Well folks, one of the greatest stonehearth conspiracies to date has finally surfaces. Welcome to the Potato Conundrum, a staggering concept backed up by many sources, and disproved by many others.
In dev stream #83 the question was raised, will potatoes be added to the game. The answer was shocking, Yang (who was conducting that particular stream) said “According to Stephanie: with the age that the game is built in, there actually weren’t potatoes”
Instantly the great minds of the community were working at full steam. What could this mean? The first thing that was done was a full historical check on potatoes.
Solanum tuberosum L. or potatoes originated in the Americas and were later transported to Europe and Asia. This would mean that Stonehearth takes place in the pre-Americas period. A fascinating discovery. But then a problem arose namely corn and pumpkins. The Potato Conundrum has been born.
From that point on the great minds of the community worked at full speed, digging through every possible reference to potatoes, corn, pumpkins, and other time period related material. They even went as far as to as direct questions on future dev streams.
While this frantic search of information was underway a theory revealed itself. Maybe there would be a second stage of exploration in Stonehearth. When you crossed a particularly large ocean you would find the new world, a world with new resources, new opportunities and more. One of the things you would find in the new world would be potatoes. This theory is well supported.
With the biome update immanent we would be seeing oceans and other landmasses, as well as cold climates. potatoes would be the perfect food source for these regions. It would mean that surviving in these frozen lands would not be initially possible.
It would also greatly increase the amount of game-play time a player could expect.
And perhaps the most convincing of all was @Tom’s statement on dev stream #85
"Potatoes will be added later on, I can certainly say that. I’m not sure what your fascination with potatoes is, it is a forlorn love, the love of potatoes." (this is isn’t an exact quote, but it is a paraphrase.)
The way he worded this indeed sounds like potatoes would be a late game discovery.
Then just when the great minds of the community had the proof they needed to make a substantial argument, @sdee happened.
In the latest dev stream #86 Stephanie said two very important things the first one seemed to be the final proof we needed for the Potato Conundrum
“No the hearthlings are, in my perspective, live in about the 1300.” She said in response to the following question “@stonehearth Have the hearthlings gone through the civil rights movement yet?”
And just when we seemed in sight of victory she responded to another direct question “@stonehearth will potatoes be added?”
“that’s an interesting question, there’s no reason for there not to be potatoes, but there is no clear and pressing need for there to be potatoes specifically, maybe they’ll be a cold food.”
After all that…Stephanie absolutely smashed the Potato Conundrum in that simple line.