An unfortunate update..

Probably time to update the front page here.  It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling for the last year and a half or so with the game, mostly financially, but also with the game’s direction. A ton of work has gone into the last few updates, but the content seems superficial, cosmetic, underwhelming. And I do apologize for that. I had hoped that the steam release would provide the much needed funding to allow work to continue, but that simply wasn’t the case.

I refuse to say that Timber and Stone has been abandoned, or development has ceased. I tinker with the game quite a bit when I can find time. I still think about the game every single day. I still consider it my life’s work, and I love and miss working on it as I used to. 

I apologize for the lack of updates. Stress from lack of money, kids, and personal heartbreak have taken priority, and I’ve forgotten all the wonderful people who’ve believed in the project and supported the game so much.

Your support has allowed me to follow my dream for the last 4 years, and I hope I delivered something worthwhile in turn. I stretched that as far as I could, and it’s now painfully apparent that, for the time being, that I have to find new ways to support my family. There are a few things in the works that I hope will allow me to return to the game in the near future. And I promise that when time and money permit, development will continue, stronger than ever. There’s still so much I want to do with Timber and Stone.

You all have my heartfelt thanks. I will be forever grateful.

Steam Keys

Those of you who purchased the game prior to the 1.71 release can now find your Steam Key on the members page right below the link to access the downloads via our website.
Important Note: Copy your Steam Key before modifying your profile.

You will have to reset your password, these were lost in the import of the keys. Apologies for the inconvenience, and we hope you guys enjoy the changes in 1.7 and the ease of playing the game through Steam.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who kickstarted and purchased the game, we would’ve never made it this far without your support.

1.71 And other stuffs.

This post is going to contain some pretty important information, so please read carefully.

Firstly, 1.71 is released, so check the download page for that. It’s mostly a bug fixing update, as usual after a big release, I’ll be posting the change-log below.

Secondly, We’re aiming for a Steam release this very week. If we’re approved, it may be as early as Tuesday 10am PST. Still trying to determine the best method for distributing those Steam-Keys, so sit tight, it could take a while.

Thirdly, Any purchases from this point on will not receive steam-keys. If you purchase Timber and Stone 1.71 via Paypal from the purchase page on this website, starting this very second, we will not be able to provide a steam-key. So if you’re itching to purchase the game and play right away, but do not want to purchase the game twice, I’d suggesting waiting a couple days for the Steam release, it might come with a launch discount ;) .

Fourthly, It looks like there are some issues with the Mac version starting after 1.7, we’re going to continue to try to support that here, within our community, but there might not an OSX release on Steam for a while. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot we can do about this, OSX bug reports are nearly non-existent, and I’m not comfortable putting a glitchy release on Steam for that platform. Our apologies.

Here are those changes in 1.71:
- We have a new Achievement system, which is currently only being used for the new in-game tutorial system. Start a new game and make sure “Display tutorials” is checked to see these. It’s quite basic, as any good tutorial should be, and should ease new players into the mechanics and controls for the game.
- Archers are now shooting at their full bow range.
- There’s a new Archer preference, “Pursue enemies out of range”. When this is off, your archers will no longer chase enemies. This is more important now because of the above fix. This preference should keep your Archers guarding your walls from running down.
-Spiders should no longer be climbing out of the map edges.
-Archers should now be using Fire arrows properly.
-The “Nordic Roof Tiles” are now saving and loading correctly.
-Wall Sconces are fixed.
-Water no longer breaks line of sight, this allows your Archers to shoot Skeletons and Necromancers who are underwater.
-The de-spawn timer for corpses has been reduced to 24 minutes.

Timber and Stone 1.7: Prepare to Die Edition.

So with the release of 1.7, Timber and Stone is fun again.

And by fun, we mean back to the pre-1.5 difficulty. Survival is again paramount, military again fundamental, and night time once again unnerving. Enemies (and animals, even) are now using the task system, allowing them the same depth of logic as human settlers. The invasion mechanics are now more robust, allowing us better control over what enemies spawn at any given time, and to arm invading goblins and undead with weapons and shields based on how well the player is doing in the game. Whereas a lot of this was done using only slightly influenced RNG previously.

Every unit in the map is now controlled by a faction. The enemy race factions, or instance, govern the enemy AI. The Undead race can and will now attack goblins and wolves. The factions’ alignment will determine how they interact with other factions based on if they are hostile, neutral or allied with each other.

We now have fog of war in place, designating your settlers sight range. This brings great changes to the spotting mechanic. As the player, you can no longer see enemies your settlers cannot, making the areas outside of your settlers’ vision that much more perilous. This change allows things like wolves to flee and successfully hide from your slower moving settlers, and prevents the ever cheesy depth-scrolling exploit that enabled players to identify invading threats.

The mechanics of sleep have changed, hopefully new and seasoned players alike find sleep less tedious. Resting is now used to recover lost health, and no longer slows the game down as it used to. Due to this change, settlers are no longer permitted to sleep on the ground, and bed quality has an even greater influence on required rest time than before. This change, and some slightly smaller changes to in-game speed values, provide a substantial impact to the pace of the game, bringing us back to the quicker game-play of older versions of Timber and Stone.

There is a host of new art for animals, enemies, and objects, as well as a few new building materials. Though most of this was previewed in the greenlight campaign video.

We hope you guys have fun with this update. For me, it hearkens back to what Timber and Stone used to be, where the best advice was to “Deal with it, plan better, start over.”

We’re on Steam Greenlight! Vote to get Timber and Stone on Steam!

Timber and Stone on Greenlight

In case you’re unfamiliar with how Greenlight works, it’s a platform for indie developers like us to put our games up for approval to be distributed through Steam. Selection is determined by the Steam community, by voting on whether you have interest in purchasing that game or not.

Ultimately, a successful Greenlight campaign and subsequent Steam sales will determine the future of Timber and Stone’s development through 2015. So please use the link above to head on over and vote to keep the game alive.

More Bug Fixes, Update: 1.62

1.61 was a little too buggy for our standards. Archery and Maintain-in-Storage, to be specific. So here’s another:

  • Fixed the issue of Archers still preferring punch enemies, and the Archery Target. Ironically, this was caused by the attempted fix from 1.61.
  • The Maintain-in-Storage ‘queue’ is now limited by your desired amounts, again this broke in 1.61.
  • Spiders should now stop digging into your map and producing crashes, this enemy mechanic will return in the coming enemy update.
  • Resolution and Full-Screen settings should now be saving/loading properly in all cases.
  • The F6 screenshot hotkey should be working again.
  • Fixed a pathing to Hall issue where no roads were present.
  • If offered over 10k of a resource while trading, that number is now displayed correctly.

Bug Fix Update: 1.61

This is mostly a bug fix update.
The following change-log should list everything that has been addressed in this update:

  • Having settlers “Wait in Hall”, without setting a Hall designation, no longer crashes the game.
  • Random planted trees should no longer appear one block to high on load, this also produced an un-mine-able “Block (64)”.
  • Visitors (new migrants especially) will now path back to your roads if they fight or flee from enemies while approaching your settlement.
  • Remedied a similar error where visitors would repeatedly fail path-finds if your hall was obscured by too many settlers/objects, resulting in full path-finder queues and ‘lag’.
  • Beds that are assigned now have a much higher priority for their owner.
  • When assigning a bed to an owner, the list of settlers is now alphabetical.
  • Pressing down when selecting designation zones now allows the height to go negative.
  • The “Options” and “Control” menus have been brought into the title-screen.
  • Fixed an error where dead enemies could repeatedly duplicate their drops.
  • The Objects Menu has been moved into the Design Menu. This fixes the input issues when both were open, and it allows the game support for lower resolutions.
  • Settlers will now swim to the water’s surface if you flood them beneath more than a single depth level. Previously, this would render the settler immobile, eventually starving them.
  • Fixed the Straw Bed’s shape, so that it no longer consumes neighboring blocks.
  • Remedied an enemy inventory issue that produced errors on saving.
  • There is now a bubble telling the player if a settler told to hold equipment is overloaded and cannot find work tasks.
  • The Forge now properly truncates high resource counts for it’s fueling materials.
  • There’s now a bubble for carpenters who lack an axe for creating Timber.
  • Same as above, but for Tailors who lack a Knife for the Tanning Rack.
  • Newly built resource crates now properly hide when depth-scrolling.
  • Un-pausing the game during the map generation screens no longer produces a Game Over.
  • The ballista now loads it’s tilt/yaw rotations correctly.
  • The Forge’s sound effect volume has been reduced significantly.
  • Hay Pile storage amounts have been increased.
  • The herder will now produce a bubble to suggest crafting a feeding trough for your livestock.
  • The trader will now produce a bubble to alert you if you haven’t selected anything for buying/selling.
  • Crafts in the Maintain in Storage “queue” are now more evenly distributed.
  • Archers (any settler really) will now always equip the best weapon they have in inventory when attacking. Previously it was possible for Archers to punch enemies while they were carrying bow & arrows.
  • The sight range of settlers has been increased, initially this fixes the “Longbow archers can shoot enemies before they’re sighted” bug, but it’s also to compensate for how enemy spotting is going to change in the near future.
  • If the game fails to load, you are now kicked out before the auto-save overwrites your files. Usually this is due to sharing violations, and the game can be reloaded. Though, in the rare case of actual corruption, please post that save in the bug tracker. Nine times out of ten, we can fix your save data and give it back to you.


… and 1.6

1.6 is now available.

There has been a lot updated since 1.52, so this is going to be an overview of the major changes; for a more complete change-log, we’ll be compiling a list later in the Dev Log.

First off, we’re hoping that this release will be the last of the ‘waiting several months for releases’ releases. We’ve made some huge leaps forward in the tech we’ve implemented and our code-base is more solid than ever. Performance should be at an all-time high.

A primary change is to the save format. This does a few things: First your 1.6 saves should work in furure versions of the game without breaking anything. Unfortunately your 1.52 saves will not work in 1.6 (we had a number of things that just could not be converted). Sharing of saves has also become much easier and simpler now that the saves are one file. The new .tass.gz format is smaller ( because of gzip ) and contains all of the map, units, trees, enemies, and everything else for a game. In addition all of the saves in the saves folder are automaticaly detected and show up in your games list. So all you need to do to share a save is copy it to another computer and start Timber & Stone.

Another fundamental change is with the look of the game, which has been updated with new artwork for the terrian and building materials. New building materials have been added with dynamic textures. As you build in-game, the block textures change giving smooth transitions between natural blocks (grass, dirt, stone, etc) and hard lines for building materials (timbered plaster, castle brick, etc). This lets you just build with the material of choice and get nice non-repeating textures for walls and floors. The system is also player extendable, just add textures to the new “tiles” directory and the game will automaticaly load and use them. We look forward to the community of artists adding hundreds of textures and giving the game a whole new look.

Accessing these materials is easy with the new design menu. We have included a preview window that displays the appearance of that building material. This simplifies guessing how your constructions will look. In addition, you may toggle the “trimmless” and “pillar” buttons for even more creative options. Some materials may have other options such as building slopes. Using the structure rotate key (space bar) you can change the direction, allowing players to build sloped roofs and smooth terraforming. Many buiding materials may require more then one kind of resource now. Your units will grab the required materials and do the building automaticaly like normal. This eliminates the need to craft a resource for each material type.

Resources have been completely overhauled, with the intention of getting rid of the less necessary resources, and making the remaining resources that much more important. The introduction of coin allows the player to buy and sell resources using a standard currency, rather than the old system of random bartering. We can now tag resources that we wish to get rid of, and tag the items that we want to buy or perhaps weren’t lucky enough to start with. It’s now entirely possible to focus on the aspects of resource gathering that you prefer, and simply use the trading system to supplement the areas that you lack. Of course this resource overhaul comes with new storage objects, many of which are now upgradable. It’s also appropriate to note that destroying objects now completely refunds it’s constructing resources, so feel free to deconstruct objects if you change your mind about their positions.

There have been additions made to combat to allow for blocking, critical damage, and armor protection value. Where previously combat statistics were held off-screen, we’re now displaying all combat affecting stats to the player, as well as damage text. No longer will you have to guess which weapons are stronger based on their constructing materials, everything relevant is now listed in the resource menu and displayed on-screen. Military settlers should now be told which armor and weapons to equip using the maintain in inventory gui. This allows for better control over equipment on a per-settler basis, as things like heavy armor vs light armor have become much more important; this functionality will also become paramount as we move forward with how professions and even skills work down the road. So remember to change your soldiers’ maintain in inventory settings, including arrows (which no longer fire out of global storage). Initially we wanted combat to be a longer process, being able to see your fighter’s trade mulitple blows with the enemy. This required several areas of rebalancing, armor protection values, enemy damage and health, and changes to the courage mechanics (the fight or flee functionality). The result is a somewhat easier game. We want to stress that this is temporary. Please rember that enemies are still not running the new task system that settlers were upgraded to in 1.5. An enemy update will come soon, and with that will come smarter enemy behaviors, new enemy types, and a more punishing game, closer to previous versions of Timber & Stone.

Another goal was to enforce the feeling of progression while playing the game, using stone tools and wooden clubs at the start, gradually building up to working with metals and construction, to eventually building a fully steel-plated army and massive walls. The first way we’re aiming to accomplish this is to utilize the existing settler levels, which previously only affected things like work speed. They now influence much more, the ability to mine metal ore is now governed by your miner’s level and every processed material and buildable object now has a required level to craft. Another method was to use the resource overhaul; there are now 3 distinct tiers of ingot, 3 levels of armor and most tool types, and 4 tiers for weapons. And each upgrade has a benefit or stat increase.


We’ll get that change log posted in the Dev Log section ASAP. And as per usual after a large release, we’ll spend the next week or two in bug fixing mode for 1.61. So get your bugs posted in the bug tracker. Thanks!

1.52 – Pathfinding

1.52 is now available.

The update for this version is short and sweet: 1.52 fixes pathfinding.
All pathing is now being calculated on a separate thread from regular game logic, and across multiple frames. It is now virtually impossible for your settlers to become lost. In fact, the only situation where a path-find could possibly fail is when attempting to path to areas that are quite literally unpathable, if you wall in your settlers, for example. Another major benefit to this is that settler path-finding will now always have near zero impact on your frame-rate.

Other changes include:

  • Designation textures have been changed to display the grid they occupy, and are no longer influenced by lighting.
  • The road designations are now blue, and have been consolidated into a single designation. Road blocks can be removed the same as other designations, using ALT + SHIFT.
  • Selecting a spotted enemy will now display their relative health, and provide the option to “charge” this enemy. What this now allows is for your military to come out and attack that enemy (or group of enemies) regardless of whether or not they can be seen by each soldier. It’s now possible for your forager to spot a group of goblins, and essentially have a preset squadron of your infantry and archers charge out to slay them. All done with a couple of left clicks.
  • New preference for military: “Attack charge target enemies.” Which allows for the above mechanic.
  • You might also notice the beginnings of the GUI overhaul, fonts in particular, this is still very much a work-in-progress.