[quote=“Coolthulhu, post:14, topic:12550”]If we give half a shit about realism:
E-ink would have enough storage space to transcribe all recipes from all books the player could get. Meaning all it would take to remember things would be finding an E-ink, which is a common drop.
If we don’t care about realism:
Transcribing individual recipes would be tedious as fuck, so it would still be a better idea to allow instant transfer of all of them.
And since E-ink is a common drop, it would be better to just make it automatic instead of nagging the player with “you could transcribe the recipes but you need to haul that E-ink from your car to do that”.
Making E-inks uncommon wouldn’t really change things since by the time you haul books around, you have most uncommon-but-not-rare goods around.[/quote]
Fair enough, but I for one don’t like the recipe clutter. Which is why I’d want a way to control the amount of recipes that I have to browse through. I’m an opportunist. I rarely seek out individual recipes but rather try to make the most out of the ingredients that I have, so I end up browsing the recipe list and think “Let’s see what I could make”. And then I extend that exploration and start looking at the recipes that I can’t craft, trying to spot something nice that would only require one additional ingredient. And that’s when I’m faced with all the recipes I’m never going to touch.
Food and cooking present the same challenge, but the difference is cooking is a recurring event, and that’s when I’m faced with the spam more so than before.
All that being said, present multiple choices, such as
- Copy all recipes from a book
- Copy all recipes from all carried books
- Copy all recipes from all nearby books
- Copy recipe
- Delete recipe
- Delete all recipes (Are you really, REALLY sure?)
I mean, I quietly wanted a way to “forget” recipes. But this E-Ink could be the perfect solution for recipe control. It won’t stop recipe spam from acquired skills but it’s still MUCH better than nothing.
Also, if we go down this recipe copying line, then there are few other devices that could capture written word, such as cameras (and pen&paper). If smartphones ever make an appearance, they should have a camera too. Or is the assumption that the tablet includes a camera? Do they often? I wouldn’t know.
How about a trait called Photographic Memory or Eidetic Memory - memorize recipes instantly at will. Could be a CBM too.
Then you’re not looking in the right places, assuming you were actively looking for one, instead of just waiting to run across one. I mean, there’s a difference between waiting to find one and looking for one. You could go grab one in a day with a little bit of reckless driving, or nighttime sneaking. Chosen gameplay settings are a factor too (zombie count, evolution rate, item drop rate).