The way workers work these days is that you send them to gather stuff for you and they do that ONLY if you're in game.
This poses a really big problem for xbox and console users in general. While PC players could minimize and do something else entirely, We don't have that option. Not to mention the fat electric bill...
To tackle this apparent problem i'd like to suggest the following:
Add an Elixir that would grant continuous independent working ability for wor