Getting Started Guide

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Getting Started Guide

Postby cliffski » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Here is a VERY quick and rough description to getting started in the game...

Basic Layout:
You need to place a bunch of 'slots' down to do the work of building a car, in a FIXED order. You connect the output of one slot to the input of the next slot by clicking and dragging the conveyor belt between them
The order of the slots is:

  • Chassis
  • Body
  • Paint
  • Engine
  • Accessories
  • QA
  • Export
You can have multiple lines, and branch/converge lines as much as you like. Eventually new slots, such as electronics, or aircon, may be unlocked, and they also have to be placed in the same relative position as they appear in the slot picker window.

Resources
No slot will do anything unless it has the right resources. At the start of the game, you will need to import almost everything. To do this you must place down resources importers on one or more of the available input sockets, and connect them to the stockpiles of each slot using the resource conveyor. The correct resources will then be imported and carried to their destinations automatically.

Research
You can place down research facilities anywhere on the map. When you have one or more, you can use the research screen to research new car features, new production line slots, and other capabilities.

Expanding the line
One of the most likely early research targets will be specializing your production. This unlocks extra slots, allowing you to break down something slow like building the chassis, into a bunch of quicker, shorter steps, making for a much more efficient production line. Once you research a step like this, you may wish to destroy parts of the old line and re-route things. Note that the slots are always listed in the slot picker in the order that these tasks must be carried out.

Expanding the factory
Once you research factory expansion you can simply click on one of the nearby factory lots to expand production directly into this factory space. Factories are rented, not bought outright, meaning that you need to keep an eye on the size of the factory along with the rent per tile that it charges.

Losing
If you run out of money...you lose. Don't get too ambitious with your expansion!

Selling Cars
Each combination of features on a car is a separate car design for you to sell (and name). The game will give you a rough guess of what you could charge for the car, but you are free to sell at a discount or a premium. premium priced cars will take longer to sell, whereas heavily discounted cars will sell very quickly. As you increase the output rate of cars, you will thus have to adjust your pricing downwards to avoid having too many sat in the showroom unsold.

Efficiency
In a perfect world, a car moves seamlessly from the first second of construction to the export slot without ever pausing, and always being worked on. This is almost impossible, but when it happens, the icon on that car (as you zoom out) will be green. Yellow icons mean a car is delayed, and red means its actively prevented from progressing. Aim to have a nice flowing efficient factory with zero bottlenecks.

Good luck with that :D
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Re: Getting Started Guide

Postby dontpanic » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:17 pm

Well, as it is open to write for everyone, here are some things I found out about way too late:

Keys:
R - rotate object
SHIFT + right click - remove Object, prefer conveyors
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Re: Getting Started Guide

Postby shanedampreid2016 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:02 pm

Hi guys im stuck if i wanna make steel sheets or servos then when i put them in the factory i get a message saying no room in export
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Re: Getting Started Guide

Postby nutbarz » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:40 pm

shanedampreid2016 wrote:Hi guys im stuck if i wanna make steel sheets or servos then when i put them in the factory i get a message saying no room in export


That means you are producing them faster than you can use them. Make sure the places that use them are switched to take Local only, so they will grab them from your production slots, instead of buying new ones.

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