I have often wondered how to make PI a bit more interesting, more engaging and most importantly, less tedious. I believe I have an answer. I remember some time ago playing a game called Spore and I really liked the way it dealt with Planetary Colonies in the Space stage. Anyone who remembers it will know what this is: -
I would like to suggest that our Command Centres become something like this. The command centre would become a structure which is fittable with Highs, Mids, Lows and Rigs. Similar to how we fit things already so familiar to everyone.
The current line up of planetary buildings would become modules that go into these fitting slots along with other new modules. As far as reducing the tedium of PI which is all the clicking I would suggest that processors pull the materials they need from storage like our guns pull ammo instead of needing the many, many clicks to route materials.
As for the more engaging and interesting part. Make these structures scannable so that they can be blown up and give them guns so they can fire back if needed. Here are the other modules I mentioned, big missile launchers, railguns, lasers and drone launchers which can fire up into orbit. All of which are high slots on our fitting screen so take up valuable space when we would rather have processors making us money.
Oh yes, I mentioned scanning. Lets have a new set of skills and modules for scanning planets to find pesky Command Centres that we want to remove. Which would also mean that if a command centre is in a certain location on a planet then another one couldn’t be placed in the same spot.
So, without further ado I would like to introduce the Wandering Star Corporation (Wandering Star is a phrase occasionally used as a synonym for a Planet). This corporation is the producer of the new series of planet based structures and has decided to start selling BPOs of them to capsuleers.
I might go as far as to suggest that all planetary buildings have their own BPOs to increase the value of having them down on a planet.
Anyway, that is my idea. Feel free to tear it to pieces