Staxel Changelog for 1.3.42

New:

  • New pants have been added.
  • Players lagging badly for more than 60 seconds will get kicked from the server.

Fixes:

  • Fixed all villagers being considered a quest villager.
  • Allow controllers to get to the cog button in the single player world select.
  • Various sound fixes. Out of Memories should be less common.
  • Added some more grace time to effects. Some sounds should play more reliably
  • Updated Festivals in Asset Manager. This fixes previous issues.
  • The old mailbox is no longer searchable in catalogues.
  • Better error message when trying to connect to a multiplayer server, and the port is invalid.
  • Fixed a case where pet houses could spawn Farm Animals and crash the game.
  • Allow animations to play during night transition, so the player’s animation tate is correct on wakeup.
  • Fixed Oscar final quest being broken.
  • Harden FillPotWater against Dispenser Component being null.
  • Improve the reported server lockfile error, by finding the process currently holding the lock to the lockfile.
  • Made some changes to make certain errors easier to catch.
  • Some very small technical changes.

Staxel Changelog for 1.3.40

New:

  • Added the ability for any tilestate to dispense (water from fountains & wells)
  • Added particles and sounds for catching bug entities
  • Added –disableFullscreen and –disableSliders commandline options, which are used by the steam compat start option to make the game more likely to work or work around
  • stuff the user broke in menus.

Changes:

  • Made control hints more visible, and redesigned the mouse fully.
  • Made larger lighting batches.
  • Assert qb layer is of inbounds size.

Fixes:

  • Fixed Farm Fan being removed after festivals where she was the host.
  • Fixed inventory getting stuck and dropping items.
  • Fixed a bug with particles.
  • Fixed low drive space detection.
  • Fixed stir entity action & boiling station particles looping forever
  • Fixed a bug with the order shipping manager that causes the game to crash.

Staxel Changelog for 1.3.34 to 1.3.39

Hey everyone, this blog post marks a change into how changelists will be done from now on. Not only will our steam megathread be updated (which can be found here however the megathread will only be updated once DeamonHunter gets back from his break as I can’t edit his post myself.) but we will make a Steam solo post on each new build too! Not only that, but we will be posting patchnotes on this blog as well.

The changelog for the most recent build will always be pinned in our Steam discussions so whenever you’re looking for the patch notes they’ll be pinned in General discussion.

With that said, here are all the noteworthy changes that have been made for Staxel 1.33.34 to 1.33.39

New:

  • Allow user to hide the feedback form in future.
  • Force Download mods when opening Mod Manager.
  • Players are now asked to remove incompatible or banned mods.
  • Added functional bin and stop merchant sites accepting zero value stacks.
  • Added a shelf where modders where modders can have their items spawn in the store.
  • Added effects & actions to dispensers.
  • Added a “Cobble Moss” tile, similar to weeds, for use in adding aesthetic overgrowth to non-farmland tiles.
  • Add gating to totem requirements and display ??? if the quest isn’t active for that player.
  • Game now displays a lag notification.
  • Added option to auto-pickup items within a certain distance around the player.
  • Added –disableFullscreen and –disableSliders commandline options.

Changes:

  • Game now detects duplicate keys in json blob files.
  • Added alt stages to rare mushroom plant to accommodate rotations.
  • Game now checks if the player is looking at a villager before throwing throwables.
  • Town hall pedestal dock is now available to buy.
  • Added contentbuilder check for category concept & fix missed villager regards.
  • Added additional check to Cirahnas part in Oscar’s junk queen quest.
  • Removed the old postbox from the catalogue.
  • Allowed many of the common grasses to spawn mixed seeds, increased mixed seed rate slightly.
  • Stop interrupting action cancellations when fainting.
  • Added some missing essentials to the building store.
  • Removed fossil category from polisher.
  • Included dock contents in structure export/import
  • Removed questItem status from giant mushroom since you can get it as many times as you need.
  • Player is now prevented from sleeping during the morning.
  • Apply and persist random villager likes.
  • Made fairies emissive to match lore.
  • Game no longer recalculates the lod and lighting on watering and cropgrowth.
  • Removed the dialogue functions of the tutorial script.
  • Lag notification now hides and shows timers.
  • Made control hints more visible, and redesigned the mouse fully.
  • Made larger lighting batches.

Fixes:

  • Work done to the dialogue format.
  • Fix Farm Fan being able to talk about needing to go see Farm Fan.
  • Fixed Farm Fan not correctly returning to normal dialogue after the gift dialogue has been triggered.
  • Improved error message on config code collision.
  • Fixed some wall objects acting like vines.
  • Simple fixes for a lot of Leif bugs.
  • Fixed some rosemary quest issues.
  • Fixed a bug with Oscar and the Trash Fairy.
  • Made Aliza only visit the cash register in the building store.
  • Fixed beet interference bug with the tutorial.
  • Make most counter tops not push out from walls.
  • Fixed dialogue issues with Oscar.
  • Fixed massReplacer docking.
  • General optimisations.
  • Fixed spinkler performance issue.
  • Fixed issues with particles not correctly resetting after resize.
  • Fixed inability to pick up flowers.
  • Fixed merchant dialogue locking.
  • Minor cleanup of unused code.
  • Fixed fainting waking the player up at midnight.
  • Fixed naming issue with the double beds.
  • Fixed issues with docking.
  • Fixed issue with flashing wall torches due to not building emissive color into cached mesh.
  • Reduced tilestates by improving replacetile and merging the remove/place into one action when possible.
  • Fine tuned reliable network.
  • Fixed bug with sleeping on multiplayer servers.
  • Fixed Farm Fan being removed after festivals where she was the host.
  • Clamped values to avoid generating a NaN.
  • Game now asserts qb layer is of inbounds size.
  • Fixed low drive space detection.
  • Fixed inventory getting stuck and dropping items.

Staxel 1.3 – Friendship Update is Live!

After a lot of hard work, we’re very proud to say that ‘Staxel 1.3 – Friendship Update’ is now live! Let’s take a look at some of the new content you’ll be seeing in game.

The New Friendship System

The main aspect of this update is adding more depth to the villagers. You can now build relationships with your neighbours by talking with them on a regular basis, giving them gifts, doing them favours and completing their ‘Friendship quests’!

Befriending a villager comes with certain benefits; when you get to know them well you might receive some special gifts, and if you take a liking to one villager in particular, you can even invite them to become your roommate! It’s important to choose your best friend carefully though, as you can only have one roomie at a time!

Villager Behaviour

Along with all their new dialogue, the villagers’ daily behaviour has been upgraded too. You might find villagers doing more day-to-day activities like shopping in the local store, or having conversations with each other. We’ve found that these changes breathe much more life into the village, and Leif seems pretty happy about it too!

More Quests

Villagers each have special ‘Friendship quests’ for you to complete, if you choose to. I certainly don’t want to spoil the fun by going into detail here, but I will say you’ll really be seeing your neighbors’ personalities come out with this update. Each villager’s quests are unique to them, so by helping out you’ll learn more about them and build a stronger relationship to boot!

New Festivals

We’ve added a new fully-fledged Springtime festival, along with a ‘mini festival’ of sorts. Of course, I’m not going to reveal too much about either of these, but what I will leave you with this cheeky sneak peek.

New Content

Along with all these new systems, we’ve also added a lot of new content too. New outfits, accessories, furniture pieces, toys, and even new pets! Some of the new gear can only be collected in specific ways (for example, completing friendship quests), so I’m sure all of you collectors will have a blast gathering all the new loot!

This isn’t all you’ll find in 1.3 though, for further information on the changes you can read the changelist below (note that this isn’t an exhaustive list). The best way to find out what’s new is to update Staxel and give it a spin! We’re all pumped with how it’s turned out and can’t wait to see what you all think of it. Have fun!

CHANGELIST

Major new content:

  • Friendship system: Befriend the villagers by giving them gifts, conversing with them, or completing daily quests.
  • Roomies: Help out a villager enough, become their best friend, and maybe they’ll agree to move in with you! All you need to do is given them a certain special item and make sure you set up your own home’s signpost!
  • Gifts: You can now give villagers items by pressing the correct button with the item selected.
  • New quests: More than 35 new quests spread across 11 villagers, spanning several friendship storylines (Leif, Eris, and Jamie will receive theirs in a future update).
  • New pet type: Unlock an entire new species of pet through Rosemary’s quests! Not even the whole dev team knows what it is!
  • New faces: New storylines bring with them interesting new individuals!
  • New hats: Who doesn’t want more hats?
  • New furniture and tiles: Even more ways to decorate!
  • Quest items: These specially marked items are extra hard to lose:
    • They can’t be dropped or thrown away.
    • They will always end up in your inventory, even if it is full. They’ll even throw out a random item to make room if necessary!
    • Placeable quest tiles will always return to the inventory when broken.
  • A new festival: Springtime brings with it a tiny disaster.
  • New building tools: Tape measures simplify judging sizes, along with many other handy tools to make building a cinch!

Detailed 1.3 Changelist:

Added:

  • Reputation and reputation levels
  • Reputation icons displayed in nametags
  • Reputation can be gained by:
    • Talking
    • Giving Items
    • Completing daily quests
  • The ability to invite villagers to be your roomie upon completing their questline
    • Roomied villagers will hang out at your house
    • Roomied villagers will have extra special dialogue
  • A new species of pet
  • A new festival
  • Dozens of new quest items
  • New hats
  • Conversations with Murmurs (Merchants)
  • Postboxes and signs can have extra criteria:
    • Must be away from town
    • Must not overlap with another totem
  • Villagers can go shopping in the village
  • Villagers can converse with each other (only used in quests for now)
  • Dialogue can be used to spawn villagers, tiles, and more

Fixes:

  • Allow all numpad buttons to be mapped; some were missed by mistake
  • Fix pets colliding with doors while following their owners
  • Fix some cases of Journal entries duplicating
  • Fix an issue where postbox/totem sale pools couldn’t be expanded with new tiers
  • When checking for an item in a players inventory, the clothing slots were skipped
  • Fixed some dialogue issues, which resulted in getting stuck in conversations

 

Modding:

  • Added a large number of extra Dialogue Commands
  • Added functionality to fishables to be active during certain quests, or while certain totems exist
  • Added functionality to plants to drop seeds when broken at certain stages
  • Allow villagers to be farm animals
  • Added village global variables for dialogue
  • Added personal cross-villager variables for players in dialogue
  • Add the ability to defer dialogue commands, limited to a small handful of commands for now
  • More extensive dialogue validation
  • Regards are now included in villager npc files
  • Dialogue pools blocked by friendship levels are included in villager npc files
  • Fixed an issue where a misnamed dialogue command could still be validated
  • Fixed an issue where farm animals, and pet models were not checked
  • Fixed bodytype layers in some animals
  • When creating translation files for dialogues, the content builder will now filter to .dialogue and .npcconversation files.

 

Plus countless other minor changes lost to the wind.

 

We’re getting close to 1.3

Hey everyone, I think it’s about time we gave you some insight into how development of our next major update is going. Spoiler alert: It’s going great!

Just to remind you, this update is not live yet. This update contains some ambitious plans, the main features we mentioned before are:

Friendship and Roomie System

Our next update mainly concerns Staxel’s quirky villagers. We’re adding tons more dialogue content and progression to them and you’ll be able to get to know them all a whole lot better.

If there’s a particular villager you’re getting along with super well, you’ll even be able to roomie up with them!


Pet Shop

This will be the main hub for anything related to your fluffy companion. The store will sell pet accessories, tools, and even some new pets – sorry Fido!
Pets are one of the aspects we’ve received an overwhelming amount of requests to add on to. Having this system in place will mean we can easily add new pet breeds to Staxel without too much fuss.

New Festival

As development continues we’re trying to add more and more festivals. The 1.3 update includes a mysterious new Springtime festival, but I don’t want to give away too much on it just yet. We’re sure you’ll all love it though!

So now that we’ve covered what you’ve got to look forward to, let’s talk about the current stage we’re at with everything.
All of the new dialogue and quests have been written up and are currently with the translators. There’s a whole bunch of new text in this one as you’d expect, we really wanted to put the focus on the villagers and give them a lot more depth. In the meantime, we’re busy making sure everything is implemented correctly and we’re about to enter the testing phase, (we need to make sure that absolutely everything is working correctly and that none of the new features could possibly end up breaking the game).

Besides being busy with that, we’ve been sprinkling in some all-new content along the way! While most of the team are busy with implementation and testing, others have been working on some fun new items you’ll be able to get in the game. (Particularly some Summer-themed ones!) Now, I have no intentions of spoiling all the new content but I can give you a cheeky glimpse at some of the new Summer stuff at least.

Along with these delicious summery treats, we’re adding swimsuits, beach gear, and toys! Take some time off from the farm and go enjoy the beach! Did somebody say water gun fight?

I’m going to stop it here though before I get in trouble.

We can’t wait for 1.3 to go live, we’ve all been working very hard on it! This update contains a lot of changes to how Staxel will be played, and we think everyone will enjoy what it will bring to the table. The villagers are much more fleshed out now, and with another festival in the pool you will all be able to celebrate the release of 1.3 in style!

Thanks everyone for giving this a read, I hope you’re all as pumped for 1.3 as we are! I can’t give you a specific release date, but what I can say is it’s not long now!

Notice about the Staxel Forum

This announcement is just to let you all know that we’re going to be closing down the community forum. While we’ve had a great time on here since it started, community activity has mainly moved over to the Staxel Discord (with a lot of other activity happening on the official Reddit and Steam Discussion pages)

The main reasons behind this decision are:

– We’ve been having trouble keeping the bot spam under control, whilst only a few slip through the filter to public view, it’s really quite bad behind the scenes and it’s become quite difficult to manage.

– With the introduction of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) there are quite a few changes which will need to be made regarding accounts and registration.

At this point, considering the reduced forum activity, we feel that closing the forums is the most practical way forward. We also feel that the community experience will be better for everyone if we can focus our attention on a few select places instead of spread out as it currently is.

We hope you all understand, and we’d love to see you make the move over to one of our other community platforms if you aren’t in there already!

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.

Upcoming 1.3 Update

Hi Staxivilians

We’ve been quite busy with bug fixing and design but we’re ready to share news of what we’re working on for our next major update

💞 Friendship System
Work has started on our friendship system, this will consist of the following

– Each Villager has a storyline to follow
– Give gifts, help them out or talk to them to increase your friendship level with your favourite villagers
– Once you reach a new friendship level new events will trigger to learn more about them.
– At the highest level you can get your favourite villagers to become your roomie

🐶 Pet Shop
– You will be able to build a pet shop in your town which will allow you to buy new pets, customise them and some other small features.
– There may be some new pets to choose from too, but you’ll have to wait and see !

🌽 Crop Quality
– You will be able to grow and cultivate better quality crops depending on the soil you plant them in and how you take care of them while growing.
– Better quality vegetables will give you more money, better recipes and may even win you a prize
– There may even be some rarer vegetables to grow for the ultimate farmers out there.

🎆 More Festivals
– Keep an eye on Max as he tries to bring more festivities to your little village

🐛 General Bug Fixing
– As usual we will continue to work on bugs to make your play experience even better

Introducing Staxel 1.2!

Staxel 1.2 is here!

With Staxel 1.2 we bring new features, countless bug fixes, and a more stable experience. In this post we’ll be walking you through some of the most noteworthy changes that we’ve implemented.

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The journal is our realisation of an incredibly useful feature that many of you have been requesting since launch. In its present state (as of 1.2), the journal provides an overview of all your ongoing quests. In future revisions, it will also provide detailed logs of your conversations with the villagers, keep track your relationships, let you jot down important notes you don’t want to forget, and provide access to a nifty calendar!

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Finally, a place to show off and display all of your discoveries! The museum will bring a dash of history to the village and its surroundings. Visitors near and far will marvel at your latest finds! That is, if you decide to donate them to the museum instead of keeping them for your personal collection!

With the addition of the museum, there are new collectables to find! Perhaps you’ll come across a Murmur merchant selling an antiquated work of art, or maybe you’ll excavate the bones of an ancient creature!


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Max has finally managed to secure postal coverage for the village! The postal system will turn your static post box into a working one! Receive newsletters from the mayoral office, advertisements from the stores, gifts from the villagers, and all the other joys (and aggravations) that come with any mail service!

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Excavate rare fossil stones you find dotted around the island and put them through the fossil polisher. If you’re lucky you might find the remnants of a terrifying predator!

Decorate your home with your findings, or put them on display in your new Museum—under Max’s rather lax policies, whatever you find is yours to keep!
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The villagers will now be much more grateful when you help them out of a jam! Better rewards and more acknowledgment can be expected for a job well done.

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We’ve made a number of big improvements to the steam networking feature. Playing online should now be a breeze!

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The village is always growing, but perhaps not quite in the ways you might expect. In 1.2, you’ll welcome two new villagers to the island, but they won’t be coming by the usual routes! We hope you’ll give them a warm welcome and solve their rather…unique situations!
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We’ve been constantly tweaking the economy ever since release to try get it to a more sustainable and enjoyable place. While there are still improvements to be made, we believe we’re much closer to the mark now!

That’s all for the larger features in this update, but there are many more adjustments and tweaks that you might notice during gameplay. You can find full patch notes that detail these changes below:


Changelog 1.2

Updates from 1.1.51 to 1.2.4

Big things:

  • Mail system. You can now receive mail.
  • Journal. Press J to see your current daily quests and main quests.
  • Museum sign. You can make a museum now.
  • Two New NPCs.
  • A lot of stuff to put in the museum.
  • A large number of item prices have been changed.
  • New reward items.

New:

  • Added “/plantwithering”. Turns on/off plant withering. Only recommended for large servers/build servers.
  • You can turn stone and wood back into their original blocks.
  • Added Sushi and Ice-cream recipes. Updates to other food recipes.
  • Name tags now show on map

Changes:

  • Food doesn’t get used in creative mode.
  • Pot plant beds don’t trigger house bed counts.
  • Commands can now except blobs again. (e.g. /spawnitem {“kind”: “staxel.item.NullItem”})
  • Wooden Pole Fence T and X appear in autotiling.
  • Trough should be clearer about why it can’t be filled.

Fixes:

  • Forced a minimum size of particle. (Fixes crashes due to 0 size.)
  • Lots of catchable fixes (catching bugs should no longer give you the wrong bug).
  • Fixed double Music track issues.
  • Fixed music playing in Mono.
  • Fixed ambient sound carrying to Main Menu.
  • Fixed totems displaying a notification on new scans.
  • Fixed a number of Steam Networking issues.
  • Sound should be playing in the correct ears now.
  • Selfie mode is disabled when going to sleep.
  • Catching all bugs should now be possible.
  • Fix fishing bobble particles not showing.
  • A number of behind the scenes changes/fixes to Entity Saving and Loading.
  • Fixed UI paths failing when they have spaces in them
  • Fixed Aristaeus achievement failing to trigger

Modding:

  • Game Version Class has been added. (Ways to use it can be seen in the Mail class.)
  • Watering Can particles and sound are editable.
  • Steam version will remove 32bit DLL’s before trying to load the game.
  • Polaroid has been added to NPC’s. This shows up in journal.
  • You can hide more than just the Hair layer with “hideLayers” in Accessories.
  • “notCategories” is added to AnyOfCategory achievements. To use for filtering out items.
  • Anything using IEntityLogicBuilder needs to update to IEntityLogicBuilder2.

 

Patch Note Compilation

From this point onwards, patch notes will be compiled and shared in a biweekly post. This way, we won’t clutter the announcements section while still giving major improvements and additions to Staxel the spotlight they deserve.

We will keep this section readable and succinct. For more detailed and technical patch notes, see http://wiki.playstaxel.com/Changelog

Brief Overview:

New Stuff:

  • Staxel is now running in 64 Bit:
  • Staxel now uses FNA.
  • Cards and Emotes are now avaliable!
  • Steam Networking.
  • New camera mode, “Selfie Mode”, when pressing X.
  • New hats.
  • New recipes.
  • Flowers drop petals for crafting.
  • Commands can now get players with spaces in names by surrounding names with “”. (i.e. /kickplayer “Hah You Can’t Kick Me”)“
  • Tutorial Skip for players who have been through the tutorial once before.
  • Text Speed option. It can be made 5x faster.

Due to 64bit, the following changes have occured:

  • Less Out Of Memory Errors. Less Purple Screens.
  • Improved lower end performance. Performance Stability should be increased.
  • Graphics Card usage is down.
  • Disk Usage is down.
  • Note: Reported memory usage (RAM) is up. This is due to Staxel not hiding memory in the Page File anymore.

Changes:

  • All postboxes and signs (Totems) have two tiers. Shops won’t immediately die when you take their boxes. Important signs also give a warning when you break them.
  • A lot of price changes have been made.
  • A lot of work has been done to lower Hard drive usage. It is now under control.
  • World generation and Level Of Detail generation have been sped up.
  • Tutorial changes, most for those not the admin of the server.
  • Animal behaviour is more reliable. They also have more trouble jumping over fences. (Still an area we are working on.)

Fixes:

  • A large number of fixes were made. Game should crash less, and more systems should work as expected.