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Desktop Tuesday, One Year Kickstarter Anniversary!

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Amazingly, as of today it has been exactly one year since the start of our Kickstarter. Back then we were literally two guys working out of a spare room in house. Thanks to all of your help, here’s what we’ve accomplished over the last year.

Team Stonehearth Assembled

The Stonehearth team is now up to six full time developers! Every one of them is uniquely talented and has had an enormous contribution to the game. Here they, in order of hire date.

  • Tom & Tony. Do we count as hires? Whatever…we started this whole mess by jumping ship from our jobs in corporate America to write our dream sandbox simulation game. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Stephanie. Stephanie joined us just after the start of the Kickstarter, informing us that she was coming to work for us whether we liked it or not. She jumped in with both feet, responding to literally hundreds of backer messages a day and building the game’s core crafting system.  Multi-talented, today she writes gameplay code, assists in our UI design, and writes all of the game’s lore and journal entries.
  • Albert. Mega coder #1. Albert has amazing technical chops, having worked on crazy-technical problems at Microsoft and his own startup company. We rely on Albert for solving our big simulation problems like terrain generation, fluid simulation, and managing crowds of game character AIs (like for instance, in combat!)
  • Chris. Mega coder #2. Canadian. Chris has done amazing work on our renderer. Most of the pretty things in the game have his fingerprints on them: the lighting, sky, shadows, etc. More recently Chris has been pitching in on the AI system, where his impact has been significant.
  • Doug. We didn’t know how much we really needed an audio guy until we hired Doug. Doug is responsible for everything you hear in the game. He mixes and implements our sound effects on his own, and has done a terrific job in managing the composers for our sound track. Doug’s a perfectionist, and his work really adds to the atmosphere of the game.

Also, big thanks to our volunteer community moderators, SteveAdamo, Geoffers747, and everyone who’s contributed to the online Stonehearth community, giving feedback, posting bugs, and sharing your creations.

Office Space!

Last fall we actually moved into a real office space in downtown Los Altos, CA. Renting real estate in the SF bay area is….let’s just say challenging, so this was a big deal for us.

Chris and Stephanie

Chris and Stephanie

 

Progress on the Game

Of course, all of this work is in service of completing the actual game. To be honest, Stonehearth is a much bigger challenge than we anticipated, mainly due to our no-compromise approach. We want a high quality simulation game…in full 3D…with detailed, animated characters….and make the whole thing moddable. We have had our share of set-backs, but we have remained 100% true to our original vision of the game.

The reason is simple: we started this whole  adventure not just to build games, but to build THIS game. A compromised version of Stonehearth wouldn’t be the game we’ve dreamed of, so we have no interest in doing that. We’re building the game we want, no matter what it takes.

And our persistence is paying off. Most of the major technical hurdles are behind us, and the game engine is more stable and faster than it’s ever been. For the first time, the whole team is focused on adding gameplay content, and we’re adding content at a better rate than ever before.

There’s still a long road ahead of us, but over the coming months you will start to see more and more of the game unfold, and Stonehearth the game will start to look like the vision of the game that we all have in our heads.

And as always, your feedback in valuable to us. So please keep it coming!

Stonehearth Alpha 3 Formally Released!

I’ll make another announcement about this later, but we’ve just pushed Alpha 3 to all Steam branches and your Humble Bundle page. This public release of the Alpha fixes a ton of bugs that you all have reported from the Steam Latest branch, including the stuck Carpenter and Trapper crash bugs.

What’s Next

What a year, right? The past year has been one of transformation for Radiant, from a passion project to an actual development studio. We’ve set ourselves up to deliver on the promise of that original Kickstarter video. Over the next year, we’ll deliver on that promise by building the game we set out to make.

So once again, thanks to everyone who’s supported us: our families, Kickstarter backers, pre-order customers, discourse members, /r/stonehearth, and stream watchers. Here’s to a productive and successful year 2!

Kickstarter Maddness! Vote for Stonehearth on Steam Greenlight!

Hey guys. Our Kickstarter is off to a roaring start. Thank you so much everyone for helping us spread the word. We are in 100% scramble mode responding to backer comments and collecting valuable feedback about the kinds of things people want to see in the game. As we get closer to being funded, we’ll roll out our stretch goals.

Also, thanks to backer feedback, we’ve decided to put Stonehearth on Steam Greenlight! This is a great way for us to raise awareness for the game, and will be an amazing channel to reach gamers once Stonehearth is ready for release.

The Stonehearth Kickstarter is Live!

Well, let’s see how this goes, right?  Our Kickstarter is now live!  There’s a lot of new information about the game on our page, so please check it out and let us know what you think!  Huge thanks again to Richard Li for helping us put together the video, and to Clark Aboud for the awesome trailer music.

 

 

Desktop Tuesday, Belated Edition: Introducing the Weaver!

Ack! I missed our regular Tuesday developer update, but I have a good reason! We’ve put the finishing touches on our Kickstarter video and submitted it for approval. Hopefully the Kickstarter guys can get back to us in time for our scheduled launch on the 29th.

Ok, so back to business. If you’ve been following along, you know that all your little citizens have an RPG-like class. That goes for the military units like Swordsman and Archer, but it’s also true for your crafters. And so (drumroll), here is a shot of the Weaver class and a lot of her craftables.

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The weaver spins raw materials (cotton, flax, wool, etc) into consumable goods like cord for bows, and cloth for clothes and bedding. Where do those sheep, plants, and tools (the spinning wheel and loom) come from? Other crafters of course! We’re shooting for a real economic model between the the crafter classes, with all kinds of interesting dependencies between the production of raw materials and their refinement into consumable goods.

That’s it for now. Happy Tuesday…belatedly. And because it’s pre-Kickstarter week, here’s a new desktop wallpaper!

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Kicking off “The Week of Updates!” Day 1

Hey guys. As you can tell from the nifty countdown timer to the right, we’re less than one week away from our Kickstarter! To celebrate, we’ll be doing an update a day every day this week, with wallpapers! First up, goblins.

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Today’s update will have to be super brief, because we are heads down finalizing our Kickstarter rewards and working on the gameplay trailer. Over the coming days we’ll talk more about gameplay, classes, and the crafting system.

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The Stonehearth Alpha is now available through Humble Bundle.

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