In many ways Craftopia is a lot like Minecraft. You will start out with nothing and will need to gather resources like wood, stone and iron to build up an inventory of tools to aid you in your exploration. One of the most exciting parts of Craftopia comes in the form of automation. Once you get started, you will get the bug to automate pretty much everything.
Once you learn the basics, automation is not too difficult but there are always some little tricks here and there that are good to know to help you automate things more efficiently.
Connecting Structures Together
The most important part of automation in Craftopia is how you link structures together. How do you get the ore from a vein into a smelter so that it can be turned into a bar? What about getting wheat from a farm into a cooker to turn into flower? The process takes some thinking to get it right but this guide aims to help you get familiar with everything.
I won’t go into too much detail here when it comes to the connectors as there is a highly detailed guide to connectors here. Here is a short description of the different types of methods that you can use to connect structures together.
Conveyor Belts: This is the most obvious form of connector for those coming to Craftopia for the first time. A moving platform that will carry items from A – B. There are many different types of automation, such as farm automation that make good use of conveyor belts.
Dropper: This device will be attached to a structure such as a cooker, smelting furnace or any structure that can be used to produce an item. When the item is generated, the dropper will shoot the item out of the structure where it can be carried somewhere else, such as with a conveyor belt or sent to a chest using an absorber.
Absorber: Absorbers are the opposite of droppers. Rather than shoot items out, they suck them in. These items are often attached to chests so that items can be sucked in and placed inside the chest.
Craft Connector: The craft connector is the most advanced of all the connectors in the game. It is a nice tidy system where you can attach this to a chest and aim it at a structure that produces items. A common use for this would be connecting a chest filled with ore to a smelting furnace so that it can be turned into iron bars.
Automating With Robots
Robots do not play a huge part in this game just yet but there are a few vital autonomous machines that will go a long way in facilitating automation. Drones can be used to fly out and pick up logs of wood that come from the chopping of trees.
There are spinning saw robots that can be used to cut crops such as wheat but can even be used to cut down trees. Combine these with the drones to collect wood and these guys will allow you to automate the gathering of wood.
As this game gets closer and closer to a full release, we can expect to see lots of new robots and other cool machines and gadgets that will help us automate all elements of resource gathering in Craftopia.