Early Access Update #24 – Animal Are Coming!

Update time friends. I trust you have your tea? Only a few things to go at this week, so I shan’t keep you long. Haven’t had as much time as I’d have liked this week, but hey ho. Let’s get to it.

Since no-one has shouted at me over last week’s build yet (v0.2c), it’s now been moved to the stable channel. If you’d like a refresher on what it brings, check out last week’s update. Tl:dr – Potatoes and crafting system update.

Fish are here! The pools of water are no longer barren; they’ll have little fishes swimming around. Here’s what they look like:

Right now they’re purely aesthetic, but I have mechanics planned for them. With Samphi I’m striving for a world that you have to look after and nurture the world around you. If you fish all the fish in a lake, then there’s no left. How can you fish in an empty lake? More on that shortly.

Small update, sheep eat grass! Just as they potter around they’ll occasionally lean down and have a snack! It will break up the grass and add a bit of variety!

Again, this will likely be tied to SOME mechanic down the line, but for now it’s aesthetic. 🙂

A big bulk of the work to be done for the next update is with pigs, sheep and wolves. I want some form of enemy in the game, and we’re starting with wolves. They’re going to spawn at dawn/dusk and attack livestock. Obviously there’s a bit of code for this, so that’s not yet implemented. Their spawn cycles are, but the code to attack isn’t.

I’ve also mentioned before that I want the dog to play a part in this, and that will come later. You can control the dog by pressing Z, and at some point I want to either flesh this out so you can attack, or strip it for a command-based system.

We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, but just know that I’m working on adding wolves right now and they’ll be a challenge to deal with!

I’ll try keep this short, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about with Samphi. I want our worlds to be a labor of love. I don’t want it to be particularly easy to survive for a long time. I don’t want there to be an infinite supply of food or animals. I want it so that if you’re lucky enough to find a potato seed you best cultivate that bad-boy because you might not find another!

If you kill all the sheep in your level that’s it, no more sheep. You’d have to capture two and breed them to create a sustainable farm. I want it to work more like that. This will be a gradual process as the game moves forward, but it’s something I’m definitely conscious of moving forward.

Animals! I’ll be continuing this work on animals. I also said that I’ll be adding some new UI stuff and that stands. More menus are being re-drawn in the new art style.

That’s it from me. Have a great weekend friends, and see you in 7 days! Ciao. 🙂

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