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Food-storage size calculation

The size of the food-storage (i.e. the amount of food needed to completely fill it once), depends on the population count. The larger the population count the more food it will take to fill the food-storage the next time. In other words, the more population, the slower the planet will grow.

Actually to be more precise, it is not the current population count of the planet that defines the size of the food-storage, but it is the average population count over the last 8 turns. Also, should the planet have grown by more than two citizens in the meantime, then those past population-counts are not accounted for in the average population-count calculation.

The calculation of the average population count is displayed when hovering the mouse over the food-storage.

The formula

Here it is:

Food-Storage-Size = ((Average-Population-Count - 1) ^ 1.5) * 40 + 40

First of all, it takes the average population count, and rounds it up to the next integer number. This is done to achieve a certain effect. If you have a planet that has a population-count of 5 for several turns already, and it grows to 6, we want the food-storage size to grow right there as well. If we would not round up, your planet would grow to 6, and the food-storage size would stay the same. Then a few turns later it would all of a sudden grow to a larger size. That would look odd. In order to avoid that, the average population count gets rounded up. That’s the value displayed in the tooltip.

Now that we got all the rounding stuff behind us, here’s what the formula actually does: Say the (already rounded) average population count would be 6. First of all 1 is subtracted from it, that leaves 5. Now, 5 is taken to the power of 1.5, which equals to 11.18. This number is always rounded down to the next lowest integer. So we take 11, multiply that by 40 and add another 40 to it. The result is 480.

That means, for a population count of 6, the food-storage size will be set to 480.

The table

If that doesn’t make much sense to you, it is probably easier to have a look at a table, cause that’s what it comes down to.

Pop-CountStorage-Size Pop-CountStorage-Size Pop-CountStorage-Size Pop-CountStorage-Size Pop-CountStorage-Size Pop-CountStorage-Size
1 40 13 1680 25 4720 38 9040 50 13760 62 19080
2 80 14 1880 26 5040 39 9400 51 14160 63 19560
3 120 15 2120 27 5320 40 9760 52 14600 64 20040
4 240 16 2360 28 5640 41 10120 53 15000 65 20520
5 360 17 2600 29 5960 42 10520 54 15440 66 21000
6 480 18 2840 30 6280 43 10920 55 15880 67 21480
7 600 19 3080 31 6600 44 11280 56 16320 68 21960
8 760 20 3320 32 6920 45 11680 57 16800 69 22440
9 920 21 3600 33 7280 46 12080 58 17240 70 22960
10 1120 22 3880 34 7600 47 12480 59 17680 71 23440
11 1280 23 4160 35 7960 48 12920 60 18160 72 23960
12 1480 24 4440 37 8680 49 13320 61 18600 73 24440

Some background information

Originally the food-storage size was directly linked to the current population count. However, that opened a nasty loophole that allowed one to shuffle large amounts of citizens around, while growing your planet at a unrealistic pace. All you had to do was move most of your citizens into the stationed military box one tick before the planet would grow, and move them back again after the growth. We considered that unfair.

In order to prevent that we introduced the idea with the average population count. As a result, the food-storage size will adapt to your population-count within the next few turns. But it will not adapt the very next turn.

 
manual\food-storage-size-calculation.txt · Last modified: 2016/11/08 07:17 by uncountednose
 
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