To start, please look at this with the nostalgia boner tucked away. While ByB has had MOSTLY the same printers for it’s entirety… I believe it is time for a change. While I know all of us have grown to love the simple and compact printers, I believe it’s time for change for multiple reasons. The majors being AFK Printer Farming, hoarding massive amounts which ruined the economy, and them only going away once destroyed/server crash. Also, PLEASE get off the anti-gmodstore high-horse. While being 100% unique in code is swell and dandy, there are actual good addons on Gmodstore that could benefit us and save Jamie A LOT of time. If you want it to be custom, just skin the UI of the junk to fit ByB and wash your hands. While I do like SOME Gmodstore addons, we should not flood the server with them. A fair balance would be needed i’d say lol. But that’s not what we are discussing today!
Pt1: New Printers Based off Elegant Printers
The Model/Animation are super cool and overall give it a “Money Printer” feeling. To me, it also is an “adequate” size for a Money Printer. A bit harder to hide, or force 20 into the same spot.
Ink SystemProbably going to be controversial, but I believe we should keep this enabled to counter AFK-Printing. To me, you should not be able to just plop down 10 printers, AFK for 10 hours, and profit. Might need to change the ink level/storage to what we think is fair. **AND PLEASE we should make it so it only takes the ink if it's gravfunned in... Scriptis**
Heating/Cooling System.While this Printer system has Heating/Cooling, I would strongly suggest disabling this. Printers should not have to be constantly babied. Having just the ink will make them not require a lot of babying, but at the same time you can't just go and AFK with them. If you really wanted some aspect of this, leave it on for the lowest-tier printers. Or just have the lowest tier degrade over time.
Another idea is to make the printer take damage (slowly) over time if it’s cramped up with other printers. 2-3 should be fine, but 4+ should make it take damage slowly as it’s struggling to get cool air. This damage should be irreversible.
General CustomizationElegant allows you to "Customize every aspect of the printer for each tier you want to create." by this, we should be able to make some decent tiers and have them look somewhat different. The only thing by default I kinda love/hate is being able to change the model colors by the Color Tool. If the screen remains the tier color, that should suffice.
We can also add ByB’s logo to it.
Side note: The printer shows the owners name on the back. Could be a fair way to show who owns it.
You can also run a console command to set a Bonus Period (Like 1-2 hours) for printers. Might be useful on random days/some weekdays to encourage people to stay on.
Donator PerksFor Donators, we can also do custom tiers, but also set a default bonus to printing on regular printers, and of course up the ink limit. The default bonus should be very small if we ever did that mess.
Pt2: General ChangesThis section we will cover general changes to printers regardless of what system we use.
Anti-AFK InitiativeWith anything we do, we should first and foremost kill off any methods of AFK Farming Printers. This promotes a downright toxic method of boosting your income with almost absolutely no effort. Looking to really make money on the server? Spawn all your printers in a hidden section of the map during 0/low pop hours and go to town. Boom. Economy Ruined again. While we should not have to nanny printers by constantly giving them a battery, ink, cooling, etc, we should impliment some system to require you to check in on them occasionally and make "corrections" to keep them working. See next point for another idea for this.
Re-Introduce Max Caps to the Stored MoneyWe should bring back sensible caps to the printers stored money. This should help hinder some AFK Printing and require you to come back to base every 10-20 min to dump it. The only issue with this is someone AFK Farming with a +Use spam script. That can easily be countered with a ban in future incidences.
Streamline the Printer Choices.Currently, we have 8ish printer choices. To me, this is too many especially seeing how only 4-5 get used at all. Standard players know better than using Iron/Silver because they explode too much. Supporters know not to use Amethyst because of the same issues. To me, we should cut this down to 4, or 5, printer types. 2-3 for Regulars, and 2 for Donators. The Donator ones should not be the same, with one being a bit more High Risk/High Reward. By that, I mean it takes around 1.5-2 hours to give you a ROI, but after that... it's nice. We could also do that for one of the regulars, but like an hour max.
Close the gap on Donator Printers print amount vs RegularWill discuss this in the big Economy Thread I will drop in 2021. But we should make Donator Printers give more, but not insanely. Ideas for that will be discussed another time.
Printers SHOULD expire after X hours.One of my major gripes apart from the money issues, was how printers never expired unless the server crashed, or they were blown up. If the original owner disconnects and doesn't rejoin, it should set a self-destruct timer for two hours or less. NO MORE. Hoarding 40+ Printers in a single base between 3 people is by far the dumbest thing.
Pt3 (Rider Bill): Ammo Constructor ChangesLast thing, Ammo Constructors should be changed and made more of a group/gang item. They should cost a good chunk more, and offer gangs a decent source of ammo if needed. And change the model to something much larger like: models/Items/ammocrate_smg1.mdl
Disclaimer:In no way is this suggestion targeting anyone specifically. Also please forgive me for any grammatical mistakes, or omissions. Feel free to add-on suggestions and your thoughts in a reply. If you don't like the idea of changing printers even by an inch; good for you! We are all entitled to our own free opinions even if they run the risk of damning another revival.
Ty. Economy Post coming in 2021.