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Developer Blog: Work Parties
Posted on March 17th, 2020 05:24 AM EST
Today I want to debut our latest update on what’s coming for 9.0, with one of the new features I’m most excited about: Work Parties: Work Parties.
- New Government system: Constitution
- New Government system: Elections and Elected Titles
- New Government system: Demographics and Wages
- New Government system: Laws Part 1: Using the system
- New Government system: Laws Part 2: Taxes, Ownership, Property, and Wealth
- New Government system: Laws Part 3: Tour of different actions, and Executive Actions
- New Government system: Districts
- New Crafting: Work Parties (This blog)
- New Crafting: Labor System
- New Crafting: Modules and Efficiency Redesign
- New Crafting: New Tech Tree
- New Building System: Hammer and new Building Styles
- New Mining System: Mineral Dispersion and Drill Usage
- New Mining System: New Processing Path and Pollution Info
- New Animal System: Attacking Animals
- New Ecopedia System
- New UI
- New Audio
- New Hosted Worlds System
Let’s take a look at how they work.
- A work party can accept any number of workers, paying based on how much they contribute.
- Payment can take many forms.
- ‘Research’ (crafting skill books) has special support to share the gained knowledge.
Here on the Work Party you can see clearly everything in three sections: the laborers attached to the party (currently just me), the work to be done, and the payment that will be given.
Before posting you can customize this if you want. Because I checked the setting ‘expand slots when full’, extra open slots will become available as people join. We can also make slots for a limited group if that’s preferred. Let’s make a special slot for workers who have the mining skill, since that’s needed to perform the labor:
This restriction could be anything: members of a demographic, holders of a title, non-admins, people who have chopped 5 trees in the last week, whatever. It uses the same logic system we created for laws, so there’s tons of flexibility there to design who can join your team.
Down in the payment section, it defaults to 100 of my currency, and 10 reputation from me. We can have other types of payment too:
Payment can grant a title to a user upon performing some percentage of work, or grant knowledge as well.
Granting knowledge is especially useful, as a citizen can setup a project to create a skillbook and then get contributions from the whole village, and when the skillbook is complete they will automatically receive the knowledge.
Note that you can grant knowledge of either a skillbook in your possession, or a skillbook that is being crafted. This can become a really powerful work-for-knowledge tradeoff that will let newer players work for older players in a meaningful exchange.
Once set, you can post the work order, locking its settings into place. Any work party you’ve joined will show on the right side of the screen in a pull out menu:
This gives a quick reference as to the work left to be done and who the other laborers are. A world marker is also created in game showing what you need to do:
If another player comes along they can see this work party in the economy viewer, and if they travel to the contract board join the team, even if I’m not online.
Being part of the work party, they’ll get special access to contribute to the project even if they don’t have permissions on the object:
Then as they contribute to the work party, it will increase their percentage worked:
Notice the weights along the right, this lets you designate some jobs as more important than others and give them higher rate of pay.
Once all the work items are satisfied, payment is disbursed based on how much work each person did:
Here Dennis did 100% of the work so he gets 100% of the rewards. Nice job Dennis. You can also configure it to pay as-you-work, instead of a lump sum at the end.
And now I’ve got some nice Geology Research Papers to enjoy, waiting for me when I come back:
Work Parties can also work quite well with the government system, allowing for government contractors. Say a village has collected a lot of money in taxes, and wants to put it to good use. They can create work parties that pay out of the town coffers to fund research that will benefit all citizens, and citizens from around the globe (inside the town and out) will be drawn to help contribute by the prize.
This is the first iteration of Work Parties, and we’re planning to expand it to many other types of work: building roads, farming, constructing houses, mining, and basically everything else you could want to hire people for in your world.
Thanks to our community playtesters who have been putting this through the ringer and looking forward to seeing what kinds of cool projects your citizens and governments will fund. I’ll give a live stream demo of this on Tuesday, drop by our Discord to get details if you’d like to watch.
Cheers and as always thanks for the support from our awesome community, one of the most positive and helpful communities I’ve seen in an online game! Keep the feedback coming and thanks for your support.
- John K, Eco Designer, CEO Strange Loop Games