https://github.com/Baystation12/Baystation12/pull/30673 Cracked open the ole' forum account. This pull removes RIG parts from fabrications (sci), and gives them to robotics. I expect the intention of this is because robotics can produce those RIGs that no-one uses, and this was an attempt to make them more useful. This is a bit misguided because roboticists could already make their own protolathe from their circuit printer. What this actually does is fuck over both departments by making fabrications even more annoying. RIG parts are currently a staple in every good research path because they provide a fairly substantial boost to levels without a material cost. Therefore, making it so sci can't make them means... Ding ding ding, robotics can't make them either. They'll get up to the matter decompiler and whatever other low-level junk unlocks around there, and levels are staying there until research gets materials. Research is probably not going to get materials, by the way. This leads to one of three likely scenarios when someone actually wants RIG parts: 1: Sci and robo both tell the requester: no can do, sorry. 2: The roboticist is competent and a tryhard, builds own protolathe, builds own DA, gets the levels, prints the thing. 3: My personal favorite, where the scientist (S) is a tryhard and the roboticist (R) is not. This leads to something I've dubbed fabrications hopscotch. R to S: Guy wants a RIG but the levels are too low. Help me out. S: Sure thing, buddy! I'd use an old path to get them myself, but cargo doesn't even give us our material orders these days! Print me a matter decompiler and bring it here. Let's get this done. R prints a decompiler, runs to S. S deconstructs it and syncs, unlocking the next RIG part in the robotics fabricator. S: Now I need an anomaly scanner! Go get me one. Don't forget to sync. R runs back to robotics, syncs, prints an anomaly scanner, runs back to S, who deconstructs it and syncs, unlocking the maneuvering jets. S: Maneuvering jets please. R runs back to robotics, syncs to receive the data, prints manu-jets, runs back to S, who deconstructs it and syncs. They repeat this song and dance another 2-3 times, depending on how far they want to take it and the competence of the scientist. Remember, this shit is sequential, so they can't do it in one trip. --- This change's implications run so contrary to what I assume is the actual intent that I thought it was funny enough to post about. As an actual sci main, it doesn't really affect me: the only reason I bother maxing out fabs in the first place is so roboticists can actually play the game. Otherwise I do just enough to unlock the IC upgrade disks and leave it at that, and those are easy. Nerfing fabrications is nerfing robotics. I suggest reverting this change, since it just makes everyone's life more difficult for no gain. If robotics cares enough for RIG parts, it takes all of thirty seconds to hot-swap your second robo-fab into a protolathe. They share almost all the same parts and you can autolathe the rest. If you want to be a real MVP, you could map in a protolathe and DA for robotics so they can handle their own shit, because I sure don't want to. Thanks 4 reading.