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TL;DR at the end. I want to ask how everyone feels about character swapping. I didn't make it a poll because I'm sure there far too many mixed feeling about it, to condense it into a yes or no question. Personally I've grown to hate it but at the same time would never ask it to be removed. The reason why I hate it is because I believe it has shifted the game to consider balance around the entire cast as a whole, rather than each character individually. I think that if this mechanic didn't exist we may have gotten better songs for Wigfrid, perhaps even an attack increase song. Warly's spices means no other character will have the chance to increase their own damage in fear of stacking damage (Klei has said that the way damage stacks for Wolfgang isn't intended). There is a fine line to walk where you have to consider how powerful every single character can possibly become. For someone like me who hates changing characters, I wonder if a character like Wormwood will ever be able to deal more damage alone than beyond what is default. Then you may ask, "so you want every character to be a jack of all trades?" In a way, yes actually. Just because one character is proficient at fighting shouldn't mean every other character can't have a unique way to approach combat. Sometimes I think Klei might share the same line of thinking as we have seen every rework give a character a "combat advantage" such as Wendy's potions, Winonas catapults, Willow's bernie, Woodie's moose form, Wes' uhhh; so essential a character may be strong at one thing, but they're not completely useless at another (at least at fighting). I kinda Wish Warly's spices where a boss item anyone had access to instead of locking it behind a character. The ability to increase your damage is so good when everything has bloated hp. Damage increases just arent available outside of abusing (how I take it) a character. There are other characters perks that are amazing and possibly too powerful for that individual character, such as abigail trivializing hound waves (all non boss mobs really) and Winonas catapults being a more accessible houndious shootious. Poor Winona only has catapults so she gets a pass lol. Now the reason why I wouldn't remove it is because this way of thinking is obviously my fault and flawed. I'm choosing not to benefit the character swap mechanic because I have (meaningless) moral issues with it. I'd argue every character should be able to do everything with different levels of ease rather than being proficient at one thing, but that could cause the game to become bloated with meaningless perks. Still, I do see the other side of it as a way to balance everyone out in way and for the characters to help each other. Maybe one day I grow out of my foolishness and see the light, haha (I feel so guilty and makes me feel like Im insulting both Warly and Wormwood .) By the way, yes I know how stupid I sound. "You want every character to have every perk?" I know it sounds unreasonable... and that's not exactly it... Rather every character having fighting/gathering/exploration perks but tailored around their own personal balance. TL;DR: Using character swapping makes me feel guilty, almost like I'm cheating/abusing the characters. I wish there were alternate methods to accomplish what other character can in-game, but that would result in a bloated game with redundant characters/items. Its really only my own fault and I can see how other may find it as a way to balance the whole cast around each other. Though I wish every character had their own "inner" balance kinda how Woodie is a true jack-of-all trades. How do you feel about Character swapping?
I have had a debate with a few other friends on which beefalo is the best to tame, I had said ornery as the damage is nice, but my friends noted that almost all the survivors can deal as much or more DPS with a ham bat and that having to feed it after domestication is such an annoyance and that they would rather prefer the speed of a rider or default as to not have to feed it ever again once domestication is complete. Keep note that we were discussing assume we picked someone like Wilson, a character without combat abilities. I would just like to ask the community what they believe is the best to rush and why.