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    Accessing Development Branches


    How to Select Branches

    1. Within the Steam application, right click Kynseed in your library
    2. Select "Properties" from the menu
    3. Click the "Betas" tab
    4. Choose either the 'latest' or 'experimental' branch

    What Are Branches?

    You mean other than being the lovely thing on which a tree holds its leaves? In development terms, a branch is a sort of update channel you can subscribe to and change at any time. Whatever branch you subscribe to will automatically download an update whenever we push a new build out to it. Below is an overview of the three different branches we'll be using during development.

    Main Branch
    This is the default branch all players are put in at the start. In general, this branch will receive an update whenever we complete one of the major roadmap updates listed on the roadmap. As such, this will be the most stable branch and is what we recommend to the average player who wants no-fuss straightforward game updates.

    • The default branch for all players
    • The most stable branch
    • Will still receive hotfixes as needed
    • (We make every effort to keep saves as stable as possible on this branch.)

    Preview Branch
    Before we send out an update to the Main Branch above, we push the update out a week early for players who like to help us test things first. This assists in squashing out any bugs or feedback that we didn't quite catch in our own playtesting.

    • Is where an update generally sits for about a week before going to the Main Branch
    • A more iterative build and will occasionally have bugs/breaks, but most will be quick to resolve
    • Feedback in this branch will be actively worked on, but some things may get pushed to future updates
    • (Saves can sometimes be backed up from the Main Branch, but may occasionally break.)

    Experimental Branch
    Some players love getting their hands dirty by helping us playtest the more frequent incremental changes to the game. While it's by no means a requirement that you send us feedback if using this branch, we do encourage such players to work closely with us by sharing feedback and bug reports for this branch in the usual places (forums and Discord preferably). This branch is perfect for players who want to work more closely with us and have a more hands-on impact on regular development.

    • 'Bleeding edge' development and will be the least stable
    • Will receive the most frequent updates
    • This branch's build notes will get posted in this thread and will cover details that get simplified for the Main Branch changelog
    • Feedback is extremely welcome and encouraged for those participating in this branch
    • (Save safety not guaranteed! Saves may possibly be imported from the Main Branch to hep mitigate this. That said, saves from this branch won't be transferable to other branches.)


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    Pʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇʟᴏɢ - v0.1.15.2276

    ᅠᅠ🔷 Noticeboard setup
    ᅠᅠᅠᅠ🔷 Three types of tasks to start with "Cook wanted", "Lost item" and "Item Wanted" that generate each day
    ᅠᅠᅠᅠ🔷 Cook wanted has a limited time limit of the current day and then will run out of time
    ᅠᅠᅠᅠ🔷 Each haven has their own board with tasks relating to the residents of that location
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Adjustments underway to prologue that will add some extra content to it and include near daily 'autodad' messages to help guide the player (main area of WIP development right now)
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Each house for families should have a delivery box where you can deliver requested items and leave gifts
    ᅠᅠ🔷 NPCs waiting for gifts (relating to the noticeboard and favour tasks) have an exclamation mark for them
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Going into the gift option for an NPC has any items that fulfil gift requirements appear first in the list and with sparkles to highlight them
    ᅠᅠ🔷 A task can be set as the active task. Where applicable this will mark it on the world map with a location to go to. Pressing F1 or clicking in the left
    stick will briefly trigger a trail from the player in the direction of the exit towards where you need to go (this might not always be the shortest route with shortcuts available to the player!).
    ᅠᅠ🔷 There's a 'Add New Task' option at the top of the task list after the prologue now due to the Active Task using the A button to set it.
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Wottyzit highlighting some interactables when the player has not used them
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Pet whistle via Dismount mapping (default Tab/LB on gamepad). This allows you to summon, send home and get your pets to stay where they are (until you leave the level). Their status also lets you know whereabouts they might currently be!
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Goddess statues upgraded experience underway. Gift to each of the 6 Goddesses during the week and on the last day of the week assign grace that could offer boons. Failing to offer will incur a negative grace that leads to curses if not countered. Not all boons/curses are effective as yet and are marked TBD if not setup.
    ᅠᅠ🔷 Mailbox UI first pass to include archive and new mails that can be from npcs along with dev updates
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Music for blacksmith extended in both regions
    ᅠᅠ🔶 New item popup improved
    ᅠᅠ🔶 The first slot for setting an item in the shop is blank so you can remove items already placed without having to replace them
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Nav fix for house in Candlewych West
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Minigame score screen minor polish
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Various minor level updates
    ᅠᅠ🔶 When apples go rotten from not providing an offering it makes a visible change to the apples on the trees
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Various minor level improvements and fixes made
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Market stalls now have more seeds available for sale
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Chat boxes have different colours for NPCs to highlight their friendship rating with the player
    ᅠᅠ🔶 Chickens can now lay eggs on a daily basis through a more friendly manner.
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for exploit in fishing where leaving and returning to the area immediately spawned in new fish when they had been caught
    ᅠᅠ❌ Shopowners should appear in their shops when you enter the level after they have already started work
    ᅠᅠ❌ End of year tax setup now puts the player back at Day 1 of Spring
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for autosave happening prior to being placed in bed leading to offset positions on reloading a save
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for mapping to slot not working when the hover highlight was over a unmappable item even tho the dragged item was
    ᅠᅠ❌ Can use shortcuts to go between the skill/npc status and the other 3 ui screens for consistency
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for lantern not being detected correctly due to the second lantern taking over the active slot
    ᅠᅠ❌ Shoppers should appear with correct exclamation and question marks when they are for existing NPCs
    ᅠᅠ❌ Shoppers should retain opinion of actions carried out while they are shoppers
    ᅠᅠ❌ Book pauses npcs in the background as intended
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for escape not working correctly on backing out of creating tasks
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for infrequent crash on teleporting between levels due to npcs trying to pick a new navigation spot while the new level is partly loaded
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for trader not appearing in Candlewych Village
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for farm monument map not being completeable
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for nightly object updates not always happening
    ᅠᅠ❌ Fix for stall exploit where you could sell a new item by changing it while a customer waited for a higher price
    ᅠᅠ❌ Brounie offering works from any offering bowl by a house as intended
    ᅠᅠ❌ Player must have sufficient friend rating to use a bed/oven/stove from another household similar to their trees


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    Pʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇʟᴏɢ - v0.1.15.2281

    ᅠᅠ+ Prologue extra events in place on a few days
    ᅠᅠ~ Improvements for proverb/recipe popup
    ᅠᅠ~ Improvements around mailbox
    ᅠᅠ~ Improvements with noticeboard event and cooking task presentation
    ᅠᅠ~ Interact on items that you don't have permission should show red
    ᅠᅠ~ Sped up the continue button appearing for the new day box
    ᅠᅠ~ Father/sibling mention mailbox when there is new mail
    ᅠᅠ~ Small adjustments relating to prologue changes including 'create task' unlocked earlier and goddess offerings not being possible till day 7
    ᅠᅠ~ Goddess offerings initial balance based on favored items for gaining grace
    ᅠᅠ! Wottyzit shouldn't appear for items you don't have permission to use
    ᅠᅠ! While riding a pig you can't target them making other interactions easier
    ᅠᅠ! Eggs won't appear in the middle of nowhere (due to a chicken at the same coordinates in a different level)


    (this is roughly a release candidate for the main branch update which we are targetting for later in the week after further bug fixes and improvements!)

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    Pʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇʟᴏɢ - v0.1.15.2282
    ! Crash fix on changing between certain levels
    ! Mailbox on receiving new mail should have it hidden in the envelope

    Pʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇʟᴏɢ - v0.1.15.2283
    ~ Some items shouldn't have a star rating for the new item popup
    ! Fixed situation where Twig wouldn't do his intro correctly
    ! Fixed sibling not showing up as expected to progress the story
    ! Fixed case where task might be deleted mistakenly and limited the ability to delete tasks to after prologue

    [+] Addition [~] Improvement [!] Fix

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    Experimental Bʀᴀɴᴄʜ Cʜᴀɴɢᴇʟᴏɢ - v0.1.15.2295
    ~ Goddess pts offerings now correctly matched to the Goddess
    ~ Some further Goddess boons/jinxes/blessings/curses setup
    ~ Offering on Goddess day counts as top up for that day only with it resetting the following day
    ~ Adjusted pig riding speed down a bit
    ! Fixed a crash between certain levels when the player has a follower
    ! Fixed a crash with pig racing when the player's ride competes
    ! Fix for crash when riding a pig and trying to interact with the good store animal stall
    ! Objects with shadows shouldn't pop into when headed upwards
    ! Throwing minigame costs 1 brass to replay and you can't play if you don't have enough brass.
    ! Adjusted shop buying UI controls to be more consistent (that UI is still due to change)
    ! Fixed an issue where gifts for tasks wouldn't work because they were in the midst of shopping
    ! Adjusted position of holding object while riding pig
    ! Adjusted position of player riding pig while selling at a stand
    ! Improved riding pig player position while next to characters

    [+] Addition [~] Improvement [!] Fix

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