Staxel Launch Day

IT’S LAUNCH DAY! It’s been a long road, but we’re here. We’re gleeful to announce that today is the official launch of Staxel! A lot has changed with Staxel over the course of early access, so we’d like to sum up the most important changes for you all (with some gifs, we’re not animals).

Staxel is available on Steam, Humble Bundle, our website, or GoG.

Like Magic!

The world of Staxel has been given a sprinkle of fairy dust! New Star Bits will fall during the night, a crucial item in the new Magic Crafting system. This Magic Crafting will prove very helpful in upgrading your tools and progressing certain quests, so make sure to gather up all the Star Bits you can, even if you can’t use them yet!

Friends all ‘round

Since release we’ve added some intriguing new villagers and other NPCs to the world of Staxel. Make sure to speak to Mayor Maximilian to find out if any new villagers are waiting to move in to the village.

Also, you can now befriend villagers through daily chat, giving them gifts and completing quests for them, they’ll even give you some neat items in return!

Once you’ve become best friends with one of the townsfolk, you can even choose to have them move in on the farm and become your roomie!

Mail

Want to share the stacks of petals you’ve received from your recent harvest with your friends? You can now send mail (and attach petals) to your friends in multiplayer! Maybe write them some poetry, send them some junk or just gift them some well earned petals! Either way, be sure to befriend Leif to set up the postal section of his store.

New Lands to Visit

The world of Staxel just got bigger! Throughout the game you’ll find new lands to visit, from the depths of crystal-laiden caverns to floating mushrooms in the sky. Keep an eye out for the new Portal Festival and get ready to don your explorers gear, new worlds await!

Arcade

If you befriend a certain game-loving villager you might end up taking part in some fun and challenging minigames in the Arcade. Enter a digital world and gather the 4 magic items of the Demon King’s maze as you try to escape. Let’s hope your jumping skills are up to scratch!

New Pupper

We’ve added a very good doggo to the pet roster, you’ll be able to get them at random as your starter pet, or at random by buying a dog house.

New Leaf Chomper

We’ve also added a whole new pet species! These little leaf chompers are found at the pet store, a village amenity you’ll unlock by befriending a villager who’s a friend to all animals.

Museum

Discover ancient relics of the past, seek out exquisite paintings and display your captured collections in the all new Museum. Unlocked via a questline with a mysterious blue villager, (no spoilers!), once you’ve built the Museum, you can fill it up with all sorts of intriguing new items.

All New Festivals

We’ve added new Festivals that are celebrated throughout the in-game year. From hunting down rogue prank-playing fairies, to exploring vast new caverns full of loot for the taking – these new festivals will add a little extra spice to the day to day life of a humble farmer.

Upgrades!

Default tools are now a little less powerful, but we’ve made up for it by adding a bunch of new tiered tools! You may need to venture out beyond your Island through the new Portals Festival to find some of the materials, but it’s worth it! You will need to unlock the new crafting method required to upgrade your tools. (No spoilers!)

All Day Long

Between farming, making new friends and exploring new lands, there’s barely enough hours in the day! So we thought, why not add more! Staxel days are now longer, and we’ve padded each calendar season to 30 days (up from 16) to give you more time to experience the best that each season has to offer. Make sure to check your calendar to review the current season’s events.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Picture it; a relaxing cabin in the woods, some cool sap in the cooler, just you, nature and a fishing rod. That’s why we’ve overhauled the Fishing mini-game to provide a more calming (but still challenging!) fishing experience. Spending some quality time reeling in big catches from the briny deep just got a little more relaxing!

VIP Merchants

Exotic new items, mysterious Lucky Boxes and flying merchants, yes that’s right, FLYING MERCHANTS! Once you’ve built a special landing pad for these travelling merchants, you’ll gain access to an inventory of exotic new items, and a mysterious new Lucky Box that will always provide you with something new.

Buff it up!

We’ve added a range of status effects that will affect gameplay in different ways. Some sleep (and caffeine) related effects will have you keeping an eye out while burning the midnight oil, while others such as jumpy and swift will have you bouncing around the island like a pogo stick!

However, there are two sides to every coin. If you’re unfortunate enough to receive a debuff, don’t fret! All buffs and debuffs can be removed by either sleeping, or drinking milk. It all depends on the nature of the debuff.

Check You Out!

Staxel doesn’t have smart phones, but somehow, we do have selfies. Press X to flip your camera into Selfie mode to check out your look on the go, or catch some picture worthy moments with your friends!

Key Rebinding & Display Sliders

Accessibility and custom controls are an important part of player experience. That’s why we’ve added new options to customise your controls. There are some presets in there to get you started too. We’ve also added a sliders section to adjust the display settings of the game; brightness, contrast, gamma and saturation.

Overhauled Recipe Book

The Recipe Book has been given a long overdue face lift! You can now sort by category and search through your collection of recipes much more easily.

Water For Days

The watering can has been nerfed a bit, it now requires refills (which can be done at a range of water-based sources), but it has received some upgrade tiers along with the other tools, and we’ve also added some hi-tech swanky sprinklers! These can be placed in your fields to automatically water your crops, freeing up some of your time to pursue other hobbies.

Other Changes

Along with the above we’ve added a bunch of smaller changes to the game, along with buckets of bug fixes, optimisations and quality of life improvements, some of which are:

  • Tools are faster overall
  • Steam networking improvements
  • StaxelNet option for improved multiplayer connectivity.
  • Optimisations to FPS, loading, terrain generation and faster lighting.
  • Ported to 64bit
  • More options such as borderless window mode
  • Extensive modding expansion to allow modders more access to features.

 

We hope you enjoy your time in Staxel, we’ve worked hard over the years to realize our vision of a peaceful world full of farming, building, friendship and fun for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

 

Magic update – feature preview

Hey everyone, as promised in the New Year edition of the Staxel Reporter, today we’ll be giving you guys a little glimpse at one of the new features you can expect to see in the next content update. We’ve been getting back into the swing of things this week after the holidays, so without further ado let’s jump right in and take a look! (screenshots included)

Magic Update

As mentioned before, we’ve recently been hard at work developing the next update for Staxel but we haven’t actually spoken that much about it. We did briefly mention some of the planned features for this update in the last issue of the Reporter, so if you haven’t read it be sure to check that out here.

That said, this time round we’re going to touch on one of the new features specifically…

Islands!

Well… besides the main island at least. 😛

Players will be able to travel from the main island to some smaller islands, each with their own particular uses and designs and which will provide the player with specific rewards such as materials for crafting.

We’re a good way through the first island, so let’s take a little peek at what it looks like below.

Mining Island showcase

The ‘mining island’ is the first island we’ve been putting together. The island itself will be accessible by portal, and after a bit of exploration you’ll find even more portals which will transport you to the different levels of the mine. Let’s have a look at some screenies so you can see what we have so far. (Keep in mind this is still a work in progress and changes are likely to be made!)

Only one part of the island will be accessible to start with. This will lead you to the first level of the mines where you’ll begin to explore the branching caverns and underground lakes. There’s a lot to discover down here, so keep your eyes open, you never know what might find!

One very important aspect of the mines is gathering. Down here you’ll find ore which isn’t available on the main island. You’ll be able to use these ores to upgrade your tools!

Upgrading your tools can have a big impact on your workflow, making you much more efficient during your day to day chores, leaving you more time to relax… or to expand your farming empire.

The key to the mining island is to keep exploring, but do try not to get lost. It’s easy to get carried away when you see shiny things in the distance so keep your wits about you and you’ll be just fine.

With that said, I’m not going to share any more secrets for now, you’re going to have to go in and discover the rest for yourself!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this little sneak peak of the mines. We’ll be revealing more details about the different islands you’ll be able to visit (as well as some other new features we’re working on) in upcoming issues of the Staxel Reporter.

Remember to keep an eye on our social media pages, or better yet, join our Discord community to participate in some active discussion about the upcoming content!

Take care everyone, until next time!

New Years

Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again, and with the January now underway we’ll be picking up development again this week.

We just want to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you wonderful community members a Happy New Year! Thank you all for making the past year such an exciting and rewarding experience for us and we promise that there’s plenty more to come!

Seeing as we’re all reminiscing about what we’ve achieved in the last year, and thinking about our plans for the year ahead, I thought it’d be a good time to have a look at these things for Staxel.

Firstly, a little look back at what we’ve got done.

Back in January last year, we launched Staxel on Steam as an Early Access title, woohoo! This was our biggest moment to date, and we’re so pleased and grateful to be able to say that it was absolutely brilliant.  Even at such an early stage of content development Staxel was received well and it was great to see so many people showing their support and leaving kind comments on what they thought about the game. It really gave us the motivation to continue developing Staxel over the past year, which brings us to our next point.

Since release we’ve added quite a bit to the game, the village has undergone some major changes in particular.

  • New NPCs
  • Much more NPC dialogue
  • New friendship levels (including the roomie aspect)
  • More festivals
  • New decorational items and building materials
  • New tools, including novelty items and sprinklers
  • More clothing and customisation options for player characters
  • World generation changes
  • Steam networking integration
  • Journal feature
  • More translations

And much more that I can’t remember off the top of my head.

The last few months however have been focused on the upcoming “Magic Update” which we’ll talk about a little below.

Looking to the future

It’s been a little while since the “Friendship Update” went out, and since then we did take a couple of months to focus primarily on fixing some of the most widely-reported bugs people were coming across. There’s still a little ways to go on that front but recently we’ve been working on what we’re calling the “Magic Update”.

This update has quite a few surprises in store, although no prizes for guessing it’s going to introduce an element of “magic” to Staxel (more on that in a future issue of the Reporter).

Other things we’re working on specifically are

  • Changes to the crafting system
  • More of a progression-based experience
  • Villager quests and storyline (for the ones who are currently missing them)
  • Places to visit

To name just a few.

We’ll be covering the last point in a bit more detail with another (short) issue of the Staxel Reporter in just a couple of days! There’ll be some screenshots too, so make sure you don’t miss it.

That about wraps it up for this issue of the Reporter. Thank you all once again for all your amazing support, we wouldn’t have come this far without you!
Best wishes for the next year to you all, from your Staxel dev team! 🙂

Staxel Changelog for 1.3.49

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Changes:

  • Better and more efficient distance fog. Distance fog is now disabled if Bloom is disabled.
  • Minor adjustments to the steam launcher usability.
  • Halloween changes have been removed. (Brick sells his original stock etc)
  • Added some particles at the start of pulling up flowers animation
  • Improvements to the steam launcher error if the game fails to start.

Fixes:

  • Fix gaps appearing in terrain at long distances.
  • Fix some surrounding logic that may have caused NPC’s to read without a book.
  • Don’t disable sound if the audio system goes out of memory. Some other minor audio changes.
  • Keep trying to delete/move files for up to 15 seconds. Should help with sporadic issues with Anti-viruses and similar programs.
  • Can no longer get Halloween mail by having an older world.
  • Fix Character model showing when net issues window appears.
  • Fix some cases of visual sliders (e.g. Gamma) going out of bounds and causing black screens.

Modding:

  • Fix Content Build Exceptions not showing the filename.
  • Updated Plants and added sponges to the Asset Manager.
  • Removed chain crafting behaviour as it wasn’t used in Staxel. If you want previous behaviour, use “DeprecatedChainCraft” : true in your reaction.

Staxel Changelog for 1.3.48

Staxel 1.3.47

New:

  • Control schemes.
  • Added options to flip mouse/joystick horizontal directions.
  • New way to connect to other friends. “Use Staxel Net” option added to “Play With Friends”.
  • Added controller support to building tool settings windows.

Changes:

  • Transition to/from Map mode has been changed a bit.
  • Increased the amount players push NPC’s.
  • Minor optimisations of Animated tiles doors and lighting.
  • Internal changes to file creation/loading.
  • Auto-picking up items should occur for more actions.

Fixes:

  • Looking down near a wall should no longer make you go first person.
  • Fixed Golden Watermelon, Golden Cabbage, Golden Pumpkin, and Golden Strawberry seeds missing from seed maker
  • Minor crash fixes.
  • Fix a crash when loading a world with a missing mail count.
  • Don’t keep a server running when failing to start a world.
  • Make sure only a single forest bunny spawns.
  • Stop players from giving more items to Farm Fan, after they already got the coupon.
  • Fixed some blob corruption issues.
  • Don’t leave a broken file behind if loading fails.
  • Swapped numerous cases of saved time not being in UTC.
  • CompleteQuest and UpdateReputationCommand now check for the right number of arguments.
  • When failing to load an Entity for rendering, fall back to a new renderer to avoid failing every frame.
  • Don’t crash if a DockTile with animation that is missing is spawned.
  • Don’t crash during animation if a Dispenser is missing a component.

Modding:

  • Retrying a failed content build should now work properly.
  • Old sprinkler mod is now blocked from being loaded.
  • New format for Errors in Content Builder. Should be less scary now.
  • Most content builder exceptions will now point to a specific installed mod, if possible. (e.g. “Modded Content Build Error. Caused by: X at workshop url: “)
  • Error messages should be clearer when failing to upload using Mod Manager.

Staxel Changelog for 1.3.44

Major Changes:

  • Lighting fixes. Less black void.
  • Show a warning prompt instead of kicking players with high amounts of lag.
  • Signs… THAT YOU CAN WRITE ON.

Full List:

Additions:

  • Allow journal bind to close the journal while it’s open
  • Allow the “accept” button (Default: A on controller) to advance dialogue
  • Prevent a case of accidentally closing the character creator on the first world load.
  • Add a couple of lines to Farm Fan to stop her from referring to herself in third person.
  • A prompt is displayed before stealing.

Changes:

  • Made the scarf on the shaved pink sheep match un-shaved version.
  • Made powerful refrigerator be recognised as a fridge
  • Show a warning prompt instead of kicking players with high amounts of lag.
  • Your view won’t be snapped back to your conversation partner all the time.
  • Set the active inventory slot when moving items within hotbar. Instead of just between hotbar and inventory.
  • Added a slight delay before getting the next hint in the night transition overlay.
  • Changed arrows on dropdowns to a higher resolution version.
  • Reduced delay in showing the dialogue progress hint.
  • Use the randomized cobble tile when creating the town hall.
  • Changed the mouse icon that showed up in dialogue.
  • Changed some internal logic for key binding.
  • Ensure that Steam Launcher brings Staxel to the front of all open windows.
  • Hide the “allow friends joins” option on GOG version. Play with Friends button is also disabled.
  • Moved the “Inventory Direct” keybind higher in the list. So it is next to other menu keybinds.
  • Added Hay as a requirement to craft chicken coops.
  • Allow multiple gog owners to play on a server using the same credentials.
  • Unmappable key bindings are now more clear in the UI.
  • Allow escape menu to be shown while in dialogue.
  • Fancy chairs can be sat on now.
  • Added a button that you can click on night transition to continue.

Fixes:

  • Fixed some bad layers in Male Swimsuits, Bermuda Shorts
  • Added some methods to quickly update lighting before full information is received from server.
  • Added extra protection for weird ui scale values.
  • The Tool area region no longer sticks around after switching from the creative shovel
  • Fixed replaced tiles leaving behind compound fillers. This fixes some cases of invisible blocks.
  • Fixed the screen growing past the monitor size, when switching from borderless to windowed mode.
  • When a field gets assigned a null in json, ignore the field when parsing the blob. Fixes some weird issues.
  • Don’t crash on CancelCharacterCreator if current design was not set yet.
  • Track file access conflict issues on BinBlobDb with more detailed error messages. To find some unusual crashes.
  • Fixed a crash for Docks when a dock is provided an item with no code or tile code.
  • Fix some threading issues.
  • Fixed a float precision issue causing animations to not play at 60fps after 2 hours of gameplay.
  • Don’t crash when saving, while feeder has just been spawned.
  • Don’t throw an exception when muting a player for a second time.
  • Don’t trigger selfie camera mode when using ALT+F4 to close the game.
  • Don’t leak sound effect instances when skipping sounds.
  • Avoid cleaning up GameContext multiple times, and solved some race conditions concerning cleaning up GameContext.
  • Fix an issue with reloading pets.
  • Several hardenings of code surround chunks.
  • Hardening against null item stack exceptions.
  • A fix was applied to some failures to directly connect to a player.
  • Removed the server list from the client and server wizard.
  • Fixed Cecile’s Model showing a different skin tone on the shoulder.

Modding:

  • Certain DLL’s are now blocked from loading. This is to stop issues with certain old mods crashing the game.
  • By default, Mod Manager only asks to update mods if you own the mod.
  • By default, Mod Manager does not ask to run content builder on new versions of the game.
  • Both options above can be turned off by finding the file in the /mods/ folder.
  • Mod manager’s command line parameters have been clean up. The only input changed is steamLauncherCheck (e.g. -steamLauncherCheck 10.0.0 instead of -steamLauncherCheck -version 10.0.0)
  • Fixed villager definitions being outdated in Asset Manager.
  • Fix Modmanager not detecting that some mods needed to be uninstalled before being reinstalled. Should fix cases of files being left behind.
  • Added Mail definitions and Quest Definitions to the Asset Manager.
  • Check if files are missing from the bundle after Mod Manager does its checks.

Early development

Hey everyone! Today I thought we’d do something a little different. This article is going to take us back to Staxel’s humble beginnings where we’ll take a look at some old screenies and concept art. Enjoy!

A very early mockup of the transition of seasons.
A very early mockup of the transition of seasons.

Staxel’s been through a lot these past 4 years. Starting in 2014 it was originally going to be a puzzle game until the team decided to steer it towards the farming, village-life game it is today!

Mockup of showing more of the puzzler idea.
Concept art of an individual divot
Concept art of divots in the world
Concept art of divots in the world

Originally you were going to be based on a farm that was transported into the middle of a waste land, along with other ‘divots’ of land from other parts of the world. These ‘divots’ were going to contain a puzzle to solve. The reason we moved away from this idea was because creating these divots proved to be far too time consuming to create just one, where we wanted a lot more.

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The first two years were heavily focused on engine work. Staxel uses a custom engine which has been developed in-house since the start of the project. While we’re constantly working and improving on our engine, the real content only started being put in a couple of years into development. As you can see above it was well worth the effort! We still have this server somewhere, and us devs boot it up once in a blue moon for a lil’ bit of nostalgia.
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Here’s the first mockup we did for one of our original Staxel characters, “Jen”. It’s actually pretty close to the mark when you look at the style we finally settled on. The main differences being the upper body and the level of detail each villager has.

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And here is the very first Staxel character, our mascot, Harry. I don’t remember exactly what we were working on when we were adding these but I think it might have been rendering. We had hundreds of these titans scattered across the game world, forever looming over the players. I must say, logging in was much less terrifying once these were taken out.

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Here’s a screenie of when we were working on the render distance. This one was taken before we’d done any fine tuning on the world gen, and before we had thought of the idea of an island. Back then the world generated infitely. We decided to go with an island because we felt the player didn’t need an infinite amount of space and thought it would take focus away from the farming and village life aspect of Staxel.

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I’m going to finish up with this old gem. This one was taken within the first couple months of development, where we jokingly titled it ‘Wardrobe Simulator 2014’. It’s always so bizzare going through these old screencaps and realising how far Staxel has come! While Staxel is all well and good now, I sure am going to miss all those wardrobes.

Staxel Reporter – Issue #37: Mines, Steam Testing & Doors

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #37

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we’ll be talking about the addition of Mines in the world-gen, Steam testing for Staxel, and we’ll take a little peek at a building piece a lot of you have been requesting for quite some time. Enjoy!


Mines

It’s been said that if you listen carefully, you can hear the faint echo of Winters whistling away while he works tirelessly beneath the surface, creating the mines which will soon be gracing the landscape in Staxel.

Mines are a completely new addition to the world-gen. We felt that, although roaming a massive, unspoilt island was a beautiful concept, it needed the human touch of hard work and industry.

Let’s have a look at how he’s getting on, shall we?

That’s a pretty large-scale operation going on there.
Let’s take a closer look, but keep your voices down, we don’t want to interrupt his flow.

It definitely seems like there will be interesting stuff to find in there whilst exploring, but I think we’ll leave that for another day. Let’s get out of here before Winters hears us snooping around.


Steam testing

A lot of you will know that we’re getting very close to releasing Staxel on Steam. Nerve-wracking as it may be, we need to knuckle down and make sure we’re ready for it, and that means fixing all the bugs and finding the ones we don’t know about.

We’ve recently started sending out Steam keys to a small number of people who’ve already purchased Staxel on the website. This has already given us invaluable information and some great feedback to work with.

If you haven’t received a Steam key yet, don’t worry! It won’t be long until you get yours when we launch on Steam. In the meantime, if you have found any bugs or issues you think we should know about, or you just fancy hanging out with us, why not come and join the Staxel Discord where we have a dedicated #testers channel to help with the cause!

You can find the link to the Discord at playstaxel.com or just click on the image below!

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Doors

Yup, you heard it right. Thanks to Moocow (and the masses of you who’ve requested it over the last couple of years) we finally have working doors implemented!

You can see a piece of the action in the .gif below.

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Inspiring, isn’t it?

The doors currently open and close automatically when you approach them. This might change in the future but it was the easiest way to get them in quickly without having to put the NPCs through “How to Open Doors 101”.

One resident in particular will definitely benefit from the added privacy this feature brings.

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

Or you can wishlist us on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/405710/Staxel/

Thanks for reading!

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #36: Pumpking Feast Festival & Updated Tavern

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #36

Hey everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we’ll be talking about the first festival, ‘Pumpking Feast’ as well as take a quick look at the new and improved tavern. Enjoy!


Pumpking Feast

The first festival has been added to Staxel! I’m very excited to finally be typing up this article.  I’ve been excited for festivals for the longest time, and oh boy, what a festival it is! This festival is the first of many, and since it isn’t in the public build yet I’ll give you all a lil’ sneak peek.

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‘Pumpking Feast’ happens once per year on the island. The story goes that at this time of year, emissaries of the Pumpking pay the island a visit in order to prepare for a grand feast celebrating the harvest season. This happens every year early in Autumn. With that, prepare to have a blast getting involved with all the games and activities that come with Pumpking Feast!

There’s so much to do, and only a couple of days to do it! I started with the maze myself, got lost a few times and then eventually found my way back to the entrance. Now, I’m not going in there again, but maybe you’ll have better luck with it!

After that I decided to help out a bit. They were running short on sweets, so I made some toffee apples! One of the emissaries of the Pumpking gave me the recipe after all, it was the least I could do.

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I finished up the day with some good ol’ fashioned pumpkin carving! Now my Jack O’ Lantern may not have had the best face, and sure, maybe I had to take a trip to the emergency room… but at the end of the day I had made a pumpkin with a face and so technically I still made a Jack O’ Lantern. Okay? Next paragraph please.

It was a long day, but after getting involved with each activity I was rewarded with the Pumpking Emissary outfit. I was told very clearly this does NOT make me an ‘official’ Pumpking Emissary, but I’m not buying that. I would make an excellent Pumpking Emissary.

That’s pretty much it for a quick overview on this festival. I encourage you to check it out in-game when it hits the public build! The festival begins on the 5th of Autumn and lasts a couple of days. Just remember, when carving Jack O’ Lanterns, carve in a clean, dry and well-lit area.


Updated Tavern

Winters has been hard at work creating new structures and worldgen items to make the island more interesting. His latest endeavour has been to give the Tavern a complete overhaul! No longer will you have to spend your Friday nights sitting in a stuffy, outdated, and reportedly unhygienic establishment (the Standards Agency are still currently investigating claims of questionable cleanliness practices made by a certain blonde-haired, fastidious resident). It’s time to bring a little class to this village!

We have a sneak preview of the new Tavern so take a look for yourself and see what you think.

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As you can see, the new hang-out spot is definitely a cut above the old one. It even has a room available for residents who, for whatever reason, can’t spend the night at home.

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And just look at that interior! The best part is, everything is now up to code. The second story even has bannisters! There was just something a little worrying about having a second floor in a tavern that had no safety railing.

The new tavern is the first of many building overhauls you can expect in the coming weeks. It’s not in the public build yet but should be relatively soon. We’re so happy with it, and Rowan is too! Now his tavern is fixed up, the next step is keeping Farm Fan out of the good stuff.


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

Or you can wishlist us on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/405710/Staxel/

Thanks for reading!

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #35: Tokyo Game Show & Set Pieces

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Staxel Reporter – Issue #35

Hi everyone, in this issue of the Staxel Reporter we’ll be talking about how Tokyo Game Show went, and the new ‘set pieces’ we’re working on. Enjoy!


Tokyo Game Show

We’re back from Tokyo Game Show, and it was awesome. Hopefully this article will give you a little taste of the magic we experienced while we were there! (It really won’t, but probably still worth a read. )

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Tokyo Game Show went incredibly well for us. We’ve had so many gamers of all ages coming up and giving Staxel a go, and it really seemed to strike a chord with them! It’s so valuable watching people play Staxel who have never heard of it before. We’ve played it so much over the years that it’s hard to tell what people will struggle with and what they will enjoy. We made a lot of notes watching them play, and we’re currently addressing the issues that the players found!

Like Gamescom, Tokyo Game Show showed us that we’re getting so close to what we have envisioned for Staxel! Just a few more features and dash of polish and we’re good for steam! Well, maybe cup of polish… or a barrel.

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Something we learned pretty quickly was that in Japan, the ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons that we know and love are swapped around. We had to do a quick fix so that the gamers there could use the controller the way they’re used to. It brought up the good point that while we have so many language translations, there may be other differences we’ll need to take into account when releasing Staxel all over the globe. Time to crack out the books!

All in all we had a blast in Tokyo. We met some Staxel fans, hung out with the other devs and saw the beautiful city!


Set Pieces

We’ve recently begun working on something we’ve ever so affectionately called ‘set pieces’. These set pieces are a wide range of different structures that will spawn throughout the Staxel world. Let’s take a deeper look at what I’m talking about.

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The hermit’s hut is an example of a set piece that you might stumble upon when exploring the island. We want to have a variety of different, random things that you might find when exploring beyond the village.

Set pieces aren’t restricted to buildings and structures, they also include more natural things like lakes, boulders, tree stumps and so on. Just a few extra things to add a bit of spice to the island. Along with that, we’re also planning on adding 20+ new tree variations, as we only have around 3 or 4 right now.

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One other thing I want to mention is the beach specifically. So far the beach has been pretty bare and boring, however, we’re also going to be adding a bunch of set pieces to spawn there too! This includes a fishing dock, a lighthouse, a beachhouse and plenty more!

I hope that gives you a better idea of what to expect when we push set pieces. They’re not in the public build yet but should be added in one of the next updates!


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

Or you can wishlist us on steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/405710/Staxel/

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