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Off Topic / Re: price is to high?
« on: September 21, 2018, 08:15:08 AM »
The game is just 20 bucks which is already pretty cheap compared to the average price you pay for games these days.

General Discussion / Re: Screen Shot Saturday: Small Improvements System
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:52:12 AM »
This is a good place for micro-transactions
Ah, yes. The famous "pay to not play the game" mechanic. Every game needs one of those these days.

It really gives players a sense of pride and accomplishement...

General Discussion / Re: Screen Shot Saturday: Small Improvements System
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:41:39 AM »
Eeh, I'm usually not a fan of those "upgrading for the sake of upgrading" systems.
They usually just end in a stupid grind that is either meaningless or detrimental to the game as a whole.

Also Formica rufa ants already are a balancing issue due to not having to physically engage the enemy which allows for MUCH more ants to attack the enemy than close combat ants ever could. Increased range has the potential to make them even more broken overpowered than they already are.

General Discussion / Re: August 2018 Newsletter
« on: September 10, 2018, 06:54:14 PM »
Looking forward to it =)

Off Topic / Re: Ant Keepers United
« on: September 10, 2018, 06:52:04 PM »
Click us, we are album links!

New outworlds: <- album link

New expanded ant setup: <- album link

Colony pictures: <- album link

Off Topic / Re: Ant Keepers United
« on: September 04, 2018, 05:48:34 PM »
I guess your queen is either Lasius flavus or Lasius umbratus/Lasius claviger, depending on the size of the head. She could also be Prenolepis imparis or a Nylanderia species, depending on your location. Those all look very similar.
If you post pics I may be able to identify her.

byFormica - you can buy them on amazon (at least in most countries) or on antkeepingdepot.

You just need a feeder that could work like an aphid farm. This is the one I use for my own ants:

There are already food sources in the game that are essentially infinite.
- Aphid spots frequently produce honeydew drops (and even aphids if some got lost).
- Poppy seed plants frequently throw down seeds.
- Critter waves frequently spawn (especially during night).

Effectively the ONLY levels that do not have regenerating food sources are the levels without surface parts (1.1 and 1.2), and even fixing that would be super easy by just placing down some root aphids somewhere in the underground (but then you should finish those levels before running out of food on the map anyway).

For an upkeep system to really work though you'd need to separate food into sugars and protein food (this doesn't mean that insects have to give ONLY protein, they obviously give a small amount of sugars/carbohydrates as well).

Sugars are mostly used for ant upkeep and protein food is the stuff you need to build new ants (just like with real ants) - different ant species can even be individualized by the ratio of food they need (for example Camponotus ligniperda is exceptionally sugar-based consuming tons of honeydew but relatively few insects, while Camponotus vagus consumes an outstanding amount of insects but far less sugary liquids than most other ants).

An obvious exception from this are leafcutter ants which get both food types from cutting leaves (the workers get carbohydrates from plant sap they drink while cutting leaves and the brood eats the fungus that gets cultivated on the cut leaves) which would further promote their unique playstyle.

Army ants might also compleltely ignore sugars in favor of protein food (even for their upkeep) which would give them a very very aggressive playstyle (and require ereptor players to kill a ton of critters or other ants if they want to raise and maintain a high number of army units).

Did the scientist guy just stab his supervisor?

That food gathering animation is awesome, also I LOVE that dysharmonic music.

General Discussion / Re: Freeplay High Score - 4.9 Million
« on: July 30, 2018, 02:51:19 PM »
Well, at a certain point Freeplay becomes just a game of patience (because 0.5 FPS) and praying your PC doesn't catch fire.

Suggestions & Feedback / Re: mushroom farming
« on: July 16, 2018, 08:44:28 AM »
Can we start a Formicarium with a pure Atta colony instead then? This should be easily doable, right? (And yes, I know the dialogue probably woudn't fit because they're talking of ereptors but honestly I don't think most people would care about that)

General Discussion / Re: Screen Shot Saturday - A Minor Issue
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:51:04 PM »
I would love to have a species of ant who would have many tiny soldiers in one nursery

General Discussion / Re: Screen Shot Saturday - A Minor Issue
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:56:29 PM »
Atta soldiers aren't just tanks. They can cut any other ant in half easily, even for a human it's a very unpleasant experience to get bitten by one of those.

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