It should say 1.4.3b (b is just a few patches/bugfixes from a). You can download the latest version from itch.io if you have the wrong version. The next update should come mid october (but I don't have an exact date set yet).
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Updates are not regularly scheduled, but come about once a month. I post updates for each major update, and you can get them here (I think the itch client should auto-update your game as well).
It has light romance (there are 3 potential romances, but they aren't the focus of the story). The game is a philosophical visual novel that covers the nature of reality and how people's perspectives can change it.
The early access version? It's the _full zip files instead of the _demo, you get access to it when you buy the game, and it includes more content now and all updates (including the full release late next year).
The web version is the same as the demo available here, and includes the first 3 islands (about 8 hours of content). The early access version includes an additional 4 hours of content right now (completing the science path on the first planet), and we plan to update it monthly with new content!
One other person had this problem, and we figured out that it had to do with permissions on their computer. If the game doesn't have permission to access the files, it can't run. Try putting the game in a non-protected folder (and make sure all subfolders extracted are readable), or run the game as administrator.
This is a bug in 1.3.1a, but there's a patch to fix it - replace data/core/structures/structures.xml (in your game files) with this file: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/385203222396010508/460121338393264128/str... .
Depends on the mod. Typically, there are no issues, although if you remove a mod after saving, you'll lose items/objects/etc the mod added. And if you saved on an island the mod added, and you remove the mod... that'll corrupt your save.
The game will be $10 in early access (and will release sometime in July here and on other storefronts). The price will increase once the game's out of early access, but everyone who buys it during early access gets the full game.
If you download the latest version of the game onto the same computer, the saves should be available automatically. If you don't have the itch.io app, just download the game and replace the old files whenever there is an update (that won't replace your save files).
On the windows version, your saves should be in "%APPDATA%\Fancy Fish Games\Aground\aground", and they are never wiped with updates. If you're playing on a different computer, you'll have to copy them over.
That usually means you didn't extract everything before running the exe, or you deleted or modified the files in the core folder. Try re-downloading the game, then extract everything into a new folder and run Aground.exe
You'll have to give me more information, but if it immediately stops working and doesn't show an error log, it's usually a low level error (often having to do with your graphics card driver).
That usually means you either modded the game, or didn't extract all the files needed to run. Make sure to extract the entire .zip folder before trying to run the exe. If that doesn't work, run the game in a command prompt, and it'll give more details about the error.
I might add difficulty modes eventually (as some people want the game harder, and some want it easier), but I think the current balance is pretty good overall. And I might add more to farming - as right now you just have to wait (and maybe apply fertilizer). Perhaps a watering can would make crops grow faster, so players who care will spend time on the farm, those who don't will mine and when they return have some free food even though it took longer to grow.
Hmm, I'm not sure what's wrong then. If you open a command prompt (shift+right click in the Aground folder, then click open command window here) and type "Aground.exe" and hit enter, does it show any errors before crashing (like ModHandler.hx:95: Enable Mod: Core)? Does it show any more info about the error before you click troubleshoot?
Hmm, that's strange, it doesn't do that on windows 7 for me. Maybe try updating your graphics card driver, really old drivers will cause the game to crash, and it is probably incorrect that the program is incompatible (the troubleshooter probably made a mistake).
We'll be adding co-op multiplayer as a stretch goal for the game to our kickstarter soon. I definitely think multiplayer would add a lot to the game, but it'd be a lot of work to add, which is why it will be a stretch goal and not the main goal.
That's exactly our plan - get the next islands done and expand the content and put it on Steam Early Access!
As for idling resources, some people really enjoy being able to do that, and by the time you have all the buildings, the value of the resources you can idle (other than perhaps dragonblood) is not that high - you'll need different resources for a lot of the higher tech and magic stuff on the second islands.
I made an example mod which you can download and edit here: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/373987568779395072/400002960366764033/cry... . Simply create a new folder called mods in the data folder, and extract that zip file there (so that "data/mods/crystal_sword/mod.xml" exists). Then start the game or hit Ctrl+Shift+M to reload mods live (just don't reload mods during events, as it will cancel events). Any folder in the mods folder that has a mod.xml will be loaded automatically for now, I'll have mod management in game later.
You can also look at the data/core folder, as that is actually structured exactly like a mod.
And feel free to drop by #modding in our discord, as there's lots of discussions about modding going on there!
The baby dragon is just following me as I mine into the mountain (I'm mining fast because I have a dev-cheat pickaxe). The baby dragon doesn't help you mine, the young and adult dragon's breath attack will break dirt and stone tiles, but they will only target enemies (and given how much food their attack takes, it'd be a waste to have them mine).
As for big dragons following you, this is because of their size. If you mine out a large shaft (or have mined out the whole island), they will follow you underground, but they can't fit into little tunnels. You can also teleport them by unequipping and re-equipping them if you have entered a large open space underground. They won't appear when you do this if the space is too small (and the adult dragons need a LOT of space).
We definitely are going to add more hut scenes and exploration. For fishing, we'll have an NPC explain it eventually, but for now I can explain it:
Hit C with the fishing rod equipped or Z next to water to auto-use the fishing rod. It will start fishing.
When it says there is something on the line hit C (or whatever button is shown next to the tooltip if you've changed controls).
This may catch a rusty axe, or it may say wait for it. If it says wait for it, then wait until it says Pull Now and hit C again. You keep doing this until it catches something (the more times this takes, the better the fish). If you hit C at the wrong time, the fish will get away.
We'll get there, it'll just take time. The next update will have the pet system, which will be cool, and the two major updates after that will add actual content (bosses, enemies, new areas and islands).
Saving in the browser version requires cookies. It should save fine in the itch.io version. I am constantly updating the game, but the sites I manage the game on should all be up to date. 1.0.6 is the current version (check the title page).
For the dragon blood quest, slay one of the wyrms (the creatures that burrow underground). It will require a steel sword, a bow, or some critical hits from behind and red berries.