Hive Time

v1.2-67, v1.2-68 changelog & World Bee Day 2021!

Buzz buzz!

In anticipation of World Bee Day (which has already begun in New Zealand at the time of writing!), here's a special patch. It's not quite an "update" on the scale of the Informational Update or Hiveversary Update, but it adds a bunch of new content, rounds some rough edges, and fixes some bugs.

The biggest addition in this patch are rare Queen decrees that provide some bigger-impact effects. My favourite is "Shared (Im)mortality," which prevents bees from dying of old age while that Queen is alive - it goes strongly against the kind of population management strategies the game typically asks players to engage in, and I hope is as interesting for players as it is for me!

Discovered rare decrees will appear in the Queen topic in the Beepedia to make them easier to keep track of. If this sort of thing isn't to your tastes and you still would like to research the Royal Decrees upgrade for regular decrees, there's a new Find Your Own Fun option that allows rare decrees to be disabled.

A number of new and updated event images found their way into this patch. In particular, every event in the Yam Party chain now has its own image, and the Drink Responsibly event is now a lot less sketchy. Several vignettes now have special image variants as well.

Speaking of vignettes, I've written 106 new vignettes, doubling the number that were previously in the game. Vignette queuing has also been updated to prevent unseen vignettes from being skipped, so it will take longer for event lists to be exhausted and shuffled back into circulation.

For those of you who like hats, eight new hats have been added to the game, and a bug preventing customised Queen hats from being saved/loaded correctly has been fixed.

The Beepedia has received a couple of new topics. Of particular note are the new topics allowing common controls to be seen without heading back out to the main menu and current FYOF settings to be reviewed (for the first time! Apologies to anybee who wanted to check that stuff).

At this time, other projects are requiring more of my attention, and pending any bugs (the kind without wings) or dramatic changes, this will likely be the last patch of this scale that Hive Time receives. I am disappointed that I didn't get to do the Monumental Update and the Goal Update, but my qualifier for Hive Time's initial release back in 2019 was that I'd be content if I never got to work on it again, and everything since has been a bonus.

Overall, I feel positive about the work I've put into Hive Time, and proud to have made the game I wanted to make. I'm glad to know that it's been enjoyed by so many people (50,000 downloads is so far beyond my expectations), and I'm thankful to those of you who left some nice words in a review or reached out to tell me that it means something to you.

Thanks to Peter, Aubrey, and Miriam for their contributions, thanks to everybody who donated their time to testing builds (watch the credits, witness their names), and thanks to everybody who reported bugs.

Thanks especially to everybody who paid more than the game's recommended $10 price - it's been heart warming to see the average purchase price balance around $10 in a way that suggests people pitching in more to cover those who can't afford much in these difficult times. Talking about money is weird and uncomfortable, but if you'd like to read more, there's a whole article diving into Hive Time's finances with budgets and graphs and things.

I hope that this patch brings something that you appreciate. If you play on the 20th of May, keep an eye out for the in-game World Bee Day event.

Bee nice to the bees in your life, and enjoy!

- Cheese

Full changelog:


Upgraded to Godot 3.3

Added debug shortcut (Alt+N) for spawning queens with rare/rare effects (displays an intermediate yes/no event for choosing)

Added click notice to queen effect details popup when an rare decree is present

Added double_research rare decree

Added bear_love rare decree

Added extravagance rare decree

Added forgetful rare decree

Added no_refunds rare decree

Added wasp_hate rare decree

Added immortal_subjects rare decree

Added list of discovered rare decrees to Queen Beepedia topic

Added new decree icons

Added new decrees to get_effect_descriptions() and add_effect_icons()

Added rare decree processing

Added FYOF option for disabling rare queen effects

Added new event images for yam party 2, 3, and 4

Added new effect icons for yam party 2, 3, and 4

Added night variant for exit vignette background

Added hony smear variant for worker vignette foreground

Added wax chunks variant for worker vignette foreground

Added sleepy variant for queen vignette forgeround

Added bee effort icons

Added small effort icon to research screen

Added logging for returning to menu

Added 11 new nursery vignettes

Added 13 new workshop vignettes

Added 10 new map room vignettes

Added 10 new barracks vignettes

Added 10 new exit vignettes

Added 23 new generic vignettes

Added 6 new wax assembler vignettes

Added 11 new honey refinery vignettes

Added 12 new jelly refinery vignettes

Added output for the number of loaded vignettes

Added new find your own fun beepedia topic image

Added chat integration status effect icon

Added chat integration status icon to community settings menu

Added log output when saving screenshots

Added find your own fun topic to beepedia's beepedia category

Added beepedia icons for find your own fun topic

Added beepedia image for find your own fun topic

Added controls topic for beepedia's beepedia category

Added beepedia icons for controls topic

Added beepedia topic image for controls

Added beepedia hint topic covering running out of resources at the beginning of a hive

Added checkbox images with no bottom padding for beepedia FYOF topic

Added get methods for all FYOF settings

Added some new bee names

Added some new queen names

Added list count in vignette selector

Added by merchandise button to payment reminder screen

Added Player::get_bee_names_from_bee_list()

Added sport visor forager hat

Added beehive queen hat

Added frut queen hat

Added hachimaki defender hat

Added builder hammer hat

Added worker monocle hat

Added beesitter sweatband hat

Added worker top hat

Added MiscTransparentGreen texture

Added 3D representation for ghost queens

Added show_ghost_queen and hide_ghost_queen effects

Added effect processing for ghost_queen

Added processing for 'hidden' property for effects to suppress effect indicators

Added syrup dispenser to facility substitutions

Added storage beepedia topic to default unlocks

Added small beepedia icon bbcode substitution

Added custom queen name to save file for FYOF beepedia topic

Added Game::is_queen_lifespan_default()

Added rareEffectChance to saves

Added debug vignette selector

Added show vignette selector debug shortcut (Shift+V)

Added optional mute on focus loss (ew, but nice for those who want it)

Added CellWrangler::get_base_type()

Added coloured twemoji emoji font

Added special cursor when management shortcut (Ctrl) is held

Updated nectar rave event image

Updated log name from godot.log to hive-time.log

Updated 'That aftertaste' vignette to use wax chunks foreground

Updated 'Warpaint' vignette to use honey smear foreground

Updated 'Can't get enough of them' vignette to use sleeply foreground

Updated bee_effort subsitution to use icon

Updated Player::process_substitutions() to use another bee of the same role for another_bee if one exists, another living bee if not, and a random bee name if no other living bees exist

Updated vignette setup to not place a throne vignette on the centre cell

Updated aspiration substitution to replace 'the' with 'this' in 'transcent the phyiscal plane'

Updated facility substutions to have large and small shrubbery, and tickly scorpion

Updated fountain facility substitution t be 'cheese fountain'

Updated blacklisted bees to say 'Blacklisted' when dying

Updated Bee:get_queen_target() to behave with ghost queen

Updated Player::mungeVignetteData() to duplicate vignette when injecting ghost queen effect

Updated bee details popup to explictly say ghost queen for ghost queens

Updated bee details popup to not show click notice for ghost queens

Updated supporter names in credits

Updated research beepedia topic text to link to upgrading cells topic

Updated storage beepedia topic text to bold 'reserve sliders'

Updated controls tutorial to show fewer controls and mention Beepedia common controls topic

Updated all tutorials to reference a relevant beepedia topic

Updated activities detail text to be taller to prevent scrolling

Updated Beepedia::get_beepedia_icon() to load topic-named icons (for controls and find your own fun topics)

Updated show next event debug shortcut (E)

Updated show event selector debug shortcut (Shift+E)

Updated rare effects to increase likelihood with every decree queen without rare effects

Updated tidy_portrait_list() to take into account last four past queens

Updated calculate_ongoing_effects() to bump up resource limits to allow wax production building costs regardless of construction multiplier

Updated calculate_ongoing_effects() to bump up resource limits to allow wax storage research costs regardless of research multiplier

Updated research notifications to extend existing notification if present

Updated research item notified flag to not be set to true until that item's category has been viewed in the research menu

Updated extendOrAddActivity() to update cellX and cellY if present in newActivity

Updated vignette data to include cell type index

Updated vignette handling to not skip unseen vignettes

Updated Game::handle_vignette_click() to grab vignette data if not present

Updated activity indicator to cache game node reference

Updated activity indicator to trigger HUD activity icon visibility recalculation on tree exit

Updated vignette debug shortcut to clear active vignette flag if true

Updated activity icon visibility processing to handle re-showing hidden icons when icon count drops

Updated new beepedia topic notification to use non-plural title

Updated new beepedia topic notification to use use existing activity if present

Updated chat bee spawning to display message that triggered spawn when spawn mode is always

Refactored gameSettingsList to be stored in Game and be accessible to beepedia when main menu isn't instantiated

Refactored Player::do_cell_type_vignette() and Player::activate_vignette() to do vignette data processing in Player::getVignetteData() and Player::mungeVignetteData()

Refactored activity icon visibility setting out from HUD::add_activity()

Refactored Player::extendOrAddActivity() out from Player::extendOrMakeActivity() to allow extension of activities that need complex construction

Refactored cursor handling

Removed chat vote error output when no votes are received

Removed a doubled map room vignette

Removed uncoloured noto emoji font

Removed some extraneous logging

Fixed polled dead bees appearing in the bee list

Fixed event inventory items carrying between new games/loaded saves

Fixed queen portrait details not using hms for reign length

Fixed dev bees spawning when already present

Fixed vignette selector not displaying generic vignettes after switching to another category

Fixed missing queen hats effect icon (needed for gift vote UI)

Fixed thicker and slimmer chat bee commands being reversed

Fixed queen portraits repeating when moving to a new hive

Fixed queen portraits being unnecessarily shuffled when loading a game or moving to a new hive

Fixed portrait names being loaded twice in debug builds

Fixed current Queen lineage hat not being saved properly

Fixed radial menu items not showing costs with construction multiplier

Fixed research menu not showing costs with research multiplier

Fixed possible crash on ghost queen vignette

Fixed radial menu refund items not using refund multiplier

Fixed bad categories in 'Specialisation is for other insects' event

Fixed !queen dev commad being processed as !q

Fixed twilight years event not using current Queen's name

Fixed rstrip() call that should've been trim_suffix() in MusicPlayer

Fixed possible crash when viewing Throne Room vignettes