Confirmed that clicking the foundation quickly after placing it causes this issue. This is only reproducible in an online game. It cannot be done in single player. In the video below I reproduced this in a private hosted game with bots.
Thanks for likely getting down to the root cause! : ) This happens to me on occasion during multiplayer games and has for a loooong while. I just thought it was due to Internet lag, a slight out-of-sync between the game and the Internet/server, or the game just sometimes not liking me to right-mouse button after making the foundation (occasional bug).
For me, it was one of those bugs that bothered me, but I usually manually resolved it fairly quickly (select villys and tell them to get building like I originally wanted), so never invested enough mind power to care enough to report it. I think I even experienced this going back to Age II: HD; so just got used to it randomly happening. (Don’t know if it was the same cause back then.)
Sadly, by it happening, though, I now see (because of your post) that I’ve probably caused the issue to occur more frequently than it otherwise would have because to try and make sure my villagers do their job, I often right-mouse button again on the foundation right after initially creating the foundation in hopes the bug (or internet sync issue I thought it might be) won’t occur
It’s not too fair when you think they’re building something, then you check a minute or two later and they’re just standing in the middle of the foundation, lol. On rare occasion, usually late game, I’ve maybe gone 5+ minutes without seeing they never built what I wanted (i.e., a lumber camp way far away) and are just standing there.
So, thanks again! I can try to be more careful; and try to un-learn the habit of clicking the right-mouse right after making a foundation.
I feel your observation of it happening only on online multiplayer games is correct. I’m pretty sure I never have this problem in single-player games, and it’s why I’ve always thought the cause was Internet-connection related.
Did you see the post where the root cause is likely clicking twice; and may only happen in Multiplayer (not singleplayer)? I’m pretty sure the two clicks are left-mouse button to plant building, and then right-mouse button to try and confirm assignment of workers to it really quick. I do this out of habit in SP for some reason – which is fine there; but when I do it in MP, the issue happens.
Regardless, the issue shouldn’t happen in MP. It should behave as it does in SP. I always assumed it was due to internet lag or something… but I’m not so sure nowadays. Seems like a bug
I’ve had this happen a number of times in the past few weeks – usually once or twice a game. In one game it happened constantly. I don’t think I am double clicking and it happens generally when not in a queue using shift.