I’ve been a long time on and off player of CDDA over the time i’ve dabbled with some modding here and there on my local copies, but getting back into the game I was hoping to maybe make something I could contribute or at least share with the community. Like many others, I thought of some cool awesome grand ideas that are probably bigger than I should take on. So I settled on something a little smaller to take on.
I was thinking of adding gelatin to the game.
I know it’s insignificant and questionably useful, but It’s something that seems surprisingly lacking from CDDA considering the size of its cooking recipe collection.
The game already has at least one recipe that requires gelatin and takes it into account at least in the background, aspic.
My plans were to add two new base items into the game, powdered gelatin and fresh gelatin.
Recipes where bones are boiled, broth and such, would yield a small amount of fresh gelatin as a byproduct. Commercially, gelatin is produced generally by soaking pig skin in dilute acid for 24 hours. I figure this recipe would derive larger yields.
Either way, fresh gelatin could then further be processed into powdered gelatin with a dehydrater, smoker, such tool or can be used directly to craft gelatin based recipes.
Gelatin has a variety of culinary uses and.is beneficial nutritionally. It’s an item that isn’t vegan friendly but would be carnivore friendly. On top of the aspic recipes I was thinking at least consommé, gummy candies and gelatin desserts(jello), the latter of which could be made with any fruit or liquid flavouring. Gummy vitamins from multivitamins etc. Most of those I could see being mostly beneficial for adding joy.
It also has applications in the medical field, such as pill making which could be used in future drug recipes among other things.
And it’s used to make ballistics gel if anyone can think of a purpose for that, i was thinking maybe archery targets to train related skills?
So as far as feedback goes, is this something I should try and go for a mainline mod and submit a pr or should I just do it as a mod?
I know this probably seems pointless and unexciting, but little details like that that edge the line between too realistic and adding to immersion are part of the reason why I like cdda and it seems like something that could be added that is ‘relatively’ simple while adding something, even if small and pointless to the game. Though I guess, is this something people might see some small amount of value from?
Finally, can anyone think of any cool in game applications for an edible substance made from collagen extracted from either bones or flesh that can be set with water to form a substance that ranges in texture anywhere from jello to human flesh that I could add to this idea?