So, I know that giant rocks and sharp hatchets aren’t exactly soft, but why not some sweet melee weapons? These would help you fend off animals without wasting ammo and bandages after you fight a bear with a hatchet, and they would add a lot more realism to the game. The first thing that really comes to mind for me is spears; They would require rock and wood to craft, and could be throwable, but also a sufficient melee weapon. You wouldn’t be able to stack them, but on a throw they would do half the health of the enemy player. However, they would be extremely inaccurate and short range. Another thing that comes up are things like knives. Stone knives you would be able to make instantly under survival, but metal more military-like machetes would be rare loot in rad-zones and in supply crates. Stone knives would be faster than hatchets, and take 4 hits to kill a naked person. Machetes would be a tiny bit faster than hatchets, but kill in two hits and have longer range. Also the stone knife would have a secondary attack that stabs, which would do 75 HP to somebody from behind, but take a little bit longer than a pickaxe to do. Machetes would do the same thing but do 125 base HP. If you can manage to get behind somebody undetected, you deserve the kill anyway. Also both would get you a lot more items from animals. They would all also require a workbench and take a lot of materials to build, just so not everybody has a knife or spear or something.
Also you should be able to cut down trees, but it would take a long-ass time and you would only be able to do it with a hatchet. You would be able to see the progress you are making in the tree, and you would be able to collect leaves and wood from the fallen tree. Leaves would allow you to make camouflage for your house, so people won’t see it from a distance and an attachable ghilly suite which you could put on your armor like putting a laser sight on a gun, which would make you have green leaves over your armor. You would be able to see your actual armor under the leaves. Also there are too many BIG ASS TREES, so this would work out pretty good.
Most of my specific ideas are probably going to come off as fucking retarded to most of you guys, but if you take the general idea of Spears, knives and falling trees it sounds pretty good. Right? please love me
Edit: Also shields would be pretty cool. Don’t know how in the holy hell you could get swords in the game but I am sure you could find a way.