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Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

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  1. 1. Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

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So we're back to square cities in a flattened space? Damn.. thought we were past that.

Its a brand new rwg tech but we will improve it.

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I play THE game... you play another game.

 

Clearly I enjoy my game more, so sorry for you.

 

I Honestly cannot for the life of me, understand how people game at horse #$^! settings. That would make me go bonkers and quit PC gaming all together!!!

#PCmasterrace

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Yeah both friends with whom i always play say it's pretty much unplayable at the moment. So I'll be all alone :(

 

Well.. still got my rocks of course. And snowdog hiding behind the curtains..

 

And you got me, but 11.114 km away approx.

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We're trying one weapon out to see how it feels, if we like it we'll go wide.

 

Just my 2 cents but the power attack with the sledgehammer should be a full horizontal swing to take advantage of the aoe knockdown.

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I'd be curious to know if B134 would fix my performance problems and the problem does indeed lie in changes between B134 and the later build.

Unfortunately i don't have access to B134.

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What's the level cap now? I hate not being able to get every skill in the game, sure it takes time but time and hard work should pay off. I like starting off as a weakling then becoming the terminator.

 

300. IMO its kind of pointless, you don't play skyim or fallout with every perk, you make a build with strengths and weaknesses. I typically restart after 100 hours or so around level 80, its enough for me. With one tree maxed out around level 50 if your smart, you will be a killing machine. Being a killing machine in all weapons is pointless. At 100 hours you will have most the books and pretty close to the best gear, so its kinda meh after that IMO. But to each his own, I don't think anyone can get to level 300 though without cheating even with max xp settings, and be sane. MIght take 4000 hours on one guy, its unknown.

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I'd be curious to know if B134 would fix my performance problems and the problem does indeed lie in changes between B134 and the later build.

Unfortunately i don't have access to B134.

 

100% agree. I would assume lyes in whatevere got chaged from 134 to 139

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Then it turns into A17 where you need every perk in the game just to feel basic. Not everyone thinks building or mining is fun. The best tools are under "loot".

I understand your point of view. But the same thing can be said about mine. If you have every tool gated behind 1 single perk, then how is it different to a17 int? Your point stands as there is only one tool to do one thing efficiently in tiers and yet...

 

This is a tricky one. The best move then is to level tool quality according to the player progression. A similar system to HP and stamina. You get to level 10? Ok orange. You get to level 20? Ok yellow and so on.

Tools are tools. You are forcing Miner and Building and Gatherer and Harvester and Repairing tipes to choose Miner69r.

 

Does this suggestion bring level gating back? Nah. It's just like an enemy auteleveling system while limiting exploits and , as you say, you can also get'em in loot.

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Please don't try to hem me in with your complaint. I have what you would consider to be a 'low end' graphics card but am having no problems with playing the game.

 

Agreed. I've been playing since A9.0 on my trusty 7 year old 2500K with midrange cards (260 > 560 > 760) and everything looked and played fine. For A18 I went a bit crazy and got a whole new system especially for it - a 9900K (OC'd to 4.9GHz each of the 8 cores) with a 2080RTX Super (Slightly OC'd), 32GB RAM, and the performance and appearance has remained roughly similar with me now playing in 4K res?

 

Whatever causes slowdowns in the game doesn't seem to be something that throwing money at CPUs, GPUs, RAM, faster SSDs etc can currently fix - seems like the game is still just unoptimised yet. Not that longterm players with thousands of playhours (2300 and counting...) judge the alpha state game on such things. We come here for the gameplay and anything else is a plus.

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I Honestly cannot for the life of me, understand how people game at horse #$^! settings. That would make me go bonkers and quit PC gaming all together!!!

#PCmasterrace

 

What screen resolution are you trying to play at?

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everyone is complaining about fps drop, but together with fps drop I also got bunch of flashing pixels all around terrain hehehe xDDD

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Edited by Bashtiks (see edit history)

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I Honestly cannot for the life of me, understand how people game at horse #$^! settings. That would make me go bonkers and quit PC gaming all together!!!

#PCmasterrace

 

I would like to think it's because people like Tetrameth and myself have learned how to manage perceptions and expectations. Not everyone may have the capabilities to have high end gaming rigs. (I built a $6000 Gigabyte based rig 4 years ago that placed #124 out of millions on 3Dmark. BUt I can't afford to do that again...)

 

I would like to think of it this way:

 

I Honestly cannot for the life of me, understand how people would play anything besides 7 Days To Die with any kind of rig capable of doing so. That would make me go bonkers and quit PC gaming all together!!!

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300. IMO its kind of pointless, you don't play skyim or fallout with every perk, you make a build with strengths and weaknesses. I typically restart after 100 hours or so around level 80, its enough for me. With one tree maxed out around level 50 if your smart, you will be a killing machine. Being a killing machine in all weapons is pointless. At 100 hours you will have most the books and pretty close to the best gear, so its kinda meh after that IMO. But to each his own, I don't think anyone can get to level 300 though without cheating even with max xp settings, and be sane. MIght take 4000 hours on one guy, its unknown.

 

That's how YOU play, let's be clear. =) Your game, your rules. But let's not forget that other people play this game too. ;)

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Sitting inside a dimly lit building on night 2 crafting an extra torch so I could see when I hear a wandering horde run right past my base. Didn’t see a thing but heard a LOT of feet running by...that was f&$king awesome!

 

Thanks for making the nights scary again TFP!

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I Honestly cannot for the life of me, understand how people game at horse #$^! settings. That would make me go bonkers and quit PC gaming all together!!!

#PCmasterrace

 

You seem to be new here, so welcome to the forums. Try running a google search for the definition of 'alpha' also, whilst you are at it, learn about the differences between a game with a static environment as opposed to a fully destructible environment.

 

As I said, I'm so sorry to hear that you cannot get your mind past your 'numbers game' to enjoy 7dtd. Meanwhile I'll be over there enjoying myself, hope to see you there soon.

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The hatch elevator no longer works with a18. How rude.

 

It was a dirty trick that should have been removed long ago. Take the stairs like the rest of us mortals. :p

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There should be wilderness POIS spread between towns to keep things interesting, but maybe there is a bug in the burnt biome, I haven't spent a ton of time there.

 

There is a small chance for ferals to spawn at night, so you have been lucky so far I would say. Lots of people are getting rekt, and I will tell you that you got very lucky to not have died so far, because it happens. One great game, then a really rough one can happen.

 

Theres a nearby town, and world deco looks more dense there.

 

I'm on day 14, and unlocked the bicycle on day 12, and that weels about right. (btw the run toggle for the bike is PERFECT! Hat's off to Fataal for getting that in before launch. I hope he managed to that to all the vehicles, because it feels aaa control wise now.

 

On my i7 6700 and 1060 3gb, I'm getting about 50 fps average at 2k, so the only disappointment is the medium textures, and that horrible looking tiling distant terrain texture. I'd rather see it blurred than almost mistake ground for skyscrapers.

 

Play wise the game feels GREAT! I see why MM loves a18 so much!

 

There are some crafting dumb downs that feel like over simplification to me:

 

I liked making tallow for candles. That makes real world sense, and added satisfaction to finally getting fat to base and making them.

 

It makes sense to me that mechanical things repair with repair kits, but repairing tools IMHO was better the old way, requiring their base material. Fixing steel tools and wrenches is too easy now, since I don't have steel now. Looting is great, but crafting needs to have some depth and value as well, and I think its possibly been over simplified fr the Fortnite crowd.

 

(Fortunately the old material repair is mostly easy to rix in xml.)

 

And I did finally get wrecked at night coming back to base overloaded. I still haven't found a mining helmet, and in the dark I couldn't see well enough to react fast enough to a feral. Lesson learned.

 

Are mining helmets craftable by found recipe only now, or can flashlights go into other headgear? 2 game weeks without head lamps is annoying.

 

I also have yet to find where the perks are to craft better quality tools. I have the nerd glasses and fgured they should allow me to craft tier 2 shovels, but I still only crafted a teir 1. (Which I can craft without the glasses.) Maybe the nerdy glasses have a bug?

 

FWIW, a18 already beat the pants off a17 here for me, and is restoring that old a16/a15 love again.

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I get different color flashes when I uses my scroll wheel. Blue, etc....

 

I have to admit though, much more 3 D or lifelike, feel like I could hop right in the Car & drive off, nice job...

 

No problem with performance or FPS with a 4 GB card & 16GB R, CPU is fast

 

RWWG is totally broken for my AMD, even prefab, just the color flashes in NAV.

Edited by spacepiggio (see edit history)

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300. IMO its kind of pointless, you don't play skyim or fallout with every perk, you make a build with strengths and weaknesses. I typically restart after 100 hours or so around level 80, its enough for me. With one tree maxed out around level 50 if your smart, you will be a killing machine. Being a killing machine in all weapons is pointless. At 100 hours you will have most the books and pretty close to the best gear, so its kinda meh after that IMO. But to each his own, I don't think anyone can get to level 300 though without cheating even with max xp settings, and be sane. MIght take 4000 hours on one guy, its unknown.

 

You'll be surprised how many of us will get to 300 and 1000 hours in a solo gameplay if you keep adding cool stuff.

 

Level 300 is, current a18 system, about day 700ish. I played one multiplayer game with a couple of friends in a17.4 for 203 hours and got to level 198.

It's not uncommon to see servers running for several hundred hours.

 

Aim for 1000 hours of thrilling content and we will be buying coffee mugs until the rise of the robots.

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Small request. Can there be a chance that there are NO mountains on maps? Seems like the only flat areas are the cities and roads. I live in a mountainous area and these maps are crazy.

 

I'm wondering if all these mountains are what's causing the FPS drop.

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