How long can you survive the post-apocalyptic wastelands of NEO Scavenger? In the near-future, supernatural activity and human warfare have fragmented mankind into pockets of civilization struggling to survive in wild and dangerous lands. You awaken alone in an abandoned facility with no food nor water, and only a hospital gown and some mysterious items as clues to your identity. NEO Scavenger is a game where you must survive in the wasteland long enough to figure out who you are. Each turn you must decide where to go, how to scavenge for supplies, and how to deal with anything and anyone you encounter. And with each passing minute, the pit in your stomach grows, your dehydration worsens, your muscles tire, and your body temperature drops in the cold autumn air. Choose your starting abilities carefully, because they and your wit are the only tools you have in the apocalypse!
I've just finished uploading beta test build 0.975t bluebottlegames.com, which consists of some significant gameplay balances and bug fixes. This test build is a prelude to a full suite of beta and demo updates, assuming no major errors are found.
Posted by dcfedor on Aug 16th, 2013
All beta users and Desura pre-purchasers can get access to a special "Test" build that I've uploaded today, v0.975t.
One of the bigger changes in this test build is the way creature spawns happen. When scavenging, attracted creatures will no longer appear in the same hex as the player. Instead, the game will alert any nearby creatures to the player's presence, and those creatures will approach/flee accordingly.Also, the starting area should prefer bandits to raiders, which are slightly less well-trained. Furthermore, the number of bandits typically found will be smaller than previously encountered raider groups.
I've also added an encounter which shows up in some early games when the weather is particularly harsh. If the player is unfairly being frozen to death and not finding clothes, this encounter should give players at least a fighting chance.
Primitive missile weapons no longer drop their missiles to the ground after being fired. The missiles are lost unless they stick into the target, in which case they can be recovered when the target falls unconscious or dies.Missiles stuck in a target represent health hazards from wound exacerbation and removal. Missiles should also degrade when fired, unlike before.
The "Destroy" cursor is back! Players can once again quickly delete large swaths of items by holding the 4 key down when clicking. Also, the mouse scroll wheel now maps to switching attack modes.And in encounters and battles, the cursor will now default to take/drop, and return to whatever the player had before when done. I think quite a few people didn't realize they could advance encounters with a single click and spacebar, and this might help.
Quite a few bugs have been fixed in the crafting system, especially the Quick Recipe system. Incomplete crafting, null pointers, instability, and poorly-prioritized ingredients should now be much improved.And several other bugs have been fixed, including many recipes and ingredients.
Overall, this test build should be a little bit more fair, and a lot more stable. Let me know how the changes feel, and if you notice any major issues I've missed. If it seems pretty safe, I'll roll it out to replace all the 0.974 builds!