REDDIT Ask Me Anything WITH inkblotSRK (AKA StoneHearth Creators) Fully Transcribed Q&A


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FULLY TRANSCRIBED by GammaGoblinz - REDDIT IAMA.

STONEHEARTH TEAM NAMED - inkblotSRK

FORMATTED IN Q&A BULLETS AFTER THE INTRO

I’ve made very very minimal edits solely to do with spelling. And I took only questions and answers, with a few of the sillier questions that weren’t really questions, but they still answered them anyways and I felt like that also kind of goes along with how this community acts which is with quite a nice sense of humor but not going too far. I hope the format I went with makes it easy to read rather than looking at a wall of text.

inkblotSRK:

Hi Reddit,

Eighteen months ago, my brother and I were both working in Silicon
Valley as software developers. The work was interesting, but we’ve
always dreamed of writing a game, so in Oct of 2011 we finally pulled
the trigger. We quit our day jobs, set up shop in my basement, and
have never looked back.

With over 30 combined years of software development experience, we
figured writing a game would be a piece of cake. Not so much… After
a few reboots and a trial-by-fire crash course in pathfinding, AI,
asset pipelines, etc. we’re finally showing off our first project,
Stonehearth.

Two weeks ago we did a Kickstarter, which so far has wildly exceeded
our expectations! So amazingly, in just two weeks we’ve gone from
"holy crap I hope people like this thing" to “holy crap, people like
this thing! We get to make a game!”

Proof I’m me: Tweet about this AMA Stonehearth contact page listing my
Twitter account

TLDR: We quit our jobs to write a game, got our asses kicked for 18
months, but came out of the other side wiser and happier.

Edit: Thanks for all the questions guys! I have to break for lunch but
will be back in about an hour.

Signing off! Guys you have been great. I really enjoyed answering all
your questions, but I’ve got to run to actually get some work done
today. Thanks again!

Q: Will there be turtles in the game?

A: Hadn’t thought about it, but anything is possible? Just regular turtles, or…

Q: As the $400,000 stretch goal (co-op multiplayer) appears more and more likely to happen are you feeling more anxiety or excitement? You dudes have some experience in multiplayer netcode already (clearly, shout outs to GGPO) so I expect that you know full well what that entails.

As a backer and long time fan from the FGC I’m glad to see this has blown up. Best of luck to you two.

A: This whole Kickstarter thing has been an equal mix of excitement and anxiety. On the plus side, it’s been incredibly validating that so many other people believe in our idea. But we also feel a lot of responsibility now to not let everyone down. This is a good thing! The pressure keeps us motivated to deliver the best game we can.

We have indeed been planning for multiplayer from the start, so I’m confident that we can have an awesome co-op experience.

Thanks for the well wishes!

Q: You said you and your brother set up shop in your basement, but your kickstarter video clearly shows you guys set up shop in your upstairs bedroom.
WHY DO YOU LIE TO US?

But seriously- you guys rock.

A: If it’s any consolation, we’ve moved out of that upstairs bedroom to my dining room after hiring our first new team member. So now even the KS video is out of date.

Q: Will these questions and answers be posted somewhere? So we can easily read them afterwards?

A: I’ll collect the top 10 questions or so and post them to the Stonehearth discourse

Q: Geoffers747? Is that you??? (A reply to the previous question by another redditor/hearthling)

A: I love Geoffers747

Q: What languages and tools are you using in the development of Stonehearth? Any advice for business software developers looking to take the plunge and get into games?

A: The core engine is written in C++11 and Open GL. We write all the gameplay and AI in LUA. Finally, we use JS and HTML for the UI.

For an business software developer, my advice is to just try writing a simple game using one of the existing engines out there. Unity is great for desktop/mobile apps, and I personally like ImpactJS for web apps. For Stonehearth we wrote our own engine, which lets us do some unique things but it as also a mammoth time sink.

Q: I’d really like to support you guys more (and I know I’m not the only one with this problem) but I’m having a hard time finding justification to raise my pledge up to $100. Physical things like posters and shirts aren’t my deal. Are there plans for a pledge between the 50-100 dollar range that could include non-physical benefits?

If you like this idea, I suggest a nod to reddit and add Snoo, the reddit alien as a companion. Alternatively (and since this is an AMA) give the players the choice between 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck to fight in a module.

A: We’re open to new reward ideas if you have any. The one thing we don’t want to do is create this weird division between those who can afford the higher tiers and those who can’t, which is why we placed all the pet companions in the cheaper tiers.

Q: Many of us would pay $100 to have an Alpha in Sept, but being a software engineer myself I am afraid it could slow the project down. That said, careful management, and a small feature set in the Alpha with minimal support could have little impact on the project and let you earn more support now. Also, having to solve the “it won’t run on my machine” issues early (Alpha) makes Beta and release soooo much smoother (you’ve already solved those problems).

A: Bingo.

Q: Tom, you mentioned that items can be built by developers. So I can make an ubber-sword, for example, which would defeat everything it touches. How will you handle these player-made items on multiplayer games?

A: Good question. For multiplayer games, the server will determine the list of mods that are in use for that game, and all players will need to have those mods installed.

So if you created a game with a certain set of “fair” mods, I can’t join your game with my uber-sword-of-whup-ass and wreck shop.

We will have some system to sync up the mods between you and the server so you don’t have to manage them manually.

Q: Hi! Super excited about this game!! All the best to your kickstarter :slight_smile: Two Questions:

Have you decided on how magic will work in the game?

Have you heard Raj’s music for your game? I would love to hear these tracks in game! Bit By Bit (Building a World)
It’s all in your Discourse forums: Music and Soundtrack

Great work! We’re all rooting for you!

A: For a while we were thinking that magic would be very rare and mysterious, but we keep coming up with awesome ideas that involve magic, like the magma smith. So stay tuned on that one.

I have heard Raj’s music. It’s really good! We’re still weighing our options on music, and will hopefully have more time to spend on that after the Kickstarter.

Q: Will there be physics based destruction of houses, trees, etc? I think this would add a lot to the game, especially in battles.

A: We would like to add physics for these kinds of things eventually.

Q: On the kickstarter, the little pets like the dragon and the cat and dog, do they become ‘characters’ that wander around our town or are they something that follows a chosen avatar? Can we have all three out at once? Will there be other ‘pet’ type animals in-game?

A: The pets are like their own little characters that will wander around, play, etc. We’re going to try allowing all the pets at once and see how that goes.

One of our early stretch goals was a baby mammoth pet for all KS backers. I think we’re more or less done with pets now. We have a good variety and don’t want to overdo it.

Q: Have you thought about having kings and queens as a stretch goal? I think that might make for some interesting gameplay

A: We’ve thought about it, but that’s a tough one because it implies a certain kind of city. If I’m the kind of player that’s building a monastery or a trade-city, then maybe I don’t want a king or queen, so that stretch goal has no appeal.

Q: I’m super excited for Stonehearth, and have been following the kickstarter closely. But I’m worried about one thing: Blizzard has a card game in beta called Hearthstone.

Are you afraid they’re going to make you change the name of your game?

A: We’ve had the name Stonehearth since last November, and we really like it.

We can’t control what Blizzard does, but we will try to keep the name Stonehearth.

Q: Given that pathfinding has been a fun bugbear in just about any game, what options will you present to the USER when it comes to pathfinding? Waypoints, zones that are defined as low traffic/high traffic/transport only, them doing what they want?

A: Well, we don’t want the player to have to micro-manage most units. You sort of give the orders and your settlers figure out how to implement your plans.

For combat units, where you do exert more control, we will have the pathing options you would expect in an RTS: waypoints, patrol, etc.

Q: As the game gets bigger and more complex as more stretch goals are met, how large of a team do you think will be required to complete the game on time. Also, can you give us some sort of idea where the money goes when creating a game like this? I am a backer and I think your game looks awesome! I also love the live video streams so please keep them coming.

A: We’re looking to grow the team to around 4-6 people. For a project like this, nearly all the money goes towards people and supporting people: salaries, office space, etc.

We’ll keep the live streams coming, don’t worry!

Q: How do you feel about Blizzard making a game called Hearthstone?

A: Blizzzzzaaaaarrrrdddddd! (btw, I will play the f*ck out of their game)

Q: Can you explain to me what the games about?

A: Our Kickstarter video and page explain it pretty well.

Stonehearth is a game about exploration and survival in an epic fantasy setting. Your job is to help a small group of settlers survive and carve out a place for themselves in a hostile land. You’ll need to establish a food supply, build shelter, defend your peope, and find a way to grow and expand, facing challenges at every step.

Starting from procedurally generated terrain with dynamic AI encounters, Stonehearth combines city sim and good old combat with infinite building possibilities. It’s built to be moddable at every level, from your city, to the people and creatures inhabiting the world, and will ship with the tools and documentation for you to add your own customizations to the game, and share them with friends.

Q: What’s your favorite DnD/Table-Top Role Playing story?

A: I really like the old Palladium TMNT and Robotech games.

Q: As someone who loves the idea of creating a bustling marketplace of a city, I have to ask: Are there going to be mechanics that support this dream, or will I just have to pretend that it’s a hub of commerce?

Also, don’t be shy about adding a stretch goal for making coop a little less cooperative!

A: There will be opportunities to trade with seasonal caravans that will visit your town and with other neutral factions on the map.

Q: For modding, will we be able to use the assets from the game to make our own game modes, with different AI, inventory systems, and things like that? Will it be open to adding our own scripts easily?

A: Yes. A mod that adds a new game mode or AI will need a lot of LUA scripting, but it will be possible.

Q: If there is not going to be subterranean exploration, how will you ensure there will be adequate supplies of materials typically found underground in other games in order to build grandiose structures? Will material outcroppings generate layers below themselves of similar substances as you remove them, or will there be impenetrable layers directly below the surface?

A: We would like to add subterranean exploration eventually, but we’re concentrating on the above-ground game first.

We can tune the amount of supplies vs. materials in the ground pretty easily. For instance, with wood we’ve determined that 1 “block” of wood lets you build 5 blocks of wooden wall, so you don’t have to chop down every tree in the forest to build a handful of houses.

The world will be based on reality, meaning if there’s an outcropping of rock, that outcropping will extend into the ground.

Q: What do you see as your competitors? Minecraft? Cube World? Castle Story? Timber and Stone?

A: I don’t think in terms of competitors, because this is a brand new genre and there’s room for multiple games.

First, even though we use voxels, we don’t play like Minecraft or Cube World at all. Castle Story, Timber and Stone, Towns, and Gnomoria are all better comparisons.

But all these games have their own spin on the “city management with building and crafting” genre that’s developed, which is great! For Stonehearth, we’re 100% focused on building the kind of game that we want to play.

Q: So…GGPO support?

A: Ha. We will have great co-op multiplayer, but it won’t use GGPO.

Q: When is the game even coming out

A: Beta by end of 2013, release by Sept 2014!

Q: Would you rather model 100 duck size horse pixel models, or 1 horse size duck pixel model?

A: 100 duck sized horse pixel models. Do one then copy/paste!

Q: What is that block laying program that you are using to design your characters? How do you import that into an actually GUI for the game? What code / engine are you using to design the game?

The game looks amazing, best of luck.

A: I use Qubicle Constructor to model my voxels. Great program.

We wrote our own engine using C++11 and Open GL, with LUA for gameplay and AI.

Q: I’m going to paraphrase a couple of questions from the campaign comments section:

1) Anna S. wants to know if we will have a granular set of options that define a new game… basically, can we enable/disable certain types of “lethal settings” as you phrased it? e.g. keep food starvation and aggressive wild animals, while turning off aggressive faction?

2) Felix would like to know about “the possibility of engineer/geomancer interaction”… Cannon/Rifle Golems! :smiley:

A: You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers.

  1. That would be very nice. I can’t promise anything but it’s a good idea.
  1. It’s very possible! We want to have synergies between the crafters whenever possible. For instance, there is a natural synergy between the Carpenter and the Weaver. The Carpenter crafts upgrades that improve the Weaver’s throughput (spinning wheel and loom), and the Weaver crafts goods like bowstrings that allow the Carpenter to produce advanced items like bows.

Q: Hey Tom and Tony, did you remember to call mom for Mother’s Day? Also, can you go into further detail about the combat class options that will be available?

Thanks!

A: Yes I remembered to call mom! Sheesh! For combat, you’ll be able to customize your army through class and gear. Your unit’s class will determine most of its abilities, and we’ll have all the archetypes represented: tank, melee nuker, ranged nuker, healer, etc.

Then each unit’s gear will determine some passive bonuses, and occasionally grant new abilities. For instance, you may decide that you want a strong defensive front line, so you promote 10 footmen and just 2 archers as the main damage dealers behind them, but you can choose to arm those footmen with swords, which do extra damage, or maces, which have a chance to stun on hit.

Of course, all of this is just an example of the kind of feel we’re going for. Exact mechanics are subject to change.

Q: This may be a weird question especially coming from a 3D artist but… Your game is “voxel based” does that mean it is ultimatly rendering voxels in engine or polygons? Your Dev vid showed that you would optimize the model later in polygons and the facial expressions are animated poly’s which leads me to believe that it just has a “voxel look”. Could you elaborate? Thanks.

A: In the end it call comes down to polygons. You are correct, the game has a “voxel look” and voxel like gameplay mechanics, but it is rendered in polygons.

Q: will you do a live stream showcasing how a scripted event might unfold (would love to see some LUA work), or elaborate on the “dungeon master” process you have mind for controlling how things flow in a game?

A: Maybe not a scripted story, but Tony is planning on doing a live stream showing how to take an animated model and get it into the game, including writing the AI in LUA.

Q: we know you want to have a solid “above ground” game experience before embarking underground, but do you have any plans or ideas for the direction you want to take when/if the time presents itself? to clarify, what will mining/digging look like to the player (will the terrain go translucent, will you have to change the Z level view to see whats going on, etc.)

A: When we get to it, we want the underground to be just as content-dense as the above ground. Above ground there’s stuff going on all the time: trees, flowers, critters hopping around, etc.

We want the underground to have a similar density, where you don’t have to dig very far before running into something interesting, even if it’s just some fluorescent plants in a subterranean cave or whatever.

Q: Do you have Wonder Twins Power?

A: dafuq man…

Q: You and your brother have given so much to follow your dreams, how did you find someone to hire that is as passionate about this project as you are?

A: She came to us! Her pitch was basically, “you’re going to hire me. here’s why you’re going to hire me.” It was very persuasive.

Q: How has fighting games influenced the project since you both are deeply involved in the FGC?

I am glad you guys had so much success :slight_smile: Good luck, the game looks fantastic.

A: Wow, great question.

The community aspect to Stonehearth is there directly because of the experiences we’ve had in the FGC. We wanted to build a game that people could rally around and think of as their own.

Q: I’m curious about the user created models, if I designed a weird animal, will I be able to specify how it moves/attacks or you will force me to use a skeleton template and build on it?

A: Yes, you will be able to specify your own animations. Here is a loooong video of me animating a model: Twitch

Q: Do you have plans to add Religion? It would be interesting to have different dieties and methods of worship, from offerings of food and big celebrations to offers of blood and war.

Could be a far off patch, I’m more looking forward to subterranean stuff :slight_smile: which you’ve mentioned elsewhere.

A: “Plans” would be overstating it, but we’ve brainstormed a ton on this topic. We’ve thought about the different deities and different mechanics to worship each one (prayer, animal/human sacrifice?)

This is on the long list of things that we want to get into the game, but step 1 is building the core features like construction, crafting, and combat.

Q: What about the family model? Two people have a kid and that childs traits is based on the parents and the father passively trains him/her on his.trade at home etc… also I hope you mange to.answer one of my questions today

A: We want your settlers to have relationships: to fall in love, mourn each other when they die, etc. Kids are tough. We’re not sure how to model kids moving from infant through childhood to adulthood. Maybe we can do something simple like have an infant to pow instantly “levels up” to a little kid then bam later becomes a full grown adult. We’ll keep thinking about it.


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Q: As a guy who quit his job to develop games, congrats on the Kickstarter! I have a few questions:

1)Since both of you are programmers, who is doing the art for you guys? Is it a person you knew from before or did you hire the person on a contract?

2)Did you ever feel frustrated and thought of going back to your old jobs?

3)Are you going to release this on Steam?

4)You say you got your asses kicked for 18 months (I will reach 18 months getting ass kicked next month), so did you have other game ideas that didn’t work out or was this the game you were working from from the start and just kept tweaking to get it right?

5)How long did it take to write your own engine/editor?

A: Ooooo, lightning round!

1)I’m doing the art. I produced about a year’s worth of very bad art before finally settling on Stonehearth’s style.

2)I get frustrated all the time, but this is the thing that I want to do, so I’m sticking to it!

3)We will probably release on Steam. You can vote for us on Greenlight here!

4)We’ve actually been working on Stonehearth for 18 months. We had a few false starts technically, getting the core engine and modding APIs right, but we have always been focused on this game idea.

5)18 months and counting. =) The engine is solid and mostly there. We need to spend more time on tools.

Q: I just want to say that I’ve seen your kickstarter and watched you do your thing on twitch and I’m really impressed with how professionally you speak to your audience. (Both of “you”… I didn’t pay enough attention to discern which brother was speaking when.)

That kind of approach seems to be lacking in your industry lately. I feel like being “edgy” or arrogant as an “alpha male” move is too common. Asking for millions of dollars from complete strangers should be an exercise in humility, not a middle finger in the face of “haters” who said you’d never make it. Not only have you put out a great looking product at the kickstarter level, you also have found a way to connect with people and bring them into your process.

I can’t wait for this game. It looks really fun to play and I like you guys as people and would be happy to support your work.

A: Thanks for the compliment. I chalk this up to our kinda-stuffy business software backgrounds. For us software is serious business, even when it’s fun software like games!

Q: What programming language are you using for the engine?

A: C++11 and Open GL

Q: This is a pretty broad question, but since the KS video states the core focus of the game is crafting and building. What kind of things do you see in the crafting aspect of the game? Will there be a supply and demand type deal, like after so many items the blacksmith will require new tools / soldiers new weapons and armor?

A: Crafting is going to all about managing your resources. For example, let’s look at the Carpenter:

Right from the get-go, the Carpenter can craft furniture, wooden swords that let you upgrade people into soldiers, and wooden irrigation pipes that will up the productivity of your farms. So there’s lots of stuff you COULD craft, but you’re limited by the amount of wood you can chop down and more importantly your Carpenter’s time.

So you have to choose, what’s most important? Shelter, army, or food? The answer will depend on what’s going on in your game at the moment and what your long term goals are.

And we will have interdependence between the crafters. The blacksmith will need help from the mason to craft his forge, etc.

Q: Hi, I was just wondering about the sight on the map that you’re playing on. Will you be able to see the whole of the map at once and everything that happens on it or will you be forced to like send villagers/soldiers to investigate certain parts of the map (fog of war). Keep up the good work. This game is going to be epic.

A: We are planning on fog of war.

Q: Hey guys! I backed you already and am quite excited for the release of the game. My question was, what got you started into game development and what were some amusing success/failures early on that helped shape where you are now? Best of luck in the future!

A: Thanks for backing us!

We both really like video games and we like building things (which is why we both chose software for careers), so building a game is just a dream come true.

A lot of our early failures come from being too ambitious. For instance, we originally imagined the game as a full 3D (not voxel) game that looked more like Warcraft 3 or something. Moving to a voxel-type game immediately limited a lot of what was possible, but those limitations allowed us to focus on exactly what we were most excited about (building, crafting, and modding), and just cut off a lot of things that ended up being distractions.

Q: How did you guys get started in the gaming industry? And when did you know that being apart of it was something you wanted to do?

A: We’ve been hovering around the game industry for a while, mostly involved with fighting games. 15 years ago I started a big fighting game website http://shoryuken.com, and started Evo a fighting game tournament which has grown into this mammoth thing. Tony has worked on some game tech like GGPO, network middleware for high-action games like fighting games.

We’re just life long gamers and have always been around games.

Q: Can you replant trees? Is mining/geomancer terrain changing permanent?

A: You can probably replant trees eventually. Seems like a good feature.

Terrain changes are permanent. If you dig a hole, you can always fill it in later, but the hole is a real hole and will stay there.

Q: "But we also feel a lot of responsibility now to not let everyone down. This is a good thing! The pressure keeps us motivated to deliver the best game we can."
Beyond having the freedom to create the exact vision you want in a game, how is the above sentiment any different from a day job… Pressure to deliver and a lot of responsibility to not let your company down so that you still have a job.

A: Well, first the work is just a lot more fun. It’s way more fun to think about epic monsters and magic than IT business software. Second, we’re working for ourselves now, so the rewards are potentially much bigger. Not just financially, but the satisfaction of having built your vision and other people enjoying the thing that you built.

But your point is correct. It’s still a job.

Q: I can’t wait for the game and especially if we get COOP. I have a couple of questions.

1) Will there be automatic trade between cities? So can i have a friend who is focused on food output and another on raw materials while i focus on producing elite men? And we see real trade between these cities?

2) Will everything be represented with viewable motions. For example if my crops are harvested, will they drop on the floor till someone picks them up and carries them to the store house and then will then be picked up by whoever wants it next. Instead of automatically being used when needed?

My questions are very realism focus i guess, i just love the sense of a real city with real systems that move and interact with eachother.

A:

  1. Not right away. To do this we would have to have some kind of communication between the game you’re playing and your friends’ games. It’s a good idea and we’ve thought about it, but it’s not at the top of our list.
  1. Yes. You can see this sort of stuff in the kickstarter video, where the workers physically lift up blocks of wood from the harvested tree and carry them to be stored.

Q: First off, I’m really excited about this game! It looks adorable and awesome at the same time. And a tinfoil hat? YESSSS.

1)Are you playing as one of these settlers as well? Or are you some sort of all-powerful omniscient god figure who tells the characters where to go, what to do, etc.

2)Do these items you create, armor for example, go to your settlers?

3)In one point of the kickstarter video, you guys show a little castle like building with beds, chests?, weapon racks, flag, and shield. Will these items have functions beyond decorative use? And could you customize the flag/coat of arms/shield to your liking?

4)The video says that farming will have a mini-game, but the FAQ at the bottom of the page says you won’t have to micro food and that your farmers will take care of it. So is the mini-game optional?

5)I’d like to pledge $45 and get one beta with a cat, and one with a dog (For myself and my sister). How can I tell which game would have which pet?

6)Will the game be locked to a computer or an account?

A: 1)You don’t play as a settler. You float above the action and give orders, then your settlers obey.

2)Yup

3)Yes, most items will have a purpose. For instance, a settler will work faster the next day if he spent the last night sleeping in a bed and not on the ground.

4)Yeah, the “mini-game” language was confusing. Basically farming will be deep and complicated enough that you could consider it a sub-game. You’ll have choices for when crops you plant, and making the right choice will get you a better yield.

5)The KS rewards will be tied to some kind of authentication. So when you install the game you tell us “I’m me” through your email address or something and we install the right pet.

6)Nope!

Q: Are you planning to eventually bring ships into the game so that you’d be able to fish and have naval combat and so on?

A: Not for a while. There are many things we would like to get done before moving to naval.

The great thing about our modding framework is, if people really want to see something like this a modder may get to it first.

Q:

1)This game looks really awesome, so I’m going to try to stick some ideas in your head if they aren’t already there:

2)Will your game have buildable structures to defend against monsters and such? Things like turrets, near-indestructible walls, etc?

3)I feel like having domesticated dogs to protect people or attack things would be awesome. Thoughts?

4)Presumably, over time one will be able to have multiple cities located far away from each other. Will there be any kind of long-range transportation mechanics? Perhaps a steam train or something like that.

5)If you start the game with monsters/aggression turned off, will you be able to turn it back on later? Say, to build an awesome city in peace then be able to test it later on.

6)I’m not sure how you’re going to handle structure damage, but please make it so structures can be repaired automatically, perhaps by having a unit that will run and start working on anything that’s damaged or something. That sounds neat.

A: 1)You’ll be able to build walls and towers to defend yourself.

2)Yes! The Animal Trainer class will let you do this.

3)So far we have been thinking of the game as you managing one city or one city with a few tiny outposts.

4)Hm, interesting idea. I hadn’t thought of that, so…maybe!

5)Definitely.

Q: As clear proponents and beneficiaries of the current trend in crowdsourcing, how far do you think this is going to go? Personally I am beyond excited for any opportunity to cut out publishers and the population at large for a better chance at the type of games I truly love.

Do you think this model of funding is going to revolutionize how (and what kind of) video games are created, or are we going to look back in 10 years with the same level of disgust (and/or disappointment) that we now have for pogs?

P.S., keep it up! Backing at the $30 level.

A: I do think crowdfunding will revolutionize how new projects get started. It’s just amazing that you can go directly to potential customers with your idea instead of having to get a loan from a bank or approach VCs.

Q: Hey guys, the game looks great, and I will be backing your project when I get home from work later today. I read the info you had on the kickstarter page but haven’t had a chance to go through the videos or any extra material yet.

So my question is will there be a king/ruler character in play at all? like a hero class character that each town has only one of?

A: Lots of people have asked for something like that, so we’re taking a closer look

Q: Knowing about you two from SRK, and knowing how much you guys have done for the FGC you guys are an inspiration in more ways than one. I heard about this project through Ultrachen, and thought it was a great idea!

As an aspiring game designer I would like to ask, what did you begin working on first, did you work on a straight concept or just built an engine first, and then built your idea around that (I hope that made sense)?

Also what are your inspirations behind the game?

Thanks.

A: We started from day 1 with the concept in mind: a game that let you build creatively and share your creations with other people. We decided to build our own engine only after determining that we couldn’t really build the top-to-bottom moddability that we wanted with an off the shelf engine.

Q: Hey guys Congratulations on the success of the kickstarter. I am looking forward to hearing about the progress on the game and I am extremely excited that this game is being ported to Macs. Is there any chance you guys will be using Evo or FGC events as a way to market your game? or are you keeping it separate?

A: I think we’re going to keep them separate. Evo is all about full-on competition, whereas Stonehearth is a game about expressing your creativity.

Q: This is going to be the first time I pledge for a game on kickstarter, even though I’ve seen so many amazing games on there, this one in itself looks absolutely perfect, exactly like what I have been looking for. For so long.

Few questions, unsure which got answered and which didn’t skip whichever was asked before, if you answer this at all!

1)How big are the worlds going to be? Are we talking minecraft GINORMOUS size? Or are we talking Sim City 2012 “I can’t fit a damn thing in here now that I am succesfull”-size?

2)What is the main focus area of the game, early, mid or late-game? I ask this because I often restart a game to change a tiny detail, if early game is very difficult or long this might discourage or even encourage that!

3)When can we expect to see actual gameplay footage of you guys playing? How will you plan to keep is up to date of current progress? This is important to me personally because I am investing money into something and it would be a shame if the game comes out and I can’t even remember why I got so excited in the first place!

4)The races in the game: Is your focus on just one playable race at first to be expanded by modders? Or will the game release with several playable races?

5)How can I get you guys to release this faster? :smiley:

The game looks absolutely tremendously epicly awesome of godlike proportions. I’ve been dying for a while to replay something along the lines of the settlers, minecraft, dungeon keeper and sim city combined and it looks like this is it. So much props to you guys, you are living the dream!

Thank you.

A: Wow, thanks for your support!

1)Game worlds will be big enough so you won’t hit the edges. We’re still tuning things, but we don’t want you building in a box.

2)We want the focus of the early game to be about survival, then in the mid game transition to more of an optimization, min-max sort of game. The end game will shift back towards survival and staving off epic monsters and disasters.

3)We want to keep you guys updated as we develop the game. You can see some of our live broadcasts at Twitch

4)We’ll start out with just one playable race.

5)Buy us beer. Kidding! We’re working hard to get the game to you. We want to see it released just as much as you do!

Q: My brothers mod idea: An imp who walks around in the shadows and “breaks” things. Cutting a hole in a house wall, rerouting your irrigation, stealing a hammer, all these would be examples of breaking things. Would it be possible to mod such a character?

A: Absolutely!

Q: Is multiplayer going to be on peoples own server or will you control servers?

A: You can run your own server.


AND THAT ENDS THE IAMA ON REDDIT


ALL ANSWERS (A:) were given by inkblotSRK AND ALL QUESTIONS (Q:) were given by redditors/hearthlings.

Hope this provided an easy way for everyone to read the Q & A without all the extra stuff and having to sift through the comments, etc…


Idea for expanding village
#3

Damn straight.

Also for anyone wondering these questions and answers are included in the Collated Q & A, but they’re in the respective sections, good job @GammaGoblinz for getting this up.


#4

excellent work @GammaGoblinz… 2 internet points for you! :slight_smile:


#5

Yeah I chose to forgo my voxellating night and instead did a lot of copy and pasting. I figured, simply a top 10 wasn’t enough.


#6

Geoff got dat influence


#7

feeling a bit necro-ish this morning, are we? :smile:

wow, how young an innocent we all were “back then”… ok, i wasnt really much younger… and @Geoffers747 was anything but innocent… but you get the point…


#8

Has it been 5 months already!? Where has the time gone???

Your influence corrupted me. I’m standing by that.