I just reset my achievements and started a new playthrough on 1.0.Ichigoshollow wrote: ↑Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:29 pmIt's not a joke. Tell me how adding a spidertron to the game has any relevance to automation? Tell me how it's relevant to a factory? I'll wait. Well what I do is make one then let spitters and biters destroy it over and over.
Spidertron adds a LOT:
1. I can hop aboard my Taxi Spider and remote nav to a distant location I would otherwise have to walk to or manually drive to because I don't have trains to it yet, then use map view to tweak/expand my base while I'm moving away, like doing work on a laptop while taking the bus.
2. When a remote mining outpost dries up, I delete it from map view, and send my Disposal Spider to collect. Frees me up to do anything else I want.
3. I made a pack of four Combat Spiders with laser defense and rockets to deal with emergency breaches (hadn't finished my perimeter yet) and for rapidly exploring and/or clearing huge areas far outside my artillery range.
4. I made a pack of fourr Builder Spiders which allowed me to complete my perimeter walls and rail system FAR quicker than I ever had before.
And it sounds like the devs are going to enable logistic request/auto trash with Spidertron, which will make all the above even better. If they also add route planning like with trains, they will be even more useful for automation.
I've put over 1300 hours into Factorio, and Spidertrons have just made a lot of things more enjoyable. I love being able to sit at my base and send commands to an army of specially purposed spiders to do building, deconstructing, combat, and exploring at several distant locations simultaneously. They are relevant to a factory because you can load them up with supplies and roboports, and do things for you without you having to be there. Sure you could get a similar effect by just continuously expanding your logistic coverage, but that's much slower than using spiders. I prefer to have smaller, separated, special purpose logistic networks than one huge network anyway.
I love Spidertron.