It seems in order for my hearthlings to start placing windows and doors into my own designed buildings, I am forced to Pause Construction… at that point the hearthlings, who moments ago, were lazing about the camp fire are now jumping up and hopping to. Scaffolding comes down, windows and doors go up…
As long as you don’t have any “engine error” or “UI error” message, it’s not a bug.
Pause/Unpause the building may change something to the building construction. I used this method to unstuck the building construction but now it seems stable.
It’s an issue they’re working on but there’s no single fixed solution. It gets referred to as the “idle hearthlings” bug and a few months ago it would permanently shut down my whole fort as soon as I had more than ten hearthlings. They spent the past month working on optimization and now I can go up to 20 hearthlings and only have momentary pauses on big projects.
The long term fix is just further code optimization and/or everyone gets faster computers. I’m sure they’ll keep working on it.
Thanks, that was a good read. So, I don’t get so much the ‘Idle’ hearthling. My hearthlings continue to eat sleep, they will do other work if I assign it, but due to the fact they can no longer continue building, mostly sit around the campfire or help the farmers out (I think, they could just be eating lol).
Yup. I could be wrong, but I think what you’re seeing is what the “idle” hearthling bug is now, after all the fixes they’ve put in – basically, if you’re running in fast mode, sometimes the game runs ahead of the AI calculations, and some of your hearthlings can’t figure out what to do and go into “idle,” and that defaults to hanging out around the campfire. If you pause it (or run the game at a slower pace) they have time to figure out what to do.
I do know that they changed how Hearthling build, by having them place the doors and windows last. Pausing the building will let them put in doors and windows that are ready to be placed. In your case it may have been an issues where they did not receive a building completion notice.
I have seen this behavior when running at x2 speed, so I just keep an eye on the camp fire, kind of like its a job posting board (lol)
Bugs, optimization problems, just whatever.
Every single problem should be posted, so the type of the problem doesn’t matter anyway
As long as the problem can be solved there’s no reason to think of its type
If you save the building you’re trying to build as a template, and then plop it down in a fresh world with all the required supplies (cheat if necessary), does it build? If it does not build, and everyone is standing around staring, it’s possible that the hearthlings cannot figure out HOW to build it. In this case, head over to this thread and post your template: [A14/A15] The buildings my hearthling will not build Thread
If they can build the building in a fresh world, but not in THIS one, then it may be a memory/gamestate/performance problem. In that case, make a new bug and upload your save.