Grounded • June 30, 2021

Shroom and Doom Update Out Now!

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🏡 Join Shyla, Obsidian's Social Media Manager, as we find out where the shrooms and impeding DOOM are that give this update its name! From new building materials, Photo Mode additions, SITTING, pets, and more, you'll want to check out this vlog to give you a proper head start into the update!

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The Shroom


New Building Material: The Shroombricks

Every mushroom you see in the yard is now harvestable! Chop down those toadstools and grind them down into slurry you can use to make bricks! The castles you can create from these bricks are the current sturdiest defense you'll have against the dangers of the yard.


New Crafting Structures: The Grinder and the Oven

We've added unlock two new crafting structures: the Grinder and the Oven.

  1. The Grinder will help you break down those mushroom bits into a slurry, but it also can break down plant fiber to entice some critters to follow you (more on that below!).
  2. The Oven can help cook the slurry you made from mushrooms and turn them into the bricks that will fortify your castle! But there's another tasty treat that a certain mother of spiders might covet, should you find her lair.

Gardening

Your Garden Patches just got better! Use spoiled meat to fertilize your Garden Patches to grow everything from raw fibers to toadstools!


We've also added a whole host of new building options, such as pillars, half-walls, and flipped building parts. Check out our May dev blog to see more.


The Doom


The Broodmother

Grounded's first boss is finally here, and to celebrate, the team thought our backyard explorers should be rewarded with one of the most terrifying spiders they could find. You're welcome.

For anyone brave or foolhardy or both, she can be found in her lair near the Flingman flying disc in the Hedge, but it might take an offering of a tasty morsel to tempt her to face you. Just be warned - she might consider you the tasty morsel instead, so you'll want to make sure you're geared up and prepared.

Defeating her will give you access to unique and powerful rewards, so we wish you every kind of luck!

New Weapon: The Crossbow

The ARC.R

Introducing the latest in the range of modified TAYZ.Ts. This enhanced defense variant called the ARC.R is outfitted with a capacitor stack and hefty arm cannon which unleashes energized balls of charged static for a greater challenge in the labs. 


The Everything Else

Pets!

Take some slurry from the Grinder and entice a weevil or aphid to be your pet (that you can actually pet!) - each one has a different personality, and you can tame multiple if you make little pet houses for each one. Just be warned, these little critters are just as vulnerable with you as they were before, so treat them with care!


Sitting!

You asked for it, the team delivered - sitting is now available at your nearest sofa and chair!

The Haze Lab Access

We're still working on it, but the Haze lab can now be accessed! You'll want to venture in there to find the BURG.L chips that will unlock the new buildings mentioned above!

May's Letter from the Developers

In case you missed it, the Grounded development team released a letter in May outlining the new update schedule and a few more things they were excited to bring to Patch 0.10.

Check it out here!


Patch Notes for Update 0.10

New Features

Creatures

Boss - The Broodmotherc

    • Find the new Broodmother Den to encounter the first-ever boss in Grounded!
      • She must be lured out with a craftable treat called the Broodmother BLT.
    • 1 new Armor Piece and 1 new Weapon can be crafted from her parts!

ARC.R

  • The latest in the range of modified TAYZ.Ts is an enhanced defense variant called the ARC.R. Outfitted with a capacitor stack and hefty arm cannon, ARC.Rs unleash energized balls of charged static for a greater challenge in lab combat.

Pets (Phase 1)

Weevils and Aphids can now be tamed as pets!

  • Each requires a specific type of food to tame.
    • Pets can be safely left in the base at a Pet House. Yes, you can craft Pet Houses now!
    • Can be equipped with various cosmetics.
    • You can pet them!

Weapons

New Weapon Type: Crossbow

  • Higher damage than a normal bow.
  • Slower firing speed and reload time.
    • Uses the same ammo types.

Buildings

New Structural Pieces for Existing Materials

  • New Grass Buildings:
    • Half Wall
    • Curved Half Wall
    • Crenelated Half Wall
    • Crenelated Curved Half Wall
    • Curved Wall
    • Curved Door
  • New Clover Buildings:
    • Flat Roof
    • Peaked Roof
    • Peaked Dome Roof
  • New Stem Buildings:
    • Half Wall
    • Curved Half Wall
    • Curved Wall
    • Curved Door
    • Curved Palisade
    • Curved Palisade Door
  • New Stuffed Creatures:
    • Ladybug
    • Stinkbug

Building Flipping

  • A few buildings can now be flipped horizontally or vertically while placing them. This includes Spiral Stairs, Acorn Stair Railings, and Triangular Walls.

Building Wall Replacement System

  • Structure pieces (walls, windows, etc.) can now be replaced by other versions without first demolishing the existing piece. Just place the new piece over the old one and add the ingredients.

New Production Buildings

  • Oven
    • Cooks several materials into a new material or item. Build one to discover what you can do with it!
  • Grinder
    • Breaks down materials into new materials. Just like the oven, you'll have to build one to discover what to do with it!

Mushroom Garden Update

  • Renamed Mushroom Garden to Garden Patch.
  • Garden Patch now requires items to be planted before producing materials.
    • Mushroom → Mushroom
    • Raw Fiber → Raw Fiber
    • Sprig → Sprig
    • Clover Top → Clover
    • Different fertilizers produce different effects.
    • Spoiled meat will be able to help you with this, hooray!
    • Result item depends on what's planted:
    • Fertilizers can be used to augment growth.

New Tier of Base Buildings (Mushroom Brick, Crow Feathers)

  • Mushroom Brick Buildings are now available!
    • Wall
    • Half Wall
    • Crenelated Half Wall
    • Arch
    • Curved Wall
    • Curved Half Wall
    • Triangle Wall
    • Windowed Wall
    • Curved Windowed Wall
    • Door
    • Curved Door
    • Walls:
    • Doors:
  • Crow Feather Roofs are now available:
    • 8 roof pieces total
  • These are unlocked via a new BURG.L Chip in the WIP Haze lab (now accessible)!

New Building Type: Pillars

  • Pillars of various types can now be built:
    • Clay Pillar
    • Stem Pillar
    • Pebblet Pillar
    • Mushroom Pillar

Sitting in Chairs

Yes... you read that correctly.

Achievements

20 Achievements have been added to the game (for all platforms). These are an initial set and more will be added as the game continues to grow. We are currently working on the functionality to make them unlock if you have previously completed the task, but there is a chance this may not be possible. Certain achievements for completing tasks such as "kill a wolf spider" or "craft an item" will need to be completed again to unlock.

NOTE: Achievements will only be available for testing on the Steam version of the game. All other platforms will receive the achievements when 0.10 releases on June 30th.

Photo Mode

  • The Photo Mode UI has been redesigned to group related settings together into tabs.
  • Photo Mode has new features:
    • Rotate teen
    • Hide head armor, equipment, and weapon
    • Gamma
    • Time of day
    • Fog density
    • Sun angle

Mutations

  • 2 new mutations to discover: Mom Genes and Mithridatism.

Music

  • New track added for the Broodmother boss.

UI

  • The Main Menu shows highlights of the latest update.
  • Unacquired BURG.L Chip locations are shown on the Map screen after you rescue BURG.L.
  • Your current Respawn Point building will show an icon over it as well as in the Map screen.

Changes / Tuning

Systems

  • Players can sprint on ladders.
  • Giant Food Items (Billy Hog Hot Dogs, Archer Cookies, etc.) have been adjusted. Ants can no longer destroy the large food item, and the player harvests a better item than the ants do.
    • Ants spawn normal versions of the food bits.
    • Players harvesting the node are granted "Fresh" versions of the food bits.

Combat

  • Infected Weevils now apply a durability DoT to enemies hit by their explosion.
  • Creature scaling in multiplayer has been adjusted:
    • HP of creatures in multiplayer scales at a faster rate.
    • Stun meter and duration scales at a slower rate.
    • More creatures are affected by scaling.
  • Poison now has a unique death message.

Interface

  • Silk Rope now appears in the crafting menu.

World

  • Large mushrooms throughout the world can now be harvested.
  • Feather harvest nodes now grant 2-6 feathers instead of only 1.
  • The grill has temporarily moved to the retaining wall above the pond. Just below its new location is a patch of dry grass where players can now find bits of Charcoal. This is a temporary resource location until the area of the yard that features Charcoal is released.

Buildings

  • Spike traps now take 30% less damage from use.
  • New art for Clay and Pebblet Foundations.
  • Arachnophobia mode support for Spider Head Mounts.
  • Straight roofs can now support each other without additional structures.
  • Ceiling-mounted buildings can now be placed under roofs.
  • Basketball Hoops are no longer indestructible.
  • Slight Lure Trap Rework:
    • Cost half the resources to craft.
    • Now last a specific amount of time (8 minutes).

Crafting

  • Lowering the material requirements for the spike trap.
  • Stuffed Creatures are now buildings instead of deployable items.
    • You build them in the building radial instead of at the workbench.
    • Relocatable like normal buildings.
  • Green Machine smoothie recipe changed to require algae instead of raw fiber.
  • Human Food smoothie recipe changed to require fresh variants of apple, cookie sandwich, and hot dogs.
  • Clover Roof and all variants are now unlocked via the Multistory Bases BURG.L chip unlock.

Optimization

  • General CPU performance improvements.

Other

  • The durability of almost all weapons, tools, and armor has been increased by 25%.
  • Armor Glue and Super Armor Glue can be sent through the grinder for a partial material refund.

Bug Fixes - All Platforms

Top Community Fixes

  • Grass Planks, Weed Stems, and Clover Leaves are buoyant in water again.
  • Added dither fade to some foliage to reduce objects in the distance visually popping in and out.
  • Player backpacks are buoyant in water again.
  • The game will no longer crash when destroying towers of standalone ladders.
  • Moving items back and forth in the Container UI should no longer trigger a crash on games with large bases.

World

  • Clients can walk through clovers much more reliably now.
  • Walls can no longer be placed such that they clip into foundations.
  • Structures can no longer be built clipping into the tops of palisades.
  • BURG.L Quest trail markers can no longer be relocated.
  • Ladders being relocated no longer support themselves.
  • Fixed Door buildings not snapping as readily to walls as they should.
  • Ladders will no longer highlight while the player is climbing them.
  • Buildings being relocated will now start at their current rotation.
  • Mysterious Machine can no longer be activated on Creative with Bugs difficulty mode.
  • Improved "Read To Me" narration for many UI windows.
  • The game will no longer rarely crash when "Read To Me" is enabled.

Items/Equipment/Resources

  • The game will no longer crash when demolishing a zipline with a full inventory.
  • Fixed a case where wall-mounted torches could not be placed on some walls.
  • Fix a lot of cases where ingredients wouldn't fill in the ghosted building blueprint correctly.

Creatures

  • Ants will no longer have the Stealing marker stuck on them after they steal from a chest.
  • Players can no longer walk on the back of the bird.

Audio

  • The player will no longer "look ma, no hands!" when equipping a weapon while zipping.

Ominent Practical Technologies

  • Due to the latest discovery of [REDACTED], we have found that [CONFIDENTIAL] will be a big [REMOVED] in [OMITTED]. This is a BIG DEAL!