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  1. As of now, rain impairs the movement and senses of zombies, makes players sick, moistens crops, fills barrels, and puts out fires. However, there is a lot more that can be done to make it feel more like true rain. Flood Tiles by Riverbank (And future added Creeks/Streams) When it is raining/has just rained, the banks of the water sources really should be raised. My suggestion is that the Devs add a "transition tile" of sorts, basically a tile that will switch states from land to water based on the amount of time it has rained, the time since it stopped raining, and what month it is. Puddle Formation Similarly to the flood tiles I just suggested, the game should randomly select different spots of the map to have "Depression points", basically the land/water switchtiles that accumulate water at the center and expand outward based on how rainy it is. That way, if you're not to the point where you have rain barrels yet you can still collect a little bit of water, albeit water that's probably really grainy even if you boil it. Bugs Forming Around The Puddles And Rivers/The Day After a Storm The few days after a rainstorm, or just being around a body of water should make bug bites a possible affliction. This can be reduced by wearing longer clothing, or by trying not to stand by those bodies of water too long. You can also douse yourself in smoke, or perhaps create your own bug repellent out of household materials/some natural item. Bug bites should have a really low chance to give you a disease. Rain Smearing Blood Basically, if it rains, splotches of blood should get lighter and maybe spread a little more, eventually fading away. Rain Creating Mud and Impairing the Player Have you ever tried sprinting on a rainy day through dirt? It doesn't work too well if it's been raining for a while. Players (and zombies) should be slowed way down when traversing grass/dirt as it is much more slippery and muddy than it usually is. Outdoorsman/Skill Alerting Player to Weather The character you play as should be able to observe the sky and predict what kind of weather they may experience. Just add another tab to the health/skills/info panels for "observations". Observations could include more than just weather but for this example I will stick solely to weather. This can be a passive skill that increases the more time you spend in the outdoors. I'll make a new suggestion specifically for this one actually. Multiple-Day Storms Sometimes when it rains, it should rain for multiple days. This is where the heavy flooding and puddle formation really kick in, damaging your house, equipment, crops, and leaving you stuck indoors or traveling around in flood weather. Imagine how hard sloshing around in foot-deep water is while trying to evade zombies! Intense Storming Destroys Baby Crops If the flooding or overall weather is bad enough it should tear out, wash away, or damage young crops. This means that you have to keep them in pots until they're big enough to stay rooted down or just hope that it doesn't rain too badly. You can find pots or make them from clay you forage in creeks or puddles after it rains. Foraging After Rainstorms Should Give Different Items The items you get from foraging after it has rained heavily should be slightly altered. For example, most berries would probably have been knocked down, but so would many branches. If you forage near the future creeks, the river, or in hypothetical puddles you should be able to gather clay and make pottery from it. You should also be able to gather frogs and water, and the wood you collect be slightly soggy. Rainstorms should wash up fish/make them more plentiful The fish inside the river could get stirred up or washed away if enough water comes pouring down. After the water recedes, this could leave dead fish on the shore, which may not be the cleanest option, but if you're really desperate, food is food... This could also stir up more fish from the bottom, making them easier to catch Future water vehicles such as boats should wash away if too near the river If the aforementioned flood tiles overlap where you're storing a boat on land, it should wash it away, meaning you'll have to build a new one/lose it forever, or maybe have to go downstream to look for it. This will be especially important when river travel leads to communities built along the river. I will add to my list as I think of more things, feel free to comment what you think rain should do as well.
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