Gearing characters

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Gearing characters

Postby TNMalt » Tue May 16, 2017 4:24 pm

Guess I'll get the party started. Long time fan of the game. So, just rolled a brother battle to test things out and had a few thoughts on equipment. What I did when rounding out the character with a tour was to put the +2 bonus into the tech stat. Reasoning that this would justify purchasing gear up to tech 5 and be more familiar with if not really using higher tech gear. Annnd I wanted to justify plasteel plate armor.

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Re: Gearing characters

Postby ragnarol » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:52 pm

Uhm for "simple" equipment like swords and plain armor I wouldn't require a higher tech rating, your character may not know how or why his equipment is better than iron-age versions of the same but he could use it.

A different story is equipment that requires some interfacing: adept robes, think machines or that have "creepy" effects if you are not familiar to them (like nanobots covering your skin) those ones would probably require a higher Tech Rating.

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Re: Gearing characters

Postby Leviathan of Maddoc » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:46 pm

I'd say there are gradient benifits to understanding technology, even if it's relatively low tech. You can strap high tech armor to anyone and they can wear it but properly caring for that armor requires some understanding of the material.

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Re: Gearing characters

Postby Packrat » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:53 am

Tech is one of those weird attributes which seems largely useless unless you specialise in it and actually repairing or manufacturing advanced technology, or using Think Machines. I certainly do not think that a Brother Battle needs Tech 5 to use plastic armour, or a gun, or even a laser.

Understanding implications of different technology might be another matter though. If you are a noble who has Tech 3 then nothing stops you from wearing an energy shield and synthsilk whilst wearing a shocker saber and a blaster pistol on your hip. But you are going to have to hire an engineer to perform maintenance on your tech toys and be very reliant upon others if you want to consider the benefits or problems of putting a railway through your fief. Or what clever tricks somebody might perform using a Magic Lantern projector as opposed to actually consulting the ghost of your dead uncle to find the hidden treasure, or the logistics of using flitters to support your riflemen on campaign, etc.

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