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    Resource Connections

    Resource Connections

    Individual Resources can move from Node to Node through a Machinations diagram along Resource Connections.

    Resource Connections can transfer Resources at different rates. A Label beside the Resource Connection indicates how many Resources can move along the Connection in a single time step.

    Set the Label of the Resource Connection in Properties > Label.

    If a Resource Connection has no Label, its rate is considered to be 1. You can also make a Resource Connection transfer an unlimited number of Resources in a single time step by using the word all as the Resource Connection’s Label.

    Resource Connections exemplified
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    Any Connection leading into a Node is called an input to that Node, while any Connection leaving a Node is called an output of that Node

    The origin of a Connection is the Node where the Connection starts, and its Target is the Node where it ends.

     

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    A Resource Connection will blink if there are not enough Resources to be transferred, or if the Resources available can’t be accepted by the Target (eg. in a colour coded diagram).

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    There are multiple rates at which Resources can flow in a diagram (apart from the examples presented in this article). For more depth, make sure you check out:

    Labels

    Use the Shuffle Origin option in a Resource Connection’s Functional panel to randomize the transfer of differently coloured Resources coming from the same origin Node.

    By default, Resources from multiple Sources are transferred according to the LIFO principle (last in, first out). When using Shuffle Source, Resources will be transferred randomly from its origin to the target Node.

    For emphasis, in the example above, we used Colour Coding.

    Machinations diagrams do not handle fractional values.

    To emulate fractional values you can express your game’s Resources in subunits, so that

    1 subunit = 1 Resource

    An analogy for this would be working with the amount in ¢ (cents) in stead of the amount in $ (dollars). To work with transferring 3.14 Resources, you’d need to multiply the whole flow by 100, resulting in 314 Resources.

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