Opinion: Normals & Community Growth.
Hope you're all having a great time running up to the holidays. Thank you for Decayed Hope. I was reloading the Steam store page constantly to purchase it but to my surprise it was free. Nice.
On to business.
Normals need to be focused in on to grow the community. They are the starting point of the majority, their first experience. The hook. Where newbies are going to be won or lost, and boy do some of the normal maps just huck that track up.
Normals seem to be the most done maps. Part of this is because they are the most efficient method of gaining seasonal progress (by almost double) but mostly because that’s where new players are. This is encouraging more experienced players to squeeze their maps into normal and dangerous. I equate this to smurfing in a way.
There are still issues with maps being downgradeable on some occasions. Brutals end up in dangerous, dangerous ending up in normal, and some rare normals being so rancidly kill hungry they should really be brutal. General problems aside, normal needs to be a ground of absolute steralized sanctity to allow new players a safe place to learn, play, and earn basic equipment without being kerbstomped.
There’s lots of ways to do this, but the first quick and dirty fix I propose is ban mods from normal. You put a mod on something? Instantly dangerous. Why? Well, here’s someone going through a normal map I made.
I chose this one because they did my map successfully yesterday. They already know the map. Their problem is they’re still learning.
What is the counter to what I built? Literally one grenade. But what if you don’t have the $$$ for nades? What if you only have two shots with the Volt Lancer? What if you haven’t earned the Sledgeblade, or Arc Barrier, or learned to shoot stuff in the legs with the Plasmabow? This map becomes incredibly obnoxious. It's obnoxious because of the mods on these stealthy skull headed bony ass beaches. Mods that typically need counters, which new players wont have unlocked yet.
o7 Have an awesome Christmas!