I don’t normally post my ideas or suggestions on the forums anymore. I actually rarely post anymore too.
Felt like sharing this one since I strongly believe the game could use some sort of Red Stone mechanic that fits well within the limitations and gameplay feel of Boundless. I understand it isn’t Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean the game couldn’t use some sort of similar mechanic. I think we already have half of the system in place already.
Pistons are a main component of Minecraft machines and I think it’s possible to have the same sort of machinery block in Boundless. The entire system would be powered through Spark to give more uses to Spark outside of just providing an energy source for crafting machines.
The basic concept would be that you’d have a single piston type but different types of Spark Cord and even a new item that you would apply to other blocks kind of like how Spray Cans are used to change the color of blocks. That would be something called Adhesive or something more Boundless-ish. When you apply the Adhesive to a block it would create a noticeable pattern on that face of the block and the face opposite of it.That facing with the Adhesive would stick to surfaces, such as a Piston’s pushing face. So this means you could apply the Adhesive to any face and the opposite one would be affected as well. It only sticks to blocks and not creatures as well. So this allows for hidden entrances or even moving block doorways. It could even be a way to create man made bridges across a lava river or some other area. A way to create lattice gateways that are the entry point of a city or underground build. Probably some details with that which need to be worked out though.
A big concern is the load and stress on the server with the feature in place and a couple hundred people building some crazy cool stuff. The concern of death traps and killing players is pretty obvious that it would require dev intervention when reports start flooding in or when @james gets bombarded with forum PMs. Let’s be really honest with ourselves, if we don’t try and implement things that can obviously be abused but currently people don’t use existing methods for the same result, let’s try and ask for things like this.
The different Spark Cords basically mean different colored ones. We already have blue. We could use yellow, green, red, purple, orange and white. Basically to make the color code of Gems and the crafting machines. They wouldn’t be able to connect with one another so you could basically run Spark lines under your build or through your walls to various locations that require the power or use certain colors for certain things. Such as white for lightning or blue for crafting machines. This could setup some pretty cool Spark machines with pistons and Adhesive blocks.
The reason why I am bringing this up is because I remember a long time ago that airships were going to be something that the devs wanted to try and get brought into the game at some point. I would like to at least see some sort of way to create large underground hangers that airships can basically VTOL (vertical take off landing) from and go some where else on the world and if possible travel through large stargate portals to other worlds. I just think it would make the game feel more industrial in a lot of ways and a heck of a lot more scifi (which is what the game is: futuristic scifi).
Plus, there really hasn’t been much that’s been done for Spark lately other than more Spark fuels added to the game outside of Farming. I just would love to see a lot more things done with Spark since we have a large range and variety of Spark fuel qualities in the game right now that give just a few hundred Spark to almost 20k Spark.
So what say you Boundless community? Want to see more Spark related things outside of new fuels? How about a weapon fueled by Spark that you have to insert spark batteries for that you craft?