Okay, so i actually found the issue. The problem was that my SteamCMD was installed within my x86 directory. This caused permission issues even after giving myself full control over the steamcmd folder. I copied the whole steamcmd installation folder out of x86 and moved it to the root of my c drive instead. ran the start batch and it started to download the mods
so i found a workaround but by no means a permanent solution. In steamcmd i can run
steamcmd.exe +login anonymous +workshop_download_item 108600 2867431511
for all the mods and it will download the mods to the steamcmd workshop loction (C:\Program Files (x86)\SteamCMD\steamapps\workshop\content\108600)
and then i have to move it over the the steamapps folder path i made in the project zomboid directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\SteamCMD\steamapps\workshop\content\108600)
This will let me start up the dedicated server. The issue is if an update for these occurs, I still can not get the start.bat file to properly get the files downloaded. Something seems to be blocking the download of them but unsure what as I have all firewalls disabled on the hosting pc and steam ports forwarded.
Edit: Nevermind, It seemed to work for a single launch but now it doesnt again and get the same error.
Now in Project Zomboid you have 2 choices: Either take Trait on Strong and Athlete. Or download mods for leveling for your character. In the game, leveling strength and fitness is unreasonably long and tedious. Although I understand that this task is IN REALITY just as difficult, but I’m fucking playing the game, I don’t want to worry about nutrition. And about the fact that my character is writhing in agony because of which I swallow tons of painkillers.
The problem is that in order for the player to level up, he must and MUST already have a base, tons of painkillers, proper nutrition. And a loooooot of extra time. Game has treadmills and a barbell machine. They are not involved in the game, which is, of course, fixed by mods, and they clearly make the task of leveling up your character easier.
You need to pay attention to this because it is unreasonably long, and I clearly do not feel any extra benefits at least for the exercises. I want to feel the result of my character becoming stronger AT LEAST FOR A TIME. Because you have to focus on this separately and experience the character in agony, no matter how much you want.
Here we clearly need to add more methods or at least slightly balance the leveling of those two most difficult skills.
I forgot to add that people, like all animals, have an instinct of self-preservation. In the end, no one knows what awaits them after death, and they only have 1 try.
So it would be pretty stupid to make dummies that are not afraid of anything.