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Per town weather

Posted: 10 Oct 2020 11:00
by Expresso
Hello,

It would be nice to have a weather system which applies various effects on a per town basis.

The weather system would be quite simple, It would simply keep track of a weather state, which would be randomly generated each month (or whatever).

Each weather state could have various effects:
  • Sun shines: More passengers.
  • Cloudy: Normal day.
  • Fog: All vehicles reduce their maximum speed by 50%. Random road accidents, which means that a certain road piece becomes unusable for a certain while.
  • Rain: All ground vehicles reduce their maximum speed by 25%. Less passengers.
  • Snow: All ground vehicles reduce their maximum speed by 75% (ouch). A lot less passengers. Accidents happen.
  • Sleet: All ground vehicles reduce their maximum speed by 80% (double ouch). Train service impossible. Lots of accidents.
For those climates where snow above a certain height is present, rain doesn't fly. This will add a whole new dimension to the game. The weather actually starts affecting you're transport network. Perhaps some of the values I mentioned could be changed by settings?

Thoughts?

Re: Per town weather

Posted: 10 Oct 2020 14:30
by Redirect Left
It's a neat idea, although would be highly confusing / irritating for new players I suspect. Would definitely need to be an on/off setting.

The main issue I guess is sprites. You'd need extra sprites for all the objects, or at least objects that need to have different displays for each weather.

Re: Per town weather

Posted: 12 Oct 2020 00:58
by McZapkie
Maybe just add some global events similar to recession?

Re: Per town weather

Posted: 12 Oct 2020 22:34
by odisseus
Most players are annoyed enough by the breakdowns that currently exist in the game, and these are disabled on most public servers. Your suggestion basically introduces still more breakdowns, so I don't see how it can gain any support.

On the other hand, eye-candy weather effects might prove more popular — if you find the artist who will draw them.