Just a place for anyone to throw some ideas down about what perks or abilities certain skilled workers could get when they level up. On top of the already confirmed “they can craft a larger range of stuff”. Whilst I think it’s important that these abilities give the crafter better efficiency or new skills, I also think they shouldn’t be super game unbalancing. Moreso, I think it could be a great way to be aesthetically pleasing, having characters with varying visual working animations or effects.
An idea of mine, for starters, Farmers of an advanced level could spread their crop seeds from a bag with a scattering motion, and as such plant a small area of farm all at once, instead of individually hoeing each square in sequence. (perhaps further on using a draft animal to pull a simple plough and do whole rows at once? With the possibility of the animal misbehaving…)
Trappers would disguise their traps with grass, or place tasty bait on the trap, leading to improved catch rate.
I also like the idea of “failure” rates. This wouldn’t mean a carpenter wastes the wood and fails to create a chair, but perhaps a cute animation plays where he hits his hand with a hammer, or the weaver pricks himself, which means the item takes a very small amount of time longer to create. Again, this adds character whilst only slightly being a negative gameplay modifier.
Perhaps, but most of the carpenter recipes are quite cheap ATM (also, how do you make it so that you use less than 1 wood ?). The bottleneck ATM is the weaver: if you want a bed made the carpenter just needs 1 wood + 1 cloth, but first that means the weaver making 4 items - 3 pieces of thread, and then the cloth itself.
I would like if, upon leveling up, you are presented with varying skill trees you can put points into.
I’ll start with Carpenter:
You have your range of what to craft based on level that wouldn’t change. But, upon reaching level 2 you can go to tree to use an ability point and to pick between 3 paths that would be the same for all the crafting classes. Those paths are speed, quality, and efficiency.
If you put a point in speed you craft x% faster, quality you have x% increased chance of HQing an item, and efficiency x% chance to use less materials.
I think this would be a good system, in that, if you are low on a resource at a starting location you can do efficiency to maximize your resources etc… It would make for different challenges based on different types of random maps.
I have a suggestion for the Farmer. I previously said that sowing seed in handfulls from a bag would be a great late game perk that allows for faster planting.
How about for earlier game, the Farmer can improve his hoeing and pace. It would be a visually interesting upgrade, where instead of simply stopping and hoeing each square in a somewhat disjointed manner, he gets into the pace and continuously backs up, hoeing all the while.
Even a random SUPER ABILITY a few levels up, where the Farmer charges down a row and turns over all the earth at once would be great.
Also I think that if the soil on farm plots became weedy and needed turning over after a successful harvest it would moderate the pace of farming better, as well as adding some more medieval flavour to the game.
I really like the idea of workers leveling up, and I was going to suggest that, but was beat to it.
My biggest suggestion would be to let each character have multiple “jobs” they can level up in. If they get to level 3 worker, then they become a carpenter, they could keep any bonuses they gained as a worker (when the carpenter isn’t busy, he basically becomes a worker anyways, so the bonuses could still apply). By the same logic, if you took a level 5 carpenter, and turned him into a worker to help build a building, then changed him back to a carpenter, he should instantly be level 5 again.
i was going to say dual wielding and shield holding for footman, but then i was like…theres gonna be classes for that
could give him different attacks when he levels up
trapper could start trapping stranger things, like bears, or goblins, or even steves
i really liked the carpenter ability to make ‘‘fine’’ furniture after leveling and all but then i dont really know what to do with all the old furniture, we could use a way to recycle the wood back so if i want to make a red house with red benches and lamps i dont have to have a pile of 50 benches, you could have levels effect the efficiency of wood u get back from that