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Automatons are very large autonomous, steam-powered robots with four long, thin legs. These automatons are capable of staffing most buildings, and will maintain themselves without player intervention once they've been given orders to "man" a building, returning to either the Generator or the nearest Steam Hub every so often in order to refuel. Unlike people, they can work at all hours and are indifferent to the temperature, but the building they are operating only runs at 60% efficiency. However, this efficiency can be increased to up to 100% across 3 technologies and a series of events, plus research bonuses to the building type.
Description[edit | edit source]
Giant, quadruped, steam-powered behemoths of steel and gears with fiery Steam Cores for a beating heart, the automatons were the pinnacle of human engineering before the Great Winter and an unimaginable boon for your City that can be used to improve the economy and to ease the burden of hard labor from your wearied citizens. They’re an example of pragmatic and authentic steampunk technology, used to endure cold and ensure humanity’s chances of survival.
Acquiring[edit | edit source]
While additional automatons can be built at a factory by engineers for a hundred wood, a hundred steel, fifty coal, and a steam core each, there are some events in the game that provide a free Automaton.
In the 'A New Home' scenario you can acquire a single automaton after the Steel Bridge scouting mission, you have option to disassemble the automaton for resources or program it to return to the city.
In 'The Arks' scenario, you start with an automaton and you can acquire an additional automaton after the Broken Automaton scouting mission, in which your scouts find a broken automaton and repair it before sending it back to the city.
Advantages[edit | edit source]
- Automatons will work at all hours and all conditions, only stopping due to specific and rare events.
- They can be sent to harvest resources far from the town without forcing you to heat the area, although a road connection is still required.
- If you get the Engineer Automatons upgrade, they can be used to keep Workshops running day and night, so that you're always making research progress.
- They can be used in place of emergency shifts to avoid raising discontent.
Disadvantages[edit | edit source]
- Automatons will almost always have lower efficiency in their workplace compared to people.
- Their efficiency is not affected by Shrines or agitators, but they are affected by a foreman or engineer helpers.
- Building automatons depletes precious steam cores, reducing the number available with which to build more technologically advanced buildings.
Additional notes[edit | edit source]
- An automaton's movement appears to be completely cosmetic, and the building they are assigned to will begin producing almost as soon as they are assigned to it, even if it takes them several in-game hours to actually arrive there. This is also true of the automaton leaving their building to refuel at the nearest steam hub. However, if they are in the process of refueling while being switched between buildings, the new building will not begin producing until they refuel.
- Automatons may be scrapped for resources, including a steam core, useful when labour is plentiful and a steam core is required elsewhere.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
It unclear when or by whom these machines were invented, but it is clear that it was sometime before the Great Winter enveloped the Earth.
Our best guess is that Frostpunk’s timeline diverged from our timeline at a much earlier date: 1822. In 1822, the English mathematician Charles Babbage conceived of a steam-driven calculating machine that would be able to compute tables of numbers. The project, funded by the English government, was a failure in our timeline, but in the world of Frostpunk, Babbage succeed in building the world's first computer. Jump forward to 1886, and through the combination of complex clockwork mechanisms, advanced difference/analytical engines and powerful steam-powered actuators known as steam cores, these metal behemoths were born.