Unearthed #8: Farms

Hello fellow Industrialists and welcome to another exciting installment of Unearthed! When last we met, we talked about Factories and how they have evolved. As promised, this time we will be discussing Farms.

Farms are gatherer buildings, but a they are a bit unique. They didn’t make it into the Tech Demo, but they will definitely be in the Alpha, so let’s take a look at them now.

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Crop Farms

What’s a Farm?

A farm is a group of gatherer buildings that produce food and other goods. Each farm will have a hub that will receive all of the food coming in from the fields. Each field will produce goods that will flow into the hub for distribution.

In the early alpha release of Project Automata, farms will be split into the following three categories, each producing different things.

  • Orchards – apples, oranges, grapes, etc.
  • Crop Farms – wheat, hops, cotton, etc.
  • Livestock Farms – eggs, milk, meat, etc.    

 

Each of these commodities will be produced in a field and transported to the hub automatically. They can then be shipped from the farm hub directly to a town or city for quick cash or to a factory to be processed into more advanced goods.

Here are a few examples of the types of advanced goods that can be produced with goods from farms:

  • Food Factory
    • Meat from a Livestock Farm – Produces Hamburger
    • Wheat from a Crops Farm and Milk from a Livestock Farm – Produces Pies and Cakes
  • Brewery & Distillery
    • Grapes from an Orchard Farm and Bottles from a Glassworks & Smelter – Produces Wine
    • Hops from a Crop Farm and Bottles from a Glassworks & Smelter – Produces Beer

 

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Livestock Farms

Some farms will produce more than just foodstuffs. For example, Livestock Farms may also produce leather or wool that can be sold directly or processed into textiles and other goods.

How Do I Use Them?

Unlike other gatherer buildings, farms don’t have to be located near a specific resource, but they do need to be placed on grasslands. Once you have chosen a spot for your farm you can place the hub. Then you can place the fields around the hub and choose which goods they will produce.

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Orchard Farms

Like Factories, Farms need resources in order to operate. Some only require water while others, like the Livestock Farm, require water and wheat. In order to get these resources to the farms all you need to do is make sure it has a road connection to the resource provider.

Once the farm is connected and receiving resources, it will begin to produce. Then all you have to do is click on the hub and tell it where you would like the various goods to be shipped. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Next Time…

Factories and Farms are essential to building your industrial empire, but without the consumers they wouldn’t be worth much. In the next Unearthed we will talk about Towns and the role they play in game.

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