I’ve been thinking how cool it would be if there was a feature in the game that let players design a starting quest line for their character. Like an enhaced version of the Starting Scenarios. The way I imagine this working is that there would be some kind of map/terrain editing feature (or seperate application?) that let players design a map or dungeon using mouse and keyboard, as well as allowing them to design some NPCs for allies or adversaries and place them in the world.
What I would like to do with a tool like this is use it to adapt some simple storylines from my favorite works of fiction into the world of C:DDA. For instance, in the Cormac McCarthy novel The Outer Dark the impoverished young Appalachian woman Rinthy Holme sets out on the trail of a wicked tinker who has absconded with her newborn, a product of incest her guilt ridden brother left exposed in the forest to die. There are some pretty creepy NPC villians in there as well. So I could set up a game where I play as Renthy and have to catch up with the Tinker before that trio of semi-supernatural itinerant killers get to him first. Or maybe I would want to do “The Road”, although that one is a little on the nose.
If there was an easy way to make starting quest lines in this manner I bet a lot of players would want to make them. Hopefully some of them would even be good and could be collected into bundles of optional starting scenarios. If some of these scenarios were deemed worthy by the devs and as being lore and tone appropriate maybe they could be rolled into a mod or the base game as some kind of optional random encounters.
What do you guys think? Do you think many players would be interested in creating content like that? What kind of scenario would you set up? To me it seems like it could be a good way to increase contribution from people and also flesh out the post apocalypse with some interesting, poignant drama, hopefully. I’m sure what I have suggested would be a lot of work to implement and is probably just a pie in the sky idea. I love this game so much, it is so amazing what all the devs have accoplished. I just wanted to share what I had been thinking about in case anyone was interested in discussing the idea. Cheers