Release 182: Signs and Portals++!

This update is accessible via the “Live” release of Boundless on Steam.

Please report all issues discovered with the update to this support thread.

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Get you “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.” - on stand by. This Testing release contains a wide collection of improvements, but most significantly, a first implementation of player creates Signs. Everything from “SHOP” to “Home Sweet Home”.

Please checkout @Jiivita’s video that explores and introduces the new Signs:

And another video from @DanBeforeTime:

Great work and thanks from the dev team. :clap:


Your character skill trees have been reset!

All skill points have been refunded. You will be asked to re-skill your character when you first enter the game world. (Don’t forget to learn your inventory expansions!!)

Release Notes:

  • Art + Animation + Assets:
    • Improved scale, rotation and position of objects for storage, plinths, basket and GUI.
    • Softened the Warp edge VFX to look more consistent with the Portal VFX.
    • Improved the 3rd person take hit small flinch animation.
    • Fixed artefacts with rain and snow weather FX caused by horizontal drift.
    • Consuming food and brews is now quicker.
    • Make Spitter projectile physics smaller.
    • Fix Spitter shooting animation to be in-sync with the projectile.
    • Fix for characters playing the wrong animation when creeping after running.
    • Updated all animations to have a short time to impact for a more responsive feel.
  • Crafting + Resources + Equipment:
    • Updated how colour of crafted output items are chosen.
    • Randomise the rotation + flip of resource decals on blocks.
    • Building:
      • Fix placing torches onto invisible walls when placing a torch whilst selecting a flower.
      • Allow changing the “type” of grass on a block using seeds directly without having to remove the old grass first.
      • Fix that when placing blocks on top of grass that now don’t remove the grass, that the long bits of grass were not at least being removed.
      • Beacon plots can now be coloured from Gleam to help distinguish between your different beacons.
      • Allow more than 25 adjacent storage blocks in any orientation.
      • Update Beacon Plot drawing to be clearer, plus fix not always drawing plot surfaces and not drawing plot when placing beacon control.
      • Allow non-activated portals, and non-locked signs to be broken as individual blocks. Once activated, or once locked, the entity will become breakable as usual as an entire unit together.
    • Machines:
      • Machine crafting (including spark-cores and pipe networks) re-worked for performance and stability (was causing a fair amount of server crashes), generally speaking, you shouldn’t notice the difference, except that various restrictions will now have been lifted, such as being more free with placement to put machines that are a different type right next to each other for example. Pipes will now also show correctly whether they are connected to a spark-core with non-zero spark or not so you can see if a pipe is able to transmit spark to a machine. This also fixed bugs if you ever had longer pipes, where the machine GUI would show the incorrect amount of available spark if the spark-core was too far away from you. The one exception to this is spark-cores, which are now constrained to be at most 4 blocks wide on any axis, this may mean that one or more of your spark-cores may be removed from the game, but in locally migrating all the live worlds, this was less than 10 across the whole universe so actual impact is minimal.
      • Machine pipes now have much tighter physics rather than being the full voxel size, and client will do a better job at predicting the changes to pipes and their neighbours when placing and removing them, now being much more important that they have tighter, dynamic physics shapes.
      • Machine engines and advanced engines will now render lightning when connected, and not fully worn, towards the machine that they are powering… not that engines are available just yet for users to actually player with…
      • Machines can now take ingredients from the machine output and players backpack.
      • Various fixes around durability/wear of machines and sparkcores etc, correctly displaying wear in the GUI and preventing stacking which destroyed the wear state of the machines/cores. Power-cores will now correctly wear out, and display wear in the GUI and must be routinely repaired as machines do. Wear is now correctly applied to crafting tables, furnaces and unreleased engines. When placing spark-cores and machines, the durability values will be combined appropriately to get an average value. Wear will now also be visible in the hud details when hovering over machines, powercores etc.
    • Portals:
      • Portal activation/rendering logic update, portals should be much more responsive in terms of starting to load and being rendered when looked at, and will now take into account occluding geometry to not allow the client to start connecting to a portal that he can’t even see which may “sometimes” mean a portal takes longer to load because it waits to start loading until you can see it, but generally will mean far less “pointless” loading of portals just whilst walking around a town.
      • Portal visuals updated when a portal is not being rendered to not just be a flat grey/black colour, but to use the atmosphere colour of that world with a more interesting effect displayed.
      • Portals will now be visible through other portals (always as the above coloured state, no recursive portal through portal through portal through portal rendering nonsense!).
    • Signs
      • Initial implementation of Signs.
      • Signs have a display text visible in the world, and a longer piece of additional text that can be read by anyone regardless of permissions if they interact with the sign.
      • The display text on a sign has a choice of regular, bold, or italic font and will auto-scale to try to best fit the sign, the text is multiline and be left or right aligned.
      • Signs come in two types, a “standalone” sign that is a fixed, sub-voxel size and is like a placard that can be rotated.
      • The other are “combining” signs which are always 1m in size, and will combine with neighbouring sign pieces that are of the same block type, colour and direction, to make up bigger and bigger signs (10x10 at maximum).
      • The combining signs will be placed as “crates” similar to machine blocks, and whenever a valid rectangle is made, will be replaced with proper sign pieces showing it can now be interacted with.
      • Once a combining sign has had text added to it, it will stop combining and will be broken as a whole. Once a combining sign has had text assigned to it you can then rotate the sign text and change its properties.
      • Signs have fixed physics similar to a door piece (but thinner) so will be collided with and walked on top of. The standalone sub-voxel sized signs will still have a fixed physics shape the same as combining ones.
  • Creatures + Combat + Characters:
    • Character now doesn’t start placing blocks until the mouse selects a valid place to put a block. This makes building vertical columns far easier just look down, hold place block and jump.
    • Fixed projectiles failing to hit the player often when the player is stood right next to a wall.
    • Fix for client misprediction when walking at an entity while killing it.
    • Physics:
      • Physics tweaks to prevent the player fitting into half-block gaps consistently now.
      • Physics tweaks to make swimming a bit more responsive and to fix issues of not being able to consistently swim above the surface of the water, and not being able to consistently jump out of the water onto ledges.
      • Prevent edge-climb ability being used whilst attached to a grapple to not conflict with existing grapple-jump behaviour (no more accidentally letting go of grapples when near ledges due to edge-climb)
      • Prevent edge-climb ability, grapple jumps, and jumping out of water from activating unless facing in the direction of the ledge.
    • Creatures:
      • Resistance is now a percentage chance to take no damage rather than a damage reduction.
      • Elemental creatures resistances now consider element class.
      • Fix for creature idle animations repeating until the creature moves. Creatures now randomly pick a new idle animation each time they complete an animation.
      • Cuttletrunk projectiles now fire faster
    • Death
      • A new presentation has been implemented for when you die. You now need to hold the RMB to return to the sanctum after you’ve died.
      • A negative status effect is now applied when you have been defeated. The Death Sickness reduces your attributes temporarily.
      • Your health is restored to 25% after you’ve died. You’ll need to consume food to replenish your health.
      • These changes are part of the new resurrection system where players can resurrect other players.
  • Sanctum + Tutorial + Objectives + Progression:
    • All skill points have been reset! Visit the skill screen to reallocate them.
    • The crafter feats have been split up into the following categories: “Basic Crafter Feats” and “Advanced Crafter Feats” as there were too many for one category.
    • Skills
      • Added advanced block placement skill (in the core tree) to allow choice between fully rotational placement and simple placement.
      • Reduced number of mastery skills from ten down to five, and balanced the effects across them.
      • Added chisel skills to allow use of precision chisels (part of the tool mastery tree).
      • Increased the number of skill points gained to be 1200 at level 50. The skill tree and the number of skill points is still a work in progress and will continue to change in future releases.
      • Rearranged Resurrection and Rage & Focus skills in preparation for the release of those features (in the future).
      • Changed the interaction distance to be the same as the block placement distance.
    • Objectives
      • The number of items required to complete Hunting Creatures has been reduced.
      • The number of items required to complete Time To Collect Resources has been reduced.
      • The Fire Pit and Crucible objective have been merged into a single objective.
      • The UI for the objectives shown on the HUD has been improved.
      • Added an objective to teach players about adding Friends to their Beacons.
      • Removed the sprint skill – you can now sprint from the beginning of the game.
      • Removed objective claiming to fully complete an objective. Now the objectives autocomplete automatically when the player completes all the subtasks.
  • GUI + HUD:
    • Main Menu
      • Added new Knowledge screen with the information of resources and recipes currently unlock by the player. Press K to access the screen or access it via the Main Menu.
        • Please note the shortcut for friends list has been removed.
      • The Knowledge list expands when you discover new items and recipes.
      • Social section has been removed. You can now find your friends list in the Character section.
      • Improved footer legend information for all GUI menus
      • The completed section of the Journal has been merged into the Objectives section to compliment the new filter system.
      • Social has been removed from the Main Menu. The Friend list is now located in Character menu.
      • The Boundless Characters of all of your Steam friends are now automatically added to your in-game friends list making it easier for new players to connect with their friends already in the game.
      • Improved GUI objective log presentation.
      • Made GUI Field Of View consistent across all GUI screens
      • Added new game options to show/hide gain, combat and chat logs.
      • Show Mastery effects on item detailed info popups.
    • Entities
      • The beacon Permission tab now shows all your Characters (as well as your Friends).
      • Added filter bar in machine, knowledge, character, objective and universe menus.
      • Furnace crafting GUI has a perfectly smooth timing bar showing the crafting process, and much better responsivness when starting and stopping the furnace. The GUI now correctly clears the information about what is going to be burned when you remove the inputs.
      • Crafting:
        • Updated recipe lists GUI, separated out Mass and Bulk crafting into tabs.
        • Added reason why something cannot be crafted to Craft button.
        • Corrected text and icon showing skill required to craft ingredients.
      • Fix issues with various GUI screens like the warp screen that occur for a period of time after changing character (like not being able to warp to your location or beacon for a period of time for no particular reason).
    • HUD
      • Improved the stamina bar feedback.
      • Updated GUI’s newsflash presentation.
      • Added new newsflash events.
  • SFX + Music:
    • Creature projectiles have audio attached to them.
    • Explosions now have elemental variations.
  • Engine:
    • Application Systems
      • Improved Windows client crash handler. If the client crashes there should be a higher chance of generating a minidump to enable debugging of the crash. When the client is restarted after a crash which created a crash dump you will also be offered the chance to submit the crash dump to us, this will upload the minidump and previous session game log to us with the simple click of the yes button when asked (i.e. no more hunting down crash dumps to email to us).
      • Change of log locations. On Windows the log is still found in %LOCALAPPDATA%\Turbulenz\Boundless but is now simply called log.txt rather than boundless_log.txt, we also now rotate the logs so you’ll find log.txt, log.txt.1 etc with up to 4 logs kept. On Mac OSX the log path has now moved to Library/Logs/Boundless/log.txt in your users home folder. As with the Windows version the log is rotated to main the 4 most recent logs.
      • Don’t intercept app command keys to try and fix media keys not working with apps like Spotify.
    • Portals and Warps and Worlds:
      • The way the client chooses which meshes to use across different levels of detail has been updated and should remove the vast majority of z-fighting seen whilst waiting for the world meshes to be created, and you should no longer ever find yourself stood inside of low-level detail meshes for the world.
      • Portals/Warps should generally load in much faster than before, with the game better prioritising what to load and create meshes for.
      • Portals/Warps that are open, but not “fully rendered” (showing the “Waiting for Data” message) will now show a progress bar of the loading in the HUD so you can have an idea of how long it will take to fully load and become able to be walked through.
      • The the way the server deals with physics meshes has changed, making them a persistent part of the world instead of created on-demand. This means the server no longer has to create physics meshes for the world which would often cause stalling/laggy behaviour when there were more players/creatures on the world due to it being too slow to create them, they are now loaded out of the world data directly and is much more responsive, this should hopefully mean that you never see laggy behaviour when going through portals/falling from heights/speeding around with the grappling hooks on busier worlds.
      • Travelling through a portal/warp should virtually never cause mispredictions or rubberbanding even if changing inputs whilst going through.
      • Travelling through a portal/warp, it was previously quite easy in more confined areas to end up teleporting up out of the ground after going through the portal because the spawn location calculated was inside of the terrain. This should no longer be possible.
      • Reduce chunk data by >50%, giving quicker downloads, better caching and lower RAM use.
      • Added support to allow delivery of chunk data via CDN’s, this will help reduce load on the servers and also allows users to fetch chunk data faster where other users in the same geographical region have previously loaded those chunks.
      • Fixed a controls issue that led to things like “sticky keys” when going through portals to another world if keys were released at the instant you stepped into the portal.
    • Rendering
      • Fixed issues in updating of Level-of-detail chunks when blocks are modified that would lead to straggling bits of geometry hanging in the air after removing natural terrain, or that would lead to the lack of proper slope-generation in the LODs of user-built structures. This will not affect any issues that already exist in the worlds, but any changes to the worlds from now-on will have proper lodded-geometry created.
      • Increased the accuracy and resolution of block-lighting’s affects on normal mapping, block-lighting should look more “accurate” now in terms of lighting directions. An immediate result, is that the sanctum corridor is now symmetrically lit, instead of having the left side far too dark with strange lighting artefacts.
      • Holding a torch or other light-emitting block in your hand, and placing it onto the ground should now produce very similar results in terms of the characteristics of the light’s brightness and falloff, though holding it in your hand will still produce a “spherical” falloff rather than the “diamond” shapes falloff that lights placed in the world will have so along diagonals, the hand-held light will still reach a bit further.
      • Removed options to disable weather and volumetricFog. These are debug options which persisted into the GUI. The PostEffects option is also removed to simplify the screen as all it did was hide some of the other option toggles. There will be more changes here in the near future.
      • Made liquid simulation more intelligent in the presence of all the new more complex shapes.
      • Significantly reduced memory use in the culling mesh and lighting generators. Can save >200mb in complex environments.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a crash bug when the players travel through portals/warps.
    • Fixed the latency graph to sample the max latency every 0.1 seconds rather than the current value every 0.1 seconds.
    • Fix being able to bulk craft with out the skill.
    • Fix crash entering none ASCII text.
    • Fix crash right clicking on items in storage.
    • Fix sign colour crafting and placement.
    • Fixed an issue where the death penalty reduction skill was actually increasing the death penalty
    • Fixed an issue with remapping the interact button to a key other than ‘E’. NOTE: If you have already remapped the interact button you will need to select “Reset Controls To Defaults” on the Main Menu and redo your button choices before you’ll see a change.
    • Fixed memory leak when changing world and moving to new areas.

Resolved Known Issues:

The following items were known issues in previous releases and have now been resolved.

  • Breaking the Campfire during the initial tutorial will reset some objectives and display the ‘Build a Temporary Campfire’ objective again.
  • Cannot close Inventory when Chat is used.
  • Changing the Chunk Cache Size in fullscreen mode will disable game functionality.
  • Game displays welcome message for a world through a portal without going through it.
  • If you spend a skill point before the tutorial asks you to, you will be required to unlearn and relearn the skill again.
  • Pressing the Enter key on the Rename Beacon box will disable game functionality. Avoid this by clicking the Confirm option instead.
  • Some feats are not shown on the GUI
  • Using D3DGear crashes the game on start up.

Known Issues:

The following items are known issues in this release.

  • Choosing Return to Sanctum option briefly displays ‘wrap error’ text on screen.
  • Clicking the Craft button very quickly may close the active recipe.
  • Damage indicator circle can sometimes remain on screen even when no damage is received.
  • Entity rendering will not always work correctly when there are multiple warps very close together, or where a warp opens up to a location very near where the entrance is.
  • GUI rendered incorrectly on Intel HD graphics (and some AMD / GTX laptop GPUs) on Windows.
  • If the game (loader) fails to start on Windows 7 and 8 you may need to install Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows - Microsoft Support
  • Item placed into Request Basket will disappear when placing the same item into storage.
  • Item wanted is completely different to what was placed there before on the Request Basket.
  • Items may unequip themselves after adding a stack of items to a smart stack.
  • Items will occasionally be unable to smart stack with other items that belong in the same smart stack category.
  • Menus may constantly reappear on screen after closing them.
  • Number of available feats is incorrect.
  • Objectives & Feats - Some tasks are not being tracked correctly.
  • Opening or closing doors and trapdoors when standing too close to them will restrict player movement. To get out of the situation, interact with the door or trapdoor again.
  • Region names may not be displayed correctly after discovering one.
  • Request Baskets (previously Buying plinths) that had wanted items set before v151 have unset them. Sorry. Going forward they will be fine.
  • Shift-clicking any inventory item on the Furnace GUI when ingredient slots are full will cause that item to disappear. To retrieve that item, break the Furnace.
  • Skill descriptions are not final.
  • Some interactive blocks (crafting table, machine, beacon control) have become corrupted during the migration. This will result in at best those blocks not being able to be interacted with, at worst the game crashing when interacting with those blocks. To fix the issue the block(s) in question need to be re-placed. In the case of anything other than a beacon control the block can simply be broken, picked up, and then re-placed. In the case of a beacon control this will work, although it would result in all the plots having to be re-placed one at a time and during that process the contents being unprotected. A better workaround for a beacon control is to craft a new beacon control, place that, and then break the old one, which will keep the beacon’s plots placed throughout the process.
  • Speech bubbles may still be displayed above players after going through portals.
  • The recipes are not final.
  • When Beacon fuel is nearly full, adding extra fuel will display a message saying that there are no consumable fuel items.
  • When expanding a smart stack offered by another player during trading, it will be empty.
  • Z-fighting with some items (workbench and other machines) when placed underwater.

Release 182.1:

  • Updating objective strings as players are not required to activate objectives anymore.
  • Changing Difficulty to Mastery Required in the item tool tip.
  • Adjusted loading/meshing priorities again. Now when looking directly at a portal, the game will choose to prioritise all the area around that portal over chunks and meshes around the current player location, rather just the 3x3 around the portal exit. This means that the game will prefer to fully load the portal you are looking at instead of only fully loading it once the entire world around you has loaded (the idea being, if you are looking at the portal you probably want to go into it soon, so we should prefer to load and mesh it over the current world you are likely about to leave).
  • Fixed a server crash loading ammo not in backpack.
  • Fixed balance of held light sources and self light skill range. This will change again in a future lighting balance pass.
  • Fixed crash on exit on Windows.
  • Fixed health bar not updating when changing character.
  • Fixed issue where exceptions could be generated editing sign text.
  • Fixed issue where ingredients were taken directly from a player’s Backpack when using the Furnace.
  • Fixed issue where non-gleam items could be QuickMove’d into the Beacon colour slot.
  • Fixed missing impacts effect from slingbows
  • Fixed the jump jump height for Jump Height 2 skill from 0.5m to 1.2m.
  • Fixed various crash in GUI interactions.

Release 182.2:

  • Fixed bug that produced empty price list in selling plinth screen.
  • Fixed charged shot on slingbows.
  • Fixed client crash when opening a Smart Stack in Storage.
  • Fixed creature counts getting out of sync (possibly causing creatures not to spawn).
  • Fixed machine placement ordering, the choice of the 4 visual parts will now be defined by the time at which that machine block piece was placed which should match older behaviour.
  • Fixed some missing shader parameter sets that would have caused some funky behaviour from held lights / skill-light for fog and weather-particulates.
  • Fixed unwanted icon behind recipe ingredient meshes, when ingredients are insufficient.
  • Further fixed and tweaked physics-stuck logic to remove more false positive cases identified.

Release 182.3:

  • Increased maximum friend limit from 100 to 250
  • Improve logic that puts the player into 2 high gaps to work with the even stronger jump strengths.
  • Allow various mesh blocks (but not standard storage that is effectively a full block visually) contain liquids and have liquids pass through them etc, including beacons and storage shelves, machines and pipes.
  • Allow slab/walls shapes to be either bevel or square chiselled, regardless of which was used to create the slab/wall.
  • Reduced the prestige value for gleam, crafting tables, fire pits, crucibles and storage.
  • Tweak water shader to avoid z-fighting in most cases when flowing through bevel/square chiselled blocks.
  • Tweak portal effect to remove lines near the top and bottom.
  • Fixed ore-decals from changing their rotation sometimes when neighbouring blocks are changed.
  • Fixed an issue with bevel-chisels where based on direction you were chiselling, it may not have let you chisel when it should have.
  • Fixed trap-doors to be symmetrical.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed trap doors to continue to be placed next to a maximum-length trap door if the existing trap door was opened first (leading to some weird behaviour/visuals).
  • Fixed having to re-open a location twice in the warp screen to have it correctly refresh, after a few moments the data should now populate and button become usable.
  • Fixed occasional crash after exiting a portal when creatures were around.
  • Fixed occasional crash when cuttletrunks appeared.

Release 182.4:

  • Fix an issue where the game would freeze when dragging or resizing the game window on Windows.
  • Prevent a rare client crash when aborting chunk requests which are no longer required.
  • Improve stability of the client chunk cache to try and prevent a rare client crash.

Is signs usable in prefabs? :rofl:

Updated OP with a new Sign introduction video by @DanBeforeTime - make sure you check it out!

Thanks @DanBeforeTime!!



I love this notification <3


Amazing update! Thanks for including my dumb little video @james! :slight_smile:


That is an insane amount of fixes, tweaks, and add-ons. Can’t want to play next. :heart_eyes:


I loved it. I don’t watch streams often, but it is enjoyable. Especially without gaming PC. So thanks DBT.
Will come back watching again :slight_smile:


Dang Boundless updates on a day that I have to work and plus it’s Halloween so I can’t even play after work since I have to bring the kids out Trick or Treating. Guess it’s going to be a late night tonight. :smile:


Time to introduce your clan to virtual trick or treating Boundless style, beacon to beacon, portal to portal, see the world!!


Now that is a massive release! Awesome work! :clap::+1:

+1 !!

The Skills Calculator is up! (You might need to refresh your browser - Shift+F5).

I’ll add the icons back in after I’ve played for bit :smiley:


The release has been live for over 2 hours and I’ve not seen a single sign yet - what are you waiting for people?! An invitation?


I’ve got a bunch of them crafting now!!


crafting 200 signs atm. 2h left


give me a sec was smart enough to stock up on mats lol
but im a no recipe man :grin:

When I was asking for more cleanse points I didn’t mean reset on every update :stuck_out_tongue: :cry:

Man, that re-skilling takes some time, especially when you use several 50lvl chars, a bit tedious :smiley:

If this is what I think it is, I haven’t seen it coming :smiley: good stuff!

That’s insane!!!


think off all the people who messed up @Spoygg the more resets the better


Well since I’m one of those i don’t complain, just having a laugh :wink:


typical - the day of release is one of those busy days

haven’t had time to log in yet

and then some time to craft I guess… :zipper_mouth_face:

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