Gnamod has been developed since A14 by Haidr’Gna, hereafter referred to as mod-author. It all began as a set of tweaks for personal use and grew bigger during A15 into a full overhaul. The name is derived from the mod-author’s nickname and has no special meaning and is not an acronym for anything either.
Gnamod grew from just one overhaul into a group of mods that all share the same base of alterations to the game. This mod is now referred to as Gnamod Core and is the foundation for nearly all Gnamod versions since A17. The only exception is UI, which is known as Gnamod CoreUI and forms the foundation for all UI modifications for Gnamod but is also available as a stand-alone release (Gnamod UI).
Gnamod is aimed at any player that finds the vanilla game lacking and is seeking more of a challenge in all aspects of the game. It brings back the survival aspect and offers a slower pacing than the vanilla game. The aim is a challenging but also fair gameplay experience where you will have to fight and be smart to earn your place in the world. The zombies are far more relentless, looting a lot more challenging and the world is more interesting.
Gnamod is a complete overhaul of the game, which means every aspect of it is altered in some way or will be in future versions of the mod. Gnamod is also continually being worked on and new content is being added. Since A17 introduced xpath there no longer is a need to redo work when a new alpha is released. This means Gnamod will continue to grow along with the game.
Gnamod is build around two Core mods, Gnamod Core and Gnamod CoreUI. Core is the main mod that houses nearly all changes required to overhaul the vanilla game. CoreUI is the same for all the UI changes required for Gnamod. By this design the other versions are just modlets designed to specifically alter or activate certain stuff within Gnamod and thus are dependent on the Core mod to function.
This section applies to all mods released by the mod-author under the name of Gnamod. Any such mod will always start its name with Gnamod, such as Gnamod Core, Gnamod Horde Mode etc.
Assets found in the Gnamod.unity3d contain the work of The Fun Pimps, myself, work from other authors listed under Included Work and used Unity packages, therefore it is not allowed to re-use this in any way without permission from the mod-author and/or the original author(s) of the content.
Gnamod is free to play by whoever owns 7 Days to Die. This includes running it on a private or rented server and hosting a game for friends. Users of Gnamod are also free to tailor their experience to their needs by altering the XML files. When hosting a server or game with such altered contents, it is required to notify users that an altered version of Gnamod is being used.
Users are free to borrow ideas that are unique to Gnamod in their own locally used mods or hosted games for friends. When using ideas unique to Gnamod in a mod that will be released to the public you are required to see permission of the mod-author. It is good practice to credit the mod-author and reference Gnamod in the mod’s documentation and advertisement in this case.
Users are not allowed to take the code from this mod to add to another mod in any way without asking the mod-author explicit permission for it. This applies for taking (parts of) the code, XML or assets as well as altered versions of these. Gnamod is intended to use as is and not to be broken down or redistributed in altered form. This includes adding any part of Gnamod into any kind of overhaul mod or mod collection pack.
Due to the nature of Gnamod, the Core mod will likely not be compatible with any kind of modlet and the CoreUI mod will likely not be compatible with any modlet that alters the UI in any way. It is up to modlet authors to facilitate compatibility with Gnamod if they so incline. Bugs and issues that occur because of the use of other mods will not be resolved by the mod-author.
The Fun Pimps are ultimately the true owners of this mod as it only works with their game and is only possible because they support the modding community of their game.
The Core mod is designed in such a way that when possible it adds new content into the game rather than replacing existing content. This way it is less dependent on changes made during the alpha development of the game and whims of its developers. The Core mostly relies on XML alterations and the addition of content through a single Unity package. In the future the Core may also include code scripts when this becomes supported by the game or some feature can no longer be added without it.
The Core also functions as a standalone mod, only requiring Gnamod CoreUI to function that is developed in conjunction with it. It strives to stay as close to the vanilla experience of the game. This means it will have all elements of it: Looting, Building, Zombie Hordes, Survival, Exploration and Mining. The goal is to create an as realistic as possible survival experience while also challenging players with zombies and deadly wildlife. Another goal is to expand upon the existing game including: Adding more items, blocks, zombie and animal appearances, trees, world props, plants, block shapes, traps and weapons.
Zombie and Animal Skins
For many Zombies and Animals new skins are added into the mix, this includes work done by Mumpfy. This is an ongoing process where new skins are added when available. The system is designed in such a way new skins can be added easily in ongoing development.
Zombie and Animal Randomization
Zombies and Animals in Gnamod have their stats randomized, this includes HP, Speed, Damage, Size, Walktype and Appearance. This makes zombies challenging and interesting as you never really known beforehand what you are dealing with.
Zombie Groups and Classes
The following groups exist: World, Sleeper, Horde, Bloodmoon, Radiated and Radsleeper. Groups are super types that dictate the zombie’s final power and where they will be encountered. Then there are zombie classes, which dictate their behavior and some of their distinct behavior. The following classes exist: Dasher, Mook, Grunt, Average, Strong, Climber, Puker, Feral, Boss, Volatile and Bomber.
Animal Behavior Templates
There are templates that animals can extend from giving them a certain behavior. Currently there is Timid, Weary, Neutral, Dangerous, Hostile and Undead. Timid animals will never fight, Weary animals have heightened senses and will not fight unless cornered, Neutral animals will mostly move away if you get close but engage when they are threatened, Dangerous animals have lowered senses but will always engage when something gets in their sights, Hostile animals have heightened senses and actively engage. Undead animals are considered zombies and will only attack the player or other non-zombie animals, they will never give up pursuit.
Gamestaging, Biome Spawns, Wandering Hordes, Sleepers and Bloodmoons have all been redone for Gnamod. You will find more zombies during the day and a lot more during the nights. Each biome has its spawning tailored to it. Wandering Hordes are staged, which means they come in waves and not all at once, waves can include animals so you may see wolves being chased by zombies etc. Bloodmoons have more interesting waves and animal waves in between to spice things up. Early gamestages the hordes are relatively small, but they will pick up when your gamestage rises.
Gnamod completely overhauls the raw and manufactured resource system and only keeps a small fraction of the actual vanilla items in place. Some items are just Gnamod copies of the items while most are actual new items added to the game. Gnamod distinguishes resource categories: Mineral (Ores, Soil and Stone), Harvest (Items that you mainly harvest from animals or the world), Junk (Items you loot and have no use other than selling or scrapping), Resource (Items you loot, manufacture or harvest from human made items such as cars), Material (Items used for construction) and Component (Items that are part of weapon or ammo recipes). Gnamod adds well over 130+ items, some which replace a vanilla counterpart, but most are new. Gnamod adds (new) ores such as Copper, Zinc, Lead, Iron, Silver, Gold, Coal, Niter and Shale. Some are not yet available to mine, but others will spawn underground in special nodes you will have to find the old-fashioned way.
Workstations have had changes, most notably the Forge is no longer being used as is and replaced by the Smelter. The Smelter does not melt materials in it, but instead works like other workstations with recipes turning materials in your inventory into other items. All metals can be turned into a Forged (Ingot) variant which can then be further processed at the Smelter into other items. Each workstation has a basic variation and a more advanced variation that can also handle the basic work. Nearly everything can be a tool for these workstations and thus its vital to check for tool requirements along with other requirements before crafting. In the future this system will be expanded upon to add a lot more specialty tools to craft certain more advanced items.
Gnamod does away with Frames, instead there are Blueprint blocks in nearly 100 shapes available for 11 different materials. Blueprints appear as blue translucent blocks, support no weight and can be walked through. They are upgraded by using the right tool and material. Materials have different properties and the shape will determine the final strength and support glue of a block. Stone materials have more HP but a lower hardness and explosion resistance than the metal blocks which have 2 stages of upgrade while stone walls need to dry. The following materials exist (in order of strength): Scrapwood, Platedwood, Flagstone, Scrapmetal, Brick, Iron, Granite, Steel, Concrete, Stainless and Hardcrete.
New Paintable Shapes
In addition to Blueprints Gnamod also has additional paintable shapes that do not exist in vanilla. Most prominent is a set of Pallisade blocks that can be crafted early game to build fortifications with. There is also the Porcupine trap shape that acts like the Log spikes from A16 but with more nasty spikes. More (currently missing) shapes will be added in the future.
No Magic Upgrades
Most upgrades and repairing have been removed from POI blocks (vanilla blocks not craftable by the player in Gnamod). This means POIs are mostly just a temporary base until you have enough material to build your own structure. Certain repairs or upgrades will be added in future versions so some POIs can be upgraded to a base.
Overhauled Vanilla Biomes
All existing biomes have been redone in a more Gnamod style. Since A18 custom biomes cannot be done properly with XML only because of the Microsplat feature. So instead the 5 still existing biomes have been restyled to fit the Gnamod world. The forest is now home to the Gnamod Connifer forest, the burnt biome houses the Gnamod Fields biome, the desert, snow and wasteland have been redone in Gnamod style as well. Biomes appear in rings on the world with the Wasteland in the center, Snow around it followed by the Forest, Fields and then Desert.
Unlocked Map Sizes
The RWG advanced generation allows to generate maps from 1k to 16k in increments of 512. Maps smaller than 2k are not recommended and odd sizes may yield weird worlds for as long as Gnamod still uses the vanilla stamp method for generation.
Looting has completely been overhauled bring back the system of how loot worked in A16. This means that loot quality only slightly scales with the Gamestage while loot quantity goes up as Gamestage rises. This mostly is due to decreases in probability to find nothing or default loot (usually trash) in most containers. So overall while Gamestage rises so does the chance to find something or more items in containers go up. This is greatly dependant on the type of container, special loot ones will mostly remain similar over the course of a game while the more common containers will see more noticeable increases.
More Lootable Stuff
A lot of stuff that is not lootable in the vanilla game has been made lootable in Gnamod. This includes opened containers as well as certain items that looked lootable but where not.
Trader Inventory Changes
The trader inventories have changed so they can sell Gnamod items. They refresh loot daily. The player vending machines also sell some stuff daily so check those out as well.
Gnamod comes with 5000 new dyes to find and use. These dyes cover the whole spectrum of colors so it will be hard to find two copies of the same color.
Traders and their stocks have been overhauled. Each trader has specialized stock now. Their compounds have been overhauled and no longer are immune to damage.
The game’s entire economics has been overhauled, prices are based on their components to craft and value in the game. Previously existing exploits have been cleared away.
Quest rewards have been altered to fit the Gnamod style and there are generally more choices available from the start, but you get less money for each completed quest. Reward choices offer cash sometimes and higher tier quests offer more choice variety.
Rebalanced the early game for looting. First 5 gamestages have access to a special starter lootgroup that offers basic stuff needed to get started. This is my way of handing out some basics while keeping it random.
Lucky Looter no longer offers a flat bonus to loot gamestage, it can only increase as much as the player’s current level. Added a new perk: Bring it On, which increases all gamestage to increase challenge but also increased looting.
Gnamod now has items with multiple uses, currently available as Rations and First Aid Kits. These work from the toolbar only but can be used until their durability runs out. The higher the quality the more uses they have.
Gnamod Horde Mode
Gnamod Horde Mode is the full on Arcade version of Gnamod where it all resolves around tower defense. In this mode you will spawn near a machine called ‘Beacon’ that is your only route of escape, or so your poor character thinks. It sends out smoke signals and acts as a radio beacon for airplanes to drop supplies. It also attracts zombies, they just cannot resist punching it. Sadly for you the machine has an unstable nuclear core and to much zombie punches will make it explode and likely take you and your base with it.
The beacon comes with supply caches where you can exchange currency into supplies and equipment. The secret stash contains supplies that are changed daily. Increase your skill in bartering and intelligence to access the better stock and better prices.
Be aware for the first horde that arrives around 2 PM (12 AM on servers). Surround your Beacon with walls, traps and mines and make sure to equip yourself with the best your money can buy. Zombies will drop bags that contain more currency, so keep killing for more supplies.
Horde Mode currently comes with three maps (Easy, Normal, Tough). The Tough map features the Boss Mode POI made by Like A Boss during alpha 17 with some alterations to make if fit with the rest. This POI features sleepers so you will need to fight off enemies right away.
- Arcade Mode with Beacon to defend.
- Buy supplies from vendors in the Beacon. Store your stuff in the drawers of the Beacon.
- Zombies drop money instead of loot.
- Zombies can see further out and through walls, you cannot hide from the zombies.
- Progressively harder for each day passed as well as gamestaged.
Notes & Tips
- There are supplies to be found in both the standard tabs as well as the secret stash. Check each of the vendors (3 on each side with their own customized stock). To progress in Horde Mode you will eventually need to invest in Better Barter to unlock better stashes that contain the best materials.
- Horde Mode is resource intensive despite Haidrgna’s best efforts. If you run into perfomance issues you may want to consider reducing settings even if the vanilla game runs fine.
- The command ‘gfx pp enable 0’ will turn off all post processing and can help reduce the load. The mem or memcl (for clients) can free up some memory by calling the garbage collector.
- You can set Bloodmoon hordes to daily for a different kind of experience.
Important: Survival is currently not available yet for A18. It is planned to be included in the 0.9.x release of the mod. This mode will likely not be added before A19.x is stable.
Gnamod Survival will be more true to the survival type of gameplay that was before part of Gnamod and Necropolis. This means that loot will be more scarce, gameplay is more focused on survival and less on the base defense part of the game. Construction in this mod will be more limited and getting a steady supply of food and water will be harder. In a sense this mode will focusing more in realism than on arcade like some of the other mods.
This mod is currently planned to be added, but is dependent on features to be implemented in Gnamod Core first:
- Loot overhaul Gnamod Style.
- Item overhaul.
- Block overhaul.
- Recipe overhaul.
- Biome overhaul.
Important: Necropolis is currently not available yet for A18. It is planned to be included in the 0.9.x release of the mod. This mode will likely not be added before A19.x is stable.
Gnamod Necropolis will come back to the game but is very dependent on a lot of system that will be implemented in Core and Survival to work as well as POI work. Haidrgna have great plans for this to come back and will be using a system of world generation he is developing himself. For this a lot of POIs need to be build that requires a community effort.
This here is also a call to those interested in joining and helping to build POIs for Gnamod and Necropolis.
The following screenshots are of a prototype city that Haidrgna has been working on, which comes included in the 0.4.1 version of Gnamod Core.
Important: Nomadic is currently not available yet for A18. It is planned to be included in the 0.9.x release of the mod. This mode will likely not be added before A19.x is stable.
Since the 7DTD world generation changed drastically and the world sizes have been limited this mode is likely not to return before A18 is out. Haidrgna really liked this mode but the small worlds and not working GoTo quest objectives have put off development on it for now.
Haidrgna pushed the final update for A18 to the stable branch. Mainly focuses on Horde Mode balance but there were also some bug fixes and localization fixes.
This update mainly focused on Horde Mode balance, which was not there yet in the 0.8.0 version.
- Fixed: Blocks in Horde Mode are properly see-through for zombies so no block will ever block line of sight to the Beacon for them.
- Fixed: PetrolBomb Arrow/Bolt bundles now properly unpack.
- Fixed: Multi-Use items (Rations and Aid Kits) now break on expending the final charge. An extra charge added to all quality levels since this large charge will not doing anything.
- Added: Horde Mode now has access to unique groups for Animal spawns and scout/daytime spawns. These groups are specifically tuned for the new spawning.
- Changed: Horde Mode has no heat build up from player actions besides workstations and other blocks that generate heat normally. This means the hordes can be tuned more predictably. Before very industrious players were punished a lot more with additional hordes being build up.
- Changed: Added a Buff to control the spawning of Horde Mode waves. The buff will tell when the next wave will start to appear and during the day will tell the next one is coming at 22:00. This means each player in the team gets their own hordes added rather than it being fixed. Difficulty and player level factors in as well, higher difficulties have more frequent waves and higher player levels add more time to the spawning process (so more zombies per wave).
- Changed: Waves are always 3 ‘Scouts’ and they will each call the actual wave, if these die quicker a wave will be less intense, but they are moving slower than their summoned friends. As days progress the ‘Scouts’ are called from tougher lists. What they summon is gamestaged.
- Changed: Adjusted zombie AI and vision, World Zombies are now scouts and always favor the player over the Beacon and can see very far. Other zombies have limited vision when it comes to finding the player, they favor the Beacon over the player unless damaged by the player.
- Changed: Arnold (Demolition zombies) has been removed for real now from the lowest stage groups and thus will not appear as often as he did before (which was a lot more than intended). They now always focus on the Beacon and will not follow them player around even if damaged.
- Changed: Trader prices have gone up by 50%. The prices were to low and dropped to zero when using only a few items reducing prices. It is still possible at max skill + Cigar + Awesome Sauce, but that will take a while to get.
- Changed: Availability of certain items has been rebalanced. Certain items such as full blocks, special arrows/bolts were to easy to obtain in large quantities. These items are very powerful and getting to much easily made certain things to easy.
- Changed: Removed Secret Stash progression from the BB skill for Horde Mode and moved it to the player based on level. There are 6 stashes, 1 is default unlocked and the other 5 unlock as you gain levels (25/50/75/100/150). This means Horde Mode progresses more naturally and there is no need to put points in BB if you do not want to.
- Changed: Vultures always puke in Horde Mode to make them more annoying and dangerous.
- Changed: First Aid Kits of higher quality will heal slightly more per charge used making the higher quality kits even more desirable, this means that a q6 kit will now heal double the amount compared to before.
- Changed: Biome spawns in Horde Mode were adjusted to be in line with the new way of wave spawning. Most biomes have had their numbers during the night cut.
- A. Navigate to the game’s base folder:(~\Steam\steamapps\common\7 Days to Die).
- B. Extract the contents of the zip file(s) directly into the game’s base folder.
- C. Make sure the entire contents of each zip you install goes into the base folder.
- D. Start the game, if you done it correctly a you will see the Gnamod logo in the main menu.
Mod Launcher Installation
- A. Download the Mod Launcher from Sphereii.
- B. Install the Mod Launcher following the instructions.
- C. Find the tab for Gnamod, open it, select a version and use Install Game Copy.
- D. Use Pre-Sync to download the mod and then Play Mod to start.
The forum topic of the mod is here.