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Temporary storage for suggestions not quite ready for public discussion, while I expand and refine them, and verify facts concerning them. Feel free to comment.

Loud Zombies

Type: New Skill
Scope: Zombies
Description: I suggest a new skill that would allow the zombies to shout with a one block range, meaning it could be heard in the eight neighboring blocks in addition to the zombie's current block. It would cost 2AP and the maximum length of the message would be 50 characters. This would be another text-box that is visible even if there are no characters in the same block as you. It would be next to the regular speech-box (if the regular speech-box is visible), similar to how survivors have separate boxes for normal speech, radio transmissions and spray-painting.

The voice would only carry on the outside, or inside large buildings, not from inside to outside or vice versa. It would still have the maximum limit of 50 listeners, starting from the current block.

In the neighboring blocks the game-message would show the direction where the speaker was. The profile of the speaker would not be included, but zombies could still recognize if the speaker belonged to their group. Multiple speeches with the same content would be combined into one, while keeping their place of origin as shown below:

* You heard a shout from the north-west saying: "ZMAZH MRH MAN HAZ!" (10 pies and 35 rats ago) ...and again from the north ...and again from the north-east (10 pies and 30 rats ago).

The log-message would be almost identical to regular speech for listeners in the same block. The only change would be the substitution of "said" to "shouted".

I believe this would help ferals concentrate their efforts as they would be able to convey messages other than just "Food here!" further than their current block.

Why this is still here
are zombie-speeches "said" or is some other verb used?
Think up a better term than "shout", if possible.

Discussion (Loud Zombies)

Modify Revive Observation Message

Type: Interface
Scope: Wording
Description: My zombie was standing in a wasteland when someone revived a zombie. The message read: "Survivor injected a zombie with a syringe and it slumped to the floor."

How can someone slump to the floor when they're outside? I suggest giving the message a little variability, so that in different places it gives a different message:

  • Carparks: "...slumped to the pavement."
  • Cemetery: "...slumped next to a grave."
  • City Zoo: "...slupmed next to a cage."
  • Exercise Yard: ?
  • Monument: "...slumped at the base of the monument."
  • Park: "...slumped on the grass."
  • Streets (Alleys, Avenues, Boulevards, Drives, etc.): "'...slumped to the pavement."
  • Training ground: "...slumped to the ground."
  • Wasteland: "...slumped to the ground."

Why this is still here
list of messages incomplete

Discussion (Modify Revive Observation Message)

hope you are still working on this
monument:slumps next to the base of x monument
zoo:slumps by a cage --Shade0095252 10:15, 19 August 2008 (BST)

Thanks. --Midianian|T|T:S|C:RCS| 11:10, 20 September 2008 (BST)