The late, great Mitch Hedberg once quipped, “If you find yourself lost in the woods, fuck it, build a house. ‘Well, I was lost, but now I live here! I have severely improved my predicament!’” Base building, in this writer’s humble opinion, is one of the most enjoyable and replay-producing aspects of H1Z1. Few things are more satisfying in life than seeing the immediate and tangible results of one’s efforts. For H1Z1 this can mean razing an enemy’s base to the ground with sweet, sweet ethanol and IEDs or constructing, literally from the ground up, a base of operations for you and yours. Right now, let’s take a look at the latter.
So here’s the thing. When you do spend time doing work to carve out your own little section of the game world, you obviously become invested. I’ve spent countless hours chopping trees and shredding wrecked cars with my crowbar for scrap metal to produce building materials for bases. On Abomination we went so far as to build a “Goon Highway,” from our headquarters in Dirty Deeds to our outpost in Wake Hills. One continuous, closed in stretch of deck foundations, walled in to allow safe passage and tactical advantage. Needless to say, I really enjoy that aspect of the survival side of this game, but currently it is in need of some coding love from the devs.
We got a conex jackknifed on the I-69. Plan your commute accordingly.
Fortunately, for all interested parties who play the game, in the last 24 hours Daybreak Games released specific information via the H1Z1 subreddit about these and other issues that are currently being worked on. Let’s go through the highlights. First addressed is the rage-inducing issue of no-clipping into bases. Constant runs the stream of in game messages from Daybreak of who has recently been banned, by character name, for hacking. MMODerelict stated specifically that at present they cannot prevent this issue, but they are working diligently on it. He did say that, though a hacker can get in, they cannot destroy any placed items registered to that foundation until the gates/walls are breached. The next item addressed comes with handy dandy images of how to secure your base from no-clipping hackers.
A common practice in more innovative bases is the construction of a roof of sleeping mats on top of a structure that you then later destroy. The issue this practice creates is the broken chain of ownership between the foundation code and the now floating structures. The tl;dr take away is, completely encase your base with walls to secure all items inside with the working code that prevents access in a secured area. Also ensure that a structure with items that you care about inside is attached to the deck foundation continuously (horizontally and vertically) and without breaks in the walls. As per the post, “Noclippers CANNOT damage you inside a secured area that they do not have valid access to.” However, the system breaks down when doors inside a base are opened. Basically noclippers wait outside a base to hear a door open, take advantage of the 1-2 second delay in place to allow a person to get in or out, and then have access to your goodies.
In the same vein as that problem are coding issues both in doors losing their assigned combinations (allowing diligent door knockers to attach their own) as well as container accounting in general. Both of these issues are supposedly fixed and will go live in the next, soon to be released patch. MMODerelict stresses, and I will echo it, if you want to see these issues fixed as expeditiously as possible, provide Daybreak with as much information as you can gather about an issue, including locations, server, time, as well as pictures and the /loc. Allow me to state this final point in earnest: the game is a work in progress. When paying for access to it, whether you realize it or not, you accepted that Daybreak Games is still ironing out issues. Speaking from the perspective of someone with hundreds of hours invested in this game I humbly request that instead of rage-quitting in frustration over an issue, you help out the community and communicate your issue to the developers. I have seen very quick responses (within a half hour) for getting hackers banned when I was able to provide screenshots of their egregious attempts to thwart my good time. Please help us all out by being a part of the solution.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Lashawna.