Hello, everyone! I’ve been working on a smaller project recently, and I was thinking back to previous builds released over the past several months. Looking back at the units and professions we have, I noticed something particular:
Almost all of the decorations and furniture we’ve gotten so far has been limited to sudden bursts in just a few builds. The majority of the recipes for the Carpenter, Weaver, and Mason come from their respective Alpha release (where they’re ‘featured’), and not too much has been added since then.
What I’d like to discuss is, with the current progression of stable releases, if it would be possible to incorporate a handful of new decorations for preexisting Crafter classes each new release. Obviously, Radiant has been including several new and important features in the more recent builds (such as water, multistory structures, and currently, ranged combat and party tactics/commands), but while we look forward to these new functions, the rest of the game world has begun to feel stagnant and repetitive.
Now, the only reason I ask this in particular is that I assume that creating basic furniture/decorations is something that shouldn’t take too much additional coding than the current game engine already has (@RepeatPan, I’m relying on you to prove me wrong; if so, I apologize in advance for the assumption). Simple color or design variations on the curtains, banners, or wall tapestry would be nice little surprises in each update (as well as building materials, but I’ve already discussed my hopes for that previously!). Something like @chimeforest’s Colors Mod is a perfect example–simple, but introduces a lot more for the player to look at and use! (Apologies for the unintended marketing, you just happened to be a example that came to mind at the time!)
I don’t want to come off as ungrateful or over-demanding–mainly, I’m just considering how the game might look to someone on the outside, watching playthroughs and update videos. A little bit of eye candy can go a long way! If the basic, preexisting functions of the game seem to be continuously expanding and developing, the new features will subsequently look more impressive, as well as the game overall. I think just the potential of decorations possible to the game can be a huge aesthetic selling point, and while mods will of course be highly welcome (and encouraged) to expand the vanilla catalog in the future, having more sooner could be that push to get more potential modders, seeing what they have to work with.
Apologies for the spiel! And with that I’m back to my little mini project–it’ll hopefully be done sometime this weekend. Expect something nostalgic and slightly obscure!