Just think that necessary basics like compass or structural (medium and large panels) should be avaible sooner. The rarety of some items are important. I kind of agree that the rng is too much for these basic survival and necessary wall equipment.
In my crew of 6 guys we spent nearly 20 hours looting and were just getting bad luck. We did not find a compass for 4 days of just looking for it. Then found 2 in one chest. I would have liked it done differently
I think this might be planned. I recall the twitch stream in which cooking was introduced (the video itself is no longer available) that the dev’s mentioned they had plans for things like a cooking knowledge tree.
If that remains true, then I suspect we’ll likely see more trees for non-procedural stuff as well.
with my luck i only find a compass in t3, so yeah even solution 1 is quite reliable. For soloing the walls it is enough, but kinda trouble along repairs – as it needs more time, which is limited especially in a sandwall.
My crew and I find compasses left inside crafting stations all the time. Most players don’t seem to check every station when they land. We have also found T4 engines, cannons, wings and lots of other things. Granted if you get wasted you lose the items but in the short term you can enjoy the harder to find and higher level items early on if you can find them.