RocketManChronicles wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:55 pm
bobingabout wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:32 am
Base game replaces the pickaxe with a technology called "Steel pickaxe" or something like that, which increases hand mining speed.
Bob's mining adds several tiers to this research to produce speeds on par with the old diamond pickaxe.
I used to go straight for the diamond pickaxe through the gem processing long before ever unlocking some of the others like titanium and tungsten. Will this no longer be possible? As in the new pickaxe techs are linear, where they have a requirement of researching the tech to produce the material (i.e. Titanium processing is needed for the titanium "pickaxe" crafting speed; and then tungsten requires the titanium pickaxe and tungsten processing)? Or can it be non-linear, where a diamond pickaxe mining speed can be researched with gem processing technologies and not requiring tungsten pickaxe mining speed as a pre-requisite?
Current implementation is simply just...
Steel pickaxe -> Steel pickaxe 2 -> Steel pickaxe 3 -> Steel Pickaxe 4 and maybe a 5, I forgot, each tier requires an additional type of science pack, so it wouldn't be too hard to get to 2 off the bat. The first tier may require steel as a requirement.
It doesn't have to remain this way, it was mainly just a "This is the new method now, lets just add more tiers."
One possible solution would be to just add a branch to Titanium processing "Titanium Pickaxe", with no other requirements. Like many other technologies, the unlock is simply a +mining speed, and they all add together, so it doesn't really matter what order you research them in, but they're not all buffing by the same, so you'd notice a difference if you research diamond pickaxe last, but probably wouldn't if you researched steel pickaxe last.
At the moment though, there is no plan to do anything else with this.