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Loot Progression  

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  1. 1. How do you feel about the current loot progression within the context of the overall plan?

    • I hate it and want it reverted to the way it was in A18. The future sounds like it sucks.
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    • I dislike it but can live with it until it is fully developed. The future has some potential.
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    • I don't care about this. It was fine before and it is fine now and it will probably be fine in the future.
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    • I like it. I really like the direction this is going and the future sounds even better.
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    • I love it and want it to stay just like this. The future better not mess up what we have right now.
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    • Other reaction. Explain below.
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26 minutes ago, Marrionetta said:

No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age.

The Walking Dead - They ride horses cause the gas is mostly bad. Cars only lasted a few years and that was a few years too long just to make the show more fast paced. They use bows and arrows cause the ammo is mostly depleted. Spears and other hand melee weapons while not stone but still primitive and handcrafted.

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Problem1: High end tools and weapons were abundant in A18.

Problem2: There should be at least a minimum of items available in each house.

 

Solution: Make zombies level be respective to the loot around them, not the other way around. Have house loot containers have a minimum set of certain items but still bound them to zombie level difficulty.

 

Balancing game loot can be really hard on the developers, but it needs to be both realistic and fun to play with. Currently the loot table is balanced but it lacks realism.

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I already said my opinion on this a dozen times in different threads already, but since i have voted "other":

 

I like the progression in comparison to pure random loot without any restriction.

But i dislike "hardcoded" gates and with the current progression system those gate is your gamestage.

 

There should be a risk VS reward the player can choose as he wishes. The problem with pre-A18 was, there was no risk. The problem in A19 is, there is no reward.

 

The gamestage offsets for POIs and loot and maybe the event system hopefully coming with A20 should solve this and make the current "hardcoded" lootbrake ... ah, i mean lootprogression obsolete.

Progression is then controled by the player and what difficulty he wants to take. A brave player may attack the duke of navez's castle on day 1 and find m60s there instantly. Another player may think this is to dangerous and takes slower progression, doing easy pois with low quality loot first and then improve step by step.

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16 hours ago, JCrook1028 said:

The Walking Dead - They ride horses cause the gas is mostly bad. Cars only lasted a few years and that was a few years too long just to make the show more fast paced. They use bows and arrows cause the ammo is mostly depleted. Spears and other hand melee weapons while not stone but still primitive and handcrafted.

I bet you they didn't find those horses, spears and bows in gun stores. All the primitive stuff they have is manmade; they even have blacksmiths.

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5 hours ago, Xtrakicking said:

I bet you they didn't find those horses, spears and bows in gun stores. All the primitive stuff they have is manmade; they even have blacksmiths.

Where they found them really doesn't matter in the context of the post I was responding to.....

 

Context matters, try to keep up.

 

 

22 hours ago, Marrionetta said:

No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age.

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16 minutes ago, JCrook1028 said:

Where they found them really doesn't matter in the context of the post I was responding to.....

 

Context matters, try to keep up.

 

 

No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age.

Emh.. Actually, that is exactly the context, the discussion and the main reason why this thread was made in the first place. Not sure if you read through his whole post, but many people, like the guy you responded to, are not happy with the loot because it forces you to stay in primitive stage no matter where you go or what you loot:

 

23 hours ago, Marrionetta said:

The world was already lived in. There are already weapons everywhere, especially considering the likelihood of an American home having at least one gun stashed somewhere in it.

23 hours ago, Marrionetta said:

but if an almighty game algorithm is literally throttling that ability then it's akin to basically God snapping his fingers and replacing guns in vaults with @%$# literally no one pre-apoc would have unless they're some kinda collector.

23 hours ago, Marrionetta said:

but the fact that you can't find a single gun in any house till you reach a certain level? 0 sense. 

 

So yes, where the items are found is precisely what we're talking about here. The primitve tools used in The Walking Dead are manmade, they didn't exactly find them in the prison, nor Negan's secret vault either.

 

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On 11/26/2020 at 12:35 PM, Xtrakicking said:
On 11/26/2020 at 12:21 PM, JCrook1028 said:

No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age.

Emh.. Actually, that is exactly the context, the discussion and the main reason why this thread was made in the first place. Not sure if you read through his whole post, but many people, like the guy you responded to, are not happy with the loot because it forces you to stay in primitive stage no matter where you go or what you loot:

...... Again, for those that cannot comprehend the written word. My response was NOT to whether or not we STAY in a primitive stage in this game or not. That ius totally irrelevant to my post. My post was in response to the TWICE now quoted comment that there are (3rd time quoting)

"No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age."

Yes, there ARE apoc stories where people have to go thru a primitive age. Period. Undeniable. If you honestly can't comprehend in what context I was responding now frankly it shows you have no reading comprehension at all.

 

"So yes, where the items are found is precisely what we're talking about here. The primitve tools used in The Walking Dead are manmade, they didn't exactly find them in the prison, nor Negan's secret vault either. "

 

Again. NOT what I was referring to at all and totally irrelevant to my comment. See above. What you are talking about IS relevant to the OP of the thread but NOT to the specific post I was responding to.

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7 hours ago, JCrook1028 said:

...... Again, for those that cannot comprehend the written word. My response was NOT to whether or not we STAY in a primitive stage in this game or not. That ius totally irrelevant to my post. My post was in response to the TWICE now quoted comment that there are (3rd time quoting)

"No post apoc story in any media has to go thru a stone or primitive age."

Yes, there ARE apoc stories where people have to go thru a primitive age. Period. Undeniable. If you honestly can't comprehend in what context I was responding now frankly it shows you have no reading comprehension at all.

 

"So yes, where the items are found is precisely what we're talking about here. The primitve tools used in The Walking Dead are manmade, they didn't exactly find them in the prison, nor Negan's secret vault either. "

 

Again. NOT what I was referring to at all and totally irrelevant to my comment. See above. What you are talking about IS relevant to the OP of the thread but NOT to the specific post I was responding to.

Ah, I see, so you decided to completely ignore every other thing that guy wrote and cherrypicked a single line that you oh so smartly and easily rebutted. Why should you care about the rest of the post and the actual context to which that guy made that argument, right?

 

I should try that some time.

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On 11/25/2020 at 1:51 PM, JCrook1028 said:

The Walking Dead - They ride horses cause the gas is mostly bad. Cars only lasted a few years and that was a few years too long just to make the show more fast paced. They use bows and arrows cause the ammo is mostly depleted. Spears and other hand melee weapons while not stone but still primitive and handcrafted.

This is actually a terrible example.... because they start with modern gear and over time move to using primitive items because their gear breaks down.   In 7 days (and most games) its the opposite, you start low tech and progress to high tech.  Personally, I would love it if 7 days mirrors TWDs equipment usage and you start with high quality stuff that degrades over time.... so you have to learn how to adapt with low tech gear.   But, obviously, that's not going to happen.

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On 11/26/2020 at 6:35 PM, Xtrakicking said:

Emh.. Actually, that is exactly the context, the discussion and the main reason why this thread was made in the first place. Not sure if you read through his whole post, but many people, like the guy you responded to, are not happy with the loot because it forces you to stay in primitive stage no matter where you go or what you loot:

Yeah, that's about the progression system, as already the threat title says.

 

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So yes, where the items are found is precisely what we're talking about here. The primitve tools used in The Walking Dead are manmade, they didn't exactly find them in the prison, nor Negan's secret vault either.

In the overall context, people complain about not being able to find fire arms early. Right... progression system enforces that.

But in the context of the walking dead example you should also not find primitive tools in any safes or boxes, because they are REQUIRED to be handmade.

Dunno if it occured in this thread, but in many other threads people also complain about that there ARE primitive tools in loot boxes.

Removing primitive tools from all loot tables would solve that, but of course not that you still can't find fire arms early. ;)

 

That leads me to another idea. Primitive tools should not be able to damage e.g. safes. So you reqiure to find a iron tool first OR lockpicks to open a safe. E.g primitive tools don't do any damage to any block that has more than 2000hp. Would be even more realisitc. However still wont overcome that you can't find any firearms early, also not in safes.

 

Another idea: The block's HP you are hitting affects the durability of your tool. So you may use a iron pickaxe to open the small 2500hp safes relatively comfortable, but hitting a big 7500hp safe, will break your iron tool after few hits. So you require a huge amount of repair kits (but still possible to do) or you wait until you have steel tools, which have far loss durability loss on high-hp blocks.

 

So i hope you understand: The basic idea is to make it (almost) impossible to even open safes that early. (But still not a solution to crates or weapon bags, where bags are not sealed and can be considered to be left from other survivors, so still may contain primitive tools for a reason).

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On 11/26/2020 at 9:56 AM, Hollowprime said:

Problem1: High end tools and weapons were abundant in A18.

Problem2: There should be at least a minimum of items available in each house.

 

Solution: Make zombies level be respective to the loot around them, not the other way around. Have house loot containers have a minimum set of certain items but still bound them to zombie level difficulty.

 

Balancing game loot can be really hard on the developers, but it needs to be both realistic and fun to play with. Currently the loot table is balanced but it lacks realism.

problem 3:  any zombies  can be cheesed by blocks/killed by spikes

so result would be  = cheese one loot room/sneak in grab steel tools/guns and run = perfectly mimicking A18 state

 

not to mention any zombie in game is trivial with Q1 pistol and few wood frames especially with so abundant ammo

 since you can build up  3-4 blocks above ground  and those irradiated bikers will just punch wall while you shot them

 

you can bet bonus to gamestage from biome/ poi tier will be mild and you can bet it will contain harder zombies as well

since it would make no sense to buff waterworks loot if it was guarded by walking cheerleaders on early days like now

4 hours ago, Liesel Weppen said:

Yeah, that's about the progression system, as already the threat title says.

 

In the overall context, people complain about not being able to find fire arms early. Right... progression system enforces that.

But in the context of the walking dead example you should also not find primitive tools in any safes or boxes, because they are REQUIRED to be handmade.

Dunno if it occured in this thread, but in many other threads people also complain about that there ARE primitive tools in loot boxes.

Removing primitive tools from all loot tables would solve that, but of course not that you still can't find fire arms early. ;)

 

4 hours ago, Liesel Weppen said:

That leads me to another idea. Primitive tools should not be able to damage e.g. safes. So you reqiure to find a iron tool first OR lockpicks to open a safe. E.g primitive tools don't do any damage to any block that has more than 2000hp. Would be even more realisitc. However still wont overcome that you can't find any firearms early, also not in safes.

actually nice idea if it required steel tools 

- because iron tools can be easily made from day 1 all you need is forge  .. some metal clay and 2 perks

+ it would make lockpicks more meaningfull as well

- still even rng lockpick way to find  auto shotgun on day 1 is problem

4 hours ago, Liesel Weppen said:

Another idea: The block's HP you are hitting affects the durability of your tool. So you may use a iron pickaxe to open the small 2500hp safes relatively comfortable, but hitting a big 7500hp safe, will break your iron tool after few hits. So you require a huge amount of repair kits (but still possible to do) or you wait until you have steel tools, which have far loss durability loss on high-hp blocks.

nice idea but bit overcomplicated (whole new mechanic) with almost 0 impact  repair kits are ridiculously easy to make once you have forge ... and thats what most people do on day 1

durability is pointless  if you can pump out hundreds of repair kits .. the only thing limiting you is ductape

not to mention gas pump boxes commonly drop  20-25 repair kits

 

4 hours ago, Liesel Weppen said:

So i hope you understand: The basic idea is to make it (almost) impossible to even open safes that early. (But still not a solution to crates or weapon bags, where bags are not sealed and can be considered to be left from other survivors, so still may contain primitive tools for a reason).

best idea  so far is to make safes drop corroded/damaged useless guns or just parts to reflect it  the system itself is correct you are not supposed to gets guns early apart from toilet pistol all TFP need to adress is immersion broken by primitive stuff in safes

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20 minutes ago, alanea said:

nice idea but bit overcomplicated (whole new mechanic) with almost 0 impact  repair kits are ridiculously easy to make once you have forge ... and thats what most people do on day 1

durability is pointless  if you can pump out hundreds of repair kits .. the only thing limiting you is ductape

It is a new mechanic, there you are right.

The crucial factor however is time. If you need to repair your pickaxe every 5 hits it costs a lot of time and becomes anyoing.

Also i mentioned, you could make tools make no damage to certain blocks, so even repair kits would be useless.

 

20 minutes ago, alanea said:

best idea  so far is to make safes drop corroded/damaged useless guns or just parts to reflect it  the system itself is correct you are not supposed to gets guns early apart from toilet pistol

And from a sudden time safes surpisingly don't just contain parts, but whole guns?

 

20 minutes ago, alanea said:

all TFP need to adress is immersion broken by primitive stuff in safes

That's a different point i explained detailed. Did you read that? The topic here was "can't find guns" not "finding primitive tools breaks immersion". For the immersion reason, you could simply remove primitive tools from loot tables completely.

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6 hours ago, Kalen said:

This is actually a terrible example.... because they start with modern gear and over time move to using primitive items because their gear breaks down.   In 7 days (and most games) its the opposite, you start low tech and progress to high tech.  Personally, I would love it if 7 days mirrors TWDs equipment usage and you start with high quality stuff that degrades over time.... so you have to learn how to adapt with low tech gear.   But, obviously, that's not going to happen.

We started with high end gear too.... but it made for a terrible gameplay loop. Plus our world here in game did not start at the beginning, it's been years. The quote I responded to was not only about the game.... read it. It said NO MEDIA .... I simple showed an example proving that statement wrong.

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On 11/28/2020 at 6:02 PM, Liesel Weppen said:

It is a new mechanic, there you are right.

The crucial factor however is time. If you need to repair your pickaxe every 5 hits it costs a lot of time and becomes anyoing.

Also i mentioned, you could make tools make no damage to certain blocks, so even repair kits would be useless.

it was reply to durability ... since it means almost nothing at this moment even if i delat 100 damage  and repaired every few hits

 

it means safes would cost me   5/10/20  repair kits (2,5k/5k/10k)  20 ductape for auto shotgun or steel tool in stone age ?  yes please

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And from a sudden time safes surpisingly don't just contain parts, but whole guns?

 

That's a different point i explained detailed. Did you read that? The topic here was "can't find guns" not "finding primitive tools breaks immersion". For the immersion reason, you could simply remove primitive tools from loot tables completely.

primitive stuff  in safes exist  to keep something in them its far better than empty safe

because guns early  completely annihilate progression . negating whole  A19 effort thats why they are gone and wont return

it basically means

A) guns wont drop early in favor of primitive stuff appropiate to gamestage = people comnplain how immersion breaking is stone shovel in safe

B) safes contain guns  ... but with mechanic that prevents opening them in first weeks (lockpick perk behind  10  stat/hardlocked behind level) = people will complain about level lock .. as in A17

C) safes will drop something else like mods or gun parts(broken guns) and ammo but no guns early = people will cry about useless safes since they cannot craft their auto shotguns withou gamestage locked recipe anyway and they wont bother with  q2 q3 double barrel even if they have parts

 

that kinda covers all options they have .. pick your poison

 

TFP made clear

1) early guns are negative for progression and wont happen apart from primitive ones(A20) and q1 pistol + some trader stuff (seems more like leftover than choice .. since day  1 trader can sell even  q3 magnum)

2) progression will stay no matter what and was planned some time already ... so better get used on using stone / iron tools  .. 7 days is no longer steel only game and wont be ever again

3) top tier Q6 stuff stays locked at very high gamestage and uncraftable .. same as legendary weapons

 

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I don't see any benefit to a looting progression system like this, and it just leads to wasting points into a skill that is now useless. Also the reasoning for this system sounds like the devs saying that this game doesn't waste enough time because for some reason we need to have a feeling of slow progression for the 50 hours that it's supposed to take to reach the difficulty plateau. It just ends up feeling cheap, and petty instead.

The lucky looter system isn't going to scale to groups either since you're all just going to pick different skillsets, and the guy who picks Miner69ers is going to be building better stone tools for everyone until you find a claw hammer.
Then he's going to be building medium/high quality Iron tools while you're still finding level 6 stone shovels that are useless to the entire group. Then you're going to need it briefly again when you salvage the gun parts that you're already stated out to build on your own.

So it feels like you're getting cheated on solo, and it's outright dumb in groups.

I'd rather build an A18 game, and increase the difficulty 20 hours in when it starts getting boring because I can just own my own server.
 

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