The current prototypes of the society stage don’t make sense for aliens. It has wood and the buildings are all like human’s, which doesn’t make sense because 1) tree-like organisms might not evolve on the world you play on and 2) you aren’t playing as a human, so why do the buildings look like they’re for humans? What if the species you play as is arboreal, digs burrows, semiaquatic, or something else, and wouldn’t live in homes like that?
It just doesn’t take into account for the fact that the ecosystem is going to be different from Earth’s.
I get that the prototypes are just that, prototypes, but it still urks me. It’s going to be different later on, right?
This is the answer to almost all the questions for why something is like it is in the prototype. Despite what some people might say, I don’t have magical powers. So to have any chance to have some kind of prototype done quickly for each stage requires me to cut out any non-essential features.
My solutions to this are that either:
The game has to create tree equivalents always
Or we’ll add some way to always make wood equivalent material from biomass somehow
Yes, but with the caveat that if we require the player to literally design everything it’s going to make the game so much longer and might get really repetitive and boring for a lot of players. So I think we need by default to generate some good buildings and technological items that would be optional for the player to customize.
How about making it so you could make parts of your tool out of anything? Inorganic materials could have prebuilt values for durability, and organic materials could have durability based on the strength of their cells, so sure, you could make your handle out of something like a fish, but it’d fall apart, unless you use the bones, or it has a hard shell. I think having procedurally generated durabilty (and visuals) for parts of your tool, purely based on what it’s made out of, would work very well, and be pretty easy to code.
Tools are not the problem for now as the only added tool is entirely inorganic material.
I guess theoretically alternative buildings could be made from stone but that requires vastly different tools and technologies to work.
i hope you are aware the last person who replied before you is the lead developer, but yeah, alien building materials should be defined based on tissue structure for organic building materials to avoid building materials being extremely rare due to too much specification