You know what, that empty+unused writing table is the most "sad looking" furniture around. I know, it is just a decorative item but I was thinking how to make it useful. So I thought about it and came up with this:
New class: Writer
A writer? What can a writer do in a game like stonehearth?
Let me answer these questions in details:
Ans: Writing(crafting) books and biography. Crafting paper and ink.
What kind of books?
Ans: Different kind of Books. For example,
- a food related recipe book for the cook,
- a medicine related book for the herbalist,
- a furniture catalog for the carpenter,
- a stone statue catalog for the mason,
- a physics related book for the engineer,
- a fashion catalog for the weaver
- a general knowledge book for the farmer, trapper and shepherd.
Ans: Yes. its the job of the writer to write a biography when someone dies. It should be made automatic (just like smart crafter mod works). A biography of a past hearthling will be treated as a honorable token/thing of the town. A biography can be sold worth high price.
How will the writer craft paper and ink?
Ans: Paper can be crafted using wood and ink can be crafted using coal.
How many workshop will the writer need?
Ans: The writer needs 3 workshop. One for crafting paper, one for making ink and one special writing table for writing the books+biography.
What is the benefit of having different kinds of books?
Ans: Huge benefit. As we can see that, whenever a hearthling levels up he learns to craft new things or new food items. So, have you ever thought about from where does his learnings come from? ..no? you haven't? Well, now you will. This is where a book comes in handy. What I am trying to say that is, books will unlock new craftable itmes/recipes.
The process is like this:
Level 1 : no book is needed.
Level 2 : Hearthling can now be able to read a book (process1) and unlock lvl2 items. For example, a furniture related catalog book for carpenter.
Level 3 : Hearhtling can now be able to read another and same category book (This is just a repeat of process1) and unlocks lvl 3 items.
Level 4: Repeat of process1 and unlocks lvl4 itmes.
Level 5: Repeat of process1 and unlocks lvl5 items.
Level 6: Hearthling reads his last book and then he becomes a master of his profession and unlocks lvl6 items.
So, whenever a hearthling levels up he will go to the stockpile, take a specific book (just like he takes his tool) and come back to his workshop walking+reading at the same time. The moment he takes his book from the stockpile he unlocks the new level items. The walking+reading at the same time is an extra animation feature, which I think would look just awesome and realistic.
So, a book can now play a very important role in hearthling's professional life. If we see that a hearthling is already leveled up but there is no book in stockpile then he is unable to craft new items. The basic concept is, he needs to study first and then craft the new items.
Answer: Yes. In stonehearth we see that all hearthlings (cook, carpenter, weaver, mason etc) work in their workshop while standing. But in this Writer Class, a writer needs to sit down in a chair and write his books. So the design of special writing table workshop will be different from all other workshops. This writing table workshop will have an adjacent chair along with it. Which is I think something that is new in stonehearth.
.......................Anyone interested in making a writer class? And what do you think about my idea? ...tell me if you have any comments about it. Thanks