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Howdy Neighbors! We're here with another taster NPC video, this time to show the NPC interaction systems we've added into the game.

Posted by Batsphinx on Dec 22nd, 2011

As well as NPCs going about their own thing, you can now access a context sensitive radial menu by clicking on an NPC, where you will be able to ask them to join forces with you, give them orders if they are in your team, or ultimately trade with them or whatever else you may want to do!

NPCs will still make their own decisions, so make sure you make friends with loyal survivors otherwise they could leave you in the lurch when things get hairy.

We've also added a hotkey that provides a way for the player to call out, which can be used to attract NPC attention, or to attract zombies without using precious shotgun shells.

Additionally there are some new moodles, allowing your character to feel the effects of stress, boredom, unhappiness and anger.

With the icons at the bottom of the screen, you are able to choose the tone with which you will talk to people. When you are made angry by events, or perhaps rude lines of dialogue which tick you off, you may lose access to the friendlier dispositions until you calm down.

New traits allow you to be short tempered or patient, or a brooder who takes longer to calm down when made angry, and your general mood and stress levels will further effect how annoyed you get when being called an asshole. And as you can see from the video, talk to the wrong person while in a shitty mood and there can be quite dire circumstances.

This will make booze (if you're a happy drunk), reading materials and soon to be reintegrated cigarettes a much prized commodity in keeping you alive if you have a short fuse.


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KnightofEquulei
KnightofEquulei Dec 22 2011, 10:29am says:

Looks pretty good!

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Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl Dec 22 2011, 10:37am says:

Yeah ! it's getting good !

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Riccars
Riccars Dec 22 2011, 11:06am says:

So I just played the demo three times.

The first time I crafted block sized barricades. and trapped myself in the upstairs bedroom and starved to death 2 days later.

The second time I crafted some of them and went to bed on my own skipping the proper missions and let myself starve to death 2 days later.

The third time I got the barricades right,set the house on fire while in the kitchen, burned my wife to death, then myself, then like 35 zombies by the front door, one day after start.

Best game ever.

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booman
booman Dec 22 2011, 1:58pm replied:

really? you can do all of that in Project Zomboid? that is insane!

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shakevu
shakevu Dec 23 2011, 4:05am replied:

yea theres soo much u can do. i survived 5days and eventually met my end in the top floor of the high rise running out of shot gun ammo

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Riccars
Riccars Dec 30 2011, 6:56pm replied:

now I've also paid for it. I'd love to see a save & quit ability (not to save and reload when things go bad but to quit and return later)

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Spe¢ter
Spe¢ter Dec 22 2011, 12:39pm says:

The sooner you release the new version, the sooner I will spread the word about this game in my school.

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liamdawe
liamdawe Dec 22 2011, 1:52pm says:

I just hope a Linux version comes out with the next release?

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LifeIsWeird
LifeIsWeird Dec 23 2011, 1:30am replied:

There is a linux version, just go to the download page on their site. You can also download the linux version from desura.

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ElderGamer
ElderGamer Dec 22 2011, 3:47pm says:

I'm now following this based solely on the fact that you titled this article with a book I am currently reading and enjoy.

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LilOlFreeman
LilOlFreeman Dec 22 2011, 6:51pm says:

the title is similar to a Dale Carnegie book

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[FH]Gorgutz
[FH]Gorgutz Dec 22 2011, 9:11pm says:

I love this.

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LifeIsWeird
LifeIsWeird Dec 23 2011, 1:33am says:

Woo! Can't wait to get my little gang of NPCs to help me fend off the zombie hordes. Also, will NPCs be able to use weapons from mods like the Aftermath guns?

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LTBloody~
LTBloody~ Dec 23 2011, 3:10pm says:

Awesome, can't wait to play it. :3

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Wolf-5
Wolf-5 Dec 23 2011, 6:10pm says:

Thats just awesome!!! Can't wait to play with all the new features. Adds way more depth to this awesome game.

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hagamablabla
hagamablabla Dec 23 2011, 9:56pm says:

Please have option to have no creepy music.

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neonaught
neonaught Jan 5 2012, 11:53pm says:

I'm just waiting for the Multiplayer to come out. You know nothing huge but like up to 8 people playing in one city.

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camoflage1996
camoflage1996 Feb 10 2012, 10:43am says:

u can save the game ??? becaus i cant..and i cant talk to survivors eather doe's that need's 2 happen for the update ?? and if it's posseble to save or talk to survivor's can u guy's tell me ?

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Skymirror
Skymirror Mar 30 2012, 1:44pm replied:

go to their forums and you will find puplic test versions under anouncments. You require a desura key or an indie stone acount with pz to play them but you can find all the latest features just be prepared for bugs they are test versions.

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grandcell2
grandcell2 Feb 19 2012, 4:33pm says:

i loved the end. facing off a mob of zombies with a hammer. all i can say is... priceless

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Boukensha
Boukensha Jun 28 2012, 10:27am says:

:p i survived almost a month and i'll tell you you NEVER feel safe, keep hopping from house to house to avoid the horde, zombies keep breaking your doors and you get infected super easy... which is just you waiting till you turn... or kill yourself, i was so hoping to be able to OD on pills or alcohol but it didn't work yet.

How do you want to die?

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