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  1. Correct me if I'm wrong (and - having very little real world experience with baseball bats - I very well could be) but aren't aluminum baseball bats hollow - and thus of lighter weight than wooden bats? Wouldn't said weight difference cause them to be slightly less damaging than a wooden bat?
  2. School shootings weren't quite as common in 1993 (when the game is set) as they are today. I'm totally with you with regards to adding more items to school lockers, however. Maybe some food - bags of chips, bottles of soda, and the like? EDIT: While we're on the topic of lockers, I'd also like to request that school lockers be differentiated from other lockers - such as those at the country club. It's a bit weird searching through those lockers and finding school supplies and comic books as opposed to golf clubs, tennis rackets, and unsightly golf attire.
  3. On a related note - why not give us actual candlestick holders to loot. Granted, they likely wouldn't be overly common...
  4. Gotta second this. Why shouldn't people be able to paint whatever they want in their own game?
  5. I'd love the option to import my own music into the game, to listen to using in-game radios.
  6. We should definitely be able to convert vehicles and generators to run on alcohol. Although alcohol-powered engines tend to have problems starting in cold temperatures, so you might need an alternate source of power during the winter.
  7. Thought of a few more suggestions for lock-circumnavigation: Bump Key - Essentially a specially-key cut (almost looks like a blank key) designed to be "bumped" in a lock, moving the pins momentarily and allowing the lock cylinder to be turned. Snap Gun - I don't have any excuse for forgetting to mention this in my other post - seeing as I actually own one. A snap gun is essentially a gun-shaped mechanical lock pick. Insert the "barrel" into the lock, pull the trigger, and turn the cylinder with a tension wrench. Easy to use, but with a slight chance of breaking the lock. Electric versions also exist. Ninja Rocks - Another tool for breaking into cars. Ninja rocks are broken shards of ceramic spark plugs that can be thrown at a car window to silently break it. Useful for when you need to quickly get into a locked car without alerting nearby zombies. Only works with car windows.
  8. This may be slightly outside the purview of this topic (seeing as how it deals with doors on buildings), but what about a slim jim for breaking into cars? Or even a plain old wire coathanger?
  9. Octopus

    KatanaZed

    Damn. There go my dreams of disco-dancing my way through the apocalypse. Will there at least be polyester leisure suits?
  10. I think you and I have very differing standards on what constitutes a "small" town. Also that's not factoring in the populations of Riverside, Rosewood, and March Point which - although they're fictional - would still increase the population of the in-game world. I can't say by how much they would increase the in-game population -only the devs know that. Also, one has to factor in the city of Louisville which - although it hasn't been added to the game yet - contains over 500,000 people! I can easily imagine the people of Muldraugh and the like making the occasional shopping trip to "The Big City" so they can stock up on items and groceries they can't get in their hometowns. Unfortunately, I don't have any answers with regards to the availability of coconuts in 1993. I'm too young to be able to draw on personal experiences, and I'm not having much luck finding anything online either. I do know that coconuts were given away as prizes in fair games in the UK throughout the 20th and late 19th centuries (which is where the 1944 song "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts comes from"). That could mean that coconuts were common enough to be given away as cheap prizes, or they were rare and exotic enough to be worth playing a rigged fairground game for the chance to win one. My guess is that they started as the latter, and ended up as the former. Lastly I would like to state that I never said coconuts should be so common that you find them in every second house you break into in PZ. I don't know if different food items are assigned different rarity values in PZ, but coconuts should definitely be rarer than apples and oranges. Maybe you've broken into the house owned by the one person on the street who enjoys fresh coconut milk. Just like you can currently break into the house owned by the one Cajun-cooking enthusiast on the block who stocks remoulade. Yes. Yes I did.
  11. You want evidence? I've got evidence. I've got photographic evidence, a paper trail, and two coconuts sitting on my kitchen counter. So lets start with some basics: I live in a very small town in rural Newfoundland, Canada. The local population is just over 6000 people. The nearest city (which can properly be called a city) is a seven hour drive away. The town I live in does NOT have a large Asian demographic. In fact, the local non-white/non-aboriginal population can probably be counted in the low double digits. Feel free to look up the demographics for yourself. There are three grocery stores in town - not including the world's crappiest Wal-Mart. I went to all three of those grocery stores in search of coconuts. Here are my findings: The first grocery store on my coconut hunt is also our town's smallest. I genuinely wasn't expecting to find any coconuts here, and I didn't. I flagged down an employee, and he said they didn't carry them. So that's a point in your favor. Enjoy. The second store I tried however, was the coconut jackpot! Granted, Dominion is by far the largest grocery store in town, so I would have been very surprised if they weren't stocked with coconuts. They were on sale too! Feel free to count all those coconuts, by the way! Those wonderful brown fruits are all points in my favor! The last store in town was kind on a crap-shoot with regards to coconut availability. According to their website, they carried coconuts - but I honestly wouldn't have been surprised to walk in and be told that they didn't stock them. Fortunately for my argument, they do stock them - albeit in very limited qualities. There was only one lone coconut available to buy (which I did buy), and the man stocking the produce said they get two or three shipped in every couple of weeks. He did offer to put in a special order for me if I was interested, but I politely declined. I only need one to prove my point. I hope these photos serve as proof that coconuts are entirely available in small, rural, mostly white communities. They might not be as common as bananas, oranges, or pineapples - but they are not some super-exotic mystery fruit consumed only by Asian immigrants as you seem to think. Need more evidence? Here's one last photo of the two coconuts I bought today - complete with receipts proving the date and location of their purchase:
  12. No. No I do not. Why do you think coconuts are impossible to find in North American supermarkets?
  13. Why on earth would it be unrealistic to find a full coconut in-game? I can go to the supermarket and buy a full coconut right now, and I'm living nowhere near the tropics.
  14. This is great! This game needs alternate sources of power. It would also be great if we could jury-rig our cars and generators to run on ethanol. And if we could set up a still to brew our own alcohol as fuel.
  15. Even just being around somebody of higher skill while they're "doing their thing" should give you an XP boost, or raise your own skill slightly. For example - If a mechanic of decent skill is fixing a car and you're hanging around watching them and handing them tools - you are going to end up learning something. It would be the same for most (but not all) skills in PZ.
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