Firstly, I’d like to point out that a lot of these changes were influenced by Siege’s idea on food additions.
In my opinion, the introduction of the Barrel Bag was a good idea, but was not introduced at the right time. A lot of changes need to be made to make it more relevant.
A lot more emphasis needs to be placed on eating whole meals instead of what is happening now, with players running around with 200 Pumpkin Chunks in their hotbar. For as long as this style of food exists, stewing (and other types of cooking that might come in the future) will be redundant. Thus, we need to encourage players to eat these larger meals.
How do we do this? By implementing a saturation stat. Just like in real life, snacking on the same thing all day every day is unhealthy. Even if that thing is fruit and vegetables, it’s still unhealthy because you do not get the correct nutrition. This should be the same in Township. Players should be expected to eat fully cooked meals with different ingredients. By doing this, they will need to eat much less than a player constantly snacking on chunks of meat or pumpkin.
But that still probably won’t be enough.
The players who constantly snack throughout the day need to be punished for this “unhealthy” lifestyle. I suggest that their total hunger bar should be decreased over time. This would happen indefinitely for as long as they continue this unhealthy lifestyle, meaning they will have to eat and eat more and more throughout the day, until they eventually have one bar of hunger left.
All of this is just my idea of how these issues could be fixed, and they would help make the Barrel Bag more relevant. Sadly, a lot of the issues that exist with the Barrel Bag are due to the state of public servers and the lack of “blind cooperation” between players (it is very unlikely that a player will go out of their way to stock the shelves of the tavern with food stuffs) making it very hard for a dedicated chef to exist.
Feedback in the comments would be appreciated.
A lot of these changes and fixes were brainstormed in the ATT Thinktank Discord. If you enjoy brainstorming and discussing ideas with others, then this is the place for you.