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I don't use the Linux version but I would not be surprized if your game takes forever to load from your save.txt file (or whatever it is called in the Linux version.)  If so, I suggest that you review this post and take whatever action is similar for Linux so that your game will keep running.

Your request to Denki looks like you are seeing bots' energy running out and you are having the Farmer-Player wind those bots "all day long".  Since the developers have been working for almost a year now on creating the next version of Autonauts, there won't be any more updates from them to the current version.

Hopefully by now you have built some bots that can wind other bots.  You might have then found that the bot-winding-bot also has its energy running out and so it also needs another bot to wind it.

Some people like to build Steam Bots and give them the task of winding the Basic Bots because the Steam Bots don't need to be wound and can instead put logs into their own inventories to keep their energy from running out all by themselves.

At the start of the game, the Farmer-Player can pick up from the ground a stick and a stone and combine them into an axe.  The axe can be used to cut down trees into logs and then can be used to cut logs into planks and can be used to cut planks into poles.  Those logs, planks, and poles can then be used to make other buildings and tools.

The simple solution is to build additional storage bins near where you collect objects (such as logs) and then add one object (one log) to that bin.  By having your bin near where its object is collected, your bot won't have to walk so far to use it. 

You might want to read this posting that tells what you will want to do once you find that Autonauts starts to slow down a lot when you load your save file.  When you have super-tall piles of logs and planks and all of the other things, you will have a problem, which this posting will help.

Here is another example.  This Bot will fill its Inventory with Planks and then add those Planks to the nearest Blueprint to the Beacon.

Here is an example of how this can be done.  This Bot will add Stones to the Blueprint that needs Stones that is the nearest to the Beacon that is set by the blue and red icon.  The Farmer-Player can then move that Beacon to wherever you want and the Bot will then walk towards that Beacon, find the nearest Blueprint, and add the Stones to it.

To grow 15 Tree Seeds in the Seedling Tray, you will need to also add 5 Fertilizers, which are made by adding Dung to the Compost Bin.

If you are asking how to use the "Bash Research Station", below are the instructions that I posted about a month ago about it.

First, you need to build the "Bash Research Station" from the "Research" group of equipment.  The "Bash Research Station" is made with two logs and four planks.  Once it has been built, you need to use a shovel to dig up about 10 weeds.  Add the dug weeds to the "Bash Research Station" until the research has finished and the blueprint for the "String Maker" appears in the "Misc" group of equipment.  The "String Maker" is made with six planks, four poles, one gear, and one stone.  Once the "String Maker" has been built, you then add five dug weeds to it to make string.

Also, the forum rules state that spamming and other misbehaviors will lead to you being banned from the forum.  We use this forum to support each other, provide each other with helpful information, and encourage Denki's developers on ways to continue to develop the game.  The developers have repeatedly said that they are not building a multiplayer version of the game, so let's not force them to waste time telling us that over and over again.

I think you are incorrect.  I agree with Denki that Autonauts is better as a single-player game.  It's objective is to develop a set of bots that can manage the resources of their world in order to satisfy the needs of the folk and also to entertain the player and provide interesting challenges.

If some people want a different game that involves multiple players competing for resources, building competing bots to satisfy their competing folk, then those people should look for a war game.  That game is not Autonauts.

If other people want a different game that involves multiple players that must somehow cooperate in the collecting of resources, building and controlling a unified set of bots to satisfy the needs of the world's folk, how would that third game resolve the differences of opinions between the players about controlling the bots?  If Joe wants the bots to create watery porridge to feed to the folk and Sharon wants the bots to create apple pies to feed to the folk, who wins?  Should the game then turn into a war game?  Again, that game is not Autonauts.

Denki's developers have put in about a year into the development of the next single-player version of Autonauts and I will be very happy once it is released.  I do not think that we should waste Denki's time making them constantly explain why they are not developing a game that is some strange multi-player version of Autonauts.  They have done that too many times already.  Just let them work in peace on the version of the game that they have chosen.

The post that includes all of those instructions was entered back in 2017 and so you probably won't get an answer from that person.  I will provide a sample image that shows where on my computer the Save files are saved which is probably similar to where yours are saved.However, I suggest that you just ignore the original posting.  All that will be accomplished is that you will not need to build bots to collect all of the resources and to build new resources out of other ones.  In other words, you don't need to do anything in the game.  In that case, why bother starting the game at all.  If you ignore the original posting entirely, you can have fun playing Autonauts by collecting resources, building bots to collect resources, and taking care of all of the folk, just like the rest of us do. 

Thank you for posting this image!  I see on the "Bot's" tab that it shows at the top the number of Bots, and below that are four icons and a down-arrow.  The first icon looks like two Folk, but perhaps those are really two Bots?  Is that icon used for naming "Groups", such as "Crops" and "Forestry"? 

The second icon shows three lines, so I presume that icon should be clicked to return from the "Groups" mode to the "Bots" mode.

I presume that the "+" and the "-" icons are used for adding Bots to Groups and removing Bots from Groups.

I presume that the down-arrow is for changing the sort sequence of the Bots, such as by Name, by Last Object Held, and maybe by another sequence.

Below the icons, I see the Groups and each Group's Bots.  Each Bot is shown with its Name, a symbol in a green circle (maybe it's a "Thumbs-Up" icon to show that the Bot is active, maybe it's a Hat), and the Bot's Last Object Held. 

Would you please let us know if this information is correct?  What are the possible values shown in the green circles?  Thank you.

Hi Aaron and Gary,

Thank you both for all that you do for us fans of Autonauts!  We are very excited about all we hear about the development of the new version.

I have looked at all of the images that you have shown of the new version but I do not recall seeing any Bots or Folk wearing Hats.  I have seen the Farmer Player wearing the Farmer's Hat.  There might have been another image of the Farmer Player wearing another Hat.

Can you show us some images that show Bots and Folk wearing Hats?

If Bots can still wear Hats, I have a suggestion for a future update to the new version.  (However, I hope this suggestion will not slow down the release of the new version, of course!)

When the list of the "Workers" is shown on the right side of the current version of Autonauts, we see the name of the bot, an icon of either a Crude Workerbot, a Basic Workerbot, or a Steam Workerbot, and the object last held by the bot, as shown below.

I suggest that in the new version, since there no longer are "Crude", "Basic", and "Steam" Workerbots but instead now are only "Mk1", etc., Workerbots, that the list of the "Workers" should show the appropriately-sized icon of the "Mk1" head but also wearing its current Hat.

In my image shown above, we see one Bot at the lower left wearing a Mushroom Hat and carrying a basket of clothes.  I know that this bot is named "N1Cloth".  Immediately above bot "N1Cloth" is a bot wearing a Black Wig that I know is named "N1Dirt1".  Immediately above bot "N1Dirt1" is a bot wearing a Fez and carrying a Clay Pot that I know is named "N1Pot".

In the new version, per my suggestion, these three bots would be shown in the list of "Workers" and their icons would be shown wearing respectively their Mushroom Hat, Black Wig, and Fez.

I think this suggestion would help people that play Autonauts to identify and locate their bots.  We have seen several posts on this site from people who say that their bots have "disappeared".  I'm sure that you would agree with my opinion that the bots did not disappear but simply could not be found.

Thank you. 

In the game they are called "Folk".  In the Save.txt files, each one is listed as a "Native".  Things that you can do with them are as follows:

Build for each one a "Crude Hut" or a "Crude Brick Hut".

Use the "Basic Millinery Bench" to make various hats for them.

Use the "Rocking Chair" to make various clothing, hats, and wigs for them.

Create foods such as "Crude Bread", "Mushroom Soup", "Cooked Salmon", and "Apple Pie".

Feed the foods to them.

Use the "Crude Wash Tub" to wash the dirty Mushroom Soup pots after the Folk have eaten the Soup.

After the Folk eat some foods, their clothing and hats get dirty and the Folk themselves get dirty.

Use the "Crude Basket" to take the dirty clothes and dirty hats off of them.

Use the "Crude Wash Tub" to wash the dirty clothes, dirty hats, and dirty Folk.

Use the "Crude Basket" to hang the wet washed clothes and hats on the "Clothes Line" to dry them off.

Use the "Crude Basket" to take the dried clothes and hats to the Folk.

In the top left corner of the game will be shown the number of Folk that you have dealt with and their happiness level.  One goal of some players of the game is to get all 100 of the Folk to be shown as "Extremely Happy".  If you can do that, please take a screenshot showing the 100 Extremely Happy Folk and post it on this site.  Good luck.

If you have 50 bots or 250 bots and you cannot find 3 of them, I suggest that you spend the time to give all of your bots names that will help you find them in the future.  Bots' names are at most 10 characters long.  I set up a naming convention for my bots as follows:

Bots are grouped by their task.  Some bots make tools.  Some bots harvest resources.  Some bots store harvested resources into bins.  Some bots plant the harvested resources.  Some bots prepare foods.  Some bots do things for folks.  Some bots recharge other bots.  Some bots shout commands to other bots.

For the bots that make tools and the bots that harvest resources, I have simply named them as the tool that they make or the resource they harvest.  If there are more than one bot making the same tool or doing the same task, I have a number following the tool name or the task name.  For example, I have 7 bots that fish for salmon, and so I have named them "Fish1" through "Fish7".

For the bots that store the harvested resources and the bots that plant the harvested resources, I have named them to indicate the resource and what is done with it, followed by a number.  For example, I have 3 bots that collect the salmon that were caught by bots "Fish1" through "Fish7" and put them into the salmon storage bin, and so I have named them "Fish>Stor1" through "Fish>Stor3". 

Similarly, I have a large number of bots that work with Cereal Seeds that come from the threshing machine.  Some bots put them into storage bins and are named such as "CerS>Stor1".  Some bots put them into windmills and are named such as "CerS>Mill1".  Some bots plant them back into the soil and are named such as "CerS>Soil1".

The bots that prepare foods are named based on the foods that they make.  For example, I have four groups of bots that make Apple Pies.  To make the Apple Pies, I first need bots that make Pastries and then bots that make Raw Apple Pies, and then bots that make the Apple Pies, and finally bots that store the Apple Pies.  There are four groups of Pastry making bots that add Butter, bots that add Flour, and bots that add Water, which I have named such as "Pastry1B", "Pastry1F", and "Pastry1W" respectively.  The four groups of bots that make the Raw Apple Pies, make the Apple Pies, and store the Apple Pies in storage bins are named such as "APieRaw1", "ApplePie1", and "APie>Stor1" respectively.

The bots that do thing for folks are named based on the area where the folk live, which I have called neighborhoods.  These bots do various thing for the folk such as taking them to wash bins for cleaning, returning them home are they have been cleaned, taking their dirty cloths to wash bins for cleaning, drying their cleaned clothes, returning their clean clothes to them, feeding them, cleaning their dirty soup pots, sweeping up the dirt they make while eating, and winding bots that need recharging.  Below is an image of neighborhood "N1" showing these bots.

Having your bots named using a method such as this can help you to quickly find any bot.  You can get all 100 of your folk to be extremely happy at the same time by having your bots well-named and well-organized.  Good luck.

Bots are named when you give them a Name Badge and then update the name on the Name Badge.  If you later put the bot into a Worker Storage, the bot will leave the Name Badge outside of the Worker Storage and its name will return to one such as "BB001" that it had originally.  The Name Badge that was left outside of the Worker Storage still has the updated name on it, so if you give that Name Badge to a bot, it will get that updated name.

"Scripts Too Shall Pass". What a great idea!  Would you please give us another image that shows the script that passes an object to another bot, such as shown above.  Thank you.

Also, I asked Denki "How do you carve pumpkins into Jack-o-Lanterns?" and he said in 

"Unfortunately Jack-o-Lanterns were only active for V18 Halloween :(  There isn't anything to make with Pumpkins yet but we'll add that in another version."

In the current version 21.2, the only thing that you can do with a pumpkin is to smash it with a mallet to get pumpkin seeds, which you can then plant to get more pumpkins.  The pumpkin cannot be used for food in this version.

In talking about the new version being developed, Denki has said in "There‚Äôs no mistaking who ate all the pumpkin pies here", and he shows a bot taking pumpkin pies from a storage bin and feeding them to a very fat folk.

I'm sure that you need "infinity storage" because you have your bots "Repeat Forever" their tasks such as cutting down trees and fishing for salmon.  I suggest that instead you add some bots that use the "Shout" command and other bots  that use the "Repeat until hear..." command, such as I have described in the past and is shown below.  By doing this, you will collect all of the items that you need and will not create "infinite" amounts.  Having too many items will eventually make your game take over half an hour to load, which is not fun to wait before you can play.  (I have also described this problem in another post:


I have several Bots set up such as those shown below for my "Fishing" group.  I have one Bot named "GoFish" (wearing a Party Hat) that waits "until Salmon Storage not full" and then will "Shout GoFish".
I have one Bot named "StopFish" (wearing a Guy Fawkes Hat) that waits "until Salmon Storage full" and then will "Shout StopFish".
I have seven Bots named such as "Fish1" that wait "until hear GoFish" and then will "Repeat until hear StopFish" the two steps "Find nearest Deep Sea Water" and "Use held item" (which is the fishing rod).
I have three Bots named such as "Fish>Stor1" that move the Salmon to the Salmon Storage.
I have two Bots (wearing Traffic Cone Hats) that rewind the other Bots.

It takes several steps to make string.  First, you need to build the "Bash Research Station" from the "Research" group of equipment.  The "Bash Research Station" is made with two logs and four planks.  Once it has been built, you need to use a shovel to dig up about 10 weeds.  Add the dug weeds to the "Bash Research Station" until the research has finished and the blueprint for the "String Maker" appears in the "Misc" group of equipment.  The "String Maker" is made with six planks, four poles, one gear, and one stone.  Once the "String Maker" has been built, you then add five dug weeds to it to make string.

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Click on this link to go to the page for downloading Autonauts.

From that page I suggest that if your PC is a newer 64-bit machine that you select either the "" version or the "" version.  If your PC is an older 32-bit machine, you should select either the "" version or the "" version.  Click on the "Download" button before the selected version.  An option will ask if you want to save the file.  Click on the down-arrow by the "Save" button and then click on "Save as" (as shown below).

A "Save As" window will open .  Click on the "Downloads" folder shown on the left and then click on the "Save" button at the bottom (as shown below.)

Once you have downloaded and saved the Autonauts .zip file, follow these instructions on how to unzip and install it, and how to pin an icon to your computer taskbar that will give you a convenient way to run the game.

The String Maker only makes String.  String is used to make the Clothes Line, the Fishing Rod, and the Guitar.  The Clothes Line is needed to dry Clothes that were washed in the Crude Wash Tub after they became dirty by being worn by Folk that were eating various foods.  The Fishing Rod is used for catching Salmon, which then can be cooked on a Crude Oven to become Cooked Salmon which can be given to Folk as food.  The Guitar makes music when played by either the Farmer Player or by Bots.

How would you suggest that Denki decides who could be on the beta testing crew?

I wonder who suggested adding pumpkin pies to Autonauts?

I suggest that you check that the right mouse button is working on your computer.  Use other software than Autonauts, such as Windows File Explorer.   Right-click on any file to see that a window opens with the options "Open, Rename, Delete, Properties, etc.".  If that window does not open, then the problem is with the mouse and not with Autonauts.

Thanks for that information Denki.  What you said about the bots being made of drives, frames, and heads makes me want to guess that the symbols on the three basic workbenches behind the worker assembler must therefore indicate that those workbenches are making those Mk1 drives, Mk1 frames, and Mk1 heads.  Is that correct?

And when you said "This automated Bot Workshop earned another badge and unlocked a bonus blueprint for a Bot head variant" does that mean that we could set the last workbench to make something like "Mk2 heads"?  Or since there is a "bonus blueprint", will the Bot head variant be made on a different machine built from that bonus blueprint?  Thank you.

Hi Denki,  Thank you for adding another image to this post. 

I see at the far left side that there are 3 bots behind 3 machines, either bench saws or crude bench saws.  Would you let us know which?

In front of the saw on the right I see what looks like a pallet containing planks and a bot next to it.  In front of the saw by the door I see what looks like a pallet containing poles and a bot next to it.  In front of the saw on the left I see a different machine and a bot next to it.  Is that machine a basic workbench?  I think it is because in front of it I see a storage bin containing crude gears with a bot next to it, and crude gears are made at the basic workbench.

In front of the two pallets of planks and poles and in front of the crude gear bin I see what I believe are three more basic workbenches with bots next to each and to the left of them I see what I believe is the Farmer Player wearing a "Farmer's Hat".

In front of the 3 workbenches I see what I believe is a worker assembler that has been set up to create Crude Workerbots (which need crude gears) rather than Basic Workerbots (which need gears that are created by a wood router that does not appear here.)  This new version of the worker assembler does not look at all like the current version of the worker assembler, but I guess that you wanted it to look more like the logs, etc. used to make it.

In front of the worker assembler I see what I believe is a Crude Workerbot (which is larger than all of the other bots which must be Basic Workerbots) and a worker storage for Basic Workerbots.

On each of the machines, I also see symbols that I believe indicate what those machines are making.  The symbol on each of the saws looks line either a plank or a pole.  The only symbol that I can identify on the workbenches is the one on the first workbench which is a crude gear.  The symbol on the worker assembler looks like a Basic Workerbot, which makes me think that this machine's output must have just been changed from Crude Workerbot.

Please correct me if I have incorrectly identified anything here,  Thank you.

This image is fantastic!  It shows a lot of the great, new features that are being added to Autonauts and to the way that the bots can be scripted.

I see in the bot's script a command that says "Find nearest Pine Tree in" followed by a white box.  Can you please tell us what the options are that could appear in that white box?  I hope those options still include something similar to the "?" icon for finding the nearest tree to the training location and something similar to what in the current version is a blue and red icon for finding the nearest tree to a specified beacon.  Thank you,

WOW!!!  This is exactly what I wanted to see and much, much more!  This really will increase interest in Autonauts' next version.  Keep up the great work.  Thank you.

If you use the "Repeat until hear" option for your bots, you will also need other bots that "Shout" what you want these bots to hear.  For example, below we see in the bottom image there is a bot wearing a Party Hat that is named "GoFish".  This bot waits until the Salmon Storage bin is not full, and then will shout "GoFish" and then wait for 60 seconds.  A second bot wearing a Guy Fawkes Hat that is named "StopFish" waits until the Salmon Storage bin is full, and then will shout "StopFish" and then waits for 60 seconds.  There are also seven bots without hats with names such as "Fish1" that wait until they hear a bot shout "GoFish" and then will repeat a loop in which they use their held item (the fishing pole) to fish for the salmon until they hear a bot shout "StopFish".  Three other bots will take the salmon that they catch and store them in the Salmon Storage bin.  Two other bots wearing Traffic Cone hats will rewind the bots when their power runs out.

Thank you for replying.  I was not asking for any changes to the "Brain" and I don't expect that you would make changes there at this time.  Actually, I was scared that there might be too much done there that would make the game "simpler" for many new users that don't understand scripting.  Please just give us one ordinary screenshot that would reassure us that the current layout of scripting remains mostly the same.  Thank you.

Hi Denki,  Would you please show us a small screenshot that shows a sample of the "My Brain" commands from the next version?  I'm sure that it will stir a lot of interest in the game again.  There has not been very much discussion about Autonauts here in the past week.  Thank you.

I found that the pitchfork was added for Version 18 that was released for Halloween 2017.  That version had a lot of new objects added for that theme.

You could cut down the apple trees to get the apples, but hitting the trees with the mallets will give you apples without losing the trees.  If you cut down the apple trees you would have to dig holes and plant apples in the holes and wait for the apple trees to grow again.  It's faster to just use the mallets.

You can cut down apple trees with an axe.  You will get one log and two or three apples from each apple tree that is cut down.

So do I.  I have not found any use for them.

You can dig holes in the ground and plant apples in those holes that grow into apple trees.  Any place that you can dig a hole for a pine tree could also be used for a hole for an apple tree.  I like to keep my apple trees in an area that is a bit away from the pine trees.

Also, since you can build bots that hit pine trees with mallets to get sticks, you can build bots that hit apple trees with mallets to get apples, so I like to keep the apple trees in one group and the pine trees in another group.

I suggest that you build a canoe and a paddle for the canoe and then travel to the land on the left side of the map.  There are many apple trees there.  Once you have revealed that land, you can put bridge blueprints down so that bots can build bridges there (since you can't carry a bot when you are in a canoe).  You should use the canoe to reveal all of the hidden land on all the edges of the map.