Add NPCs which can overhaul your items

Inspired by the STALKER franchise.

I’ve come to inform about the following idea, which should spice up the game:

Implement NPCs scattered around the world with mechanic/tailoring knowledge.
The idea is that the specialized NPC can modify your guns/armor. All interaction will happen through text-dialogues. You will pay a fee to the mechanic/tailorer in order to upgrade your items.

An example of a gun upgrade would be changing it’s trigger mechanism, for instance make a semi-auto pistol into a triple burst one, perhaps?

Armor: Install kevlar into stock clothing. What about making that lousy jean jacket into a bullet proof jean jacket?

These are just some few examples for the idea.

Example of a menu:

M911 UPGRADE MENU:

Barrel reliability (1) --> 2 (100$) cost
The reliability of the barrel of your gun. By upgrading it, it will last for longer.

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Pretty much every feature you listed is already possible by the player themselves. You can accurize/tune weapons for greater accuracy with gunsmith kits, you can already reinforce most clothing with various fabrics in the game with a tailor’s kit. You can add weapon mods for different barrels, ect.

An auto-fire weapon mod is technically in the game, but not listed to spawn anywhere or be able to be crafted so you would need to spawn it through debug. It adds a 3 round burst to pistols. I personally changed it to be able to be applied to most guns and threw it in an item group or two so it spawns naturally. I assume the reason it was made obsolete is because a one-size-fits-all trigger group doesn’t exist.

Gun modding in this game I feel is extremely underwhelming, but besides optics that’s the reality of most attachments and “upgrades”. At best, the most functional “upgrade” you will get to any gun part in real life is making it more durable. I could be wrong as I often am switching from gun to gun, but I don’t think guns really decay unless you use them as zombie smashers or use blackpowder loads. I for sure get where you’re coming from, I absolutely love customizing guns for special purposes, and spent a lot of time finding and upgrading weapons in STALKER mods (of which many were mechanical magic you couldn’t really do to weapons without industrial equipment). But in practical terms if you want to do this it would probably be much easier for you to create recipes with sufficiently high mechanics/fabrications skill + tool requirements to create the weapon mods you want.

All of that said, if you wanted to, you could make this into a mod. Where it really doesn’t matter too much how realistic or needed it is if you’d like. The NPC side of it I wouldn’t know what to tell you, but for gun mods you could easily add a lot of them just with a simple text editor and checking out existing weapon mods in the JSON files to see how they work, and then create a recipe for crafting them, or add them to item groups to spawn naturally.

Going the NPC route would be very complicated to implement from what I hear. It would probably be much easier for you to just add weapon mods you could either craft or find. Plus NPC’s are a WIP right now, so there’s no real guarantee any mod made this way would stay stable or work for very long for the extra effort it would require.

It is feasible. Just go implement something.

Actually I just had this idea where there is a clothing mod that is only available either through interacting with an npc or if the character is a tailor (similar to police officer and or M.D.). It essentially treats clothing like this poor fit is the clothing definitely doesn’t fit you, fits is you found a piece in your size from the store or something and then this clothing mod is where basically the article has been custom tailored specifically to you making it barely noticeable and with even less encumbrance than fits.