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tModLoader On A Rail - Your bed is now a train

Discussion in 'Works-in-Progress' started by hamstar, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. hamstar

    hamstar Steampunker

    On A Rail


    Mirror (coming soon)

    Note: Requires Mod Helpers

    This mod introduces a deceptively simple concept: Your spawn point is now a rail-bound train. Think minecart, but you do not carry it with you. Dying, warping (Magic Mirror, Recall Potion, etc.), or (re)joining a game returns you to your train no matter what (or where).

    To help you adjust to life on the move, you'll begin with some track rails to spare, and the merchant now sells them as well. Train Tunnel Kits are also available for traversing caves quickly (see the short video above).

    Current features (subject to change before main release):
    1. Each player has their own train, per world. It now replaces your default spawn/recall point permanently. Must stay on rails to move.
    2. Trains give +20 defense while riding, and move faster than a basic minecart. You cannot jump high with them, though.
    3. Train tunnels can now be crafted. They allow quickly moving past dense terrain obstructions underground without tedious pickaxe excavating. Only usable by train. Must be placed on sections of wall, and require an area with walls for the exit tunnel to place.
    4. Extensible Inventory compatibility. Extended inventory pages now available only when mounted on your train.

    Future features:
    1. Train requires fuel to move.
    2. Building and mining cannot occur if too far away from your train (maybe?).
    3. Trains can be upgraded and extended with cars for added abilities.
    4. All functions of a normal base (npcs, storage, defense, etc.) can be consolidated into the ultimate mobile base.

    Since this is a work-in-progress, you won't find this beta on the mod browser yet. Also, this is only lightly tested in multiplayer.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
  2. hamstar

    hamstar Steampunker


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    Last edited: Sep 2, 2018
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  3. hamstar

    hamstar Steampunker

    A few things in store for On A Rail:
    1. Rail coils. Like rope coils, only they unfurl rails horizontally, 25 at a time.
    2. Trains are heavy. Minecarts can traverse rails freely, but trains that traverse rails without a grounded support beam within 35 blocks risk causing the rail to collapse, and their train.
    3. Train cars do everything. As a train, expect to attach cars, which each do various things. Your train now hauls around your entire base, quite literally. Cars can each hold a crafting station, an interact-able mounted station (Chest, Extractinator, Cannon, etc.), and house a town NPC.
    4. NPCs must be rescued (unless configured otherwise). With the exception of the Guide, NPCs must all be rescued from the underground. They'll be found within underground houses tied up in sacks, but expect them to be guarded by gangs of souped-up goblins (or worse?).
    5. You start with 3 cars:
      1. A Cannon-mounted car with a furnace station.
      2. A Chest-mounted car with a crafting station.
      3. A blank car to customize freely.
    6. Your train now has a headlight, and it's special. This super-bright train light is great for revealing hidden stuff, and scaring away bats. May also do other things, later.
    7. To move, your train needs fuel. Maybe just gel (or some recipe based on it), but the bigger your train, the more fuel needed, so you'll likely need new fuel sources as the game progresses.
    8. New train tunnels may occasionally summon mini-bosses. Once one of these appear, your train is locked in place until you or it dies. They'll only spawn if your train is moving at top speed through a tunnel. Killing these are a great way to score PP and train parts, but they won't die easily. I may also make them demand a ransom to go away, if you're feeling under-equipped, or else impatient.
    Also, to go along with On A Rail (optional, but highly recommended):
    1. A new mod called Kidnapped! will be created to implement the aforementioned rescue-able NPCs.
    2. Another mod called Mine Gasses will exist, and your train can be used to carry stations (Air Purifier) used for clearing away toxic fumes from caves.
    3. As usual, Rewards mod may come into play for mini-boss kills and other possible journey related things.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2018
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  4. RunicGlympse

    RunicGlympse Steampunker

    I've been looking forward to this! I hope this gets enough attention!
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  5. RiverOaken

    RiverOaken Terrarian

    Haha, this is hilarious. I love it. Can't wait to see what you come up with
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  6. Kylonith

    Kylonith Terrarian

    Really excited for the new features. Definitely gonna have to give this a go in a playthrough.
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