Hey guys. The team is focused on a couple of things this week: buttoning up the Steam Early Access release tomorrow, and planning for Alpha 11.
Steam Early Access, Tomorrow June 3!
We are slated to go live with our Steam page at 10am Pacific time. At that point Stonehearth will be available for purchase directly from Steam. You may have noticed that we’ve already dropped the price of the game here to $24.99, so if you were waiting for a deal to buy the game, now’s your chance. Here’s how you can help us out with the launch:
Write a Review in Steam
The best way you can help us is to write an honest review of the game on our Steam page when it goes online tomorrow (I’ll update this post with the URL). And we do mean honest. Of course we hope you’ll give us a thumbs up, but if there are important things that you think a new Steam user should know about the game, don’t be bashful. Accurate reviews will help set new players’ expectations, which is super important in an Early Access title.
Tag our Steam Page
Tagging our page in Steam will help new fans find the game. I suggest tagging with the following, but if you have other ideas as well, go for it.
- City Builder
Be Nice to the New Folk
It’s likely that we’ll have a lot of new fans on the Discourse. So far the culture on the forums has been amazing: friendly, helpful, honest, and civil. The best way to keep it that way is to set a great example for newcomers as they arrive. Welcome first posters, pitch in to answer recurring questions, and help newbies get the hang of writing detailed bug reports so that we can triage and fix stuff as fast as possible. If someone says something that doesn’t belong, send them a helpful, orienting PM or flag their post for moderator attention. Diversity in age, perspective, and nationality has been a strength of our community from the beginning, and with all of your active participation, we’re sure it will continue to be so.
Alpha 11 Planning
Even as we polish up and test the Steam Early Access build, we’re also planning for Alpha 11! Our Trello board of upcoming features is now up to date; check it out and vote on the things that are important to you. Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve got planned:
- Building Improvements: Stairs! Nuff said
- Inventory Management: Crates and warehouses will help control stockpile sprawl
- New Class: The cook will turn raw turnips into something more delicious
- Upgraded Crafter Workstations: Because smelting ore on an anvil is so Last Alpha
- Water Part 2: Rivers, sinks, sources, and new hearthling interactions
- Improved Embark Flow: Roll settler stats and pick starting equipment
Thoughts? Let us know in the comments or on discourse.stonehearth.net!