Mimicking the concerns here:
I think I speak for most ‘veteran’ players who have hundreds of hours in this game, that if you force this thrall feeding system on us in the current state, we will simply quit (if they haven’t already).
A couple things:
This is a tedious mechanic that adds nothing to the game. Anyone with 10+ thralls is going to have to spend a few hours every day grinding food just to keep them alive. Who is the slave in this situation?? Not fun.
Thrall AI is STILL BUGGED. This is a frankly insulting that the priorities are to push some new grindy system rather than fix the existing one, and is a huge disservice to existing players.
How to make it better:
The only way I could see this system making sense is in the context of a larger system where thralls are able to gather resources autonomously. For an example, look to Kenshi. In that game, you can set up thrall farms and cooks and they will produce their own food and keep themselves fed. A system like this wouldn’t force players to needlessly grind to upkeep their thralls, and would even be fun/satisfying.
Scrap it entirely and simply add a 6 day decay timer to them like anything else…
I really like this game but it’s been on life support to me lately. More than half my friends have quit due to the AI bugs and I’ve been keeping my base from decaying by logging in once every 6 days until it gets fixed.
But if this gets added… I’m not even going to bother. Add your thoughts guys, or we might actually be seeing this dumpster fire of a change going live.