PAPERS, PLEASE! - an Improved Way to Gain New Hearthlings
Hello everyone! It’s me again, Zilla! The guy who appears every few months to do one post and then disappear again! I’m here because I love the new update so far, and it has reinvested me into Stonehearth in general! I find myself spending hours just designing great looking buildings to have what looks like a real town! So good work to the Team for making this great update! Stonehearth is starting to feel like a truly fleshed out game, and I’m glad I’ve been apart of the ride since 2013!
Anyways, on to the main point of this thread. While I was playing the game earlier today, I decided to start fresh and make a whole new town. When it came to pick my roster, I decided to do a themed game so I made all of my starting group ginger, and I named the town Gingerton. Things were going well for Gingerton until the first daily update rolled around, and a new person joined my town. At first I was happy to have a new friend join the growing settlement, but sadly, tragedy struck. The new towns member was gasp blond. Suddenly Gingerton, the sanctuary built by Gingers, for Gingers, became nothing more than any regular settlement in the middle of nowhere. Despite this crushing defeat, something flashed in my head. An idea. No, a vision, of a new way to do the Daily Update in general, something that I feel would flesh out the game to reach a new level of customization and town specialization.
Here’s the Idea:
Doesn’t it seem odd that when you complete the Daily Update, a new Hearthling just appears out of nowhere in the middle of the forest not too far from your town? I sure think so! So why not have the new Hearthlings actually be applicants looking to be hired by you to join the settlement?
Whenever you complete the requirements for the daily update to gain a new citizen, a menu will pop up if you accept the citizen. The menu shows about four different Hearthlings, and it shows each one’s stats, traits, and more. What is this menu? Well, this menu is Applicants Looking to Join Your Town of course! Every time you pass the Daily Update requirements, you’ll get a roster of randomized citizens looking to join your growing settlement. You’ll get to choose one of these applicants to join your town, but only one! After that the other randomized characters will be lost to the coding, and the next roster you’ll see will be randomized as well. From this menu you would be able to change the appearance of the applicants, but not the stats or traits (Ya to Gingerton! All will be Gingers!).
Another ability in this menu though would be to request certain traits or stats, so now the player could reach a whole new level of town specialization! When you request these certain things, there will be a higher chance of a Hearthling with those specific requests to be in the next Daily Update, bringing the idea of the new Hearthlings being applicants looking to join your town back into full circle, instead of them just being random people who just appear in the forest. Need a new farmer soon to help feed your hungry town? Request an applicant who is skilled in farming (Green Thumb Trait!), and hope a Hearthling with that skill applies next Daily Update! In this way it feels like that the Hearthlings are real people looking to join your town, and you can accept them based on their skills depending on what you currently require to help the settlement grow, helping to add another level of immersion to the game overall.
Thanks for reading my suggestion everyone! Thanks to everyone for keeping the community going strong through all these years, and big thanks to Radiant for being the best development team I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing!