Darkwind: Scavenger will be a new (optional) way of playing Darkwind. This will operate as a ‘hardcore’ mode as well as operating as a kind of ‘test server’ for new ideas.
Players can run both a normal gang and scavenger gang. There will be an option on the website to switch from controlling one to controlling the other. The scavenger gang will belong to a new Scavengers faction (and cannot leave it).
Scavenger gangs are given a quantity of food, ammunition, water, fuel, car parts and scrap metal in place of the normal starting cash. (I would suggest that the ammo corresponds to one or more of the rental chassis). Scavenger gangs have no access to cash – this is the most fundamental aspect of the idea.
The player must loot food, fuel, car parts, water, medicines and ammunition to keep their gang operating. In Scavenger these items would be substituted for cash prizes in town events so that a gang always has an option to continue playing.
SCOUTING & LOOTING
Scavenger gangs may scout only with other Scavengers
Loot will include additional items:
– Medicine: having medicine in your lock up would work the same way as hospital does now.
– Food and water: gangs would have to keep a stock of food and water to prevent gang members from starving
– Additional Ammo: ammunition ‘destroyed’ in game (other than by fire) would be available in the loot box
– looting of hand weapons and sometimes handweapon ammo is required (and would be useful in the ‘normal’ game too)
DAMAGE + REPAIRS
Faster perma damage – sometimes even when the item wasn’t even hurt in the event (i.e., natural wear and tear). Damaged weapons will jam sometimes, even at better states of repair.
NPCs will typically use damaged stuff
The ‘cost’ of car repairs is calculated in car parts and scrap metal rather than cash.
For engine and weapon repairs a certain number of car parts must be expended
For chassis repairs scrap must be used
For armour repairs each unit of scrap will repair 15-ish points of armour (depends on rarity of chassis). It takes a good mechanic to fix armour grade A, and a reasonable one to fix armour grade B. Any fool can do C repairs.
A cashless marketplace will be open only to scavenger gangs, with passwords and with the ability for players to attach notes to each item in the market: these notes would allow the item’s owner to state their requirements for a trade, and for interested parties to negotiate. This system would be open to abuse (ie. player one might list his item and have it taken whilst player 2 never lists theirs) – that said it might make it realistic to be done over every once in a while. If someone defaults on an agreement, they will be shut out of trading pretty quick by everyone else..
Scavengers are exempt from entry fees. Their prizes are paid in food, water, ammo.
A new category of stock town event will be created: ‘scavenger’ events – where every car starts with randomised initial damage
Missions would still be available with the mission reward being paid in food, fuel, ammo, medicines or weapons.
No access to camps (for the moment)
No access to lasers or RGMs
The return of the jamming of electronic weapons due to certain aurora conditions
OTHER IDEAS I’M UNSURE OF AND/OR WHICH REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT DEV. WORK
‘Amateur Night’ idea. It would be an arena combat maybe run a few times a week at scheduled times, and the winner gets to keep their vehicle.
‘Scavenger’ missions: you use peds to search piles of junk for random useful items. NPC pirate cars and/or creatures spawn over time.. eventually your peds need to get back into their cars and escape