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Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!  

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  1. 1. Alpha 18 Dev Diary!!

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I am so looking forward to A18! My playstyle evolves in stages. I play with a large group of people on RWG and some I'm peaceful with, others I pvp and raid, but still are friends out of server. First week or 2 I'm a nomad, scavenging book stores and food, looking for beautiful or hidden places with water and, a trader or 2 nearby. It also lets me remove FoW on my map. After that I make a garden with seeds and food I gathered, usually 10x15, with preference to potatoes, corn, mushrooms, and cloth.

 

Once food is underway, I start base building, sometimes it's underground, sometimes it's a mini castle with a moat. My personal favorite is to make an Ewok village in the trees using walkways and pine trees (Pinetrees are always my aesthetic, and I plant them near bases I've raided as a calling card... And so the server admin knows who did it when a rando on the server complains that I somehow cheated. Nope, I'm retired and will spend hours on your base, my friend)

 

After the base is at least locked and started, I then start horde base at least 1 km away. with all the new thing my current designs wont work, so that will be fun. All the while focusing on crafting, scavenging, and harvesting skills, with weapons of choice being Bows and Pistols, being silent and ammo efficient, while requiring skill to get the damage.

 

I am super looking forward to playing with my friends again on this (not on 7dtd right now so I don't burn out before A18) and coming up with new base design builds, and working out the puzzle that will be other peoples bases..

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My favorite bugs have been food bugs. There was one in 16 or 17 where it was dropping constantly and I had to scramble to keep myself fed. Just yesterday I noticed cardio perks didn't apply to a bicycle, try sprint pedaling with -30 cold (thats how much protection I would need to be comfy). My food bar was dropping 50% in half a mile. Then after that, harvest stopped working so hunting was 100% useless, so all I could do was use canned food and what I had.

 

That said, I love a hard game but a lot of people don't. I'd like to improve vanilla food balance a bit more, and later expose options to make it really hard early game.

 

Madmole,

in regards to Temperature ..which didnt work in A17 and has been said to be an A19 thing.... has it at least been tweaked that you can survive and not walk around sweating or shivering every 5 minutes as you walk from one biome to another. I was giving everyone on my server a Pimps pink skin that was +-100 hot and cold. Only way to make it work??

 

Coughs * RELEASE the Kraken* Coughs

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So Madmole. I asked this when A17 was released and am going to ask again. Why hasn't your avatar changed? I thought it was tradition now than with each new alpha you would change your avatar. If I am not mistaken the one you have now is the one you used for A16.

 

#avatargate

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My playthrough is simple. Loot small garage and wasteland pois getting the same loot I would from a bigger, more dangerous ones, til day 5, then find some sturdy poi and chop out access to the top with my stone axe, then survive day 7.

 

...repeat method until I have enough stuff to start my own base.

 

Oh, and I die a few times in between due to fully owned stupidity.

 

Keeps the GS low, too, making my day to day lighter. :)

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Eh, I think we have all been very patient, especially considering the original release date goal was around July. Then that slipped and became August. Now we're in mid-September and still no solid release date to look forward to.

 

A lot of us understand the nature of game development. I myself work in software (was a developer, now I manage teams) and I understand that release dates slip. The concern here is that this is slowly becoming another A17. I bet most people here would prefer smaller content patches with a 4-6 week release cadence over these large ones that seem to constantly suffer from massive scope creep and repeatedly missed deadlines. Think about it: most people probably play for 4-6 weeks before "finishing" a game anyway. Wouldn't it be awesome if a new patch hit right around then?

 

For example, to me, it makes sense to make one patch solely about weapons, another one solely about survival mechanics, another one solely about new zombie AI, etc. rather than cram as much as possible into a single patch. If balance is a concern, you can have periodic (e.g. twice a year) balance patches to round things out.

 

It's probably too late for this now, but something to keep in mind for 7 Days To Die 2, maybe.

 

Agreed, we're talking about making a small 19 possibly before Christmas and push some big stuff to 20 or 21 for that very reason.

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Black is more than a little cliche. If you have something akin to British racing green I'll be more than happy. :-)

 

 

 

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There is red green brown black yellow orange purple pink.

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There is red green brown black yellow orange purple pink.

 

Huh, all we need is a blue and we can play pvp snooker :-)

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There is red green brown black yellow orange purple pink.

 

You know what would be a (probably) simple addition to 7DTD? Instead of monochromatic dyes there's just one dye but you can mod the RGB values directly. That would be a cool change for a small 19.

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will A18 have any more uses for Diamonds?

 

I started a modlet of diamond tools - they take steel tools and add diamond tips to make them like maxed out tools where in A16 so 1 shot stone (500dmg)

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So Madmole. I asked this when A17 was released and am going to ask again. Why hasn't your avatar changed? I thought it was tradition now than with each new alpha you would change your avatar. If I am not mistaken the one you have now is the one you used for A16.

 

#avatargate

 

I dunno, got lazy I guess.

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Huh, all we need is a blue and we can play pvp snooker :-)

 

I forgot blue, its there too.

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You know what would be a (probably) simple addition to 7DTD? Instead of monochromatic dyes there's just one dye but you can mod the RGB values directly. That would be a cool change for a small 19.

 

Then players can make ugly ass saturated clown garbage and make our game look worse than it already does, no thanks.

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will A18 have any more uses for Diamonds?

 

I started a modlet of diamond tools - they take steel tools and add diamond tips to make them like maxed out tools where in A16 so 1 shot stone (500dmg)

 

There is a diamond tip mod you can craft for certain tools once you find the right mining book.

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There is a diamond tip mod you can craft for certain tools once you find the right mining book.

 

awesome! better not be any creepers around when I find it :)

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Thanks for the update! The terrain looks really nice. So many graphical improvements. Please feel free to share any of these videos. We probably don't care what it is.

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Its disabled until stealth feels good. We may or may not bring it back, if we do it would probably need a rewrite so much code has changed since then. First things first, bandits.

 

Oh great! Smell is getting ready to come back and the first thing we are going to smell is a bunch of bandits? Sheesh. ;)

 

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The next alpha number is a code name for some future alpha. Would is code name for hopefully. When I say 19, it might mean 20, 21 etc.

 

Now your trolling. :)

 

Careful, I think some of Roland's bad happit's are rubbing off on you.

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It's going to be so nice mining. The ores look so much better.

 

Yes and you can FIND them by the new surface tells.

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i never complain about bugs because well if there are no bugs it would feel like its full game, what would mean nothing will change about it anymore and that would be sad :( BUt i do agree that well the waiting is a bit long feeling like its alpha 17 again comes a tiny bit more to the front of my mind. But i keep hoping i can play it this month even if its just 1 day before the next month.

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I was just playing, and started thinking about the brass in A18.

I know we will have more ways to obtain it, but will it still be a thing that you can get more out of things if you smelt them directly as opposed to scrapping first?

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@madmole, thank you for the video but I honestly think that you should gate loot. Finding a level 6 gun in the first week is kind of ridiculous, realistically the best stuff you could possibly find is 4. Level 6s spoil the rest of the variations of that gun you find until the next level 6 you find (which is probably going to be a long, long time), the chance to find a level 6 shouldn't roll around until about the same time that hordes start getting intense IMO

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