The Barn!

And some unconventional eyecandy

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Posted 06/08/2016 00:43:43 in Homestead

Updated 07/09/2017 13:26:59

I finally did it, I got around to making the barn! Well, the exterior anyway. I've been busy cleaning up the scenes, beef-ing up the database system, and getting the new UI system functional. I also set up a git repo, after dragging my feet on it for almost a year. I've used GitHub, Bitbucket, and the command line in the past, but on a whim I searched for a free cross-platform offline GUI solution and came across GitKraken. I highly recommend checking it out-- it's very fast, stable, and easy on the eyes. Haven't had any problems with it yet, but I've only been using it for a week so I can't vouch for it's long term stability just yet.

Here's a nice shot of that new barn. This is the farming-oriented starting plot, although there will be space to ranch as well! The four locations will all be ownable, and you'll be able to choose which one to begin on. Each will have bonuses associated with them that make it easier to get started on a particular track (Farming, Ranching, Forestry, or Community), and this Farming plot will provide plenty of space, higher-quality soil and tools to get a head start on tilling your way to success.

The barn
Where the bigger livestock live

An aspect of Homestead that I haven't mentioned yet in this blog is the fact that a big source of inspiration for this game comes from a real place! I took a trip to it recently, and took advantage of the beautiful weather to walk the trails and take some reference photos. Here's a shot of "Paper Pond", home for turtles, and where wood ducks like to swim during the fall.

An actual pond
A nice place to see wildlife and smell the fresh grass

This is a picture of the back field, with some old equipment in the foreground. Deer love to walk the edges of this field and bed down in the softer grass just off-camera to the right. I'm not trying to build Ag Simulator 2018, but there will be some machinery in Homestead that fits with its rustic, pastoral theme!

A field
A nice place to wander around

I'm thinking about sprinkling these photographs in to the occasional post from here on out-- I think it could be interesting to follow the progression through the seasons, especially when I get to the point where I'm actually creating the seasonal assets for Homestead. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

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