Game mode: Online PvE in Official #3731
I’m just trying to confirm if I’ve been hit with an intended game play consequence (ouch) or perhaps some idiotic vandalism from a player with nothing better to do on a PvE server (hmm).
I have been happily building & exploring & what not on server 3731 PvE for over a year. Lately I’ve been running through the horse addition (meh…) and now capturing, breaking & levelling up suitable fighters & bearers to find the ultimate companions to tag along with me. I spent a few days near the Temple of Frosty Bits having my latest thrall kill Frost Giants as that area seems to return the fastest experience benefits. Getting her to level 20 I headed back to my central base & yesterday I stopped at my 2nd of 3 bases near New Asagarth to find that base has been GUTTED.
I was most likely at my New Asagarth base last Sunday or Monday night (Jan 26-27) before heading N with a thrall so I would have hit the dangerous decay state this Mon night (Feb 3). I showed up to find EVERY door & gate missing along with every crafting bench, artisan, chest, crate, animal pen, Ymir temple & Sanctum of Set all bloody GONE. That’s a loss of hundreds of items & resources plus dozens of named artisans that are major pains to find (Werk of the Lost Tribe, etc.). All my old & new thralls & pets seem to still be there as well as most of the rugs & odd pots & pans I had scattered about but the only built item remaining is my water well.
In checking the Event Log it seems I hit the “item has been abandoned & reached decay state” message on some few items Sun Feb 02 around 0300h but the only significant item listed in reaching decay was the Sanctum of Set - no other benches or items are mentioned at all. Also no messages saying any of these items had been lost or “destroyed by player ___”.
What I’d like clarified is:
My understanding has been that when items hit decay state they don’t immediately disappear but you still have a day or so to recontact & possibly repair hammer?
I’m suspicious that only the doors & gates, then EVERY single valuable item has disappeared but no other building pieces. Makes it seem a wandering player came upon my base as it hit decay & just decided to destroy everything worthwhile with perverse malevolence. I’m not really paranoid (who said that?) but it just seemed unusually broad a smash based on my previous experiences. Is such sabotage that likely OR is it intentional that all our valuable craft stations & stored items just up & disappear shortly after decay is reached?
While visiting that decimated base, I also noticed that the Event Log would say “x” piece has reverted from abandoned or decayed to “normal”… but will reach “decay” again in about 24 hours. Do I need to do more (repair hammer?) to reset the decay timer to the full 7 days?
In PvE I really want the official timer set to 14 days… we’re all there to explore, build, co-op, etc. but may still actually have lives to live and jobs, family, travel & stuff to distract us from our fantasy kingdom.
Steps on how to reproduce issue:
- Play PvE enthusiastically for over a year on the same server.
- Ignore one base for just over 7 days.
- Find 100s of hours of resource & thrall gathering effort totally evaporated.
- Allow one small sniffle to escape, pet the cat, stroke the Tavor, sharpen a knife & carry on…