We’ve been telling you about multiplayer for a while now, and we think it’s time we actually let you give it a whirl yourselves! Before you continue, please make sure you’ve watched or read the Desktop Tuesday on Multiplayer! It explains in detail how to host, join, and manage multiplayer games, and what to look out for. But here’s a brief summary.
- Get the build: Get on the new super-unstable branch on Steam using the password determination.
Start a game: In the main menu, you will have a new Multiplayer button, that allows you to start a new multiplayer game.
- Alternatively, you can convert an existing single player game to multiplayer from the in-game multiplayer menu.
Invite your friends: Once you have embarked, you can invite your Steam friends by going into the multiplayer menu (look for a shady-looking fellow by the notifications button) and clicking Invite, or using the Steam Friends menu.
- Once they accept your invite, Steam will launch Stonehearth for them, and guide them through embarking in your world.
- Performance: With great players comes great responsibility numbers of Hearthlings. We’re in the early stages of a performance pass on the game, but for now you’ll still see some issues in multiplayer games with lots of players or with larger towns.
- Building: We’re only starting to properly integrate the new Building system with Multiplayer, so you may see some issues with building ownership. Most of them can be avoided for now by ensuring you and your friends are working on separate buildings - when you open the builder, deliberately click the “Start New Building” button.
- Templates: Currently saving templates may not work for players other than the host.
- Instability: Expect various bugs, crashes, slowdowns, limitations, and all sorts of other weirdness. Save early, save often, and smash that Reply button to report any and all issues on this thread!
(and totally not two other people pretending to be Angelo)
Here’s a Determined Poyo so you don’t forget the password: