Aye gold died because for some reason everyone migrated to sage without going back on bee, think it was because golden died for a few days so they could only play on sage and once gold came back they just stayed on sage.
Assistant not having maint access may just be a coder getting angry at grey tiders getting all the maint lot.
Now we don’t you use the cloner whenever someone is dead, it uses too much synthflesh.
We still have that chance! They just aren’t a roundstart race anymore.
You can get the access from whoever acting captain is as well in the absence of a HoP.
There’s a pretty solid chance they’ll still oblige you to have maints access and be the classic greyshirt without much of an actual job unless there’s a critical shortage somewhere. Just ask for maints with an offer to take care of rodents and help engineering keep the power net running. The actual act of greytiding into departments for little or no reason is pretty heavily frowned upon now though, so I’d advise against falling back on that.
On lowpop you can get the funny maint access. But I’d advise against trying to find a dead NPC Assistant with an improvised shotgun and Reactive Tableport Armor. Unless it’s those murderbone valids that the crew is allowed to hunt. (nukies, blob, etc)
Unless you just calibrate the teleporter, I think that removes the chance regardless. Also mishaps like getting turned into a fly can be fun when people are willing to help, and just the act of trying to get it corrected can provide context to an otherwise mundane round, or that’s how I see it anyway. (Except transformation sting that can go to hell).