While playing a game, I rushed getting a Great Engineer in order to produce an early Manufactory. A few turns later, I noticed the square had changed back to a farm.

Is it possible my automated workers decided it was better to have food over production, and removed my Manufactory?

  • Perhaps this question could be made more general to include any great person improvement? You can keep you manufactury example, but the answer should be general enough.
    – dlras2
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:21

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Yes, it is possible. In the future, you should turn on the option "automatic workers leave old improvements" in the options, which will prevent issues like this from happening

  • While it may be possible, I certainly have never seen it happen in the many games I've played...
    – dlras2
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:14
  • @DanRasmussen Neither have I (I always have leave old improvements on), but it apparently happened to the asker. Given the general incompetence of the worker AI I think what the asker proposes is probably what happened. After seeing the worker AI walk back and forth between 2 cities without ever working, I have learned that it is unwise to underestimate their incompetence.
    – Lawton
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:16
  • I managed to get the manufactury extremely early in the game; maybe that had something to do with it?
    – Ryre
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:16
  • @Toast its more likely to be related to a lack of high-food tiles in general, but putting workers on "leave old improvements" has pretty much 0 downsides. They actually will replace improvements when new resources are discovered (think mining aluminum) and you can always take manual control when needed
    – Lawton
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:18

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