Boss Golf Updated to 0.67!

Boss Golf Updated to 0.67!

Hello folks!

Sorry for the lack of activity recently! Development for Boss Golf is continuing strong! Been hard at work getting some of the other main features in. But I’ve wanted to add a simple tutorial as soon as possible to help new players get a grasp on how the game works!

So update 0.67 is about that! Now at the main menu, you have the option to begin playing with a Tutorial! The tutorial will walk you through the basic steps of building up your course, familiarizing you with the main systems of the game.

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This update also adds the possibility to open/close your resort. This will stop AI from spawning on your course if the resort is closed, giving you more peace to work on your course.

Warning that if you have a currently ongoing game, this update is incompatible with your save game. If you don’t need the tutorial, don’t worry about updating yet!

That’s all for now, folks! Next up: the building system, and other improvements!

-Gus

 

New Main Menu in 0.66!

New Main Menu in 0.66!

Hello folks!

Update 0.66 is out for the closed alpha, including a brand new main menu!

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From the main menu, you can now choose to create your own Sandbox (with limited options as of now; mainly Resort name and the Size); Load a previously saved game (and you can have multiple saves!); and tweak a couple of basic Options (for now, panning and rotating speeds of the camera. If you have some requests, send a comment or message!)

Not only that, in game now you also have a menu you can access to save the game, change options, load another game etc:

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So there you go! More freedom to play the game your way, and getting closer to Early Access features!

Oh, and there may be a pretty big announcement for the end of this month! So stay tuned!

Update 0.65 is out!

Update 0.65 is out!

Hello folks!

Took some time, but it is here, the update 0.65 for Boss Golf closed alpha!

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Changelist for this version includes:

  • Fixed issue where golfers couldn’t acquire an open hole if the number of open holes was less than the number of available holes.
  • Added a radar display for overview of the golfer abilities.
  • Separated golfers into rankings: Casual, Recreational, Serious, Competitive, Professional, and Legend. Rankings determine the starting ability of the golfers. After a lot of play, once their attributes increase, they may achieve a higher rank. This system will tie in with the “perks” system that I described some time ago.
  • Added proper calculations for draw, fade, hook, push, pull, and pure. Now when golfers hit the ball, based on their attributes, there’s a chance for either of these forces to be added to the golfer. Includes your own golfer! (Right now no way to increase it, so bear with it)
  • Added golfer dominant hand, now you’ll see golfers taking a stance according to their main hand.
  • Increased variety of golfer thoughts and improved the display of the thoughts in the character panel. Added more thoughts for analyzing the results of a hole playthrough.
  • Improved calculations for stroke generation to give golfers better/more realistic options. There’s still some issues with some edge cases, since we can’t set OB areas yet. Once that’s in, it should be more accurate.
  • Added a display for the state of the hole (open or closed).
  • Added a panel showcasing the statistics of the hole (average score, number of plays etc).
  • Added a panel showing a history of plays on that hole with the ability to see the shots. Simply click the play you’d like to see, and it will be shown. Golfers also keep a memory of their playthrough at any given hole.
  • Added shot evaluation buttons based on golfer ranking. In the Edit panel of the Hole panel, you can click on the button for each golfer ranking, and see more or less the average path they will take. Works with multiple tees as well.
  • Closing a hole will now make the AI abandon the current hole, if they are queuing for it or playing it. May lead to bad thoughts 😉 (The player will never be booted)
  • Fixed issue with golfers roaming outside the resort grounds.
  • Tweaked the graphics of the terrain by adding some better boundary effects. Still heavily work in progress.
  • Increased the size of the character collider to make it easier to click them.
  • Added snapping option for decorations. On the decoration selection, you’ll see a little magnet button that you can toggle to snap the decoration. It’ll snap on a 1 meter grid.
  • Tweaked speeds for detecting when the ball successfully enters the hole.

Phew! That’s it for 0.65. Now onwards to 0.66. And also might have some bigger news to share soon!

Enjoy!

Update 0.64 for closed alpha is out!

Update 0.64 for closed alpha is out!

Hello folks!

After a long wait, update 0.64 is out for Boss Golf!

For this update, you now have some brand new tools for making water in your golf resort!

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In the water panel, you are able to either add bodies of water, or rivers. (Waterfalls will come later).

Bodies of Water

This is just a fancy way of saying lakes, ponds, whathave you. Simply dig up an area with the height tools, select the water tool, and then click on any point you wish to create your pond. It will automatically detect the area to be filled, and preview what the pond will look like.

After it’s done, you can adjust the height to suit what you need, or just straight up delete it!

Rivers

Rivers work similar to the path tool. You simply click and drag, and a river will be created. Currently, you are also able to choose the width of the stream you are making!

To delete it, simply select the bulldozer, and erase the river whole.

As this water tool is still a work in progress, the AI isn’t reacting perfectly to it yet. It’ll try to walk over it, and may get stuck if the trench is too deep. You can always use the pick up tool to grab a problematic AI, and move them out of the way. For 0.65, AI will receive a nice overhaul to make ti more reactive!

Some other minor fixes included in this build:

  • AI now limited to 8 strokes in a hole. If it goes over it, it’ll move on to the next thing.
  • Removed the Edit hole button from the hole panel
  • Balls falling into water will be treated as out of bounds; stroke penalty and placed at the appropriate location

That’s it for now, folks!

As mentioned, 0.65 will be about AI and improving their systems. Afterwards, it’ll be 0.7 with the tools for creating new buildings for the resort! So stay tuned for more, and don’t forget to wishlist Boss Golf!

0.63 Update is out!

0.63 Update is out!

Hello folks!

As promised, update 0.63 for Boss Golf closed alpha is out!

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Focus of this update was updating the terrain tools! For the list of changes:

  • Merged hole builder into the hole panel for better accessibility
  • Terrain height tool has been expanded into a proper panel
  • Added a tool for flattening the terrain
  • Reworked the height tool functionality for performance improvements
  • Fixed snapping of the trees when adjusting the terrain height

Unless something majorly breaks, I’m gonna begin focusing on the features for 0.7!

For this release, I wanna release:

  • Building Editor
  • Water Tools
  • AI Improvements

This 0.63 won’t break your current save game, so go ahead and update it! Stay tuned for more!

0.62 update is out!

0.62 update is out!

Another day, another quick update!

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Changelist is as follows:

  • AI now only plays a round if all holes are open
  • AI will now no longer ignore closed state for holes after it begins playing
  • Fixed guest panel not being scrollable
  • Added name display to golfers when the guest panel is open
  • Added button to remove decorations
  • Added button to remove path

Next up, I’m gonna rework the terrain height panel to give you a better idea of how it works, add an option to close the resort while you’re doing testing, and consolidating the Hole Edit and the Course Holes panel into one!

This update doesn’t make changes to the save game, so you won’t lost anything you’ve built so far!

Enjoy!

0.61 update is out!

0.61 update is out!

Hello golfers!

That was a quick turnaround! Got some great feedback and bug reports on the Steam discussion page for Boss Golf, and I went ahead and fixed it!

So here’s the full breakdown of 0.61:

  • AI no longer gets lost when trying to find a ball in the Wall
  • AI will now favor walking through paths, and move faster when on them
  • Fixed distance on Driver and Wood 2 being the same
  • Fixed issue with the terrain tool being turned on when using other tools
  • Removed unused popup for tile order
  • Game will now launch automatically after loading
  • Decreased panning area on the top bar
  • Readded speed controls (may have adverse effects on gameplay)
  • Added pause button by space bar
  • Increased size of demo resort
  • Fixed issue of not being able to place decorations on top of unbuilt land tiles

So there you go! You can download it in the same usual place, at the same usual time!

Enjoy!