From: Southern CA
Twice since the most recent patch I have found that the game starts up with no option to build colony ships. The designs are there, but the shipyard selection screen does not have the design. I have checked to make sure the ship size and design are OK, and they are (this is at startup so no mods to ship design have been made). When I return to main menu, start over again, the problem is not there. I have not seen it with other ship types -- yet.
One other thing that has happened on occasion (not necessarily related to this patch) is that ships will start building shield strength and then for no reason the shield strength starts decreasing. The word "decreasing" appears, so it obviously is something that is anticipated can happen, but can anyone tell me WHY that happens. Often this is with brand new ships, no damage, full fuel loads, plenty of reactor power, etc. Eventually it seems that shields zero out and then the ship starts over again powering up shields, and they eventually get to a normal level.
Have only seen this half a dozen times, almost always with exploration ships after I have upgraded the design with extra reactor and shield strength, such as the "Conquistador Class" exploration ships that are pirate-proofed (maybe?) with shields, weapons etc. up to destroyer or cruiser strength so they don't need escorts (which don't have fuel enough to really keep up with an exploration ship anyway).