Should "irradiated" status really be visible without any special equipment?


#21

There is.

This is THE thing that makes radiation scary. It’s completely imperceptible without technological assistance, even once you’ve been heavily dosed.
There are a number of adjustments you can make to help with this:

  • Clean up the symptoms to be more representative of radiation dosing.
  • Audit the places that have latent radiation. I think the main offender previously was that random “craters” had high radiation levels, which was certainly unexpected since the crater size was wrong for a nuclear blast. OTOH if you got dosed because you decided to sleep in a “toxic waste dump”, well Dr. Darwin would like to have a word with you…
  • Add an explicit self-diagnosis based on first aid skill when symptoms appear.
  • Add more places for geiger counters or rad badges to spawn.
  • Add some lore about fallout?
  • Add dead or dying animals and plants surrounding irradiated areas.

#22

I agree, but the problem was that there was/is very little to differentiate radiation poisoning from, say, a parasite if you happened to miss some of the prompts or just aren’t familiar with them. I suppose the easiest way is a geiger counter, but if you don’t have one or don’t realise you need one, that can be a problem. It’s easy to just forget that radiation exists and get really confused, even though your character has level 8 first aid and should probably have some idea of what’s going on. Then again, at that point you probably have half a dozen geiger counters…

I like all of your ideas, especially the dead animals around wilderness hotspots. I know I’ve had at least one occasion where I wandered into an area (I think it was a helicopter crash site) and randomly picked up 800 rads or so. It really didn’t strike me as somewhere that would have radiation…

I also really like the self-diagnosis part, even if it doesn’t include radiation poisoning. I dislike the idea of “oh no I’m puking for no obvious reason” followed by the player downing random medicines until it stops. That just smells of bad gameplay to me.


#23

There still doesn’t seem to be a ‘hidden status’ message section or the like. An extra tab in @ that lists messages regarding ‘hidden stats’ would do wonders for these kinds of problems, allowing you to see what your character has been noticing about their body over the days/ all the messages over time about this character, including the ones you wern’t paying attention to.

10 days ago > your body feels stiffer and groggier this morning
5 days ago > you feel rather sickly
4 days ago > blah blah body
2 days ago >blah blah blah body hurts alot
2 days ago >you wake up feeling exhausted after a full nights rest
eetc…