The following changes will be added, but primarily as experimental changes to determine how balance is adjusted with them, these changes may not survive to the full release.
Resource Scans near Game Start
A new structure will be added called the ‘Micro Satellite Bundle’, It can only be built once, on a home world, will take 4 turns to build and cost negligible amounts of resources. This bundle will provide you with 10 Micro Satellites, which can perform free resource scans against any planet in the universe.
The main reason for these is so that at the beginning of the game some additional options can be provided for strategic movement inside the universe. They could be used prior to you sending your first outpost, or afterwards in an attempt to find some planets. They can provide some additional alliance collaboration early on as well for basic scouting prior to full comms satellites becoming available.’’
I raised concern about the risk of abuse regarding the above suggestion in discord and Frosty asked me to make a post about it to garner further community views and feedback/suggestions.
Risk of abuse by multi accounts enabling the scanning of the a considerable amount of planets. This issue would be exacerbated by the addition of Super Planets.
Risk of toxicity and negativity if one alliance were to legitimately stumble upon several Super planets with their first or early outposts. There would be accusations regardless of the innnocence or luck that may have been the case.
I would personally like to see this feature removed. I like the blind flying of outpost number 1 and the trade of for 1 alliance member going comms satellite early build at their exxpense but for the benefit of the alliance.
Or the Satelite bundle (10 scans) Could be made into a buildable item from the shipyard only on the HP. Negligible cost but a build time of 2/3/4 ticks or so. Not enough to set you back overall but providing choice between launching with intel aand risking someone beating you to the planet. Or launching blind knowing you will land quicker (if your following a BO) but that you are still blind. Again offers the choice of 1/2 alli members sacrificing some time of their own for the alliances good.
Does anyone else have any strong views or thoughts or alternative ideas on this proposed change?