I am having a blast with Landmark. I love making things. The problem I am having is that I can’t seem to make things look good. I’m hard on myself, I know. I realize I am probably better than 50% or more of the players, but when I look at some of the work being tweeted and shown on streams by the devs I feel like I am finger painting with my thumbs in a class full of Rembrandts, Monets, and van Goghs.
Maybe these brilliant builders are all architects and designers, or missed their calling in life to be one. I’ve tried watching HGTV and the DIY channels for inspiration but I can only take so much. I know it will take practice and time to get better.
Something bothering me, though, is the gap between those who can manipulate the game engine better than others. Micro voxels, zero volume voxels, E=MC2 gigavoxels, etc., are all these new fangled ways of glitching out the game or exploiting one tool to yield unexpected results from another to create something that interacts with the world in a really, really neat way. I feel like there’s this secret menu people can order from that I don’t know about. While you are all getting your animal style fries I am stuck playing with the normal cheeseburger.
For example, in yesterday’s stream there was a trick to make inlays. You had to cut out your basic shape, duplicate it, stack it 5 deep, fill in the original, smooth tool the duplicate, transpose the filled in original into the middle of the duplicate to get the voxels to snap to each other, then biopsy the final product.
Why can’t there just be an inlay tool? Why can’t there be a microvoxel tool? I hope the Landmark devs understand that while these are really awesome features (once called flukes) that some people are able to take advantage of, there are those of us with zero talent who want to play with them too. I have tried on numerous occasions to use microvoxels and I just can’t figure it out. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’m starting to feel like I’m on the outside looking in at a bunch of people with geometry degrees.
This is Alpha. My plea here may already be a top priority. If it’s not, all I ask is that someone consider making these really neat tricks more accessible.