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    • Crysyn

      Only help if you can be helpful

      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.
    • Kittychanley

      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. Wiki Edits/Suggestions

    - The tin page lists it as an ingredient in bismuth bronze as well as bronze. Bismut bronze is made form bismuth, copper and ZINC, not tin. - in the tools and weapons page it lists the spindle as requiring metal age, but a spindle is made from one clay and a stick, then another stick added after firing... - Is the amount of hides/leather that a barrel of limewater/water/tannin can process going to be added to the wiki once they have been..modified? This is exceedingly important information as putting in too much results in the loss of the excess (Which i discovered to my sorrow on Earth3) even though other object behaviors suggest it would have just not worked.
  2. Scythe work

    Criticism is by nature negative (which this post is) is a form of feedback. If negative criticism and constructive arguments towards a solution are ignored because their 'tone' is bad, you have lost at least half of the mechanism many people use to make their projects/products 'better'. Im with Vagabond. tone is irrelevant. Sure I could swirl up the idea is yes-man brown nosing manipulative sugar coating language to try and make it more semantically palatable, but Im a blunt kinda guy who thinks an idea should stand up for its merits rather than frilly language used to describe it. Id much rather use my time playing TFC and storming up other possibilities that might make useful suggestions than trying to 'convince' everyone that a skeleton of an idea is the most awesome thing since sliced bread. Thats what discussion and alteration based on knowledge of code we are not allowed to see or modify is about. My understanding from reading through these forums is that this area is both a place for suggestions to be put to the devs for core inclusion, and also a place for moders and other supporters to get ideas or spark discussion. I do not typically fully hash out an idea because I am only one mind and not a mind reader. Instead I analyse a system (in this case TFC), learn its rules (nothing listed in the sticky post, nothing before 1500AD and it must be believable (hopefully more so than it currently is) and keep my eye out for inconsistencies, things missing, things that may add to the whole etc and then post about them to catalyse discussion. The fact there have already been replies says I succeeded. Weather there is wiggle room for bringing the scythe into consistency (and thus more intuitive use) with the rest of the content or for adding to the previously mentioned sticky as a fixed point falls purely into the staffs domain.
  3. Misc bits

    Not really worthy of their own threads I think so Ive just put them here for consideration/discussion. Farmable lillypads ->we can currently farm every other kind of plant there is in game (except long grass which grows back automatically anyway) and these are very useful. Only counter argument I can think of is 'but then what would you go out exploring for' for which there are two answers 1. Everything else. More minerals, any fruit trees I have obtained samples of, animals I dont have yet and extra everything. 2. By this logic we should also not be able to bring back crop seeds or saplings and plant them where it is more convenient to harvest them and animals should not be able to be 'led'. Instead trees should auto regrow where they were spawned like long grass crops should just randomly spawn over and over at random places and animals would have to be bred where they are found and left to wander. Markers ATM Im using Reis minimap waypoints to mark stuff, but it would be nice to be able to instead make some kind of marker that can be plonked down as I find nuggets and stuff as Im going. It also makes sense that ye old neanderthal would have some way to record or otherwise mark locations to come back to. A piece of dirt with a torch on it jsut becomes another piece of grass with a random torch on it after a while an we have no point, GPS beacons or such. I figure something like a stone with a stick or bone through it and a flower or feather or something tied to it or notches carved on the stick etc would be something that might have been used. Or perhaps have animals killed also drop a skull we can paint with basic dyes and shove a stick into and/or notch in a pattern or something.
  4. The "Why Can't I...?" Thread

    Ty for the responses Because it will wear out my sword and I will have nothing I can use to kill the nasties? Also see my thread in suggestions titled "Scythe work" I cannot see this question listed anywhere before Euphorics post. I believe the original question was Why cant I...drink from a water bucket If I had to guess the answer I would say that a water bucket holds 2xthe volume of water of a jug and code is not in place to deal with miliBucket amounts of liquid like some other mods use so one cannot have a 'half full' bucket of water after filling a jug from it.
  5. [Request] Modification of TFC's "Treecapitator"

    My reply evolved into something that should be in a thread of its own so it is now here
  6. Scythe work

    1 + 1 + 2 does not equal 10 just because we wish it to. If God came along and declared it does, or some mathematician could use his brains to explain how it does, it may become 'believable'. If someone creates a game where anything purple is edible and contact with air kills these 'facts' could become believable so long as they were consistent throughout. TFCs two most restated parameters are 'it must be believable' and being limited to pre 1500 Earth/humanity history. Tools are usually designed for specific purposes. A knife cuts things, a pencil leaves marks on stuff and a philips-head screwdriver manipulates fasteners (one can use tools for things they weren't designed for like cutting paper with a screwdriver, but it wont be effective/efficient if it works at all).Using a scythe on a tree is not 'believable' to me because Ive seen real scythes, I know what they were made for, Ive seen footage of them being used. I currently accept their use in clearing tree leaves - because I can do it. This doesn't make it believable because seemingly every other 'tool' in the game was modeled explicitly from IRL history so it does what its IRL counterpart was created for. Pains seem to have been taken to make sure that tools are used for what they were designed for. eg hitting mobs with things like propicks or ladders does essentially nothing even though hitting someone IRL with a ladder might very well kill them. Instead we must carry knives or swords or other such 'weapons' to be able to kill things before they kill us.Its been stated that if scythes were not used for gathering sticks they would be useless. This is true, but only because people are not encouraged to use them for what they are designed for. ->If I stop using swords for their intended purpose of killing and instead stubbournly use them to punch out stone in mines to get to ores I want, is the sword then useless because I suddenly discover that the pickaxe is actually faster at removing stone? (the sword is still capable of doing what it was crafted t odo, as is teh scythe but is no longer used for 'other' purposes.)People don't use the scythe for harvesting crops as much as they should because:a) They only need small farms. Half a stack of wheat can feed them for several months or moreb) they are allowed to use this tool for other uses that make their lives easier (humans being lazy and all)Making enough flour for 4 loaves of bread from one stalk of wheat/rye etc is not realistic. It has however become believable because most of us come from minecraft variants where we are used to doing amazing things like pulling 20 doors from our pockets, fighting horrible things like withers, creepers, skeletons or dragons (which would kill almost any of us IRL), or gorging ourselves on unlimited food easily obtained from nothingness through convoluted perpetual motion machines of automation and container nesting.If you want consistency and believability and realistic mechanics based on ye old ancient humanity, make the scythe realistic by encouraging it to be used for what it was designed for - to harvest straw/crops.Having worked in many bakeries in my youth, I know it takes a fair amount of flour to make bread. A 20kg bag of flour along with water and minor amounts of other stuff make 20-30 loaves of bread or a whole bunch of bread rolls depending on how it is portioned out. How much wheat or rye goes into making that 20kg of flour though? According to minecraft-math you could pull out a very small handful of grain and voila a small army is fed.Instead it should be more like:1 wheat = 4 grains4 (or more) grains in a quern = 1 flour3 flour + 1 water jug = 1 dough or with a crafting table6 flour and 1 water bucket = 2 dough1 dough cooked = bread roll (half star of filling)4 dough = 1 bread dough cooked gives a bread (4 stars of filling)It should be like this instead because:Something for nothing = magic. Magic = frowned upon.Something for nothing is also not believable or realistic, nor does it help provide the complexity and other requirements for specialization which are apparently highly desirable traits for SMP.In order to make mass bread and feed self/community it would be required to literally have fields of grains growing for which a scythe would have to be used to harvest it quickly.Instead of a scythe for clearing leaves and branches, the correct tool is a Billhook.A suggested recipe might be a saw blade + 3 sticks in a row since to have a copper sawblade means you have the means to have a crafting table. Since these tools are designed to reach heights they should also be able to knock leaves off trees at higher level than we currently can because we are using the correct tool for the job.
  7. More early game uses for straw

    I dont disagree with there should be a sleep bar or something to force resting, but while it doesn't exist so does not constitue one of the environmental parameters I work within. I dont break belivability or character perspective by not sleeping because it is not not required. Early on when there is so much to do a little waiting is inevitable but Im not going to stand around bewailing the fact I dont have a bed or have nothing to do (thereby wasting a lot of time). As Ive mentioned elsewhere, there are a number of mechanics that heavily influence ones decision making process in how you play the game. Knowing these going into a fresh world influences what priority weightings are given to different tasks. If I don't have access to a bed, I prioritise lighting the area up and building secure work areas so I can keep 'working' at night. On Earth3, I had a 3k+ block, nearly straight, mostly paved and all staired road linking all my installations and outposts. It was lit up like a xmas tree with torches every couple blocks so that at night I could run along between facilities without being eaten because I got very lucky by having a major multi node copper vein under my first installation site but for a very very long time I had no bed because I had no sheep. (Dying was bad because well it was dying, but also because spawn was a couple hundren blocks away on a tiny peninsula where creepers and undead liked to spawn at night. Now on Earth4, one of my initial foraging sweeps has found a pair of sheep and I just got a sheaf of wheat, so I will have wool, but still the only metals in the area are tin and zinc and these metals apparently cannot be used to make tools so no saw to make a bed and no chisel to make stairs along roads means lot of jumping in transit at night.
  8. A few suggestions on Stone Age Weapons

    ..There already seems to be different damage types..slashing piercing stones are the stone age blunt javlins are piercing and axes/knives are slashing Then you get improved versions or variations once you have collected a few more specialized materials...horns, ores, string etc Different damage types naturally kill different nasties better.. spiders with hard chitinous shells need piercing damage to be effective, rotting zombie flesh would not notice blunt or piercing damage but slashing can chop them into rotten flesh and skeletons have not flesh to pierce or slash so they must be clobbered/crushed with thought had been this is why maces existed so once I made copper age in Earth3 I always carried both sword and mace with me. There has been emphasis both on 'once you know how you can do it everywhere - ie Smithing, and 'anything you learn here is useless elsewhere' - ie cooking. I think perhaps both are needed. A player can gain knowledge of how to do something in one world and carry it with them, but Steve in world A is not Steve in world B. A skill count encourages one to use the skill to 'practice' which is how you gain skill points. This skill level is thus representative of a given players practice in a given world. Some examples: -a pvp player who goes off into single player and 'practices' then goes onto a MP server and rips everyone a new one even thought he has only been in that particular world there 5 mins -a hunter who has been purging every nasty in the hills around his communities base for several in-world years Who shoudl be better at slaughterage be it player or mob? Since 'skill' might be called a mix of knowledge and practice, you learn the mechanics, then practice in the given world to be awesome. Tying in how hurt you are to calculations with your skill level also helps increase believability since if I came and busted you up near your field/house (read log cabin/tree farm) you aren't going to run or throw things at me very well. Taken to the Nth degree, one might also consider that changing variables such as the armour your (not)wearing and other buffs or weather might also modify how well you would do in any given situation even if you are all meta-knowledgable and practice-skilled in a given world.
  9. More early game uses for straw

    Do none of you do other things in your house at night while you wait? Granted the first week tends to be boring as hell, but after that Im busy making tools or cooking stuff or once I have a mine I can spend my nights in it. I also tend to light my areas up to the point where I can be outside harvesting crops or trees etc
  10. Double Suggestion: Art & Wine/Beer

    Going the rout of having proper wine cups for the wine, you could also make tankards for the beer and shot glasses ro something for the spirits. As far as music, assuming you 'knew' how to play the instrument, you could prewrite a piece of music in a txt file in configs or something and have it displayed in a small list of 'songs you know' interface....or just a set of buttons bound to keyboard or the mouse is used on to 'play' the instrument.
  11. The "Why Can't I...?" Thread

    Why cant mushrooms ? IRL many people swear they are a good food and when your just starting anything you can get can be needful. Why cant I...use a sword to cut grass and get straw? Straw is dried grass cut with a cutting edge (scythe/dagger - so why not also a sword? Why cant raw meat? After slaughtering a pig we cant wolf down its meat to avoid starving without first going home or creating a firepit and cooking it. Why cant I...use water to cool metals down? I should be able to stand in water with or throw into the water, metals ingots and stuff to cool them down so they can be taken out of molds and stacked. Why cant I....use other grains to lead animals into my storage pen? The idea is 'here is something you want to eat so follow me and you might get to eat it' yet we can breed them with other grains.
  12. Studying seeds..

    Even in really old games like the Sega game Dragon Crystal you had find rod or potion etc you had to first use it once in order to find out what it was/what it did. Until you had tried something there were random names used "Red Scroll" "Blue Rod" etc the nonce you discovered what it was, its name was filled in. The point to food preparation recipes (all 73k+ of them,) to be tied to seed is to force manual discovery and make each world unique. Why then should this not be consistently the case wit other things? Each ore mined could have its randomised 'bland name' then as you discover its properties by mixing with other things, trying to melt it, hammer it, carve it, grind it i a quern to make powder..for use as fertilizer or dyes or w/e its tooltip can be filled out. If you cant discern a property immediately (eg dont have wood to get hot enough to melt it) you put it aside until you do. Wood would work similar..try burning different woods to see how hot they burn, how long they last etc then add this info to in game need to have such info on a wiki anymore then. Once you know all properties of something its default name can be added so you know what it is, or you could give it your own name.
  13. [Request] Modification of TFC's "Treecapitator"

    I use scythes mostly FOR gathering straw or on occasion crops when Im in a hurry. (I do use them on trees also but at some point i need far less wood so my treefarm just sits there looking like a forrest for long periods of time. I agree with Vagabond that trees should drop their other resources when chopped down as this is far more believable than half the tree just vapourising on the spot. If you want to control inventory..dont make the tree drop 20 million sticks and saplings...have it drop like 2 or 3 saplings for the whole tree, and a few 'branches' that can initially be crafting gridded (snaped/broken) to get sticks. If your worried about 'make things easier' require people to 'process' say a 'branch' object - depending on how its snapped off it could be a sapling or a couple sticks. (2 branchies on top of each other is sticks, one on its own is sapling) Once you have some sticks you can make knives to trim/prune branches to get more sticks. Pick any tree you like outside and go look at how it is formed. Then consider..just how many of its pieces would actually be considered a 'stick' the way we use them in minecraft (tool/weapon handles, making fences etc) It makes more sense (more 'believable/real' for the main stick acquisition to be from chopping trees down and pruning the 'good' branches than for swinging a scythe designed for harvesting certain crops at a tree blindingly hoping to cut it just right. To extend the discussion slightly its also more believable to use either cut logs or early on 'branches' to make fences and ladders than 'twigs' too.
  14. [Suggestion] Basic Needs

    Why could the cake not be eaten and still had? Many mods have configurable settings...and since TFC has a calendar and timer built in...configure how long a 'rest unit' is. A Fatigue bar would be like the hunger/thirst bars - i represents how tired we are and it depletes a unit every day or something and one 'rest' replenishes the fatigue bar either to full if its a full nights sleep, or however many units are rested different quality beds could be implemented to grant more rest units based on quality * length of sleep rest should not NEED to be only at night. Sleep is something you typically do when tired - shift workers, hunters and other types work at night when conditions are better for them and sleep during the day. Those who play in SMP could utilize a server side option that disables the fatigue bar since a) as RL humans we DO log out and sleep/eat etc so in in-world terms that is when your steve is also resting in SMP, but in SSP the whole universe goes into stasis when we log out as it is not a persistent world. There isn't any conceivable way to resolve the temporal distortions that would result in one person laying down to sleep for 8 hours at sunset and awaking an instant later to it being day, while the hunter goes out at night and is consciously 'awake' If you went further down the path, how tired you are could effect combat effectiveness, chance of mistakes/errors or materials loss etc. Could also implement modifiers such as foods to modify tiredness state and poisons/traps/drugs that make you sleepy etc
  15. Gems?

    Why do they need specific inputs? The protection meters just require 'chipped gems' An alter might just require a marble plinth and 3 normal or better know.. gods of one place are not necessarily gods of you takes what you gets..and use it. Chimes to use as a sort of defensive ward or polished stones to capture sunlight in a mirror box don't have to some specific sort, and if you can make tools to cut gems, you could take a regular one and 'cut flaws off' to make a perfect one, or chop/break others into the bits needed. Granted if you wanted to some specific flavor of gem for some vain or hyper accurate scientific use we would currently need to excavate large quantities of rocks to 'hunt for gems' but some randomness is the spice of life no? It also creates another couple problems for people that may cause further evolution - 'what to do/build with all this rock' and 'how to not make it take 2 million years' both of which addon devs might be able to help with.