[ discussion about option 'UseExplorationShipsToScoutEnemySystems' ]
I didn't know about this. Question is though, once the entire galaxy is explored and the explorers go into their "sit around and do nothing" mode, do they *still* try to gather intelligence if the option is ticked or do they just do nothing?
If they don't sit around then there's no problem.
Note, that the scouting of enemy systems means enemies in the sense that you are formally at war with them, not just 'alien' or 'rival'.
In previous versions of the game, this was what explorers did by default. When the galaxy wasn't yet explored, a portion of the explorer fleet was detracted from the main task in times of war. I expect (haven't tested, won't test because the results are irrelevant to me) that, when there is no more exploring to do, *all* automated explorers will flock to enemy systems in times of war, if this option is on.
I wasn't aware that an empire policy option regarding this has been introduced along the line (meaning that I didn't particularly notice this option, simply because its irrelevancy to me, since practically all of my explorers are on manual always, exceptions being just for research purposes).
I find this 'spying on enemies' almost entirely useless. It is better to outfit a few (or later all) explorers with long range scanners and position them strategically in deep space (or empty systems, where energy collectors will work).
< Message edited by sbach2o -- 12/6/2013 9:10:45 AM >