Oh, geez. It really should be your parents having this conversation with you. Have a seat.
In the survival city builder, Timberborn, you care for a population of beavers. Like us, these beavers grow up, grow old, and die. Sometimes, they get sick, and they die faster. However, new beavers are born all the time so that life will continue.
That is, as long as you’re meeting these criteria:
Timberborn’s more nature-adjacent Folktails are pretty straightforward when it comes to procreating. They simply need the housing capacity for their children. If you don’t have enough beavers, it’s time to build some new houses. As long as there are available beds, your beavers will work to fill them. If you know what I mean.
This comes with some caveats. First, it takes two to tango. Beavers are completely gender non-specific and polyamorous, so as long as you have beavers and some empty beds, they’ll make you fresh beavers. However, they have to be adult beavers. If you only have a couple of kids left alive, you just need to keep them that way until they grow up. Finally, sick beavers will not breed. Make sure to keep them healthy.
The more technology-focused Iron Teeth beavers require a bit more oversight. Or, rather, a lot more oversight. They don’t, uhh… you know. Instead, you need to place Breeding Pods. Once these are built, they still need supplies to create new life. A newborn beaver requires 5 berries and 5 water to develop. The pods only hold two of each resource at a time, so you’ll need a beaver available to deliver the supplies.
It’s very important that you get the infrastructure for this down as one of your first tasks when building a new colony. Afterward, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your population. The beavers will keep on utilizing the Breeding Pods unless you tell them to stop. If you’re not keeping track, you might wind up with more than your colony can handle, and the next drought can be deadly. Likewise, if your population drops too low to sustain your colony, it’s time to get busy. If you know what I mean.