Sandbox kingdom builder Stonehearth has just received its Alpha 8 update, and there are new features to play with. The Blacksmith is in, who can smelt ores, forge ingots and equip our guardsmen with armour and weapons.
Mining has also been enhanced, and a party system lets us group units. The small development team at Radiant Entertainment has also worked on graphical and lighting improvements.
California-based Radiant Entertainment are celebrating the one year anniversary for Stonehearth's Kickstarter, which saw the voxel-based kingdom builder backed by over $750k when they only asked for $120k.
To mark the occasion a new Alpha build has been released through Humble and Steam, so now our fledgling towns can be saved and loaded, with farming also introduced.
Radiant Entertainment has announced that the alpha build of their blocky sandbox strategy game Stonehearth is now available for Kickstarter backers who contributed $30 or more to the project.
While 2012 was crowned 'The Year of the Game' by Kickstarter, 2013's pace for crowd funding video games has blown past last year's $83 million to tally $112 million with weeks to go yet.
Overall games have seen pledges reach $200 million, with $178.15 million actually funding projects from successful campaigns. Games make up 22% of total pledges.
Stonehearth, the voxel-based kingdom builder, will be releasing its first alpha build to eager backers this December 30th, announces Radiant Entertainment. They've set up the download two weeks early.
The download page can be visited now to ensure smooth sailing come later this month, and is provided by Humble Bundle. The Alpha 1 build is available to those who pledged $30 or more.