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Boats & Banners Alpha 1.0.6 release!

June 9, 2018 by Leonard van Buren

This is mainly a bug fix patch. I did change the way resources spawn, which means players now always have useful resources near their starting location. Here's the full list of changes:


Patch Notes

Gameplay
  • Changed map generation. Resources are now more evenly distributed. Also, land is now easier to find for every player.
Graphical changes
  • Changed & improved many sprites.
  • Added shadows to to game objects.
Bug fixes
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes clicking buttons didn't work
  • Fixed a crash that happened when the player lost the game.

Boats & Banners Alpha 1.0.5 release!

May 31, 2018 by Leonard van Buren

This update changes quite a lot. The game still needs a lot of balance changes, so I changed the way resources spawn. Only some land tiles now have resources, which makes the game much more balanced. Still, a lot of work needs to be done to make the game more equal, especially once I start to add some more features.

Many other things are now added, including scrolling text which I am quite pleased with! Here are the notes:


Gameplay

  • Changed the way resources spawn. There are now tiles without resources on the map and fewer resources overall, which makes the game more of a challenge.

Graphical changes

  • Improved the smoothness of screen transitions

Various

  • Added scrolling text
  • Changed scout ship's movement speed to 3

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the AI could target units it couldn't see
  • Improved unit movement through Fog of War
  • Fixed button placement in some dialog screens
  • Fixed a bug where building units didn't work

Boats & Banners Alpha 1.0.4 release!

May 19, 2018 by Leonard van Buren

First of all, his update adds Fog of War to the map. Since this game is also about exploration and discovery, it's an overdue change!

Secondly, I improved the textures a lot. Water actually has depth now, which looks a lot better. I'm still not happy with some of the older UI layouts, but overall it's much better than before. I also made a little loading animation:

Loading Spinner!


In the next update I'm changing the way colonies work, which will add more variety to the gameplay. Also adding some long overdue story elements.


Gameplay

  • Added Fog of War to the map

Graphical changes

  • Changed tile and unit sprites
  • Added climate-specific tile sprites
  • Added loading animation

Bug fixes

  • Game layout improved on larger screens
  • Fixed various lighting bugs
  • Fixed a bug where scrolling the map didn't work properly
  • Fixed a bug where points weren't awarded correctly

Boats & Banners Alpha 1.0.3 release!

March 16, 2018 by Leonard van Buren

This is a smaller update intented to fix some bugs that I found and wanted to fix. The next update will be a gameplay update though!


Full patch notes

  • Fixed lighting bugs
  • Updated logo
  • Animated menu background

Boats & Banners Alpha 1.0.2 release!

February 4, 2018 by Leonard van Buren

As promised, this update is quite a lot bigger than the last one! First off, a new saving system has been added. The game is now saved automatically after every turn, and you can continue at any time from the menu.

You can now upgrade a Colony to a Stockade for the reasonable price of 20 wood. That allows you to build higher-level ships, but it comes with a tradeoff! Previously, you could build every unit right from the start, but that was quite unbalanced.

All of these changes required the AI to be reworked as well. The Ai should now be able to take advantage of the new features and hopefully be more of a challenge!


Gameplay

  • Added a saving system
  • Added ranged combat
  • Added tile upgrades
  • Improved the ai quite a bit
  • Tile takeovers are no longer instantaneous

Graphical changes

  • Animated the menu screen
  • Added angular sprites to (almost) all units
  • Added ranged attack animation
  • Changed the way unit stats are displayed

Various

  • Added camera scrolling
  • Added a 'disable hints' button in the pause menu

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the game didn't end when all other players were defeated

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