Opening Thoughts

Inigo Montoya's picture
Inigo Montoya
April 3, 2010 - 8:26pm
Thanks for your interest in this project. An Omnibus is a collection of writings by multiple authors on a common subject. I look forward to some great input from the community here. Let me start out by sharing some of the thoughts that I had about the needs of robots in SF.

I’d like to see equipment upgrades for robots laid out like normal weapons and equipment are.

I feel there should be guidelines on quantity of upgrades (spatial restrictions and energy restrictions).

I would also like to see some guidelines about how many functions a robot might be able to have.

There seems to be no consideration for bots smaller than man sized, standard bodies.

I would love to see ample examples of maintenance/service/heavy robots with images.

Some technical information and diagrams would help give players and game masters a better handle on representing robots.

jedion357's picture
April 3, 2010 - 9:14pm
For one thing the lower the robot level the more the number of functions its likely to need since lower level robots need such literal instructions.
 a level six robot will need fewer functions since it ability to problem solve is so far advanced.

for example a lvl 6 butler bot might have the mission: Care for the physical comfort of your master.
It would need a function telling it who the master is but otherwise its smart enought to figure out the other stuff in that mission. If the butler bot is level 3 (or lower) it would need functions telling it what car means and what physical comfort is.

though I suspect that some rich butler bot owner might have functions written to control what a level 6 or 5 butler bot might decide to do if they were brain dead- sort of a living will or Do not resusitate order for robots.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

iggy's picture
April 8, 2010 - 10:11pm
Hey! has anyone noticed that the picture for this project has Marvin the Paranoid Android dressed in drag?  Or is that his sister Marylin the Eunoid Android?

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w00t (not verified)
April 9, 2010 - 8:17am
"Brain size of a planet and you reduce me to drag queen."

iggy's picture
April 9, 2010 - 11:28am
I guess it was all that time alone waiting for the car park to be built.  Parking cars must have got him out of his funk.  But then he's with the Lost in Space robot.  Maybe they were lost in space on Magrathea.