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Developer Discussions: Alpha 17

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the secrets of A17 Still wasnt revealed .......

but did anyone notice that most of the clothes/ gear had the assemble option in, hmmm , what that could be? can i harden my armor with more armor? ... Roland what is that?

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As I understand it we basically get this "satchel" as if the zombie that had it was a survivor like us.

Man when I find rotten meat on zombies on A16 I always feel sad. "This guy died trying to survive the worst way possible,eating zombie meat".

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Hitler vid text went white, hmmmm

 

They are hyperlinks now, leading to said post so people dont need to ask for links to them any more :D

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@roland

 

put the link to the spider meme in the header... I think there are more questions about the damn meme than there are posts about a17.

 

Okay, links added. It does mess with the colors, though.

 

Edit: Which I did to improve clarity, not generate more conspiracy theories about what's going on up there. :strawberry::lemo::kiwi-fruit:

Edited by Crater Creator (see edit history)

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I'm talking practically blind. Like I need to be 5 meters in front of their face. That is a bug.

 

Forgive me, but I can’t remember this being answered... what about zombies sensing players through smell? Is this on the table for A17 or not?

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Forgive me, but I can’t remember this being answered... what about zombies sensing players through smell? Is this on the table for A17 or not?

 

Smell has been put on hold for so far. All noses of the zombies have been cut off. Meat will no longer smell, black particle cannons will fire non stop to stop the spread of any scent.

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Okay, links added. It does mess with the colors, though.

 

Edit: Which I did to improve clarity, not generate more conspiracy theories about what's going on up there. :strawberry::lemo::kiwi-fruit:

 

Almost guarantee you will accomplish both. Lol

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Are you talking about Chunk loading or chunk generation? Generation and loading are two separate issues. Everything I've read about the new RWG generation, the whole map is pre-generated. The fact that, in RWG prior to A17, generation and loading weren't completely separate was the problem they tried to fix with the change. Navezgane was pre-generated and loaded much smoother. In RWG, chunks were generated(at least somehwhat) as they loaded which caused the extremely slow load times. Especially on servers with people running every which way.

 

A dev may correct me but that is how I understood that change when it was first brought up.

 

The whole RWG map is most certainly not entirely pregenerated and neither is the Nave map. Only certain parts which can be done in a reasonable amount of time and a reasonable amount of disk space are pregenerated.

 

Look at the maths, if you take one block as a bit, literally 1 or 0, you'd likely run out of disk space long before you generated every block on a reasonably sized map. Now consider that every block has a lot of data associated with it such as ID and Health, you begin to see the problem.

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Well, yeah, if you don't use sparse matrices or data compression or whatever other tricks. But the map is like 45% air and 45% stone... surely there are savings to be had. And they did cut it down to 8 km for a reason.

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The whole RWG map is most certainly not entirely pregenerated and neither is the Nave map. Only certain parts which can be done in a reasonable amount of time and a reasonable amount of disk space are pregenerated.

 

Look at the maths, if you take one block as a bit, literally 1 or 0, you'd likely run out of disk space long before you generated every block on a reasonably sized map. Now consider that every block has a lot of data associated with it such as ID and Health, you begin to see the problem.

 

Yes, not everything can be stored on your computer. Sure enough TFP use a variation of the Region File Format of Minecraft. You can have a look here https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Region_file_format.

 

Still, generation and loading are different things and I believe Gnomaana is right.

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Well, yeah, if you don't use sparse matrices or data compression or whatever other tricks. But the map is like 45% air and 45% stone... surely there are savings to be had. And they did cut it down to 8 km for a reason.

 

Some sort of octree storage system would help (if it hasn't been used already) but compression methods require time to compress and decompress.

 

The map size was reduced to allow for the pregeneration of towns and roads, imagine how long it would take to generate _every_ block on the map. I only have one lifetime and I'm not sure I want to spend it watching a loading bar :-)

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Yes, not everything can be stored on your computer. Sure enough TFP use a variation of the Region File Format of Minecraft. You can have a look here https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Region_file_format.

 

Still, generation and loading are different things and I believe Gnomaana is right.

 

Due to a misunderstanding when it was announced we questioned this already. Individual blocks are definitely not pre-generated due to time constraints.

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As stupid and backwards and as lazy as removing loot cause tfp are to lazy to actually fix the issues they just remove it.

 

Too much loot from the wrong source IS the issue.

 

 

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The game is good. There is a great thread outlining the main desires of PvP players. https://7daystodie.com/forums/showthread.php?59401-quot-The-PvP-Update-quot Most of the things are very minor changes. I would even simplify the list to a few very simple points:

 

-Add more functionality / options to land claim blocks

-Increase sound radii to encourage players to hunt each other

-Smaller maps to encourage conflict

-Reduce weapon damage significantly to prevent random one-shot kills

-Add hacking prevention measures, hackers pinpointing your location, your bedroll, or flying and teleporting around with infinite rapid dynamite hands instantly destroying weeks of hard work is not fun

-Add a way either for new players to catch up to some sort of "server average" or set some sort of ultimate goal that a single player (or group) can achieve that would result in a win, a wipe, and a reset. Maybe that wouldn't be the right implementation but there needs to be a way to breathe new life into PvP constantly. Co-op can live forever by its very nature, but PvP is like a blossoming cherry tree - very ephemeral. It needs help to stop one player or group from establishing such dominance that it destroys a server. That or admins will just have to take matters into their own hands and wipe after every 500-1000 days or so.

 

Honestly other than that, PvP is fine as it is. I don't even ask anything to be changed to benefit PvP at the detriment of PvE. I just ask that the PvP community not be lumped in with bloom when you guys are having a disrespect war with each other.

 

Points 1,2,4, ok.

 

Smaller maps is already possible in RWG-mixer xml. I assume you need it in the options because of the old "modded category of servers bad" problem?

 

Hacking prevention measures (and you definitely know this) is a bottomless sink of developer time. The only really effective measure is to move all the calculations and checks to the server, if the game doesn't do this already it is a major rework. Much less effective measures on the client are like virus-scanners, always in a race with the cheats and always loosing. NOT a minor change by a mile

 

The way to allow new players to catch up or an ultimate goal doesn't sound minor either. TFP already leaves out SP/coop end game features because of limited resources, I don't see PvP end game easier to "breathe new life into"

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Damage values aside, how would people feel about a .50cal sniper rifle with a range of 100-120m? (whatever it is right now)

How would that make any kind of sense?

 

It's already a stretch with the current rifles in the game and if you wanted to render the required voxel world up to say 400m, you'd get 1/16th of the FPS.

So below 4 FPS if you would normally have 60.

 

Its not a one or the other question Gazz, we could have the upped damage and keep the scope/zoom in the limits of current gameplay so as not to affect fps, a compromise it think most would find acceptable. You could, separately, have draw distance as a server option.

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I'm seeing... surprisingly little blowback to this, actually. But I know some have advocated for the game to stay in alpha basically forever, and to them I say don't despair. We're all excited about what more will come to 7 Days to Die because that's the game we've seen, played, and identified with TFP. But a time will come when a video for their next game has just come out, and our imaginations will be running just as wild.

 

I've had no problem with alpha as we get more content but at one point beta would be nice to get some features fleshed out. I totally expect to get more electricity stuff to increase the quality of life in my base for example :)

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You can backup and sidestep like normal. You can do it while running, but the faster movement of the run applies to just the forward direction.

 

I just beat down several businessman zombies with my fists. Not that hard. I maybe got hit once or twice.

 

That works well. But use a shovel next time.

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Some sort of octree storage system would help (if it hasn't been used already) but compression methods require time to compress and decompress.

 

The map size was reduced to allow for the pregeneration of towns and roads, imagine how long it would take to generate _every_ block on the map. I only have one lifetime and I'm not sure I want to spend it watching a loading bar :-)

 

You can pregenerate towns and roads in A16 using the map previewer. Eyeballing it, I don’t think a preview size of 5 is any smaller than the 8 km maps we’ll have in A17, and it still doesn’t take that long to generate. So I guess I don’t know what A17 is doing in those 5-10 minutes that takes so long, if it’s not generating the contents of the chunks on a block by block basis. In the case of Navezgane, where the terrain isn’t procedurally generated, how the heck does it know what block goes where if the blocks aren’t remembered in a big file somewhere?

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You can backup and sidestep like normal. You can do it while running, but the faster movement of the run applies to just the forward direction.

 

I just beat down several businessman zombies with my fists. Not that hard. I maybe got hit once or twice.

 

You beat down zombies with your fist? Am I the only one who sees this as a slight issue? Hope that gets changed at some point.

I can see using your fists to stagger or knockdown a zed, to give you room to escape or give you time to find or grab a weapon but to take them out?

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You can pregenerate towns and roads in A16 using the map previewer. Eyeballing it, I don’t think a preview size of 5 is any smaller than the 8 km maps we’ll have in A17, and it still doesn’t take that long to generate. So I guess I don’t know what A17 is doing in those 5-10 minutes that takes so long, if it’s not generating the contents of the chunks on a block by block basis. In the case of Navezgane, where the terrain isn’t procedurally generated, how the heck does it know what block goes where if the blocks aren’t remembered in a big file somewhere?

 

Okay, here we go...

 

Procedurally generated towns require a lot of time, each building must be placed in accordance with certain rules and if a building doesn't fit it must be discarded and another one tried with the eventual results written (block by block) to a file. The map previewer doesn't need to write the data to a chunk before displaying it, they're two entirely separate systems working from a single generation algorithm.

 

Roads are likely based on a bezier curve system which also requires generating and adjusting according to underlying terrain and have the same data storage problems as buildings.

 

The map previewer doesn't generate every block, what's more likely to happen is that an individual sample surface block is generated to create a vertex on the custom low poly terrain mesh.

 

The terrain in Nave has a custom system to generate blocks using heightmaps and other such gubbins, it still needs to generate individual blocks at runtime according to these rules.

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Same purpose as the minibike chassis. None. Old items that need to be removed.

 

Thanks Faatal

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You beat down zombies with your fist? Am I the only one who sees this as a slight issue? Hope that gets changed at some point.

I can see using your fists to stagger or knockdown a zed, to give you room to escape or give you time to find or grab a weapon but to take them out?

 

It's difficult, but not impossible, to kill a man with your bare hands. I don't see why zombies should be any different.

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