SAAj Posted November 21, 2012 Share Posted November 21, 2012 Thematically, the science machine and alchemy engine clearly are not intended for Willow, Wendy, or Wolfgang (especially not for Wolfgang). This makes me think that it was originally intended specifically for Wilson, but that the research system and special crafting recipes became too central to confine to one character. Since the research system is now apparently on the ropes, perhaps it's a good time to re-evaluate what these devices do.I propose that instead of everyone receiving a bonus for putting materials into the science machine, each character should have a unique way of receiving bonuses. Wilson could simply research everything, as usual. Perhaps Willow could get bonuses for setting things on fire, Wendy could get bonuses for something involving graves, and Wolfgang could get bonuses for killing enemies in combat.Such a system could shape the player's behavior with each character in a more controlled manner, creating greater variation in playstyle between characters and allowing for greater levels of optimization depending on how strictly the player adheres to the character's nature. Just looking at how happy Willow gets when a large tree burns, it feels like there should be some tangible indication of that. Same goes for Wolfgang beating the crap out of enemies, and so on. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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