Use cargo_age_period with refrigerated trucks
It would make sense that cargo ages less in refrigerated trucks. This should be balanced against other trucks somehow. For example, the refrigerated truck could carry less cargo.
#1 Updated by planetmaker about 8 years ago
Something along those lines is what I thought initially, too. Still, it changes the game balance for food cargo.
Maybe the better idea is to not change the cargo_age_period for the food van - but to have food (or other refigerated products) age much faster on the non-refrigerated trucks. That would still allow to carry food there (e.g. for refits), but give incentive to use the dedicated refrigerated food truck.
#3 Updated by Terkhen about 8 years ago
- File refrigerated_cargos.diff added
This patch implements the proposed solution. IMO a note to the refrigerated truck should be added, to let the user know that it is not penalized regarding refrigerated cargos. Is there any way for the user to know which cargos are refrigerated?
#7 Updated by planetmaker about 8 years ago
The point is to use the vehicles designed for a cargo.
One may use the general purpose goods truck which can be refit to basically every piece cargo - but it'll be less efficient than the dedicated food truck. The dedicated food truck need not be worse for food, also not wrt cargo aging, than the general goods truck for goods.
Wrt. cargo aging: It probably is the better solution to give an advantage to a vehicle which is designed for a certain cargo. As such it can then perform better with its design cargo than other vehicles which "just" allow a refit to that cargo but which might not be purpose-built to accomodate it. And it requires to set the cargo aging property only for this one vehicle (e.g. the food truck) than putting a penalty on all other vehicles - which might work for the vehicles within one set but would break as soon as it would be used in conjunction with another set. And that would be an issue first of all for road vehicles, as it's the vehicle category where sets are most often mixed.