Friday, 6 March 2015

Gang War - Link Bots!

Greetings friends!

So as the basics start falling into place in Gang War; we start to expand into the more outlying aspects of the game.

One such aspect is the variety of equipment you can purchase for your Gang. We've already seen Digi Scopes, Medi Kits and more, today I'm talking about an item that with hope will be both fun and also introduce additional tactical options to the game.

I am talking about the Link Bot.

A Link Bot is an AI Construct either created after the exodus from Earth or liberated from The AI itself.

The Generic Link Bot is Humanoid and designed to perform basic functions such as cooking, cleaning and manual labour for the benefit of it's owner/creator.

That said, a Link Bot also as an amorphous outer shell allowing it to alter it's size and shape based on designated functions. Link Bots can not change their mass however - all those circuitry must go somewhere. What it can do however is increase or reduce its density and therefore the amount of space it takes up.

Most importantly: Link Bots are First Law enabled.
Law 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- Isaac Asimov

This is extremely important. The Link Bot's AI process will not allow it to injure a human being.

This has wide reaching implications on the use of Link Bots. They can not be mounted with weapons or similar, and at current there are three forms of Link Bot functions which can be implemented:

1). Humanoid - In the basic form a Link Bot can interact with objectives it has a middle ground movement but is limited by it's bipedal movement.

2). Remote - in this form the Link Bot is half the size of a humanoid and either has arachnoid like limbs or the capability to float above the ground, making it immune to most types of terrain. It is unable to interact with objectives however Hackers are able to Proxy-Hack (use the Remote to Hack through) however in doing so they loose any benefits they would obtain by Hacking through a Deck.

3). Defender - in this form the Link Bot is slower moving but able to generate a field of protection around it and anyone within that field. The Field of Protection provides additional Defence Dice on top of whatever armour the Unit may be wearing. It also is a larger size allowing it to block LoS and protect friendly Units.

And those are the basics of Link Bots. A special form of equipment that in game is treated as a Unit with it's own Action system but is actually purchased as Equipment for your Hacker, meaning if the Hacker is Incapacitated then so is the Link Bot.

Until next time; stay safe and be excellent to each other!

- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley

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