I've already posted this idea in short form into the Weekly Suggestion Thread on reddit a while ago and people seemed to have liked it. So I'm curious now what you guys think of it!
Now that in the Standalone almost every building will be entereable it would be a shame to only have them used to hide loot. It would be nice to have more interactions inside buildings. From what I've seen in the mod and the devblog video almost every civilian house has a fireplace or wood stove inside.So my idea is that players should be able to light them (using wood & matches) and use them for cooking and warming up. Being in an probably cleaner environment than an outdoor fireplace, using these could give a little bonus on the food's blood regeneration rate and preservability. During very severe weather houses with fireplace should be the only place where you can maintain a fire and cook (unless you've got a hobo stove?). When you are using the fireplace though you might attract some bandits who see the smoke coming from the chimney. Or maybe even find a friend in the apocalypse - either way FUN guaranteed!
Just imagine wandering through the wilds at dusk during shitty weather seeing a house in the distance with warm glowing windows and smoke coming from the chimney. You're freezing and hungry - what would you do?
I think it wouldn't be too hard to implement but adding a lot to the game's immersion. But what do I know
TL;DR: Make indoor fireplaces / stoves usable for cooking, smoke out of chimney & light from windows when used.
Edited by Santosh, 17 May 2013 - 09:12 PM.