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[Game Update] (Preview Branch)- 210162

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1 minute ago, StormHUN said:

As I said earlier, my problem is not that meal lice is not a "free food forever" thing anymore, but that it became completely non-renewable, which IMHO is not a good balance. Make it hard to renew, but not impossible.

Why is it a bad thing that some things are not renewable?  If the resource is not required to survive and continue a colony, what does it hurt if it isn't able to be renewed?

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5 minutes ago, Ecu said:

Why is it a bad thing that some things are not renewable?  If the resource is not required to survive and continue a colony, what does it hurt if it isn't able to be renewed?

For once, because then we are back to the previous situation of there being only one single food source that makes sense in the long run.

Second, because it makes no sense, logically - yes, it's just a game, but I prefer games to make some sense. Just think about it: You suddenly arrive to this place that has mealwood naturally growing, and seeds of it existing, but having no any means of producing said seeds. That makes no sense.

Also, now that I think about it... does this mean that then all the mealwood I don't dog up early is pretty much wasted, because it will just die after a while, and the lice will rotl leaving me nothing (but fertilizer)?

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2 minutes ago, StormHUN said:

For once, because then we are back to the previous situation of there being only one single food source that makes sense in the long run.

Second, because it makes no sense, logically - yes, it's just a game, but I prefer games to make some sense. Just think about it: You suddenly arrive to this place that has mealwood naturally growing, and seeds of it existing, but having no any means of producing said seeds. That makes no sense.

Also, now that I think about it... does this mean that then all the mealwood I don't dog up early is pretty much wasted, because it will just die after a while, and the lice will rotl leaving me nothing (but fertilizer)?

Meallice aren't a plant though, and if you look at the 'seed' for them, it resembles a bunch of meallice in a ball.  Essentially you're growing that colony of larva until they are large enough to eat.  Once the larva have all matured and been harvested, there is nothing left.  Seems to make reasonable sense to me.

With regards to there only being one renewable food, that would be incorrect.  You technically have three renewable food sources currently.  You have Mushbars, Fried Mushbars, and Bristle Blossoms.  Granted, you probably would not want to use mushbars without frying them, but you do have that option.

In addition, this a very early alpha representation of the game.  There could very well be additional food sources presented in the future, each with their own unique environments/requirements to cultivate.  Some may be renewable, others may not.  I know that in the game files, we already have a type of fish...

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10 hours ago, qb. said:

It is actually. Go to Settings of the game and choose beta you want.

just only me find stupid a beta branch in a alpha game???

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55 minutes ago, mjom said:

just only me find stupid a beta branch in a alpha game???

Feel free to contact Steam Support and request that they rename the "Beta participation" feature to "Testing branch" only for ONI. :p

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7 hours ago, Vilda said:

The combination of Overheating and autorepair is biting me in the ass.

The Super computer runs so hot it damages itself in 5 seconds even turned of and in Ice biome. Then someone runs there to autorepair only for it to damage itself again.

EDIT: immediately found out the repair can be canceled and is not picked again

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6 hours ago, Vilda said:

Damn, just realized what is screwing me so much - thermal conductivity of CO2. Once it heats, that really stays. Shame it does not affect surrounding tiles in any way.

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I had the same issue with CO and the coal generator, even with a cooling fan manned 24/7 right next to it and the coal generator is paused due to batteries being full, my generator was being damaged and needed repair continuously. I think their is a bug with how quickly CO / Thermal damage effects a objects, I think they need to increase the propagation of heat vs staying in one area and damaging the item.

 

Great update, I couldn't be happier to be wrong about no release happening today ;)

 

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Duplicant traits no longer prevent them from performing their profession task

Does this mean that they will not be assigned a trait that goes against their primary stat?  

For Example a Scientist will not get Yokel?  

Just curious cause my first starting three after updating had just that.  A Scientist with Yokel.   I'll get a screenshot if it happens again.  

 

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- Edit already know how to get this update -

 

How to get Update ? 

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Awesome game, been playing for 40 hours now loved every minute of it.

I just hope it gets easier to make somewhat a self sustainable colony

hate to see these lil guys die

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This update has be great so far! The loading has been really smooth and no data slow downs so far.

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5 hours ago, Ecu said:

Meallice aren't a plant though, and if you look at the 'seed' for them, it resembles a bunch of meallice in a ball.  Essentially you're growing that colony of larva until they are large enough to eat.  Once the larva have all matured and been harvested, there is nothing left.  Seems to make reasonable sense to me.

With regards to there only being one renewable food, that would be incorrect.  You technically have three renewable food sources currently.  You have Mushbars, Fried Mushbars, and Bristle Blossoms.  Granted, you probably would not want to use mushbars without frying them, but you do have that option.

In addition, this a very early alpha representation of the game.  There could very well be additional food sources presented in the future, each with their own unique environments/requirements to cultivate.  Some may be renewable, others may not.  I know that in the game files, we already have a type of fish...

Thankfully Mushbars are bugged where you can only get sick from food if you have the trait that prevents getting sick from food: Iron Gut.
 

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33 minutes ago, Risu said:

Thankfully Mushbars are bugged where you can only get sick from food if you have the trait that prevents getting sick from food: Iron Gut.
 

That's a rather awkward bug, lol.

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Can we get a confirmation on rather mealwood is suppose to drop seeds or is it a intended change? 

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1 hour ago, Troxism said:

Thank you for this study even if it's a little bit depressing for the dupes.:)

 

(To answer your obvious question, I feel like we need to split substainability into long term and foreever.

  • A low level colony should have a long term survivability but should be doomed by the lack of ressource. This woud help beginners to discover the game.
  • An high level colony should have a short term survivability unless the player carefully manage production and maintenance. The higher the level, ,the more complex managing would be, the more the colony should be able to survive forever)

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1 hour ago, Troxism said:

~snip to keep post short~

Something you left out is that when food rots, it also becomes fertilizer.  I currently don't quite know the ratio for this, as I haven't monitored it closely.  However, this is another source of fertilizer.

I would say that even a 10 man colony can likely survive a reasonable amount of time (couple hundred cycles), if you play your cards well.  It definitely is not as easy as it was prior to these changes, however, I don't really consider that a bad thing.  Meallice required no effort to maintain and there was no encouragement to ever even make bars from it.  These changes shift meallice to a finite resource and ecourage using other sources.

I know that people have done the math on this, however, I'm not quite sure how it honestly plays out in practice.  However, if you are indeed correct...it just means you cannot rely on a single source of food at all.  You have to utilize the various systems and continual resource acquiring to try survive as long as possible.  Seems pretty legitimate as a game design decision to me.

2 minutes ago, PrivateDonut said:

Can we get a confirmation on rather mealwood is suppose to drop seeds or is it a intended change? 

On the unofficial discord, Alia informed us that it was indeed an intentional change.  They were also the one who informed us that bristle blossoms would drop seeds when eaten to make them the renewable plant now.

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2 minutes ago, Ecu said:

On the unofficial discord, Alia informed us that it was indeed an intentional change.  They were also the one who informed us that bristle blossoms would drop seeds when eaten to make them the renewable plant now.

Yeah, I was pretty sure it was an intended change. It would have been nice if they included it in the change logs provided. I just started recently using mealwood, but I'm look into my other options of food sources again. 

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Finally got my colony to a full featured state and I noticed that the algae distillery pretty much never stops pumping out polluted water and was backing up everything else putting it out (haven't started moving water from the slime biome). So the fertilizer maker actually looks worthwhile to make, for the first time ever.

Also the gas vent UI bug is fixed, and very clearly showing how it was broken before; instantly overpressure for a second after exhausting a gas packet, which used to not remove the status icon after pressure dropped.

I'd say the current frustration is overloading the power grid, and breaking the water purifier by accidentally crossing pipes(and it took forever for me to notice).
 

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Even combining methods it doesn't really add up at all looking at more numbers from a few other people. Even if you did multiple recycling methods, it wouldn't be enough, although you might be able to keep a single colonist 'alive' via keeping him fed till the portal spits out another one, but that is a pretty silly way to play (and the point is having more then one colonist).

Also, while I don't know exactly how much fertiliser you get from letting food rot, unless you get many times more total mass in Kg of fertiliser then the mass of the food (You spend far more mass in fertiliser then you get back food; keep in mind a single food box only holds 150kg total so food weighs relatively little compared to other things), that wouldn't do anything at all; it would just be throwing away food. And if this actually does give more then you put in, well tbh I would call that a bug because it would make no sense at all.

Also, Bristle Blossoms gave seeds when eaten before this update; this wasn't a new change. Not that it really matters.

Also, you are correct that you could probably keep a small colony of 10 alive for quite a while, it would basically be done via burning an absurd amount of water per day, which bothers me on a realism level (obviously the Kg values are already massively inflated in this game, but burning literally 20+ tons of water a day to keep 5-10 people alive stretches my suspension of disbelief a little too far).

The other problem is even if you literally had infinite contaminated water via some method, you would still need to burn an absurd amount of pure water as well (from geysers I guess) to power hydrogen generators to power all those Fertiliser Makers you would need (as a Dupe can only do about half the power to power the ones he would need just to feed himself). Basically you would literally be using electrolysis just to generate hydrogen and treating oxygen as a waste product (you would probably condense/freeze it save space as you would be generating easily 10-20x the amount you could actually use, which btw would take even more power which would lower the efficiency and make you make even MORE electrolysers....) just to generate the required power. And then you would have to deal with all the heat from this. Which is just further into the realm of 'completely silly' tbh.

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8 minutes ago, Risu said:

Finally got my colony to a full featured state and I noticed that the algae distillery pretty much never stops pumping out polluted water and was backing up everything else putting it out (haven't started moving water from the slime biome). So the fertilizer maker actually looks worthwhile to make, for the first time ever.

Also the gas vent UI bug is fixed, and very clearly showing how it was broken before; instantly overpressure for a second after exhausting a gas packet, which used to not remove the status icon after pressure dropped.

I'd say the current frustration is overloading the power grid, and breaking the water purifier by accidentally crossing pipes(and it took forever for me to notice).
 

Do you feel that the distillery is bugged regarding the amount it dumps out?  Or does it seem balanced?  I've not used it at all in my playthroughs yet, so I'm not aware of the ratio of slime to water and how well that feels balanced.

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3 minutes ago, Ecu said:

Do you feel that the distillery is bugged regarding the amount it dumps out?  Or does it seem balanced?  I've not used it at all in my playthroughs yet, so I'm not aware of the ratio of slime to water and how well that feels balanced.

According to the code it's 300g of slime for 10kg of polluted water and 10kg of algae, which is insane.
 

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Yeah now that I double checked they did buff the distillery a LOT; looks like it's a ratio of 33 to 1 algae and polluted water from slime but that kind of doesn't seem intended (as it's creating an insane amount of mass from thin air; over 96% of the mass it generates is just poofed into existence, much like the Fertiliser Maker deletes about 98.5% of the mass fed into it, so I guess it almost evens out in a super broken way that makes no logical sense). Honestly I think they should just change the values on this/the Fertilizer Maker to something more reasonable at least for a start. Mass shouldn't be getting destroyed/created in such absurd ratios.

This does however make my suggestion above with mass Electrolysers powered by steam vents to generate the power needed for all this stuff far less of a joke and more of a serious idea, although it further jumps the power requirements (MORE electrolysers!) because you have to feel all these distilleries. And the cable networking you would need would be a nightmare to organise to not overload any of the circuits. And I don't think you can renew enough slime from pufts to actually make this sustainable, but it would at least work to let you live a very long time which might be 'good enough'.

Edit: So yeah I think I have the framework here for maybe not a 'renewable' base, but something that could sustain quite a few for a VERY long time, but it's a very unrealistic/inefficient method. Basically use the Distilleries to make an absurd amount of polluted water from slime, then steam it via magma (no other method seems to work now as everything just overheats at around 75C, coal plants and the new heaters included) or use the Fertiliser Maker to either make Dirt or Fertiliser, and then use Electrolysers powered by steam vents to make hydrogen to generate the absurd amount of power all this would require. And then get rid of the 90% waste oxygen via freezing. 

I can already imagine the massive rows of electrolysers and the spider web of cabling and pumping systems you would need for this monstrosity of a base concept.

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Just now, Risu said:

According to the code it's 300g of slime for 10kg of polluted water and 10kg of algae, which is insane.
 

That does seem rather extreme.  I wonder if that is intentional or a typo regarding the numbers.  I'm guessing a typo, but I'm not quite sure what it should actually be.  How long does it take to process?  Perhaps that is the reason for such high return?

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7 minutes ago, Ecu said:

That does seem rather extreme.  I wonder if that is intentional or a typo regarding the numbers.  I'm guessing a typo, but I'm not quite sure what it should actually be.  How long does it take to process?  Perhaps that is the reason for such high return?

100 seconds.... But they rewrote how this is handled, and it looks stupid. Hang on have to figure this out.

Okay so they schedule the mass conversion straight up as the conversion interval, then pass that as the delta time for the convert mass method which adds that to the accumulated time, which checks if it is less than the conversion interval, does nothing if it some how is, but if it is greater than or equal to the conversion interval it subtracts the conversion interval from the accumulated time and does a conversion.

Very roundabout way to handle this now. Suspect they are getting ready to use this somewhere else but not for its intended purpose.
 

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Just now, Risu said:

100 seconds.
 

Hrm.  So other than the obviously questionable mass input issues, that is only 100g water and 100g algae per second.  That's honestly not all that absurd of a rate of production.  It is just a bit weird that you get so much for so little slime.  That does indeed make puft abuse a whole lot more desirable for sure.

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