Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

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Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby Arcanemusic » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:52 am #489102

Background: I've played ss13 since fucking forever. In the recent ssethtide, I took it upon myself to try and teach as many new kids, toddlers behind the wheel of inevitability, how to play the game in the weeks following that shitstorm. When I saw new scientists, though, I realized that whenever my tour of the departments lead me to the experimentor, I dodged as many questions as possible, because for the most part, the experimentor doesn't work. For those of you who don't know, the experimentor had it's original purpose locked in to the original pre-kevinz techwebs science setup. You would take strange objects, discover their true nature, and these unlocked strange objects didn't function like toys but often had high or rare tech levels associated with them, making them a fast way to skipping tech levels and getting to coveted points like level 7 power manipulation or illegal technology. In the modern day, however, the experimentor does 2 things.

1: Allows you to still reveal the nature of strange objects, giving you artifacts that can kick your ass or let you tide slightly harder.
2: Through a MASSIVE AMOUNT of luck, you can locate objects that consistantly mutate with the irradiate function, making randow non-weapon artifacts that can make your rounds much more interesting.

Spoiler Alert: Both of these functions have very little interaction with the round, and unlike real science departments, don't really have the depth to fill a full shift worth of time. That's where this SHIT IDEA comes in.

The All New Experimentor

First, lets take what I and other people LIKE behind the design of the machine as it was and as it is. Then I'll throw an idea out there as to how to improve the machine to support this idea.

1. It allowed for you to randomize your RnD Experience at times, often when the RnD Meta was very strict each shift (Shout my boy Duke Out).

Easiest solution on this list, the experimentor should allow for some way to gain RnD pointsby hunting for objects that can potentially be 'improved'. The flavor I could see is that the machine, in the experiments it runs, can find methods of testing an object for flaws or defects, and by finding it's weaknesses, Nanotransen is able to improve the designs of the items themselves. Now, this wouldn't yield a real, inround benefit, but more of a flavorful way of saying you're doing busywork.

The E.X.P.E.R.I.Mentor causes the Wrench to yield at a hidden weak point, locating a Critical but otherwise insignificant flaw!
Data uploaded to Centcomm Databanks, rewarded with 1000 Research Points.

2. Even if it was just flavor, it allowed for you to run actual EXPERIMENTS each shift, not just routine activities like xenobio or toxins (Once you know how to make a Maxcap, anyway.)

Currently, each round the Experimentor yields a list of critical items that will potentially mutate when irradiated, and these items are practically IMPOSSIBLE to identify in round as a result of the fact that there are no indicators that the object will mutate until it's in the machine. This means that right now, the fastest way to locate objects that mutate in the experimentor is to just rapidfire take cheap items that can be mass produced and wait until one reliably mutates. But what if I said that we could knock out TWO BIRDS with ONE STONE and make a currently USELESS item USEFUL with this same idea? Expand the science goggles scanning mode in order to identify reactive items in the experimentor with a glow similar to the current hivemind pink flow when active, allowing you to locate items to experiment on.

You toggle the Science Goggle's Scanning Mode.
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Object contains exceptional experimental value!

3. You would VERY RARELY get interesting items from mundane ones, acting as a sort of gambling.

To balance the ease of finding things to experiment on and gain more RnD Points, items will fall into Low Priority, Medium Priority, and High Priority experimental items. Each higher class has a higher chance of activating the experimentor's old dangerous murder traps like spewing radiation or draining your SOUL ESSENCE, but at the same time have a chance to mutate into higher quality items if using radiation, or locating more valuable flaws in the item gaining more RnD Points, OR, having a chance of unlocking unsearchable nodes, allowing for far more variety within what items RnD will have access to.

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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby Time-Green » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:53 pm #489250 this is what the experimentor needs. I will never truly recover from this not getting merged

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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby Nabski » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:27 pm #489255

Time-Green wrote: this is what the experimentor needs. I will never truly recover from this not getting merged

That PR was so bad, and the while where it was test merged was aweful. No-one used it for the generating extra points, it was just duplicating traitor gear.

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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby MisterPerson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:10 pm #489257

Historically speaking, making science into a scavenger hunt has never worked, so please be very careful not to do that.
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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby adamkad1 » Fri May 31, 2019 11:09 pm #496293

people who do R&D dont have much else to do though

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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby Shadowflame909 » Fri May 31, 2019 11:18 pm #496300

Boredom = Grief.

RnD is getting phased out as a job.

The only thing to really do as a scientist is Xenobiology, or suffer till 1 hour when someone finally researches what is essentially virology 2.0, Nanites.

Science really needs more to do!


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Re: Make the Experimentor have an in-depth purpose.

Postby Kel-the-Oblivious » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:24 am #496995

Scavenger hunting RnD was more entertaining than "Stare at screen as points rack up, and pray someone doesn't research useless shit while you are still working on High-Eff parts"

I agree with scientist being reduced to xenobiology for something to do all round. Everything else can be learned by rotes, and be done in the first 10 minutes. Give miners relics to dig up and give to RnD for extra research. Xenoarcheology is fairly common on other servers, and it would give RnD something else to do. Giving the Experimentor a proper purpose that, dare I say, relies on cross department interaction.
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