Glad to see Stonehearth coming along so well. The music is beautiful and the gameplay is starting to take shape. I am really pleased to see how things are coming along. I know its way-early in development, so I just thought I’d share some of my bug experiences with the most recent Alpha.
Please note that Steam forums do not allow me to upload these screenshots as “Public” due to the game being listed as a Non-Public release as of yet, however it does state that the game creators / admins / mods should be able to view them.
I had to do this because apparently it does not allow me to post more than 2 links in a single post.
After creating a small building, I had placed 4 windows along the front side of the building along with the Door. All is well, except for the fact that the Workers absolutely and utterly refuse to remove the ladders they placed in order to place the windows. Even with no other active jobs and completely idle, they refuse to remove them no matter what.
I also have had a similar issue where I placed beds too close together and some of them appeared in mid-air. After placing ladders “up” to them in order to get them down and place them elsewhere, all Workers refused to remove those ladders afterwards, even when idle with no other active jobs.
I had placed a new building plan and construction was underway. However, one side of the building was ~1 or ~2 blocks away from some natural Berry Bushes. The Workers placed the floor tiles, but absolutely and utterly refused to build the wall there. I believe there is some invisible “no construction” zone around the Berry Bushes, even though there is in fact room to build.
Whilst playing, I got an alert for a new traveller (Worker) wanting to join the town. I accepted. Good stuff. However, whenever I accept ~ANY~ pop-up request, certain elements of the UI cease to function. Specifically, the bottom-left UI box becomes fixed on whatever text it was displaying at the time and will not change. If I click on a Carpenter for example, his Workshop buttons do not appear bottom-left as they should. Or if I click on furniture, the buttons to move or place it do not appear bottom-left.
The only fix is to save, leave game, and go back in.
Also, I stated I had accepted this new traveller (Worker) into my town. Upon reloading my game, I checked the manifest listing all people in my town and she simply was not on the list. After searching around my town for 5 minutes, I eventually found her. As soon as I clicked on her, I got a ~massive~ pop-up debug error report.
But after that she did appear in the Town Manifest again. Weird.
Double-Stacking. I had placed 3 seperate stockpiles with all items enabled, all stockpiles directly adjacent to each other (edges touching). After some time, I had noticed that people were placing items ontop of other items occupying the same slot. In the screenshot, There can be seen a Basket of Corn in the same spot as a Wood Log. There is also a Spool of Thread occupying the same spot as a Rock Chunk.
I do not have a screenshot for this, but it is not necessary.
Picket Fences and Picket-Fence Gates are completely unusuable. After being made by a Carpenter and placed in the Stockpile, there is absolutely nothing I can do to place them anywhere for actual use. When building a building or using the place-items interface, they do not appear anywhere. When clicking on the items themselves in the actual stockpile, there is no option to move or place them.
I hope there will be a way to ‘delete’ or change the ownership of items in the future. After constructing 7 “Mean Beds” for my Townspeople, I later upgraded to “Comfy Beds”. However, they still insisted on using the Mean Beds despite having 7 unoccupied Comfy Beds, which are undoubtedly better.
Also, when placing items (like Lanterns or Tables) via the construction interface, those items will remain in the list as if waiting to be placed (from a stockpile) even if they are already placed in the world. For example, if I have 1 desk in the Stockpile and I use the construction interface to place it, even after the table is placed, the interface will still say I have 1 desk waiting to be placed.
Sometimes the “placement hologram” also remains forever and the object is simply not moved by anyone, even if there are numerous idle workers and nothing waiting to be done.
One interesting problem I ran into was that of my 7 townspeople, I had 2 Footmen, 1 Weaver, 1 Carpenter, 1 Trapper and 2 Farmers. In the course of things, I was constructing a building and ran out of wood. All of my people refused to go and chop any trees down even if I ordered them to, and they had no other existing work apart from constructing the building, which they were waiting to do, since there was no wood to use.
Interestingly, my Trapper was standing around idle, wanting to build, but there was no wood to use. When I cleared all of his hunting fields, EVERYONE then finally decided to go chop the trees down for more wood to use in the construction.
Apologies for the long post, but I love Stonehearth and I am glad to see how it has come along. I hope these issues can be solved and the game goes on to be even better.
Besides, everyone already knows that I think Goblins need an adjustment. In one game, I was swarmed by 10-15 Goblins on Day 4. In another game, I have only encountered ONE goblin on Day 17.