How long can you survive the post-apocalyptic wastelands of NEO Scavenger? In the near-future, supernatural activity and human warfare have fragmented mankind into pockets of civilization struggling to survive in wild and dangerous lands. You awaken alone in an abandoned facility with no food nor water, and only a hospital gown and some mysterious items as clues to your identity. NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter. And with each passing minute, the pit in your stomach grows, your dehydration worsens, your muscles tire, and your body temperature drops in the cold autumn air. Choose your starting abilities carefully, because they and your wit are the only tools you have in the apocalypse!
I've just finished uploading beta build 0.965b and demo build 0.965d, which restore the take/drop and use cursor modes, change some battle behavior, and fix some important bugs.
Posted by dcfedor on Mar 7th, 2013
Beta and Demo Updates
Both the beta and demo include the following changes:
- Added ability to toggle cursor mode between take and drag modes using the 1 key.
- Added ability to change cursor mode to use mode while 2 key is held down.
- Added UI indicator for cursor modes, with tooltip.
- Changed battles such that players don't regain moves during battle.
- Changed retreat such that leaving a battle doesn't give one extra move to retreater.
- Removed skill/trait listings from condition screen.
- Removed conditions screen access when in melee combat.
- Fixed a bug that caused ground/camp items to disappear when crafting something that could stack on them.
- Fixed a bug that sometimes caused null object to be put on ground when items degrade.
- Fixed a bug that allowed skills to be deleted if using take/drop on a skill during game.
- Fixed grouping of battle moves on battle screen (were appearing in random order each turn).
- Fixed null pointer bug when dying in combat against multiple opponents.
- Fixed a bug that caused scavenge locations to have wrong zoom after a resolution change.
Power users rejoice! Cursor modes are back!
As mentioned yesterday, I tried to find a way to restore the old cursor modes that many players miss, without disrupting the new mouse controls that were added. The result is a mix of the two.
Mouse controls continue to work as they have in the latest versions, where the default click behavior is to pick up an item, double-click takes/drops the item, right-click opens the context menu, and shift toggles the stack/single item modes. However, users can toggle the default click behavior to take/drop instead by pressing the "1" key.
Furthermore, holding the "2" key will temporarily switch the cursor to "use" mode, so players can quickly burn through a stack of food, or similar consumable, without having to right-click each time. Releasing the "2" key returns the cursor to whatever default mode was set before.There's also a UI indicator (pictured above) which shows the current mouse mode. It's mainly there because it has a tooltip to remind new players how to switch modes, if they're interested.
The battle screen also had some changes. Several players had asked about the extra move they were granted when leaving combat with 0 moves left. This was actually a bug, though a benevolent one. I've made changes so this no longer happens. Players will also no longer accrue new moves during combat.
Plus, quite a few bugs were fixed, including several null pointer issues. As always, null pointers can cause unpredictable behavior, so every one we nail makes the game more stable.In particular, one of the bugs fixed involved crafting stacks of items. If the crafting yield included a stack that matched something on the ground or camp, there was a chance of the camp/ground stack being deleted. I think this was the cause of many bug reports of missing crafting ingredients.
Hopefully, this new build alleviates a lot of the mouse clicking discomfort players have reported. And the added stability should make the game more reliable.
As always, thanks for the candid feedback and bug reports. They're a huge help!
PS: In case you missed it, update 0.964 also had quite a few fixes, plus added the ability to empty out containers via the context menu. So if you haven't updated in a while, it's definitely worth doing!