One thing I was wondering about is the excavator chips. I have two of em, both are worth 1000 each to the mine owners, but I sold the mine to Ascorti. He didn't ask for the chips when I sold it to him, so I was wondering what to do with em. I would've thought he'd need these chips for the machines. It seems from talking to people that selling them to the other mine owners would be a bad thing for Redding.
Selling the mine to Ascorti is separate to the chip, although it's kind of related in that whoever ends up with "winning" the mining wars (so to speak) will actually buy it from him later to expand. As far as I remember, the Wanamingo mine doesn't affect who ultimately controls Redding.
The chip on the other hand - pick whichever one you favour, and their side will triumph - unless of course you do something else in Redding that changes the balance of power (and therefore makes the chip deal completely irrelevant). It's better not to say anything more as this caught me off guard the first time, so it's worth experiencing.
Note that due to some reason I can't quite figure out, even though there are two identical chips in the mine, yet you can only sell one of them. One would think that unless one was actually busted, that you could sell the other one to the other mine, or something, but nope...
Actually that whole wanamingo mine bit bugged me - not due to difficulty or issues, but just because it makes no sense Ascorti selling the mine to you then buying it back for double on condition of removing the "pests", when he could just as easily pay you to clear them out (which is effectively what he's doing anyway). What's even stupider is that you don't need to buy the mine to enter it, so it's actually possible to clear it before talking to him (in this case he sells it to you, then when you talk to him again he buys it back straight away - so at least it doesn't mess with the ability to make money or get the quest).
I was also hoping that I could just sell the mine directly to whomever I sold the chip to or something - then buying it yourself would make more sense - but no.
Thanks for this. I wish I'd found this before I started playing, as Cassidy has hammered me a few times with friendly fire, and always in burst mode, of course!
I actually like this mechanic - in that you can't forbid most companions from bursting (though you can at least get them to do it when it's less likely to hit you).
Well except when they actually kill me doing it - that's just annoying. I just make sure that I'm out of their way.