mbhc Posted October 20, 2012 Share Posted October 20, 2012 It would be cool to be able to upgrade the science machine itself, or research another type of science machine to build that had two or three slots (similar to the way a chest opens allows you to put 6 things in) in order to do crazy combination research. For example, if you put a stinger, an amulet, and a gold nugget together you would get some crazy number like 150pts (some number decently higher than the three things would have been separately in the basic machine). That way it would take much more "research" to get proficient at research. You'd have to figure out that honey mixed with reed mixed with spider eggs, or gold and beefalo wool and eggplant, or whatever, gives you a ton of points, only after doing TONS of varying iterations.Perhaps there should be two possible upgrades: the first with two slots to put things into, and the second with three. And maybe the slots would have a specific label (like a burning chamber, a electrocuting chamber, a dissolving chamber, a compression or crushing chamber, or whatever) that you could switch things around and get different results. This way you would even have to figure out the order to put things in, which from a programming standpoint, maximizes the number of separate iterations with as little things to research as possible. For the second machine there would be n-squared iterations possible (where n is the total number of things you can research) and the third machine with three slots would be n to the third. So if there were 30 possible things to research, then the second machine would have 900 possible combinations, and the third machine would have 27000.Obviously these upgraded science machines would have to be outrageously pricey both in research and in materials (maybe including 64 gold or 10 spider eggs or something) but it would be very advantageous to build. As it stands right now, gold and spider eggs are a renewable resource, and they produce a much higher return on research than anything else, so it is the clear strategy to get those two things more than anything else. BUT having these various combo rewards would give a more substantial reason to grow lots of crops, raise bees, herd beefalo, etc. because it might turn out that a pomegranate with a spider web with a stinger gives 200 research points.I think that would add a whole new dimension to the game. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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