this thread has two goals. First, I will give a short overview, how you can change your "unlocks"-File, to optimize it for speedrunning purposes. Secondly, I would like to start the discussion, how we want to deal with this as the Kingdom community.
Topic 1: How do unlockable work in the game?
Kingdom: New Lands contains 13 unlockables. Each island has specified list of unlockables.
Believed unlock order:
This means, that to get the Unicorn you first have to get the Knight Hermit. If you don't want to get the Statue of Scythe, you could only unlock Ballista Hermit and Great Stag.
Can anyone confirm this unlock order? There might also be a chance that you get a random unlockable out of all unlockables for the island, but I believe this is not the case.
Topic 2: The "unlocks"-File
This is based on the research of dezimator1337, which can be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=750478344. Big thanks to him!
For PCs there exists a file named "unlocks" in the following folder:
This file can be openend with any kind of text editor, like Notepad and will show something like this:
What we are interested in is the following part: "unlocked":[0,9,10,3,12,1,7,4,2,5,8,6]
Those numbers tell us, which unlockables the player has achived. If we remove or add a number, the specified unlockable will appear in game or it will disappear.
These are the IDs for the unlocks, Pangolin and dezimator1337 found:
0 = Statue: Archer
For the string earlier "unlocked":[0,9,10,3,12,1,7,4,2,5,8,6] a possible change would be removing 3 & 9 to make sure I never get dog and knight statue and would look like this "unlocked":[0,10,12,1,7,4,2,5,8,6]
Topic 3: How to deal with this?
There are several ways as a Kingdom speedrunning community to deal with this. We could ban the use of doing anything to the unlockable file. How would we detect it? I don't know.
You could also argue, that basicly for speedrunning the game with unlockables on the long run, people will go for an optimal build by starting a blank game and only unlocking what is really optimal for speedrunnig. This is something we would probably be okay, but it also gives an advantage to those persons.
With the file manipulation you could reach the same game state as doing that long grind. We never would know the difference.
If my assumtion of the specified unlock order is correct, people can also reach a better gamefile by manipulating the game, then doing it by hard work of grinding the game to the best state for speedrunning.
Therefore I propose the following:
What do you guys think about this?
I've got the bakery hermit unlocked but not the bear/knight statue. I think it may be RNG. Where are you getting the information that there is a specific unlock pattern?
Grumble, thank you.
But it seems that I am wrong. This means we should be able to unlock things in any order. Can someone else confirm this?