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File Listing: Adventurecraft .42.05
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016, 01:22:56 am
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This is a Wanderer's Friend derivative that I've been mucking about with for quite a while. At least since after DF2012 was finalized. Figures that I'll finally get in the mood to upload this while we're waiting on another update. The folder additionally provides a copy of the readme file, including a few extra appendices for reference concerning recipes, additions, etc.

Changes from .42.04 Adventurecraft: Since sooomeone forgot giant desert scorpions again, I wound up re-adding them into this mod. Additionally overhauled dismantling of items. You now generally dismantle by material rather than by type of item. The good news is you get more options for scrapping materials. Bad news is it will allow exploits via scrapping small things like thread or ammo.

To install this mod:
1. Create a backup of the Raw folder that DF has. Just in case.
2. Replace the unmodded Raw folder with the folder provided alongside this text file.
2a: Alternative, if you want to use graphics packs, replace the Objects sub-folder, while leaving the Graphics sub-folder untouched.
3. Generate a new world and boom, happy adventuring.

Notable features of the mod:
1. A solution to the recurring inability to poison weapons, via making existing venoms obtainable and processable into something usable. What, a WF derivative that DOESN'T copy the useless "decorate item with frozen extract" reaction?
2. A way to render most generated beast extracts extractable. RCP edits are good for your health.
3. Joint tweaks galore. Most anything with limbs should be vulnerable to a good joint lock. Also? Neck snapping.

Important Pointers Before You Start:
1. The custom reactions using wood require BRANCHES gathered from trees, not full wooden logs. Not that you'd easily be able to get logs, but keeping this in mind will make things easier.
2. Most of the plants I've made pickable in adventurer mode are not in season all year round, just as the plants already exploitable in adventurer mode can only be picked in certain seasons.
3. Proper manly (or dwarvenly) adventurers only use thread and cloth they made on their own. Mostly due to sidestepping bugs that occur when using thread/cloth in custom reactions.
4. The different harvestable plants are only in season for certain parts of the year.

Fun Material Tweaks:
* Stone has been buffed due to bone normally being infinitely superior, and the max edge has been beefed up a bit, though not enough to push it past the "sharp enough for Fortress Mode" threshold. Certain stones are just sharp enough for Fortress Mode, based mostly on any sources I could find suggesting which stones were used for prehistoric tools. Chert is second only to obsidian in sharpness.
* Scales and chitin can be tanned. Scales are more or less superior to leather, while chitin is better still. To avoid oddities like chitin flasks, only leather is usable in Fortress Mode and world-gen.
* Different tiers of body materials. In addition to all semi-megabeasts and megabeasts, various select animals have improvements too. This includes tougher skin/leather, raw/tanned scales, bone, tooth, nail, horn, and hoof. It's only about a 5% boost for toughened animals, and 10% for megabeast tier.
* The idea of making potions from megabeast and semi-megabeast hearts has been carried over, with some differences. Each type of beast's essence has a different effect, for you to experiment with.
* Found out how to tweak generated creatures to allow extracting from their hearts as well. If the creature has a valid poison, it should be extractable from their heart. If they DON'T have a valid poison, you'll instead get a fallback "failed extract" that has no use.

Creature Tweaks:
* Joint definitions have to moved to various body definitions instead of using the "humanoid joints" body token, allowing for things like quadrupeds and other abnormal creatures to have joints. Huge creatures generally are less vulnerable to joint-breaks though.
* Neck-snapping. While mundane damage to the upper spine doesn't always have any effect, putting a joint lock on it definately will. Unless the creature is stupidly huge.
* Venomous creatures yield a venom sac when butchered. Sadly there's still no way to apply poison to weapons and get it to work. Instead an alchemical reaction allows you to process the venom sac into a sample of venom, modified to act as a contact poison.
* Joint edits have been applied to generated creatures. Normal joints tend to be more common than breakable necks.
* Thread can be made from catgut. No, not just literal cat gut catgut. This proved simpler than adding harvestable sinews.
* Because DF2015 broke cannibal adventurers, intelligent semi-megabeasts/megabeasts are currently non-sentient. To make up for this, they gain natural skills.

New Creatures:
* Gargoyles as flying semi-megabeasts. They have a shell-like surface resembling stone instead of skin, making them biological creatures instead of yet another inorganic foe.
* Did you know that tree monsters were a planned feature early in the first releases of DF, that were then dummied out before being deleted entirely? Added my own attempt at treants. Tough but not at bronze-colossus levels. Slay one and its wood might prove useful. But think twice before you try lighting one on fire!
* Two H.P. Lovecraft references via the mi-go and shoggoth. Mi-gos have a delightfully alien body structure, while shoggoths are acidic blobs.

Plant Tweaks:
* First and foremost, wood can be picked from trees in the form of branches, instead of the "conjure wood from nothing using an axe" reaction from Wanderer's Friend. These are used mostly for consistancy, and to avoid dorf-like silliness where a whole log only yields a single tiny sewing needle.
* More plants can be picked in adventurer mode, with seasonal growths depending on the type. You can pick a couple of the berry-providing plants, thread-bearing plants, and extract-bearing plants.
* Dwarven syrup is simply delicious. Gnomeblight remains only useful for melting gnomes. Golden salve has been given medicinal properties. Muck root, whip vine, and sliver barb have been given situationally-useful extracts.
* Brewable plants can be made into delicious booze. If it isn't brewable by picking the plant itself (assuming it's in season), try brewing fruit instead.
* Hardtack is now a thing. It has some oddities to it, but the correct plants can be ground into crude flour for making food.

Civilization Tweaks:
* All races are playable in Adventurer Mode, whether as civ members or as outsiders. Sadly animal-people are outsider-only.
* All civilizations have been given access to large daggers. This is because the damn thing shows up in every adventurer's inventory, even though they're normally unavailable to most civilizations.
* Humans and goblins have been given slings and sewing needles, for the hell of it.
* Kobold civ was tweaked some. Gave them sewing needles, cloaks, socks, slings, blowguns, bucklers, needles, and nest boxes (makes sense, they lay eggs). Utterances tag as been supplemented, not replaced, with the ability to speak. Still allows gibberish names while fixing a few potentially-lingering AI bugs. Also gave them access to leather and a chieftain position, causing some (duty-bound, sadly) kobolds to spawn around the otherwise empty cave.
* Goblins need food and water, so remember that.

New Uses For Existing Items:
* Daggers are used to carve items from wood or bone, as sadly I couldn't make it use just any sharp item. If you lose the dagger every adventurer starts with, a replacement can be knapped. A few other reactions use daggers as well.
* Mortars and pestles are used for plant processing and alchemy. A pair can be crafted from stone.
* A few reactions use blunt small rocks for hammering instead of just knapping.
* If you somehow get ahold of full logs, a battle axe can be used to split it into usable branches pieces.

New Items:
* Crude thread and crude cloth, used for sewing in place of normal fabrics to bypass bugs. Crude thread can be spun from hair/wool, processed from thread-bearing plants, or dried from sinew. Hair and plant crude thread can be woven into crude cloth, whereas sinew is only usable as thread.
* Needles, required for sewing. In addition to wood you can carve them from bone, tooth, nail, hoof, or horn.
* Staves, carved from wood or bone. These are used for stone-tipped weapons to streamline things a bit, so the reactions can freely pick shafts made from either material. Exclusively wood/bone items bypass this by being carved directly from the desired material They also make decent weapons if nothing else is available, being blunt weapons using the spear skill. They count as "training" weapons to prevent adventurers from randomly starting with copper staves, as the damage was balanced with lighter materials in mind.
* Slings and sling stones. Slings are made from leather or cloth, use the throwing skill at range, and make rather weak lashing weapons. Sling stones are obviously crafted from stone. More forceful than throwing small rocks by hand, but not sharp.
* Cooking pots, for making certain items. Currently limited to brewing.
* Crude flour, used to make hardtack. Due to glorious bugs, real flour can't be used for this.

Dismantling Items:
* Boulders and logs can be split into small rocks and pieces of wood, respectively.
* Crude cloth can be unraveled if needed.
* Cloth items can be cut apart for crude cloth, leather items can be cut apart, and metal items can be broken down for scrap metal. Note that nothing's stopping you from being a lunatic and trying to dismantle the end result into itself, which will eventually waste it. Also, trying to dismantle proper thread or cloth would be a bad idea.

Bugs and Issues:
* No gauntlets due to the gauntlet bug. The workaround I originally devised tends to break more things than it fixes.
* Bonecarving requires daggers specifically, I'd rather have it use any sharp item like with Adventurer Mode butchering, but I had to pick a particular tool.
* Just like whips, civs will likely generate metal slings because derp.
* No way to apply poison to weapons or ammo. Every mod I've seen uses the broken reaction from Wanderer's Friend. Crafting contact poison will have to suffice.
* The amount of usable leather, bone, etc can be increased by lopping off limbs.
* Any plants you can pick in adventurer mode are nigh-infinite sources when they're in season. No amount of tweaking growth density has proven effective.
* Kobold adventurers won't be able to recruit the troops surrounding their home.
* Goblin adventurers will find their home to be an immense pain in the ass to leave, as dark forts/pits block fast travel even if the inhabitants are friendly.
* Animalmen are outsider-only due to the civilization being layer-linked.
* Tweaking materials for giant animals without editing the base creature doesn't seem to work right. Thankfully, the few creatures I wanted to pull that stunt with are based on vermin, though this will give the animalman variants tougher tissues too. For some of the giant creatures I modded, I intended to give improved materials to the base creature anyway, so giant orcas, giant armadillos, etc had no problems.
* Some modded butcher returns will, when examined, have an anomalous space before the period at the end of the item description. I've already determined this isn't a sign the material failed to work as intended, and it isn't a typo since I didn't edit the state names of the newly-added material templates.
* Splitting logs yields branches simply due to grammar fuckery. I had to choose between pulling planks straight from trees versus turning a log into branches, due to how the branch item's name is formatted.
* Nothing's stopping you from being a lunatic and trying to dismantle crude cloth, tanned hides, or scrap metal. This will eventually waste it due to the odds not being 100%.
* Trying to dismantle proper thread or cloth can be cheaty as all hell. The same goes for dismantling metal ammo.
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