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New content is in progress for Alpha 17

Posted April 10th, 2017 by Tynan Sylvester

We recently asked whether players would rather have the bugfix-only update released, or if they’d prefer we just kept working and waited until we had new content to release.

The results aligned with my personal thinking, which is that the disruptive effect of a release (breaking various compatibilities) isn’t worth it for a bugfix-only release. So, we’ve been adding new content! Alpha 17 will basically be two updates combined, where one of them was a refinement-and-fix overhaul.

I’m not going to go into detail on exactly what’s coming (that’s what the update videos are for!) But here are some basic notes on things in progress. The update will focus on enriching the content in the world, and create more reasons to use the planet-travel caravan system:

  • Roads and rivers across the world (multiple categories of each).
  • Redone enemy base generation.
  • Enemy AI overhauls. They’ll be harder to cheese in various ways and act more sensibly.
  • A new class of incidents that initiate quest opportunities on the world map. These are driven by a new combinatorial “site” system that allows us to create destinations to go to out of multiple “pieces”. This creates more variation than we would get if we just had single quest destinations. Now we can take any “site core” from a library, surround it with “site parts” from another library and the system will generate them all together. So, you could have a core that is a stash of gold, and add on “manhunter animals” and “abandoned turret line” around it, and the map generator will combine those. The number of possible combinations can get large quickly. This update will keep it pretty basic, but for future updates I hope to have larger site part libraries, which will create massive variation.
  • People can tend their own wounds now!
  • Tons and tons of rebalancing and detailed redesign to make skills matter more, make the economy more coherent and balanced, make animal farming for meat viable, make cannibalism a bit less ho-hum, make surgery not absurd, make room stats matter in a sensible way, make storyteller incidents more varied, and so on.

Based on man-hours, Alpha 17 will probably be the most substantial update yet. RimWorld has become quite a beast in terms of design complexity, so it does take a lot longer now to design and tune things so they integrate into the rest of the game well, don’t overwhelm players with complexity, and don’t create weird exploits or nonsensical outcomes. But, that’s all part of the inherent challenge of designing a tightly-integrated, wholly-procedural colony sim!

Still working, no release date! To discuss this post, please join us on the forum thread for this post.

 

 

Looking like could be an interesting update, once it is released.  It is currently in Beta...

 

I'm still playing the A16 game that I started a few months ago (the SlowA$$Computer Colony is going strong... if not slowly...)

 

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Rimworld allows players to play "unstable" versions.  Well, the unstable A17 has been renamed "release 17".  That probably means that A17 will be officially released tonight or tomorrow.  Probably tomorrow.  You can see if it is released by watching the rimworld main page, they will likely have a news article posted about 10 minutes after A17 comes out with the current patch notes.

 

I haven't tried any of the unstable A17, but from what I have heard it is relatively minor additions but a lot of bug and balance fixes.  

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A17 is out

 

A summary of the changes in this alpha follows:

Roads and rivers

  • World now generates with roads and rivers
  • There are five road types: path, dirt road, stone road, ancient asphalt road, ancient asphalt highway
  • Some roads generate with things alongside, like concrete barriers or ancient lampposts
  • There are four sizes of river: huge river, large river, river, and creek
  • Rivers generate more in rainy areas, move towards the sea (ignoring tiny lakes) and merge as appropriate
  • Rivers and roads generate on local maps as expected.
  • Stone roads generate using local stone and a new flagstone terrain type.
  • Visitors, caravans, traders, and raiders tend to arrive and leave on the roads.
  • World generation is more chronological now. First continents form, then rivers, then an ancient society is shallowly simulated to generate ancient roads, then modern settlements and roads are generated (alongside ancient roads, often).

World quests

  • New "site parts" world site generation system. It allows assembling together a world destination from several 'parts'. Mixing and matching will allow us to create a huge number of combinations.
  • New world quest incident: Item stash. An allied faction tells you about a stash of randomly-generated reward items, guarded by a random threat. You can send a caravan to defeat the threat and collect the reward.
  • New world quest incident: Bandit camp. An allied faction asks you to defeat a bandit camp, and offers you a reward if you do so.
  • New world quest incident: Caravan request. An allied faction asks you to deliver a particular resource to a particular base in a particular time frame, for a special reward.
  • New 'long-range mineral scanner' building slowly scans for precious resource lumps nearby in the world. You need to send a caravan to collect them. Lumps may be defended.
  • New caravan incident: Payment demand. Raiders demand items or slaves from your caravan; if you refuse, they attack.

Other new stuff

  • Added smokepop belt. Emits a cloud of accuracy-reducing smoke when the wearer is shot. Smoke also prevents turret targeting.
  • Characters can now tend their own wounds (with a penalty to effectiveness).
  • Added bowler hat.
  • Corpses now leak black corpse bile while rotting.
  • Vents can be opened and closed with a flick action.
  • Add option to render hats only on the main game map (but not on the portraits in the pawn bar).
  • Bills can now be temporarily paused when satisfied, until automatically reactivated at a lower level. This reduces the need for pawns to repeatedly return to the work bench each time the count falls just one below the target count.
  • You can now create your own packaged survival meals (with appropriate research and ingredients).
  • All pawns now have "head butt" attacks they can use if they're missing all other attacking body parts.
  • Added a "caravan packing spot" so you can tell your caravans where to assemble.
  • When trees burn, the leave behind burned tree stumps.
  • When structures and plants burn, they leave behind ash.
  • Carpets and wooden floors can now burn.
  • New training lessons for explaining shield belts, and how door opening speed is affected by material type.
  • Added ambrosia sprout incident. This sprouts a grove of the pleasurable, nutrition, and addictive ambrosia fruit trees nearby.
  • New 'wimp' trait makes pawn incapacitated from even a relatively small amount of pain.
  • New chain shotgun weapon

Modding

  • Modders can now add "def modifiers" which, instead of replacing a whole def, change specific fields of that def. This allows multiple mods to change the same def without wiping each others' changes (unless they change the same field, of course).
  • Information on how to use def modifiers is in this forum thread: https://ludeon.com/forums/index.php?topic=32735.0
  • Various enums are now defs so modders can add new ones (TrainableIntelligence , DamageArmorCategory, ImpactSoundType, ReservationLayer, BillRepeatMode, PrisonerInteractionMode, FleshType).
  • GUI tables (like most of the main tabs along the bottom of the screen) are now defined by data, making it easier to add, rearrange, sort, and change columns on the UI.

Increasing skill relevance

  • Mining skill reworked: Steeper speed penalty for low skill. Mining yield is now slightly dependent on mining skill.
  • Trade price spread made much wider, but social skill also has a much greater effect on it.
  • Added “animal gather speed” stat which makes some pawns faster at gathering wool or milk.
  • Added “animal product yield” stat which makes some pawns more/less likely to waste the product when gathering wool or milk.
  • Removed post-process curve from melee hit chance so it uses the simple level-by-level tuning. It’ll be much harder to hit things now at low melee skills. Note: Default hit chance is 0.6 for pawns without skills. This equals the chance of a pawn with melee skill 6.
  • Added a melee dodge stat, so better melee-skilled pawns will have more advantage. Pawns don't melee dodge while aiming or firing ranged weapons.
  • Work tab boxes are easier to identify skill level for visually.
  • Added small crunching sound that plays when you assign a pawn to a skill they're terrible at.

AI

  • AI has more intelligent ranged shot target selection with random elements. Harder to exploit, and looks less dumb, doesn't shoot at chickens as much.
  • Raider with mega-weapons will now avoid friendly fire
  • Sapper groups will now choose another sapper if the first one is killed, making them much more persistent.
  • Sapper groups will now continue digging even while defending from attack.
  • Animals flee when harmed.
  • Added a new state to caravan lord job, “bloody exit”, which makes the exit individually, as aggressively as possible. This makes it a bit hard to rob caravans.
  • Raiders will no longer compulsively attack doors.
  • Base defense AI is touchier; stealth raids will be much much more difficult (and probably infeasible most of the time).
  • Doctors now tend heavy bleeding injuries and diseases near lethal severity first.

Misc

  • Plants now have different graphics when they are harvestable - you can see the berries/cotton/corn on the plant ready to be taken.
  • Buy/sell price spread for trading is much wider (150%/50%).
  • Drugs are now slower to produce, slower to grow, and heavier.
  • Cannibalism is harder on mood.
  • Integrated incidents (ambush, manhunters, etc) better with caravans and temporary maps. Incidents can now target both of these, and the story state (incident cooldowns, etc) is passed back and forth between a caravan and its map to maintain continuity.
  • Plant generation algorithm for map start reworked to generate plants in more interesting patterns, with denser areas and more clear areas interspersed, and groves of trees in sparse biomes.
  • New graphics for some floor types and things (stone floors, stone chunks, etc).
  • Made crop growing cycles significantly longer, especially for long-cycle plants like corn.
  • Shifted all medical potencies so that normal medicine has potency of 1.0. (This increases surgery success chances).
  • Added global sell price factor for apparel (70%).
  • Because it was way OP, chemfuel can no longer be made from haygrass.
  • Reworked surgery success chances. We now feedback room surgery success chance on medical bed. Rebalanced room surgery success chance calculations and fixed a bug where it was 100% when outdoors. Removed surgery success chance exponents.
  • Colonists wearing human leather clothes now get a negative thought (unless they have a bloodlust or cannibal trait, in which case they get a mood bonus).
  • Balanced blood loss recovery time to be much slower (50 real seconds -> 4 game days)
  • Buffed mortars so players use them: Cheaper/faster to build, faster shooting, greater accuracy, cheaper shells
  • Armor now takes a constant fraction of incoming damage instead of absorbing all prevented damage. This solves an issue where good quality armor would be destroyed sooner.
  • Sun lamps now turn themselves off when plants are resting
  • Equipment rack is now a general shelf which can hold pretty much anything.
  • Small items like gold and silver are now 10x smaller, not 20x, so it's more feasible to build things from them.
  • Jade is not small any more.
  • Other bases regenerate their trade stock less often.
  • Changed flammability for fur and leather to 100%, and for meat to 50%.
  • Manhunter pack incident can now use any kind of animal.
  • Rebalanced all trader stock generation.
  • Traders will generate with fewer extreme quality items.
  • Pawns missing heads will have visually missing heads.
  • It's no longer possible to create a settlement directly adjacent to an existing settlement.
  • Caravans now enter/leave tiles when touching the tile boundary, instead of when in the center of the adjacent tile.
  • Redesigned how capacities are calculated from body part efficiencies with an entirely new collection of algorithms, to stop various nonsensical cases and simplify how health conditions can affect the body.
  • Gear tab now displays item stack masses.
  • Caravans now generate a lot tougher.
  • All caravans now buy art. Art is lighter (e.g. easier to sell) and has a sell price bonus so it's now a better trade good.
  • Catharsis thought is more powerful but shorter in duration.
  • Redesigned stats so that in almost all cases, high numbers are better.
  • Rebalanced the beauty system to be much more dependent on art; random furniture has less or no beauty effect.
  • Ship part crash incident now scatters rubble and chunks around the crash site.
  • Healroot grows wild now, in some biomes
  • Added caravan route planner. It allows placing several waypoints, and measures the time to travel the route along them.
  • There is now a progress dialog while the planet mesh is generating (so people don't think the game crashed).
  • Date system reworked. Seasons are now arbitrary "quadrums" which cover 1/4 of the year and are the same on the whole planet.
  • Fixed various memory leaks.
  • Many exploits mitigated or prevented by various design tweaks.
  • Many, many, many other bugfixes, tunings, and redesigns.

 

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Highlights of patch notes (I haven't played, so don't be angry if I miss something big)

 

-Road & rivers are now in the world

-Ability to self heal (good when your only Dr. is the one bleeding to death), but can only do so at 70% efficiency (heard it is a pita to figure out how to do it, I guess the trick is to make sure the ability is toggled on and that the peep is standing when you order them to self heal.  THey won't ever self heal on their own even if toggled on.)

- Chain Shotgun (I usually play heavily modded, but still, very useful I expect).

- Introduction of world quests.  So far, the loot isn't apparently worth it, but with the mechanics in and working expect a lot more from this in the future.

- Thresholds added for some crafting bills - so that if you drop just 1 item below your ideal you don't have every one of your toons starting to panic.  

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What alpha version did you last play??

 

the new alpha DOES break saves from older versions, so would have to start a new game...

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I played a lot of A16.  Haven't tried 17 yet.

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Alpha 17 – On the Road released!

Posted May 24th, 2017 by Tynan Sylvester

Alpha 17 – On the Road has been released! This version brings roads and rivers to the world, new world quests, new tools for modders, new combat tools, smarter AI, and rebalancings and adjustments across the whole design.

I’m afraid that this build is not compatible with saved games from previous versions, or mods from previous versions. However, you can continue to use the old version until you’re ready to update. If you’re on Steam, to continue using the old version, go to your Steam Library, right-click on RimWorld, click Properties. Open the Betas tab and use the drop-down menu to select the alpha16 version. Restart Steam to force an update.

If you downloaded the game DRM-free, you can update whenever you like by re-downloading from your existing download link. Your link is always the same and always gives the latest version.

In the old builds, balance problems meant that some exploit-y strategies did work and obviated some of the challenges in the game. Since those problems are now fixed, you may find the game a little bit more difficult. It wouldn’t hurt to play at one notch lower difficulty to start with in Alpha 17. You can always increase the difficulty later, even during the game, through the options menu

 

 

A summary of the changes in this alpha follows:

Roads and rivers

  • World now generates with roads and rivers
  • There are five road types: path, dirt road, stone road, ancient asphalt road, ancient asphalt highway
  • Some roads generate with things alongside, like concrete barriers or ancient lampposts
  • There are four sizes of river: huge river, large river, river, and creek
  • Rivers generate more in rainy areas, move towards the sea (ignoring tiny lakes) and merge as appropriate
  • Rivers and roads generate on local maps as expected.
  • Stone roads generate using local stone and a new flagstone terrain type.
  • Visitors, caravans, traders, and raiders tend to arrive and leave on the roads.
  • World generation is more chronological now. First continents form, then rivers, then an ancient society is shallowly simulated to generate ancient roads, then modern settlements and roads are generated (alongside ancient roads, often).

World quests

  • New “site parts” world site generation system. It allows assembling together a world destination from several ‘parts’. Mixing and matching will allow us to create a huge number of combinations.
  • New world quest incident: Item stash. An allied faction tells you about a stash of randomly-generated reward items, guarded by a random threat. You can send a caravan to defeat the threat and collect the reward.
  • New world quest incident: Bandit camp. An allied faction asks you to defeat a bandit camp, and offers you a reward if you do so.
  • New world quest incident: Caravan request. An allied faction asks you to deliver a particular resource to a particular base in a particular time frame, for a special reward.
  • New ‘long-range mineral scanner’ building slowly scans for precious resource lumps nearby in the world. You need to send a caravan to collect them. Lumps may be defended.
  • New caravan incident: Payment demand. Raiders demand items or slaves from your caravan; if you refuse, they attack.

Other new stuff

  • Added smokepop belt. Emits a cloud of accuracy-reducing smoke when the wearer is shot. Smoke also prevents turret targeting.
  • Characters can now tend their own wounds (with a penalty to effectiveness).
  • Added bowler hat.
  • Corpses now leak black corpse bile while rotting.
  • Vents can be opened and closed with a flick action.
  • Add option to render hats only on the main game map (but not on the portraits in the pawn bar).
  • Bills can now be temporarily paused when satisfied, until automatically reactivated at a lower level. This reduces the need for pawns to repeatedly return to the work bench each time the count falls just one below the target count.
  • You can now create your own packaged survival meals (with appropriate research and ingredients).
  • All pawns now have “head butt” attacks they can use if they’re missing all other attacking body parts.
  • Added a “caravan packing spot” so you can tell your caravans where to assemble.
  • When trees burn, the leave behind burned tree stumps.
  • When structures and plants burn, they leave behind ash.
  • Carpets and wooden floors can now burn.
  • New training lessons for explaining shield belts, and how door opening speed is affected by material type.
  • Added ambrosia sprout incident. This sprouts a grove of the pleasurable, nutrition, and addictive ambrosia fruit trees nearby.
  • New ‘wimp’ trait makes pawn incapacitated from even a relatively small amount of pain.
  • New chain shotgun weapon

Modding

  • Modders can now add “def modifiers” which, instead of replacing a whole def, change specific fields of that def. This allows multiple mods to change the same def without wiping each others’ changes (unless they change the same field, of course).
  • Information on how to use def modifiers is in this forum thread:  https://ludeon.com/forums/index.php?topic=32735.0
  • Various enums are now defs so modders can add new ones (TrainableIntelligence , DamageArmorCategory, ImpactSoundType, ReservationLayer, BillRepeatMode, PrisonerInteractionMode, FleshType).
  • GUI tables (like most of the main tabs along the bottom of the screen) are now defined by data, making it easier to add, rearrange, sort, and change columns on the UI.
  • Increasing skill relevance

  • Mining skill reworked: Steeper speed penalty for low skill. Mining yield is now slightly dependent on mining skill.
  • Trade price spread made much wider, but social skill also has a much greater effect on it.
  • Added “animal gather speed” stat which makes some pawns faster at gathering wool or milk.
  • Added “animal product yield” stat which makes some pawns more/less likely to waste the product when gathering wool or milk.
  • Removed post-process curve from melee hit chance so it uses the simple level-by-level tuning. It’ll be much harder to hit things now at low melee skills. Note: Default hit chance is 0.6 for pawns without skills. This equals the chance of a pawn with melee skill 6.
  • Added a melee dodge stat, so better melee-skilled pawns will have more advantage. Pawns don’t melee dodge while aiming or firing ranged weapons.
  • Work tab boxes are easier to identify skill level for visually.
  • Added small crunching sound that plays when you assign a pawn to a skill they’re terrible at.

AI

  • AI has more intelligent ranged shot target selection with random elements. Harder to exploit, and looks less dumb, doesn’t shoot at chickens as much.
  • Raider with mega-weapons will now avoid friendly fire
  • Sapper groups will now choose another sapper if the first one is killed, making them much more persistent.
  • Sapper groups will now continue digging even while defending from attack.
  • Animals flee when harmed.
  • Added a new state to caravan lord job, “bloody exit”, which makes the exit individually, as aggressively as possible. This makes it a bit hard to rob caravans.
  • Raiders will no longer compulsively attack doors.
  • Base defense AI is touchier; stealth raids will be much much more difficult (and probably infeasible most of the time).
  • Doctors now tend heavy bleeding injuries and diseases near lethal severity first.

Misc

  • Plants now have different graphics when they are harvestable – you can see the berries/cotton/corn on the plant ready to be taken.
  • Buy/sell price spread for trading is much wider (150%/50%).
  • Drugs are now slower to produce, slower to grow, and heavier.
  • Cannibalism is harder on mood.
  • Integrated incidents (ambush, manhunters, etc) better with caravans and temporary maps. Incidents can now target both of these, and the story state (incident cooldowns, etc) is passed back and forth between a caravan and its map to maintain continuity.
  • Plant generation algorithm for map start reworked to generate plants in more interesting patterns, with denser areas and more clear areas interspersed, and groves of trees in sparse biomes.
  • New graphics for some floor types and things (stone floors, stone chunks, etc).
  • Made crop growing cycles significantly longer, especially for long-cycle plants like corn.
  • Shifted all medical potencies so that normal medicine has potency of 1.0. (This increases surgery success chances).
  • Added global sell price factor for apparel (70%) and furniture (70%).
  • Rebalanced drug economy so it’s viable to buy neutroamine, make drugs with it, and sell them.
  • Because it was way OP, chemfuel can no longer be made from haygrass.
  • Reworked surgery success chances. We now feedback room surgery success chance on medical bed. Rebalanced room surgery success chance calculations and fixed a bug where it was 100% when outdoors. Removed surgery success chance exponents.
  • Colonists wearing human leather clothes now get a negative thought (unless they have a bloodlust or cannibal trait, in which case they get a mood bonus).
  • Balanced blood loss recovery time to be much slower (50 real seconds -> 4 game days)
  • Buffed mortars so players use them: Cheaper/faster to build, faster shooting, greater accuracy, cheaper shells
  • Armor now takes a constant fraction of incoming damage instead of absorbing all prevented damage. This solves an issue where good quality armor would be destroyed sooner.
  • Sun lamps now turn themselves off when plants are resting
  • Equipment rack is now a general shelf which can hold pretty much anything.
  • Small items like gold and silver are now 10x smaller, not 20x, so it’s more feasible to build things from them.
  • Jade is not small any more.
  • Other bases regenerate their trade stock less often.
  • Changed flammability for fur and leather to 100%, and for meat to 50%.
  • Manhunter pack incident can now use any kind of animal.
  • Rebalanced all trader stock generation.
  • Traders will generate with fewer extreme quality items.
  • Pawns missing heads will have visually missing heads.
  • It’s no longer possible to create a settlement directly adjacent to an existing settlement.
  • Caravans now enter/leave tiles when touching the tile boundary, instead of when in the center of the adjacent tile.
  • Redesigned how capacities are calculated from body part efficiencies with an entirely new collection of algorithms, to stop various nonsensical cases and simplify how health conditions can affect the body.
  • Gear tab now displays item stack masses.
  • Caravans now generate a lot tougher.
  • All caravans now buy art. Art is lighter (e.g. easier to sell) and has a sell price bonus so it’s now a better trade good.
  • Catharsis thought is more powerful but shorter in duration.
  • Redesigned stats so that in almost all cases, high numbers are better.
  • Rebalanced the beauty system to be much more dependent on art; random furniture has less or no beauty effect.
  • Ship part crash incident now scatters rubble and chunks around the crash site.
  • Healroot grows wild now, in some biomes
  • Added caravan route planner. It allows placing several waypoints, and measures the time to travel the route along them.
  • There is now a progress dialog while the planet mesh is generating (so people don’t think the game crashed).
  • Date system reworked. Seasons are now arbitrary “quadrums” which cover 1/4 of the year and are the same on the whole planet.
  • Fixed various memory leaks.
  • Many exploits mitigated or prevented by various design tweaks.
  • Many, many, many other bugfixes, tunings, and redesigns.

 

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Started an A17 game yesterday.  With the mods I usually use.  So far, interesting changes.  The loss of ponds (did 7 starts, no ponds on any of the maps) really kinda messes up the fishing, but you can usually work with the rivers if you pick your site to have one.  I just have a small stream.  Not sure of the impacts of some of the big rivers.

 

Roads are not worth it so far.

 

Quests are interesting, but very much not balanced so far.  Been trying them out, and have learned that to do them you really want to have a good assault force of 5-8 peeps with good weapons and weapon skills.  Also, you really need to have travel rations as they put in food rotting on journeys greater than 1.4 days.  

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It's been a while since I played this.  I've noticed that GK, in particular, seems to be in this game a LOT.

Any recommendations for when I get around to getting back into this? Mods to use?  Modes to try?

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I have been trying a lot of different mods.

 

  1. Hugslib (just a utility mod, that others need to use to run right)
  2. Miscellaneous Core (just like Hugslib)
  3. Glittertech (unbalances the game a lot, as the orion weapons are all op - but the other feathers add a lot to the game.  However, when combined with the deadly mod (#19 below) it actually makes the game a bit more balanced if you replace your hunting rifle with one of the orion rifles at startup).
  4. More trade ships
  5. Glass & Lights (allows making of windows and various types of lights)
  6. Fish Industry (allows fishing, a good 2ndary food source)
  7. Trading spot (puts a spot that trading caravans go to on your map, instead of where they want)
  8. Hospitality (allows guest, guest beds, and other things that add a nice dimension to the game)
  9. bridgello (bridge building)
  10. Nanotransins Armory.  Adds in some average weapons, overpowered armor that is expensive to buy and cannot be built, and most importantly fire extinguishers!  Based off the old ss13 game)
  11. Expanded Prosthetics and Medicine (fixes a lot of little omissions from the medical aspects of the game - like what to do with your dudes if they break their hip?  In vanilla, all you can do at that point is harvest their organs and plant the corpse).  
  12. Prepare Carefully.  Allows you to save your toons, and even get into a point spending system to allow you to create a custom group.  
  13. Stack Merger (doesn't allow greater stacks, as inventory mgmt is one of the bigger aspects of the game.  But, it does allow toons with hauling to put two half stacks together into one full stack to help out alot with that inventory.  It is about the last action a toon would do, but you can force command it if your leather starts blocking the door to your freezer)
  14. Fences and Floors (not as useful as I thought it would be, but I keep it around for looks if nothing else).
  15. Misc. Mapgenerator (creates a lot more variety to buildings that start on the initial map, and adds them in.  Doesn't work well with water - as the buildings often end up in it if you are on a water heavy map - but very nice to have.  Also, allows you to design and add your own buildings to the generation files, but I haven't done that yet)
  16. Advanced Power Armor - useful for end game.  I don't often play with it, but still nice to have available.
  17. Research Pal  (cleans up research screen when you get a lot of mods)
  18. GouRImet (simple changes to the food, that make more sense and make the game easier and a bit more realistic.... sorta.  Well, more than needing to keep 2 out of your 10 toons doing 24/7 cooking that is to keep up, which isn't realistic).
  19. Increased Forest Density - deadly version.  Makes a lot more and more aggressive animals out in the wild.  Turns that basic game into a very hard game where you really need both skill and luck to get past a few days into your initial crash landing.  Not super realistic, but does add a lot of fun and challenge.  

There are also a few that keep popping up that I haven't found good ones to work out with, but I have hopes:

  1. More Joy items.  
  2. Vehicles, backpacks, etc.  in other words, things that make map travel faster and easier and will allow real trading to happen.
  3. More factions, towns, etc.  More interactions with these things.  Definitely being worked on with vanilla game, so have high hopes.  
  4. Robots (cleaning, cooking, etc.)  Turn some of the mundane tasks over to allow more of the word exploration / trading / raiding aspects to work.
  5. Slaves (hey, you have the prisoners, why not put them to use!  There are several mods that do this just not well, as the mechanics in the base game are not set up to decide if a toon/faction will be passive or active resistors to slavery and slave work)
  6. Power Management - do I have enough generators?  Right now, there are no tools to really track what you are using, and to use it efficiently at all.  Do you need 1 or 4 coolers to keep this fridge area cold?  Stuff like that.  Also, things that would automate some of it.  Do you really need to keep the crematorium sucking up that much electricity all the time, or only when you have a corpse to burn?  
  7. Sanitation / water uses.  Right now, nobody needs to drink or flush.  There were a couple mods that added in this aspect, that were clunky to use but added a good level to the game.  They were not updated, however, and the core mechanics never really supported it well.  I expect more to come in later on.  
  8. Heat management.  Instead of every home getting an AC and heater, nice to have central heat mgmt like modern homes do.  The current system is just so clunky, but it works.  The mods I have used try to make it more realistic, but they often either don't work 100% or they are even more clunky.  
  9. Just more stuff - more animals, more trees, more plants, more races, etc.  

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I love the fact that I can pause the game, walk away, and come back 2 days later and it hasn't messed my computer up or anything else.  Ya, about 30% of the hours on steam are actual playtime, the rest is me AFK.

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I like the Wildlife Tab.  It adds a tab that shows all of the wildlife on the map.  You can set any wild animal for hunting or taming them from one spot.  Only drawback is if you have a huge map, you don't know were one particular animal is without clicking on it and then exiting the tab.  Also shows if an animal is maddened and how many.  Great when you get an infestation that is in multiple locations, you can see them all!!!

 

Also, love the Hospitality Mod, for guest.  You can sell them some things and then sometimes get it back if they like you enough.  Plus also can get some extra income when the guest show up.

 

A few other mods I also use.  Am trying a few newer ones now.  Have recently started a new game with Call of Cathulu (sp) and Medieval Times (Yeti on YouTube is doing something very similar, but he is also mixing in TiberuimRim into his mix).

I'll see if I can post some screenshots soon...

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