On fixed resources maps... all the AI players' resource collectors/controllers return to military parade formation.
You cannot retire a research ship.
Is upgrading the AI (1) or adding abilities for consistency (2) considered to be changing the gameplay mechanics of the original game (in which case the player should have the opportunity to toggle the behaviour) or are they "bug fixes" in that the original behaviour is not something that a player would reasonably expect?
Neither of these are bugs, although both are irritating.
The resourcer will sometimes, depending on conditions, go to the defense formation of the last ship it docked with and offer itself up as cannon fodder for attacking ships while remaining available for future use... i.e. not cashing itself in without explicit permission.
You will have noted that the behavior is not limited to maps with static resources.
("...Where did my other resourcer go? Oh frack.... I told it to dock. Yep. There it is, hanging out with the fighters by the carrier... Back to work, you!...")
Besides which, the awesome fighting power of a resourcer and its PDA beam is very underrated I think. They're stone-cold killers if you get a dozen of them working on a gravwelled scout.
(Thus says the zapkitty... who once in his youth, like all skirmish-vs-cpu players, salvaged a Taidan mothership to death.)
The labs are meant to be resources spent and not recoverable precisely because
that would enable major cannabilization with no real penalty late in a game.
It would be nice to save these for the toggled items, I think.
But if asking about changes to gameplay options be sure to copy the query to the relic forums...
...far more feedback there than this relatively specialized forum.
As for me... now the linux install has me
looking at rgl in an unfriendly fashion... anyone note a trend...?
relevant to this forum: At the least devstats is up for revamp. With a current OS it should simply query about which graphics functions are available and stop worrying about the peculiar specifications of decade-old graphics cards.
Barring someone pointing out an error on my part that's what I will be doing next, and a coherent linux install should follow shortly after.