The Waraxe recipe I hated because it was basically a ticket for feeding people a Tier 2 weapon at the start of the game.
100% agree that it was unbalanced, but it was an interesting dynamic at the very least.
I know people miss the discovery aspect of crafting and I sort of liked it in some ways? It was also gimmicky in others, since I had to retain it as a secret between me and other admins, and that remained a chore. If I got fed up with people not finding the recipes I’d have to give out hints, but maybe that was me being impatient. If I were to implement some aspect of this, what would it look like? I know you’re on board with making some of the crafting recipes variants, so what would it look for those other more illusive weapons?
I’m not advocating for making crafting recipes more difficult to figure out, while I love research I was focusing more on the accessibility of components, and the current place of crafting in zs.
What about some time based aspect or collection of something? Assembling parts or something. Something that requires you be a bit further developed in the game. Some kind of sub objective.
This describes what I was trying to get at. Some kind of sub objective that would provide a powerful weapon/trinket. Such an objective should seek to accomplish the following:
- Restrict the number of players who can access the item
- Exist separate from the player’s existing objective of earning points
- Not be dependent on the shortcomings of zombie team
- Possibly restrict the accessibility of the item depending on the situation, rewarding resourcefulness and further increasing rarity of the weapon
One way to accomplish many of this is to introduce some competitive aspect similar to that of killing the butcher, that of course isn’t dependant on zombie team. Perhaps it could be another incentive to perform otherwise unrewarding but necessary odd-jobs such as corrupting sigils? Or perhaps components could have a chance to spawn at unused sigil locations between waves, incentivising humans to make themselves vunerable.