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    rations and waterskins

    Hey there all you very intelligent and wonderful extension making people.

    I had a thought as I was driving to work this morning and am wondering if anyone has put thought into an extension that has a configurable option menu item that allows a GM, via the calendar dialogue, choose whether or not rations and water is automatically consumed as the GM changes the date?

    I hope that's enough information for a quick answer and perhaps a link. If not I've a lot more thoughts on this and am happy to fill this post in with more of those potential extension creation ideas, but before i do that i just wanna reach out and see if anyone has gone down this road already?

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    Good idea.
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    that could be done more easily if you had only one type of each...
    not standard and iron rations for example.

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    To answer your question, no, no one has yet gone down that road and their is no such extension that has been posted or talked about.

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    I hear your point @damned and it's understandable. As always there are caveats when coding and I suspect this would be the case here as well. I of course am only thinking of D&D5e ruleset and their standard name for rations. I suppose this could be better handled if foods had a type associated with them, and therefore the code could be more generic.

    My reasoning for this is that no one likes to track inventory and as a GM, I hardly ever remember to make points to the players regarding their rations or water. Its just too much to handle and doesn't add to the immersion.

    So why make a point of this now? Because FG can do all the hard work! And if a player receives a popup saying they have only a day of rations left, or their waterskin is empty ... i think this MIGHT add to the immersion. But only if its automated and a player doesn't have to do anything other than react to a warning (i.e. IRL thirst or hunger pangs)

    Nowdays I love to use the variant weight rule because FG automates the tracking of weight (note: there is a coin weight extension which also automates the addition of coins and gems into the total weight). The players don't need to do anything other than be aware of what the total is. The result is that now i see a lot more of "I drop my backpack" before engaging in battle, which in turn gives me the opportunity (with intelligent mobs) to try and steal the backpack mid-battle. Which of course means tactics change for me as well as the players. I make this point because i've played with variant encumbrance for last couple yrs in FG, in addition to that coin weight extension and it's worked swimmingly well.

    So this morning as I drove to work, the thought of tying rations and water to the changing of dates within a calendar, would be cool. So long as its automated.

    In West Marches I don't normally use the calendar as I work with many GMs in Sleeper Island, and that is too complex to track time. But in a regular campaign I think this really could work and add a new dynamic to the texture of the immersion. Would be interesting to see ...

    Anyway those are my thoughts Cheers!

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    Or if the party shares rations, you could just put an entry on the calendar with the last day they have rations and water for. "Food runs out today" and then everyone can see it coming and you don't have to track it etc.

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    Not that anyone asked me, but I always wanted a new tab on the Party sheet called Shared Resources. Rations & Waterskins is fine but why limit the tracking to just that.
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    One more factor to consider: Usually consumption is tight to a long rest. However, when taking a rest at an inn, rations and waterskin supply shouldn‘t be deducted. And some parties survive by using Goodberries produced by druids..

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    Good Idea Targas, tie it to short and long rest GM button instead of the calendar if that would make it earlier. Although anything can be code if you know what you are doing, which I do not. LoL
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    I wonder if it would work if you made rations and water into a currency. So instead of GP, you put Rations. The DM could then make a negative parcel -1 Ration and it would deduct? I am away from a FG table or I would try this.
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