There’s another topic for building components but I think a more general request is called for. I didn’t see this elsewhere but it is hard to search on. Apologies if this is a dup.
Anyway, ALL crafting recipes should provide live feedback for the current inventory of components in that recipe. For example, a recipe needing wood could have:
to show 1 is needed and 14 are available. An extension to this would be an indication of the maximum number of product that could be crafted based on the available ingredients and a warning if you ask for more than can be made right now (could just be color change in the number entered). This feature could become arbitrarily complicated through the chaining of a production queue (I’m making thread, which will then be made into cloth, which will then…) but just the basic feedback as above would be a huge help for usability.
Something like this is pretty fundamental to a good crafting UI.
As well as the number of each ingredient in stock, a readout of the number of the object being crafted would be useful as well. So the luxury bed screen would show that you need beds and cloth, and would tell you how many beds, how many cloth and how many luxury beds you currently have.
So every time I want to build anything, I have to check the towns overview first? Come on, that’s silly.
Every time I want to get my blacksmith doing stuff it’s a hassle. I have to go to the overview, and then remember that I have the materials for 3 steel, 2 copper, 5 tin, 2 gold and 4 silver. Close that, go back into blacksmith. Start queueing up. Now, was it 5 tin or 4? And was it four gold and two silver… or, uh, one gold and, uh… four steel, or…? Shit, time to go back into the overview.
Yep, it’s a hassle. It’s not a biggie because “Alpha”, but it is certainly a needed feature.
Given I have the A11 random disappearing controls bug and there seem to be issues with flying into ‘starry night’ while moving view and blocks lying about unharvested, I think I will wait for stable A12. I’m not sure the codebase is converging yet. Good to know crafting mechanics will be improved though.