I think thralls are still going to be my premium defence force, because
They can hunt food for themselves.
They can be geared to be OP.
Pets on the other hand are more novelty items, that are more useful in a pen, producing resources, then out there defending stuff.
And when they say “feeding pets” I think they mean… Having pets inside pens, using food AS FUEL to produce whatever it is they produce… Without food they aren’t gonna starve. They’ll just sit there, idle.
So I have to have some sort of cooking station outside my main gate so my thralls will live, and still defend my base…
Oh and one lone griefer could sit outside thrall range while I sleep, snipe that cooking station and basically hurt all nearby thralls for no risk?
This doesn’t seem like a fun experience or game play. Why force food on people just to create an alternate solution to an existing bug (floating thralls)? I’d rather they fix why the thralls float in the first place.
My base was purged by spiders on my single player game. This included a visit by a boss insect hive queen. It was a hard fight. Given how many spiders and a boss came in for the attack, i would need a sizable thrall force for my base to live if this had occured while I was offline on a official server. Add in that I would need sizable thrall forces on the 3 attackable sides of my base, and just to avoid or limit purge damage I would have to spend far too much time babysitting thralls just to survive purges.
Now in addition to this, you want to add a programming call that will have to check every thrall every say 15 minutes to check their hunger status and you are adding a sizable load to the server.
This seems like more work than it is worth. If you are so desperate to limit thralls, why not create a hard cap limit? Ensure it’s balanced against purges well, and thrall spam would be solves. Plus it would give people morw incentive to upgrade to the best named thralls. Adding food, though, still seems like more hassle than help.
How mutch trauma do you think thralls get after the wheel that you think thralls are that brain dead they need to be hand fed?
They are slaves you break them not raise them just because you don’t see an eating animation doesn’t mean they don’t eat.
Some things need to be left to the imagination not every thing needs to be explained you want to feed them what about sleep do all thralls need beds what about the toilet did you forget that necessity?
When you eat do you see an eating animation no! the same goes for them.
They are probably eating when your not around
You are not babysitting and watching them 24 7 the moment you leave they raid your food box or pantry and leave putrid meat because we all know food don’t Rott that fast or maybe they are cooking up some gruel in one of the many fire pits or stove your not using nicking fibre and seeds from outside
As for the pets the only ones that I believe Need to be fed are the ones in the taming pen wich would make more sense because they have no other way to get food. If I need to give my pets treats for a hard days work looking after things while I’m away and picking up my thralls slack then good they deserve it.
If you keep overthinking everything you will never enjoy the the game if you whant to limit the amount of thralls owned by other tribes ask for a thrall limit cap.
What you are asking for is pointless micromanaging.
Pets will probably be op so feeding them will keep the numbers down why add more work to useless thralls.
Besides how we’re you guys planing on feeding worker thralls that don’t leave thier stations.
“Think of it as a decay system for pets and thralls. It will help remove pets and thralls that have been abandoned by players, reducing stress on the server databases.”
“You feed pets and thralls by putting food into their inventory, but there will also be special Feed Boxes and Thrall Pots that you can use to distribute food to them automatically. Any food will work as pet food and thrall food.”
If the feed boxes and thrall pots have a range, I will commit Seppukku.
I got wheel outposts all over the world, which I have a garrison of 2 thralls defending on each…
URGGGHHHH it’s ARK all over again, this time without a wyvern to transport the meat with.
Ah well. Small inconvenience for greater gains.
Not like I don’t have to go around these outposts anyway to refresh the timers and put food into the wheels on a “Volcano Thrall capping” patrol. At least I can use the excess food for something good…
Those thralls better not eat like pregnant women tho.
And there better be a “grace period” before a thrall starts to starve.
Imagine logging in after patch and pooof…all the danm thralls starved.