New Patch: Early Access v0.81.4

New Patch: Early Access v0.81.4

Hello Villagers!

This is a small technical update which upgrades the underlying engine of Village Monsters.

This release doesn’t include new features, but it should resolve a number of technical bugs and other oddities that have been discovered since the major release back in October.

Of particular note on users on Linux and Mac. An enormous number of fixes and improvements have been made to the engine for these platforms. If you’ve had problems on these platforms in the past (especially with regards to crashes, save problems, music problems, and more), then I encourage you to check the game out again.

Have fun!

New Patch: Early Access v0.81.1

New Patch: Early Access v0.81.1

Hello Villagers!

This is a small release that fixes a number of bugs reported in v0.81. As always, thank you to everyone who reported bugs on Twitter, email and Discord!

Additions & Changes

  • Fixed major crash related to gardening after the 1st year
  • Fixed major crash related to the weather forecast during the winter and spring
  • Fixed rare crash when a monster didn’t have appropriate dialogue for a situation (eg., a mind reading effect)
  • Finally, finally fixed all instances of traps giving duplicate prizes. This time it was when you had no more traps to restock it with
  • Fixed opacity issue with armed traps
  • Fixed missing UI / lighting in Firetree Forest
  • Fixed Stapes only ever having one thing to talk about
  • Fixed weird tile issues in Balefire Beach
  • Fixed typos and formatting issues in Vara’s speech
  • Fixed resolution issues (especially full screen) on certain displays
  • Adjust color of the autumn tileset
Village Monsters v0.81: Bright Bonfires + 25% off for Halloween Sale!

Village Monsters v0.81: Bright Bonfires + 25% off for Halloween Sale!

Hello Villagers!

Halloween is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by staying inside and playing video games?

Village Monsters v0.81.0, also known as Bright Bonfires, is now available. It introduces real world holiday festivities (starting with Halloween, of course!), a brand new fishing mechanic, lots of bug fixes, and more.

To celebrate, Village Monsters is 25% off for the duration of the Halloween Sale!

Halloween Festivities

The Halloween Event is now live in Village Monsters! This is a “real world” holiday that is not celebrated by the monsters themselves, but that won’t stop Jack, the Pun King Pumpking, from bringing the spooky festivities to town. Enjoy a number of Halloween-y graphics, music, items, and other fun things between now and November 2nd.

This update also lets me test a number of future features regarding real world and in-game holidays, so look forward to a much expanded version next month.

  • Added support for real world holidays
  • The first real world holiday is Halloween, celebrated between October 29th and November 2nd
  • Enjoy talking with sponsor of Halloween, Jack the Pun King, at his location in the town square
  • Certain Halloween-appropriate fish and critters will now spawn outside of their normal season during the Halloween event
  • Spooky ghosts, black ravens, and terrifying(ly cute) spiders spawn throughout the day
  • Special Halloween items have been added to the general store and bakery
  • New Halloween-y music replaces the standard town themes throughout the day
  • New Halloween-y weather patterns will now show up for the duration of the event
  • The lighting at night is now ~~extra spooky~~
  • Don’t care for Halloween? Talk to Pun King Jack to disable Halloween effects. Note you’ll need to do this each time you play the game during halloween days

Fishing Changes

The fishing minigame has been drastically overhauled to be both less tedious and more interesting.

Instead of waiting to mash the button when the marker is in the hit zone, you can now move the hit zone freely and simply hold down the button to reel it in. Fishing is now less about the speed of your mashing and more about your patience and timing.

I’ll be tweaking fishing throughout the next few days to get it to feel just right.

  • Fishing has been completely overhauled
  • During the minigame, the fish icon will move back and forth across the screen. Line up the hit zone (Right / Left) with the fish and hold Z / Down / Up (Keyboard) or A / Down / Up (Controller) to reel it in
  • You no longer need to mash the button. Simply hold it – though be careful about holding it outside
    the hit zone! That’s an easy way to break your line
  • Fish now move somewhat more erratically
  • The fishing marker decreases with the fish’s HP, making it more challenging to reel in as the fish thrashes around
  • The HP of your current line is now displayed
  • The HP of your line ticks down slowly after hooking a fish. Try to reel it in quickly and efficiently to give yourself the most time
  • Pressing these buttons when the fish it outside the marker will result in damaging your line. Too much damage and it’ll break

Other Additions & Improvements

  • Traps no longer disappear when you don’t have the relevant tool category selected
  • Critters and fish received from traps are now properly ranked
  • Guide books will now add 1-3 entries upon use, and they are all guaranteed to be new entries
  • Re-added the concept of lunar phases. Each month transition from a new moon to a full moon and back to new
  • Removed the Patchling and Map sections of the journal until the features are more finished


  • Fixed rare crash with traps loaded after v0.80.4
  • Fixed rare crash in dream sequences
  • Fixed rare crash with the Patchlings section of the journal
  • Fixed broken date formats in some instances
  • Fixed issue where players could go into a negative balance when buying multiple home upgrades
  • Fixed broken spawn logic with dig spots and forage spots
  • Fixed issue that could cause players to get stuck when moving between the Crossroads and Main Street
  • Fixed issue where the top-most item in the General Store upgrade couldn’t be purchased
  • Fixed a number of collision issues in the northern part of Firetree Forest
  • Fixed a number of bugs related to critter and fish IDs
  • Fixed a number of grid issues with the fish and critter lists
  • Fixed many fishing minigame bugs
  • Fixed a large number of typos in critter and fish descriptions
  • Fixed a large number of typos in villager dialogue
  • Added a debug Item Add feature when Developer Mode is activated
Building a Village: The upcoming Living Lands Update

Building a Village: The upcoming Living Lands Update

Hello Villagers!

The next major update coming to Village Monsters is already well underway, so I wanted to share a dev diary outlining some the cool stuff I’m working on.

I’m calling this release the Living Lands update, and its focus is on making the world of Village Monsters feel immersive and alive. After all, it may be a virtual world, but that’s no reason it has to feel artificial!

The Living Lands update will come out at the end of October. Let’s take a look at the new things it’ll bring with it.

Holidays & Events

While the calendar itself has ostensibly been full of events since launch, you may have noticed that they never seem to actually… happen?

That’ll soon change as holidays, tournaments, festivals and feasts come out of hibernation. For this particular release I’m aiming for at least 4 major holidays and a handful of tournaments and minor events sprinkled throughout the year.

In addition, you may even see some interesting changes during real world holidays as well. I wonder if there are any of those coming soon…

Villager Interactions & Hobbies

Villagers will no longer stand around twiddling their thumbs (or claws) while they wait for you to talk to them.

Your monster palls will now pursue activities and hobbies just like you. They’ll go fishing, catch up on books at the library, head to the general store and bakery, and much more. They’ll even change up their routines depending on the season or weather.

For the first time, villagers will now have conversations with each other instead of just with you! Feel free to eavesdrop on them to learn the learn, or just keep walking.

Bigger & More Interesting Seasonal Changes

Currently, the changing of the season is largely a difference in aesthetics: you get a new tileset, new music, slightly different colored UI elements, and so on.

We can do better! New and more dramatic changes are coming to give each season an unmistakable feel and identity. From seasonal items at the general store to season-appropriate hobbies and activities, you can actually look forward to the changing of the calendar.

A new type of seasonal weather called extreme weather will challenge your common sense – will you brave the obviously dangerous blizzards and hurricanes in search for extremely rare items?

Travelers & Visitors

Travelling bards, merchants, and even the occasional ne’er-do-well will now frequent the village more often. And they’ll finally start leaving their rooms at the inn!

Better yet, you’ll even start encountering NPCs out in the wilds. Perhaps if your village is attractive enough they’ll consider sticking around for an extended stay.

In addition to the above, I’m also planning on fleshing out the lore and history of the world. I don’t have a ton to share quite yet, but you can expect many new secrets to discover when the Living Lands update drops at the end of the month.

Until then!

New Minor Release: v0.80.2

New Minor Release: v0.80.2

This is another small patch update fixing some of the more urgent bugs found in v0.80. As always, thank you to everyone who reported bugs via email, Twitter and Discord!

  • Players are now able to donate to a Community Fund when the village reaches a certain rank
  • Added a number of new treasures
  • Birdie has new things to say when she is working on a project
  • Fixed major crash issues stemming from a particularly troublesome octopus
  • Fixed major crash issue resulting from certain critters
  • Fixed being unable to enter the Bufferwood from Pioneer Square
  • Fixed a number of tile issues in town
  • Fixed strange tile overlapping during Autumn and Winter
  • Fixed major crash related to a miss object (Rough Diamond). You may have encountered this when attempting to withdraw or sort your stash
  • Fixed a number of unhandled errors in the skill list that
  • Fixed a number of issues with traps, such as getting infinite critters / fish
  • Fixed issue causing the bakery to appear closed beyond the intro segment
  • Fixed a number of tile issues in Firetree Forest
  • Fixed lighting issue when fishing at night
  • Fixed a number of duplicated exhibits descriptions
  • Fixed UI elements from staying disappeared upon wakeup
  • Fixed a number of embarrassing typos in the Exhibits descriptions
  • Fixed a number of embarrassing typos in dialogue
  • Improved the display of the fish name with the Fishstinct line of skills
  • Adjusted entrance to Violin Valley to prevent softlocks
  • Removed the ability to open the tool menu with Shift + A / S. It was causing issues in certain configurations
New Major Update: Part 1 of the Village Restoration Project (v0.80.0)

New Major Update: Part 1 of the Village Restoration Project (v0.80.0)

Hello Villagers!

Store Pages:

It’s time for another major update! Welcome to Village Monsters v0.80, also known as Part 1 of the Village Restoration Project.

This release is all about the village and how it can change and evolve over time. It also includes frequently requested features, like donating items to the library, character customization, and improved fishing and critter traps.

Unfortunately, I had to shelf several features I had planned to include. There are also several incomplete features in this release. This is because the release was already taking much longer to finish than I had predicted, and I knew it was better to release what I had now rather than making you all wait even longer.

Adding “Part 1” was a last minute change that I thought might help set expectations.

Let’s take a look at these tasty patch notes!

Library Exhibits

The biggest change in this update is the completely renovated library! The library is finally accepting donations for all kinds of artifacts, critters, fish, plants, and everything else that you can find around town.

The library expands its exhibits as it levels up, and over time you’ll even start seeing rewards for your patronage.

  • The library has been greatly expanded with the addition of 5 new exhibits
  • Players can donate a wide variety of items and creatures to the library. Talk with Library Services to learn more
  • Exhibits can be visited and each display can be interacted with for info, trivia, and more
  • The library starts out small, and will expand its floor space as it achieves higher ranks
  • Contributing to the library now raises its level. You’ll unlock special bonuses as you increase its rank
  • Books, scrolls, and other readable objects can be read by interacting with them
  • Added a huge number of new artifacts to discover
  • (Identifying artifacts in the library now serves an actual purpose!)
  • Expanded the Library Services desk with new explanations and tutorials
  • Added a number of new jewels, amulets, rings, etc. to discover
  • Lindwyrm and Ruby now work on an actual schedule
  • Improved the look of the library

Player Customization

At long last, you can finally change the appearance of your character!

By far the most requested feature since launching in Early Access, players can now freely switch between 5 different ‘presets’ of looks. Assuming there are no problems found with the new sprite system, more types will be added continuously through Early Access.

  • You can now, finally, change the appearance of your character
  • Currently, you can select your new appearance from a several presets of various genders, skin color, and clothing options
  • New players can select their appearance during the intro cutscene
  • Existing players can change their appearance via a special device near the Wall of Text (north side of town) or via the basement upgrade for your home

Village Restoration Project

The village now changes and evolves over time.

Stores will improve their stock the more you use them. Visitors will start appearing in the inn and town square. Villagers will plant flowers and set up decorations as they begin to feel pride in their town.

Your village now has an overall rank depending on your completion of all various goals and projects available to you. This rank will ultimately have story and gameplay impacts, though this is yet to be implemented.

This release is considered “Part 1” of the final Village Restoration Project. Part 2 will release later this month and will include even more features related to village progression.

  • Parts of the village will now improve and change over time as your rank improves
  • The general store will now renovate itself into a larger, more impressive store after reaching a certain level
  • The bakery starts out closed and opens up sometime after the initial town meetings
  • The bakery will start offering more advanced items as it levels up
  • The stock of items sold at the general store changes with its level
  • Changes, improvements, and additions to the village will trigger as each building ‘levels up’ via usage
  • The current Village Rank is now displayed on the end of day summary

Home Improvements

Several new home upgrades have been added for purchase at Pishky’s. In addition, the interior and exterior of your homestead have been steadily improved.

  • Added the Stash to the list of purchasable home upgrades
  • Added a Home Expansion to the list of home upgrade projects
  • Added a Basement to the list of home upgrade projects
  • The expanded home includes new furniture and opens up even more upgrade options
  • Basements have no immediate use yet, but will be a great place for workshops and storage


A large number of various changes to hobbies are also included in this release. You’ll enjoy some long-awaited improvements to traps, energy costs, spawn rates, and more.

  • Greatly reworked how fishing and critter traps behave:
  • Traps are no longer a separate tool. Instead, trap locations will be displayed when you have the ‘main tool’ (Net for critters, fishing rod for fish) equipped
  • Interact with a trap location to learn a bit on how they work and to arm them if you have the appropriate number of traps
  • Added a new ability to help you predict when a trap will finish catching a critter or fish
  • You can now inspect in-progress traps
  • Rebalanced the energy costs for fishing
  • The length of time it takes for a trap to catch a critter is now variable
  • You can now view the number of remaining traps you have via the toolbelt menu
  • Increased the amount of experience gained from catching critters
  • Decreased the amount of experienced gained from fishing
  • Added a number of new dig spots throughout the world
  • Rebalanced spawn rates for buried items
  • Added a large number of new foragable items
  • Removed journal pages for treasure hunting and gardening
  • Rebalanced how often critters spawn by default
  • Removed the concept of “subtools”
  • Improved collision of garden plots
  • Improved animation and hitbox of the shovel

Additions & Improvements

And like always, I also added a whole bunch of other new stuff that didn’t neatly fall into a category. These changes range from graphical improvements, improved UI and controls, or brand new features.

  • Added a large number of new furniture and interactive objects
  • Added some new interactions to the end of day summary
  • Re-balanced how fast time flows
  • Added a number of new potions to the Pots & Pie stock
  • Added a number of new gift items to the store
  • Seasonal changes now have a greater impact of vegetation and trees. Flowers and crops come and go, trees and bushes have snow on them, and so on
  • Added a large number of new flavor critters that you can encounter on your journey
  • Greatly improved how stairs look and operate
  • Added the option to quit during the end of day summary
  • Added a number of new interacting and flavor text
  • Added proper winter variations for each tree and bush
  • Certain flowers now change their look depending on time and weather
  • Shift + A / S now brings up the toolbelt menu
  • Improved interacts / inspects near the player’s feet
  • Improved the look of the winter tileset
  • Improved the look of a large number of new furniture and interactive objects
  • Made a few ‘canonical’ glitches (like Valentine’s way of speaking) more obvious
  • Save files from v0.75 are placed in a special backup folder – just in case


  • Fixed major issue that was causing villager sprite issues during Summer, Autumn and Winter
  • Fixed armed traps accidentally trapping tamed critters
  • Fixed traps from replenishing for free with each load
  • Fixed certain critters acting strangely when approached
  • Fixed sprite issues for a number of critters
  • Fixed issue preventing payment after a Dr. Klaus job
  • Fixed seasonal weather not working correctly during the first day after a load
  • Fixed being unable to fish in Pioneer Square
  • Fixed layering / overlap problem with buried items
  • Fixed time not pausing properly in several situations
  • Fixed the test subject job from granting you the same effect each time. It won’t be that easy!!
  • Fixed the Village Projects journal page from displaying incomplete / blatantly wrong entries
  • Fixed wonky collision issues with the homestead exit
  • Fixed a number of unassigned variables in dialogue
  • Fixed the suitcase and bed from remaining behind in Overflow after you purchase a house
  • Fixed wonky issues with shoveling animation
  • Fixed the UI not displaying after the end of the day
  • (Please note that Valentine has a certain of talking, and you can assume it’s intended)
  • Fixed possible collision issue with the dock in Bonfire Beach
  • Toned down the intensity of the Theme Song effect