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« Reply #1635 on: 02 December, 2019, 10:40:32 pm »

Level 1 ziplines in this game have a maximum range of 300 meters. That's how far you can place two anchors apart and have them still connect. You can upgrade this distance, but upgrading structures requires bringing materials to them, which is a bit of a hassle. Anchors also require uninterrupted line of sight, and they can't be built on slopes or very uneven ground.

This presents a challenge when trying to build zipline anchors on the side of a mountain because mountains in this game are really naturally formed. They don't have just have convenient outcroppings spaced 300 meters apart that say "build an anchor here." Instead, they have all sorts of ridges that jut out and block your view from one anchor to the next. So you wind up having to build up or down the slope, or even laterally in order to find a spot that will work.

I spent about an hour tonight trying to find just the right spot to connect two ends of a chain of anchors that I had been building that link one destination to another. The real challenge was getting around the corner of the range only to then realize that the link I wanted to connect to was cut off by a cliff. So I had to first climb down to build an anchor at a lower point that would round the corner, and then climb up a pretty sheer rockface to find a spot that had line of sight from that anchor to the one up on the cliff.

I wasn't as prepared for climbing as I ought to have been. Using the terrain scanner, you can see yellow areas that Sam can climb up and red areas that he cannot. If you accidentally step out onto one of the red areas, he'll start sliding downward, or worse. I slid too far at one point and ended up about 50 meters down the mountain, bruised up and having lost a piece of cargo (turns out if a box becomes detached from your backpack while you're on a mountain, it starts bouncing much faster than you can hope to catch it).

I was eventually able to climb back up and find the exact spot that connected the lines together.

I love this game.
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