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A Real Ling Rework Thread


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So, I was working on cult before, but that code is kind of a mess and I might need more experience before I go back and tackle it again. Sorry, people who are looking forward to the cult rework, it'll have to wait until I understand more about DM code.


So this time I'm setting my eyes on changeling (which, if you're not aware, is not nearly so much of a mess as cult code (or mech code, for that matter))


The first and most major change I plan to do with changeling is how they gain power(s). I will not be removing the classic pin down and deathsucc mechanic, but it will no longer be the primary method that changelings gain genome/DNA points. Instead, they can gain points through an interaction with non-changelings. I'm still deciding whether it will be an undetectable action or not, but I'm strongly leaning towards it being similar to a silent sting. However, what it does is take something like 10 seconds where you have to remain in proximity to someone who can't move, and when it's finished, they take a small quantity of genetic damage, and you gain some DNA points.


It's worth noting that another change I plan to make is multiplying base DNA point values by 10. In other words, where you once started with 5 DNA points, you now start with 50. Performing this sneaky DNA extraction would give you something like 5 DNA points (half of what you used to get from killing someone, comparatively speaking), as a result, along with the form of the person involved.


The concept here is that changelings steal genetic information by touch, so you walk up to someone, pat them on the back, shake their hand, etc, and by doing so steal some of the DNA, but also corrupt their genetic code in the process. You can do this repeatedly on the same person, but I believe I will make the genetic damage occur on a variable delay of something like 20-30 seconds, to encourage a stealthy mindset of touch and go, gone before they start to feel the pain of their DNA twisting from your touch. Ignoring obvious metagame considerations, this would create a sort of mystery - is the station being irradiated? Is there a disease? Why are people coming in with minor mutations?


However, the traditional ling murder method will still be there, it will just become a high risk, high reward alternative to the sneaky ling. But it will be altered slightly, too. - instead of performing the succ, at the end of which they just abruptly die with no noticeable damage beyond the chest wound, it will deal massive amounts of genetic damage to them, providing a clear connection between the mysterious mutations on station and the corpse in maint. It will also give a much larger amount of DNA points, like 30-40.


I'll be doing other things, but this is the starting point and goals :)

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https://github.com/Aurorastation/Aurora.3/pull/5213 Keep in mind that some of which is above is already being done in a WIP PR.

 

Considering it has not been updated in over a month, you'll have to forgive me for starting on my own rework. As this is an Open Source content game, you can't claim dibs on something and expect everyone to just leave it alone forever when your PR goes nowhere.

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https://github.com/Aurorastation/Aurora.3/pull/5213 Keep in mind that some of which is above is already being done in a WIP PR.

 

Considering it has not been updated in over a month, you'll have to forgive me for starting on my own rework. As this is an Open Source content game, you can't claim dibs on something and expect everyone to just leave it alone forever when your PR goes nowhere.

 

Uh, no. Feedback was needed on it. Considering it changed a gamemode I found it was appropriate to wait 1 month for feedback to come in. It will be merged this cycle.

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Uh, no. Feedback was needed on it. Considering it changed a gamemode I found it was appropriate to wait 1 month for feedback to come in. It will be merged this cycle.

 

Oh, okay. I'll just work off it then.

 

You have full permission to take the code and make a PR with it, with your work. I think it would be easier that way so you don't have to work with it in mind.

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