made!


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They say the sweetest things in life are free, and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to honey (except when you buy it). So, seeing as we’re currently implementing bugs in Staxel (not the bad code type of bugs, the creepy-crawly kind), I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of our plans for bees and their noble contribution to the gameplay.

To start off with you’ll need to get yourself a basic beehive, makes sense really. You’ll find one of these at a vendor’s shop in town. Next up is to get out there and find yourself a Queen Bee. All of the bugs in Staxel will be able to be caught and will make up one of the several collections you can try and complete in the game. Keep an eye out for more info on this in the future.

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Once you’ve caught your Queen Bee you need to introduce her to her new palace. Place her inside the beehive and once she’s settled in she’ll start to produce some worker bees.
After a short time they will start producing that sweet nectar of the heavens (that’s honey to us common folk). And there you have it, your first fully-functioning beehive is up and running.

All that’s left for you to do now is collect it. First things first, it’s time for our busy little friends to have a well-deserved rest. You’ll need to use the smoke puffer tool to give them the right idea. Begin by puffing the smoke over the hive to send your bees to dream land, then you can start collecting the honey.

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“How often should I collect the honey?” I hear you asking. Well every few days should be long enough, you’ll notice some subtle signs around the hive which will let you know it’s ready to be harvested. You should also know that your bees will not produce honey in Winter, they’ll be inside trying to keep warm! And come Springtime your bees will fly off in search of a new hive so you’ll have to go a-hunting for a new Queen Bee.

Now is the time all your hard work pays off! You can use honey as an ingredient when cooking or baking, maybe bake some tasty ‘Honey Muffins’, or you might decide to take your jars of honey to market for some profit. Honey also makes a fine gift to sweeten the life of the person who already has everything.


A Very Useful Guide to Modding

Community member and avid modder, Mighty_Borlaug, has written up an excellent guide to modding different items into Staxel. It’s so informative that we thought it deserved a spotlight in the Staxel Reporter.

You can have a good read through it on the forums by clicking here.

A bunch of items Mighty_Borlaug created and modded into Staxel.

Mighty_Borlaug’s tutorial explains how to make and export models using a voxel editor, offers an in-depth explanation on how collisions work in the game and covers various other topics which will be very helpful to anyone who wants to try their hand at modding.

If you haven’t done so already, why not take this opportunity to sign up for the forums and get involved in our community? You can also check out Mighty_Borlaug’s mega thread which is updated often with new modded material he’s been working on.


That’s it for this issue of the Staxel Reporter. You can grab ‘Staxel – Seedling Edition’ at www.playstaxel.com/store.

Thanks for reading!

EGadd

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