The RTSC Guide to Startopia
There are two main avenues of preserving public health on the Station
outside a Sick Bay: Lavatrons and Litter
Bins. Lavatrons are the airport bathrooms of outer space. They're
an all purpose lavatory, shower and change room. Peeps low on Toilet
points come to these public facilities to replenish them: i.e. scrub
up and do a quick ablute. With all the appropriate noises, of course.
Keeping your population clean, and thus healthy and satisfied, is as
as having a tidy station. No space toilets is big trouble for any place
- doesn't bear thinking about!
A Peep with minimal Toilet points suffers
continuous degradations to Body and Soul,
and extra to that all important Mind total.
i.e. queuing up for the loo will drive Peeps mad and dramatically lower
of your Station.
peeps are turned off by the sight of litter, they have absolutely no
qualms about producing huge drifts of it. Litter
control this ugly
on their own they're usually insufficient. You'll need roaming gangs
of Scuzzers to
tidy up, and a Recycler or
two to really contain the problem on big stations. Scuzzers empty Litter
bins before making the trip
to the nearest Recycler to empty their hauls there. Like many other animations
in Startopia, this is a mimed pantomine, so you'll never see any bin toting
Dine-O-Mats and retail
stores are hotspots for rubbish. A good rule of thumb is to have one
Litter Bin for every retail store you put up, and to trip Peeps up with
when they enter or leave a shop or Dine-O-Mat.
Tons of garbage progressively degrades
your peep's mental well being, but most Peeps have a threshold level before
this starts to bite. The easier
to please races will be more tolerant, and more lucrative patrons will
be more offended.
Lots of rubbish also attracts Space
Vermin, small rodent like creatures that can transmit disease.
Oddly enough, most Peeps seem to treat the Vermin as just another
and even have conversations with them - but remember, conversations
with Space Vermin usually winds up with the Peep catching a disease.
Overall Space Vermin are a poor indicator of
and will further repel the richer customers, especially the Gem
Slugs. Also be wary of Memaus eating
litter - some players keep their Dine-O-Mats off the Engineering Deck because
Just be careful of Litter Bins "blocking" Peeps
occasionally. I've found if you plonk one down in front of the doorway
of a resizeable room (like a Sleeper Berth or Disco), Peeps get "stuck" in
the doorway and the room won't be used. Keep Litter Bins (and probably
any other Corridor Items) to the side of any
resizable room's doorway, and you shouldn't
have any problems. But for your other facilities, put those bins where
Peeps will trip over them!