Here's where we have to differ on opinion. I think simply dealing with fluids is enough of a change. You do not. Others do not as well, and some have quit playing over it. Who knows how many quit playing over the way it was. I suspect if it wasn't for YouTube, I'd have been one of them. I also suspect Wube has better data on that than any of us.Preserteo wrote: ↑Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:34 amA player accustomed to playing games like the ones mentioned will now find that yes, there is a new material, oil, to see what I do with it. But you don't have to do anything you haven't done so far!
I replace the ore extractor with the pumpjack, replace the conveyor belt with a pipe, and the oven with a refinery that gives me a product (gas). He has no emotion at all !!!
Basically my view is that adding oil and petroleum (not to mention pipes, pumps, chemical plants, sulfur, acid, batteries, and the infrastructure around all that) adds a lot to the game, enough to entertain a new player long enough to get to Advanced Oil Processing and likely long after. Your view is that all that I mentioned is just like everything that came before. I don't see how we're going to agree on that.
I wish I had a window into a parallel Earth where Wube started oil this way and tried to change it to the way it used to be here. I wonder how many people would complain that they're dumbing it down because they're giving you oil "for free" without even having to research AOP.