TL;DRChange the recipe for the Rocket Control Unit because it is the same <main> ingredients as Yellow Science.
What ?I am building my first ‘mega base’ and I was considering ways to dissect the needs of production into efficient factories. It dawned on me that the Rocket Control Units are very similar to Yellow Science. I made an account to post this and I also searched the forums and I did not find any discussion about this topic.
The current ingredients for the Rocket Control Unit needed for creating rockets to launch satellites is Blue Boards + Speed Module. These are also the same main ingredients for Yellow Science vials. (Batteries and copper wire are much easier to manufacture so are not the ‘main’ focus for the Yellow factories.)
I was thinking that it might make sense to change up the Rocket Control Unit recipe. I noticed that the red Electric Engine Units are only needed for purple science and bots (I think). And wouldn’t efficiency Modules make more sense for a rocket?
I think that since it is an end game item and represents the complexity of creating a rocket, the ingredients should reflect that and be similarly complex.
So, I propose that the recipe for the Rocket Control Unit changes to Blue Boards + Red Electric Units + Efficiency Module.
Why ?I think this would improve Factorio in a couple of ways. 1) – It would give the player a reason to create efficiency modules en mass. Right now, speed and productivity modules are heavily used for recipes and factories, but efficiency modules are not normally used for much (in my experience). 2) –The Electric Engine Units sound awesome but they are not used for very much. I produce them for Purple Science and bots, but I kind of expect them to be utilized more often. I would think that a rocket that deploys a satellite would have a need for a couple electric motors. 3) – It would change up the Control Unit recipe so that it is not so similar to Yellow Science. Right now, I could copy-paste my Yellow science factory and only change a couple of things at the end to create Rocket Control Modules.
I want to say that I have put 100’s of hours into Factorio and it is an amazing game! Change this or not and I am still excited to see what else gets added and I look forward to the next release. Thanks for such a great game!