Terraria State of the Game - November 2023
Posted on November 30th, 2023 03:10 PM EST
Thanksgiving has come and gone, but our thankfulness for all of you - your support, passion for Terraria, and so much more - will never fade. As we look to close out yet another year of Terraria development, it is a great time for us to reflect on what has been a challenging, but productive 2023 thus far. With Crossplay and 1.4.5 on the horizon, 2024 is shaping up to be a big one - thanks for coming along with us on this amazing journey.
Without further ado, let's jump right in to what you came here for!
The team has once again been hard at work, adding more and more fun stuff to Terraria 1.4.5. Things will start to wind down for the year once we get into the second half of December, but we are planning to finish the year strong in order to give us a ton of momentum as we head into 2024. As for spoilers this month, we thought we might show a couple of things that are small but really cool. Shall we?
We are not sure how the fish in Terraria stayed invisible all this time, but now you can see what you might be reeling in while fishing!
You may have found yourself thinking what Terraria might feel like "back in the days" on a good old CRT... well wonder no more! (archaic hookups not required)
Until next time folks - let's close out 2023 on a high note!
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We have finally broken the 100,000 packs/worlds milestone in the Terraria Steam Workshop! You are missing out if you haven't taken the time to check out these amazing creations from the community.
Planning for early 2024, laying out what might come out when, getting ready for the Holidays with our families.
The tModLoader team and our amazing community of contributors has been hard at work improving tModLoader. On December 1st our monthly update release of tModLoader will go live. This month's release mainly contains bug fixes and new capabilities for modders.
As a reminder to modders, as of December 1st any modder added as a "Contributor" to a mod on the Steam workshop will be able to publish updates for the mod directly. We encourage mod owners to ensure that all contributors act responsibly with this new capability. We look forward to this feature enabling mods to more reliably update to fix bugs that arise.
Modders and users should also keep an eye out for our monthly Steam announcement on the 1st where a complete listing of bug fixes and API changes for this month's release will be listed. A recently added news button on the main menu will direct you directly to the announcement once it is live.
As always, if you are having issues of any sort, definitely don't hesitate to check out our FAQ on github or reach out to us at our Discord.
The TML Steam Workshop has over 6000 mods for you to enjoy! Coupled with the in-game mod browser, the TML Steam Workshop is a great way to explore what modded Terraria has to offer - check it out today by clicking the banner above!
More features, continuing to evolve and grow what TML can do... and getting ready for 1.4.5.
As always, you can keep track the current progress and much more in real time at tModLoader/tModLoader (But note that the completion percentage doesn't mean anything, because issues and PRs don't have weights.)
Developers who are willing to contribute may do so by doing PRs to the tModLoader/tModLoader branch. (See tModLoader/tModLoader)
Wow, is it almost the end of 2023 already? Our team has been hard at work to close out the year in a strong way - and we are personally hoping that next year will be the year that Terraria Crossplay arrives at long last. In the meantime, we have been keeping pace with the PC team towards the development of Terraria 1.4.5. We have a particularly cool spoiler this month, one that we think everyone will appreciate...
Speaking of which, shall we take a peek?
Know what sucks? Having to stare at your dead character, not even knowing how that epic boss fight is going. Now you can cheer on from the sidelines as you await your respawn with the new Spectate feature!
No more updates on Crossplay timing just yet - other than to reiterate that we expect it will be a post-1.4.5 addition, assuming we are successful with first party reviews, etc.
Until next time, Console & Mobile friends - thanks for all of your love and support!
Here's the latest and greatest happenings on the Community side of things. Thanks as always for being the most engaged and awesome gaming Community ever!
After a bit of a delay, we are happy to share the winners of the 2023 Terraria Halloween Contest!
FIRST PLACE - cheesyrat
SECOND PLACE - flouwby
THIRD PLACE - RatLord69
FIRST PLACE - yu94m3r
SECOND PLACE - deslime03
THIRD PLACE - CelestialPlayzYT
FIRST PLACE - dontaericeart
SECOND PLACE - infernalquasar
THIRD PLACE - chloraide
FIRST PLACE - NotSoCursed
SECOND PLACE - BeeNade123
THIRD PLACE - truffletoad
FIRST PLACE - Heath04
SECOND PLACE - Swamuel
THIRD PLACE - ExchangedCard48
For full details on the winners, runners-up, and more - check out our Halloween Contest Winners post linked below! There were so many amazing entries once again this year, proving once again that Terrarians are the most creative community in all of gaming! We already cannot wait for next year.
2023 TERRARIA HALLOWEEN CONTEST WINNERS
Once again, we have released our annual Terraria Holiday Shopping Guide - complete with yet another amazing piece of banner art by our very own [USER=61]@Jaxrud🌳[/user] - check out the latest and greatest Terraria Holiday gifts today by clicking the banner above!
Of course, the Terraria merchandise hub is where you can find all of the latest and greatest Terraria merchandise all year round - with new stuff arriving all of the time! Check out the latest merch drops as well as some classics and pick up that epic Terraria gift for a friend (or yourself!).
Click the banner above to head to http://terraria.org/store now!
Our amazing friends over at Terraria.shop just released premium figures depicting two of the most iconic bosses in Terraria - the all-seeing Eye of Cthulhu and the lunar menace himself, the Moon Lord!
Click each banner above to pick yours up now - just in time for the Holidays!
There is still a week or so for you to place your order for the awesome Hallowed Armor plushie that we recently partnered with Makeship to create! The response has been great so far, and we already have our next one in mind - but you will not want to miss out on our Hallowed friend here.
Get your order in today before it's too late! Click the banner above to check it out!
In case you missed it, orders for Issue 5 of the Terraria Graphic Novel Series opened up last week! Picking up where we left off at the end of Book One, we find out what Vale and the rest of his friends have been up to since their times adventuring together. New friends, new foes, and a new journey awaits!
Pick up your Issue 5 package of choice by clicking on the banner below!
Here we are again with the latest "Designer Diary" entry from the lead designer for Terraria: the Board Game - Chris Kingsnorth. Let's see what he and the Paper Fort team have been up to over the last month!
Chris here, game developer at Paper Fort Games. I’m back with the next installment of the Terraria: The Board Game designer diary. This month, I’m going to be discussing setup and rulebooks, the miniature design process, painted boss models and PAX Unplugged 2023.
It’s a Setup!
We realise that we’re asking you to play a board game when you have the digital game at your fingertips, so we’re working hard to make sure that setting up the board game is quick and easy. There will be an organiser in the box to hold all the game components, and you’ll be discovering the world as you go, to minimise the amount you have to do before playing. We want to get you into the fun stuff as soon as possible, so we’re writing the rulebook in a ‘learn-as-you-play’ fashion, more akin to a videogame tutorial than a traditional board game rulebook. You’ll be able to set up, open the rules and start playing right away; no need to read a huge tome beforehand!
New Painted Bosses!
Painter extraordinaire Max has been working his magic on our latest boss sculpts; here are Eye of Cthulhu (in both forms) and Queen Bee! These miniatures will be cast in coloured plastic in the game, and you’ll be able to play with them straight out of the box, give them a simple ink wash, or really go to town painting them; the choice is yours!
Max’s is currently painting Brain of Cthulhu; keep an eye on our Instagram and Twitter to see the finished thing! We’ll also be posting a timelapse of Max painting Queen Bee
How Miniatures Get Made
Getting from a 2D sprite to a painted 3D model is a multi-person job. I make a size guide sketch at the beginning of the process and oversee the steps, but credit for the final product goes to artist George, sculptor Francesco and painter Max, as well as the Re-Logic team for their feedback and guidance! Here’s a peek at how Eye of Cthulhu and Queen Bee came to life:
Come and See the Game at PAX Unplugged 2023!
From December 1st to 3rd, we’ll be showing Terraria: The Board Game at PAX Unplugged (PAXU) held in Philadelphia, US. If you’re coming to the show, please stop by and say hello; you’ll find us at the Lucky Duck Games booth (3400). We’ll have the first in-person showing of our latest boss miniatures (Queen Bee, Eye of Cthulhu and Brain of Cthulhu) including painted versions of these, plus our Wall of Flesh and King Slime which went down a storm at Essen Spiel!
Don’t Miss Out!
If you haven’t already, please sign up at TERRARIA: THE BOARD GAME NEWS SIGN-UP LINK and be sure to click through to the Kickstarter ‘notify me’ page. We’d be very grateful if you could share the link with fellow Terrarians via social media; you’re always welcome to tag us in using @paperfortgames.
Until next time!
Sign up for the latest and greatest news on Terraria: the Board Game via the link below:
TERRARIA: THE BOARD GAME NEWS SIGN-UP LINK
In case you missed the big reveal, be sure to take a minute to read our post about Terraria - The Board Game, which contains details about timing, how it will be sold, and more!
TERRARIA - THE BOARD GAME DETAILS
(CLICK A GIVEN IMAGE TO HEAD OVER TO THE THREAD WHERE WE SAW IT)
FAN ART & BUILDS
For this month's spotlight, we are sharing some of our favorite Halloween Contest entries that didn't quite make the cut for a prize, but were still absurdly amazing!
Prepare yourself for a Karaoke battle for the ages with Mega prizes!
Date: Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2, 2023 12:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM GMT
Location: Terraria Discord server
Prize: We are thrilled to reveal the next series of Terraria collectible community pins! A set of collectible pins will be given to the winner of this Karaoke event! In addition, we will be giving a Steam game and Discord Prize Points to the top 20 placed participants in the event.
Details: During the event you have the choice to sing acapella or use background music through playing on speakers. A voting panel from the Terraria and Ghostrunner community will determine the top 20 performers! Full prize details are located on the official Terraria Discord server.
While we are at it, a shoutout to the Ghostrunner 2 team and community on their nomination for Best Action Game at The Game Awards 2023! Best of luck!
Until next time, Terrarians - we hope you have an amazing month, and we look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest next time!