Czeraphine Posted February 25, 2017 Share Posted February 25, 2017 If you have a question, remember to tag me @Czeraphine 67 hours into this game, and I feel like I know sufficiently enough about this game's mechanics in its current state that I can answer almost any question. So, for the sake of starting a budding Alpha FAQ thread, ask me/the community and questions about the game and hopefully get a satisfying answer back! I will be updating the OP as questions pop up. Remember, there are no stupid questions, only stupid dupes. *Also, bonus points for coming up with a snazzy title for the thread (am very bad at naming things). Question: have you used gas / liquid valves much? What instances do you find them most useful Spoiler Yes, I've used them heavily to an extent. I use the gas valves when piping input into my hydrogen generator. Usually, it would go in large waves of 250g-500g when pumped in from the top of a hydrogen chamber. Using the gas valve to limit it down to 100g/s ensures that the hydrogen generator will always be performing at peak capacity. This is caused by a current bug that the hydrogen generator can only operate during the moment an input is placed on the hydrogen generator. It will not use up hydrogen stored unless there is some gas being piped into it. This is the cause of many hydrogen generators filling up with hydrogen. As for the liquid valves, I use them to limit the input piped into my electrolyzer. Currently, the liquid pump, pumps at approximately 10kg/pipe section. With the liquid valve, I can limit this down to 1kg/s to 2kg/s, the optimal water consumption of the electrolyzer. I've gone up to cycle 300 using only pure water (no converted contaminated water) using this method, and only a single electrolyzer. Question: I can understand a bug with he hydrogen generator, but why is it that the Electrolyzer lacks a lot of efficiency there? Is it a bug? Is there any way to know this optimal amount in-game? Spoiler The Electrolyzer lacks a certain efficiency since with 10kg/s of water being pumped into it, and the electrolyzer only using 1kg of water per second, a large chunk of water can just randomly disappear, leading to your water supply dwindling rather rapidly. This is where valves come in useful. Additionally, the optimal amount in-game is just a little bit more than the amount of water used by the Electrolyzer (essentially just keeping it topped off while minimizing water lost to where ever things enjoy disappearing to). Question: That's what I mean, is the water supply "disappearing into the void" a bug? Because if not, that's a bit weird...where does it go ._. Spoiler water "disappearing into the void" is pretty much a bug -the game is in Alpha after all c: It's analogous to airtight doors destroying the gas between them when they're closed, and a tile destroying any gas or liquid it is built over. Question: Conserved? What do you mena in this context? To me it seems like perhaps machines always input the same, constant about of fluid/gas, regardless of how quickly it uses it. Is that what you mean? Spoiler Well, I'll just give a few examples here as I think it's the best way to approach this question. Lets say you have a pump and a thermo cooler. If you pump gas from within a closed system, through the thermo cooler, back into the closed system, the output gas density is less than what was input into the system. Sometimes, water mysteriously vanishes without being converted when going through the Electrolyzer. The conversion rate of contaminated water to pure water when using the water purifier is nowhere near 100%. When digging undug tiles, you only recieve back half of that tile's mass. And, the list continues. Question: What is the resulting gas temperature change from a single thermo cooler? Spoiler The resulting gas temperature change a single pass through the thermo is approximately 10 degrees, with a linear change down to below absolute zero. Be warned though, reaching below absolute zero causes the game to crash. Additionally, you can find all of the detailed specs for the devices by looking at the info for when you're building said device. Question: About pipe line system, what the best between set one pump and one pipe for all machine. Or each pump and each pipe separate for each machine? Spoiler The answer here is somewhat subjective. However, generally, a single pump for all of your machines is enough, as long as you manage water/air flow well enough by using valves. Using too many pumps leads to too much power usage. Valves cost no additional energy. Question: How does gas flow? It seems like carbon dioxide floats to the bottom, but contaminated oxygen just seems to float around. It doesn't seem very efficient to have to put gas pumps through my whole facility to send it to that monster thing. Spoiler Gas, currently, flows in this order, from top to bottom: Hydrogen, Chlorine, Contaminated Oxygen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide. Contaminated Oxygen, however, is relatively close to Oxygen, so it seems like it just floats there all the time. An easy way to manage this would be to place air de-oxidizers in the source of the contaminated oxygen. Or, to pump it outside of your base via air filters. Question: Does Chlorine gas have any consequences? It seems similar to CO2 in that Dups can't breathe it, but they can hold their breath in it for short amounts of time without any ill effects. Does Chlorine gas act as a poison or cause any health effects to Dups, like it would in real life? Does Chlorine gas kill plants or corrode machines, or anything like that? Spoiler Chlorine, in its current state, does not act any more differently than CO2 or Hydrogen. It's just another gas you can't breath in. With that said, it does not cause much ill effect to your dupes, plants, or machines. Question: What do you think the best order of research is? Spoiler Farming Tech: food is really important. Gas Piping > Pressure Management: in order to isolate your base's oxygen atmosphere and prevent oxygen from running thin Power Regulation > Combustion: Preparing for the electrolyzer Liquid piping > percolation > Advanced filtration: you need all of these in order to run an efficient hydrogen generator and decent oxygen generation. fine dining: need to keep that food fresh. Decor - at this point, increasing decor is good as your dupes will have higher decor expectations Temperature modulation - maybe you messed up and need to keep your plants cool insulation: this is useless. Sanitation and medbay.. pretty useless as well. Sanitation may be good only for the deoxidizer and manual air lock Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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