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  1. Bron

    Alignment mod not working right?

    those are all really good ideas. unfortunately good ideas tend to come here to die. they wont be heard by anyone who matters, and they stand very little chance of being integrated into the game. ever driven the paver/drill combo to the center of the planet? it's a complete cluster-cuss, with the gravity inversion there you might as well be digging your own grave.
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    Eject Button on Top of Storage Silos?

    it was a genuine inquiry. i see what you are saying, and of course each to their own when it comes to managing resources, but what are you doing with those resources once they have been removed from the silos? are you reinstalling them all into the same silos, but in a more organized fashion? i guess that would make sense. myself, i tend not to handle large amounts of random resources in the first place. i only dig up what i need, and i take the silo to the mine site, once it's full i take it back and bring an empty one. i rarely need to reorganize the contents. jet packs have made coming and going to mine sites with a silo pretty easy to do. i don't tend to maintain much more resources at a single location that i might need, which is usually about a silo of each one. I'm not a hoarder. if i had a wish for any of the larger storage options, it would be some kind of mechanism that stores your resources direct from the backpack tool to the silo. maybe some kind of platform you can stand on that's pack-able. that would stop me losing resources from them popping off my tool when clipping into the level of the ground, which has been happening since EA days, and it's still not fixed.
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    Such a great and flawed game

    i think i get some of the technical issues around the implementation of better navigation and signposts. as far as i can make out, because the game is a procedurally created set of worlds, one of the ways they reduce the amount of stress on the system is to keep everything 'low res' until it's actually being explored, then it 'unpacks' as it's approached. that's why stuff you build, or mountains, or the planet from orbit, all have that unfinished chunky look from a distance. in the early access game, if you covered a significant amount of the landscape with tethers it would slow the whole game down, because tether locations couldnt just be dropped, they had to be stored, and so the world file became huge and difficult to resolve. i imagine that a proper navigation system might need a more complex reference grid to be added to the planet and this might slow the whole thing down, like the tethers do. of course i'm just guessing. and it doesn't preclude removing the 'in-world' existing compass on the floor and replacing it with a HUD style one.
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    Are there still Sandstorms on some planets?

    just another point on this Lazarus-like issue: if the devs were to introduce a weather system, and they wanted to start slow and small, there is an obvious candidate: Glacio really ought to have some kind of snow, hail, even blizzards. of all the planets this one feels like the most glaring omission. and dammit i love Glacio, i spend half my gameplay time there, it's a wild and beautiful place and the resource pods are the most valuable. weather on Glacio would mess up my time there, but it would also be logical.
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    Are there still Sandstorms on some planets?

    well, i remember the 'cardboard boxes from hell' (see past Bron posts) and i certainly remember those horrible spiky little buggers on Calidor - the limited rez distance in the game meant that they would sometimes just sit there in the middle distance, and wouldn't come at you till you approached them. but i have no memory of storms that gifted you items - are you sure you weren't just getting stuff blown about your base during the storm? there is weather. bright sunny days and cloud formations are weather. but i get your point. a little more variety in the climates might not be completely terrible.
  6. ah, the old landing pad debris unit. how i remember it. looks like you found it on the moon, right? yeah, Desolo is where i used to run into these suckers. they were great back in the early access days, they had O2 and you could power them up after a fashion. i would often transplant my base units wholesale over to this guy and build stuff around it, just so i had something different in my base. they wont move, though. tried all kinds of ways, will not budge one inch. of course now you can blow stuff up it might break down into junk. have you tried dynamite?
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    Automation: Hopes and Concerns

    I've always been so-so about the need for automation - i mean, i get how utterly tiresome it is to have to feed a process one by one in order to convert all the resources you have into a new product or resource, but there are other activities, core game activities that, if automated, would leave me wondering exactly what i should be doing with my time instead. And in this question lies the essential issue with automation: if i no longer need to do the repetitive grunt work of providing for bases, what then am i supposed to be doing? what other gameplay task will engage my interest and take up my time? see, just adding 'robots' to the game isn't simply a self contained thing. without other activities to occupy the player's time and intelligence, it's value is questionable. worse, it actually becomes an 'endgame' in itself; land, gather resources, build bases, build machines to create more resources to build better machines, then set the machines to do it all without you, then - leave? Die? the simple, but crude, way to address this possibility is to simply hamstring the automation process, so it only works if the player has to continue to do something else, like running adjustments or repairs, or manual feeding of the automated machines. this, of course, is no kind of automation at all, just another version of the old process. this is why the portable oxygenator is such a white elephant - by simply replacing one continually reducing resource (the blue one) with another (the yellow one), you have simply shifted the same activity across in the colour spectrum, if you like. automation simply cannot function in this way. this is why i've been lukewarm about automation. it presumes that the player needs time to do other stuff. without providing the other stuff, why provide the time-saving mechanisms? i will be very intrigued to see exactly what the game devs are bringing to this particular idea that addresses this, if anything.
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    What direction is this game going?

    I didn't know if this is meant to be sarcastic or not. so i tried saying it in my head with the Simpsons' Comic Book Guy voice. Go try that now. Oh yeah, its sarcastic.
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    New scrap objects incentives...

    so, the Scrap initiative came and went. it was played out as an incentive to 'clean up the planets and be more environmentally aware'. perversely, i ended up trashing more of the scrap elements than i might normally, as i abandoned the little stuff in favor of the bigger, more valuable, scrap items. the actual environmental lesson to be learnt here is this: if you try to monetize the clean up of the planet, you end up incentivizing the wrong kind of behavior and making the situation worse. still, like the rewards tho. nice Tyre hat and tube-frame-mask thingy. and the palette - who hasn't wanted to look like they've spent forty-eight hours in a sewer outlet pipe? plus all the great extra rewards - my collection of one-shot jump jet packs is well into double figures now. what next in the boundless parade of busy-work events masquerading as features? oh, i do hope it's something trivial and time consuming, please make it so!
  10. yeah, you cant do this. once more, the limited object interaction mechanics of this game pisses on our chips. go devs!
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    Finding a good and easy way to get steel

    just want to reinforce what Pippa has said. i personally tend to go straight from Sylva to the moon (desolo) for Wolframite (Tungsten), then pretty miuch straight to Glacio to make my next major base. the need for Hematite (Iron) in pretty much everything you build that's advanced kinda demands this, and hematite is SO DAMN COMMON on Glacio; look, its just lying about on the ground for Set's sake, in big red piles in the ice! and if you go underground you can get Titanite (Titanium), which is the next big thing after Iron, believe me. serioulsy tho, i dont know of any other resource (apart from Resin and Compound) that is as readily accessable as Hematite is on Glacio. also, Glacio is nice. hostile, but real purty. worth bearing in mind tho, Glacio has no copper or Zinc. bring them along, and take home a bag of iron. that's what i did on chemical rockets for the first part of the game.
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    Such a great and flawed game

    Fascinating, in a horrible kind of way. A lot of what The good Count is complaining about is, probably inevitably, pretty much what most players have been complaining about and requesting since the game was still in beta. when a new player (who clearly has a blast with the game at it's fundamental level) is perceptive enough to see that these things are not working properly, its a vindication of everything we have been saying about the game. and it's damn depressing. we all know that multiplayer has some serious problems, but that aside, we have some key ideas here that have been player requests since day one. first person alternative view? absolutely, for those that want it it should be there. user controlled signage? man, i was asking for this one in beta, and i'm STILL asking for this. i still navigate my way using columns of soil i build as markers, and when i started doing that i was telling myself that it was only as a placeholder, until the devs produce a better way of mapping/navigating the planet surface. oh, and the point-action animation? i can honestly say i have never made it play intentionally. and i have made it play dozens of times per game session. HUD style compass, satellite links, automation/better integration of working machines... the list goes on and it's ALL OLD REQUESTS. and none of them - none of them - are complicated or even unreasonable. so why arent they already part of the game? and so i end up asking myself; why are we here again? back, if you will, where it all started, as keen new players trying our best to suggest improvements to a beta game that we all loved. it feels as if the forward momentum the game showed initially has all but ceased, and with it goes my desire to play and explore. i would gladly trade any of my advanced Astroneer game saves with hundreds of hours of play invested in them for a proper reboot, a full-blooded feature-rich upgrade that not only shows that the devs have been listening, but that they haven't run out of ideas themselves. Count Cocofang, welcome to the haunted forums.
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    Idea for oxygen system

    have to say, in all honesty, i got about 10% of this, but that's almost certainly my bad, because i can see that you've worked hard and thought this through, for which i commend you. I'm sure someone else will see this and be smart enough to get it all, and I'll let that person get on here and debate the details of this. i did want to say that it's great that this game inspires people in this way, and that those who take the time to work out stuff like this are not only an asset to the devs, but to the community as a whole. regarding the introduction of a finite oxygen resource in the game - i might be in favour of it if some of the planets had breathable or semi-breathable atmosphere. (i think some of this is covered in vovikilelik's post) adding oxygen to the condenser should be possible, and planets with low oxygen would still require an oxygen source for the Astroneer. tethers could still work if you keep a reservoir of O2 topped up at your base camp, but they wouldn't be able to refill empty canisters - you'd need to go back to base for that. and vehicles would not automatically provide O2, but could be fitted with a portable O2 condenser, plus tanks, to make journeys more of a challenge. the negatives on this system, however, would be that all of this would take up valuable carry space - so it would have to come alongside enhanced storage. and, of course, it's more resource accountancy. and some players think there's enough of that in the game already
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    Walking platforms

    i'd love to see some theo jansen walking action on the platforms.like this: love me some of that strandbeest action! would work so well in ASTRONEER