CrysCo Update Notes – November 10, 2018

11/10/2018 – November 10th Update Notes

In this update we developed a story-driven tutorial, worked to better focus each faction, and grind out various visual and gameplay issues.

Tutorial

  • A four-part, story driven tutorial has been implemented in order to acquaint new players with the mechanics and controls of Crystal Companies.
    • The tutorial is not enabled by default, so if you’d like to play through it, you can select “Replay Tutorial” in the settings menu (gear icon, top left of screen).
  • A brief overview has been added to the main menu scene so that new players better navigate through creating/editing decks, starting a skirmish, and changing settings.

Game Changes

  • Changed upgrade cost from 2 Faction/1 Crystal to 2 Crystal/1 Faction.
  • Changed units with Waterbound to not be affected by the cost of Shallows.
  • Increased the maximum amount of common cards in the deck from 4 to 5.
  • Now when reversing an Enlarged condition, a unit’s health will be reduced until it reaches its base max health. If its health is already at or below the base max health, it will not lose any health.

Battlefield Changes

  • Changed name of Smoke Lake to Silver Tarn. Added small elevation on either side of the lake.
  • Changed Tawny Mesa so that it a Roc/Menhir combination doesn’t always exist.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Reduced the range of QuinnlusChain-Grab ability from 4 to 3 spaces.
  • Changed Imperial Artificer’Forge Blueprint to no longer clone a structure but instead draw a copy of a structure’s card. Added a Dominion (i.e. when a structure enters battlefield) trigger to gain 2 Intellect.
  • Added Zligen Turbine: uncommon structure card that has a ranged attack and Transmute (i.e. whenever a spell is cast) trigger to push all enemy creatures within 3 spaces, back 3 spaces.
  • Replaced Imperial Warder’Guard ability with Force Push, which pushes two enemies away from it.
  • Reduced the cost of Link Lightning from 4I to 2I1C.
  • Reduced the cost of Revivify from 4I to 3I.
  • Gave Countervail Turret an attack ability and increased its attack from 0 to 1. Increased the chilling amount on its Chilling Missiles trigger from 1 to 2.
  • Reduced the cost of High Command Turret from 6I2C to 5I2C.
  • Increased the cost of Zligen Carbine from 2I to 3I. Increased its health from 2 to 5. Increased its attack range from 2 to 3. Added +LOS on its Transmute trigger.
  • Decreased Imperial Reaver‘s attack from 5 to 3, increased its health from 2 to 4, and gave it Builder.

Nature (Green)

  • Changed Woodfolk Harrower‘s ability to now Harvest a plant to spawn a Dryad of the Grove.
  • Changed name of Forestal Axeman‘s attack ability from Cast to Throw Axe.
  • Changed the first evolution creatures so that their Harvest ability gives +3 health instead of +2 health.
  • Reduced the attack and health of Woodbairn from 5 to 4.
  • Reduced Starnys Grovekeeper‘s health from 6 to 5 and changed its Hasten Nature to target one unit instead of all units in range.
  • Changed the Harmonize trigger so that a spawned plant needs to be near the ability owner.
  • Gave Soul Seedling Fragile.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Reduced movement of Ryst the White from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced movement of Traist, Prince of Hochraun from 5 to 4 and range of his Rally Forces ability from 5 to 4.
  • Reduced movement range of Menhiran Cleric from 4 to 3. Replaced its Faithful (i.e. when an ally enters the battlefield) trigger with an activated Heal/Cleanse ability.
  • Reduced movement range of Priest of Seals from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced cost of Hochraun Phalanx from 4S to 3S.
  • Renamed Menhiran Hopplite to Old North Skirmisher. Increased its health from 1 to 2, cost from 1S to 2S, and replaced its Zeal with Pierce.
  • Changed Old North Champion’s Retribution ability to only copy damage back to source if damage is dealt in combat.
  • Reduced Ascendant Seraph‘s attack from 4 to 3, movement and los from 5 to 4, removed its Armored ability, and renamed Enkindle to Radiance: +1 attack, movement, and health until end of turn to all allies within 2 spaces.
  • Changed Close Ranks to give +2 armor instead of overshield.
  • Reduced cost of Harken from 5S4C to 5S3C.
  • Reduced cost of Cataclysm from 7S4C to 5S3C.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Reduced cost of Set Ambush Trap from 1C4W to 1C3W.
  • Reduced the range and damage of Drake Isle Mutineer‘s Chuck Petard ability. Renamed it to Chuck Cherry Bomb.
  • Decreased attack of Kokumo from 6 to 5 and cost from 6W3C to 4W3C. Replaced her Pierce with Agility.

Environment

  • Changed name of Crystal Anima to Taru Anima.
  • Reduced health of Terrorizing Roc from 10 to 8 and removed its Armored ability.
  • Reduced attack of Contract Thief from 2 to 1.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed spawn abilities to allow spawning a unit at a position so long as that unit can move onto that position.
  • Fixed issues with spawning units at target locations where targets would be considered improperly invalid.
  • Fixed an issue where the AI  player would have a spell but not be able to cast it, and infinitely try to cast the spell.
  • Fixed an issue with leap to enemy ability where it would sometimes jump to a harmful position.
  • Fixed issues with spawning cards where the card id wasn’t found.
  • Added many new character models and ability visual and audio effects.
  • Fixed a visual bug where you could open the detail view even if there was no selected object -updated end game notification to have a backdrop.
  • Fixed an issue with rendering, which resulted in a significant increase in FPS.

 

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CrysCo Update Notes – October 4, 2018

10/4/2018 – October 4th Update Notes

In this update we focused on streamlining starting a skirmish, enriching the starting scene, and refining the Nature faction.

Game Changes

  • Upgrading a unit now costs an additional faction resource.
  • Reworked the starting scene to be a 3D environment. There are three clickable zones that take you to the battle settings, deck editor, and shop. The battle settings have been updated to be more accessible and better display the battlefields available.

Battlefields

  • Added a new map called Taru Quarry: cross-shaped basin map with crystal in the middle.

Card Updates

Crystal (Pink)

  • Added a minimum range to Guard Tower‘s Auto-shot ability.

Intellect (Orange)

  • Increased move range of Supply Balloon from 3 to 4.

Nature (Green)

  • Removed the condition duration of Amorphia‘s Arborealize trigger so that it is indefinite.
  • Replaced the Immobile attributes on the egg cards with Incapable: cannot move nor interact.
  • Changed Seed Turret to Dekiri Flower. Replaced its triggered Shoot Seed ability to an activated ability. Added Territorial  trigger that poisons creatures.
  • Increased cost of Tanys, Forestal Emissary from 2C2N to 2C3N. Removed his Conjure Wall of Vines ability and Synthesize ability. Added a new activated ability called Flora-shift: leap to ally plant.
  • Replaced Dryad of the Grove‘s Harmonize ability with Zeal.
  • Reduced the attack of Forestal Axeman from 3 to 2. Gave him Native, and increased Structure Razer from 2 to 3.
  • Replaced Grove Sentry‘s Harmonize effect (spawn Dryad of the Grove) to bestowing himself +1 movement and line of sight until the end of turn.
  • Decreased Resistance Lookout‘s attack from 3 to 2, increased his movement/LOS from 4 to 5, and gave him Immune.
  • Changed Starnys Grovekeeper to have Protection, spawn 6 Vetchlings on enter, give +10 health to one creature/plant until end of turn, and morph a plant into a Woodbairn.
  • Increased cost of Forest-floor Gardener from 2N to 3N and removed the cooldown on its Harmonize trigger.
  • Gave Megasloth Trample.
  • Increased the health of Resistance Bushwhacker from 3 to 4.
  • Increased the health of Woodfolk Keeper from 4 to 5 and its cost from 5N to 6N.
  • Gave Wall of Vines a trigger on enter battlefield to constrict all adjacent enemies for one turn.
  • Replaced Deeproot Druid‘s Vinebind ability with Conjure Vines: activated ability that spawns 1 Wall of Vines.
  • Reduced the range of Sea Canopy Skyhunter’s Territorial from 4 to 3.
  • Replaced Woodfolk Harrower‘s Synthesize effect to spawn a Dryad of the Grove instead of draw Vetchling cards.
  • Changed the effect of Sylg Leaf Tonic to give Invisibility instead of +health.
  • Removed Zeal from Resistance Tunneler and increased the damage dealt from Emerge from 1 to 2.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Helmscross Brawler no longer deals damage to itself on combat damage.
  • Changed Drake Isle Headhunter so that it gains wealth when it kills a creature.
  • Reduced the cost of Drake Isle Madcap from 2W to 1W.
  • Changed cost of Windsteppe Assailant from 2W to 1W1C.
  • Changed the trigger of Drake Isle Marauder‘s Bounty ability to when it kills a creature instead of kills anything.

Environment

  • Reduced attack of Wild Fox from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced attack of Wild Stag from 3 to 1. Increased its health from 2 to 3.
  • Replaced Wild Wolf’s Multistrike with bleed on attack.
  • Reduced health of Stone Giant from 15 to 8.
  • Reduced attack of Terrorizing Roc from 3 to 2. Reduced its health from 12 to 10.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed an issue with buildsites not respawning while in upgraded form.
  • Fixed bug where flyers were unable to move over units.
  • Fixed a bug where permanent conditions would not be given.

 

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The Creppy/Spoopy Monthly Update

A picture of the new 3D menu screen

Hello all, and welcome to the October Crystal Companies monthly update. Since our last post, we have implemented a slew of sweet upgrades into the game. If you haven’t yet, join our Discord channel so you can get your very own alpha Steam key! Find the scary-good update details (if I do say so myself) below.

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Marketplace, Investments, and Main Menu Screen

There have been a few major substantive changes to the user interfaces of the game that also happen to be cosmetically and experientially noticeable as well.

First off, the marketplace and investment windows have been removed, and their functionality (or at least the parts deemed to be relevant) have been rolled into interactions within the environment itself. Now when you claim build sites, you receive certain universal upgrades specific to the structures you build.

Second, the main menu screen received an interesting overhaul–now, instead of a 2D menu, there is a 3D scene that makes navigation more intuitive (we hope!).

An image of Crystal Companies' 3D main menu screen

(Try it out for yourself–get a Steam key here.)

Hand UI

Will made several major upgrades to the hand UI, making it smoother and more functional overall. This short video demonstrates these changes:

New Standard Maps

The cat’s out of the bag: in addition to the procedurally generated “unknown” (random) map feature that was added recently, there are now also a number of new standard maps.

Not only that, but some of these maps include entirely new interactable units like boats, and bears, and boars (oh my!).

On the Horizon

We hope you will be our guests and test out some of the big changes coming to Crystal Companies over the next few months. Lately we’ve added a new stream to our Twitch schedule (http://twitch.tv/crystalcompanies), played a bunch of community matches (more to come), and been to some really fun local events (also more to come). As always, check out our Twitter for intermittent updates (and Discord of course). Have a creppy/spoopy month!

 

CrysCo Update Notes – September 12, 2018

9/12/2018 – September 12th Update Notes

We have constructed several new battlefields, made several significant game changes, and grinded out a ton of bugs and user experience issues.

Game Changes

  • The market is no longer available unless you own a unit with the Trading Post sub-card type.
  • The investments window is no longer available. Most of the investments have been or will be transferred to structure cards or build sites.
  • Support operations–structures that generate resource–now have an Upgrade ability that adds more health, line of sight, and generates one extra resource each turn. The cost to upgrade is 1 faction and 1 pink-crystal resource.
  • Overshield buff (prevents attacks) now maxes out at 1.
  • The initial max population has been increased from 4 to 8.

Hand UX

  • The display of cards in hand has been overhauled:
    • Animations and card movement are much more fluid.
    • Cards now glow to indicate playability.
    • Cards are displayed when they are discarded.
  • The mulligan window has been updated to make the mulligan process much more clear.

Battlefields

  • Added a new battlefield named Tawny Mesa: a cross-shaped map where a single Menhir sits atop a central mountain protected by a Terrorizing Roc.
  •  Added a new battlefield named Serene Prairie: an arena-shaped map where both players start with a walled in base. The field in between players is home to many wild animals that drop Meat.
  • Added new battlefield named The Bluffs: a lane-shaped map with plenty of hills and a central build site on top of a fortified hill.
  • Added a new battlefield named Smoke Lake: an arena-shape map with a center lake, docks, and turtles.
  • Added a new battlefield named Grassland Pass: a lane-shaped map with a central build site that is protected by a Frontier Bandit.

Card Updates

Crystal (Pink)

  • Changed Frontier Turret‘s Auto-Shot so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed Guard Tower‘s Auto-Shot so that it no longer can target invisible units.

Intellect (Orange)

  • Changed Countervail Turret‘s Chilling Missiles so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed Artillery Turret‘s Heat-seeking Missiles so that it no longer can target invisible units and added a 1-turn cooldown.
  • Changed Energy Mine so that its trap is no longer ignorable but now stuns instead of silences.
  • Gave Corporal Ryden‘s Perpetual Overshield no condition duration.

Nature (Green)

  • Changed Seed Turret‘s Shoot Seed so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Changed cost of Sew Seeds from 1N1C to 2N.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Updated Sonnenbrand‘s Sunburned condition so that it also triggers on attacking and activating abilities.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Flamethrower‘s Fire Blast ability from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Handcannon‘s Shrapnel Shot from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced the attack of Outlander Snare Gun‘s Ensnare from 2 to 1.
  • Gave Fleetfire Fort‘s Furnish Explosive +1 swiftness and to no longer have a cooldown but a 3-Wealth cost. The Chuck Petard ability given by Furnish Explosive no longer has a 3-Wealth cost.
  • Increased the number of Palisades spawned by Fleetfire Fort‘s Barricade technique from 6 to 12.
  • Changed Fleetfire Commodore Butros by removing his Structure Razer and Multistrike abilities and giving him Setup Fort (morph to Fleetfire Fort)
  • Changed Fleetfire Cannoneer by removing hits Set Up Cannon ability and replacing it with Structure Razer.

Environment

  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Militia: a weak melee unit with Pierce.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Man-At-Arms: a weak melee unit with agility.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Frontier Champion: a melee unit with Adamantine (can only be dealt 1 damage at a time).
  • Added a new uncollectible spell card called Meat: give +2 health permanently.
  • Added a new uncollectible spell card called Milk: give +1 health for 2 turns.
  • Added a new uncollectible creature card called Wild Goat: a weak melee unit that can interact for Milk and drops Meat on death.
  • Changed Senile Prospector‘s Reactive Leap so that it no longer can target invisible units.
  • Added Ethereal Rune: uncollectible spell card that gives an ally ghostform for two turns.
  • Added Illumination Rune: uncollectible spell card that gives an ally +10 LOS until the end of turn.
  • Added Rune of Quaking: uncollectible spell card that deals AOE 1 damage to 3 units.
  • Added Contract Book: uncollectible claimable card to claim to draw 1 card.
  • Updated Contract Thief‘s Drop Contract ability to drop a Contract Book instead of draw a card.
  • Removed Senile Prospector‘s Drop Contract ability.
  • Reduced attack of Terrorizing Roc‘s Territorial leap from 2 to 1.
  • Added a 1-turn cooldown to Frontier Turret‘s Auto-shot ability.
  • Added Wild Bear: an uncollectible AI card that has toughness and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Boar: an uncollectible AI card that has 1 armor and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Fox: an uncollectible AI card that has agility and drops Meat.
  • Added Wild Stag: an uncollectible AI card that has pierce and drops Meat.
  • Increased cost of Frontier Mining Camp from 0C to 2C.
  • Added Frontier Trading Post: an uncollectible blueprint card that gives 1 Crystal each turn and enables market use.
  • Added Frontier Barracks: an uncollectible blueprint card that increases population by 7 and spawns 1 Frontier Miner or Frontier Militia each turn.
  • Added Frontier Fortress: an uncollectible blueprint card that has a ranged AOE random damage attack and an activated ability that spawns two Palisades.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Mining Shaft to transform to Frontier Trading Post.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Outpost to transform to Frontier Barracks.
  • Added Upgrade ability to Frontier Rockslinger to transform to Frontier Fortress.
  • Reduced all blueprint costs to 1C, except Menhir, which was reduced to 3C.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Re-enabled chat function in settings.
  • Added many new models for turret cards.
  • Created a projectile system for turrets so that they rotate and shoot properly.
  • Attacking, interacting, and moving can be done much faster now.
  • Units now rotate towards the nearest visible enemy when moving or entering battlefield. Units now rotate towards enemies whenever visible enemies enter or move.
  • Walls now spawn away from the ability owner’s position OR the target (e.g. Buttress).
  • Fixed a potential issue with the map generator where no paths would be created between the two players.
  • Fixed a bug with AI movement where it would constantly wander for no reason.
  • Fixed an issue where the AI would play the captain over and over again, while ignoring other cards in hand.
  • Fixed a bug where damage dealt to damageable interactable units was always zero.

 

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Things Fall into Place

rock pile

It’s not quite fall, but things are coming together nicely as summer concludes. Not only are the procedurally generated battlefields improving daily, but the visual style of Crystal Companies is cohering nicely as well. Progress and plans for the future abound in this end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall update!

Procedural Generation: The Latest

This video shows some of the most recent developments on the map-generation front in Crystal Companies (of course, to see the very latest you should just get yourself a Steam alpha key from our Discord server!).

Environmental Assets

Here are the latest results from Johnny Halcyon’s hard work!

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QoL

As usual, there were so many improvements this month–too many to mention here. However, Brad’s devblog post catalogs them in detail here.

I’ll mention a few highlights:

  • Battlefield shapes are diversified and will likely become archetypes in addition to random map options
  • Many stock structure models have been improved across Wealth (yellow) and Intellect (orange)
  • Card glow (which indicates playable cards in hand) is now amplified

On the Horizon

The next month includes preparing for Granite State Comic Con (and probably a few more events that we will tell you about later!) and polishing Crystal Companies’ game mechanics and UX/UI. Both of these major initiatives should result in a smoother onboarding experience for new players and increased functionality across the game. Needless to say, these are exciting times!

As an end note, don’t forget to like us on Facebook–where we’ve begun a new series called “Procedural Map Monday” wherein we post games played on procedurally generated maps–and follow us on Twitter, Twitch for Wednesday-night dev streams, and hop onto our Discord server to chat and/or get a FREE Steam alpha key!

CrysCo Update Notes – August 21, 2018

8/21/2018 – August 21st Update Notes

We’ve continued to expand the procedural generation functionality, updated card mechanics, and improved environmental and UI visuals.

Game Changes

  • Units with Waterbound can now walk on and over shallows, in addition to water.

Procedural Battlefield Updates

  • Environment models (e.g. rocks, flowers, grass, and trees) are now spawned outside of a generated battlefield corresponding to its assigned eco-region and habitat.
  • Added functionality to generate a water body around a mountain.
  • Added functionality to generate oceans and islands.
  • Added functionality to border an area on on flat or elevated terrain.
  • Added functionality to create spiral/straight ramps for elevation.
  • Added functionality to generate different shapes of battlefields:
    • Corner-lane: straight lane from one corner to another.
    • Edge-lane: straight lane from one  edge to another.
    • Arena: regular hex shape.
    • Horseshoe: hex shape with a smaller hex area subtracted from one corner.
    • Cross: crossed corner and edge-lane.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Added a 1-turn cooldown to Isa’s Acquire Contract reactive technique.
  • Gave Supply Balloon Flying.
  • Changed Imperial Artificer’s Clone Structure technique to not be able to clone command posts nor support operations.
  • Updated Portal to be able to port enemies, and gave it Spiritform.
  • Reduced cost of Countervail Turret from 3I to 2I. Gave its Chilling Missiles ability a 1-turn cooldown.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Renamed Gabion to Palisade and gave it a Deconstruct ability.
  • Renamed Fleetfire Cannonade to Fleetfire Fort. Added a reactive technique called Barricade that, when morphed to, spawns Palisade’s around the fort. Added an activated technique called Furnish Explosive that gives 1 ally the Chuck Petard ability until the end of turn.

Environment

  • Added a new claimable card called Cursed Bones. When claimed, it spawns 1 of three Skeleton cards.
  • Changed Wandering Conjurer’s Drop Loot technique to drop 1 Cursed Bones instead of immediately draw cards.
  • Reduced health of Frontier Bandit from 6 to 5. Reduced drop amount of loot from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced health of Terrorizing Roc from 15 to 12, attack from 4 to 3, and drop amount of loot from 4 to 3.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed several issues with technique targeting so that units do not incorrectly trigger Territorial or other trap reactive techniques.
  • Fixed a bug with some territorial condition techniques where the targets would not be inflicted with the technique’s condition.
  • Fixed an issue where a trap could be placed on top of another trap.
  • Fixed a bug where units couldn’t be placed correctly when spawned from techniques.
  • Fixed an issue with AI where it would not place units inside a walled-in base.
  • Fixed an issue with AI movement where AI would move to a hurtful terrain location.
  • Fixed issues with the radial menu and action panel so that attack abilities with a cooldown show the cooldown count.
  • Fixed some issues where colliders would interfere with clicking units.
  • Updated Unity to 2018.2.3f1
  • Skirmish score now multiplied a little based on the map shape and map radius. Bigger map typically means higher multiplier.
  • Added capability to reconnect to a skirmish after a player leaves the game client and reopens.
  • Replaced several models with cooler ones.
  • Most turrets and other structures/siege now rotate and shoot projectiles instead of merely instantiating effects when attacking.
  • Cards now display a really cool glow animation when they are playable.

Mid-Summer Update: 2018 Edition

Summer is in full swing, and since our last post, the BG team has implemented a bunch of user-facing improvements and features–see for yourself! (Read on below and/or hop into our Discord to get an alpha Steam key.)

Introducing: Saen Sure-Shot

Of the captain models we wanted to commission pre-Kickstarter, Saen was at the top of the list. Now her new model is implemented in-game!

Saen is a unique personality and no stock model could come close to doing her character justice. In addition, Yellow/Wealth is the only one of the sub-crystal types to not have two playable captains currently. Thanks again to Micah Masbaum for working with us and producing this awesome model! (Next up: rigging and animating!)

Procedurally Generated Maps

Last month at Port Con we debuted a test version of the “random” map selection feature. Not only was it surprisingly fun, it was a bit too random! In addition to dialing the craziness down (in a good way) we also augmented the experience with the first pieces of a whole batch of new environment models and textures.


As you can see in the video, map size, terrain and terrain effects, water features (with a new build site type: dock), elevation, and even AI creatures and win-condition are randomized in this mode!

(Check out that grass! More environment updates to come from Johnny Halcyon.)

Shop

That’s right: DLC will someday be available for purchase. For the time being, the implementation of a functioning shop is more of a backend win (integration with Steam, a user-friendly menu system, all new currencies, etc.), but down the road expect an appealing storefront for redeeming in-game currency as well as cash for in-game items, including packs of cards and aesthetic changes! (Just for the record, we aim to release CrysCo as a FTP game that will always reward skill above monetary investment.)

On the Horizon

As always, check out Brad’s latest update notes post to see a comprehensive list of game changes and technical tweaks from the last month. We have plenty more coming down the pipe (especially visuals and functionality improvements).

With another month in the books, we hope to continue to hear from you about what you would like to see happen in Crystal Companies as far as game improvements and community engagement–hit us up on Twitter, during our Wednesday Twitch stream, and as always on Discord. We have a Facebook page, too if you want to give us a “like!”

 

CrysCo Update Notes – July 26, 2018

7/26/2018 – July 26th Update Notes

 

In this update we overview the significant improvements to procedural map generation, new in-game shop, and continued Nature faction revisions.

Game Changes

  • Fatigue is now given to morphed and cloned units.
  • Units killed by allies are no longer counted in the skirmish report’s kill/death ratio.

Procedural Battlefield Updates

  • Added functionality to generate lake water bodies with docks.
  • Added functionality to generate mountains with conquer points, a boss enemy, and minion enemies.
  • Added functionality to initially wall in each player’s base.
  • Added functionality to initially put each player’s base on top of a hill.
  • Added in path-checking in order to mitigate maps where players are entirely blocked off from one another.
  • Updated randomized unit spawning so that support operations, build sites, claimable units, and environmental enemies are not spawned next to each other.

In-game Shop

  • Added in a shop where players can purchase packs of cards using the in-game currency called Imperial Notes. This shop will become more relevant as we add in rewards, achievements,  daily quests, and login rewards.

Visual Updates

  • Replaced current battlefield tiles and some vegetation with custom models and materials.
  • Battlefields that are generated at the start of a skirmish now have an associated style that informs the look of the environment (e.g. a grasslands environment will have more grass, less rocks).
  • Water and shallow water have been replaced with an actual water object so that water is easier to identify.
  •  Added a custom model for Saen Sure-Shot.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Changed Buttress to only target allies.
  • Changed Portal so it can port creatures and/or structures. Increased its Ephemeral duration from 1 to 2 turns.

Nature (Green)

  • Gave Pitfall Trap the plant sub-card type.
  • Added
  • Replaced Brambleroot card from Resistance Shaman’s Sprout ability with Ballistixia.
  • Added a new rare trap card called Set Ironroot Trap (spawns Ironroot Trap) that costs 2N1C.
  • Added a new trap called Ironroot Trap that when triggered spawns an Ironroot on each spot adjacent to the foe. Range is 3 spaces.
  • Renamed Brambleroot to Ironroot and replaced its abilities with just toughness. Increased its health from 1 to 3. Is no longer is a trap.
  • Replaced Sea Canopy Windsinger‘s Territorial leap-AOE-damage effect with push.
  • Replaced Sea Canopy Skyhunter‘s Territorial damage-bleed effect with leap-AOE-damage-bleed effect. Increased its health from 2 to 3.
  • Decreased cost of Primal Rally from 6N2C to 4N2C and changed its rarity from uncommon to rare.
  • Changed Fellshroom’s Poisonous Spore to deal 1 damage in addition to inflicting poison.
  • Increased LOS of Direvine from 0 to 3. Removed its attack ability with an activated pull ability.
  • Added a new spell card called Bellow of the Grove: inflict vulnerability and fear on 7 enemies until the the end of turn.
  • Added Oldgrowth Kudzu: plant wall that has 1 armor.
  • Changed Deeproot Kuzu so that it no longer deals damage to itself when it uses its Proliferate ability, and it now evolves at 5 health to Oldgrowth Kudzu.
  • Increased the rarity of Sanctuary Bower from uncommon to rare. Increased the amount of health gained from Enlarged from 1 to 2 and increased the range of Cover from 2 to 3 (still has minimum range).
  • Increased Pelagorn’s Territorial intensity to give +2 attack and health until the end of next turn. Also gave it an activated ability to spawn a Pelagorn Egg.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Added a 1-turn cooldown to Traist, Prince of Hochraun’s Arrow Storm ability.
  • Changed Corpusant‘s Destructible trigger to be called Dissipate and added a trigger so that it dies whenever it is targeted by a spell.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Changed Wandering Conjurer‘s Territorial trigger to only target plants and creatures.

Environment

  • Updated Stone Giant to drop only the lowest tier of crystal fragment without cooldown and also condition adjacent units with cripple whenever it takes damage.
  • Added a new uncollectible siege card called Masterian Cutter: a waterbound boat that has a ranged attack, and deals 1 extra damage to structures.
  • Added a new blueprint called Frontier Dock that has an activated ability to spawn a Masterian Cutter.
  • Added a new buildsite called Ruined Dock where a Frontier Dock can be built.
  • Added an activated ability to Barricade that destroys it. This is so that walls can be destroyed if they are impeding their owner’s progress.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Fixed some issues with double-clicking to confirm movement where the character would not move.
  • Fixed some issues with abilities that spawn units randomly within a range so that they now prioritize “safe” positions (i.e. ones that do not harm units).
  • Fixed a bug with Bleeding and Constricted conditions where the condition would not trigger each turn
  • Fixed a gameplay bug where blinded units could not see themselves.
  • Fixed a gameplay bug where investments wouldn’t update correctly when the client reconciled with the server after a reconnect.
  • Fixed damage calculation so that conditions ignore elevation.
  • Fixed ability range for spawn abilities highlighting so that hexes are properly removed based on if the spawned unit can move to the position or not.
  • Fixed an issue where the turn timer would not resume after reconnection.
  • Fixed a text-parsing issue with Heal/Cleanse ability texts where the amount was excluded.
  • Fixed a technical issue with the push mechanic so that it checks the between position correctly.
  • Fixed a text-parsing issue with Evolve ability texts where the condition to evolve was excluded.
  • Added several missing card images for characters.
  • Changed the icon for interact on the radial menu and action panel from a sword to a pickax.
  • Modified the shader on void spots to correctly appear under FoW, above terrain, and under characters.
  • Added LOD groups to some objects.
  • Updated Unity engine to 2018.2.

 

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CrysCo Update Notes – July 2, 2018

7/2/2018 – July 2nd Update Notes

In this update we focused on creating new battlefields, revising the Nature faction, and fixing many bugs and user experience issues.

Game Changes

  • All battlefields (even ones in testing) are temporarily available to all players.
  • Most siege units now have 1 line of sight.
  • Changed the Blinded condition to always reduce line of sight to zero.
  • Added interface volume to audio settings.
  • Added control settings so that players have more control on camera panning and zooming speeds and are able to enable or disable camera panning features.

New Battlefields

  • Battlefront: players each start in a walled-in fort defended by a Frontier Turret.  An interactable Frontier Workshop exists to the left of each base and more Crystal Formations to the right. Great for late-game decks to easily boom without interruption.
  • Hillfort: players start at the top of their own hill with few resources. More resources are found in the flatlands below each hill, so exploration is key. A Frontier Menhir is in the center of the map but is surrounded by fire.
  • Full Random: procedurally generated map where players can experience any terrain type, elevation, AI creature, or interactable unit. Map size is also randomized.

Card Updates

Intellect (Orange)

  • Increased cost of Artillery Turret from 1C 3I to 2C 3I.
  • Reduced cost of Utility Turret from 2C 4I to 1C 3I.

Nature (Green)

  • Re-added Resistance Shaman (in place of the now depreciated Resistance Herbalist) with new abilities: Immunity and an activated ability to spawn one of three plant trap/bomb units (Brambleroot, Amorphia, or Fellshroom).
  • Added a new potion uncollectible spell card called Sylg Leaf Tonic: give +2 health to all creatures for 2 turns.
  • Added a new uncollectible plant trap card called Brambleroot: constricts enemies in range when it dies, destroys itself when enemies enter range, and has invisibility.
  • Added a new uncollectible plant trap card called Amorphia: gives the plant sub-type to all enemies in range when it dies, destroys itself when enemies enter range, and has invisibility.
  • Changed Fellshroom so that it destroys itself when enemies enter range, and has invisibility.
  • Changed Wandering Mandrake‘s Cursed Screech ability to trigger on death. Gave it Invisibility.
  • Combined Deeproot Toxinist and Resistance Herbalist into Deeproot Herbalist. Both cards were almost identical except that they Harvested for different potions. Added a third potion, called Sylg Leaf Tonic that can be harvested.
  • Changed Woodfolk Keeper to spawn a Honey Bee on enter and whenever a plant enters. Removed its Produce Bee activated ability. Added an activated ability to harvest a plant to draw a Honey card. Added a trigger that spawns a Keeper Seed when Woodfolk Keeper dies.
  • Changed condition on Direvine‘s Territorial ability from Entangle to Constrict.
  • Updated Renskelon Wolfsgrube to have a melee attack, spawn a Dire Wolf instead of a regular wolf on enter, and have a territorial ability to spawn a Dire Wolf.
  • Replaced Forestal Bard‘s activated ability Melody of the Grove with Broadwood Song: give +2 health and LOS to all plants and creatures for 2 turns.
  • Gave Woodfolk Harrower an activated ability called Bellow of the Grove: inflict Fear and Vulnerability on all enemy creatures within range.
  • Gave Groven Piper Zeal but reduced its attack to 0. Also reduced cost of its activated ability,Tranquil Melody, from 2N to 1N.
  • Increased amount of health gained from Soul Seedling‘s Grow from 2 to 4.
  • Reduced cost of Spider Broodmother’s Produce Arachnid Egg ability from 2N to 1N.
  • Reduced amount healed and cleansed on Honey from 4 to 3.
  • Reduced range of Forest-Floor Gardiner’s Sprout ability from 3 to 2. Changed the card that is spawned from Fellshroom to Soul Seedling.
  • Reduced cost of Pitfall Trap from 1C3N to 3N.
  • Reduced Deeproot Harvester‘s cost from 2N to 1N.
  • Reduced range of Starnys Grovekeeper‘s Sprouting Melody from 10 to 7.

Spirit (Light Blue)

  • Replaced Menhiran Hopplite‘s Pierce attribute with Zeal.
  • Added new spirit legendary called Harken Knight of the Menhiran Order : 5/6/4/4 with ranged attack that can pierce 3 units, Zeal, Faithful trigger to give Overshield, and a leap AOE burn/blind ability.
  • Reduced cost of Cataclysm from 4C 10S to 4C 7S.

Wealth (Yellow)

  • Reduced attack on Alomian Rogue from 3 to 1. Replaced its Bounty ability with Steal: AA to deal 1 damage to creature and gain 0 to 3 wealth.
  • Changed Helmscross Brawler‘s Bloodlust ability to inflict Bleeding instead of Vulnerability, and the ability no longer gives Multistrike. Its Adrenaline now gives Multistrike in addition to +1 attack and only triggers when it is dealt damage in combat.
  • Reduced Drake Isle Madcap‘s attack from 2 to 1 and increased its movement from 4 to 5.
  • Reduced cost of The Wasp from 3W to 2W, attack from 2 to 1, and Creature Razer amount from 2 to 1.
  • Reduced Drake Isle Mutineer‘s movement from 5 to 4.

Environment

  • Reduced LOS of Frontier Outpost from 5 to 3.
  • Fontier Turret’s Auto-Shot now has a minimum range.
  • Reduced LOS of Frontier Rockslinger from 5 to 4.

Bug Fixes and Polish

  • Created a simple character platform for detail view that characters stand on.
  • Units that die on quicksand or void now sink into the ground
  • Updated legendary AI so that it doesn’t automatically draw 2 cards per turn.
  • Added descriptions for terrain type effects.
  • Added new soundtrack to the start view.
  • Added information about the effects of certain terrain types and higher elevation to the help menu.
  • Fixed Imperial Reaver‘s Reinforce ability so that it works properly when building a tower.
  • Fixed card id on Frontier Workshop so that it is not duplicated.
  • Fixed an issue with AI where a dead unit could keep trying to do things even after it was dead.
  • Fixed several issues where units with a Territorial trigger would target their allies.
  • Fixed bug where reverse entranced unit would not return to its owner’s control.
  • Fixed bug where dealing 0 damage would trigger the dealt-damage trigger on a unit.
  • Fixed a bug where AI would not attack enemies with Overshield.
  • Fixed a bug where Wild Brute would keep its interact ability even after it has been interacted with.
  • Fixed a card id issue with Sea Canopy Windsinger so that it is now playable.
  • Fixed some potential issues with AI movement (no longer walking on lava and prioritizing higher elevation elevation).
  • Fixed an issue where claimables and AI were spawned on lava and other hurtful terrain types.
  • Fixed issue where clicking a card in the collection view would not load spells correctly.
  • Fixed an issue with the tutorial where it would give resource incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug with updating the fog of war where if it was updated too quickly, would not change the fog correctly.

 

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Sum Sum Summertime

It’s been a minute since we wrote our last update–for good reason: we’ve been busy! SUMmer output is adding up…

Technical Improvements

Last update we announced the reintroduction of deck-building. Now we have the foundation set for player inventory and shop functionality!  MENUS!!! All of this is integrated with Steam, so we will be able to quickly roll these features out when CrysCo launches.

Also, a reconnect feature has been added and is live now. Look for more robust random map features in the near future, too.

As always, there will be more to come on this front, but in the meantime, you can check out our latest dev blog post for a more detailed breakdown of in-game changes that occurred recently.

Art

Here’s a first-look at a new captain! Saen Sure-Shot will be the next main to be finished a playable. We are super pumped to be working with yet another inspiring artist and we hope to have a final version of Saen to show off soon!

As for other Crystal Companies art initiatives mentioned last time: all that and more is coming your way soon!

Last but not least…

The Boreal Games team is heading to PortCon in Portland, Maine, this weekend! If you’re local, come by and say ‘hi’ and/or pick up a poster!

On the Horizon

To sum it up, the past month marked the end of one sprint and the start of another. A lot of behind-the-scenes work was accomplished, and more front-facing work is coming down the pike. Stay tuned and be sure to jump into Discord to let us know what you think and get a free alpha steam key if you haven’t already!