Matter Test Build 4 Is Up!

The 4th Matter Test Build is up!

Since there were no critical bugs pending, I took a fair bit of time with this one, and as a result it includes a pretty impressive amount of bug fixes. :D

As for me I’ll continue working on the bug pile as work permits: once the pile’s cleared out of things I promised to fix in the “next build” for the last 8 months, we’ll be ready for the actual Matter release, provided no new Matter-related issues or other critical crop up.

Thank you again to everyone who’s been helping out with the testing, I really appreciate it. Good luck in the tower!

7/26: Not Forgotten

This is definitely NOT the Matter build :P

It IS still an important one: it fixes a fairly glaring AI bug that at least sometimes made player allies reluctant to heal the player unless he was very near death and sometimes not even then. It’s fixed now, but yikes… probably the nastiest bug I’ve let out the door in a long time.

Links at the right have been updated.

Thank you to everyone who reported issues with this, with extra tanks for oneeyedjoe, who actually managed to catch a save file of it happening to send to me; this ended up being allowed me to finally pin down the bug.

Good luck in the Tower!

7/15: Sneaky Sneaky

I’ve updated the links at the right with the new 7/15 build, including some good bug fixes and the new and improved expanded command functionality! I won’t be posting this elsewhere until sometime tomorrow to give a little more time to find any lurking bugs, but I *think* we’re solid on this one. We’ll see soon enough at any rate! Cheers!

6/26: Grumble Grumble

Ooof. There’s a certain irony that the bug fix build would have three emergency builds after it. Yuck.

This one fixes Inner Fire not being usable while Muted and Poison+ and Poison++ not being curable.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go hide somewhere in shame.


6/24: Too Many Carrots

Whew. :P Remind me not to decide to do an all UI and bug fix build again, it’s pretty tiring! Links to the right have been updated!


Here’s the full change log for interested parties:

Updates, 6/24/2017
 - Renamed Baba's Sanctum to Yaga's Sanctum, which is more gramatically
 - Corpse encounters involving demons suffering from a status condition
 now involve one less demon.
 - Juggernaut now gives less energy, as a belated adjustment based on
 movement now being a half-turn action.
 - Changed Tremane's ability set slightly, in hopes of leading him to be
 a bit less of a heal bot.
 - Dash now requires an empty space as a target. 
 - Discharge and Emit Sparks can now hit Sleeping targets. Notably, this
 will cause the AI to be rather reluctant to use them if there is a
 Sleeping target they might hit.
 - Changed Wild Frenzy's icon to better reflect it is not a movement
 - Improved pathfinding and decision making for 'pacifist' demons
 attempting to keep their allies in sight. For now, this improvement is
 only for player allies due to concerns about the performance of the new
 - 'Pacifist' demons are less likely to advance on sleeping targets.
 - The AI will no longer use hostile abilities that do not effect any
 hostile targets in any way. (This fixes a visual bug where the AI would
 sometimes use hostile abilities this way if it had another reason to do
 so, such as cooldowns that are reduced by using abilities of a certain
 - Reduced the willingness of the AI to take the 'long way' around when
 pathing to locations where the direct routes are blocked.
 - The AI will no longer consider using hostile enchantments being used
 on allies already afflicted by those hostile enchantments, even if it
 would not change the remaining duration.
 - The AI is now more likely to use hostile AE abilities on its former
 allies while Charmed, and is also more likely to attack friendlies who
 are in different 'groups'.
 - The AI now values removing the Infection status effect more.
 - Made the AI less eager to use Miracle cooldown abilities.
 - Unconquerable now causes the AI to be less reluctant to use Endure
 cooldown abilities.
 - Reduced the evaluation for the Regen status effect.
 - 'Pacifist' demons are now less aggressive when given a Kill Command.
 - Hand of the Dead AI summoners no longer spitefully delete all of their
 allies when near death.
 - Status effects are now displayed as icons instead of text in most
 places that display status effects.
 - You can mouse over status effect icons to get a tooltip with information
 about the status effect's ... well, effect... and its remaining duration. 
 - Fixed a bug where the player becoming Charmed while having too many
 demons caused a lockup that required restarting Demon to fix.
 - Bask should now be better about selecting an Ignited enemy as a default

Bug Fixes
 - Enemy summoners are no longer, under certain circumstances, oddly
 hesistant to summon replacement demons during combat.
 - Fixed a bug where Dash would sometimes fail when there was no reason for
 it to do so during ability execution, causing the user to get "yanked"
 back to their original position.
 - Newly summoned allies now have their last action set to Basic Pass
 instead of null, allowing them to be the target of abilities that
 check the last ability used by a target. (This also applies to newly
 spawned demons from corpse encounters.)
 - Fixed a bug where abilities with "random chances" did not work properly.
 - Enchantment removal results are no longer processed if the target
 enchantment is not present, which sometimes caused odd messages.
 - A certain ability used by a certain entity now respects the Charm
 condition and will no longer continue to be used against enemies even
 when those enemies have Charmed the source.
 - Your Codex is now cleared slightly later in the end game sequence, so
 that your demons don't show up as "New!" during the end game review when
 playing in Solo mode.
 - Fixed a tiny graphical glitch with negotiation windows in lower
 - Fixed a tiny graphical glitch with the tile cursor during the end game