When modding is released, I will be repurposing some strategic resources to weapons. Since building weapons requires the presence of resources, one could just change the name of the resource to "Plasma Core" and alter the rate of "production" accordingly. Freighters would then carry completed plasma cores to the shipyard, where they could be installed or reffited onto crafts, with a plasma cannon requring 4 plasma cores, for example.
I'm not sure what to do with the roving civilian miners in this case. I may eliminate them or repurpose them into "luxury-only" craft for the purposes of this mod. I also intend to repurpose luxuries into foodstuffs, broadly.
This is a fairly drastic mod i'm in the process of outlining, and since modding is not yet released, i'm trying to work with the currently existing framework, as I don't know what i'll have when its all put together.
< Message edited by thiosk -- 5/27/2010 1:37:43 AM >