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  1. I Lived in Bragg Creek outside of Calgary for several years. I would like to Bring up what I think the places covered in forest or out of sight of the city's could have to give it a special feel. Cougars are something of regular thing out in the woods. Reports of cougars sights happen from time to time, I think it would be cool to add the element of things in nature trying to harm the player(s) as well rather then just Zombies or other players. They could be a less common find and they could lurk and follow the player(s) and attack! Living out in Bragg Creek you notice how things can get worn after years of being exposed to nature. wood becomes weaker and moldy. other things start to wear and fall off in parts like concrete. and moss and other plant life starts to grow on objects not being moved or used in years. I think this would make Things away from the city look more abandoned and creepy (assuming of course if the plague has been around for that long) In Bragg Creek Water was expensive we had water collectors and septic tanks because we had no pipes. (pipes were recently installed in some locations) but adding these cool things like water collectors that already exist that players woundnt have to build would be cool and something that i would look forward to. This idea could work both ways City and Rural. With pretty much no Humans left Animals could roam the streets. Packs of dogs could be found wandering either waiting for players to attack for their own survival or also attacking the Zombies? And maybe the could howl to announce themselves out in Rural zones as they hunt for other animals. Cats could be found simply running the streets or sitting on top structures. Rats could be found in industrial zones and sewers and drainage pipes and could maybe add the fear of disease? Thank You for looking into my ideas and I hope to see them added! - Matthew S. (Vulpes_Inculta._)
  2. A complex and realistic simulation of the use of "sign" for tracking a quarry is a largely non-existent feature within even video games that aim at realism and would add a revolutionary new game mechanic to an open world survival game like Dead Matter. "Sign" has been defined as "any physical indication left on or in the environment by the passage of any animal or inanimate object [e.g. bullet, car]" [Bob Carss, The Complete Guide to Tracking]. The level of complexity in the types of sign implemented into the game could vary considerably depending upon what is possible and desirable with numerous options available. Two video games that make some use of sign are Hunt: Showdown and The Hunter: Call of the Wild which provide some good ideas. The aforementioned book The Complete Guide to Tracking has also inspired this suggestion. Dead Matter's seasons and dynamic weather would tie into a tracking mechanic by altering sign or concealing sign already left in the environment. Basic Sign Possibilities: Footprints (Animal/human/zombie/vehicle or tracks are left in the environment until worn away through weathering or time and vary in their characteristics: - Shape: e.g. shoe, foot, hoof, tyre. - Stride Length/Gait: e.g. walking human, running human, shuffling zombie herd. - Depth (More weight carried leaves deeper tracks which are more noticeable and more resilient to being worn away by the weather. This also gives the tracker an indication of the quarry: are they wearing body armour?, is there much to loot in their pack or vehicle?, are they going to be slow due to low stamina? etc.). - Ground Type: affects the visibility and longevity of tracks: e.g. wet mud, dry soil, sand, grass, snow, concrete. Transfer or "deposit carried forward over an area after the quarry has moved from one environment to another": - Mud, sand or river/rain water transferred onto grass, concrete or a newspaper on the floor. - Bloody footprints after killing a zombie or blood drops from a wounded player. Disturbed surroundings: - Flattening of grass or reeds and bent branches. - Colour change: e.g. leaves that have fallen a while ago are darker on the weathered side facing upwards and if kicked over they will show the lighter side. Dropped/discarded/altered objects: - Trash: When Consuming an item (e.g. energy drink) the packaging does not simply disappear but the player can choose to either throw it away saving inventory space and risk leaving a trail or hold onto it for now and dispose of it in a safer place later. - Recently used bullet casings. - Fire ashes, chopped down trees. - Torn clothing or zombie flesh (tentative idea): certain objects (barbed wire, fences, brambles etc.) could catch on a players clothing and leave a torn piece hanging there. Noise and environmental disturbance (an extremely sensitive precise surround/binaural sound mechanic in the game would make this excellent): - Too quiet: because wildlife has been disturbed and have left the area (maybe ambushers lay in wait here). - Seeing birds flying off, animals fleeing or hearing their warning cries may indicate a nearby player. - Listening for the sound of footsteps (their loudness, intensity) and on different surfaces; for foliage rustling, for water sloshing, for sand or rocks being crushed/kicked under-foot, for metal clanging, for wooden planks creaking. Looted locations: The absence of loot could indicate the recent presence of players. Possibly there could be other signs of disturbance like recently looted crates, boxes, cabinets are left open for a time until loot respaws? Animal-specific (in addition to those above): - Excrement which can be checked for age to predict how far away the animal will be. - Carcass/food remains e.g. from a wolf pack killing and eating a deer, or damaged foliage eaten by a herbivore. - Animal resting, nesting or feeding zones. Possible ways to Conceal Tracks: Using a branch to hide some tracks at a point making a blind spot for a pursuer. Walking down a to [largely] avoid leaving a track. Pick up bullet casings and don't leave trash or remains. Balance the loss of time with the risk being pursued. (Possibly animals, zombies, NPCs and players can all use tracks left to pursue someone). Using weather to avoid sign or to conceal the sound/sight of ones movements (rain, wind, fog, thunder, night). Weather affecting sign: Rain washes away tracks/sign. Fresh falling snow gradually covers sign. Wind blows leaves and debris over sign. Animals cross other sign and overwrite/destroy it. Sunlight decays sign; which in game can be equivelant to a maximum duration that sign can persist in the environment These ideas for tracking and sign tie into an ecology system that could bring the various animal species, zombies, NPCs and players into a dynamic interconnected system that populate the environment across the seasonal and weather changes. An interconnected ecology would provide an immersive environment for players to survive within and add to the meaningfulness of the world. It would also provide a backdrop onto which the sign used for tracking is continually being created, weathered and destroyed in differing patterns depending upon specific locations/times. A player has to get to know regional ecologies to understand the area of the map that they are in and what are normal patterns of sign in that particular area. For example, if a particular animal species that is low to the ground (maybe wild boar) causes a lot of flattened grass when it moves around but tends to live only in a certain area of the map then a player who sees some depressed grass will be less suspicious it is a player in that area than in an area where the animal population is predominantly deer and wolves which have a high torso or smaller frame and flatten less grass. This requires that each animal or NPC is simulated with some basic needs that they are motivated to seek out and meet which a player can learn about, observe, understand and predict to help them make their own decisions in the game world relative to the environment: The system of ecology could be simulated through: Habitats: Certain animals or types of NPCs favour certain environments that they are more adapted to survive within. Hunter and prey dynamics: e.g. wolves have to seek out prey (deer, humans etc.) to survive. Specialized Behaviour: dynamic species-specific behaviour that gives each animal its own characteristics. Lair's, resting places and need zones: grasslands, rivers, caves, trees etc. A dynamic and varied ecology across the map would add a great amount of realism to the environment and the process of surviving especially as hunting would be a critical way of gathering food in an apocalypse set in Canada. The ability to use animal trapping for hunting would be great also. By having complex animal behaviours the process of hunting would be much more thrilling and it would be amazing to a have something like that featured in The Hunter: Call of the Wild although better in Dead Matter! P.S. Another suggestion I would just like to add in relation to zombie behaviour is that it would be great if it is fairly dynamic (something somewhat lacking in DayZ for example): Breaking through doors or windows (barricaded or unbarricaded) over time and enter/climb into the building. Climbing over some obstacles (railings, fencnes, small walls etc.). Zombies crawling along the floor once injured. Zombies attacak animals as well as humans. Zombies feast on killed animals, NPCs or players and can get distracted from another quarry. Thanks for reading my suggestions, I really look forward to discussing them further!
  3. Hello , I'm Baros , here are some suggestions of mine : -Add a CO vaccine , if the player gets bit by a zombie / infected creature , this will heal him of the infection. - IF a player gets killed by a zombie / infected creature , he will become a zombie himself ( AI ) , attacking anyone near him and functioning like any other NPC. -Add animals and infected animals. The animals can be found around the wild part of the map , they can be hunted for food / skin for clothing etc. and the Infected animals are like normal NPC's but with a twist. For example , the Bear zombie is pretty fast and it can 1 shot a player. After he kills the player , he eats him. The dog Zombie can bite a player , if the player does not find a CO Vaccine , he will become a zombie. The Crow'Z will be everywere , feeding on corpses and they will spread the disease further more. Etc. -Add craftable weapons , parts that can be found or created from scrap. -Make the zombies die only on head shots , this giving a very hard core and much more realistic gameplay. -Add different gangs , controlled by NPC's that randomly spawn in the world , the players may encounter those gangs and can either help them kill the undead or kill them for they're weapons and loot. Be a good player or a Thief. If these suggestions helped you in any way , contact me. I may have more in mind :D. Also , if possible , i would really love to play an Alpha/Beta of this game with my 3 friends if possible , we are big fans of the Zombie franchise and i'll help in any way possible to make this possible. -All regards.
  4. I think there should be a basic wildlife sustem that can fight back so that you have to worry about wolves and bears not just have deer for hunting for meat and zombies for hurting you.
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