I’ve long since learned that it’s far better to present Nicholas with a fait accompli which he finds amusing to implement rather than a rational argument for a feature. Allow me to demonstrate.
NV: What am I supposed to do with ingots, herbs, and fruit?
NV: You do this just to tempt me, don’t you.
NV: …Fine, I’ll play your little game.
NV: Fuck you for making me add smelting.
DB: You didn’t have to.
NV: What’s the coal for?
DB: The iron needs a carbon source to be turned into steel.
Just another day at Gaslamp Games.