Power coils right now are pulling triple duty - besides increasing power level, they also decrease crafting times and spark costs. What if those functions were split up between three different coil types instead? So you’d have power coils (which now just add power), speed coils (which reduce crafting time), and efficiency coils (reduced spark costs). And there would be a progression - efficiency (base metal tier) to speed (precious metal tier) to power (gem tier).
Some nice things that would come from this:
Give players on lower tiers some more interesting things to do
Helps address the whole “crafting times are too long” concerns by making reduced crafting times accessible earlier in the progression
Makes it more obvious that it’s possible to reduce crafting times and spark costs. I think it’s not obvious enough to new players that power coils do this in the current system.
Hmm, I think the highest power requirements I’ve seen (mind you I haven’t crafted everything) is 3000 so 10 advanced coils. Room for 14 other types after that . Idk, I like the idea of reducing crafting times even more, but at the same time the current coils already do it pretty efficiently, to a point, while reducing the spark cost as well. I’m not sure I’d like to see the recipe list of all the different coil types for each machine with metal variations though
@Havok40k had shared with me how early on when they were starting to create the machines we had that he and others pushed a more component type design. One of the 4 blocks we had would be a power component, etc. So you could piece together different components to create your machine instead of them all being the same. He probably could explain it better…
Recently I had suggested to James that they revamp the whole machine line because it was crazy with all the recipes in each machine. It made no more sense and that they should add more machines that are aligned better to all the things we have.
I wish they had the time to revamp the whole system because I think it would be much better to have a mix of true components making up a machine an many more machines to create what we have for all the recipes.