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Jatta Pake

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  1. Congrats Connall. It’s so cool how many fans transitioned to full fledged Indie Stoners.
  2. 2013. Achieved the glorious rank of “Advanced Member”. Created the Spiffo collections mod. Invented the “Legacy” play system (play till death then pass the save to another person to play until death then repeat to infinity. You end up with a lived in world full of mysteries and deceased player journals). This is how we died. Haven't played in ages but I check back from time to time. New animation system will probably suck me back in.
  3. Love it!!! This mod is a must. I'd love to see it make its way into the base game. Skyforts are the worst. This is how you died. Not how you lived a long fruitful life in a magical flying fortress.
  4. I loved the previous thread so I hope I'm not out of line creating this new one. 1. Spawn all new characters with a pen and notebook in their inventory. It won't unbalance anything and gives us RPG fans the ability to immediately start journal-ing. The tag line is "This is how you died". Give us the ability to record it! I think it would be fascinating finding a corpse in multiplayer with a long history written down in a notebook. 2. Allow some useless items to be re-named like bags. Again, it should not unbalance anything but will enhance immersion. Rings and
  5. Ideas for some new recipes: 5 of the Oddest Ways to Make Fire: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/g2824/odd-ways-to-make-fire/
  6. 291. Ability to write text on map objects. Maybe limit to 140 characters. Players could right click on a bathroom mirror and see a message. Or right click a crate and see the message "JP's stuff. Do Not Touch."
  7. 267. More "story elements". Notes left behind for loved ones. Unique keepsakes like a trophy that reads "Kindest Dad In The World". A partially finished coloring book. A photo album featuring birthday pictures of a child in a wheel chair. A sign taped on a door that says "Came by but no one answered. See you soon. -Dave". A "Get Well Soon" bouquet. A partially burned letter that says "Leave the area now. Too many variables. Alpha in effect."
  8. Plot twist: NPCs are already being tested on multiplayer servers. Just kidding! But that's how I would do it. Throw in some bots on a big MP server and see what happens. As far as I can tell, Indie Stone is working on NPCs acting as procedurally generated narratives. These work better when the AI isn't "playing" the game but behaving like a simulated being existing inside the game. Kinda like how we are all simulated beings in Elon Musk's universe. Roguelike Radio had a great episode recently on "Simulations" with Tarn Adams, co-creator of Dwarf Fortress. T
  9. I think your post touches on a more fundamental issue. To me, PZ currently straddles a line between simulation and traditional RPG. Skills progression is traditional RPG element and a time tested mechanic. Simulation play doesn't really care about character skills - the challenge is acquiring the resources to do what you want to do. This is also time tested play. The challenge is balance. I think some prefer balance to be tipped more towards simulation. I lean that way in the sense of building/crafting. Rather than unlock recipes at higher skill levels, I'd prefer higher skills to influence cr
  10. Just give it the same recipe name as the original in your new recipe file. Because mods load after base game, you can replace/change existing recipes with your mod recipes.
  11. It's been awhile since I modded but you shouldn't need to replace recipe.txt Mods load after base files so recipe changes overwrite in memory when loading. Base files are not altered. You can check out my recipe files in MIB.
  12. And just to add to the above, most player actions in game should result in the behind the scenes accumulation of points towards new negative traits. Survival should be a slow descent into madness.
  13. I think we should be able to control mind points. We do already. They are called Skills. My idea doesn't require micromanagement but I understand the concern. Here is how I see it working: You select a starting trait of Annoying Voice. By default, other characters around you suffer some type of penalty. Perhaps they do not "learn" skills from your character as quickly cuz your character is annoying. Minor penalty. Most players might ignore. However, this could influence NPC behavior. Later you may decide to spend a point to eliminate this trait. You practiced interpersonal speaking or somethi
  14. Actually, a randomly generated map would not be fun. You would have houses in the middle of freeways, grocery stores in the middle of forests, and parking lots in backyards. What you really want is a procedurally generated map with logical city zoning etc. Not only is that complex but it vastly complicates procedurally generated narratives which the devastated are working towards.
  15. I debated on where to put this topic but I remember reading somewhere that the developer's ultimate goal with PZ was to have emergent storytelling be at the game's design core. If so, the purpose of this topic is simply to discuss and possibly (and humbly) suggest what I think this would look like in PZ. If this is no longer a goal, I'd like to see it manifest as a Mod. What is emergent storytelling? This article provides a fantastic overview and argument for what defines emergent storytelling in video games: Popmatters The author argues that emergent storytelling in videogames has one or
  16. Memories... http://theindiestone.com/forums/index.php/topic/4519-more-useless-stuff/?p=60345 To address EnigmaGrey's concerns, you could have an Advanced Stuff sandbox setting. I like the added challenges with looting that sifting through stuff creates as LewisDTC notes. Although I'd prefer items to have a range of usefulness - less useful to more useful. Nothing adds to the stress of looking through a cabinet of stuff like the sun setting and zombies approaching. "Oh shit, I got too greedy! I can barely move!" On the other hand, I agree this would be a significant annoyance to large p
  17. I've been waiting to dive back into PZ with Build 33. It is (or was at one time) expected to have the feature that allowed furniture and other map objects to be moved in game. It is such a little thing* but the ability to personalize a character's environment is irresistibly immersive in a game like this. Of all the new, upcoming features, moving furniture tops my list. *Little in terms of comparative game impact. I have no idea how little this is in terms of game development.
  18. Just adding a comment of love and support to counteract any negativity. I've been assisting a couple of board game designers with their indie projects. The unprovoked online vitriol that sometimes target board game designers is baffling and disheartening. I think it just happens to be the age we live in. If any TIS staff or mods find themselves in Los Angeles, shoot me a PM. I can hook you up with some fun things to do.
  19. Hydromancerx - I've been following your mod and watching it grow. It is impressive! I was just wondering if you had a end-state in mind in terms of size of the mod? Or are you just adding things as you think of them?
  20. Although I've been following this mod since inception and downloaded many times, I haven't actually used it yet. Question: Should I bump up the loot settings with this mod? How are people using it?
  21. I don't know what is more awesome. Your mods, or the fact you broke a bottle in a bar fight. +1 Awesome if you broke the bottle over someone's head!
  22. None of this goes far enough for me. I believe video game cheaters should be prosecuted. Let them drop a few grand on lawyers in the States, or sit in a Polish prison cell for awhile. Ohio makes cheating a first degree Misdemeanor although I'm not aware of anyone ever getting arrested for cheating in a MMO. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2915.05 But they should. Society doesn't tolerate thugs marching into a baseball stadium interrupting play or stealing from church ladies at Bingo night. Someone cheating at darts in a bar will usually get bounced by a bar owner. Probably with a swift kick to t
  23. All player made furniture is destructible.
  24. There is a video floating around demonstrating this in game from an earlier build. The character pushes furniture against a door to slow a horde. So very cool!
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