I've enjoyed playing Raft quite a bit. It's very addicting. Still, it does set my imagination churning, so here are a list of things a friend of mine and I came up with that we'd love to see in game. The list is pretty much kept to things that could be implemented without messing with the core mechanics of the game (That is, the raft floating along on the ocean).
- Flow of debris should lessen over time as you 'move away' from the supposed wreckage. Not too quickly, as the player should still have a chance to get seeds and food drops, but eventually, it shouldn't be all that much flowing past the raft.
- A possible increase in number of sharks over time (attracted by the blood of their cousins or the blood of the player), with a maximum number of three or four. (Or a setting allowing the player to set the maximum).
- Building a composter and using seaweed/ thatch/ food to turn into compost, and make compost a necessary component for cropplots and tree cropplots. (Would make it harder to get cropplots and tree cropplots, encouraging players to find alternate means of feeding themselves - like fishing and shark hunting :P - until the compost is finished).
- Item nets should break off or take damage if too many things accumulate. Maybe a system so that if an item has been in the net for a given period of time, the current will eventually tear the item loose again, damaging the item net some amount. Or have it based on amount of items caught in the item net, perhaps.
- Weather would be a nice thing. Rough waters that might snap off bits of the raft, if it's too rigid (that is, if the floor area is too large). Scorching sun that might cause sunburns unless you've built shelter. Freezing nights that could send you into hyperthermia, unless you've made something to heat yourself by or maybe created some kind of clothes from debrised canvas or other materials.
- The possibility of tying smaller rafts together with rope, to lessen the risk of things snapping off in rough weather.
- The possibility that you might get washed overboard in rough weather unless you're either inside a four-walled shelter, or you've anchored yourself with a rope to something on the raft.
- A randomised amount of crop when harvesting. 1-4 for potatoes, 0-1 palm seeds from coconuts, and beets have to stay in the cropplot til they seed in order for the player to harvest those seeds, at which point the beet is useless as food, but the player gets 2-4 beet seeds.
Suggestions for additional types of items and debris: Bits of canvas, seaweed, crates of oranges (anybody up for debilitating agony and rotting gums with the complementary loose teeth? No? Have some vitamin C ^^), orange pips (3-6 per orange, but hard to get to mature into an orange tree, maybe add watering as a necessity).
Suggestions for player settings: The option to set the passing of time. Currently the time it takes for the player to get hungry and thirsty is terribly fast. As are the growth times of crops (which is rather necessary with the rate at which the player goes hungry, I guess). Making a setting where the player can choose the length of game day and then making hunger, thirst, and crop growth-rate scale to the setting would be great.