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4 hours ago, Endy Gainer said:

I feel like having a quick way to shed armor or save loadouts so that you can equip or remove from inventory (and failing if the pieces aren't there/you don't have enough room) would go a long way toward more people doing that. I tried doing it myself a few times, but it dramatically slows down the pacing of everything when you have to navigate menus and drag half a dozen things around every couple of minutes if you decide to fight what you come across, explore a POI, or get surprised by a sudden horde. Of course, programming that when any given piece of equipment is modifiable could be a logistical nightmare, so eh.

 

I just feel like this sort of advice isn't really all that applicable to a lot of people. There are plenty of people who are minimalists when it comes to inventory and don't want to take up half their backpack slots with stuff designed to make travel suck less when travel could just suck less to begin with, you know? I personally always carry coffee with me since I'm an explorer by nature, but I think it's important to think about how other people might not have the same views we do, and it can be counter-productive to effectively say, "You're doing it wrong, do this."

I never intended to sound like do it my way or the highway. But it is a very viable and super quick thing to do. There is no dragging and drop, you simply shift click off, shift click on and only scrap/leather/iron pieces, padded have no penalty and can stay on, so typically its 1-2 pieces before I get a bicycle. You shift click it back on too. I see a lot of people play that don't use shift click and they lose hours doing their slow dragging and dropping all the time for every action.

If you even watch me play with Rick and Lathan there was a scene were they were in front of me, I stopped, took off my heavy stuff, and then ran right by them, so in the grand scheme of things, it is faster. I treat it like mega crush though. Once I take my armor off I am in sprint mode and will not stop for distractions or combat unless its an easy zed I know I can kill with one shot to the face because it is easy to forget your armor is off and get messed up.


If you are traveling to the POI without 5 free slots for armor then I have to question your inventory management choices :) Coming home is different, but steroids help. I will hit up gas stations and tennis court concessions though I see for mega crush, that is a must have early game. Otherwise I don't get sidetracked when going to the POI because daylight is burning and I can't stand crouching in an attic at night, I like to get back to base, organize and mine for whatever is left of the evening.

3 hours ago, Taiga34 said:

Sorry, but this issue has actually been plaguing me through every Alpha  since i started in A16.

Dynamic resolution in A19 has nothing to do with it.

I'm just kinda stumped on what is causing it. I've even tried to change the values in Regedit and it still happens, on both A18 and A19.

Sounds like wherever those values are saved it is read only?

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15 minutes ago, madmole said:

How hard is it to just exit the game and reload it? I am usually afk anyway and its noon by the time I notice my game started, so I start a new game using the same seed I just baked. Like I start a new game when I'm going to dinner so when I come back it's ready to play so I just start a new one using the map and delete that save.

Yeah. That's singleplayer alright. In multiplayer by the time you spawn and restart you have lost around 1 ingame hour in weak systems (as a client even more) . Not nice if you ask me. 

A simple solution would be starting the game sooner in the morning to allow restarts if coding in a reset takes away from dev time.

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4 hours ago, MechanicalLens said:

 

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My day 7 horde base.

Copycat. Except for the cheese ramp. Just kidding :)Is that for you to get in? Actually I don't do overhead bars nor do I use spikes anymore, they just steal my EXP.

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2 minutes ago, madmole said:

Copycat. Except for the cheese ramp. Just kidding :)Is that for you to get in? Actually I don't do overhead bars nor do I use spikes anymore, they just steal my EXP.

Yeah, I'm sick and tired of designing every base I have ever made without a legitimate entrance/exit. Haha. I'm the sort of person to erect the walls around me before realizing that I forgot to add a door.

 

Sure, call me a copycat if you want. But I learned from the best. ;)

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SCORE!!! Score, score, score!!!

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14 minutes ago, madmole said:

I never intended to sound like do it my way or the highway. But it is a very viable and super quick thing to do. There is no dragging and drop, you simply shift click off, shift click on and only scrap/leather/iron pieces, padded have no penalty and can stay on, so typically its 1-2 pieces before I get a bicycle. You shift click it back on too. I see a lot of people play that don't use shift click and they lose hours doing their slow dragging and dropping all the time for every action.

If you even watch me play with Rick and Lathan there was a scene were they were in front of me, I stopped, took off my heavy stuff, and then ran right by them, so in the grand scheme of things, it is faster. I treat it like mega crush though. Once I take my armor off I am in sprint mode and will not stop for distractions or combat unless its an easy zed I know I can kill with one shot to the face because it is easy to forget your armor is off and get messed up.


If you are traveling to the POI without 5 free slots for armor then I have to question your inventory management choices :) Coming home is different, but steroids help. I will hit up gas stations and tennis court concessions though I see for mega crush, that is a must have early game. Otherwise I don't get sidetracked when going to the POI because daylight is burning and I can't stand crouching in an attic at night, I like to get back to base, organize and mine for whatever is left of the evening.

Sounds like wherever those values are saved it is read only?

Lol...you would be surprised how many people are hoarders in game and irl....thus the poor inventory management skills and the desire for bigger backpacks...😂

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Anyone noticed that the reload animation of the Hunting rifle is shaky AF?

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11 minutes ago, madmole said:

I never intended to sound like do it my way or the highway. But it is a very viable and super quick thing to do. There is no dragging and drop, you simply shift click off, shift click on and only scrap/leather/iron pieces, padded have no penalty and can stay on, so typically its 1-2 pieces before I get a bicycle. You shift click it back on too. I see a lot of people play that don't use shift click and they lose hours doing their slow dragging and dropping all the time for every action.

Honestly, since I stumbled upon the "deleting second stack bug due to shift clicking a second stack in your inventory when in the process of consuming something from the first stack when having two stacks of  the same consumable both full or not" bug, I prefer dragging and dropping in certain cases.

 

That one makes me cry.

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3 minutes ago, Laz Man said:

Lol...you would be surprised how many people are hoarders in game and irl....thus the poor inventory management skills and the desire for bigger backpacks...😂

7 Days to Die does teach the player some valuable life lessons. You know, like selfish hoarding, last minute prep, so forth. 😂

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48 minutes ago, madmole said:

How hard is it to just exit the game and reload it? I am usually afk anyway and its noon by the time I notice my game started, so I start a new game using the same seed I just baked. Like I start a new game when I'm going to dinner so when I come back it's ready to play so I just start a new one using the map and delete that save.

Those will always be possible. The goal is to make enough random AI that no one trick is 100% successful.

You should call that a cheese corridor, big difference. Cheese tactics should not persist, but solid ones like a true kill corridor should, with the goal of them not being 100% effective, or at least not for very long or at a cost that is easily sustainable.

That works for me 200%, I know there will always be cheese tatics no matter how good you make the game, its a fact of life.

 

Only thing is it Gouda, Chedder or Feta. 😛

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14 minutes ago, MechanicalLens said:

7 Days to Die does teach the player some valuable life lessons. You know, like selfish hoarding, last minute prep, so forth. 😂

so what i do normally? 

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2 hours ago, madmole said:

The biggest deal I think  would be collecting book and schematics, and dealing with RNG just thinking about it, and food early on, and vehicle delay as crafting will be the only option.

Yeah food is a little rough but it's doable sorta, depends how many animals you find. Even though you guys added a little nerf to the new bookstores they still net a ridiculous number of books and schematics... hell you're likely to walk out the new crack a book with an anvil, crucible, gyrocopter, m60 schematic, and half of a cpl book series and random recipies lol.

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1 minute ago, Jugginator said:

Yeah food is a little rough but it's doable sorta, depends how many animals you find. Even though you guys added a little nerf to the new bookstores they still net a ridiculous number of books and schematics... hell you're likely to walk out the new crack a book with an anvil, crucible, gyrocopter, m60 schematic, and half of a cpl book series and random recipies lol.

lucky i Raided a store and i got only a BP for Pumpkin bread and a Reflex sight!

 

 

I WANT MY RATCHET! 

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20 minutes ago, Jugginator said:

Yeah food is a little rough but it's doable sorta, depends how many animals you find. Even though you guys added a little nerf to the new bookstores they still net a ridiculous number of books and schematics... hell you're likely to walk out the new crack a book with an anvil, crucible, gyrocopter, m60 schematic, and half of a cpl book series and random recipies lol.

Yeah but I typically find 1-2 crack a books my entire game, so it might be ok.. makes you WANT to go in there. I will pay attention next time though to see if it feels too OP.

19 minutes ago, Adam the Waster said:

lucky i Raided a store and i got only a BP for Pumpkin bread and a Reflex sight!

 

 

I WANT MY RATCHET! 

What is weird is 2 games ago I found lots of pumpkin seeds, and this game I have found 2 already, but my previous game I found 0, and I love my pumpkin cheesecake for the 5% discount and it is my favorite desert I craft 2x a year IRL.

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1 hour ago, madmole said:

Yeah but I typically find 1-2 crack a books my entire game, so it might be ok.. makes you WANT to go in there. I will pay attention next time though to see if it feels too OP.

What is weird is 2 games ago I found lots of pumpkin seeds, and this game I have found 2 already, but my previous game I found 0, and I love my pumpkin cheesecake for the 5% discount and it is my favorite desert I craft 2x a year IRL.

Yeah to be fair that's true and possibly good to have a lot in there for co op MP. I suppose m60, sniper rifle, millitary armor, gyro accessories, crucible, iron tools, baseball bat, half a dozen mods and lota of several book series was a knee jerk reaction to needs a nerf if they're rare

 

Speaking of pumpkin cheese cake, grain alcohol?! Eww lmao. I know it's for balance reasons though.

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48 minutes ago, madmole said:

Yeah but I typically find 1-2 crack a books my entire game, so it might be ok.. makes you WANT to go in there. I will pay attention next time though to see if it feels too OP.

What is weird is 2 games ago I found lots of pumpkin seeds, and this game I have found 2 already, but my previous game I found 0, and I love my pumpkin cheesecake for the 5% discount and it is my favorite desert I craft 2x a year IRL.

Need to confirm through a full playthrough but there are just so many loot containers that have chance at schematics.  So when have more book POIs PLUS all those other loot containers in other POIs, it can get OP pretty quick.  This is a tough one, its very subjective and obviously RNG.  Balancing fun vs progression vs SP vs COOP vs MP is no fun task...glad its not my job lol...

 

Edit:  Maybe this is where the loot abundance setting comes into play.  I normally play 100% but have heard in the past sometimes anything lower is sometimes too drastic...

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48 minutes ago, madmole said:

Yeah but I typically find 1-2 crack a books my entire game, so it might be ok.. makes you WANT to go in there. I will pay attention next time though to see if it feels too OP.

What is weird is 2 games ago I found lots of pumpkin seeds, and this game I have found 2 already, but my previous game I found 0, and I love my pumpkin cheesecake for the 5% discount and it is my favorite desert I craft 2x a year IRL.

do you make it with grain alcohol????? 

 

 

damn now im hungry!

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Day 13, and I crafted my motorcycle. Acid was holding me back I finally found some medical containers and got the two I needed for two wheels. Makes me think 2 acid per wheel would be a bit better, what do you guys think?

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Day 13, and I crafted my motorcycle. Acid was holding me back I finally found some medical containers and got the two I needed for two wheels. Makes me think 2 acid per wheel would be a bit better, what do you guys think?

Day 9 and I can craft a motorcycle right now if I wished, although I won't due to a lack of petrol.

 

2 acid sounds fair. To be fair though, I haven't crafted any tires in A19; I've found all of mine (6 total) in cars.

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6 minutes ago, Jugginator said:

Yeah to be fair that's true and possibly good to have a lot in there for co op MP. I suppose m60, sniper rifle, millitary armor, gyro accessories, crucible, iron tools, baseball bat, half a dozen mods and lota of several book series was a knee jerk reaction to needs a nerf if they're rare

 

Speaking of pumpkin cheese cake, grain alcohol?! Eww lmao. I know it's for balance reasons though.

Leveled books are coming so you guys won't be finding crucibles or tier 3 schematics on day 1, that should help a bit with the "game over" feeling when you totally luck out, and we can weed out the "1 pocket" stuff or diminish its chance a bit later game so you have a better chance of getting something good since there is a less chance of getting something crappy ish.

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2 minutes ago, madmole said:

Day 13, and I crafted my motorcycle. Acid was holding me back I finally found some medical containers and got the two I needed for two wheels. Makes me think 2 acid per wheel would be a bit better, what do you guys think?

I think that’s a fair balance

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1 minute ago, madmole said:

Day 13, and I crafted my motorcycle. Acid was holding me back I finally found some medical containers and got the two I needed for two wheels. Makes me think 2 acid per wheel would be a bit better, what do you guys think?

Will take another look...I know there is a book that gives you more acid.  Wasteland treasures...Also, do acid barrels give acid now?

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4 minutes ago, Adam the Waster said:

do you make it with grain alcohol????? 

 

 

damn now im hungry!

Hah not IRL. The recipe called for bourbon but I wouldn't feel right feeding it to my kids and grandkids with booze in it.

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I don't think I've had to actually make a wheel in the last two alphas.  Acid just stacks up in my base.

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2 minutes ago, MechanicalLens said:

Day 9 and I can craft a motorcycle right now if I wished, although I won't due to a lack of petrol.

 

2 acid sounds fair. To be fair though, I haven't crafted any tires in A19; I've found all of mine (6 total) in cars.

Is there gamesparks data for what players are looting now?  That might tell the devs more objectively if things like acid are too rare or too common...

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Made a new RWG today.  Trader was literally across the street from where I spawned in.  These distances are gonna be exhausting.

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