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Expanded Mining Drones
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Expanded Mining Drones

An expansion of vanilla-style content for the Ancient Mining Drones taken from my SciFi Series Tech mod.

Currently includes:
  • One new single stage megastruture
  • One new multi stage megastruture
  • One new construction ship class
  • One new corvette section
  • Four new ship components
  • Unique event civic

All the techs require the Mining Drone Laser technology acquired from researching the mining drones.
The ship components progressively unlock their upgrade research when new ship sizes are unlocked.
And the Ore Grinder megastructure is unique to the empire that successfully defeats the base hub, however the technology can spread. The spread can go from subject to overlord, or from federation member to federation member. Making it possible for indirect access to the megastructure if an AI beats you to it.
The unique civic is awarded exclusively to the empire that destroys the ancient Ore Grinder, giving bonuses based on empire type.

This mod is originally content ripped out of my primary mod, in a standalone fashion. Although this uses content from my SciFi Series Tech mod it also adds some new content which I couldn't justify including there.

This mod is entirely original content and should be compatible with almost everything except total overhauls.
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David Sulafet Jan 12 @ 12:42pm 
I love this very much, a fairly simple mod with straightforward functionality that adds megastructures. Unlike gigas which is incredibly feature bloated
Robinxen  [author] Jan 8 @ 7:39am 
@jowe01 Let me know if you run into any problems or have any suggestions, I'll throw them in to the next update when it goes live.
jowe01 Jan 7 @ 10:50pm 
Thank you!
Robinxen  [author] Dec 25, 2022 @ 7:54pm 
@jowe01 It should still be in working order, the only notable hiccup will be some of the mining attachment options won't be available to Frigates. I've been holding off updating this mod because I'm still working on rebalancing the weapons of the main mod, but I might do this one separately just to clear up the version number.
jowe01 Dec 25, 2022 @ 7:51pm 
Does this still work with 3.6? Any experiences?
Robinxen  [author] Aug 16, 2022 @ 9:21am 
@Godofchaos I am considering moving the mining barge corvette section into its own ship class as an offshoot of constructors, allowing them to build mining stations as well as produce resources. As for the other mining ships, sadly I can't find a way to make them usable in multi-section ship classes, as the other sections will still be rendered as your graphical culture when you mix them together and they would be too powerful as a mere corvette section.
Godofchaos Aug 16, 2022 @ 6:46am 
In the future of this mod, will there be more different mining ships and megastructures, and will it be possible to get the ships without them being simple sections?
Robinxen  [author] Jul 30, 2022 @ 12:06pm 
@Faber Roze To be honest I should put it in the mod description, it's kind of common sense for a mod, I'll do it shortly.

If I do think of some things worth adding then I definitely will do so, but keeping the scope to Mining Drone related vanilla content makes it difficult to come up with ideas.
][FABER][ Jul 30, 2022 @ 10:48am 
@Robinxen Thank you and I should have read the previous messages below me first. :skull:

For curiosity's sake, would there be further additions to this mod? New techs and structures in the near future?
Robinxen  [author] Jul 30, 2022 @ 7:46am 
@Faber Roze To get the Ore Grinder you must have either destroyed the Ore Grinder station in the base system of the mining drones, or make a federation / make a subject out of an empire that has it researched.