Just a thought; if you were to randomize the crystal/lanius ships, you could have a couple of layout options where one ship used a boarding combo of 2 lanius with a crystal lockout weapon, or another where you have a Lanius ship that uses firebombs and Lanius boarders (would make destroying enemy O2 very easy
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I'm not sure about a lanius ship being equipped with a crystal lockdown bomb (being a crystal weapon) or a fire bomb (being a rock/slug weapon). It would make sense, however, to have lanius ships with boarding have a high breaching chance weapon (AP weapons, breach bombs, etc.), making a breach and board tactic available. So I'm guessing that'll be a configuration pool more compatible with the game lore.
Russian Rockman wrote:If possible, you could have a Lanius ship with no oxygen, but then you would have to have some way to ensure that you started with 3-4 Lanius/AIs.
Yeah, that sort of configuration definatly crossed my mind. As you mentioned, just have to make sure that ships with a starting O2 system at false can buy it later at a shop.