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Announcements / 1.0.7 Patchnotes
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:03:56 PM »
Hi pack

We just pushed a new build with some fixes and improvements to Steam and GOG. Most of these things were already in place on the preview branch on Steam (version 1.0.6). A big thanks to everyone who helped with the testing <3

Improvements
- Improved tutorial, now fully localised
- Added new UI tooltips
- Updated credits
- Attacking rogue males prevents them from mating for a short time
- Option to animal texture resolution (Set to low to increase performance)
- Added support for 64bit Windows and Linux
-> Because of this you will now see a pop-up when playing with older versions on other branches. If you do, please choose the second option :)

Fixes
- Disabled UI key U, when renaming animals
- Leeches can no longer move on land
- Fixed problems with camouflage


Cheers and Thanks,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Announcements / Results first community voting
« on: January 12, 2018, 02:30:15 PM »
Hi pack
Here are the results of the first community voting :)

The three most rated suggestions are:
- Call to attract wild Nichelings, as real animals call to attract mates.
- A set of new tail genes: Peacock, scorpion and fin.
- Gene changes: The armored body is impervious to leeches, the toxic body kills leeches, spiky body babies can't be picked up by blue birds
(we will also add prevention from cactus damage if you have armored body)

These 3 suggestions + a day counter will be added to the game, hopefully in the March/April update when we add wings and the whale island ^_^


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Community Voting / Voting open!
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:52:42 PM »
Hi pack

We opened the first voting round for new Niche features/improvements!
Go cast your vote <3

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nA4KxKfpSD1c5yDlpWYQFY8Oub18rwguWzhCXM0lyaQ/edit#responses

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Announcements / 1.0.6 Patchnotes
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:25:50 PM »
Patchnotes 1.0.6

Hi pack

We just pushed a new build with some fixes and improvements to the preview branch :)

Improvements
- Improved tutorial
- Added new UI tooltips
- Updated credits

Fixes
- Disabled UI key U, when renaming animals
- Leeches can no longer move on land

We would greatly appreciate feedback for the reworked tutorial here :)
Please note that the new tutorial has not been localized yet.

How to switch to the preview branch on Steam:
– Open your Steam library
– Right click on Niche
– Click on properties
– Select the Beta tab
– Select the release_preview branch from the drop down
– Let the game update
– Open Niche and play

Cheers and Thanks,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Announcements / 1.0.5 Patchnotes & New tutorial feedback
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:43:22 PM »
Hi pack

We just pushed a new build with some fixes and improvements to the preview branch on Steam :)

Improved...
- Add Key to disable UI for screenshots (U)
- Reworked tutorial

Fixed...
- Baby is stuck on nest when a wild female gives birth
- Fade in game music after intro sceen
- Ice block message on second visit on island "Long Winter"
- Added “only in story mode” to Round Ear tooltip
- Not saving when closing the game with X
- "Eating Nemo" achievement

We would greatly appreciate feedback for the reworked tutorial here!
Please note that the new tutorial has not been localized yet.

How to switch to the preview branch:
– Open your Steam library
– Right click on Niche
– Click on properties
– Select the Beta tab
– Select the release_preview branch from the drop down
– Let the game update
– Open Niche and play

Cheers and Thanks,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Community Voting / Suggestions closed!
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:58:24 AM »
Hey pack

Thanks for your suggestions :)
We will go through all posts and make a list of things that we think would be cool to add to the game.
After the list is done you will get to vote which one of the suggestions will be implemented!
Stay tuned :)

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Announcements / 1.0.4 Patchnotes
« on: November 24, 2017, 05:15:14 PM »
Hi pack

We just pushed a new build with some fixes to the main branch :)

Fixed...
- crashes in burning savanna (finally :D!)
- home island immunity not passing on if restarting with same bloodline
- rogue males mixing in their genetics if restarting with same bloodline
- hungry predators prefer to attack spiky animals
- rogue males mating with your females even after growling at them


While we are fixing bugs, don't forget to participate in the first community voting for new features and improvements. Suggestions close next week on November 30th! All infos: http://strayfawnstudio.com/forum/index.php?topic=552.0


Cheers and Thanks,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Community Voting / Breeding / Family mode with longer animal lifespans
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:15:03 PM »
I'd love to have a mode that focuses more on the family relations of the animals.
Animals would live longer, remain children for more days, pregnancies would be longer.
Maybe animals could even have relationships with each others. If they spent time together, groom each other, etc the relationship improves. A certain level of relationship could be required to breed.

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Community Voting / Better explanation of enemy motivations
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:18:14 PM »
Carnivores, Horny Males, Apes etc react depending on their motivation. They feel fear, hunger, lust, social need etc.
It would be helpful to see what motivation they are currently following. Maybe add a motivations display similar to the ability display.

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Having a tribe of 30+ animals makes performing tasks quite micromanagement heavy.
Automation of animals could help with this problem. How about giving animals roles which allow them to perform interactions by themselves. For example you can assign an animal to be berry gatherer. Then each time when you end the day and the animal still has action points left, it will automatically collect berries when sitting next to a berry bush. Other roles could be hunter, defender, etc. This would make playing with big tribes more fun.

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Hey pack

As promised we are now opening the first round of community suggestions :D

How long will this run?

Suggestions will be open from November 3rd - 30th.

How will this work?

Phase 1)
Everybody can make suggestions on how to improve and further develop Niche.
This is the time when we gather aaaaall the crazy ideas, so feel free to be totally creative.

Phase 2)
Our team will go through the suggestions and make a selection.
Please note that some suggestions might not fit into the vision we have for the game (such as excessive base building)
or would take forever to implement and therefore can’t be added (such as modding support and multiplayer).

Phase 3)
Our team posts a voting poll with the selected suggestions and everybody can vote for their favourites.
The features with the most votes will be added to the game.

Ok what do I do now?

Head back to the board and start posting your suggestions for new features, improvements and experiments in a new thread. Please keep it focused! Only one idea per thread. Feel free to add concept images ^^
A maximum of three suggestions per person please. Every thread that does NOT have a clear title of what the idea is about will be ignored.

Before posting a new suggestion, please browse through the already existing suggestions.
If you find one that is similar to yours, consider adding a comment on the existing one instead of opening a new thread.
If you find a suggestion you think is great, please leave a comment that you like the idea and start a discussion focused on the topic if you like :)

Ok, let's get this started :D!







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Discussion / How to update
« on: September 10, 2017, 10:05:07 AM »
How to get the update:
> right click on Niche in your library
> click on properties
> select the beta tab
> select the dropdown and choose “release_preview"
> the game will update, please wait (restart Steam if the game is not updating)
> play :D

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Bugs / Release Preview Bugs
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:27:46 AM »
Hey pack!
Things are getting serious. We decided on a launch date: Thursday, September 21st 2017. That is just four weeks from now! Until then all new versions will remain on their separate branches. On launch day they will be pushed on to the main branch. Now we need all the help we can get to make sure the release version runs like a charm, so all new pack members discovering the game on launch have a great time experiencing it for the first time ^^

Please note: If you just want to play and enjoy the game DON'T play this version. This version is for bug testing and feedback. Your game will automatically update itself as soon as the update runs well and is pushed to the main branch.

The launch will be an extremly important event for Niche and our studio. We would love to keep adding more features to the game and really hope it will sell well enough to enable us to do so. All infos about Niche’s future here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/440650/discussions/1/1368380934282493056/

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What is new?
- Distinction between story and sandbox mode, selectable start islands in sandbox mode
- Tutorial (finally!)
- Steam achievements
- 5 available save slots
- Polishing and bug fixes
- Ui is completly reworked (It took me a while to get used to it xD)
- Localisation to French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian (a huge thanks to our translators <3)

The tutorial includes a few references to the intro video (which is currently in production) which are probably a but confusing.

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How to get the update:
> right click on Niche in your library
> click on properties
> select the beta tab
> select the dropdown and choose “release preview"
> the game will update, please wait (restart Steam if the game is not updating)
> play :D
> report bugs and leave feedback here
In case you speak German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian, please play the game in your language and report translation issues.

Leydaa has very kindly compiled a comprehensive list of all our bugs! Please view to her list here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/440650/discussions/1/1471969431582730908/
before posting your bug. (Unless it's one of those one-time reported glitches, then it would be good to confirm them.)

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If you are a Youtuber/Streamer:
Please inform your viewers how to access the update and let them know it is a preview version.

This update features a lot of new content and we had to rebuild the game quite a bit. Because of this older save files will unfortunately not be compatible with this update.

We are really curious to hear if the game runs well on your computers now since we hope to have fixed some of the performance issues.

Known issues (currently fixing):
- Some animal textures (mainly for right paws) are misplaced
- Blue bird fly around weirdly
- Title screen not fit for all screen resolutions

Thank you all very much for your time and support :)

Cheers,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Announcements / Update Preview 0.5.5 - Release preview
« on: August 23, 2017, 10:32:35 AM »
Things are getting serious.
We decided on a launch date: Thursday, September 21st 2017.
That is just four weeks from now! Until then all new versions will remain on their separate branches. On launch day they will be pushed on to the main branch. Now we need all the help we can get to make sure the release version runs like a charm, so all new pack members discovering the game on launch have a great time experiencing it for the first time ^^

Please note: If you just want to play and enjoy the game DON'T play this version. This version is for bug testing and feedback. Your game will automatically update itself as soon as the update runs well and is pushed to the main branch.

Please help us test this version and report feedback here:http://steamcommunity.com/app/440650/discussions/1/1471969431578238854/
In case you speak German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian, please play the game in your language and report translation issues :)

The launch will be an extremly important event for Niche and our studio. We would love to keep adding more features to the game and really hope it will sell well enough to enable us to do so. All infos about Niche’s future here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/440650/discussions/1/1368380934282493056/

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What is new?
- Distinction between story and sandbox mode
+ selectable start islands in sandbox mode
- Tutorial (finally!)
- Steam achievements
- 5 available save slots
- Polishing and bug fixes
- Ui is completly reworked (It took me a while to get used to it xD)
- Localisation to French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian
(a huge thanks to our translators <3)

The tutorial includes a few references to the intro video (which is currently in production and looks awesome :D) which are probably a but confusing.

--------------------------------------------------

How to get the update:
> right click on Niche in your library
> click on properties
> select the beta tab
> select the dropdown and choose “release_preview"
> the game will update, please wait (restart Steam if the game is not updating)
> play :D
> report bugs and leave feedback here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/440650/discussions/1/1471969431578238854/

If you are a Youtuber/Streamer:
Please inform your viewers how to access the update and let them know it is a preview version.

This update features a lot of new content and we had to rebuild the game quite a bit. Because of this older save files will unfortunately not be compatible with this update.

We are really curious to hear if the game runs well on your computers now since we hope to have fixed some of the performance issues.

Known issues (currently fixing):
- Some animal textures (mainly for right paws) are misplaced
- Blue bird fly around weirdly
- Title screen not fit for all screen resolutions

Thank you all very much for your time and support :)

Cheers,
Stray Fawn Studio

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Announcements / Nimbatus - Project Introduction
« on: August 09, 2017, 02:38:18 PM »
Hi Fawns :)

Some of you might have already heard of our project Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor. I'd like to give you a quick intro what the game is about and what the next development steps are.



Nimbatus is a procedurally generated action simulation game. You can build space drones out of hundreds of different parts and explore a galaxy with countless fully destructible planets. On your journey you will face deadly challenges on exotic planets and research new technology. There will be various missions to test your drone engineer skills. We also plan to add a story to the game where you fight an intergalactic evil corporation.

Nimbatus was originally designed by my Stray Fawn Studio founding partner, Micha Stettler. Micha worked on Nimbatus during his free time and weekends while having a full time day job for three years. He then decided to quit his (increadibly well payed, we'll probably never earn that much again lol) job and start a game studio to finish Nimbatus which had grown very dear to him. Now we are 5 people, working on both Nimbatus and our other project Niche.

We are currently working towards a playable alpha version of Nimbatus. In order to finance the further development we will run a Kickstarter campaign in November. Shortly after the game will be released on Steam Early Access.

We'll keep you up to date with all Nimbatus news here :)
If you'd like to receive important project updates (such as Kickstarter or Early Access launch) you can sign up for the newsletter:
http://www.nimbatus.ch/

We also recently set up a Steam page, in case you'd like to wishlist Nimbatus: http://store.steampowered.com/app/383840/Nimbatus__The_Space_Drone_Constructor/

We are looking forward to your inputs and comments :D


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