With last week’s 0.8.3 release, we entered the beta phase for the 0.8.x series, and now with the 0.8.4 release, it moves steadily to a stable release. Both versions mainly focus on fixing bugs found by the alpha testers and getting ready for a stable release.
There are only a handful of new features, and most of them are small minor ones however we will highlight a couple that might be interesting for you.
This is a beta release. It is intended for testing new features and for developers to update their systems and modules to the new release version. It is NOT intended for playing active game sessions.
If you still want to update and know what you are doing, MAKE SURE TO BACKUP YOUR DATA and beware that things might be broken or not working as intended.
If you are upgrading the Foundry Virtual Tabletop application to 0.8.4 from 0.7.9 you must perform a fresh installation of the software. Because of some of the infrastructure changes, it is only possible to update to this version from within the Foundry VTT application if you are already using 0.8.0. This does not apply to users running dedicated servers with Node 14+.
Radial Occlusion Mode
With this mode activated when a Token moves underneath an Overhead Tile instead of hiding it completely it will just expose a small part around it as you move leaving the remaining Tile intact.
This can be useful for navigating vertical maps or increase the immersion, and someone will definitely find other creative uses for this feature.
Weather Effects and Overhead Tiles
Another feature has been added that suppresses the weather effects beneath an Overhead Tile if a Token is present. Further enhancing the immersion effect of the system.
Tile Configuration zIndex
This setting will give users who use many Tiles more control on placing them below or above each other.
Further Improvements for the Package Manager
After implementing locking packages from being accidentally deleted or updated in a previous release, the user experience got extended even further by giving you a report of all actions performed after you hit the “Update All” button in the Package Manager.
So you are no longer left wondering which modules or systems actually got updated just because you didn’t pay attention to the whole process.
This release will most likely end the beta phase, and if all goes according to plan, you can expect the first stable release by the end of the month or early next month! If you follow the updates from module developers, you can already see many modules already being ready for the changes of the 0.8 release, so it’s a good time to get hyped!