ACE - Authorized Community Expansion Project

Well, well… We surely had lots of guesses and ideas this time. Maybe I shouldn’t post pictures with so many new features/teases as it likely only confused people even more… :jubilant:

Because of that, I’ll comment on some of the answers since some of the guesses were not wrong - but are not the theme of today’s Preview Thursday.

Indeed that’s a new feature, sort of. Equippable consumables! More on it in the future…

Sometimes the obvious answer is the answer :merry:

This one is a cool one, it’s the classic “being right but for the wrong reason”. Indeed the Herbalist is responsible for crafting a potion that is required for the highest level refrigerator, but it has nothing to do with the cauldron animation which is also new (only the spoon is new, actually).

This outfit and workbench have been in ACE for a while now, they’re the Northern Alliance visuals for the profession :merry:

Oh, woah, that was a deep analysis :jubilant: But unfortunately it missed the point a bit. The outfit, hairstyle and hood are all in the game already. Indeed there is a new animation (spoon) and many new tonics, but unrelated. The new freezer is not in the picture :jubilant: there’s also no piece of meat? (that table has also been in the game for a long time, it’s the NA herbalist table)
And yes, the herbs! You got it! It’s the… oh, wait… no, that’s not it… :glum:

Hmph.
Looks like rain.

But no.

And then finally we had a partial hit here…

I’ll give you “second place” for almost getting there, you just missed developing it into what @YetiChow, at last, got:

There you go, an almost perfectly accurate hit!
So let’s talk about…

EXPANDED & IMPROVED HERBS

As YetiChow correctly remembered, some months ago I surveyed the community about how everyone felt about expanding/increasing the depth of the herbs in the game to be more than just an unique, universal “herb resource”. At the time a poll was held with lots of votes, and the results claimed for deeper, more interesting herb/alchemy gameplay but without going overly complex.

For that goal, we adopted a system where each herb in the game will have two important properties: color and aromatic/bitter.
An herb can be one of the six colors shown above: red, green, blue, yellow, purple and white and it can be bitter or aromatic. Additionally, three colors (red, green and blue) are considered “common” while the other three (yellow, white and purple) are considered uncommon.

For example, let’s look at one of the new herbs, the Rose. The Rose is a red aromatic herb, which is probably the most common herb in the game (all biomes have red aromatic herbs as they’re very basic and related to healing items, for example). With the new update, every herb and every plant will have the description adapted to tell the player what kind of herb it is (or provides):

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And some herbs, as you can observe in the first image, can be used for more than one color. For example, one of the new “seasoning” herbs:

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If you pay attention to detail, you’ll notice that there are “four” of these special new herbs that comes in sheafs - they’re called “seasoning herbs” and will be the herbs replacing many of the herbs used in cooking recipes. They’re also relatively common and can be found on every biome - one per biome.

Now, another thing you might’ve noticed is that the “common colors” are seen somewhere else in the game: red, green, blue

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This is not a coincidence, one of the ideas is to connect the concept of the colors to things they provide or achieve through the new alchemical recipes. For example, many tonics that deal with Mind abilities will require green herbs, Body will require red herbs, etc… And the “rare” colors act as enhancers or amplifiers, with the yellow generally being used on “greater” versions and so on.

Thanks to the newfound depth and diversity of the system, we’ve greatly expanded the “arsenal” of the Herbalist with lots of new, funny potions and effects. We can’t wait to see the community trying them out!

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As for the other trait, a herb being either aromatic or bitter, the terms were very commonly used by herbalists from medieval times to describe plants and for us, in the game, the idea behind these is to basically determine if a herb is edible/positive or inedible/negative.

And, of course, with all the new herbs and diversity of resources, you’ll find plenty of filters to satisfy your organizational needs - which is what I’ve used in the Surprise Sunday picture to try to hint at the new herb organization.

Finally, I can imagine there’s a lot of questions popping right now. How are you going to have so many herbs? How will you be able to micro-manage that? Will you have to micro-manage that, by the way? (Spoilers: Not much! :jubilant:) but I assure you - all of these have an answer since this new system is only one of the many parts and features surrounding the Herbalist, a job that is being heavily reworked on this update! So, as usual… we’ll leave these questions for another Thursday :wink:

Thank you for the read and enjoy your weekend! :jubilant:

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wow heavy herbalist rework sounds great! Also, I remebre that you guys said, that there might be an option to assign beds for injured herathlings. I hope to see it! Alos a type of chair that you can assigne to hearthlings would be cool too!:smiley:

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oh i had forgotten about a general “mark for hurt hearthling” option in beds, would really like it though!

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@ThisDude @Wouter_Sikkema
Medical beds might be in already, even… :eyes:
It probably belongs to its own preview about healing, but I can guarantee you two won’t be disappointed :merry:

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This sounds like a ginormous update. Is there a beta/unstable branch in steam for testing?

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Any tips for biome modders on how to make a good herb set for a biome? From the unstable files I deduct not all colour and aromatic/bitter combinations are expected to be available from the start.

Indeed they are not

All 4 biomes covered by ACE follow a pattern/set of rules that goes like this, basically:

  • All of them must have a red aromatic herb
  • All of them have a seasoning herb that is green aromatic + another color
    (ie: sage is green and blue, chives are green and purple, dill is green and yellow, parsley is green and white)
  • All of them have bitter green herbs (also basic in some cooking/brewing recipes)
  • All of them have aromatic white and yellow herbs and bitter purple herbs, which are the most common uses of the rare herbs
  • All of them have 2 combinations that are not covered (but you could have more or less depending on what you want for the biome)

And then the rest is free/more random, with some things taken into account… For example, Arctic has bitter red herbs because they are useful for making a potion that warms lings, etc.

Some new herbs were added to cover all that with nice herbs that felt more appropriate or were just cool to have in a medieval fantasy game (like nightshade, etc…) and some can be quite commonly spread around other biomes, like water lilies, so they help in reducing the potential number of new herbs.

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It is that time of the week again! :jubilant:

Let’s bring renewal to the thread with a nice picture…
Surprise Sunday

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Petals? What is going on?

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The sky looks kind of hazy so I think they’ve added real-time weather matching based on your current location. Nice.

I think they’ve added real-time weather matching based on your current location. Nice.

:jubilant:
Microsoft Stoneflight Simulator 2020

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dang, you’re adding cherry blossoms? SOLD. just for that
in all seriousness, more weather? heck yeah! weather is one of those mechanics that needs expanding.

P.S: rare hay fever debuff? XD