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    I solved the underground base exploit!!!!

    I am so excited to start a new game! As many of you know, the game is completely broken, because you can simply avoid the zombies by digging down. This completely ruins everything, since 'survival' is merely an option, an artificial self-imposed handicap that no player actually needs to partake in. You can level up your character by simply mining. You can obtain stone and ore, which translates into steel and concrete. You never need to loot, salvage, or fight, but you can obtain every item in the game by trading steel and concrete at a nearby trader. You can also use the steel and concrete to build an OP defense base, which you never need to use!

    It's not just game breaking, but immersion breaking. In a zombie survival game, could you start an industrial scale self-sustaining subterranean factory within a matter of days? Who in their right mind would dig straight down in a real zombie apocalypse? Seriously? If you were lost in the woods, and wanted to make a stone axe, would you start punching a boulder? NO!

    Yes, I know, we can 'choose' to not play like this, but it's not very fun to challenge yourself, while knowing the full time you can simply start digging down. It's like playing monopoly, but the game rules state you can pay $1 to instantly place hotels on every property. It's like playing basketball but the game rules state that you can always claim a foul against any opposing player, and neither the opposing team nor the referee can dispute your claim. It's like playing a zombie survival game, and knowing the entire time that you don't need to actually fight zombies or scavenge for loot, because you just dig straight down.

    Well, I found this awesome solution, and I'm really excited about it.
    I rushed right here to tell everyone the GOOD NEWS.

    I went into the steam common folder, found the folder for 7 Days to Die, went into the Data and Config folders, and found these little .xml files. I selected the one called materials, found the material id "stone" and changed the max damage value to 50000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

    Suddenly, every stone layer acts as bedrock, without that annoying bedrock sound! It is absolutely impossible to dig down, and I will be forced to build a strong base. Furthermore, since stone and iron will become scarce, I must rely on wood! Meanwhile, I will no longer have access to creative mode style wealth from the traders. WOAAHAAHAHAAH NELLY. I think this game might actually be fun again with loot at 25% and no respawning.



    Does anyone have any other quick .xml fix suggestions? Let me know if you feel inspired to set up a hardcore no digging down server. I'd also love to hear a way to quickly remove those damn glowing zombies and spitter cops, because that is just dumb. I want to play zombie survival, not DOOM 4. I also need a way to create large biomes, so that you have to actually pick a biome and can't just see three more within walking distance.
    Last edited by Vomkat; 09-30-2018 at 04:00 AM.

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    There is an even easier solution than XML edits. Bitches need to quit bitching, and the problem is solved. Most people who go underground are for legit mining or to have their crafting stations not be destroyed, losing 30k of several resources at once, per forge, etc... If freaks with control issues stop whining about it, suddenly there is no problem and the game stays enjoyable for everyone.

    Damn, that was simple.

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    Calm down miner, and please watch your inappropriate language. The difference between you and me, is I want a better game where I don't have safe crafting stations with stockpiles of 30k resources per forge. At least I admit that what I've been doing is an exploit. I challenge you to stop mining and take the CODE. challenge.

    I'd like to see this thread become a resource for people who want simple easy fixes to the game's most glaring issues. On that note, anyone know how to change the sneak mechanic so it stops telling you the moment you are spotted. After all, I'm not psychic!

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    #590 so soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    Calm down miner, and please watch your inappropriate language.
    I didn't attempt to censor it so if it was considered inappropriate here you would see a bunch of hearts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    The difference between you and me, is I want a better game where I don't have safe crafting stations with stockpiles of 30k resources per forge. At least I admit that what I've been doing is an exploit. I challenge you to stop mining and take the CODE. challenge.
    That isn't a better game at all. When you can spend a week stockpiling resources only to see them wiped out by cheap, immersion-breaking nonsense, that is bad game design in favor of weak players who want everybody to play their way. An exploit would be building a stilt base higher than zombies can detect you and utilizing Alchemy techniques (look in my older posts if you want to find that) to make infinite materials without leaving for weeks while leveling to max. Which is all well within the games code, and thus nullifies your "challenge". The difference is that you can move around, explore, and play the game including having a mine to gather NECESSARY resources without having an emo meltdown about how other people play the game. Some people like to sit in a box and cry about zombies coming every 7 days, some people like to be well prepared so they can slaughter huge hordes and loot like crazy every 7 days. I loot and chop up bodies while the hordes are flowing because I have a brain and turn off Run at night, which doesn't mean nobody runs because I level fast and get unpredictable Ferals, which make the game more fun because the risk is unpredictable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    I'd like to see this thread become a resource for people who want simple easy fixes to the game's most glaring issues.
    The most glaring issue is Emo's trying to ruin the game for other people. The same has happened on WoW and countless other games. The Devs go on the forum and see 3 people bitching incessantly about something, while everybody who enjoys the game is busy playing. Suddenly, the game becomes less enjoyable for 99% of the player base because the bitchy wheel gets the grease.

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    #590 so soon?
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    Why are you still talking? Your vulgar language is unacceptable, and you are banned from this thread.

    Please find another thread to troll, I am not reading your posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    Why are you still talking? Your vulgar language is unacceptable, and you are banned from this thread.

    Please find another thread to troll, I am not reading your posts.
    Lol, just because you don't like the way he conveys his message doesn't mean its vulgar language. We are all grownups here for the most part and getting banned is unlikely. Vomkat, please relax. Your opinion of a better game is in your mind only. It is your choice to play as you wish but the same is true for every other player that plays 7days. Several play mods, alter xml files to suit their needs, or do several other things to enhance their enjoyment. This is one of many things that makes this game unique.
    Last edited by Crater Creator; 10-04-2018 at 01:41 AM.

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    Congrats Vomkat!! You found a way to overcome your lack of willpower. I am so very happy for you! What's your favorite flavor of cake? I'll eat a slice to honor your accomplishment.

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    It would be even more realistic when the only breakable objects are doors.
    And then removing crafting, so the only items avaialble are found or traded in from found junk at the trader.
    And remove placing blocks apart from setting a limited number of spikes and replacing doors.

    Would make it way more realistic....

    But none of that is a SOLUTION for an exploit in the game mechanics. It just removes core mechanics from a voxel-based game, making it a static level game as many others in existence.
    Digging down should not be removed. Its should simply not offer free complete safety for little effort. Hence the move to digging zombies and the ideas about requiring ventilation.

    The game allows the player to freely change the topography of the world (placing and removing blocks).
    The counterbalance must be that the AI is able to pathfind and break blocks on the way.
    (else safety would be way to easy to archive)

    The game allows the player to collect resources and craft more usable items.
    The counterbalance must be that resources and items must get used up along the way.
    (else the player can quickly inflate the amount of available items, quickly removing any need to search or work for more)

    Empyrion has those two faults, thats why the singleplayer game gets stale relatively quickly. (too much safety, too much stuff)
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    I agree, construction and crafting is also in need of a major nerf. Players should live in the pre-existing buildings, and not be constructing their own fortresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    I am so excited to start a new game! As many of you know, the game is completely broken, because you can simply avoid the zombies by digging down. This completely ruins everything, since 'survival' is merely an option, an artificial self-imposed handicap that no player actually needs to partake in. You can level up your character by simply mining. You can obtain stone and ore, which translates into steel and concrete. You never need to loot, salvage, or fight, but you can obtain every item in the game by trading steel and concrete at a nearby trader. You can also use the steel and concrete to build an OP defense base, which you never need to use!

    It's not just game breaking, but immersion breaking. In a zombie survival game, could you start an industrial scale self-sustaining subterranean factory within a matter of days? Who in their right mind would dig straight down in a real zombie apocalypse? Seriously? If you were lost in the woods, and wanted to make a stone axe, would you start punching a boulder? NO!

    Yes, I know, we can 'choose' to not play like this, but it's not very fun to challenge yourself, while knowing the full time you can simply start digging down. It's like playing monopoly, but the game rules state you can pay $1 to instantly place hotels on every property. It's like playing basketball but the game rules state that you can always claim a foul against any opposing player, and neither the opposing team nor the referee can dispute your claim. It's like playing a zombie survival game, and knowing the entire time that you don't need to actually fight zombies or scavenge for loot, because you just dig straight down.

    Well, I found this awesome solution, and I'm really excited about it.
    I rushed right here to tell everyone the GOOD NEWS.

    I went into the steam common folder, found the folder for 7 Days to Die, went into the Data and Config folders, and found these little .xml files. I selected the one called materials, found the material id "stone" and changed the max damage value to 50000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

    Suddenly, every stone layer acts as bedrock, without that annoying bedrock sound! It is absolutely impossible to dig down, and I will be forced to build a strong base. Furthermore, since stone and iron will become scarce, I must rely on wood! Meanwhile, I will no longer have access to creative mode style wealth from the traders. WOAAHAAHAHAAH NELLY. I think this game might actually be fun again with loot at 25% and no respawning.



    Does anyone have any other quick .xml fix suggestions? Let me know if you feel inspired to set up a hardcore no digging down server. I'd also love to hear a way to quickly remove those damn glowing zombies and spitter cops, because that is just dumb. I want to play zombie survival, not DOOM 4. I also need a way to create large biomes, so that you have to actually pick a biome and can't just see three more within walking distance.
    How many days have you played with those settings?

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    wow thats cool... man i would collect rocks like mad harvest those boulders and build my indestructable Stone Fortress

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    Players should live in the pre-existing buildings, and not be constructing their own fortresses.
    Um, NO. We each like our own style of home base. I tear down the pre-existing buildings for materials I use to construct my fortress. Gamegeezer Garrison is home sweet home. Feel free to settle at Vomkat Village, a neighborhood of pre-existing buildings, or wherever else you choose to drop your bedroll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vomkat View Post
    Yes, I know, we can 'choose' to not play like this, but it's not very fun to challenge yourself, while knowing the full time you can simply start digging down.
    I went into the steam common folder, found the folder for 7 Days to Die, went into the Data and Config folders, and found these little .xml files. I selected the one called materials, found the material id "stone" and changed the max damage value to 50000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

    Suddenly, every stone layer acts as bedrock, without that annoying bedrock sound! It is absolutely impossible to dig down, and I will be forced to build a strong base.
    Since you don't have the willpower to simply not dig an underground base, and need to mod the game to force yourself not to do it, I thought I'd let you know that your "fix" doesn't solve anything.

    You can easily build an underground base in the topsoil without needing to dig down so far that you hit rock; and (in A16 at least) it's just as safe from zombies as one at bedrock is. Making the rock un-diggable doesn't do anything to prevent you from having an unassailable underground base.

    Good luck having the willpower to avoid doing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skullpoker View Post
    There is an even easier solution than XML edits. Bitches need to quit bitching, and the problem is solved.

    The most glaring issue is Emo's trying to ruin the game for other people.

    If freaks with control issues stop whining about it, suddenly there is no problem and the game stays enjoyable for everyone.

    I didn't attempt to censor it so if it was considered inappropriate here you would see a bunch of hearts.
    I am afraid that the forum not censoring your language doesn't stop you from sounding like a douche.

    Quote Originally Posted by BB_Drifter View Post
    Vomkat, please go back to your liberal safe space and relax. Your opinion of a better game is in your mind only.
    Not really. The devs themselves have said time and time again in the past that they do wish to add an underground hazard.

    Quote Originally Posted by BB_Drifter View Post
    Lol, just because you don't like the way he conveys his message doesn't mean its vulgar language. We are all grownups here for the most part and getting banned is unlikely.
    Yes, the definition of vulgar language is totally subjective! Much like the definition of a survival game.

    Quote Originally Posted by JCrook1028 View Post
    Congrats Vomkat!! You found a way to overcome your lack of willpower. I am so very happy for you! What's your favorite flavor of cake? I'll eat a slice to honor your accomplishment.
    The notion that a game tagged and described as a survival game, should require the "player's willpower" to be played as a survival game is quite... revolting. That way we can stick the survival tag to virtually everything because with enough "willpower" everything can be played as survival!



    Hey listen. This "debate" has been going on for a while. It would be ok just saying that "if you make the underground dangerous it will hurt my playstyle". But some people just do not seem to be able to understand that others with different playstyles than themselves complain about the underground because it hurts their own playstyle. Suggesting that someone skips half the game's *not-really-optional* worldspace in order to enjoy his playstyle is terrible enough - suggesting that he does it with his "willpower" is downright asinine.

    And in addition, to be honest and perfectly "politically correct" here, after reading the OP again, suggesting this while, he is talking about himself, how he views the game and describing a way to alleviate that problem, which IS a problem according to HIS playstyle, asks for additional solutions and doesn't really make any suggestions to others about how they should play - is, as a bonus, pretty childish.
    Last edited by RestInPieces; 09-30-2018 at 12:01 PM.

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