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Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

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  1. 1. Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

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A water world with the tops of sky scrappers jutting out. Tiny Alcatraz islands where bandits set up camp. Speckled landmasses rare and valuable. Endless zombies coming from the ocean.

 

Do I really need to say how amazing this would be?

 

One man's fantasy is another man's meh.

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Funny thing....with textures at eighth, the foreground looks like crap but the mountains and desert landscape far away still look great like its still high res

 

High poly is high poly.

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Don't go spears in this patch. I've lost 4 in the past 5 minutes. :/ (Whenever you throw a spear at a zombie, I find that 90% of the time, the spear travels through the zombies and falls through the world. :/)

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A nice cold beer to the whole TFP staff on A18 so far.

 

I've only played to about to 18:00 or so on day one, but it feels so good to be scared again. My first close call was almost to a pig of all things... a pig! I can't remember the last time I had to run for my life from a pig in 7DTD no matter how early game it was.... and I ran like a little girl. There was no way in hell I was going to have my first death be to a pig.

 

I love the zed rage mechanic. I love it. The second zed I come across was a construction worker. No problem, I go up to knife him as usual. After a couple of hits on him the sumbitch suddenly goes feral on my ass. Makes me nervous when fighting any zed now. That mechanic on its own is a game changer in my view. Especially early game. It did kill me though. One zed out of the three in a church raged on me and caught me off guard.

 

I also like how resource rocks and feathers seem to have been nerfed. Usually by that time of day on day one I have at least 100 arrows to use. I had trouble scrounging up even 20 or 25. Feathers and stone are now actually something to think about now early game.

 

 

 

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(edit added comment by QA Tester-unholyjoe)

 

this is the kind of story i love to read... player caught up in the real action.

 

thanks, i loved it :)

 

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Edited by unholyjoe (see edit history)
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There was a suggestion upthread that some streamers are having problems with the current build. Unfortunately the claim was not supported by any references to any particular streamers. So this may be entirely unsubstantiated.

 

That was me I think. And my source is Bearded Guys gaming. They said in stream like an hour ago that their performance dropped a lot by the lastest update and they had their FPS counter on ingame and they were at ~45 FPS in a town. I dont know their PC specs offhand but any streamer worth their salt has a beastly PC.

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A MF would have been fixed... i think?

 

Ok, read the release notes... may generate comb like area...

My world just collapsed...

 

No. We still have MFs open and new ones were added. MF is more we want this fixed for experimental, but when we run out of time, it depends what it is. They now become we want this fixed for the next patch, but really by stable.

 

For example, I got this MF today marked as low priority, so I'm not rushing off to fix it:

SDTD-11048 You can ride the bike in turbo mode with no stamina

 

Dealing with texture memory bloat right now.

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No. We still have MFs open and new ones were added. MF is more we want this fixed for experimental, but when we run out of time, it depends what it is. They now become we want this fixed for the next patch, but really by stable.

 

For example, I got this MF today marked as low priority, so I'm not rushing off to fix it:

SDTD-11048 You can ride the bike in turbo mode with no stamina

 

Dealing with texture memory bloat right now.

 

Just a small bug report. (: Thrown spears sometimes clip through zombies and fall through the world.

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So for, a18 been a thumbs up. Great look improvements, great performance. Far cry from the a17 release.

 

One thing to suggest: Make the a18 install auto turn on music. Think a lot of people are missing this. Sure, they can go turn off..but if you have it on by default they might enjoy it. The explore music sets an appropriate mood. The other suggest about the music, needs tense combat music.

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Update your drivers?

 

Tried the last three driver versions - no change.

 

System specs?

 

ryzen 3600

Sapphire pulse rx 5700

16gb @3200

B450 Tomahawk max mobo

Got steam installed in a 970 evo

Corsair RM650x gold+ psu

 

First thing that comes to mind when I see artifacts is the GPU dying but it seems fine on 3DMark and Furmark, as well as other demanding games. Also, rolled back to A17.4 and the artifacts are gone. Any ideas of something that might be causing it in A18?

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Is there a setting I can edit to disable the obnoxious zombies running every few times they take damage?

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I've just finished watching jawoodle exploiting the pathing AI to keep zombies in an infinite loop again, like hamsters on a wheel. @faatal, couldn't you just increase the cost of a point in a path whenever a zombie starts falling? As zombies fall and paths get recomputed, they'd start picking alternatives to that path, the way I think of it.

 

The AI already have a 66% chance of destroy area on each fall.

Also if they make long paths that don't reach you the stupid ones already will randomly bail and destroy area. His loop is short.

 

I have plans to make destroy area trigger in some other cases, but it needs hours of research and testing and there are more important performance issues I'm looking at now.

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Having fun so far, but can't for the life of me figure out how to craft rounded corner blocks anymore.

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Is there a setting I can edit to disable the obnoxious zombies running every few times they take damage?

 

They are raging with a random chance on you when you hit them or shoot them, they are not obnoxius. If you get hit from somebody, you will rage, too.

It is a new "perk" that is added to make us scream or die. Adapt.

Edited by beerfly
Autocorrect inventor have to kiss a cactus ass (see edit history)

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What is the release date for A19?

 

Oh c’mon it had to be asked. ;)

 

The future.

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They are raging with a random chance on you, they are not obnoxius. You get hit from somebody and you will rage, too.

It is a new perk that is added to make us scream or die. Adapt.

 

That's your opinion. My question stands.

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Having fun so far, but can't for the life of me figure out how to craft rounded corner blocks anymore.

 

Maybe its under the tablesaw

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Canned water is removed. Boil jars of water instead. No cooking pot required, but it boils very slow compared to with a cooking pot.

 

Thanks, should have sen that. Journal needs updating.

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That's your opinion. My question stands.

 

It is new mechanic. Not an opinion.

 

- *We lowered the default difficulty from Nomad to Adventurer since A18 is a little harder with the new zombie rage speed boosting behavior.*

 

- *Zombies have a new rage mode. There is a chance when damaging zombies, based on the game difficulty, that they will move faster for a short amount of time. This add more variety to combat.*

 

 

Source - https://7daystodie.com/a18-official-release-notes/

Edited by beerfly (see edit history)

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So, I managed to sneak in some playtime even on this very busy day for me. (Managed to play for 30 mins)

I played on a pre-generated 02 RWG world, with all default settings. Turned on the Dynamic Music System.

Here's how I played some feedback, enjoy MadMole! :D

 

I spawned in a Burnt Forest - Desert border. I started doing the quest. While doing it, I heard a coyote (which is great, there are no more ninja animals, I heard the coyote before even seeing him), shot it, it started fleeing, then it came back to bite me in the ass :p, I smacked it, and it fleed again. I started to go through the desert to get to the trader. Looted some POIs on the way, found a nice amount of ammo, and a Q1 Pistol and Shotgun. Put just a point into a Fortitude perk which gives you natural healing, haven't decided on what to get next yet. Didn't get to the trader yet. Also, I got infected :o

 

I almost died a few times, which shows this is a good Alpha, considering I'm using the default difficulty, which is lower than what I played before with :D. Rage zombies are cool. The Burnt Forest looks meh with its fog and colors (maybe because I'm having pretty low-ish graphics currently), but the Desert looks fantastic with its textures, and the RWG is just amazing. The Dynamic Music System sounds great and is really atmospheric and gives a whole new feel to the game. Needs polish (weird how it fades out when sound effects play and etc.), but this is just the first version, so I'm waiting for updates to it! While outdoor performance is a bit worse than A17 for me, the indoors run great and are super smooth (the occlusion works really well! I saw a single artifact yet) The gun reloading animations look fantastic. The wooden club impact sounds sound funny sometimes, think they need improvement. ;)

 

All in all, this is a really good Alpha! Going to post some bug reports for some very minor issues :) (Snakes clipping into blocks partially, inconsistent capitalization). Great Job Fun Pimps! :thumb:

 

Might want to show the block shapes system and the power attack in the tutorial.

Edited by agrastiOs (see edit history)

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It is new mechanic. Not an opinion.

 

- *We lowered the default difficulty from Nomad to Adventurer since A18 is a little harder with the new zombie rage speed boosting behavior.*

 

- *Zombies have a new rage mode. There is a chance when damaging zombies, based on the game difficulty, that they will move faster for a short amount of time. This add more variety to combat.*

 

 

Source - https://7daystodie.com/a18-official-release-notes/

 

Cool. So your answer is you don't know. I'm sure there are other people who know the game better than you who are better equipped to answer the question. I'm not sure why you bothered replying to someone asking a question if you didn't know the answer.

 

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(edit added comment by QA Tester-unholyjoe)

 

this is indeed a new mechanic and thus far seems to be a well accepted change to our game.

 

no, there is no setting to disabled this currently.

 

as a suggestion only... try our spear, or use what ever type of range weapon you like in order to put distance between you and the zed.. once you get used to this, they are easy to avoid or anticipate... its all about your timing.

 

thanks and enjoy :)

 

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Edited by unholyjoe (see edit history)
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this is ideed a ew mechanic and thus far seems to be a well accepted change to our game.

 

no, there is no setting to disabled this currently.

 

as a suggestion only... try our spear, or use what ever type of range weapon you like in oreder to put distance between you and the zed.. once you get used to this, they are easy to avoid or anticipate... its all about your timing.

 

thanks and enjoy :)

 

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Thanks for the answer. Using the spear already, it really makes little difference as they close the distance gap allotted by the spear instantaneously. Guess I will just wait for the community to address this with a mod.

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I have to say, the update rocks!

 

I was smiling at the monitor ffs, how did that happened ?

 

Anyway, got an exam tomorrow, see ya fellas, survive and kick ass. I mean asses.

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Changing reflection quality from Ultra+ to off made no difference in FPS. Seems strange.

 

EDIT: Same thing with Reflected Shadows. No change in FPS when set to No.

 

EDIT: Texture Quality from Full to 1/8 took FPS from 22 to 31.

 

EDIT: After putting settings back to max I'm getting 5 FPS again with slow mouse cursor. I'm getting the rendering warning only when I load up the seed. Haven't seen warning since I've been messing with video settings. No other warnings. Seems like the Calling Animator warning happens when you change video settings.

 

No idea what's going on and can't pinpoint issue with video settings since the FPS drop happens when changing random settings.

 

GTX 980

AMD ryzen 5 2600

16GB

Windows 10

Resolution 2560x1600 in windowed mode on 4K monitor.

Edited by Senkan (see edit history)

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