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Hey all, here’s a Thursday round-up. We released version 41.71 last Thursday. We’re big on Thursdays around here.

 

41.71 contained a huge range of stuff, but topline features included: new and improved dynamic action music, a raft of improvements for Steam Deck players, new items, scarecrows, less wobbly and less performance-costly 3D items on your safehouse floor, loads of MP improvements under the hood, the fabled one-watch VHS video fix, new ambient and shutdown noises, modding improvements and tons more.

 

Better to read the forum release post than a long paragraph in the blog, I guess, if you are in need of a catch-up.

 

Since last week we hotfixed some issues with sound cut-outs on busy servers and with rapid-fire weapons, and so now we find ourselves moving onto…

 

41.72

Seeing as we already have a fair amount of MP changes, fixes and balance in the pot for .72 at the moment it feels like it won’t be too long until we move it into the Unstable beta – unless of course a more disruptive feature comes to the boil over the next week or so and requires added internal testing.

 

The current changelist for what we have in this patch can be seen here if you are interested.

 

Primary items of note involve a lot of fixes and polish to radio use in-game, improvements to the representation of weapon-part upgrades in 3D models, and various issues with generators and batteries.

 

Also in the patch will be the opt-in ability for fellow faction and safehouse members to be visible on your in-game map.

 

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And also some support for our colour-blind survivors, who will now be able to choose their favoured new text colours instead of BAD RED and GOOD GREEN. Thanks to Fox for this one.

 

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BEYOND

There are many advantages of having a tight small team when making a game like PZ. However, one of the biggest disadvantages is that when serious ‘irl’ stuff happens to any of us it makes aspects of development difficult. We’ve never really mentioned it before, and still won’t go into any detail, but this was one of the reasons that Build 41 itself took a long time to come to complete fruition.

 

The reason we are bringing this up is because one of the primary architects of the revamped B42 crafting system, Turbo, has been very ill (and often hospitalized) for much of the last three-four months.

 

Turbs said it was okay to let you all know this, as it clearly has meant that while RJ’s work on domestic animals and some roaming beasts has been rocketing on ahead – Turbo’s own work on the post-apoc crafting, tech-trees and recipes has had to be on hold.

 

We are so, so relieved and happy that Turbo’s treatment led up to an operation and a complete return to health – to the extent that he has been back working with us again this week. It’s been awesome having him about the place again.

 

We don’t yet know how much this will impact on build content, timings etc, and will be working out what’s what in the week or two ahead – tho B43 stuff is being worked on in parallel, so it hasn’t been detrimental to that.

 

Sorry if this has been a bit of a ‘too much info’ update, it’s probably not something you’d catch in a Call of Duty blog, but with Turbo’s permission, we thought it would give everyone a more accurate insight into where we’re at with things.

 

We also hope that everyone will join us in wishing Turbs continued good health – a phrase for which the Dutch probably have their own term for and that we will google later on.

 

To circle back around to more developmental matters-at-hand, here’s an image from RJ and Tim’s work on ways in which our non-domestic animals will roam the map. These are AnimalZone paths that share points, and allow for both long paths that cross cell boundaries and branching paths too.

 

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MAPPING

We love seeing the maps our community produces – each with their own flavours, design and challenge. To support all our mappers today we are releasing almost 1500 buildings and associated assets of our own in-game housing, garages, sheds and patio sets for use in community maps.

 

These should help map-builders flesh out their worlds without having to rely purely on their own constructed (and shared community) houses, flats and outbuildings.

 

If you are a mapper then you can find the released assets here.

 

We are not releasing ‘special’ and governmental/military buildings – but there are many, many houses, apartments, sheds, shacks, shops and restaurants here for folks to use in their own apocalyptic zombie nightmares.

 

In terms of our own future map improvement and expansion, meanwhile, check out what Ayrton has been doing to our Louisville rich districts.

 

“To bring more diversity to some locations of Louisville, I am converting some streets or blocks into Victorian-style districts, it should enable us to add a new layer of complexity to the urban plan with areas that are more/less wealthy, ancient, etc. Those new tiles are also being added across existing relevant buildings.”

 

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Elsewhere Aiteron is playing around with his improved fishing system to mix in some added ‘fun quota’ alongside the improved anims/visuals we showed last time round. Long-term work on server-side items and timed actions for MP continues, and the Noiseworks/Formosa soundscape revolution continues with their next missions due to be discussed in the coming week.

 

Pat_Bren is also, meanwhile, crafting a bunch more annotated survivor maps to bolster our current stock – and also to cover Louisville and other newer areas of the Knox Event map.

 

JOB AD AGAIN

Following the success of Build 41, we find ourselves in a position where we can hunt down other experienced Games Programmers to join the Project Zomboid team.

 

We are looking for coders willing and able to refresh some of our older systems, polish the existing ones and then to delve further into the features that will be part of the Knox Event’s exciting future.

 

Interested applicants should check our jobs page, but we should underline that we currently don’t have any entry-level positions available. You will need to have a fair amount of experience we are afraid.

This week’s touching crime scene from hp.tf. A changelist of all our pre-release and post-release patches since the 41 beta began can be found here. The Centralized Block of Italicised Text would like to direct your attention to the PZ Wiki should you feel like editing or amending something, and the PZ Mailing List that can send you update notifications once builds get released. We also live on Twitter right here! Our Discord is open for chat and hijinks too.

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Glad to know that Turbo's health has improved and, thank you for making us aware of his situation. The PZ Community, especially those that have been around for a long time, kind of feel like family. We've supported and defended early access and updates for so long, we appreciate giving us extended news and bringing us in the realm of what's going on with "family". 

 

Loving all the new music updates. There is one area, and I think I detected it before the latest update, where about 2-3 seconds of the music made me think of Game OF Thrones. As I'm a big fan, it caught my attention immediately. I wouldn't mind hearing more.

 

Looking forward to running across a deer while I roam in the forest. Great to hear about the paths that animals will be prone to use. Might make my sighting more possible. 

 

I'm such a huge fan of PZ that I rarely play any of my other games and it's rare that an evening goes by that I don't play PZ.  I believe we need to acknowledge and celebrate the things that make the game so awesome and, we need to let the devs know about those things we're not so keen on. For instance, I will never play multiplayer but I'm so happy for those that have waited so patiently for it for so long.  I don't care for the idea of NPC's and hope that I can turn them off in Sandbox. I rarely attempt foraging anymore as I like the old foraging much better. These are personal likes and dislikes. This is not saying that there's anything wrong with these things just that I think the devs appreciate knowing those things that we take great glee in and those things that don't appeal to us. I don't expect anything to be changed to satisfy my preferences, I just want to be the kind of supporter to offer information whether it's praising the game or siting those things that I personally don't care for. 

 

I had another game that I was such a fan of that I couldn't speak highly enough about (before PZ) and I was waiting with baited breath for series II. When it came out, I was devastated. You could no longer play it on windows 7 .  I can't reconcile updating to Windows 10 just for a game and so, I no longer play that game at all. I won't go into detail the whining I did and how disappointed I was. That is a waste of energy. PZ is my number one game now and I don't even feel the urge to go back and play the series I game.

 

I'm not a big poster and you rarely see me do so. If I have something to say, I'll do so. It struck me this week that the blogging staff thought perhaps they were over stepping by offering us information about Turbo and felt the need to somewhat apologize for it. That spurred me into posting. Again, I'm so glad his surgery went well and we're glad he's back making our PZ dreams come true. Love you guys!!!

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