When you have a lot of workers and mining to do, a few of them will do the job and the rest will just sit around.
Steps to reproduce:
- Have a lot of workers (5+) with nothing else to do.
- Select an area to mine.
- Watch as many of them will just sit around even though they should be working!
All the workers would start mining. Not only some of them.
There seems to be a limit on how many of them can mine at a time, it seems like they want to avoid kicking up too much dust so they don’t get lung disease or something.
The more mining zones I have, the more decide to go. I have experienced this problem on all my saves, although to varying degrees. On this particular save, only 4 are working, but on another (larger) town 8/12 workers where working.
I do realize that it takes them a moment for them to update, but I have been watching them sit and wait there for a few minutes. They go to bed, eat, etc and keep a steady 3 or 4 guys in the mine but never more than that. Once they finished the mining zone in the picture, they didn’t go on to the next one until I placed another mining zone inside the one already there, which I thought did nothing, but apparently it prompted the 4 guys to continue working. I’m not sure if this is intentional (to actually prevent lung disease, of course) but it seems counter-intuitive.
Version Number and Mods in use:
Alpha 20 with no mods
64 bit Windows 10 Enterprise, AMD FX 3.8 gz quad core processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, Nvidia GTX 760 graphics card.