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Feature Suggestion: Fishing Contracts

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One of the major gripes I see a lot of players having about Fishing Planet is how repetitive and "grindy" it can get.  In the lower level lakes, you see players all trying new things and fishing different spots and enjoying the variety, but (thanks to the oppresive costs of higher level gear and travel, etc) people start to focus specifically on making money once they reach around level 25.  What you see then is when you go to one of these higher level lakes, all the players are gathered around basically the same spots, fishing for the same fish, day in and day out, just to make enough money to progress.  It actually reaches a point where even once you start upgrading your gear, you find it a waste of time to do anything other than fish for that best value per weight fish until you basically have everything you'd ever want in your posession before even thinking about actually enjoying yourself again and trying new things, catching different (less valuable) fish, etc.

I have an idea that will change all of that, and I'm no programmer but I think it's quite simple:  Fishing Contracts.

Imagine you travel to Alberta and right next to the log cabin there's a bulletin board.  You walk up to it (or access the board from the ESC menu) and you see a list of Contracts that you can browse.  New contracts would be procedurally generated daily, and they would read something like this (a few examples):

1. "Stiff Willie's Taxidermy Emporium is requesting 4 Unique Lake Trout, and will pay 24k upon completion of the contract.  You have 24 hours (ingame) to delivery the fish once you accept."

2. "Uncle Hank's Fresh Fish Market is asking for 5 Trophy Pike, 5 Trophy Atlantic Salmon, and 5 Trophy Burbot for a special order needed within 12 hours of contract acceptance.  They are offering 20k for this order"

3. "Triton's Goblet Seafood Cafeteria is requesting 200 pounds of Atlantic Salmon to be delivered within 48 hours, and paying 20k"

I think you get the idea.  I think this feature would be an amazing and immersive way to encourage players to explore fishing for other species, and rewarding their efforts.  Some contracts could reward premium coin instead of cash, or even extra challenging contracts that reward special lures, hats, or other visible feature items.  It might also be neat to be able to develop a reputation with certain contract companies to that once you complete one contract, you are offered another more challenging one for a greater reward, and eventually get cool items, like a "Stiff Willie's Taxidermy Emporium" hat with a silly Trout head sticking out of the front, for example.

From beginning to end, this would give players so much more to do, and so much more to look forward to when they log into the game besides just thinking "ok I guess I'm gonna fish for (this valuable fish) all day again today so maybe I can get enough money to go fish for (this other valuable fish) in the other lake all day tomorrow."

No offense devs, but the grind is really on the very precipice of making the game not fun.  This feature would really breathe new life into the game and diversifly the gameplay exponentially.  Please seriously consider my suggestion.  Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

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Hi guys

I'm relatively new to this game, but have to say what a great game this one is!!! All  credits to Dev Team and well done everyone just please, please don't ruin it by silly farming action etc as it really starting to feel wrong and drifting away from the main idea what fishing is all about.

The post above is also a great idea and I my opinion it will definitely add some excitement to game, but there might be even greater expansion if it would be possible to add some Pro Mode or something like that to make this thing as close to reality as it could be and leave farming for farmers.  I'm sure there is a lot of us who like fishing IRL and there aren't so many places on this planet where you can land fish every 2min or so :D

P.S. We'll pay money if content is good and gives us opportunity to go fishing on Friday night when wife is not in the mood again :D  

 

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For my part, I can add that the developers work hard to make the game more interesting.  Then, you will find many pleasant updates and exciting adventures ahead.

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