I've been searching for a pickaxe for the last 25 real-life hours of play. In my last sandbox I searched the entire map twice. It's certainly possible I missed a spot, but I don't think so. I did a search right around the radioactive boundaries of the map, as well as a systematic--and repeated--search of the interior with 16 waystats enabled. No pickaxe. So I deleted the sandbox... and started over.
I'm in the process of repeating that crazy search in the fresh game, with the same results. But I'm losing heart, tbh. I'm far from convinced that pickaxe is currently available in new games.
Is this a bug? Is the pickaxe hidden in an unusual spot not indicated on the scanner? Hiding in plain site, somewhere?
Or is it intentionally so rare that it doesn't appear in every game? if so, why? Logically I'd think rock sampling would be such a common activity that I'd find a pick in every hab, and another on every deceased astronaut. But much more importantly, the Research system is locked behind finding that pickaxe. Why tie the availability of a gameplay system to RNG?
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