New Beta and Demo Builds: Water Tiles, Stacking, and Bug Fixes

I've just finished uploading new demo (0.955d) and beta (0.955b) builds. These builds include bug fixes and new content for both the demo and beta.

Water Tiles!

As mentioned in an earlier post, NEO Scavenger now has dedicated water tiles:

IMAGE( Plains with water, hills with water, and marshes.

These water tiles are guaranteed to have a water resource in them. Regular plains will no longer have any chance of a water resource. Hills and forests, however, may still be hiding one. So players may still find hidden water when they visit hills and forests.

Item Stacking

Item stacking has been completely overhauled, and now every item in a stack is its own unique object. This means:

  • Recipes and newspapers no longer magically change when being added/removed from a stack.
  • Adding a stack of recipes to a player now adds all recipes from the stack, not just the top one.
  • Item condition doesn't change when being added to a stack.

Also, stacks of items can no longer be equipped, except when held in the hands. This should help reduce confusion when applying bandages or wearing gloves.

Otherwise, stacking should continue to work as it did before. And consuming stacks of items should now work again (i.e. use the top item from stack, and decrease the stack size). If you notice any odd behavior or bugs, let me know.

Other Fixes

There were quite a few other fixes and changes included in this build, too. They include:

  • Added new water resource hex art and hex types.
  • Changed plains and hills to be barren of water, and water versions to always have water.
  • Changed item stacking so each item in stack has unique properties.
  • Fixed a bug that caused sound effects/music to get stuck or fail to fade out when window loses focus.
  • Removed squirrel pelt tunic from scavenge treasure tables.
  • Added code to suppress scavenge tutorial in subsequent games.
  • Added code to suppress map tutorial in subsequent games.
  • Fixed sort button popups appearing on map and when button not used.
  • Added code to make AI equipment more weathered.
  • Added meat cleaver recipes for squirrel meat and pelt.
  • Fixed a bug that caused stacked consumables to be unusable.
  • Fixed a bug that caused faded battle moves.
  • Fixed item animating to off-screen even if destination was on-screen.
  • Fixed a bug that caused previous battle's last moves to appear in current battle.
  • Fixed a bug that caused sort button tool tips on map screen.
  • Fixed a bug that caused quick recipe button to duplicate ingredients.
  • Fixed a bug that caused stacked ingredients to disappear when crafting.
  • Fixed bug that allowed items to be stacked on non-held slots (bandages on wounds, gloves, etc.).
  • Fixed a bug that caused stacked items to stay ghosted after crafting.
  • Fixed a bug that caused crashes when player and last combatant simultaneously retreat into same random hex.
  • Fixed a bug that caused crashes when AI tried to loot a camp.
  • Fixed dogman encounter image lighting.

Beta-Only Fixes

Lastly, some fixes and changes exclusively for the beta version:

  • Changed hidden lake to use marsh tile and smaller trigger radius.
  • Added code to split loadgame process into pieces, so Flash wouldn't time out on large save files.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed traits to be moved and deleted when save game loaded.
  • Fixed bandages appearing in wrong place on game load.
  • Fixed a bug that kept adding starting encounters when loading a saved game.
  • Fixed a bug that caused load games to have empty encounters stored in queue (caused empty battle screen at end of battle sometimes).

As always, big changes can mean I screwed something up. So if anything breaks or seems awry, let me know! And have fun!


Kuranes's picture

Awesome new! Time for me to go and die horribly. :)

mdqp's picture

I gave it a really quick look... And I was lucky enough to spot a stacking bug right away! I picked the medic skill, and got the first aid kit. I noticed how the painkiller bottle was outside of the kit (it happens sometimes), I told myself "let's pick the kit first" it goes to my hand... And the bottle isn't on the ground anymore, either, but it's floating near the kit in my hand. I drop the kit, and the bottle disappears, I pick it up, and the bottle it's floating again (I can't interact with it at all when it's floating). Using the function to automatically line up the items in the container (the kit, in this case) finally moved the bottle where it should be, inside the kit (now I could use it, too). Then I found some berries, picked them up, and they stacked... On the clean rags. Again, using the button on the upper-left corner to arrange items fixed the situation. I'll let you know if I find more bugs (should I start a thread in the forum?).

dcfedor's picture

Doh! I guess I must've missed that bug. Thanks for the heads-up!

Dan Fedor - Founder, Blue Bottle Games

Angemon's picture

The bug reported by mdqp happened to me too. Also, the jar of screaming eyes is no longer showing up on my equip screen.