Hello there ladies and gents!
I thought it was right to make this post with the following two suggestions related to the use of radios because, in the last time,
I have noticed that their use within the server has declined a lot and personally I am a big fan its use.
Why radios are a cool feature to explore in Dayz Village? Probably because the immersive complement that provides within an interactive server like this and because it is the best way to contact other survivors in-game, know the location of the Village, the Trading Post and other places of interaction (as well as to get in touch with factions that operate in the different frequencies and territories around the map).
So, why people do not uses radios that often? There are two main causes.
1) Low probability phenomenon: The variety of people, nationalities and schedules means that a “meeting” on the radio (even if both parties have the will to use them) is an extraordinarily rare event and a huge coincidence. Nobody is going to be trying to contact someone for an hour through the different frequencies. The players simply turn on their radios, try a shy "hello" on the default frequency, and if they do not have an answer in less than 10 seconds they will probably don´t try again in the short term. Eventually they give up and do not even loot radios and batteries any more.
> Suggestion: My idea is to establish an implicit time pattern to multiply the chances of a radio contact. What would this pattern be? Simply agree that radio contact attempts will be much more frequent in the minutes after each hour change. For example: if you turn on the radio at 17:58, you will know that during the 5 minutes before the time change and the subsequent minutes, the survivors will try to make contact with each other over the radio. So, if you have a radio + battery, you can continue trying as usual (anytime you want) or you can check the time and save the battery to turn it on and in that specific minutes before and after every new hour. Simple as that.
2) Batteries life: related to the above, if one could keep the radio on for a long time while you walk around the map or do something else, the contacts on the radio would be much more feasible. But unfortunately, the development team established a relatively short (IMO) time of life of the batteries (also conditioned by their state).
> Suggestion: I hope not to say something stupid here because, honestly, my knowledge in game development is too poor to anticipate if this can be even a possibility. However, I hope you will excuse me if I do so. We all know that the BETA is not around the corner and that we have a few more months ahead with the 0.62. That being the case, I think we probably would loose anything with at least ask the devs if a battery life increase can be possible. Maybe consulting it through one of the representatives of this community (Renr, Spaggie) could give us the idea of whether this is at least possible or directly they would never spend any time on this (Taking into consideration they are working on the BETA). As I said, I do not know the implications of such a change, so on whether it is a question of modifying a parameter or represents a much deeper change.
Thats all guys. Adios!!