In Conan Exiles’ upcoming pet patch, thralls ‘don’t poop, somehow’

    
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Conan Exiles’ parity patch has finally hit the Xbox One servers after a week’s delay. Funcom says it ought to mop up crash problems, although there’s apparently some fresh lag issues to deal with now. PS4 players, however, are still waiting, as apparently Sony rejected the PS4 patch for being too big, so the studio’s “working on reducing” it. There’s a crude joke in there somewhere. This is Conan we’re talking about.

That’s all in this week’s community newsletter, in addition to news about the first phase inbound pet system, which is due to launch on the test server this week. Here’s where the poop comes in.

“When we roll out the pet system we’ll also be rolling out new functionality for your thralls,” Funcom says. Yep, you’re going to have to feed them.

“In the same way that pets need to be fed to keep them alive your thralls will also need food to avoid that pesky thing called death. Think of it as a decay system for pets and thralls. It will help remove pets and thralls that have been abandoned by players, reducing stress on the server databases. You feed pets and thralls by putting food into their inventory, but there will also be special Feed Boxes and Thrall Pots that you can use to distribute food to them automatically. Any food will work as pet food and thrall food. Live animals will produce dung, which is used to create compost for your planters. Thralls won’t produce dung. They don’t poop, somehow. Even if your pets die you can still make use of them. Placing dead pets inside a Liquid Separator will grind them down into blood, bone and hide resources.”

This post got out of control fast.

Source: Newsletter. Cheers, Kinya!

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Bryan Correll

Placing dead pets inside a Liquid Separator will grind them down into blood, bone and hide resources.

Will that also work with the Thralls?

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Alex Hyer

I still don’t see anything about improving followers actually being able to follow you.

Thrall Followers get lost, constantly. How are pets going to be any better at this?

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starbuck1771

The patch is too big.

Well thanks Sony for proving why PC is still king. ? ?

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Vin

i guess it’s good the orphaned thralls will soon be gone from the servers (although i’d think there could be a better way of doing this) but it’s going to be tough watching my small thrall army wither and die from starvation.. o.o

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Greaterdivinity

That…doesn’t sound like a fun mechanic IMO. Still trying to figure out the game but I fear that what was likely my one and only shot of “getting into” the survival genre was a bust. Spent a few hours tinkering around before getting bored and lost and confused and overwhelmed and moving to other games. I guess I should try to find some folks to play with.

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Vin

In my opinion this game is definitely better when played with friends. Should drag one along as you give it another go. :)

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writelikeaman

Subnautica is probably the best intro the genre. Ark is a good one, too. If you try one of the online ones, I’d suggest a private PVE server with increased rates to curtail and the grind and avoid the teenage psychopaths.

Starting out is the most discouraging phase of these games. I’ve got 200 or so hours in other games, but Conan Exiles doesn’t work for me. I’m not a fan of the UI, the 3rd person camera, or the fact they built a survival game without taming and mounting in mind from the start. I look at people’s creations in the game and think to myself If I could just get there, everything would be fine. But, those first steps are not convincing.

They can be confusing if there’s no one online to ask questions from, and no large online community keeping up wikis and whatnot. Which is the case with newer or low pop survival games. Experimentation is key then.

It’s possible you picked the wrong game to get started. I don’t think Conan Exiles is a paragon of the genre.

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NeoWolf

Actually taming and mounts were both on thier planned feature list from day dot. Initially however they had limited resources and had to focus instead on essentials while testing the game to see if their was interest in it as a title. Joel and Jans has gone over much of this in thier twitch stream. Once the game was successful and it had more resources made available taming etc.. all got worked on.

Mounts however may take longer as the reason they are not in already was a technical one with the engine due to how the maps works and it is a big job to fix. Which is not however to say i won’t be it will just likely take time.

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BalsBigBrother

Subnautica is a nice chill survival game though not multiplayer that I have sunk a lot of hours into. I suppose No Man’s Sky could count as a survival game if you play it on the correct difficulty and it now has multiplayer.

I gave Ark 50 or so hours of my time before I gave up on that as a game because it just got too boring. I am not going to throw money at the expansions on the off chance it might be better when the base game ended up not really hooking me in.

When I look at Conan I get more of an Ark feel than I do a Subnautica or even NMS. So I don’t think I will buy that game either despite loving pretty much all things Conan related, sigh.

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NeoWolf

Feed the thralls.. urgh thats a touch too much reality for me, I have dozens and dozens of thralls in my city. I don’t want to spend all night feeding them I have stuff to do lol

Modding community kill that feature stat!

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there will also be special Feed Boxes and Thrall Pots that you can use to distribute food to them automatically

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NeoWolf

Yeah the trouble with that though is I imagine it will be a lot like the wheels of pain, in so much as you drop a metric ton of food into it with a view of keeping it running for 20+ hours etc.. only to find the food decays entirely in a couple of hours.

The net result of which being your back to constantly having to grind meat, cook it and fill it in order to keep up with the previous load reducing to rotten food good for nothing but making fertiliser.

Its a simple matter of needing to maintain the fun over work balance. Games need to be fun, they cease to be that when they start to be work. ;)