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  1. ThunderGod97

    quality of life map box

    V19 - ETA: LATE FEBRUARY New Features and Content - New Structure: Bookshelf. Store and sort your high-quality maps and blueprints.
  2. This is specifically for the official PVE servers. The land conquest is a PVP mechanic. It works great in PVP. The competition between companies is great...for PVP. In PVE it results in everyone taking every bit of land they can get and: -hoarding it for themselves so they can tax anyone using "their" land even if they have no structures on that land. And for bragging rights as the largest land owners. -renting/selling it off to players not fortunate enough to find land to claim -griefing other players to make them quit the game to give up their land. Unlimited land claims do not belong in PVE gameplay. There needs to be some limits on them in PVE gameplay. If you want to leave in Unlimited land claims then there needs to be a significant upkeep cost to owning more than X number of claims per person (I will not define the number here, I will leave that to the devs). If you want to keep the leader boards, make it actually an accomplishment to claim and maintain claims over that much land...not just what you happen to find or steal from others. This has made the new player experience completely shit on PVE servers. To get any land you are forced to: 1. join a company with whatever rules it has. Not everyone wants to join a company. 2. rent land from land owners where you have no control over their ability to lock you out of your ability to build your structure. And that usually comes with living under a taxed area on top of the price you pay to rent. 3. buy land from land owners for whatever price they think is appropriate. 4. Hope to find someone willing to give you land. My efforts have run across two groups promising to do this so far....both ended up not giving me land. 5. steal land from players who might not log in every day. And to do this you have to find land to steal...so you have to endlessly search each and every island hoping to find something to take from someone else. And to do this you have to deal with the bugs involved with land claiming currently...which means sometimes you have absolutely no idea how long you have to wait to declaim it. 6. live in lawless and deal with the bullshit foundation and pillar spam and people demolishing everything you worked for if you happen to not log in every 4 days. This is not a PVE game...this is a neutered PVP game....you just can't kill people directly. Fix this. Give us a proper PVE game with mechanics that don't pit us against each other. Also, a legitimate (not third party) single player option would solve this problem for a lot of PVE players. And yes, I know about unofficial servers. I am helping build a new map for an unofficial server. The existence of Unofficial servers does not excuse the devs from creating a proper PVE game for the people on the official servers.
  3. ThunderGod97

    Abandoned rafts and ships

    Yeah there are definitely some issues with boat ownership like that. I'll give you that.
  4. ThunderGod97

    Abandoned rafts and ships

    LOL They have a system for clearing them...but that's not good enough for you. You ever think that maybe all those "abandoned" boats are people looking for land to claim...and they are working several different boats in hope of finding land to claim. I know I'm in that group. I'm actively playing but have no land of my own because I have not found land to claim yet. I have 5 sloops scattered about the map that probably appear to be abandoned...but they aren't. I just occasionally check them...sometimes sail them around looking at claims to try to find something. If they fix the claim spamming I would imagine the number of "abandoned" boats will dramatically decrease.
  5. ThunderGod97

    Lf Land to build a castle

    Prepare for the flood of cance...I mean landlords. People who actually give up land to those looking for their first plots are very few and far between. Good luck in your search though.
  6. ThunderGod97

    Claims and Taxes in PvE need work.

    I do that. As a solo player you really don't have much hope of finding land to claim. As a big company with many people to look at flags it's very easy to find land to claim. More eyes more opportunity to find it. The fact that as one of the top 10 companies you are STILL looking for more land, is idiotic. The focus on the pve gameplay needs to be changed away from land conquest. The new player experience is absolute shit. It's either join a company that has land, rent from a company that has land, build on land someone let's you build on (where they retain complete control and can lock you out of doing anything with your stuff if you upset them), or fight foundation spam in lawless. The realistic chance of a new player finding land is next to zero. I know, I did the searching. I did the waiting. What did I end up with after the waiting? Bugged timers...negative land claim counts...no idea when the claim will expire. Companies with "1 land claim" yet they own an entire island due to sea claims. Look at my bug report in the bug reports forum if you want to see all the issues I have found. I have no interest in joining some huge corporation, hell I don't want to have anything more than my solo corp. I just want to find some land and have fun building my buildings and ships. This game offers very little chance of that without someone else lording over you and taking shit from you just because they found the land first. Land claims need to be limited. The tax system is fine...the land claim system is not....not by a long shot. The tax system, as implemented, is fine...it's just that people can claim so much land they don't use that the tax system is being misused by pretty much everyone using it. Taxing land you actively use, is fine, because people harvesting takes away from the resources you are actively harvesting. Taxing land you do not use is the problem and should be done away with...but that comes down to revamping the claim system.
  7. ThunderGod97

    Foundation Spam in Lawless.. wow

    It's no surprise that foundation spam is out of control...hell land claims are out of control, of course foundation spam would be just as bad. Honestly, the land claim system is no better than the foundation spam system, in fact, it's worse because you can actually rent out plots of land. All the control is in the landlords...and it's absolute shit the way they have implemented it. For PVP it may be fine, but for PVE it is shit. I have a small plot of land in lawless. I found my chunk and kept an eye out for demoable stuff. I expanded only where I planned to expand to. Now that I have some claims elsewhere I've contracted what I have claimed in lawless. I have plans to eventually disappear completely from lawless, but have to work on moving what resources I have there to my land claim. The moment any space pops up there are a couple of pieces of cancer on the island I'm on that foundation spam the hell out of the area...even though it's no where near where they are building. They claim just to claim and prevent others from claiming. Completely eliminating the land that is supposed to be for those who can't find any claimable land. The new user experience in this game is absolute shit. Grapeshot and Instinct...just shaking my head. You can do better than these two shit systems. I play on both official and unofficial. I'm helping build a new larger map for an unofficial server I play on. I still play on official because of the promise of exploration it holds...it just can't really be matched by any unofficial. I play on official hoping that some day they will get off their asses and actually implement a system that reigns in the bullshit land claim and foundation spam.
  8. ThunderGod97

    The damned ships are too aggressive

    I have only lost one ramshackle sloop to a SotD that caught me off guard. I had just launched the ship so I hadn't had the opportunity to level up the weight on the ship, so I was slower than normal. I've certainly been shot at and chased by them and taken quite a bit of damage, but I always managed to outrun them. Keeping your ship fast is the best way to ensure you can get away. I've spent most of my time in sloops, and as long as you keep them under the weight handle, they can get away. Being able to out run them is best if you can't fight them. If you aren't confident in your ability to destroy them, build for speed. I have refined the design of my sloop to lower weight and maintain the utility I have built in. As I have been searching for land to claim I have 5 sloops currently out in various, so I've had a lot of opportunity to refine the design. Powerstone island zones are the worst for SotD...but I've seen some normal zones spawn quite a few...up to 10 in view at once. I wouldn't mind them lowering the spawn rate in normal zones.
  9. ThunderGod97

    this takes some practice

    Ah ok. Yeah definitely something that can accidentally happen, as with most bugs they just happen. It's only an exploit if you repeat it with the intent to use it to your advantage.
  10. ThunderGod97

    this takes some practice

    That raft under the shore is a common exploit to hide a bed. It's called undermeshing and in PVP is commonly used in order to prevent people from destroying the beds of defenders. Entirely against the rules and if the devs find it, they will remove it. I've seen it used in some places in PVE too though. It was definitely more common before you could place beds on land in lawless. I have no idea how to do that, just know it happens.
  11. @Tsub I could use a flag or two, so long as it has sea access. And don't mind building on a cliff. Have sailed by some of your land looking for flags to capture. Currently have a sloop in I12 I think.
  12. What would really be nice is if we could arrange to match up people looking to get rid of land and people looking to get their first land. Don't want to see it go to waste by someone just snapping up some land to put renters on it. Until Grapeshot gets their act together and actually fixes the claim system (including the bugs in it), we kind of need to tackle this problem as a community.
  13. Unfortunately, greedy people don't share, and the non-greedy people are very few and far between. Either you sail forever hoping to find that little space you can steal from someone who isn't playing the game anymore, or you accept the first week overlords who snapped up all the land and tax everyone and rent the land out. It's a pretty crappy system if you didn't grab land in that first week. In all my searching, I found one place I could plant a flag, but there was a wolf still alive that I could see, so I knew that person had been active somewhat recently. I've found one person that was willing to give a couple claims to those looking for their first land, but with the dynamic expiration time update came some bad bugs, and they told me they don't want to risk letting go of land for fear of compromising the land they want to keep. I also live in lawless and have been searching for land for the better part of two weeks. I have about 500 hours in the game so far, but that's also pretty evenly split between a stint in a large company on NA-PVP, NA-PVE, and an unofficial server I'm helping building a new map on. Unofficial is an option, but it is pretty easy mode most of the time and you need to make sure it has active admins that enforce the rules and aren't prone to abuse.
  14. On: NA-PVE First, my situation: I'm living in Lawless, battling the foundation spam (an issue in itself). I created my character on Hydra's Den on launch day...but at the time I was trying to join a large group on Kraken's Maw which has since dissolved (I felt like trying to pvp with a large group and do the pve thing within them). I wish I had just played my character on Hydra's Den from the start...I would most likely be enjoying my own land now. I have 5 sloops currently out in various parts of the world searching for a claim to take. I've seen a lot of the game and here are the issues I've seen: 1) "1 land claim" despite multiple obvious land claims - I'm a programmer, so not being able to count claims which entirely match the criteria to increment that counter, just doesn't make sense to me...how can it be SO broken? The following picture was taken to illustrate this problem, there were several other land claim flags on the left, right, and out of view in front of me from the same company when I took this. Also led to this reply from someone willing to give away claims to friendly PVE players. 2) "1 land claim" despite multiple obvious sea claims claiming all the land near the 1 land claim - Sea Claims which overlap land need to count for the timer calculations. This leads to bigger companies with lots of claims (the ones that were supposed to be punished with the 3 day timers) relying primarily on sea claims to claim their land to get around the land claim calculation. In a game so heavily based on being on the sea...having a single claim in the middle of an island with no ability to make ships, is quite pointless. No one is giving up claims that I've seen, but they might be converting all the seaside claims to sea claims to lower their land claim amount to get the long expiration time. 3) Negative Land Claims - How the hell are we supposed to know how many land claims someone has? See image in #4 4) After PVE Expiration counts down for a flag that has negative land claims, the new clock counts away from 0 and really makes no sense. 5) Upkeep time vs PVE Expiration time - PVE expiration can count down...but the Upkeep time defaults to 21 days no matter how many land claims they have. If you meant for people to be able to steal claims more quickly from large companies, this will stop it every time. In my searches I've found exactly one place I could actually put down a flag. But there was a wolf still alive, so obviously still somewhat active....so I did not claim the land. I don't want to ruin someone else's time in PVE. The claims by people on the forums that "90%" of the land is free for the taking, are bullshit, not with these bugs. Hell, one guy that was offering to give away land claims, won't do it because his flags show bug #1 above...only one land claim. He thinks it will risk his other land claims he doesn't want to lose. I understand why he doesn't want to risk it, and I don't blame him. For someone actively looking for land to claim, these assorted issues make looking for a claim to steal frustrating as all hell. Along with that and greediness of all the players in the game who DON'T give up the extra land and would rather "let" us build and "rent" the land (only to "evict" if you ever cross them), how is anyone ever supposed to find any land to claim after launch. I pay rent in real life...I'm not paying rent in a god damn game. Fix the damn claim system to discourage people from overclaiming in PVE. Land Claims are obviously preferable to the foundation spam of lawless and the foundation spam from Ark....but the system needs to be better than this for PVE. There needs to be limits on how many claims one person can claim in PVE...that's the only way to resolve this. Stealing land is not PVE content...that's PVP content. I really like the experience on PVE, specifically official PVE, if you ignore the claim system and are able to actually enjoy the game. Virtually endless exploration, but I'm not one to live on a boat, I have to have a home base to feel secure. PVE on unofficial just doesn't give the same experience...it's easy mode. Unfortunately, the badly thought out PVE claim system makes it impossible to steal land if you weren't there for the first land rush. If you weren't there, you'll spend all your time searching and hoping to find someone else's land to claim...which is again, NOT PVE content. I have no interest in debating this system with the forum...which is why I'm filing this bug report instead. If you want to add to the list of bugs or various issues, I'll be happy to update this original post with that information. I did not see a bug report for these issues which is why I created this thread. Also, if you find this bug report helpful, please upvote it for visibility.
  15. ThunderGod97

    This dang timer is ridiculous!

    yeah something like "if invalid number then expiration = max expiration" Sea Claims need to count...entire islands are claimed by nothing but sea claims. I've seen several times just today companies with a ton of sea claims encircling their island, with a single land claim on the island and the flags only register 1 land claim so they get 20 hours on the expiration timer. That exploit needs to be patched out. The land claims need to reflect any claims which touch land...and I would say any that are near land (within 50 m) since those can be used to secure docks and shipyards just off land, and a land claim in this game is pretty damn useless without somewhere to build your ships.