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Hey folks,

It's been a while! I recently came back to give 7dtd a whirl again, recently hopping back on the server during the a17 update. It's nice to see that the server is still going, and it is especially nice to see that the game itself is finally getting more consistent updates ( as well as major game changes, for better or worse). I realize the server forums have been largely dormant (we all get a bit busy, i know things have changed a lot on my end since I've last played/posted.)

Given that we're going to be getting more consistent updates for the game, I thought it'd be good to start checking in on the forums. I know a few more folks that haven't been on the forums or server before have started thinking about checking in here, so it might be good to get the ball rolling.

A suggestion I had in mind: Would something like a Discord server, or steam group, be a good alternate method of getting updates/letting others know about updates should the site go down for any reason?

Might be a good idea to possibly set up some alternate channels in case anything goes awry.

As for the coming update of 17.2: Biggest change coming (besides bug fixes) seems to be more AI changes, particularly regarding if/when they go into area destruction mode (or attempt to dig). However, it's been fun figuring out how effective barbed wire and barbed wire fences are in regards to manipulating their pathing. Food seems to be harder to get in terms of buying it (traders will have less, and vending machines will only have canned food), so something to consider for everyone's new builds.

Something I know that a few of us discussed on the server from time to time, but would a noob safe base be something people are interested in again? I know that the major issue was spending the time to construct it (admins had fastest and easiest methods of doing so, but basically take the challenge out for yourselves bc you end up leveling, assuming you dig/mine to establish the foundation), and upkeep can be a pain. Just curious to see if others are interested in that again, as I know that's something that has come up from my time on the server recently, particularly with various new players who join, hoping to have a safe spot to hide out a few nights as they get on their feet.

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Welcome back. :)

I would like to launch a discord / teamspeak server sometime soon, however since it would most likely be on the same network as the game servers, I think our steam group called Red Hat Gamers would be an ideal location for status updates. That's a great suggestion btw. :) Downtime of the site and game servers are rare but it does occur from time to time so I will need to start posting information on steam more often to keep players informed about any downtime that may occur and when it should get fixed.

I wasn't really planning on a /spawn location but I think it would be good to bring it back since this game is always changing with each new release. I will add a teleport location and then let players or even admins build there as they would like.

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It's good to note that Discord won't require you to do any dedicated hosting. It isn't too hard to set up, and i help manage/setup a few servers as it is. Feel free to reach out about it if you're still new to it.

A teleport location might be nifty, if admins are available/willing to construct a basic safezone of sorts for noobs to hide in. It doesn't necessarily have to be somewhere for people to build in, though I do recommend that it not be in any city/poi area. If anything, a basic design, using concrete, barbed wire fences (zombies will go around barbed wire fences if possible, can be used to guide zombies to a set area) to have a defensive choke for noobs to last a few nights in, in case zombies spawn etc. Doesn't have to be too complicated, and it would be relatively easy to maintain w/ creative menu blocks.

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