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Why do the Ettins love stealing gadgets?   
NewNovaScotia

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United Kingdom  

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  5/16/2018

In C3/DS, the Ettins seem to have an affinity to swipe up gadgets from around the spaceship and take them to the desert area. But why is this? It's annoying but kind of cute at the same time.

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Papriko
Peppery One

Papriko
Germany  


  5/16/2018  1

If you look for an in-lore explanation: They are related to the albian ettins, which were created to tidy up the place.

If you mean the actual simple gameplay mechanics:
- a ridiculous, perpetual amount of boredom (creature torture levels of constant boredom)
- a false instinct that "get gadget" relieves boredom
- a gene that makes them incredibly homesick if holding gadgets
- a unique room type called "ettin home", you know, similar to air and salt water and what not
- an invisible script forcing them to drop gadgets when they are inside "ettin home" as well as making them unable to focus on gadgets, forcing them to seek elsewhere


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NornBreeder
Brewer of Tales

NornBreeder
United States  


  5/16/2018

Ettins are subjected to Sisyphusian torture.
 
Gulliver

Gulliver



  5/17/2018

A tip for dealing with it: there are radio transmitters. If you set them both on the same channel and turn them on, they are effectively connected over huge distances.

Set some gadgets up on timers in the desert, in a place where ettins will ignore them, and use radio transmitters to trigger your "needs constant attention" gadgets, like keeping the aquarium stocked up and setting the volcano on a timer.

The signal emitter (button on a stick thing that constantly sends out signals), connected to the ones that fire every X signals (count gate, maybe?) and radio transmitters on the same channel lets you automate a lot of the stuff that the ecosystem needs to keep going.

The C3 graveyard/memorial room is really good for putting out-of-the-way infrastructure as it's quite inconvenient to get to and creatures rarely stumble into it. That, with radio transmitters, allows you to deal with a lot of ettin-related sabotage.

 
Arnout

Arnout
Netherlands  


  5/17/2018  1

I always felt that the developers made the C3 ettins gadget-stealers to increase the game's difficulty. You see, fending off Grendels is pretty easy using a Creature Detector and a Sludge Gun.. But if some other guys keep stealing your setup. :P
 


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