Rossum Posted June 5, 2017 Share Posted June 5, 2017 If the Printing Pods were created as a way to start a colony and they can print out living things, then it makes sense that they would be able to print out more than just dupes. For example, they could print out animals, plants, food, medicine, or any number of supplies that might be difficult for the dupes to make themselves. So, what if in addition to the three dupes we can choose from each time the Printing Pod starts up, there are ways to unlock additional things to print. For example, by researching a Tier 1 Tech, you get the option to print out seeds for planting, or various supplies like clothing from the textile mill, medicine (for when disease becomes implemented), and maybe some raw metals or oxylite. A Tier 2 Tech could unlock the ability to print out creatures like Hatches, Pufts, etc. This could be used in a special 'Barren' game mode where the map is created without any plant seeds or animals. It's just a new dupe colony starting out in a completely lifeless rock and the only animals or seeds they have access to are ones the Printer can make for them. As for printing out clothing, I think it could make sense for the Printing Pod to be able to craft items that boost dupes abilities (like the clothing we have already, and possibly things like weapons, armor, etc later on) or things like medicine to help improve the survivability of existing dupes. Maybe things like Oxylite ore or food rations for emergencies. Regardless, each use of the Printing Pod would use up it's charge and require it to recharge as normal, so every time you use it to make seeds, animals, supplies, etc then it's forgoing the creation of a dupe. It might also allow for adding more domesticated animals. Like, there could be a special type of 'space hamster' that really likes running on the manual generator. Instead of catching one in the wild or breeding existing animals to create one, you simply access the Printing Pod and select it from the pod's database and create it much like you would create a dupe. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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