I am depressed.
With the latest patch pushed to Public in Steam today, I was finally able to locate a site and restore my old Base. Looked remarkable on the outside but inside was grass and missing doors. Apparently the rules for fitting pieces together isn’t as lax as it was. Gave up and deleted the Base.
But I had previously located a Portal and figured that if I was going to build a new base that that might be a good location. Went there and found a more of less flat area. Was taking a stroll down to Portal to set up the Base Computer when my Geology Cannon went off and created a crater in the side of the hill. Deleted the Geology Cannon. Six Tombstones is enough.
I was unhappy about disturbing the landscape in the vicinity of my new soon-to-be home. Then thought: underground base! So I put a Cuboid Room into the hole, added a door and found that, from the inside, I could bore straight into the hill. Yay! Took it back a ways because I wanted multiple stories. Worked great. Opened up a 5 x 5 area with a partial second floor. Then I thought (because I was thinking: stealth mode) how about an underground Landing Pad? Easy to install - creates it own chamber! Went to call my craft and got: Landing area not clear.
I suppose that makes sense.
Then I thought - I could just remove all the dirt above the land area! It would be hidden from all angles except directly above! The Terrain Manipulator is your friend. Had a large hole in no time. Except it wasn’t large enough. Was a bit tired from shooting all the little bits and pieces that got left behind. Realized that I could use the Cuboid Rooms to do my excavation for me. When you add one and then remove, the dirt stays gone. Added and removed enough to clear out a maybe 9 x 9 x 5 area. Started to notice that some of the dirt from the last several units wasn’t staying gone. No problem - Terrain Manipulator!
It looked big and good. On the way out, noticed that I didn’t have an entrance door anymore. No problem - just added it back. Time to save and take a test flight. Saving took a bit more time than usual and then I was off! Could see most of the landing rings but not all. Decided not to attempt it and landed by the Portal.
Entrance to the base was gone. I mean the dirt from the original crater had filled back in. But the Terrain Manipulator cleared it away. Opened the door. The entire hallway was packed with dirt. Stood just outside and clear that away. Could see that the back of the 5 x 5 room was open! Cleared everything that I could from the doorway and went in. The way to the Landing Pad was clear! The Landing Pad was not. Most of the area around and some above it had been reclaimed by dirt.