Phase 3: Bonsai, shrubbery, and home grown deco plants - Because super complex is the name of the game!
TLDR: Mini Tree Deco Plants
Let’s say i have a bunch of seedlings, and i want to decorate. Maybe i can plant the seedlings and restrict height to create shrubbery or plant in a bowl/pot to grow a miniature version of that tree. Similar traits, only smaller, and placeable on any solid surface.
Shrubbery may be simplest form. Plant outside - but place a trellis or block above to restrict the growth height. Use clippers or tools (crafted in workbench, requires toolcrafting) to cut shrubs into a desired shape. - Which leads to:
Topiaries - Shrubbery that has been clippered into any number of pre-determined shapes. Using the clippers on a shrub opens a panel where you can select from geometric shapes or more complicated things like dolphins, unicorns, dragons, etc.
Bonsai - Most complex of deco plants. Seedlings can be planted in a pot (wood/stone/brick/marble/gleam etc.). They then go through their normal growth stages, but at each stage there are some things that we can do, or that might randomly happen. For example:
- We could perform a mini-game type of interaction to change the bonsai’s shape. Maybe similar to the forging interface. We could apply copper/iron wiring (crafted in workbench) to adjust the shape/curve of the bonsai. Younger plants might have a higher “elasticity” value (like vigor) and if you bend too much you break the plant and destroy the seedling.
- We could add potions, salves, or fertilizer (crafted in mixer) to increase elasticity or variables like size, growth time, general plant health (measured by time between maintenance checks).
- The bonsai may get sick, infested with bugs (does boundless have insects?), or might have root rot or mold. We may need to apply pesticides or fungicides - which may reduce the health of the tree, reduce elasticity, or add an additional growth check to the cycle meaning extra maintenance or care.
- Once the bonsai reaches maturity it does not enter pollinating state, but a final interaction with the clippers sets it to “decorative” mode and then it no longer requires care.
Deco plants would require the farming epic and generate a whole new economy and require creating new craftables for trait categories like tools, tech, deco, farming, and brewing. And, serving no practical use, would add a good amount of prestige.
Can you tell i love farming/horticulture?
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