Alpha3 stabilization builds released

Posted April 11th, 2014 by Tynan Sylvester

APRIL 15 UPDATE: Silently updated to Alpha3f. This version fixes a bug that caused save games to sometimes fail to load. Alpha3f will break save compatibility from earlier versions.

APRIL 13 UPDATE: Silently updated to Alpha3e with one minor fix.

APRIL 12 UPDATE: Silently updated to Alpha3d. Fixes specified below.

I’ve just uploaded Alpha3c, a slightly changed version which fixes a number of rare bugs that cropped up after the Alpha 3 release.

Your savegames from Alpha 3 should still work (though you’ll have to copy the .rim files over to a Saves folder in the new install directory).

The bugs fixed were:

Sorry about asking you to update twice in two days three times in three days. We did a lot of testing with a good-sized test team, but it’s amazing what crops up when thousands of people get their hands on the game. I’m going to have to consider other test and development processes to try to avoid this kind of situation in the future.

Original post regarding Alpha 3b follows:

Someone found a bug that will sometimes make it impossible to load savegame. I’d added error recovery code to the game and re-uploaded it as Alpha3b. If you downloaded the game earlier today, you may want to re-download (using the original link). Your download limit will reset. You’ll know you got the new version because the zip file is called “RimWorldAlpha3b”. Saves from Alpha3 will probably still work (even ones that were broken before).

33 Responses to “Alpha3 stabilization builds released”

  1. Christian

    Hi 🙂

    I just downloaded the game again for mac, and it’s still the old version (3.408).

  2. 408 is correct since it was made on the same day as the original Alpha3 release. The build numbers increment by day.

    You have the new one, don’t worry. The old one is completely gone from our servers so there’s nothing else to give you!

  3. Christian

    Thanks for the fast answer 🙂

  4. Mello Tonin

    I didn’t notice my download limit reset. It just decreased by 1. I double checked with a different browser to be sure I wasn’t getting a cached copy.

  5. SendOwl resets in a weird way. Don’t worry, you won’t run out.

  6. Mello Tonin

    Ok thanks.

  7. If anyone has download trouble, email me. [email protected]

  8. Squire

    Updated to alpha3b after having the problem with saving alpha3. Saves games but once I quit to OS then return to game, no saves. Help?

  9. Squire – please email me or post in the Bugs or Support forum.

  10. Gaskell

    “Sorry about asking you to update twice in two days.”
    ummm you apologise for fixing stuff???? There are games I have been waiting months for simple fixes. Wish they had the same work ethic you guys have.

  11. Halsoy

    Yeah, no need to apologize for doing great work Tynan 😀 Every time I see an update for this, I get the funny jiggles 😀

  12. Jonathan

    I have no problems with updating multiple times in one day, so far this game along with some of the mods, and sucked enough of my time to have made my initial investment worth it. So as far as I see it, everything else is just a plus for me.

  13. Remi

    Dont mind the updates at all! Keep’em coming! and keep up the good work! 😀

  14. Paul

    Just wanted to add my thanks for your continuing efforts on this really fun and engaging game. I run it on my Linux laptop, because my Windows 7 computer evidently does’t have the chops to run this. The exe just dies without showing anything. But I’m glad you support other OS’s so I can enjot this gem!

  15. Enialas

    It may be an inconvenience for those that already started a new game, but seeing that you care is a good thing, in my opinion.

  16. Dr. Z

    R.I.P. LSD Muffalos
    I really enjoy the high update frequenzy

  17. AscY

    Don’t apologise for updating, I’d be extremely happy if there was a new version every day.

  18. Tormentor

    I WISH some of the major games took the time to update their builds (not to mention this is alpha?). Keep up the good work Tynan 🙂

  19. Mike

    I downloaded the newest version after I noticed the saved games were not loading and moved the save folder over, but I’m still getting the same error where the map is all fog and the errors keep building up and never end.

  20. Yes, unfortunately the savegame no-load fix was not a full fix. The full fix would break save compatibility. So it might have to wait until Alpha4. There’s a good chance your autosaves will load though.

  21. Steve

    Hi Folks!

    I keep on wondering what exactly “slowly” means with the fertilizer pump. I had it working and supplied with electricity for about 3 months game time, but there was no fertile soil anywhere near it.

    What is the problem, I thought it was integrated in this build.



  22. Yeah, the fertilizer pump is broken in A3. Sorry 🙁

  23. Steve

    No problemo. 🙂 Great work anyway.


  24. Mark W.

    Hey Tynan,

    Just want to agree with all of the above folks that have talked about what a great job you’re doing. Personally, I’m satisfied with the progress (and rate of progress) that your making, particularly considering the size of your team. You’re making the kind of game I want to play. Keep up the great work!

  25. Mike

    Have anything new and exciting on the colony defenses front upcoming?

  26. Segafredo

    Maybe this might help with regression bugs of already functioning functionality:

    otherwise technical debt will break your neck…

  27. When are you going to change the game’s art? I’m looking forward to that.

  28. Mrdoom434

    Mr.tynan can you and I hope add a Save Person thing so lets say and friendly group shows up and one of there men gets hurt you can instead of taking them prisoner you can save them an keep them in your care intel there are healthy they can leave or have a like 60-40 chance of staying or leaving

  29. Anumen

    Keep the excellent work ! Very unique stuff !!

    ps : could you add several races into the game like dwarfes etc. … and perhaps a option for reproduction of the survivors ? 😀

  30. daniel

    When can we expect the next update, maybe a rough date possibly?

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