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v0.4.5: Workshop Content Update

Over 30 new items!

New Workshop Content

This update is all about adding new content to the Level Editor so you can build even better challenges for people around the world the enjoy!  There are a bunch of new outdoor props, including interactive objects like tables, chairs and the classic green recycling bin.  There's a fancy new water fountain with animated water, a garden planter, and more construction props which come in really handy.  I've also added a couple more vehicle props, including a flatbed truck (with changeable colors) and, by request from several players, a big yellow school bus.

The new over-sized Hazards from the Gumsy and Gomar Theme Park levels have also been added.  These hazards will automatically change direction when they hit something, so they are more versatile.  Unfortunately scaling does not work for these, so they are a one-size-fits-all hazard.

And, by request, Flip Pads have been added as well.  They come in 3 different strength variations and I'm sure they'll be abused to hell in the Community Tracks xD

Below is a list of new items:

New Special Items:
- FlipPads; 3 strength variations

New Hazards:
- Giant Hammer
- Giant Baseball Bat
- Giant Blender

New Props:
- Vehicles: Prop Truck (dynamic; w/ simple color change)
- Vehicles: Prop School Bus (dynamic)
- Pathways: assortment of modular sidewalk parts (cement)
- Industrial: Construction Barrel (dynamic)
- Industrial: Construction Barricade (dynamic)
- Industrial: Concrete Barricade (static)
- Industrial: Metal Support Bars (simple)
- Industrial: Control Panel (non-functional; static)
- Industrial: Air Conditioning Unit (static)
- Industrial: Wooden Crate Large (non-breakable; dynamic)
- Industrial: Warehouse Shelf Sets 1-3 (static)
- Industrial: Wooden Pallet (non-breakable; dynamic)
- Outdoor: Patio Chair (dynamic)
- Outdoor: Patio Table (dynamic)
- Outdoor: Patio Umbrella (dynamic)
- Outdoor: Park Bench (static)
- Outdoor: Garbage Bin (static)
- Outdoor: Ashtray (static)
- Outdoor: Water Fountain Fancy (animated)
- Outdoor: Drinking Fountain (static)
- Outdoor: Marble Planter (static)
- Outdoor: LampPostProp (dynamic)
- Outdoor: Recycle Bin (dynamic)
- Buildings: Special: Pavillions 1-3
- Buildings: Special: Pillar Dome

 

Yay! Sidewalks!  Now the pedestrians can be safe, right?

*Sidewalk Warning*

By request I also added sidewalks to the editor at the last minute.  Unfortunately, I didn't realize that the scaling was off until just now.  So if you use these in a level, please be advised that the scale will be reduced in the next update, so it might affect any level that uses them and need adjusted.  I'll do my best to avoid that, but please be aware.

Crowd Pleaser

You wanted more peds, you got more peds!

I did some minor optimizations and doubled the limit on pedestrians, so you can now place 2 of each character in a level!  Even more characters will be allowed in the future, after I do some of the bigger optimization updates.

However, it's not recommended to group all of them together as you see here, since low-end machines may experience a brief FPS drop if they all get mooshed at once.

Double the peds, double the fun!

v0.3.8: Physics Materials and Level Editor Improvements

Today I'm uploading the first update to Guts and Glory on Steam.  Man, that feels good to say!  This update brings a host of new features and bug fixes to the Level Editor.

Beta Branch (IMPORTANT)

Going forward, if you want to access the very latest build of the game, you'll need to opt-in to the Beta branch on Steam.  It's super easy to do.  Just go to your Steam Library, right-click Guts and Glory, then go to Properties and select the Beta tab.  Detailed instructions here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=182912431

If you wish to wait until updates have been tested more before installing then don't do anything.  You'll receive updates automatically about a week or two after they've been battle tested by others.

Physics Materials

All Building Blocks and Physics Blocks now have a Materials option in the Level Editor.  Each Material will change the texture, mass, drag, and other physics properties of your Block.  Turn a Block into Metal and it be behave like a heavy hunk of metal.  Turn it into Rubber and watch it bounce across the screen.  Turn it into Foam and it will be light and fluffy.  Making a Block larger or smaller will also change its physics behavior.  The goal here is to create something similar to Little Big Planet's materials system.

Materials also affect wheel traction on vehicles.  Plastic is a little slippery, and "Grippy" material behaves like grip tape on a skateboard.  Each has its own nuances.  Audio and particle effects will be added later.

Now you can make giant metal rolling balls of death, falling stone spikes, foam pits or a ton of other creative stuff.

More Materials will be added in future updates.  I just have to figure out a more efficient system of adding them first--currently I have to update each Block manually.

Snap-to-grid mode is brand new and just a little buggy

Grid Snapping

I got several requests for this feature.  You can now turn global grid snapping on/off in the Level Editor by pressing the Grid Snapping button in the top ToolBar.  This will shift any item you're editing to the closest 0.5 meter increment, making it a lot easier to line-up objects or fine tune your tracks.

This currently only works with the Move tool.  Rotation, and maybe scaling, to be added later.

Checkpoint Manager: those little colorful circles in the lower left corner

Checkpoint Manager

The Level Editor now has a Checkpoint Manager in the lower left corner of the screen.  As you add/remove Checkpoints, this will show you how many you have on the map.

Click any of the Checkpoints to make it your temporary Respawn Point.  Next time you press the Quick Play button, you'll automatically start from that Checkpoint instead.  This will make play-testing your levels much faster and easier.  (Shoutout to Kr4zy Z4ch for the recommendation.)

The Checkpoint Manager also ensures there are no missing Checkpoints before the level can be uploaded to the Workshop.

Hazard Glitches

Saw Mills, Hanging Hooks, and Wrecking Balls are now static during level editing, for easier handling.  The ropes no longer spazz out if they pass through other objects during editing, and saws don't break apart.  In general, moving objects around is much less glitchy.

Landmines

Landmine bugs should be fixed now.  There was an issue causing them to sometimes spontaneously explode for no reason the first time you enter a Community Track.  

Another bug caused them to sometimes fall through objects during editing.  To fix this, landmines are now static during editing, so you can manipulate them just like Blocks.

Landmine textures have been changed to bright yellow and red.  They were way too hard to see on grassy maps.  They still only have a red glowing light in the dark though.

Landmines now have a Sleep mode.  Yes, this means you can put them on walls, ceilings, or suspended in the air.

GUI Improvements & Death Bugs

There is now a "Next Track" button for Official Tracks.  I ran into issues with adding this for Community Tracks, so that will have to wait until another time.

Bugs such as the play mode HUD ("Ready? Go!") getting stuck on screen, disappearing buttons, and stretching for some aspect rations should now be fixed.  Also, animations have been removed from file menus in the Level Editor to speed things up.

There was also a bug that sometimes caused the game to think the player was dead after a respawn.  This should be fixed now as well.

Falling into infinity is no more!  Going off the map will auto-respawn your character now.

More Materials will be added in future updates... any requests?

Other Improvements

Thanks to your feedback I was able to track down and stomp out several bugs and make other improvements.  Finish Point flags should stay up better, some difficulty curves have been improved, fences are stronger, skids marks work slightly better, and headlights now automatically turn on at night.

Change Log

Going forward I will also start posting my development change logs, for those of you that like to see all the details.  (That 4th number is just my internal versioning system.)

v0.3.8.1
Added basic Music & Global Volume control sliders, under Settings Menu.  (Does not save settings to PlayerPrefs.  Temporary solution that will be replaced by more comprehensive Settings and Audio systems.)
Added global grid snapping mode.  On/off button in top toolbar.  (Does not yet work for rotation or scaling.)
Added Materials options to Building & Physics Blocks.
Materials change the Texture, Friction, Mass, and Drag of the Block.  (Audio feature will be added later.)
Scaling Physics Blocks now changes the total Mass of the object (ie- larger physics objects are now heavier and slower than smaller objects).
Materials on Physics Blocks affect Wheel traction, audio, and particle fx.
Reduced ToolTips pop-up time for 0.5s to 0.4s.  (Will later add Settings option to turn on/off, plus Tutorial/vidoes.)



v0.3.8.0
Fixed SawMills glitching/breaking during level editing.
Fixed Wrecking Ball rope glitching/breaking when intersecting other objects during level editing.
Fixed Hanging Hook rope glitching/breaking when intersecting other objects during level editing.
Fixed LandMines exploding unintentionally when starting some levels first time.
SawMills, Wrecking Balls, Hanging Hooks, and LandMines are now static during level editing, for easier handling.
LandMines now have a physics sleep option.
Changed LandMine texture to yellow and red for better visibility.
Slightly reduced odds of floating skid marks; may need to replace with new system in the future.  Low priority.
Improve Finish Point flags so they are less likely to fall over in Community Tracks.
Made fences a little stronger and less likely to knock down other segments.
Headlights now automatically turn on/off by default for night/day.
Falling out of level boundaries automatically respawns at last checkpoint.
Removed pop-up menu animations to speed up workflow in Level Editor.
Reduced difficulty of Whiplash level to improve difficulty curve.
Added "Next Track" button for Official Tracks.
Added an unlock override feature in case someone gets really stuck on an Official Track.  (Hit Next Button in Pause Menu 4x.)
Added "Respawn Selector" GUI in Level Editor.  Quickly see how many checkpoints you have, and easily spawn at any of them for play-testing.
Added system to check for gaps in Checkpoints before they can be uploaded to the Workshop.  Helps to ensure level can actually be completed.

New Hazards and Special Items

LOTS OF NEW STUFF ADDED!  CHECK OUT THE VIDEO!!
I recently finished adding a few more Hazards to the game, including Wrecking Balls and a few more that I will leave for you to discover when you play the game (I don't want to be a spoiler for my own game)!  

The Turbo Boosters are now fully functional and come in three speeds: from a gentle push to a mega boost.  They can also be stacked for greater speeds (I got up to over 250mph on the bike before crashed horrifically).  Captured a few good crashes for you to enjoy here.

But most of all, I'm excited about the new MEGA FANS!  These should create some interesting gameplay opportunities.  One side can push you up to high places (or off ledges), while the other side is hazardous to your health!  These could be used to save a player from high falls, or just to create really tricky "platformer" style levels.  They can also be attached to moving stuff to make things even more difficult, and basically push anything moveable in their range.  I'm thinking of putting a couple onto a windmill, like I do with the saws, or just making some turn in place.  These are my favorite new item, if you can't tell :D

I'm really excited because the last video has about 17,000 views in just a week!  I'm blown away by the interest people have had in this project so far.  It makes me super excited to keep working hard at it so I can get it out there.  Lots of early mornings and late nights have gone into this, but hearing good things people have to say makes it worth it.

Next thing on my to-do list is to build the first Map and Tracks, and finish making a few more audio improvements.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to share these videos to help spread the word about my first game and help it to be a success.

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