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What's New

As of March 20, 2020

Published on March 20, 2020 at 12:00 AM

More Ways to Master Astral

This past week a record-setting number of gamers joined the Astral community. Welcome all new Astralnauts!

We want to make playing TTRPGs online with your friends as easy and as immersive as possible. We hope everyone finds Astral intuitive to use, but Astral is a powerful tool with lots of features. We understand it might be a little intimidating at first - Tutorials to the rescue!

Whenever you create a new game on Astral you will have the option to create one of the interactive tutorials.

Create a tutorial game

Create your own tutorial games and then jump in and start mastering Astral’s many features. Each tutorial is modular, with different maps covering a variety of topics.

The basic tutorial guides you through navigating the game screen and sidebars, and the basics of characters, combat, and map editing.

The all-new advanced tutorial (released today!) shows you tricks for easier player and token management (e.g. how do I apply that burning hands damage to all four goblins at once) and dives into more advanced map editing with triggers and dynamic lighting (e.g. I click this to instantly reveal the pit trap during play). We’ll be adding more content to the advanced tutorial in the weeks ahead.

Advanced tutorial screenshot

Beyond the tutorials, you can also find answers to questions in the Astral Knowledgebase. When you have a burning question like, “How do I roll a dice pool of Dexterity number of dice and count anything above 6 as a success?” the knowledge base is here to help.

Did you know when you select your character token in Astral, the spacebar will toggle your character sheet open and closed? To navigate Astral’s interface at quickling speed, it helps to master a few of the keyboard shortcuts.

Finally, what kind of host would we be if we didn’t invite the new guests to speak? Please come join us on our Discord and forums. We just ask that you obey the traditional laws of hospitality.

New Character Sheets in Beta!

After almost a month in development, we are ready to release the new character sheet experience for all beta users.

Screenshot of new character sheets

The new character sheets address and fix a lot of the previous feedback you've all had. This first pass doesn't address everything but we hope you find it easier and less confusing than the current character sheets.

Here are some of the biggest changes:

Screenshot of new character sheets

If you're a beta user, check out the new sheets today and let us know what you think!

For everyone else, expect the new character sheets to be available in the coming weeks.


Check out the notes below for the changes and fixes that went out this week.

Changelog

We continue to address reported issues and requests. As always, we are very interested in your feedback.

Enhancements

A few more quality-of-life requests from the community were addressed this week.

Fixed

Thank you to everyone who reported issues this week.


In Progress

We continue to work diligently on your requests and feedback, please let us know your thoughts on Discord or the forums.

New Character Sheet Feedback

Now that character sheets are in beta, we will begin iterating on the feedback we hear. There are still some previous issues with the new sheets we're aware of that we will be cleaning up next week.

Of course, once sheets are out, we still are highly interested in feedback and making it better - so let us know what you think!

Known Issues

We are aware of a couple of issues with the new sheets in beta:

Content Discovery

Our next project is cleaning up the vault components used around the site, such as in the audio player, character portrait picker, and the right-sidebar when editing maps. We know this is often a pain point for many new users and we want to make discovering content a lot easier.

Included in this cleanup will be improving search and making assets faster to organize and navigate.

We plan to start this initiative next week.

📣 We're Listening

We're continuing to look at the forums for feature requests, support tickets, and Discord to hear what you all have to say. Please don't hesitate to reach out and voice your feedback. Our table always has an open seat, let us know what you think.

That's all for now!

Thanks for reading and for being a dedicated Astralnaut! We look forward to bringing you more updates from the Astral Plane.

- Team Astral