Gills Tank

Brent7sBrent7s Renton, wa Join Date: 2017-03-11 Member: 228849Members
An Oxygen tank that uses power to pull oxygen out of the water for breathing so rather then compressed air it pulls what you need from the surrounding water but would still be limited by how much power the tank carries and of course depth and oxygen levels of the surrounding water.


  • SnailsAttackSnailsAttack Join Date: 2017-02-09 Member: 227749Members
    So... a tank that lasts longer but requires power? I'm not really sure this would work well in practice.
  • 999Antonio3849999Antonio3849 Emperor Aquarium Join Date: 2016-10-23 Member: 223324Members
    where would you get power a power cell?
  • DracobombaDracobomba Join Date: 2016-04-08 Member: 215502Members
    A power-based oxygen tank would lead to infinite underwater exploration, and circumventing this core mechanic probably wouldn't be too healthy for gameplay.

    Alternatively, how about an upgraded rebreather that works similarly? Instead of just normalizing oxygen consumption throughout all depths, the upgraded version could increase oxygen efficiency, perhaps by about 10% or so. It also gives us more stuff to put into the head slot, which is always a plus.
  • DrownedOutDrownedOut Habitat Join Date: 2016-05-26 Member: 217559Members
    How about an air tank which can get invest kinetic energy (ie, only works when you're moving) into oxygen production at a weak pace, like maybe giving you +20 seconds if you constantly move with "default" gear? Seems balanced enough to me and you don't have to worry about implementing an equipment system for the air tank to allow its batteries to be switched out.
  • scifiwriterguyscifiwriterguy Sector ZZ-9-Plural Z-α Join Date: 2017-02-14 Member: 227901Members
    Please let's not go down the "give them gills" route. Every time that comes up in sci-fi, it's just so patently absurd. Plus, as @Dracobomba said, it's going to wreck a core gameplay mechanic - or at least bend it so far out of shape as to be unrecognizable.

    Besides, in order to provide any reasonable amount of oxygen for a human, you'd need a gill surface area of dozens of square meters at a minimum - and while swimming with a massive wedding gown train might make for a striking visual, practicality is right out the window.
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