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Dark Scifi / Horror fiction writer (author of Diary of the Displaced) #Cthulhu & #Zombie #Lovecraft Enthusiast
Dark Scifi / Horror fiction writer (author of Diary of the Displaced) #Cthulhu & #Zombie #Lovecraft Enthusiast

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It seems odd that I can repair a mine in "boss range", but not drone place one.

I know there have been a lot of drone placement conversations, and a number of suggestions have been put forward that I agree would be mostly unbalancing, but how about if the time restriction only applied to the outer scan zone?

Keep the GD cost. Keep the time limit for long range placement (I'd still suggest it could be less than 12 hours but I'm not going to argue that point)
But allow placement within the local scan to be unrestricted by time - based on the "boss range".

I suppose (this part has been suggested before in some form, but this is me combining it with my suggestion) this could be combined with a credit based restriction. So players could accumulate credits (maybe hourly?) to a maximum of X (Maybe 10 or 12?) so that someone couldn't use this to place hundreds of mines in a short time. Maybe the credits also restrict long range scans, so they still have a 12 hour cool down but if I've burned my credit level to place a bunch of local mines an hour ago then that long range RD mine is not happening (until next hourly credit?).

Random Addition: Maybe add a "precision drone scan" that only scans the small circle and not the wider area to reduce the processing cost of a scan? When drone placing you don't need the big scan data more than once for an area. Just a side thought.

+ GD costs stays - more money to the dev! Because some people will place more this way. I would :)
+ Potentially LESS "scan whole area" scans, since you could place within your local scan area without pacing backwards and forwards to get the spot right and doing 5 scans to achieve it. One drone scan and job done.
+ You still have to walk to the area to place mines, but can be within the distance of the "Boss range" local scan.
+ No more frustration when you walk to an area to discover you can't quite place that one more mine because someone's house is in the way or it's on private property.
+ On the above plus, you don't need to be walking to place a small group of mines. So less dangerous IRL. No more walking into people because you were looking at your phone. (No I've not done this yet but I've been close a couple of times!!!)

- Potentially more mines on screen in dense areas? I don't know. I don't live in a city but I'd imagine they are pretty heavily covered already.
- A slight "Pay to win" increase? Not as bad as completely unrestricted placement, but still a factor
- About a million that you folks will probably point out. At 274 days I'm still new.
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The latest episode of the Thrown Away Post-Apocalyptic saga - Thrown Away 5 "What Lies Below" is out! Thank you all for being patient waiting for this!
USA - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0168E6F0U/
UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0168E6F0U/
For anyone who hasn't read the series so far there is a new omnibus edition of the first four episodes available - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012XN0ZP6/
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Diary of the Displaced audiobooks are now in production! Josiah Bildner (http://josiahvoiceover.weebly.com/) sent me the first part of book one and it's awesome!
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Something a bit different, that I finished in draft a while ago, but only just got round to polishing and sending to an editor - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B3RM1EW/
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New Arisen book out by my "Arisen" co-writer and good friend Michael Stephen Fuchs

Arisen : Genesis by Michael Stephen Fuchs

In the dark heart of the Horn of Africa, our shadow wars rage.

But beneath the violence and terror, a bio-engineered serial killer lurks.
Come back in time with ARISEN and live through the beginning of the end of the world...

The Horn of Africa, place of various madness and horror – home to depraved warlords, Islamist militias, famine, drought... and regular outbreaks of killer viruses.

Tucked away in a high-tech Tactical Operations Center, inside an isolated safehouse in Somalia, sits Agency analyst Zack Altringham. He is Kenyan-born, Princeton-educated, badly burnt-out – and condemned by his language and cultural skills to a lifetime of fighting America's shadow counter-terror wars. But a threat many times worse than any suicide bombing lurks in the corner of Zack's tortured consciousness – just as it lurks out in the lawless bush of Somaliland. And when another mystery epidemic breaks out, Zack must find out if it is connected to a bio-terror plot he believed he thwarted years ago...

But, terrifyingly quickly, the epidemic reaches a tipping point and chaos descends – and Zack and his team (including two former Team Six SEALs) are trapped between the millstones of the sick and the dying on one side, and heavily armed militias on the other. Soon their “safe” house is in flames, and their only remaining option is to get in their up-armored SUV and try to escape the imploding gravity well of the city, to the safety of the American military base in Djibouti. But by then, will there be anywhere safe left on Earth to escape to?

Come back in time with the ARISEN prequel and live through the beginning of the end of the world. Nothing will ever look the same again.

Available on Amazon Select

Amazon USA - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AO76XI2/
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AO76XI2/
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Diary of the Displaced 3 is finally out!
Amazon USA - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKAE4UW/
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AKAE4UW/
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/262910
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Diary of the Displaced 3 will be out this weekend!
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Arisen book two - Mogadishu of the dead  is out!
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It’s been a while since I sent one of these out, but time for an announcement at last!
Over the last two months or so I’ve been working with the amazing writer Michael Stephen Fuchs, the writer of “The Manuscript“, “Pandora’s Sisters“, “Don’t shoot me in the ass and other stories” and of course the “Dboys” series – you can find him at www.michaelstephenfuchs.com.
What we ended up with was this…

A world fallen – under a plague of seven billion walking dead
A tiny island nation – the last refuge of the living
One team – of the world’s most elite special operators
The dead, these heroes, humanity’s last hope, all have…

ARISEN
Book One – Fortress Britain

When the Zombie Apocalypse came, one country had shut down its borders in response to a major terrorist attack. Now Fortress Britain is the last bastion of the living – with 50 million beleaguered survivors facing down a world of 7 billion animated corpses.

And when civilization fell, one international team of supremely elite special operators was being assembled for a nearly impossible mission, deployed out of the SAS barracks at Hereford. Supremely trained and armed, always the most skilled, resolved, and unstoppable amongst us, now the commandos of Alpha team are humanity’s last best hope for survival. Searching through the detritus of fallen Europe, scavenging pharmaceutical labs for clues to a vaccine that might bring humanity back from the brink, now they are tasked with one last desperate operation.

They must cross the Atlantic aboard the world’s only remaining supercarrier, insert by air into the very middle of a dead continent, and then fight their way on foot through a city of 3 million ravening dead guys. But these Zulus will not be like any zombies they have ever fought before…

This is the first in the series and is available at
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008TQ0T8A/
Amazon USA – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TQ0T8A/
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/212522
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