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With generators being in game for a while now and cars coming later it surprises me that you cannot put gasoline in spray cans, water bottles and buckets. This seems like something that is pretty common sense. Please let us put gas in anything that can also hold water. And water in gas cans too if that's not in.
So with generators coming out soon. I have been tossing this idea to my group of PZ friends. What I think can be added is a whole expanded "power system" to the game with the generators. I.E. Power storage, alternative power, and other items used with power. Realistic, when setting up a generator a person would want the ability to store the power and use for later long term. here are some things I think would make sense. Power Storage: Small Power Storage Box( or whatever better name can be found) - Maybe have to need to have 6 batteries, 1 Wire, 3 Planks, and 2 Nails to make. This will hold a small amount of charge from your generator to use when you need to NOT make any sound. Large Power Storage Box - Needs 3 Car Batteries or 10 batteries, 1 Wire, 3 Planks, and 2 Nails. This is hold more power than the small box. Building two or more power boxes next each other will stack the storage ability you have. Must be indoors? Alternative Power Sources: Small/Large Solar Panels - These panels will only generate a small amount of power per panel and will only work during the day. The panels will be required to be cleaned every few days, which uses 1 sheet or something similar. This is something that might be hard to add. I was thinking of a few ways. 1. first would be having new items that can be found to make this. Like glass, solar film, or something. OR 2. Make it where there are panels on some roofs of houses or buildings. The player then needs to craft a ladder to get on the roof and disassemble said panels. I would make the panels heavy to move, maybe weigh 9 or 10 Small Windmill - These are similar to the ones you find on Amish houses. The windmill will be like solar panels, where they will generate small amount of power. However they will work all the time but will require maintenance every few days. The windmills will need to be placed on a pole or on top of a roof. These can be like the solar panels where they can be found or built. Fuel cell Generator (instead of natural gas piped in, uses propane) - You see these more and more these today with newer houses and large companies going GREEN. For the game I would see these working with propane and generate close to the same amount of energy as the regular generator. So the player will need to find propane tanks around the map and can fill propane tanks at Large propane storage tanks. You would find these tanks at the groceries store. Other Uses for power: Just some ideas... Power tools: - Electric Chain Saw for cutting down trees. This can be used instead of your axe, saving your axe for fighting the dead. Maybe cut ten trees or less then needs to be charged. Maybe add a Powered Drill that can used with screws to make everything the hammer and nails make plus a expanded list of other items. Cold Storage: - Having the ability to turn on your fridge or maybe move fridges around. Like disassemble a fridge with the Power Drill and reassemble it where you want. Central Air/Heating: - Being able to cool your self off or heating your self to increase happiness or help with outside temps. Water pump: - Building and adding a water pump to your house so that the shower/facets works. These are just some ideas that I came up with and I bet you guys have already thought about it. I just think that if there are going to be generators that there needs to be a large use for the power being made.
This might be a little preemptive, but since it seems exceptionally likely that we will be able to have generators and/or vehicles in the future, I want to suggest being able to use a wood gasifier as an alternative to petrol. For those that don't know what that is, it is basically extracting gas from wood via heating, which can then be used in combustion engines (or heating etc etc) The process for doing this is very simple and well within the reach of the common man. Wood gas was used before natural gas to heat homes and the like. It was also exceptional common during the petrol shortages of WWII for people to construct them at home to be used to power their cars instead of petrol. They are still made and used all over the world today in many different situations. The basics behind constructing a wood gasifier are: A large container that can be opened and shut (think a 44Gl drum) with a one way valve leading from it. This is placed over a fire, filled with wood (or sawdust, coal or even rubber). The outlet of the one way valve is then ran through some piping to allow it to cool, then a filter (optional) and finally into the carburetor of the engine. What happens is as the wood is heated, it releases hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which then pass thought the pipe, the filter and into the engine to be burnt in the combustion chamber as a petrol replacement. Now as I said, these are an very easy thing to construct by the average man, and in fact, were constructed, en mass, by the average man during times of need. They could be used to fuel a small engine which then runs an generator to provide electricity, or even (as they historically were) hooked directly onto a car to provide a fuel alternative. Some links: Wood Gas = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas Wood Gasifier = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas_generator A small simple gasifier to show how they work = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgu9BdHeUYg Wood gasifier used to power lawn mower engine = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F258s13UxfY Example of what can be done with a gasifier = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYGKn12Weu4 How to build a gasifier = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDIiEjL5eGM
( I Copy+pasted this from my post on the steam forums because i'm lazy) ( EDIT: I guess much of this is already suggested, there are some things on here that go into more detail about a suggestion and how it could work. I kinda just wanted to throw this out there. ) Hi, I've been following PZ's development for awhile and i just want to list some things that would be cool to have in the game, whether or not they'll work is what you can discuss. 1: Welding -Welders, Welding sticks, Sheet metal, steel Poles - basically to be able to weld metal objects together and form items/defenses like these: -makeshift Machetes -Makeshift spears or arrowheads -Metal Doors - three types of welding, 1) acetylene torch welding, doesn't require electricity, but cannot weld strong metals 2)Arc welding, requires electricity 3) Battery welding, requires three batteries, welding stick, and jumper cables. works like a arc welder but drains the batteries fairly fast. 2: Power generation - Generators to run welders and power refrigerators and houses. - Batteries to store charge - Inverters to create AC current from the batteries - car alternators - Constructable Power sources: 1) Windmills using car alternators to create electricity. 2) Solar panels on some buildings which can be recovered and placed.\ 3) Woodgas furnace to create a fuel engines can use if you don't have Gasoline -Wiring and Lights, the ability to run wire from your Batteries or generator to outside lights or tools 3: Engines -engines which can be found in scrap yards, repair shops, or from vehicles. can be used with Alternators to create a makeshift gas generator. ( Not movable once built ) 4: Vehicles, wrecked and Crafting/customization of them - Wrecked vehicles on roads, - Rubber tubes to siphon gas - Gas cans - Tires - three sizes 1) Large truck or tractor tires 2) Normal car tires 3) Motorcycle tires -Simple Vehicle crafting, Like dune buggies, Tri-bikes, ect. -Crafting plans; you need a crafting plan before you can create a certain vehicle. - Customization; welding spikes, armor plating, extra storage space, seats, spray painting. ect. on your vehicles, 5: Tools -Chainsaws - tire iron, required to take off car tires. can be a melee weapon as well - Drills - Wire cutters - hatchets - Chisels, required to make things more intricate, like a semi-fancy table or chair. - Spray paint 6: Weapons, most of these are non-lethal which would be best against humans - Net guns, can be used to capture a person when in close range, craftable - Pepper spray - Flares - Water cannon, craftable, can be used to knock down humans - combat knifes - Riot shield, craftable - Man catcher, can be used to grab a zombie around the neck and lead them, craftable - Cattle prod/ taser - Smoke bombs, craftable -Crossbows, Craftable 7: Misc. gameplay ideas and items: -Rope, zip ties, handcuffs - Blindfolds -Kidnapping, speaks for itself. - Careers before the Apocalypse: only certain skill sets can craft certain items, construction worker can craft advanced structures, a mechanic can create generators and vehicles with a Electrician. Doctors and nurses can heal people more effectively, Hunters can create traps for game. A very cool idea, which would encourage more teamwork between players if they want to live in a settlement together. - Rationing, can eat only a portion of a meal if necessary. Can be used to share a single item with someone. - misc electronics, record players, Movies ( Which will boost happiness for awhile, can be watched on a TV, provided you have power) - Shopping carts, can store many more items than a backpack but has to be pushed on pavement . And that's all i can type right now, it's alot but it would make this game a gem.