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In this update the main focus is on improving the Tutorial and adding an Objectives System.

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Alpha 7 is ready and posted, with a new Demo as well as a new Gameplay Video. In this update the main focus is on improving the Tutorial and adding an Objectives System.

Thanks to feedback I received, I learned the game was a bit overwhelming to the new player with all the different systems interacting at once. It's hard to experience your own game like a new player when you've worked on it for thousands of hours! On the left-hand side of the screen, it now lists the current objective based on the current active tutorial.

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The update also includes the first iteration of the main objectives for the player. These are increasing Prosperity and discovering all neighbouring tribes, which now begin as "Unknown". A new Scout profession allows you to select which Pokians can go on Scouting missions. A summarised list of changes is below. If you like more detail, weekly progress is listed here, here, here, here or here.

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New Features

  • Implemented nomads joining your tribe event
  • Implemented achievements/objectives for tutorial
  • Added various event-related notifications
  • Added more tutorials and made the transition smoother
  • Added minimap rectangle to let player know current viewing area
  • Refactored game engine to allow for new games without restarting
  • Events panel can be moved around and position is remembered
  • Added scout task for human AI to explore surrounding area
  • Added some diplomacy-related tasks
  • Added sound effects for eating, drinking and shivering
  • Added food security and burning carcass objectives
  • Pokians won't perform any tasks if their primary needs are too low


  • Nomad appearance chance based on current tribe size relative to prosperity
  • Doubled water update frequency
  • Added main objectives for discovering all tribes and becoming most prosperous tribe
  • Diplomacy panel disabled and blacked out until first main objective complete
  • Modified Career class so Pokians can have multiple professions
  • Added foreign tribe discovery stages
  • Moved scouting action from tribe-specific action to global action in diplomacy panel
  • Foreign tribe prosperity fluctuates in proportion to foreign tribe size
  • Halved day length to fit new update frequency
  • Reduced severity of hunger and thirst effects due to sickness
  • All animals eat and drink twice as fast
  • Change notification sound to achievement completion sound
  • Decreased rate of gaining symptoms from sickness
  • Increase base influence area around camp
  • Made data overlay for forbidden movement hexes clearer
  • Animal spawns are less aggressive overall
  • Change animal decision to migrate to take into account crowdedness
  • Changed animals to disengage targets if they are out of breath
  • Reduced severity of food decay

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  • Notifications now show most recent first
  • Fixed changing combat move direction not immediately removing previous move order
  • Fixed tutorial and event notifications bugs
  • Tutorial notifications now have green text
  • Fixed duplicate water supply hexes
  • Fixed crashing when closing game with human off map
  • Refactored object destruction to be more stable
  • Fixed filter broken on task query panel
  • Fixed combat mode tutorial achievement appearing even when no tutorial
  • Fixed migrating animals not being properly deleted off map
  • Minor objectives only activate when tutorial over
  • Fixed humans not using fists when no weapons to hold
  • Fixed filling water skin from river not giving clean water
  • Improved debug panel
  • Fixed move forbid cells not remembered when saving game
  • Fixed if human can't reach extract/harvest task, performing task via telepathy
  • Fixed herbs counting towards food stockpile even though no hunger reduction
  • Fixed humans sleeping and storing objects in shallow water
  • Fixed when zoomed out, combat mode selection not scaling as well

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