I think for 4 radius to work well beacons would need to occupy 4x4 rather than 3x3. This could be considered a kind of fly in the ointment because beacon size would no longer be exactly the same as assembler size, but perhaps beacons deserve that because they are pretty darn powerful.Caine wrote:If beacon range is four tiles then you can fit another beacon in. I have not tried any designs, but I suspect it will lead to beacon builds with less space instead of more.
There would also be other ways to limit stacking beacon effects on assemblers: like outright capping speed to +400% just as efficiency is capped to -80%. That would put a hard limit on the usefulness of packed beacons.