So I was going through the forums when I came across this thread, and while it seems pretty cool, there was one thing that it seemed to overlook that I've been looking for in a mod for a while now: linked supply lines. When you set up a supply line from say... Sanctuary to Starlight Drive-In; if you go to Starlight Drive-In and then set up another supply line going to The Castle, why can't the provisioner carry supplies from The Castle to Starlight Drive-In, and then hand them over to the provisioner heading to Sanctuary (or vice-versa)? Nope. Have to set-up an additional supply line directly from Sanctuary to The Castle in order to make use of the items stored there.
If there's 30 settlements you can set-up (before mods), that means that in order to have each settlement with a supply line running to every other settlement you'd need a total of 900 (I think the math's right on that) provisioners. It just seems really wasteful to have all these settlers running to/from all these out of the way places in order to keep them properly supplied. Right now it's like:
"Hey Bob, heading out to Sanctuary now?"
"Sure am, Jim. What's up?"
"Well Preston's over at The Castle, and he gave me this important intelligence that he needs to get to the General, but I'm assigned to stop here at Starlight."
"I'm going to Sanctuary. I could give the General that intel."
"Sorry man, but because there's no direct supply line, now the General can't get the intel and everybody's gonna die."
"Wow, sucks to be them. Oh well..."
I'd like to see this so you could pool food & water resources too. You'd still have to manage the beds, defense, and happiness for each settlement (as well as making sure that you have enough food and water for ALL your settlements), but this would cut down SO much on HAVING to have crops and water filtration at each place. It would still be a good idea to have some of them at each settlement, in case your provisioners get ambushed along the way (which is something else that I'd love to see in this mod). You could even have them be like the caravans that the game already has so you could have a couple guards go with the provisioner to protect him. You could equip them with armor and weapons just like you can any other settler currently (1 provisioner + 2 guards x 30 settlements still comes out to 90 settlers you'd need to assign to this, but that beats the hell out of 900).
I know that this would mean some major changes to the way that settlements work, so this probably wouldn't be something you could do until the CK comes out (if even then), but I think it would add a ton more realism and immersion to the game. I know this is more for empire building than individual settlements, but think about it: wouldn't you be a lot less aggravated when Preston asks you to help some rinky-dink settlement with only 4 or 5 people there, if they were the ones that provided ALL the mutfruit, or purified drinking water to ALL your settlements? Anyway, just an idea from a guy who knows squat about modding, but really appreciates all the work that you mod authors do. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Edited by MisterRection, 09 March 2016 - 09:02 PM.