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Rob Rix‎ May 21
Terraria 1.4’s Journey Mode is perfect.
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Rob Rix‎ May 26
Replying to @rob_rix
It’s a little strange that the first thing I’ve felt like doing in months involves scattering gnomes across world after world after world.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
It all started innocently enough. Terraria 1.4 added a luck mechanic, influenced by (among other things) one’s kindness to ladybugs, potions concocted from pearls harvested from oysters fished from oases, and the presence of biome-appropriate torches.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
It also added gnomes. Gnomes are magical creatures that rent the basement apartments in giant magical trees. They’ll chase you if you get too close, but if you lure them into sunlight they turn into statues—garden gnomes.
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Rob Rix‎
A garden gnome nearby also improves your luck. But there’s no obvious indication of your current luck stat, and I don’t know *how* nearby the gnome has to be. So as happens with luck, I started becoming superstitious, and began peppering areas with gnomes.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
At first they inhabited the forests, which seemed appropriate enough.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
Unfortunately, the destruction of habitat for human expansion forces displaced creatures into conflict with (sub)urban residents: raccoons knock over garbage bins, rats infest homes, etc.; and so gnome infestations in attics started to become common. Still, harmless enough.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
Until, at some point, they got into the liquor. Now, distilleries aren’t naturally occurring in basement apartments in giant magical trees in the forest. As it turns out, it had unanticipated effects on the physiology of magical creatures.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
Mutations began to appear in the gnome genome, and due to their highly magical nature, these rapidly converged on useful—but uncanny—adaptations. Camouflage, for example. At first they merely changed colour to better hide in human environments.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
But then their camouflage became more sophisticated as they mimicked the behaviours of local fauna.
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
It didn’t take long to discover where they got the liquor, at least. Human displacement of magical fauna frequently has unanticipated effects as creatures adapt to survive, and even thrive, in human environments. Further observation is clearly required.
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SH∀∃ ∃RISSON ☠ May 27
Replying to @rob_rix
It's like debugging! Except with real ladybugs!
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Rob Rix‎ May 27
Replying to @shapr
Haha, yes!
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