Based on the recent discussions:

Sharlindra:So say we consume 0.7 OVE/day:

theory a) (which I thought you had confirmed in the past, but I might misremember and there are people adamant that this is wrong) you consume 1 OVE every 34 hours

theory b) consumption is always 24 hours apart, once day you consume 1 OVE, another day 0 and it cycles so it adds up to 0.7 in the long [term], keeping track of invisible fractions in buffer or something

Molp:If I remember correctly, after all this is 4+ years old code written by martin, it works like you described in theory a)

Hevlikn:The reason [FIO users] question this, is due to gathering data that would suggest the 24h consumption ticks; this is more obvious in high-consumption mats, (eg. DW/RAT), where a discrete amount is consumed regularly, with the excess stacking up until it satisfies the fraction.

A further related, question, is whether or not consumption âticks,â are per-material, per-workforce, per-building or base-wide; perhaps the reason we think it is 24h is that the consumption is some Lowest-common multiple that

happensto align daily close enough to daily to be confusing.

Additionally, your model doesnât match expected behaviour; if indeed it is time-adjusted based on consumption, to satisfy whole units, you would expect high-volume consumables (eg. DW/RAT) to consume at sub-day intervals, ( 1 every 2 hours for a 12/day rate). This is quite obviously not the case, so is there a minimum time period? How does that work with improper fractions (

`11+(7/10)`

/day for example)?

Molp:There is is a minimum interval of 24 hours and consumption is calculated for each consumable separately

We have a ticket in the backlog for ages now where we want to improve the consumption of consumables and make it more transparent.

I know it is a pain to only being roughly able to estimate how much consumables are needed, especially for new players that donât have the cash to buy larger stockpiles.

So, letâs discuss:

Is there a better way to communicate this to new users?

Is it preferable to have regular consumption or regular times?

NB: not a discussion on game balance.