Ideas for the Drones

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Ideas for the Drones

Postby Fragmentiize » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:12 am

(This is the very first time I've ever been on the forums, so please be patient with me.)

I've only recently come back to Slime Rancher after a couple of weeks, and I didn't know about the update that added drones. Just like everyone else, I was excited! Sadly it does come with limitations... you can only have 2 at a time and they only operate on one expansion. They also must be given the daily dose of a water splash to refresh. I have an idea, however, because drones must be tended to daily and it provides a stopper for those who like to explore. (I have some other ideas too...)

Hydro Turrets
Hydro Turrets have a job to deter, and to eradicate, the Tarr slimes whenever a breakout occurs. However, that's the only thing they can do. My idea is to give players a second option for their uses; to replenish the drones. I do recommend that only one option can be used at a time, which gives a challenge for those who are tending to several kinds of Largos, but it's a good challenge! I would love to see several different types of machinery working together to an extent.

Now here comes some other random ideas...
Tiers of Drones
I know this type of idea was brought in by others, but I probably do have some other thoughts. So, first of all, the drone we initially bring in is the first tier. It does one job, it's limited to one expansion. But like the 7ee awards thing, it could be upgraded to higher tiers to work in higher efficiency.
- Tier 1 - Tier 1 is the basic package you get upon placing a drone.
- Tier 2 - Tier 2 allows you to choose one more additional job for the drone, but including the priority system. However, a setback to this would be it needs more water throughout the day. I would probably have it operate 3/4ths of a day instead of the whole day before it requires a splash.
- Tier 3 - It still holds only 2 jobs, but now it can traverse between 2 expansions! However, limits still need to be set. For example, if the drone station is in The Lab, and it retrieves plorts from the Ranch, it can only feed the plorts at the Refinery, but not the Plort Market. (I really hope you understand because I can't find an easier way to explain this...) If the drone station is at the Ranch, and it is linked to the Grotto, it can retrieve the food from the Grotto and feed them to the Ranch slimes. Makes sense?
- Tier 4 - Now the drones have 3 jobs. Nothing new.
- Tier 5 - The drones can now traverse to the wilderness, but only one region. The drone station can be placed at the Lab and retrieve the extracted materials from, for example, the apiaries at the Moss Blanket.

That is all for my ideas for now. If you have any additional suggestions, I'd love to hear it!

Happy Ranching! <3
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Re: Ideas for the Drones

Postby Purplecharmanderz » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:26 pm

first point, technically already possible although not as easily. the idea also ignores the drone's point to not be 100% automatic, and makes the water tank they have pointless.

second point, deluxe drones are announced for 1.4.0, which may or may not include what you are describing. little information is present about them though.
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Re: Ideas for the Drones

Postby Blu3Wallaby » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:34 am

Drones should work with the warp depot to resolve the problem of the expansion limit at least
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Re: Ideas for the Drones

Postby Mileven » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:31 pm


Can you add unlimited limit for drones??
It is very annoying that drones can't do everything for you.
Can you think about adding a bigger limit for drones like 5?
This will be appreciated by a lot of people!

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