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59 minutes ago, Zephanyah said:

I'm sure I am not the only one who thinks the amount of stone and bone tools is not only unnecessary, but also very very unrealistic. I mean the it is now there are hundreds of people who built stone tools. It is just annoying. I am really not a fan of this loot-based-on-day system. Maybe you already overthought this, but I didn't read it in the last update-notes.

Maybe all the stone tools you find were made by a single survivor who lived back in the days of A15 spam crafting.

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37 minutes ago, SnowDog1942 said:

 

I usually play without any armor or clothes -- until I need to go grocery shopping.

 

Edit:  I do put a towel on my chair though...

Why not to the grocery store? its a every day thing in Walmart! if you can't beat them, JOIN THEM!

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36 minutes ago, Pegasus said:

Although I do wish there was more of a visual difference between the dire wolf and the regular wolf ... now that the regular wolf is the same color and nearly the same size

*waiting for a dev to tell her she's blind and its fine like my response from them would be*

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3 hours ago, Pegasus said:

@madmole  any chance we're going to get a stable release today so we can waste ... ummm ... productively spend the entire weekend playing like mad people?

 

Pretty please?

I second!

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Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, STyK_ said:

let them take their time, we're going to have to live with this for the next four months to a year and I for one would like to not have random lag spikes. How long have you been here? You should know the answer before you even asked the question.

Since when did they release a Stable version and stop patching??? There are always a a19.1 .2 .3 .4

 

What a stable version does is allow many of us to start playing without worrying about a map wipe.

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1 minute ago, Laz Man said:

Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

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that is a damn good castle, i wish i had the patience to build that much

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1 minute ago, STyK_ said:

*waiting for a dev to tell her she's blind and its fine like my response from them would be*

Well, they are certainly able to do that.  I won't argue that I am legally blind without my glasses and almost so with my glasses.

 

However, since I did not accuse them of being out to get me, did not insult their intelligence, did not claim to be the best player in the entire world, nor did I say that I am playing the game on some ridiculously hard difficulty with a bunch of self imposed restrictions then claim that the game is unbalanced, I expect that they will either read it and not respond at this time or will respond with something showing that they've read my opinion (yes, my personal opinion, stated as such, not intended to be a response for the entire playing community at large) and perhaps additional comments showing that they may or may not have future changes in mind regarding said opinion.

 

In other words, I expect them to respond like the reasonable people that they are.

3 minutes ago, Laz Man said:

Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

Wow.  That is beautiful.

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3 minutes ago, Laz Man said:

Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

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Nice i tryed to make a bus station and i gave up in 5 Minutes

  

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3 minutes ago, Jim Shoe said:

Since when did they release a Stable version and stop patching??? There are always a a19.1 .2 .3 .4

 

What a stable version does is allow many of us to start playing without worrying about a map wipe.

yeah like the pathing at the end of A16 where the zeds were running in circles was just patched right? No it was like that till the next alpha.

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10 minutes ago, STyK_ said:

yeah like the pathing at the end of A16 where the zeds were running in circles was just patched right? No it was like that till the next alpha.

Yes of course, because one instance where a major overhaul was required while other issues were fixed with patches, completely validates your argument.  Just as one quote from 4 years ago completely validates your arguments regarding player satisfaction.

 

Not to mention that the company has had a complete overhaul since then and judging them by previous performance when they've made great strides in changing their business model is as unfair as judging the game now against previous alphas.

 

Life must be very nice on  your planet.  I really wish you'd return there.

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12 minutes ago, Pegasus said:

Yes of course, because one instance where a major overhaul was required while other issues were fixed with patches, completely validates your argument.  Just as one quote from 4 years ago completely validates your arguments regarding player satisfaction.

 

Life must be very nice on  your planet.  I really wish you'd return there.

Well yeah that's how you default builders seem to like it, only your opinions matter, scare anyone else off. Lets not forget trying to knock down anyone trying to do anything above and beyond or trying to prove a point.

IMO they could take another month if it got rid of the lag spikes.

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1 hour ago, madmole said:

No cloth is, it has zero penalties.

Instead of having separate clothing pieces we should find whole out fits that would specialize in a skill. The armor can still be pieces.

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Personally i like where the game is at, food is manageable if you focus on food very early should luck provide the seeds, tool progression feels nice for being tied to gamestage, now the amount of animals outside of pois feels normal and not overwhelming, heck i wouldnt mind the tool and item gain progression to be slowed down a little bit but doesnt have to be.

 

One thing i do hope happens though, is that on horde nights the hordes can be made to randomly attack player made blocks, like in my vid clip i posted they are targetting the weakest poing, also making it way to easy to fight them without trying, having random attacks all over the base or to blocks that are player made could make for some interesting and hilarious nights as well as some positive changes, thats about my only gripe so far.

1 minute ago, Zombiepoptard said:

Instead of having separate clothing pieces we should find whole out fits that would specialize in a skill. The armor can still be pieces.

kinda reminds me of diablo 2 legendary gear

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5 minutes ago, STyK_ said:

Well yeah that's how you default builders seem to like it, only your opinions matter, scare anyone else off. IMO they could take another month if it got rid of the lag spikes.

No, you're absolutely right. 

 

I, and the others like me, totally rely on past performances of the game, such as previous alphas, as future predictors of where the game is going to go, and don't accept the devs' word that they are making additional changes and are, in fact, already working on another Alpha and trying to get the game stable enough to release as Gold. I don't even rely on referencing a current alpha, such as a18 ... instead using alphas from years ago for my examples.

 

I also have a goal of forcing the game to be played one way and one way only and frequently impose ridiculous restrictions on myself then threaten to quit playing the game entirely if these ideas are not placed into the current game immediately because I do not have the self control to restrict myself to those self-imposed guidelines. I make frequent, derogatory comments about the devs, the game and any player who has a play style different from mine. 

 

Oh, wait, that's not me.  I must be thinking of someone else.

 

Yes, I am a default builder ... and I am not ashamed of the fact.  I enjoy the game as it was designed and I enjoy the game as it is modded to my specifications. I don't try to impose my play style on others and accept that different people have 1) different play styles and 2) different ability levels. 

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23 minutes ago, STyK_ said:

Well yeah that's how you default builders seem to like it, only your opinions matter, scare anyone else off. Lets not forget trying to knock down anyone trying to do anything above and beyond or trying to prove a point.

IMO they could take another month if it got rid of the lag spikes.

Other people's opinions matter because they state them politely.

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18 minutes ago, Pegasus said:

stuff

you totally left out how everything I suggested would be an option and could be turned off and on and wouldn't even effect you and your default building. If your going to pretend to be someone else get it right.

If I'm insulted I insult back, you do this too, worse then me in fact.

One thing you are right about though, I won't play pvp in its current state and I don't know how they will make it balanced and playable with the things they have done.

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47 minutes ago, Laz Man said:

Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

That, is just awesome. When i see that tiny dock down there, i know the picture just don't do justice to its ingame size. Absolutly mindblowing, well, if i had any mind left after my recent adventures.

 

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1 hour ago, Pegasus said:

Although I do wish there was more of a visual difference between the dire wolf and the regular wolf ... now that the regular wolf is the same color and nearly the same size, it's led to some very unpleasant surprises.  Maybe make the dire wolf more on a size with the new bear size.

We are redoing stuff, the dire wolf might get his own model.

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8 minutes ago, STyK_ said:

you totally left out how everything I suggested would be an option and could be turned off and on and wouldn't even effect you and your default building. If your going to pretend to be someone else get it right.

If I'm insulted I insult back, you do this too, worse then me in fact.

Perhaps if you expressed your opinions as opinions and not as gospel fact that must be fixed for all players to enjoy the game, they might be better received.

 

They also might be better received if they were presented with less vitriol aimed toward Madmole, the other game designers and all players who use cheesy exploits and play the "default" game.

 

It would also be helpful if you made an example using relevant information. It is no more fair to use reviews and comments about the game from four years ago than it is to compare a current Mustang to an original Model T. The game has evolved and continues to evolve. 

 

You do have some good ideas, which are being dismissed out of hand because of the way they are presented. Why would a developer take your idea seriously when you start off by saying that you know they're just going to ignore you because they are sucking up to the default builders?  Which, since the default builders are the game's core audience, shouldn't be viewed as a bad thing.

 

You also have some amazingly bad ideas, which are also dismissed out of hand because of the way they are presented. Someone disagreeing with your premise isn't insulting or attacking you ... but given how some of your ideas are presented and defended, then it shouldn't be a surprise when someone reacts negatively to the comments.

 

I have already apologized for going over the top in a previous post ... and I won't do so again.  But at some point, when the same thing keeps happening over and over, you might want to consider that possibly, just possibly, you are part of the problem and can be part of the solution.

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13 minutes ago, Kattla said:

That, is just awesome. When i see that tiny dock down there, i know the picture just don't do justice to its ingame size. Absolutly mindblowing, well, if i had any mind left after my recent adventures.

 

Yeah I will share more as it becomes more presentable...  I have alot of detail work to do... :)

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58 minutes ago, Laz Man said:

Happy Friday Everybody!  Since so many cool castles have been shared recently, I figured I would try my hand at making one finally.  Although its still a work in progress I wanted to share what I have so far.  @madmole Used your tower design for my round towers. :)

 

This castle is inspired by Chillon Castle in Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

Castle 05.jpg

A19.0_2020-08-07_10-27-37.jpg

Very nice! I think you could paint it with stucco and use the orange clay roof tiles for some of the roof towers. One thing that I've been doing lately is making sure the front of the castle is facing the sunset so you can get the amazing lighting at 7 pm or so that really makes a difference in how it looks in screen shots. I'm not sure but if you haven't added any some arrow slots would be a nice touch like int he original. Looks like it was a ton of work, kudos!

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3 minutes ago, madmole said:

We are redoing stuff, the dire wolf might get his own model.

Sweet!!! If not done by 19 Stable, if the change is applied (you did say "might"), my wife, daughter and I will have to make sure to try and look at their eyes before we start cussing. Then we'll probably cuss anyways regardless of which type it is, just because that's what we do. :D

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7 hours ago, Doctor3D said:

There is no "US" - everyone's idea of fun is different. An artist typically doesn't create something that a fan orders them to, the artist creates something and earns a fan. Nothing wrong with taking in feedback or liking an idea that someone proposes - but at the end of the day - they should make whatever they want to make...otherwise it would sink into a passionless creation that's influenced by only the loudest and without a clear vision.

Seems like thats the direction it's heading. But the problem with your statement is how they are "re" creating the product that I liked and purchased.

I didn't pay to have broken vulture swarms, or all the fun taken out of looting at lower levels.

Seems like Mad and the rest do a lot of listening to the squeaky wheels here instead of the majority.

And there is plenty of group think here as well, that just chirp on about how every change is great and "they" love it. Blerg..

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3 minutes ago, Demandred1957 said:

Seems like thats the direction it's heading. But the problem with your statement is how they are "re" creating the product that I liked and purchased.

I didn't pay to have broken vulture swarms, or all the fun taken out of looting at lower levels.

Seems like Mad and the rest do a lot of listening to the squeaky wheels here instead of the majority.

And there is plenty of group think here as well, that just chirp on about how every change is great and "they" love it. Blerg..

Quite the opposite, game is starting to shape up like the original kick starter video promises.  Sorry you fell in love with an alpha/iteration along the way.

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