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2nd this. Make them much smaller like rocks and scatter say 8 or so in random orientations over a 3x3 block area which would make them more interesting to find rather than standing out across the map. Gives a prospecting feel.

 

Yeah whatever. Took me 2 in game days on a minibike to find one shale. If anything they need to be bigger.

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Are there any plans for an end game? ( build a rocket, fly to moon and leave happily ever after :) )

 

Fallout had an end game and people raged so they patched it out. You will be able to deal with the antagonist of your choice and then continue sandbox play.

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The wasteland is full of dogs, wights, cops. If that doesn't fill your criteria perhaps you can wait a bit until we get game staged city volumes right now we don't have that fine of control yet.

 

I have a question will you be changing zombies spawns in pois because I could enter like an ordinary house like im lvl 100 and I could be bombarded with ferals and some times irradiated will there be specific zombie spawns per tier of the poi? for example shotgun messiah factory tier 4 many irradiated zombs and ferals mansion tier 3 ferals and a chance of irradiates zombies working stiff tools normal zombies with a chance of ferals and tier 1 buildings with normal zombies with a very slight chance of ferals I posted this because it can get annoying when you have to spend so much of your ammo on normal pois and don't have much of a reward depending on where you are if you see this joel could you please inform me if this is subject to change or not

 

thank you

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Baseball bat parts.. for real???

 

How does that even work, are they not supposed to be made from one piece of wood or aluminium?

 

Its an abstraction. All T2 and T3 firearms are made with parts and all T3 melee weapons are made with parts. Imagine finding some old aluminum bats that were bent / broke, then cutting off the broken parts, then welding them all into one good one. Its much easier to think of ak47 parts, but we wanted a uniform design for crafting these items and parts had to come into play.

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My hint giving ego has been badly bruised. I’m feeling too vulnerable to risk giving another clue.

 

There is obviously a clue in there! What is he saying?? Bruising… Ego...

 

A Sanity stat?

Some injures to the player that can only heal over time?

Bruising will show level of damage to the player?

 

 

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haha that is all mods really are, the parts system re-branded. I just hope you can find/loot a bat and use it. Then get mods to trick it out after. Read/use the schematic. Once you read it, you are now able to make a wood bat at a workbench. I want my "Zombieville Slugger" :) Make an Aluminum bat version a find only.

 

Mods are about 500x more in depth than the A16 parts offered. Some people imagine the past grander than it really was.

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Fallout had an end game and people raged so they patched it out. You will be able to deal with the antagonist of your choice and then continue sandbox play.

 

1) Build a space ship.

2) Fly to the New World Orders space station (That orbits earth EVERY 7 DAYS!).

3) Destroy the transmitter that causes blood moon hordes.

4) Find a way to get back home with the stations only nuclear generator.

5) Win! or build a city for survivors and lead a brave new world.

 

:)

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Yes the realism argument, hence I modded those things you mentioned in the previous alphas and will do again this time around if they keep being silly about it. But the baseball bat being able to be crafted from broken baseball bats is just one step to far where it is no longer gameplay convenience anymore but just plain on ridicule.

 

Anyway it seems they have a system they want to introduce and cram everything into it for the sake of streamlining, I get that part. Just sometimes you also need some exceptions to keep things believable.

 

Sorry but at the end of the day it is the best design.

 

Allowing top tier weapons to be made from basic mats is bad, any jerk can mass produce them and suddenly T6 baseball bats have zero value, the entire team has them because one guy can make them from common mats.

 

This causes economy issues because you can sell them to traders for a small fortune. (A17 armor crafting and selling for example)

 

It makes finding lesser quality weapons completely worthless. Now you can scrap them to ____ parts and save them up for a better crafted version someday.

 

Now you get to sell them for a decent price, because they have unique rare ingredients.

 

Now you aren't grinding 100's of mechanical parts for everything. You look for more specific parts, and when you find them it feels rewarding instead of, oh I'll just go grind cars and shopping carts apart with my wrench and craft the entire world from that.

 

So a few melee weapons are made from parts, that is much more immersive and good for game play, looting, trading, economy than crafting all weapons from basic materials.

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wait so why would a baseball bat have parts but a club doesn't? I can understand some Melle weapons having parts like swords or Spears but not baseball bats. heck you might as well make the club have parts also.

 

Since tier 2 tools are made from basic parts, it made sense that tier 2 melee parts were made from basic parts as well. Why would I go after iron club parts when I can make a fire axe from forged iron, wood, some leather and duct tape? It would put strength and tools at a huge advantage over the other attributes and their weapons.

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Any news on making cvars trackable on the HUD?

 

I think Robert got it in Friday, I saw a variable on a buff I'd never seen it on before.

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How does the fortitude build feel? Still have any doubts? This will probably be the first spec I try so just curious.

 

Its badass. The spiked knuckles take 3 ranks, then you start getting ragdoll knockdowns and can finish your victim while he is in a stupor. Combined with the health regen, heavy armor I rarely pull out the Ak except when I'm surrounded or on horde night. I punched a boar out cold, then two more shots gibbed his head, it felt so satisfying. I also knocked a feral out cold with one punch, and then beat it to death before it could recover.

 

Keep in mind as long as you land a head punch you cannot get infected because you knocked out their teeth.

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damn joel I just noticed how ripped you are in your forum picture you into any wrestling?

 

Hey thanks. I used to do some tae kwon do and a bit of karate, and wrestled in school a bit. I was too skinny growing up to be good at sports though, I didn't get big until my 30's. I just lift weights to stay in shape these days. I have a bag and mat though and throw some elbows, knees and kicks at once in a while lol. I was doing head and hand stands a few years ago, but quit doing that. Its really good strength training. I was doing 22 chin ups at 210 pounds then. 17 pull ups I think.

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I have a question will you be changing zombies spawns in pois because I could enter like an ordinary house like im lvl 100 and I could be bombarded with ferals and some times irradiated will there be specific zombie spawns per tier of the poi? for example shotgun messiah factory tier 4 many irradiated zombs and ferals mansion tier 3 ferals and a chance of irradiates zombies working stiff tools normal zombies with a chance of ferals and tier 1 buildings with normal zombies with a very slight chance of ferals I posted this because it can get annoying when you have to spend so much of your ammo on normal pois and don't have much of a reward depending on where you are if you see this joel could you please inform me if this is subject to change or not

 

thank you

 

We've done a huge balance pass to ensure its rewarding.

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wait you can deal fatigue damage now @mm?

 

Its not fatigue. You can stun them, knock them down, and the last rank you have a better chance to gib their head. Its similar to clubs/sledges that knock enemies down.

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Its badass. The spiked knuckles take 3 ranks, then you start getting ragdoll knockdowns and can finish your victim while he is in a stupor. Combined with the health regen, heavy armor I rarely pull out the Ak except when I'm surrounded or on horde night. I punched a boar out cold, then two more shots gibbed his head, it felt so satisfying. I also knocked a feral out cold with one punch, and then beat it to death before it could recover.

 

Keep in mind as long as you land a head punch you cannot get infected because you knocked out their teeth.

 

 

OMG! That sounds too fun!

 

OK, I'm convinced, go ahead and give me access to A18 and I'll help you... test! :)

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If i were to add a death penalty to myself, i would have it to where you start backpeddling in levels, where you could say the ptsd of dying has caused you to suffer amnesia in areas, so say your level 65, and you die 3 times in a row trying to gather your stuff, now you are level 57 and some perks are lost to you, would make for more incentive not to die I think, but thats just me.

 

We could add a hardcore mode where when you die you start at level 1 again, activated in the menu before starting up the world, just my thoughts.

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If i were to add a death penalty to myself, i would have it to where you start backpeddling in levels, where you could say the ptsd of dying has caused you to suffer amnesia in areas, so say your level 65, and you die 3 times in a row trying to gather your stuff, now you are level 57 and some perks are lost to you, would make for more incentive not to die I think, but thats just me.

 

We could add a hardcore mode where when you die you start at level 1 again, activated in the menu before starting up the world, just my thoughts.

 

as in A17, dying will make you lose main skills 2 points, so you cannot use other perk for 30 minutes. But if you want complete lost of perk then i see it advantage. Suppose you are level 10 you just make forge, now you want cycle .. just dye and level up again by the time you reach 10 you now had forge and cycle both at level 10.. I am not saying this is idle scenario. but dying actually become a way to reset your skill points, and take advantage of it to master onething. bake yourself 100 Hob stew, dye and then use that extra point somewhere else.

 

Now, if you say then levelling agian don't give him points, then a poor guys who is not good at it [hence dying], will lose all perk point once he died 100 times in game ...

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So uh, what exactly are the "parts" that make up a baseball bat?

 

...the answer will either assuage concerns or fire them up. :)

 

Baseball bat parts are a completely reasonable thing. Composite bats can use a combination of parts; For example, a wooden composite bat typically consists of a plastic foam core surrounded by woven layers of resin-impregnated synthetic fibers. Some bats are wooden with cork centers or even ceramic centers. They have greatly increased hitting power than the 1 part wooden bats.

 

Although you won't find these bats in MLB. They are legal in most other leagues. That said, even the wooden ones require some fine tools to make, otherwise we might call them clubs.

 

I will choose the multi-part baseball bat for hitting zombies. All those who don't like baseball bat parts can remain ignorant and let us have all the fun. :smile-new:

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"...I'll just go grind cars and shopping carts apart with my wrench.."

Hold up, you can take apart shopping carts with a wrench! I had no idea.

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As much as I like the new models for the lead-ore and the potassium-ore, I don't like the oil-shale model very much. In no way does the shape, size and form of the model shown on Twitter resemble what you guys would call oil-shale. Of course I understand in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter one tiny bit, but still..

 

Daddy is not angry, daddy is disappointed!

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Will alpha 18 be going to streamers first or will the public get it the same time? I know i do not have to watch the streamers play it but just enjoy the surprise more of seeing everything for the first time when you start a new game

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I posted a few screens on twitter. The balance is really feeling tight now, I'm loving A18 more than any version before.

 

I notice that on one of them you say:

 

Gas is nerfed so you need to mine shale to have tons of fuel, so finding this shale mine felt very rewarding!

 

I'm curious about where you consider the correct balance on fuel quantities to be and what you consider to be "tons".

 

Basically, is the intent that you will have to mine if you want to use a vehicle?

 

Or is the intent that light vehicle use will still be feasible on scavenged gas and you'll only have to mine shale if you use one constantly and also run generators most of the time?

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Its badass. The spiked knuckles take 3 ranks, then you start getting ragdoll knockdowns and can finish your victim while he is in a stupor. Combined with the health regen, heavy armor I rarely pull out the Ak except when I'm surrounded or on horde night. I punched a boar out cold, then two more shots gibbed his head, it felt so satisfying. I also knocked a feral out cold with one punch, and then beat it to death before it could recover.

 

Keep in mind as long as you land a head punch you cannot get infected because you knocked out their teeth.

Can you visually see the knocking out of their teeth? A teeth particle coming out of the mouth when you punch the zombie would be badass.

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