In this post I’d like to discuss what it looks like to build large structures right now and the issues I am facing.
The past two weeks I’ve spent maybe 20 hours digging into hill sides and building caves to,
a) collect materials
b) build all the machines
c) understand how crafting works and experience the newest updates to the game.
My goal of understanding is now at a proficient level and I have worked my way up to iron/silver/copper tools ect. As well as crafted most current features, like warping ect ect.
My original plan before all of the above was to go straight out and build a giant structure. Something I had to come back to, as I didn’t have the materials, plots of land size, or the type of blocks that would look good in my opinion.
Now that my base is well established I want to build yeah.
Only there is a huge reluctance right now because of the grind involved.
I don’t feel that the amount of time spent hitting blocks. (Which my ocd does enjoy to an absurd level) is balanced with the amount of time I get to spend building. Not even close.
5 hits of a shovel 180 times to get enough clay to build 25 compact clay.
4 hits of my hammer 72 times to get enough rock to build 50 stones.
4 hits of my hammer 200 times to get coal to make enough spark and fuel for the process. (I’m estimating 200 soft coal).
Mix it all together and I get 50 blocks to work with.
My build is 60 blocks long by 50 blocks wide and 6-8 high. I’m being modest when I say I need about 2000 blocks.
This hasn’t even considered that after doing all the grinding for material. I need to do even more to replace and keep my tools updated and coming through.
So in total I’m doing 2-3 hours work for tools and mats. And then I can build for probably 5-10 minutes. I’m not trying to make a structure out of rare gems by the way. Just basic metamorphic brick.
Now I’m all for the long game. I have patience, and maybe when this game is 1.0 or what have you I can justify spending so much time whacking endless blocks to build my structure (because if its hard and you obtain it, it means something special you have worked so hard for), but right now especially in early access, you’re killing us with this grind to make anything remotely impressive.
Yet I see my neighbor make a house out of shiny gleam yeah, which is cool. It looks great. It’s shiny. The perceived value of that easy to come by resource vs my basic brick structure is astonishing.
I may by wrong but if no one is building the type of structures like this, especially the devs with there mods and unlimited block features I thought this well worth bringing up.
And if anyone says yeh but they haven’t balanced things yet. That’s fine, at least unbalance it in our favor of being a little bit easier than outrageously hard / time consuming. Its still early access.
Open to criticisms, discussion and opinions. Thanks for sharing and caring