Release Thread; this main post is now out of date. Most metal comes via reclaim. - All units leave wrecks. - All features are reclaimable (trees < rocks < random metal bits on metal planets) - Metal spots are reclaimable for significant but finite metal - Metal extractors exist only to allow area commands to visit all metal spots. Units Units with weapons retain them, so you may need to hold fire if you want all the metal from a live target. - Basic Combat Fab is the Junkyard Dog - a cheap scavenger - Advanced Combat Fab is a basic builder designed for heavy fire situations - a commander in all but uber cannon and death weapon. - Inferno has a powerful short-range lathe for mopping up an enemy base and quickly mining metal spots. - Vanguard has a heavy reclaim tool; you won't like the power bill, but it usually doesn't need to operate for long. - Firefly has a very weak lathe for picking up small rocks and trees - Gunship has a moderate lathe for reclaim raiding. - Sunfish has a basic reclaim tool; the effect direction may be off since it doesn't have a turret. Playing against the AI The AI is designed for a streaming economy and really doesn't get this mode. I've tricked into playing with x5 eco and metal_drain_check 0.12, but it will still get stalled pretty easily. - https://github.com/JustinLove/junkyard_wars Planned Features Might look for unit to replace metal extractors; tried reclaim towers but found them fiddly. Considering breaking up the major changes into separate mods. (wreckage, features, units) Trivia - There are lots of rounding or overshoot errors in the economy, but nobody notices in a streaming economy. - It's possible to set feature reclaim value, it's just... odd. You can get (metal_value/max_health)/10, plus some error based on the build power used. In the typical case, a feature is either 25/25/10 or 25/10/10 for trees, basically 1 metal if you round up generously, and the fabber error dominates. - Features must be damageable to be reclaimable. - If a metal spot is reclaimed, the strategic icon stays, but you can't build on it anymore (very rarely a fabber will lucky when reclaiming-to-build) Icons do disappear if the feature is destroyed. - You must shadow (at least certain) features for changes in base_feature take effect. - The commander produces 1 metal to avoid a bug where you can't reclaim with zero metal income, zero metal in storage, and a metal demand. - More generally, reclaim rate is limited by build rate - if build speed is being attenuated by lack of metal, reclaim rates will also be reduced, exacerbating the problem. - A unit has 1 part of it's metal in life, and wreckage_health_frac parts of it's metal in death. Killing a unit with reclaim is easier with high wreckage fractions.