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Vitruvius
Oct Member 2011

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So I was reading up via my clan and Reddit about the planned POF updates next week.

Mostly the material seems great, but did the folks at Jagex ever consider that a baby troll ("Baby Shakes" or something) that you can feed "spare" animals to for beans -- and it will literally take on the name of the last thing it ate, so yes, in-universe the troll is consuming them alive -- is "no just no" on a "Golden Chinchompa exploding in a shower of money" sort of level?

In Invention, we're specifically barred from dismantling any live animal or creature in-game for exactly the same reason. Even the POF tutorial goes out of its way to specify that the animals are simply being sold off and not harmed. Call me a buzzkill, but you'd think the same sort of mentality would stay consistent throughout Farming, no?

"Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." - Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

30-Jan-2019 21:22:12 - Last edited on 30-Jan-2019 21:28:31 by Vitruvius

Kikizosan
Jun Gold Premier Club Member 2006

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From what I saw on the stream, it's all vague and abstract, and euphemistic. You never actually see anything beyond the animal disappearing from your inventory. It isn't seen eaten, and no one says it is being eaten. It's also a mechanic that already exists in game with the baby troll pet, so it's nothing new either.

For all we know, it's just buying the animals like all the other buyers, and then just changing its own name to match because it likes the name. It's only as bad as we project on to it.

If it's still something you can't accept, you can also opt to just not make use of the baby troll's function. It only gives 10% bean value anyway, so you're always better off selling to the other buyers or selling to other players. The troll is only there to soak up any excess that the new barn storage doesn't cover.

31-Jan-2019 08:40:10 - Last edited on 31-Jan-2019 08:41:12 by Kikizosan

Daibhi
Sep Member 2017

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Vitruvius said:

In Invention, we're specifically barred from dismantling any live animal or creature in-game for exactly the same reason. Even the POF tutorial goes out of its way to specify that the animals are simply being sold off and not harmed. Call me a buzzkill, but you'd think the same sort of mentality would stay consistent throughout Farming, no?


I might be about to burst your bubble here but.. y'see all the meat that shops sell (and unless you're a vegan) or that you eat? It doesn't just magically appear out of no where - farmers kill their animals for it. While it's not exactly the same thing killing animals is very well within the scope of reality in regards to farming and lets face it that's what is going on here only Jagex has to toe around flatout calling it that (for whatever reason).

or just look at it like the recycle bin on your computer. Afterall.. we are talking about pixels here.

31-Jan-2019 09:33:16

Big Storms
Dec Member 2005

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Let me just remind you that for many farm animals like dragons, spiders and yaks, the only way to get one without buying it from someone else is through killing their parents (combat). In other words, every dragon, spider and yak currently used in POF has a family tree that starts with the killing of their (grand, grand, grand... etc.) parents.

I know this will change with farming hands, but it shows the harsh reality of Player Owned Farms. Not to mention that there is a werewolf who desperately wants sheep for dubious reasons and the way how breeding can sometimes encourage putting parents with their offspring. And then there are the unstable chinchompas. Or the fact that we are called an 'honourary dragonkin' when we manage to breed a royal dragon (basically comparing our breeding to the experiments of Kerapac and his kin, which trust me is not a good thing). Well I think you get the picture =p
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31-Jan-2019 10:44:06 - Last edited on 31-Jan-2019 10:44:43 by Big Storms

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