April 23rd – How to retrieve your home planet!

April 23, 2015 in Dev Blog, Featured

Hello!

As you may have read in our patch notes, the newest stable update saw the ‘home planet’ feature replaced by planet bookmarks and direct teleporters. This meant that existing characters would lose track of their home planets, as they’d no longer have the ‘home’ marker.

But never fear! Ideally you’d have written down your planet’s coordinates, but either way your home planet still exists and is intact and you can find it using the following method. :)

Elite Space Hobo from our community beat us to posting a guide, which you can find here.

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  • Find your universe folder. Typically, it should be located in SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Starbound\giraffe_storage\universe.

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  • Right click -> sort files by date last modified. If your planet’s been heavily customized/built upon, it should be one of the larger files. If you visit it frequently, it should also be one of the most recent.
  • “What do all these numbers mean?!” World files with names like: 270623995_279217314_-213404188_12.world mean that you’ve visited a planet with the coordinates X -270623995 Y -279217314.

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  • Put the coordinates into your ship’s computer and… hopefully, voila! Planet located! If not, try some of the other planets in your universe folder.
  • Now that you’ve found your home planet, don’t forget to create a bookmark. :)

I hope this proves helpful! We’ll be posting our daily progress update later, as usual. See you then! <3

April 21st – [STABLE] Update Notes

April 21, 2015 in Dev Blog, Featured, Media, News

Afternoon everyone!

We’re happy to say we are releasing a new Stable Update today! Nearly every change has already been covered in a previous blog post from Metadept, with the stable update also including even more bug fixes, plus huge server stability updates!

 

Before I get to the actual patch notes, please read this big red warning text:

As of this patch, the ‘Home’ planet feature has been replaced by planet bookmarks and direct teleporters. EXISTING CHARACTERS WILL LOSE THEIR HOME PLANETS! Make sure to write down your home planet’s coordinates or leave your ship in orbit so that you don’t lose track of its location.

Now, on to the good stuff!


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  • Players can now save planet locations in the cockpit navigation interface
  • Select a planet, then select ‘Add Bookmark’ to bookmark it
  • Select a bookmarked planet from the list to set it as your navigation target

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  • Players can now place and register teleporters on planets
  • Interact with a teleporter to add it to your list of registered destinations, which you can return to from any other teleporter
  • Can also be used to teleport directly to party members
  • Find Teleporter Cores in the world
  • New Outpost store, the 2-Stop Teleshop, lets you use a Teleporter Core to create various types of teleporters to suit your style
  • Breaking a teleporter destroys it, but refunds the Teleporter Core
  • Outpost store includes a teleporter you can register for easy access to the outpost

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  • After logging out, players will be returned to the place in the world where they left (rather than back on the ship)
  • Mission dungeons will persist for 10 minutes after all players have left, allowing continuation of a mission after dying
  • Mission dungeons now have teleporters at the entrance and exit, should help clarify how and when to leave
  • Players can no longer be attacked while teleporting
  • Players can no longer initiate another teleport while teleporting
  • Teleport cinematic while destination world is loading

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  • All player ships should now be inhabited by a non-combat pet corresponding to the character’s race, in one of a wide variety of color options
  • Pets will investigate held items and various ship objects
  • Pets can be fed and will develop preferences for certain foods
  • Terramart now sells several pet-related items
    • Food Bowl to keep your pet fed while you’re busy adventuring
    • Pet Ball for your pets to play with
    • Pet House for your pets to sleep in adorably

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  • Ancient Gates now have another destination, a huge and ancient ruin
  • Gives a few clues about Starbound’s overarching plot… so mysterious!

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  • NPCs and ground monsters now jump accurately and reliably find paths across complex terrain
  • NPCs and ground monsters are much better at avoiding and escaping liquids
  • NPCs and ground monsters should become stuck MUCH less often

 

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  • Can be found underground on Radioactive worlds
  • Includes various unique items and a new furniture set

miscellaneous

  • Reworked Apex, Avian, Floran, Glitch and Hylotl name generators to be much less (but still a little bit) silly.
  • Changes to melee weapon responsiveness, damage sounds and visual feedback. Lots more of this coming in a future update!
  • Ranged weapons now have varying accuracy depending on the weapon type, quality and rate of fire
  • Player energy now refills much more rapidly and has a shorter delay before regenerating
  • Various improvements to server architecture which should greatly improve server performance and stability
  • Various improvements to internal handling of Lua API calls which should greatly reduce CPU usage, particularly in areas with many monsters or NPCs
  • Many small improvements and fixes to objects throughout the game, including updating 3d printing costs in preparation for future additions to the game’s economy
  • Scroll bars can now be clicked and dragged properly
  • Fixed several bugs with codexes. Codexes are now retained across universes. Existing players will, unfortunately, have their codexes reset.
  • Moons are now generated with solid cores to help avoid falling out the bottom
  • Several improvements to grass placement, also add underground ceiling grasses to several biomes
  • Fix bug where music volume changed in combat
  • Several small improvements to AI interface
  • Removed the annoying levitation status from random status pods
  • Added extra functionality to the “test” Json Patch operation (supports “inverse” tests and existence test through omitting “value”).
  • Added optimizations and cyrillic character fixes for Hobo font. Thanks to user dsp2003 for this fix!

 

Existing characters and universes are safe (aside from the codexes and home planet, as listed above). However, a few of these changes may require a new universe or new planets to take effect. Hope you all enjoy the changes, and for those of you playing on the Unstable branch, let us know if you find any bugs or have other feedback!

Starbound Development Roundup #1

March 31, 2015 in Dev Blog, Featured, News

Hey everyone!

We’re trying something a bit different where we’ll do regular roundups of the latest additions/changes to Starbound. In this first video, Tiy and Supernorn chat about craftable teleporters, challenge doors, making improvements to terrain and the underground, combat improvements, and more!

We haven’t done many videos like these in the past, so leave us some feedback!

Have a good night. <3

ATTN Londoners: Win tickets to EGX Rezzed 2015!

February 17, 2015 in Featured, News

egxrezzedbannerWe’re excited to officially announce that we’re going to EGX Rezzed 2015 in March! We’ll be there to demo Starbound and other Chucklefish-partnered games, and we’ll have shirts to sell, as well as some exclusive stickers and badges. Hope to see a bunch of you there!

If you’re in the area and you’ve missed out on buying a ticket, you may be in luck– we’re giving away five tickets for Saturday, the 14th of March! You’ve gotta work for them, of course… so we’re holding a competition! Enter in one or more of the categories below for a chance at winning. Here are the details:

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Must be able to arrange/pay for your own travel to EGX Rezzed in London, UK
  • Tweet your submissions to @StarboundGame with the hashtags #EGX and #upbeatgiraffe
  • All entries must be submitted by 28th February 2015. Winners will be chosen on 2nd March!
  • Entries must have been created specifically for this competition– don’t just link us to something you’ve already made!
  • No limit on how many entries you can submit

 

london_iconPick your favorite London icon and recreate it in the Starbound universe! Try your hand at building Big Ben or Tower Bridge, or even an enormous block sculpture of Boris Johnson and his ridiculous hair. The possibilities are endless!

 

music_videoGet the band together (or go solo, if that’s your thing), pick your favorite song, construct a perfect stage and create an amazing music video! Upload your submissions to Youtube and tweet the link to @StarboundGame.

 

story_videoUse Starbound footage to tell a story! Horror, romance, adventure– the choice is yours. Just make it a good one. :) Upload your submissions to Youtube and tweet the link to @StarboundGame.

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Contest staaaaarts…now! I’m looking forward to seeing lots of entries! <3

Hark, a Stable Update! v. Upbeat Giraffe

January 28, 2015 in Dev Blog, Featured, Patch Notes

Good evening, all!

At long last, we’re updating Starbound’s stable branch later today. Thanks so much for your continued patience, support and feedback! Check below the cut for a list of major changes since the last stable update back in March 2014.


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– Starting tonight at 6PM GMT, Starbound will be 25% off on Steam for 48 hours. <3

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Nightly builds are live!

June 16, 2014 in Dev Blog, Featured, News

Good evening/afternoon/morning!

The first automatic nightly build is live! If anyone is interested, you can opt-in the same way you opted into the unstable branch.

Nightly builds are there for people who really wanna track our progress– not for people who just want to play the latest version of the game. Please back up any saves or worlds you care about. No, seriously. Back up your saves. It’s always best to assume they will be destroyed and the game will be at least somewhat broken.

Tonight, for instance, because we’re working on monster spawns, monsters aren’t spawning. This is the sort of thing you should expect from nightly builds.

(Tiy note: Also, because we’re currently working on progression, the very first thing you’ll probably notice is that your ship is damaged and the fuel system doesn’t work (sparks flying out of it). The only way to currently fix the ship is through admin commands so unless you know them you’ll be stranded. This is *really* for people that want to see progress + modders. You have been warned!)

I’ve updated the support page with a guide, but I’ll paste it here too:

What is the “nightly” branch and how do I switch to it (or back)?

The “nightly” branch of the beta receives updates automatically every single day. This means that using the nightly branch will frequently destroy your saves or contain other game-breaking issues depending on what we’ve been working on that day. Only use this branch if you really really want to follow our progress and don’t care about breaking the game. 

To switch between branches (click on images to enlarge them):

      • Right-click on Starbound in your Steam client’s “Library” tab and select “Properties”:
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      • In the window that appears, select the “Betas” tab and then select the branch you want to use from the first drop-down.nightlybuilds
      • You should receive a confirmation message along the lines of “Successfully opted into the ‘nightly’ content beta.” below the textbox next to the “Check Code” button (note: no beta access code is required to opt into the nightly branch).
      • Click close and let Steam download the update for the new branch. If you’ve switched to the nightly branch, Starbound should now be listed as “Starbound [nightly]” in your Steam library, otherwise it will be listed as just “Starbound”.

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Work on monster gen

March 28, 2014 in Dev Blog, Media, News

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Some examples of new large water/large flying monster gen types coming to the game some time in the not too distant future.

v. Enraged Koala Patch Notes

February 18, 2014 in Dev Blog, Featured, News, Patch Notes

Not guaranteed to woo space monsters. :(

Roses are red
The dirt on Alpha Tau Aur 5472 IV is blue
This update is a bit late for Valentine’s Day
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This update will allow us to add new biomes and make changes to worlds without the possibility of the player losing their world. There will likely be one more world wipe sometime in the future when we finalize the universe layout. This won’t include a character/ship wipe, though, and you can still back up your worlds.

A ton of work has gone into our patching system. After this update, we’ll be able to push content updates as and when they’re completed, rather than waiting for big engine updates to be completed. Updates after this patch will come at a near daily rate.
Additional goodies:

  • Valentine’s Day items including swords, costumes, decorations, bow, etc
  • Engine feature, tech can now be granted by armors
  • Keybinding reconfiguration, minus the UI (you can reconfigure keys through a config file- check here for a tutorial)
  • Server stability fixes for servers with many players
  • New death animations
  • Engine feature, all objects are now scriptable and interactive
  • More Avian weaponry
  • Projectile changes
  • Dogs can now be captured (lots more pets coming soon)
  • A bunch of new items and smaller pieces of content
  • New (actually sounds good!) microphone instrument with sounds provided by Smooth McGroove!
  • Bug where warping to magma/volcano biomes caused crashing was fixed.

Additional content has been created (new biomes, etc) but will come out just after this patch, as it needs to be adapted to the new content update system.

*Note: We did an oops and missed some of the content updates when we uploaded the patch, so we’ll be putting out another patch a bit later today that includes the missing stuff (the Valentine’s Day items, new microphone sounds, possibly some more).

The future of Chucklefish and Starbound

February 4, 2014 in Dev Blog, Featured, News

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since we posted an update as we’ve been feverishly working away on the game. But we’ve had an increasing number of requests to detail what the finished game will be like. So I wanted to go into detail on what we consider the finished Starbound experience to be (subject to change! as always). As well as where Chucklefish is going in the future.

 

The future of Starbound

The following is a collection of some of the broad changes coming to Starbound in terms of progression. Not included are smaller self contained features like ship upgrades, vehicles and so on.

Progression

As it stands, almost the entirety of the progression in Starbound is temporary. Built quickly to enable some basic gameplay during beta.

The final game will be structured differently.

The current 10 tiers of gameplay will all play out on the same Starmap, with each tier introducing hazards that can only be overcome by progressing through the previous tier and completing a mission at the end of each tier.

To access a mission at the end of each tier you need to obtain a certain number of pixels.

An example of this progression would be:

Play through tier 1 and gain enough pixels too.. > access the tier 1 mission > fight tier 1 boss > gain oxygen tank tech > now able to access tier 2 planets with non breathable atmosphere

 

Obtaining Pixels

Obtaining pixels will be key to progressing through Starbound. To access the mission in each tier you must first gather a certain number of pixels.

Currently obtaining pixels in Starbound feels like a bit of a grind. Particularly given the pixel death penalty and the high cost of various pixel sinks. In large part however this is down to unimplemented features being missing.

In the finished game you’ll be able to earn pixels in a multitude of different ways, essentially allowing you to play through the game the way you want to play. If you’d like to become an intergalactic farmer, growing and selling crops, keeping livestock and so on. The farming feature will be fleshed out enough for that to be your means of pixel gathering. On the other hand, if you prefer to be an adventurer, taking quests and gaining pixels as rewards. That route is just as good. Perhaps you prefer to be a builder, charging npcs rent based on the quality of the homes they inhabit. A pirate, robbing towns and ransacking villages. A tomb raider, gathering rare artifacts.

There will be many different routes through the game, each just as deep and profitable as the last. Each will branch out and become more complex as the player advances through tiers, unlocks new technology and becomes more proficient in their chosen skills. Essentially we’re describing the gameplay equivalent of a tech/skill tree.

 

End game

So eventually you’re going to get through all of the missions, you’ll have the best gear and you’ll be looking for a new challenge. This is where sector X comes in. Sector X is a collection of planets in which PVP is enabled by default and players battle over controlling various planets. To take part in the battle you first have to form an organisation (in game), which gives you access to a space station shared by other members of your organisation. The space station doubles as a ship that any captain in the organisation can control and is constructed from blocks and objects for full customization.

The PVP in this sector is entirely optional, players choose whether or not to attack each other or work together. Monsters, quests and events will be strong enough to be challenging even with the best tools in the game. And in game events, invasions and so on will keep the experience fresh.

 

Director Mode

On top of sector X, one major part of the replayable content will be director mode. Director mode exists within a separate Starbound client that allows admins to connect to their servers with a range of new tools built to control the action for their players. Admins in director mode (there can be multiple), will be able to spawn blocks, items, monsters, npcs at will. Take direct control over them, have them speak and interact with players. Essentially director mode allows admins to take on a similar role to that of a dungeon master in D&D, creating scenarios and stories on the fly to ensure players never have the same experience twice.

 

User made mission sharing

Using in game wiring tools players will be able to create their own mission maps and challenges that can be shared with other players. Custom missions installed on a server will be available to all players at any point and will function as instances. Parties will be able to enter these instances together as many times as they like.

 

Mod support

We’ve taken steps towards better mod support recently with the implementation of a .pak file system. Essentially condensing an entire mod into a single file. We’re not far away from also implementing a system for servers to share these pak files with clients on connect. This will allow mod authors and server admins to entirely overhaul the vanilla starbound experience for the players on their server.

 

Server security

We’re implementing a range of security checks to minimize cheating on a broad scale. But for admins that desire absolute security we will also eventually be implementing server side characters, including server side accounts and the option to require a new character the first time a new player connects. We want to empower server admins to create a unique experience on their server.

 

Update Schedule

Currently our update schedule relies entirely on waiting for engine updates to be finished before we are able to push any content updates to steam. After the next update we’re actually changing the way we work and separating content updates and engine updates. What this means for the end user is that content updates will hit several times a week instead of once every week/two weeks. The game will constantly evolve and you may find new things every time you log in.

 

The future of Chucklefish

So that’s Starbound, how about Chucklefish as a company?

 

Opening offices

We’ve actually just signed for a new office that we’ll be opening in London in the next 2 or 3 weeks. It’s a very exciting time for us, we’ll finally be working in the same room right in front of each other and our productivity is going to improve massively as a result. We also intend to provide some temporary office space for the games we publish and assist on. We’ll be blogging about opening the office soon, complete with photos and whatnot.

 

Publishing

We’re going to continue helping out smaller indie companies publish their titles. Games on the horizon include Stardew Valley, Halfway, Treasure Adventure World, Wanderlust Adventures and more. We’d like to progress more in this space and assist indie developers make their games profitable without giving away huge percentages of their income away to predatory publishers.

 

A second game

We’re going to be producing a second game along side Starbound, with an entirely new development team. We’ll be looking into hiring UK developers for this project shortly (CVs to [email protected] if you’re interested!) This won’t slow down the production of Starbound at all, worry not,  I will be assisting in the design but we’ll be working with entirely new developers. At the moment we’re still in the stage where we’re kicking around ideas, one that keeps popping up is a top down, open world, multiplayer pirate game.

 

 

 

Changelog for v. Furious Koala

January 26, 2014 in Dev Blog, Featured, News

You can find these patch notes on the launcher screen, but I thought I’d paste ‘em here for easy access. We’re aware there may be issues with a Steam update crashing the Mac build at the moment! It’s an issue with Steam– disable the Steam overlay to fix it in the meantime. Also hot-fixing an issue that causes stutter for people on lower-end computers and making the unpacker safer to use. Patch really soon (like today, not a month from now).

Changelog for v. Furious Koala  26/01/2014

Hey there Stargazers and Sports Racers, it’s been quite some time since the last patch, and we have some very large changes dropping this release.

Code Changes:

  •  Absolutely massive changes to disk serialization (sorry reversers), which will allow us to never need to wipe players or ships again, and hopefully never need to wipe worlds again.
  • Related, we now have a proper versioning system for save files.
  • Added difficulty levels and permadeath characters to the game.
  • Packed assets into databases (speeds up startup significantly), and included asset packing and unpacking utilities with the distribution.
  • This should also allow for easier distribution of mods, and easier construction and management of slimmed down distributions for dedicated servers (official server paks coming soon.)
  • Fix some graphical glitches with the wire nodes.
  • Fixed some pretty nasty deadlocking bugs with networking.
  • Fixed some very strange memory leak bugs stemming from a gcc lambda capture bug.
  • Fixed various crash bugs related to a number of different issues (more specifics listed in “Info About the Upcoming Patch“– thanks for the bug reports, keep em coming)
  • Speed up improvements with falling sand and other projectiles.
  • More efficient databases storage layout.
  • Documentation for lua functions have been written, and we’re going to release them soonish.
  • Removed NaN floats from the code for performance reasons (reenabled -ffinite-math-only), we had been using them to signal that the float is disabled or in an invalid state, but we have a system for that now.
  • Some internal changes that make maintaining code much happier for us, including better enum to string handling and much faster compiles.
  • Other minor things, too numerous to list here (see “Info About the Upcoming Patch“).

Fun Changes:

  • It’s no longer the holiday, so we’ve removed the holiday stuff for now, we’ll put them back when we have a better way of enabling it for holiday time.
  • PVP is now forced enabled within Sector X.  If you’re in a party there’s no team damage though.
  • All player drops are persistent now.  So if you accidentally throw your diamond drill down a mineshaft, you don’t have to suicide trying to get it back before it disappears.
  • New Monster attacks (gravity slam! gust attacks! other stuff!)
  • Fixed Legendary Weapons damage (adjusted up to be more… well… Legendary.)
  • We’ve put in new Techs (such as a Glitch Mech).
  • New biome type enabled.  Savannah.
  • Boss Lore!
  • No more eating bandages and stims, they have their own thing now.
  • Better, more featureful .abc file support, and we have Wanderlust music in the game now.  (Thanks Leth and D2!)
  • Made NPC chatter more configurable and slightly more varied.
  • Added new objects (such as lava biome treasure chests).
  • Added new items (like nightsticks and bonesaws).
  • Sword swooshes are only active for 0.6 seconds instead of 0.9 seconds.
  • Making cooldown times actually matter without slowing down combat.  Also fine tuned their hitboxes.
  • Viking helmet?  Viking helmet.
  • Watch out for landmines.
  • Various changes to treasure drop pools (like Avian Guards actually dropping their guns…)
  • Minor tweaks to existing armors to make them look better.
  • Medieval Furnace now actually acts like a Furnace. (Rejoice).
  • Graphical upgrades to some existing plants, and new plants.
  • Lots more secret stuff! :OOO

We look forward to hearing what you think about the patch.  It was a very big one this time around.