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Hey, guess it's my first time asking here. Hope all is well with the team.

I guess I'll start with the schmoozing first. Thanks for all the hard work creating, in my opinion, the greatest survival game out there right now. I'm stoked you guys keep working on refining the game. I look forward to each and every update. 

Now on to my question. As with everything in Survival mode, it's about a mixture of game balance and realism, and your goal of surviving for survival's sake. One thing that currently strikes me as 'missing' from this mode is, in mine and many other's opinions is the lack of a 'late game.' (Sorry if this has been addressed before, I searched and did not find anything addressing my specific concern.)

For a brief example, we have the early game where you have nothing and are struggling to make it by day by day, and you have the mid-game where you've collected all the tools and clothing necessary and are fully self-sustainable, or have the means to craft or hunt or fish or gather whatever it may be that you need to continue surviving. But there's no late game. Yes, the temperature decays globally to a certain point, and decay rates are a continual march to death, but the path to that end is in the thousands of days. For as long as I've been playing and as long as I've been interacting with the community on Steam and elsewhere, I've yet to see a meaningful challenge later on in the game. The challenge early on is collecting gear just to make it a few more hours. The challenge in the mid game is getting used to managing your time and resources carefully to survive off of what is available in the world now that the processed goods are running out. But there's no further challenge from that, nothing else that changes or tips the balance in any way that would create an immersive or meaningful challenge to continue to engage players in risk/reward and survival aspects. 

Obviously, we all have our own ideas of what would begin to create a meaningful, balanced, and immersive late game challenge or set of changes to the world to create more variability and risk, but I wanted to hear from you on your thoughts on the subject. Do you currently feel across all stock survival modes that the later portions of a run (100-200 days and beyond) are well balanced and MEANINGFULLY challenging? This may be anecdotal, but I know a lot of people who finish or end a run after getting self-sustainable because that's the 'engaging' or 'immersive' part of the run, and there's no more fun to be had after that as it's too easy (regardless of experience mode.) Do you have any thoughts on changing up how the world handles having the player in it, things that could be adjusted and tuned to start to turn those longer runs more dangerous, more progressively difficult, to a point it's still possible to survive but not skating on thick ice with ease? Do you currently feel that there is no point to a later game challenge or think that it is challenging enough from self-sustainability forward?

If you do think that more work needs to be done there, (it may be too early to ask,) do you or the team have any ideas and mechanic introductions or re-tuning in mind to pursue towards achieving a more equally balanced gameplay that's engaging and immersive and 'surviving for the sake of surviving' at all points in a run?

Thanks for all consideration, and sorry for the wall of text. Cheers Raph!

-Lonelywolf

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Are you guys going to fix the lunar cycles? For a game that touts itself on being mostly realistic, at least environmentally, it's always driven me mad to see the waxing half moon rising at sunset! The moon doesn't work like that. That particular phase of the moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. Each phase rises and sets at very specific times. Full moon? Rises at 6pm and sets at 6am. A waning half moon? Rises at 12am and sets 12pm; waxing, see above (12pm to 12am). It's the reason you can see the moon in the daylit sky, like, all the time (if you know where to look)! Just wondering...

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Is it intentional to be so that you can take your arrow back from a live animal? I managed to do that on a fleeing wolf today!

 

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Regarding the Hinterland Store... Are you guys planning on bringing back the Wetterling's hatchet? Or what about the Region posters? I always wanted one of those...

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Have you thought about approaching #Netflix for an interactive episode based off of some of the best player tales?

Would you consider building this on #SpatialOS so it can become multiplayer?

 

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First question, Would you consider sending the game to YouTubers (like gtlive) so you can increase revenue and get the word out?

 

Second, why don’t you need a container to collect water(via melting snow/toilets)? Should you plan to add a feature like this?

 

Third, I think you should add a walking stick. It can be crafted from 2 cured maple saplings and a cured gut. Its passive ability is to decrease the risk of sprains. But it could be upgraded to have a spike on the end for defense against wolfs OR it could have a torch on the top that can be lit with a match ect. to create light. An improvised version can be crafted from 6 sticks an 6 cloth using a sewing kit or fishing tackle. Of course it would weigh more and have less durability. 

 

You guys are doing a great job! 

 

-SpanishMoss

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A few mailbags back, you said we would be getting a new region after the update after steadfast ranger. I don’t like to be the one to ask, but can you give us any hints on the new region?

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Do you plan to add more feats to survival mode ?

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Some of the themes of this game are the reawakening of humanity's primal nature, the realization of how dependent we have become on fallible, modern technology such as cell phones and cars, and how we'll adapt to their absence or failure (the transition from manmade to natural).

My question is: Will we ever see these themes reflected in the personalities of our survival mode character?

It's unfitting to see my 800 day character dressed in bear furs looking like death warmed over, yet still complaining nonchalantly about his mouth being dry or wondering if he can eat trees. Even after surviving hundreds of blizzards, living in a cave, covering himself in rotting animal skins and culling legions of hostile wildlife, he's still the same old gleefully cautious everyman that he was on the first day.

Maybe he's afraid of turning into Jeremiah. In that case, keep being you, Mackenzie.

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Hey Guys.

2 questions for ya 1 ties into the other.

1. Was there anything you added/made that you wanted in the game but after added it into the testing phase you realized it doesnt fit right or just doesnt seem right for what you are aiming for?

2. The things that dont fit right or seem right for what you are aiming for has their been any thought after removing them like making them into a mini project or possiblely become games themselves in the future?

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Have you ever thought about adding, er... "toilet" mechanics?

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Clothing items (and maybe some other items as well, I'm not sure) change their appearance based on their condition. Have you ever considered adding this feature to more items? I think that it would be nice to see the condition of food items for example, because as it currently is, you have to wait a few seconds before seeing if the food item is safe to eat.

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Please don’t try to use formatting tricks to draw attention to your question. 

 

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Hello everyone. I have the following question: will you still do some kind of game / DLC in this universe? Will we see any other project in the universe of The Long Dark?

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I'm not sure if this has been asked before but have you ever thought about adding real winter constellations to the game? Right now in the game the night sky is just speckled with stars and there are some 4 bright ones making a square (the little dipper I guess?) and something that looks like a galaxy. Adding actual constellations would greatly improve navigation at night. I'm sure there are a lot more important things to add to the game but I think many players would like this addition.

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I notice that I often scare wolves, but then they stop running away, turn around and come back to eat my face.  What is the reason for their behavior?  

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Any use for car batteries in the near future?

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In the mines, when you see through the gate door you can see a small little background area, so I was wondering if you would do this for all of the windows on buildings and such, allowing to know how dark it is and what weather it is without going outside, and would be pretty nifty

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We're approaching three weeks since the last hotfix and the release candidate (test_rc) depot on steam hasn't been updated since then.  To me, this implies that you don't intend to release fixes for the remaining bugs introduced by Steadfast Ranger.  Is that the case?

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I noticed that several regions are naturally rich in certain resources. This pushes me to travel to specific regions, which is one of the mechanisms that keeps the game interesting. 

Is the quantity of resources the foundation or the consequence of region design?

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I enjoyed the notes left behind, particularly in 'following' a group of survivors.  But as the long dark is a game meant to be replayed, they lose interest.  Would you consider adding different 'sets' of these to make multiple playthroughs more interesting?  And it could be a good way to involve the community (as there's lots of good stuff already out there).  Thanks

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