A POST-APOCALYPTIC CITY BUILDING
GAME BY SARAH NORTHWAY
13 December 2014, 9:31 pm
Colin and I are still in South Africa, because screw winter. The days are getting longer, the weather hotter, just the way it should be. Perpetually.
We’ve fallen in to a routine here of working, then doing more work, then working when we have some time between work and work. Progress is being made on Rebuild 3, which eases the feeling I’ve had for the last year of being in a tunnel whose end gets further away the faster I walk. Finally, I’m gaining on it!
Since we finally have some purdy Adam-art for all the equipment, and close-to-final descriptions and effects, praps it’s time I publish the definitive (*cough version 0.71 cough*) list.
The mandala of pain. And gardening.
Boring old hand-to-hand. I added some silly melee weapons in Rebuild like the shovel and golf club because I just love the image of bashing a zombie’s skull in with things you find lying around. Once to graduate to firearms, they’re also useful for scavenging or recreation, respecitvely.
|Knife||Officially Licensed RAMBO First Blood MC-RB2 Survival Knife||+2 defense|
|Stick||Everyone knows Donatello has the longest range attack||+1 defense|
|Nail Board||A board with a nail so big it will destroy them all||+2 defense|
|Fire Ax||A scavenger’s best friend||+2 defense, +2 scavenging|
|Baseball Bat||Swing away||+1 defense, perk: Recreation|
|Shovel||Good for digging your way through a zombie’s skull||+1 defense, +1 scavenging|
|Golf Club||FOOOOOORE||+1 defense, perk: Recreation|
|Sledgehammer||Useful for construction or deconstruction of zombie skulls||+2 defense, +2 building|
|Pickaxe||Can I pick your brain for a minute?||+2 defense, +1 building|
|Chainsaw||Find some meat!||+2 defense, +1 building|
|Sword||Don’t hold it by the pointy end||+2 defense|
|Named Sword||Makes you feel like a Ninja||+3 defense, perk: Ninja|
|Nunchuks||Hope the nose you break is not your own||+1 defense|
|Mierfa’s Nunchuks||Mierfa made these herself after a harrowing incident||+3 defense|
|Whip||Reinact your favorite scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark||+1 defense|
|Andy’s Whip||More a toy than a useful weapon||+3 defense, perk: Recreation|
Things that go boom. Or in some cases “twack”. Most of these use ammo, which is of the one-size-fits-all variety in Rebuild, working in both your pea shooter and your rocket launcher. It’s easy to make more ammo in a workshop… perhaps too easy… so enjoy all that free ammo now before it gets nerfed in the next update and you’ve got to trade Gustav your firstborn just to make your guns work.
And how does ammo work? You use up one unit (obviously not one BULLET, duh) for every 3 days spent shooting at stuff. If you run out of ammo, all guns grant +0 defense. There’s a policy that lets you increase or decrease ammo usage.
|Pistol||Useless without bullets||+2 defense|
|Pea Shooter||Literally shoots peas||+3 defense, perk: Green Thumb|
|Shotgun||Aim in the general direction of the head||+3 defense|
|Named Shotgun||Sturdier than the average shotgun||+4 defense|
|Hunting Rifle||Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless||+3 defense|
|Van Dijk’s Rifle||I must master my rifle as I must master my life||+4 defense|
|Submachine Gun||Ratatatat||+3 defense|
|Assault Rifle||This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine||+4 defense|
|Flamethrower||Smores?? My favorite!||+4 defense|
|Minigun||Can cut a zombie in half at 100 yards, not that that would kill it||+5 defense|
|Rocket Launcher||Eliminate everything in your path, including your path||+5 defense|
|Crossbow||Uses ammo like guns||+2 defense|
|Boomerang||She might fly off, but she always comes back to me||+1 defense|
|Melanie’s Boomerang||Tipped with razors for taking off zed heads||+2 defense|
One of the Kickstarter reward tiers was getting to name an item, which is where things like the “Octonoo Binocs” and “Walter’s Go Bag” came from. These souped-up versions of regular items often give a perk as well as an extra skill bonus.
Yes, the “See Further” perk stacks with the Improved Scouting tech, letting your survivors scout a 3×3 grid instead of just one measly building at a time.
|Hammer||Bang bang went Maxwell’s silver hammer||+1 defense, +2 building|
|Wrench||It’s all about torque||+1 building|
|Saw||Man those were some bad movies||+1 building|
|Crowbar||Can open almost any object, or at least smash it||+1 defense, +2 scavenging|
|Named Crowbar||For prying open stuff… including rib cages||+1 defense, +3 scavenging|
|Flashlight||Find useful stuff in darkened buildings||+1 scavenging|
|Binoculars||For more efficient long distance scavenging||+1 scavenging|
|Moore’s Binocs||Spy on your neighbors up to 4 blocks away||+2 scavenging, perk: See Further|
|Octonoo Binocs||Official Binoculars of the Octonoo City Bird Watching Club||+2 scavenging, perk: See Further|
|Toolbox||All the tools you need to build your first bidhouse||+3 building|
|Backpack||You could live out of one of these for years||+3 scavenging|
|Pitchfork||Good fer pokin’||+1 scavenging, perk: Green Thumb|
|Chemistry Kit||A good set of glass beakers and a bunsen burner||+3 engineering|
|Doctor’s Bag||Lets you diagnose almost anything, just not cure it||+2 engineering|
|Walter’s Go Bag||Lets you diagnose almost anything, just not cure it||+5 engineering, perk: First Aid|
|The Doctor’s Scalpel||Lets you diagnose almost anything, just not cure it||+5 engineering, perk: First Aid|
|Mirror Earth||A tale of teamwork by Crawford and Yeo||+3 leadership, perk: Team Player|
|Terrible Comic||So badly written that it inspires you to do better||+3 engineering, perk: Easygoing|
|Calculator||Ancient but solar powered, these things last forever||+1 engineering|
|Science Book||Sleep with it under your pillow and learn by osmosis||+2 engineering|
|Named Science Book||A first edition! Before they fixed all the mistakes!||+4 engineering|
|Flare Gun||Works as a weapon in a pinch||+3 leadership, +1 defense|
|Radio||Communication is the key to good leadership||+3 leadership|
|Megaphone||Can be heard a mile away on a windless day||+2 leadership|
|Multi-tool||Reid Co’s bestselling five-in-one multi-tool||+1 to all|
|Guitar||Soothe the savage beasts and lift the sombre spirits||+2 leadership|
|Helmet||For more effective headbutt attacks||perk: Defended|
|Top Hat||A top-notch hat or the truly refined leader||+1 leadership|
|Cowboy Hat||This town ain’t big enough for two sheriffs||+1 leadership|
Children also count as equipment in the code. They grant -1 to all perks (to represent the time it takes to take care of them), and grant a happiness perk called Babysitter. Yes, babysitting is a source of great joy for survivors in Rebuild. When you compare it to other possible duties anyway.
You might remember the black cat from Rebuild 2 where it was a reward for cleaning our the gambler’s bank. Kickstarter backers got to name it this time around, so you might win: “Yoshi”, “Stevens”, “Gromit”, “Pepsi”, “Cooper”, “Caboose”, “Kamstra”, or “Linus”
|Cat||Nobody can resist this cat’s charms||+1 leadership, perk: Pet Owner|
|Black Cat||A very special cat||+1 to all, perk: Pet Owner|
|Pomeranian||Adorable, when it finally stops yapping||+2 leadership, perk: Pet Owner|
|Retriever||Wants to be your bestest friend||+1 defense, +1 scavenging, perk: Pet Owner|
|Bulldog||The jowls say it: this is one mean dog||+2 defense, perk: Pet Owner|
Oh, there are plenty of vehicles lying around. But good luck getting any of them to start after rusting in the rain for a decade.
I haven’t quite figured out vehicles yet… right now they grant the Has Vehicle perk which eliminates the danger of doing missions further than 1 city block away from the fort. But I have several vehicle-related events planned that should make them more interesting than that, and something you’ll definitely want to have.
|Bicycle||Keep fit and stay ahead of the mob||perk: Has Vehicle|
|Motorcycle||Drive right through those traffic jams||+1 defense, perk: Has Vehicle|
|Car||Surprisingly spacious trunk||+1 scavenging, perk: Has Vehicle|
|Armored Truck||Bulletproof and full of cash||+2 defense, +2 scavenging, perk: Has Vehicle|
Deluxe edition bonus equipment:
(The Fox rocks!)
One of the Kickstarter rewards (and now deluxe edition bonuses) is some special starting jobs for your main leader, which come with gussied-up versions of some items. They are:
|Handle with Care||Groovy||+5 defense, +2 building|
|KITT||Heavily armored, but doesn’t actually talk||+3 defense, +3 scavenging, perk: Has Vehicle|
|The Feynman Lectures||Arm yourself with physics||+4 engineering, perk: MacGyver|
|Note’s Guitar||Smooth sound but a sharp edge||+4 leadership, +2 defense, perk: Musician|
|Construction Hat||Doin’ it like a Doozer||+3 building, perk: Defended|
25 November 2014, 10:50 am
Build 0.70x is live on Steam for PC and Mac. This update’s going to be Steam only, so I can get on with the process of making a game and stop fiddling with builds all day. My apologies to standalone & Android players – I’ll aim for an early all-platforms build next month to make up for it.
We’re in Cape Town, South Africa this winter. Our first time in Africa, so we had to do a safari and see us some Big Five. We chose Etosha national park in Namibia and rented a 4×4 with two friends, two tents on top. I nearly had this release ready to go into testing before we left, but a last minute bug stopped me from uploading it in time.
That’s okay. Game development rule #5: Never release the day before you go on vacation, or on a Friday afternoon… unless you’re indie work all weekend anyway.
The biggest change in the new version is children. Tiny humans (called Goats in the code justcuz) who are born and grow up, assuming they’re spectacularly lucky enough not to die in the process. Luck is indeed on their side in build 0.70.2, since the events that might kill them aren’t in yet. They’re treated as equipment… I know, I know, it isn’t a very kind metaphor, but it keeps them from getting underfoot in a gameplay-and-ui sense. They DO each have a “Colin ID” in the code, which is kind of the Rebuild equivalent of a soul.
Children must be equipped by a caretaker at all times. Equipping a child lowers your skills to represent the time needed to raise them, but they provide a happiness boost because they’re such inspirational little devils. They eat half as much food as adults but don’t take up a house. They can be born (to a married couple only right now) and grow up to be full adults at age 14, whether they’re actually mature enough for it or not.
This is just the start for children. Next month we’ll be adding events to make them more interesting and useful. Young Sophia Sassy-socks will soon be able to:
- help her dad out around the farm
- ask her parents to check for monsters under the bed
- get lost and need to be rescued by mom
- climb down a narrow well to see why the bucket’s stuck
- go to school
- make friends with the boys from St Micheals
- find a cool toy and learn an important lesson about sharing
Any other suggestions? Let me know.
Namibia was intense btw – we saw lions DOIN’ IT and all kindsa other animals: two kinds of zebra, thirsty giraffes, snoozing hyenas, the delicious kudu and graceful springbok, common warthogs and baboons (both are suburban pests here), snoozing hyenas, and the terribly endangered black rhino.