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      Hey All, A topic has come up of late in the IRC channel in regards to the general feel of the forums and the community that supports them. Things have progressed further than I would have liked with out this being addressed more publicly because I would much rather have snubbed this out sooner rather than later.. but I have been busy. Here is the general rule I would like people to follow: Wheaton's Law "Don't be a dick." Those of you from the IRC channel know that this is the only rule I ask people in there to follow and we generally have a good and lively time chatting about all manner of things. This is basic rule that just about everyone understands and I am going to expand it to the forums from here moving forward. If you can not help people in a helpful and polite manner then I simply ask you to stop. Now I generally take a back seat to moderating the forums as I like to participate in the suggestions forum fairly heavily at times and would rather do so as a forums user than a moderator. But I am also fairly well known for being the person who constantly puts their foot down and so I am stepping up and doing so on here. If you find yourself unable to respond to a message politely then I ask that you do not respond. This mostly focuses on the increasing level of hostility found within the Suggestion forum as well as the Server forum. I do not care if this is the 30th some odd time you have seen someone make the same suggestion. Or even if the new post on an older topic is one entry above the old one. I expect the members of this forum to respond politely to the user, new or old, and point to the older topic if it applies and even go the extra step to suggest they either add in new information or to summarize the outcome of the previous discussion based upon the new post's entry into it. That is what we are here for, that is why I close most topics instead of deleting them, so that they can be found and referenced down the road. The next topic is the slew of derailment attempts I have seen as of late. If you want to have fun and joke around that is what the off topic forum is for and pretty much anything goes there. I do not expect to read a suggestion thread and have to go through 3 pages of image memes people have shot back and forth. Quite simply this is a waste of my time to read and then have to clean up. Now for the summary. I am going to start taking a more active role, especially in policing the suggestion forum, and handing out warn levels to people whom I see doing this. These will be indiscriminate and applied not to just the first person who derails or is impolite on a topic or response, but to everyone whom follows the lead of that person. As I do not like doing things with out giving you all warning this post shall serve as that warning. If you have a desire to bring this topic up with me then I invite you to do so on the IRC channel. Lets raise the level of quality and grow the community. Let us not descend into the quality often found on the minecraft or league of legend forums. There is simply no need for that here. Be passionate about things, just do not be abusive.
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      Offline Servers

      Recently I've seen a few server listings showing up on the first page of the Servers forum that have been closed for an extended period of time, but have recently gotten a reply from a new member who didn't realize the server is offline. To help prevent this from happening in the future, it would be greatly appreciated if you could use the report function on the original post of any servers that have been confirmed as offline, so that the topic may be locked. If you are the admin of a server and plan on taking the server offline, please use the report function on the original post of your topic to let the TFC Staff know that the topic should be locked. If you are the admin of a server that has a locked topic, and would wish to bring the server back online, please use the report function on the original post of the topic to let the TFC Staff know that the topic should be unlocked. As always, please remember to follow rule #3 of the servers forum and update your topic title to contain the version of TFC that the server is currently running. You can do so by editing the OP, and then clicking on "Use Full Editor."

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  1. Encumberance Inventory system

    Huh, interesting. Currently We can carry 256 granite blocks in two vessels. So that's definitely a significant downgrade in terms of building material carrying capacity. Will containers then have a weight capacity, rather than size? Would that mean that tools will then fit in containers? I honestly kind of like the current system, quirky as it is, in the way that certain items such as tools, wood, and ingots, won't fit in containers. It requires better inventory management, and also gives rise to specialized containers and storage solutions which to me enhance the feel of the mod. If there will still be those specializations, great. But I look at specific items right now that to me seem quirky - the bed and quern base fit in vessels for instance. Yet the quern handstone does not. I've wondered it that is intentional, or just oversight. And in this context I wonder how those would be handled in the new system. Will vessels now only be the domain of extremely light items? And stone will not only weigh a lot, but will not fit in vessels, so regardless of the weight of the stone, we'll only be able to fit however many that is (like 50?) in our inventory? Plus a few extra if they can fit in a barrel? Or will it be strict weight, so maybe a vessel holds 8 stone, meaning 8 blocks per vessel? Will each slot be weight limited, or just overall? I feel like it'd be a good idea to keep some sort of size as a factor, with regard to containers anyway. Mostly for non-building materials that may want to be limited in storage options for game balance reasons. And would the back slot still have some items that only go there? Like anvils? Or can the player carry an anvil in inventory if they have the weight capacity? I like the idea in that it opens up much more definite usefulness for transport items like minecarts, carts, and pack animals. And presumably also the upcoming 1.9 boats that will hopefully be able to hold a chest. Maybe even someday magical/mechanic automatons. It would also open up avenues for potions and magics to increase this capacity. It also opens up notions such as raw logs being extremely heavy, and maybe plank blocks too, but raw lumber not so much. So transport in plank form becomes desirable, to the building site, where it's assembled into blocks. In combination with other stuff, could bring progression to materials gathering such as wood and ore perhaps. At the same time, I would hate to see it turn off a lot of people. I think it mainly depends on the dev plan for TFC2. If it's still going to try to cater to people who are primarily builders and maybe don't want to have their building limited by mundane details, or if it's going to be more about the progression to some eventual goal of some kind? TFC already caters to people who want at least some challenge, it seems like. But it also offers things like chisels and more wood/stone options that probably attract some people more than the hardcore-ness. They maybe just put up with the increased difficulty to get their hands on them planks. It seems too me, just from the abstract here, like it will be a step away from primary builders, depending on the actual numbers (but maybe 1.8 is already taking a step away from these people if planks and chisels cannot be implemented). With 256 as an example, I wonder how the weights might scale for other things. Will it be such that the player basically has to choose between armor and weapons, or building material? Like, a tool weighs 5 stone, and a chestplate 20? Or will such items weigh about 1 stone? If 1 stone, then 256 would be nearly unlimited, except for building material. But in the former case, the building material is trivial, and the items weighty, which is similar to what we have now and then I'm not sure much was gained. That's the problem I think - how to balance building materials vs items involved with game progression. They're sort of two entirely different classes of things, that have different audiences to a degree. I would presume the utility items would be balanced to be similar to now in terms of how many the player can carry, so I think the question comes down to building material. I kind of feel like the current system can already be used to balance building materials vs other items, and I kind of like the current system as is, and feel like the permissiveness of building materials as it is provides builders with plenty of leeway for their mad dreams, so I would ask in return: - What are the flaws of the current system? - How is it hoped this new system will solve these flaws? - What new benefits might such a system offer that the current could not? (aside from providing uses for transport) - What are the devs plans for TFC2 with regards to primary builders. This is rhetorical, I know it's probably still being considered. But I'd think it would factor heavily in the direction of things.
  2. [Building] Fantasy Windmill Refuge

    Wow, very nice job! Love the use of trapdoors for detail work and shutters
  3. Initiation of Agriculture

    Agreed. The OP seemed focused on the very beginning though, so I tried to limit myself to that. I think a lot of different areas of the ag system have been touched on in a lot of other posts. Just no overriding topic for it I believe.
  4. 1.7.10 mods with TFCb79

    Desire to see useless items have a use?
  5. Initiation of Agriculture

    The suggestion with regard to wild crops would definitely make the start very hunter-gathery. Personally, I wouldn't mind the stone age being longer, but I'm not sure I want to have to wait through a season of crops to farm food, much less jute, and especially if it's combined with scarcer wild food. And I don't think this suggestion will prolong the stone age. I don't think this suggestion will extend the stone age because there's not been any tech dependencies suggested to make that true. Which you did say is fine, but it sort of conflicts with the opening statement suggesting that extending the stone age is a goal of this change. This change merely hoped that by increasing the food workload, the metal progression will suffer as a result. But the metal progression in the game is relatively simple as it stands - gather surface nuggets, pit kiln them. Making a clay vessel and a couple molds is very fast, they won't be hindered at all if they don't change significantly. And really, making the player an obligate hunter-gatherer in the start is going to require they wander more, which will in turn mean they probably will find plenty of nuggets. Picking nuggets up is easy. Putting them in a vessel is easy. So overall, I don't think what you suggest will impact metal progression all that much. So people will have a pick and saw, but maybe not the time to mine. I think that will frustrate people, and in general I'd imagine most people aren't really looking for an extended hunter-gatherer phase. I do like the general notion of a tree of devices for all production. In my mind it's not really a tree without at least 3 steps, so in the case of grain grinding your first step could be a grinding stone. I'd suggest plants should not give seeds unless mature. That would reduce the ease with which players can get seeds. If more difficulty were desired, it might be interesting if early on, when the player has low skill, they don't just get seeds popping off, but instead have to somehow sacrifice food to try and get seeds. That sets up a choice - food or seeds - which was actually a very real choice historically oftentimes. Offhand I'd say soaking in a large vessel for a time (more clay and large vessels used!). Potatoes wouldn't work for that obviously, but since they are already I think 1st or 2nd highest producing crop, maybe you just can't get seeds from them by soaking. Them or onions. You have to increase your skill with other crops, then eventually you get seeds from everything via harvesting. If the player manages to get a saw before he's teched up in agriculture, then he can soak seeds more efficiently, since barrel is double the capacity of a large clay vessel. I just feel like forcing players to wait through and entire season of crop growth to get seeds is not going to be fun or interesting (and the way suggested requires a bunch of additional items). But giving the players a choice to make via which they can balance their food and seed needs, might be.
  6. I like the dropping of back items on damage, even as a standalone suggestion. I don't think it's a great solution to the corpse issue, because you still take damage, but Bioxx said there's another easy solution, so no prob there I guess. As for stone vs metal, there's already a durability difference, and I think few people currently makes metal knives except as a novelty. Stone shovels are also very common even when the player has higher tier metals. These could possibly be addressed by reducing those stone tool durabilities. But I'm not sure if it's easy to balance the uses (i.e. durability loss of knife in combat vs trimming) It's funny about ark, the first time I watched videos and saw people punching berry bushes and getting all sorts of berries, I was like "ok, this is stupid". I expected different plants specific to different berries - you don't bet blueberries form raspberry bushes. The awesomeness of the dinos though, made me able to overlook it. But as for differing quantities, I guess to me it's fine because it is entirely what drives the progression in that game. In order to get the materials needed for better and better weapons and items, you have to tame progressively better and better dinos to harvest the materials better and faster, and more specifically. The materials grind combined with level limits on items (very artificial imho) is what make the progression there. And I don't think it hurts that game. But dinos are awesome. Tools for materials is not necessarily 'realistic' as I presented it for TFC2, but it's a useful game mechanic I think, and to me anyway, it falls within the realm of believability. It's no more unrealistic than, say, tieing the yield to material of tool. Even the skill wouldn't change the amount of meat and bones on the animal. It's a matter of theoretical efficiency, and I think it's believable for a tool to affect that as well. Oh, and as far as speed, I never did mention, that's one reason to try and make the slice-breaking a block breaking mechanic. The speed can be adjusted for tool material then. On the role of tools in the system - making hunting and butchering focused actions I think one way to bring a unique sort of ambiance to the butchering is by having many tools. Right now, you just find an animal, kill it, get meat. No matter where you are, or what you have. It can be very opportunistic. I think it would be good for the feel of the game to discourage that, and encourage butchering in an actual area, or hunting for animal products as a directed goal. Part of that is the butcher block and clean room - that can be circumvented though. But the other part could be the tools. If meat and any/everything else just pops off to a knife, then the player just carries a knife anyway for food trimming, and with a little effort field-makes a butcher shop, anywhere they're at, and they can get anything. But if there are were specialized tools, the player is not going to carry butchering tools with them everywhere they go. The more tools, the less likely they'll have them. That helps localize butchering to a shop with a rack of specialized tools. And I think that would be good for gameplay, personally. The player won't be out doing something else, run across a deer, and get a bunch of extra goodies from it. They can get some meat, but the rest they need to either have the tools on them, or bring the deer back to the butcher shop. It's far harder to make tools in the field, especially if they can't be pit-kilned. Personally I think the stone knife could be switched a stone cleaver - a stone is knive is basically a cleaver really in some respects. Speaking from fish-cleaning experience, the role of a good knife is allow to make narrow cuts close to the bone, which I cannot imagine a stone knive being good at, and cleavers could believably be used for trimming too. Knives could be metal-only tools. That's kind of an aside though. One the affects on animal husbandry and tool-specific material gains Another factor, right now it seems like after the player has a bit of skill in butchering, there ceases to be an incentive to raise animals. Bones and leather both have pretty limited uses in the game. Once the player has some decent butcher skill, one pig will last a long time in terms of meat. In order to encourag enimal husbandry, I would think it would not be desireable to have the player get tons of everything from each slice. So your choices are basically make each slice yield very little, making it a grinding numbers game, which will probably produce loads of excess of meat or something else, or make it so the player can affect the quantity and likelihood of what they're going for. There's only so many slices per haunch. So if the player needs meat they use that tool, get meat, but very little of anything else. They want bones they use that tool. This allows players to have what they need at a given moment without having to grind. At the same time, because they don't get everything from each slice, they're going to need more animals, assuming there are enough products and uses. So hopefully the player will raise more animals, because they need more things from them, but can't get all at once easily. The meat is the base need, everything else can be relegated to later tools or higher tiers of skill and metal. SUMMARY I hope I'm getting my notion across clearly here - In the case of butchering I think it's a better mechanic for the player to get reasonable quantities of specific things via specific tools, than get smaller quantitites of everything every time from one tool. I think it's better for the obtaining of the things, from a material grind perspective, and I think multiple butchering tools would reduce opportunistic butchering greatly, and make hunting and butchering more directed activities, especially for specialized products (assuming we ever have such products). I think it would also encourage raising of more animals, without making animal raising for specific needs a grind, because the player can focus on a specific material they need, and have it in a reasonable time, rather than having to do more hunting/husbandry/butchering to get what they need, and ending up with tons of potentially wasted side-product. Hopefully in a believable and enjoyable way that adds to the atmosphere of the game. And PS, if later exotic materials are added, more along the lines of dissection (poison glands, phosphorescent glands, brains, hearts, etc) it could easily be an expansion of the same general system, via more special tools, such as scalpels, forceps, bone saws, extractors, syringes etc.
  7. Oh, ok then. Glad there's an easy solution! I did rather like the field dressing stage.
  8. I did think of an issue, if corpses are indeed encumbering - it would be problematic to have an animal corpse drop off in combat, but the player is still trying to fight other enemies, yet they are suddenly immobilized by a corpse they got close to and picked up. That's definitely a scenario to be avoided. Not entirely sure how to avoid that without making corpses simply not immobilize people. Takes a bit of the work out of the system, but I guess better than getting killed by it. I guess another option could be if the corpse immediately places itself either as a block, or as a place-able item (like large unfired clay vessels are placed in a pit kiln). Not sure if that would lead to eventual issues with clutter, since they wouldn't de-spawn then. But then, maybe the player should clean up their mess I guess. It would also be kind of cool if a placed corpse in block form eventually decayed down to a pile of bones if left over enough time.
  9. Stone is actually terrible for butchery. At least if you value your tools. Butcher blocks were historically made of hard woods, end grain up, as the cleaver could hit this and not be damaged, and by hitting the end grain, the wood is self-healing to a degree. The block was kept well oiled (mineral, tung, linseed), and cleaned, which kept the blood and bacteria from finding purchase. If the butcher block and butcher are both good, there will be no sawdust or wood chips to speak of. Code-wise, I wonder if it's even possible to use the cooking surface, because cooking surfaces technically take the block above the block you put them on, I think. I know I've had torches on the wall block me making a cooking surface several times. So the haunch would have to replace it. And then you could just use any old block. By using a burdensome butcher block, I was hoping to again encourage people to do their butchery at an established place, not just plop down a bunch of wood or stone blocks in the field and go to town. It won't stop it, but it'll help discourage it.
  10. Mechanisms and Mechanical Power

    Utility issues aside, I think perhaps the best route for such power to take - should it ever be implemented - would be simply mechanisms and rods. Mechanisms will be familiar to DF players. There they operated through quantum mechanics, no linkages required! But TFC could simply have a block called a mechanism, and to transfer power between them, rods. If you want to see a real-life example of this, check out this page, or this one which shows pictures from an oil field in Illinois that, at least in 2003 when the pictures were taken, was still operating off of what I'd call 19th century technology - a central power house, and then a series of rods that transfer that power to various wells on the property. It's a fascinating system that is apparently nearly self-sustaining, being powered off the natural gas from the oil it pumps. The hard part would be the maintenance of the rod lines I think. But it's incredible to look at, being supported with simple Y-shaped logs and branches, and yet it does real work. So, you'd basically have two mechanisms. Between them you can string some specific length of rod. Perhaps longer for higher tier metals. Any time you change direction, you have to use a mechanism, except that they will go up and down with the terrain in a straight 45 degree diagonal, again, as long as there is a mechanism at each end. Then whatever you want to power must be next to a powered mechanism. It'd be graphically simpler I think, than try to do a bunch of gears and cogs convincingly, and would only require two types of blocks. The mechanisms could be designed graphically to be not dependent on direction, so truly a single block for them. The rods would need a variety to account for all the configurations, but they would be fast to create I think, and hopefully low overhead.
  11. Heh, well, I'm an irl hunter, so highly pixelated animal corpses have no chance of grossing me out. but I guess it may be a concern for some. I think it's basically a matter of textures though - I don't really see why the method of gathering would be a concern. I might try to put some examples together, maybe there could be options for both tastes.
  12. I was just thinking sticks anyway, so 3-4 sticks vs 5-9 wouldn't be a big difference. The main sacrifice for the sledge is the speed reduction. The notion of large corpses being extremely large could lead to things like leading the cow into the butcher room, and killing it there, to avoid the hauling of the corpse, rather than just killing it in the field. At least bringing it indoors. It's a small act, but I think it would help lend a sense of authenticity to the process.
  13. Well, this *is* the TFC2 suggestion forum. I hope it's assumed that all suggestions here are for TFC2. If you're playing TFC at work and your boss sees, I think there's going to be other problems aside from the detail level of the butchering system. But ya, I'm not suggesting it be super-graphic. No more so than the existing chunks of meat. The corpse would need to be pretty generic and stylized anyway unless each mob has their own. If the graphics is the concern, that can be toned up or down according to player taste. The idea there was kind of to both give a logical step for skinning to occur, if a more thorough skinning mechanic is desired, but also to give another level of risk/reward. Sure, you killed that bear, but if you want that large hide you have to skin it basically where it died. If it's close to night you risk attack. There could even be increase predator spawn chance when a corpse is in place. So players could like, build a temporary hut around it, or come back later, etc. But it makes such a significant kill, presumably with more meat products, also have a few more risks. And though fidelity to RL isn't the end-all be-all in TFC, it does bring some of this - If you kill a deer irl, you're not carrying it anywhere. You have to cut it up in pieces (unless you can reach it with a vehicle obviously). The player can just hack it to piece with an axe quick-like, but no large hide then. Another thought might be to have a sledge the player can pull, and large carcasses could fit on that. No sprinting though!
  14. Why TFC Multiplayer is highly problematic.

    Maybe I've been playing computer games all wrong, but imho, aside from a very few cases where I made some lasting friends, every computer game I've ever played, no matter how much depth or shiny design, was ultimately 'a wank'. Unless you've figured out how to make irl cash off a game, or otherwise derive a lasting benefit, it's ultimately a waste of time in the same way many hobbies are. But if you enjoy it, that's all it needs to be justified. It's no more wasting of time than watching sports, or most of 'entertainment' television, certainly. Resource-wise, yes, on big servers you have to be willing to either travel a bit, or join another town. It would probably help the game a lot if caving wasn't so unattractive right now due to the cave-in mechanic. That would allow deep exploration without tedious boreholes and branch mining. I think part of that issue stems from the creative nature though - many people don't want to have to deal with a 'committee' of townsfolk, or a dictatorial mayor - they want to build whatever they want, how they want, and also not log in and find out someone else logged out with the red bucket, or best picks. Cooks in the kitchen and all. And that's no fault of the game, that's human nature. Edit: I would also add, that the devs have stated in the past that they are designing the game with 'small' groups in mind. So to some degree there's a conscious choice in the design - not for huge servers. I believe the popping off of nuggets is what causes large servers to feel depleted. I think people pop off starting metal for their first tools, and later pop off nuggets of good ores to 'hide' the deposits for themselves, and then don't harvest the vein before they get bored and quit, leaving a deposit with no surface clues. Personally, I make it a policy when starting, to never pop off all surface nuggets in starting metal groups (copper, zinc, bismuth, cass), if I can avoid it. I try to always leave at least one nugget in place as a marker. And I NEVER pop off the surface nuggets after I have a good starting tool supply, unless I'm actively mining the vein, and have decided I want to fully pursue it. That is, except within a couple hundred blocks of my town. Even on a towny protected server, it's very aggravating to invite someone to your town, and then have them start running around popping off surface nuggets within a few chunks of your town. Even then, if I ever decide to quit, I plan to go back and mark all those close veins with signs. I think if more people would be considerate citizens like that, it would help large servers a lot. I do think it's a fair point that the game is very one-dimensional in it's tech progression right now. The metal tech is very in-depth and drawn out, and functionally - in terms of fighting badies - everything beyond maybe bronze, and certainly steel, is arguably a bit unnecessary, unless you want to move source blocks. The other 'techs' are very shallow. I don't think it's for lack of desire - old forum posts are littered with grand plans - it's just they don't have a big team, like you mentioned. However, if you don't already know, there is a TFC2 in the works. It is still in planning stages, and sounds like it will be a different sort of game in terms of the overall progression of the game. There's still room for input there, I think, so you might want to check out that forum.
  15. Handling your wood, Carpentry and logging.

    Sorry, I got lazy and was conflating lumber and planks in my terminology. In my head it's 'planks' and 'plank blocks'. I didn't really see this topic in my glance over your forums Tony, but it's kind of more difficult to discuss in a useful fashion outside of the official game forum anyway unfortunately, as the possible solutions are far fewer without heavy duty coding involved. I probably should not have drifted so far from the OP - there is, after all, already a topic for stone-age extension. What I was mainly trying to get across was, in the base mod, changing the method and timing of obtaining lumber has a whole bunch of knock-on affects that need to be considered as well, if any sense of progression is to be maintained. It's true that it would give people in copper-scarce areas a way to get a grid without a saw (which I think is what Walrus was looking for), but without other changes, the majority of times it will just be a quick way to a grid, and even quicker path to metal overall. Panning already serves as a 'hard-way' to copper in copper scarce areas.
  16. Handling your wood, Carpentry and logging.

    You must have changed most of those recipes so they don't require smooth stone and planks, apparently? That milk requirement could be a pretty severe stumbling block in many cases. I applaud the notion though. I think it's a good idea to have the player need a bit more stone age experience, but if it were going to be in base TFC2, it'd be nice if it were incorporated into the tech progression so that it was more organic, rather than an artificial milestones. And I think making the crafting grid basically obsolete would be a step in the wrong direction. I think you could keep both the crafting grid, and ladders, as milestones. This could be firstly done by making the crafting grid require, say, four pieces of leather. Leather is entirely obtainable within a 2x2 crafting scenario. The flux stone could be an obstacle though. An alternate could be provided in the form of pitkilning a vessel of something to get flux. Maybe bones combined with small amounts of one or two other minerals. Though I'm not sure the pitkilning mechanic as it is recognizes anything other than ores. But requiring leather for the grid provides a milestone that is obtainable, but not super-easy, and is separated from obtaining a saw. Then, the player has their grid, and you could change the ladder recipe to require plank side-rails (6 planks, two sticks). Due to how many ladders one needs to go deep mining, making primitive planks could be a very slow way to get enough ladders. In that way, in combination with support beams, the saw could still be an attractive first tool choice. Especially if some recipes - chest, door - require a saw as part of the recipe. The obtaining of metal tools could be required to be after the crafting grid, by divorcing metal casting from pit kilns, and requiring a clay oven that is assembled using clay bricks (requires grid). This may or may not require mortar as the binder, depending on if flux is desired as a requirement. Otherwise maybe just sand. This could be a mere assemblage of brick blocks, or a lone process block. Or both, like the bloomery/BF. But it only does 1 thing at a time, so pit kilns are still good for multiple vessels etc (though maybe further combinations of process blocks yields an oven with more capacity) It would probably be good if pitkilns could still be used for at least some non-tool metals. In this way, the player would first have to obtain their grid, via leather (or whatever) and then they have to construct this clay oven to fire up a pot of tool metal. As it stands, you can get lucky and find enough ores to make your first metal tool within the first couple days. I think that's not entirely uncommon, though I may be wrong as I've not done a lot of worlds. By requiring leather for the crafting grid, I think on average it will take AT LEAST that long just to get the grid. You have to find the animals, fire up probably three large clay vessels, soak the hide in limewater, freshwater, and tannin. That's 32 hours just for the processes, not inclusive of the finding of the materials. Depending on animal/flux scarcity, possibly much longer. Then, the construction of the brick oven would also take awhile, due to the large number of bricks and logs required (logs for the pit kilns). Brick blocks could also have an architectural utility, btw. I'd guess that in an ideal start you'd probably take 4-5 days at bare minimum to get the first metal tool. And that's assuming animals and flux and a tannin-kosher wood and the surface metals are all at start. It'd probably take much longer, oftentimes. But it would be organic to the tech progression, rather than artificial achievements. And I'm not trying to dig on what you've got going Tony, you're working with the game as it sits. I'm musing on how things could be in TFC2, if the goal is to prolong the stone age, and allow a 3x3 grid without requiring metal tools.
  17. Handling your wood, Carpentry and logging.

    Thing is, planks aren't really part of the 'tech tree' of metals - which is arguably the only tech tree in the mod right now. Right now it's possible to get bronze tools without having planks at all. You need planks to make wood blocks for the crafting grid, but I would argue that's just a baseline for any and all techs after the stone age. After that, strictly speaking, you hardly need planks at all in terms of the metal tech - a barrel for leather, leather for bellows. 13 planks (aside from crafting grid) that will be required to get to the top of the metal tech tree. It's mostly charcoal and flux and metals. Now, you'll have a hard time getting all the metal required without ladders and support beams, obviously. But that's not what it's about, it's really about how fast you get your first two metal tools, which will nearly always be a saw and pick. And I think allowing stone-age planks will speed that process up for everyone. A crafting grid only requires 16 planks. So even if this stone-age plank mechanic only turns out 1 plank per log, it's still going to be way, way, way faster than having to work up to a saw through finding metals (unless the plank-chopping time is intolerably long), and pretty much everyone will always have their grid at the start of day two (plank chop all night) In the end I don't think it will provide any kind of 'slowed down' metals tree. It will in fact be sped up, and become the defacto standard for getting the crafting grid, and the pick will be the standard starting tool. I think it's great that right now, the player kind of has a choice for their first tool, between saw and pick. If I can make planks with a stone axe, I won't have to think about it at all, the pick will be obviously superior, because I'll have it AND ladders, and that plus a few logs is all I need to dig down and get enough copper for my first several tools. I think the loss of that choice would be unfortunate for the game. Now that all assumes that no recipes change, which I know some people advocate. But my point is, allowing planks to be gained earlier, but at a slower rate, is not going be a 'poor man's' way of getting planks. It's going to be everyman's way of getting a crafting grid, and then quicker ore, and then all the planks they ever need.
  18. Surveyors, and other things

    Technically, if you're tunneling down to the middle layer, no sedimentary stone shows up there at all - sedimentary is top layer only. So you have a 4/13 chance to find graphite bearing stone in the middle layer (~30% chance). All graphite bearing stone is metamorphic, and metamorphic doesn't even show up in the bottom layer, only top & mid. So there's no reason to dig below the middle layer looking for graphite. And ya, like Bunsan said, it shows up exposed in the top layer. It's not Y-limited. It's easiest to just find a graphite bearing top layer and run around propicking. You may get lucky and stumble on some exposed, especially in mountainous terrain. but eventually you'll get a reading pro-picking. Easier than boreholes, and also easier than caving with cave-in mechanics as they are now, imo. So you only need to know the top and mid layers when looking for graphite. And there's usually a ravine every once in awhile that goes down to the mid layer, and also uplifts of the middle layer exposed in mountain areas as Bunsan pointed out, so you don't even really need to tunnel that much if you are just looking to know what the middle layer is. Propicking it is another story of course.
  19. Separate Classes for different plant crops.

    You actually used to be able to harvest peppers and tomatoes in TFC without destroying the plant. Not sure of the story on why it was changed to the way it is. Speaking as an irl gardener, green beans and squash are two more plants that produce over a period of time. I assume this was considered a bit too advantageous, so they were changed to be as they are now for gameplay balance reasons perhaps.
  20. Threshing Grain

    Ya, the knife for grain thing always felt a bit perfunctory. Considering grain = bread, it might do something to address the imbalance between salad (specifically bowls) vs sandwiches. Especially if burlap is required, as jute can be very hit or miss, and takes a long time to cultivate.
  21. Diary Of A TerraFirmaCraft Noob

    It'll affect the animals you find. Check out the TFC climate page It's very useful info. You'll have clay, but 4k is too high to find cows or horses. I think it'll also be too high for 2/3 of berry bushes to show up. But, rainfall changes more often than stone types. So you shouldn't have to travel as far to find a different rainfall environment.
  22. What pages should be updated first?

    It might be nice, on the anvil page, to clarify where the non-tool metals fall, in terms of being able to make sheets.
  23. Magic!

    I've been thinking about if there's room for two magic systems, and specifically if there would be a place for 'druidic' or nature-based magic. I wanted to put some thoughts down here. Pollution/Degradation One of the early parts of this thought was, what would make this magic 'nature' magic, and how would it be different from a more 'by-the-book' arcane magic. I was thinking of a lot of natural processes or components, but one thing that jumped out at me was, if it were to be nature-based, the aesthetic would best be supported by methods which lend themselves to nature. So one of the concepts I came up with, was the notion of degradation of nature. The game could have a way to track this, and nature magic works best in areas where it is least disturbed. So, perhaps there could be a counter for each chunk, that tracks degradation. Much like it tracks whether the fishing or panning/sluicing are overworked. But rather than being overworked, the number would be a threshhold. And above certain thresholds, certain nature magics will not work at all, or will work only at reduced power. There would be two numbers - a minimum and a current number. Some acts will increase just the current number. There will be spells to heal degradation done by small acts. Other acts will increase both the current AND minimum number. The minimum number is just that, a minimum, and can never be reduced. It represents permanent harm. Some things that could increase environmental degradation: - Any time a dirt, natural stone, or ore block is broken. This would be a very small increase, but only to the current number. This could easily add up fast, but the druid can heal it via appropriate magic later. cutting down a tree would degrade according to the amount of wood dropped. - Every time a 'processed' block is placed, this raises the minimum and current values. But removing them lowers both by the same amount. Such blocks are smooth stone, bricks, anvils, farmed ground, metal sheets, bloomery and blast furnace blocks, etc. Maybe plank blocks even. If TFC2 doesn't have chisels that'll simplify it. Otherwise the fact that chisels turn these blocks to air will have to be addressed. And yes, stone blocks and metal sheets and anvils don't produce pollution. But the idea is to not have druids using them in their area. - Every time a bloomery or blast furnace is lit, this raises the minimum & current, and not just in the chunk it's lit, but basically every loaded chunk around the player, the the amount goes down the further away you go. Basically these kinds of industrial processes represent the greatest harm, and permanent, via pollution. Pit kilns and forges may just increase the current number, not the minimum, and in a smaller area. Because druids will probably still need *some* metal tools. The druid will of course need a way to tell how degraded a given chunk is, though this may have an associated skill and go in stages of accuracy, like the cooking taste mechanic. Chests, barrels, fences, etc would all be fine, unless sufficient alternates are provided. Yes, a druid could in theory let their animals roam free, or capture them with 2-high walls, but I don't think either of those is a great solution. Roaming will just be annoying (unless the druid can eventually tame ANY animal enough to command it to stay in place) and 2-high pits or enclosures just aren't scenic. It would be fun though, if druids could magically grow some kind of natural hedge-fence. So that gives an idea of the nature of pollution. The idea is to *not* have druids existing side-by-side in a town with people running blast furnaces and such. The druid should be surrounded by nature. And this notion runs somewhat counter to the stated goal of multiplayer coop, but I think it would be worthwhile nonetheless. THE EQUIPMENT I was envisioning druids as using a variety of grown tools and blocks. I haven't got details yet, but for instance there could be moss blocks that grow atop natural stone and dirt, but only underneath trees. The druid could influence these blocks in various ways to grow more powerful, and spread. These could either power a mana system, or be required adjacencies for other process blocks to function. There could be other such plants, as well as stonehenge-like obelisks. Different setups could give different powers. Druids could also use crystals in their magic, as suggested above. Hopefully it could be tied to moon cycles in some way. There would probably be some overlap in spell effects between druidic and arcane magic, but in general I would imagine arcane having more pure-damage-dealing type effects, with druidic perhaps focusing on taming animals, or even allowing the druid to tame and/or mount animals not otherwise mountable, like bears (maybe vanilla mount mechanics prevent this though) I was imagining the druid using copper, silver, gold, lead, and platinum in their processes, in pure forms. No bronze, as it's an alloy, and certainly no iron or above. I'm not sure where silver and gold and platinum fall in terms of workability on anvils - the wiki anvil page does not currently address that. However, I think it would be best if druids did not make anvils at all, but instead upgrade their raw stone anvil (via magic, or something else) to progressively higher tiers. It could retain the base stone, but add suffixes, i.e. 'basalt moon anvil'. Stone anvils would of course not degrade the chunk. I would imagine druids mostly using magic, and magic staves for weapons. And either magic leather armor, or additional types could be added. There could be chitin added via giant insects, crabs, or turtles. Perhaps bone armor. Or even wood armor magically grown and enhanced. Or even magical versions of silver, gold, or platinum, though I know that may be dicey as those were specifically removed some time ago for good reasons, and the unenchanted versions might risks confusing non-druids. It would be interesting if druids could actually grow special magical varieties of tree (ironwood, etc) that could be fashioned into armor using a smithing system, but perhaps using a different tool from hammer. Aside from armor, I'd mostly imagine druids using the metals in making vessels for their magical concoctions, maybe scythes for harvesting magical flowers, etc. Hopefully the currently useless game flowers could be incorporated into an herbalism system. In line with the idea of pollution and degradation, if the druid is carrying armor or weapons of forbidden material types, their magic would be greatly reduced, and their other work hindered as well. The tricky part though, would be making this a distinct skill branch (assuming that's desired). I imagine there would be skills associated with nature magic and arcane, and skill in one could detract from the other. If the player wants to be the best at one, they can't dabble in the other. This would enforce a magical dichotomy. But keeping a player from setting up a druid base in one area, and an industrial base in another, would be harder. Unless the notion of pollution were extended to the player themselves. So severe acts such as lighting bloomeries and blast furnaces degrades the natural essense of the player themselves. Overall, the idea would be to encourage 'druid' characters (and remember, 'druid' is just shorthand for a player focusing on nature magic - there's no classes in the game and no mechanic will actually forbid the druid from making and using the industrial blocks and iron+ gear) to create home and environs very different from the 'classic' style of player town. I was imagining simple cottage, with logs of big shady trees having all sorts of mystical looking sylvan plants, stones, and crystals. Pools of special water, etc. Maybe even fairys, dryads, or kodama, that the druid could attract or summon to enhance the magic. Basically, a different, very mystical, setting.
  24. Diary Of A TerraFirmaCraft Noob

    Don't be afraid to roam far. You can find a better rock layer, surface nuggets, crops, animals, and all kinds of stuff. Much more interesting than panning. Make sure to get a minimap mod, and mark the locations of nuggets, especially if you pick them all up. Beware of starting areas with rainfall under 250. They won't have clay, which is an even bigger problem than lack of copper.
  25. Future of Burlap in TFC2

    I had another thought on possible burlap use. It's only going to make sense if there's any desire to make food (specifically fruit) less easy to get, so this is all made in that context and if that's not a desire then this is not going to be a useful suggestion. I've noticed that it's pretty easy to set up a very extensive fruit farm, what with berry bushes and trees. In the right climate zone, it doesn't take much wandering to get loads. I thought it would both give a use to burlap, and make fruit producers more valuable early on, if burlap sacks were the only item that could hold berry bushes and fruit tree saplings (and maybe regular saplings as well). It seems like stack sizes can be be different for inventory vs container, looking at log piles. So maybe saplings and bushes would only stack to 1 in player inventory, but higher in the burlap sack (Though logs are higher in inventory than in stack slots, so maybe that doesn't work in reverse?) It would be additionally interesting if plants in player inventory had some sort of 'rot' timer (12 hours or less maybe, reduced by high temps), which if it runs out the sapling/bush disappears, or turns into sticks. Timer does not decay in burlap sack. This would represent that carrying bushes and trees bare-root is not good for them at all. It would allow players to gather nearby bushes and fruit trees without a sack. There would have to be some sort of precaution for bushes to make sure the player cannot just place and immediately break it again to reset the timer (maybe a 'sapling' version for bushes, like the early stages of crop growth?) The player could still gather them from farther away without a bag, but they'd have to carry them, plant them before they dry out, and come back again and re-harvest them later. The sack could for instance have just 4 slots, like vessels and log piles, with max stacks of 4 in each slot, and could be constructed using some burlap, jute or other thread, and dirt. This would set up an early game choice between using your jute for ropes for animals, or for sacks for transporting bushes and trees. This might make fruit trees and/or bushes more important in the early game, as it won't be as easy to set up massive fruit farms (especially if fruit trees only gave saplings in the right season, or if a beehive is nearby, etc). For extra hardcore-ness: -Burlap sacks can only be carried though extraordinary means such as player back, donkey, cart, etc. -The sack has a matching set of slots for dirt (16 sap/bush, 16 dirt). And every time you place a sapling in the sack, is uses up one block of dirt. You cannot place a sapling in the sack if no dirt block is available -You have to keep the sack moist -Saplings/bushes which are placed bare-root (from player inventory) have a flag like 'root shock' or something, which reduces their growth speed when planted(the flag is applied when the rot timer decays a bit). Saplings placed in a burlap sack have the 'root shock' flag removed, so they grow at normal speed when planted. When the sapling is removed from the sack and placed in hotbar or inventory, the 'rot' timer starts again and the player has a brief time period to plant it before the root shock flag is re-applied.