More Scrap Mechanic Guides:
- Amateur Survival Tips!
- All Recipes Guide (Survival Mode).
- How to Enable Cheats (Survival Mode).
- Where to Find Items / Materials (Survival Mode).
- Transport Guide for Caged Man (Survival Mode).
We're gonna modify the game's files to make refining by hand as fast (or slow) as you want.
How to Make Refining by Hand Much Faster
Modifying the Game's Files
First go to your Scrap Mechanic folder, for go to your library, right click on:
- Scrap Mechanic->Properties->Local Files->Browse Local Files.
Now you should have a windows explorer window opened at the game's root, so next go to the folder:
Now you should see a bunch of .lua files, scroll down to a file named "HarvestCore.lua" and open it with a text editor, and then do Ctrl+F and search for "client_refineTime =" you should land on a line that says "self.client_refineTime = 8.0" that 8.0 is the time in second it takes to refine by hand, I changed that to 0.5, but you can change that to whatever you want, however I haven't tested 0.0 and it's probably safe to assume negative values aren't a good idea too so watch out for that.
With your value changed save your file and you're done! Enjoy refining by hand not being so painfully long anymore.
Help, Warning & Bonus
If you mess up the change and save it by accident, try Ctrl+Z to revert the changes and then save it again, if that doesn't work go to your library, right click on Scrap Mechanic->Properties->Local Files->Verify Integrity of Games Files, it will check all of the game's files see if any is broken or missing, and redownload them.
Also keep in mind updates might break this "mod", so if it doesn't work suddendly after an update you'll have to modify the file again, devs might also change the code rendering this guide useless or outdated.
I will also not be responsible to any damage you do to your game or savefile, though the worst that will ever happen is probably just a game crash when you try to manually refine, so you are not risking much if anything at all.
Finally if you know lua, well, I probably don't have to tell you but you can snoop around, for example in Survival->Scripts->game->SurvivalPlayer.lua you can modify "FoodLostPerSecond" / "WaterLostPerSecond" / "BreathLostPerTick" to 0 to get no hunger, thirst and infinite breath, I haven't tried it though, also in Survival->Scripts->game->interactables you can probably do a bunch of cool stuff too, though once again especially if you don't know what you're doing, I'm not responsible for whatever happens, better safe than sorry so if you're not sure about what you're doing, don't do it.