With the next big update there will an overhaul of many dependencies in the car designer to make things play better and probably more realistic in the process. As part of that I’m looking into giving the secondary stats Practicality and Utility a revamp. The goal is to give these stats proper “base values” and “factors” that make sense and differentiate cars in intuitive and realistic ways that mesh well with the demographics (which will be rebalanced, too).
So here it goes, I’m asking you for suggestions and discussion around these stats and their dependencies. What I want is not pure statements, but argumentation and maybe even some suggestions for potential progressions. Although the latter you best leave to me to figure out from your arguments, as that is not quite as easy as it may seem.
Each of the Utility and Practicality stats needs three “base values” and as many “factors” as you can reasonably think of.
“Base Values” are the stats on the top of the detailed stats panel that are summed up to form the 0% value of the stat, i.e. the value you get when all factors sum up to zero.
“Factors” are the stats that show a percentage in the big list below the base values. They are all summed up and then multiplied with the base value, i.e. -23% would subtract 23% of the base value.
I think that is all you need to know. Happy to read about your thoughts regarding this to see if we can make this a lot better than it currently is. Of course I have my own ideas, but with so many potential dependencies I’m probably missing something that you’ll point out.
A good post / argument looks like this
Regarding Practicality I think
A * [Seats] + B * [Doors]
would make for a good base value for practicality, as this reflects on how easy the car’s passenger and cargo volumes are accessed, and how usable it is in quick, every-day activities. With A = B = 2, you’d get base value of 8 for a 2-door coupe and a value of 28 for a 5-door, 9-seat minibus. Not sure if you’d want to weigh seats more than doors or not, this might be the place to put more importance on doors though."
A bad post / argument looks like this
Doors should matter a lot and seats too. I find my minibus super practical, and so does my sister and her degenerate dog.
That’s all! Keep the comments / suggestions / arguments and discussions coming.