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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #510 on: (16:34:55/10-22-17) »
Enhance Firmware

Data Surge

Cryptext

Eh, Enhance Firmware / AMP sounds a tad OP, at least if combined with Diagnostics.  I'd at least recommend disallowing those to stack.

Data Surge as written would shut down all of your own devices and those of your team.  I'd probably never take it.

Maybe I just haven't been at this long enough, but I can't think of many times where I'd want to use Cryptext

AVOID (Alternate Verification Of IDentity)

Just use Resonance Veil.

Whitespace
Target: Self
Duration: S
Fade Value: L
By altering your Living Persona, you can evade detection from wireless on Sensors. Make a Threading test and note your hits. Sensors within [Level] x 2 meters of you must make a Device Rating x 2 Opposed test against your hits. If you win you are invisible, soundless, heatless, etc to Sensors. Any recordings will not have you present, however your Resonance Signature will be. This also will affect cybereyes, cyberears, ultrasound, etc for as long as they are wireless on or you either stop sustaining this or move out of range.
   

Yes! Pretty limited by only targeting Self, but still. Technos definitely need something like this.  But it'd help to fluff it so that it makes sense for your matrix presence to directly mask your body from physical sensors; otherwise, it'd be more logical to target the sensors directly.

Honeypot

Meh, that function is basically filled by Misread Marks already.

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Target:
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 1
Through folding the 1's and 0's into each other, you create a digital image of your design. This can exist in either AR or VR. In AR cameras, microphones, sensors, or any image/sound link device will see, hear, or touch (or even smell and taste if you feel like it) what ever entity you bring "into existence". This deception can be recognized as fake with an Opposed Perception test against your Threading test, otherwise the image seen or sound hear is just as real as all other inputs occurring. In VR this illusion will have an associative icon and can be determined as fake with an Opposed Matrix Perception test. Failure to beat your hits means that the devices and personas treat the icon as real. General matrix interactions occur as normal, but offensive actions (such as placing a MARK) can prompt another Matrix Perception test to see through it.
The deception may be created with small, simple instructions such as pace back-and-forth or speak a short conversation. Controlling or re-instructing the Complex Form requires a Simple Action.
Examples include a giant T-rex rampaging through downtown (in AR) or a crowd of club-goers storming Dante's digital dance floor (VR).

Déjà-view
Target: Device
Duration: S
Fade Value: L
By capturing recent recordings, you loop a small clip of video footage, audio track, or sensor reading to continually play instead of the live inputs. Make an Opposed Threading test against the target's Intuition + Data Processing. Success allows you to replay a recent reading of up to your net hits in minutes for as long as your sustain it. While sustained a user may reroll a Intuition + Data Processing test if any suspicion is aroused. If the opposed device beats your hits it suffers no looping, although there are slight influences of the data. Small flickers of color, quite background static, or a constant oscillation of the current temperature will occur as long as sustained.

Love it! We absolutely need that Hollowgraphics:)  And Déjà-view is basically a specialized and sustained Editor.  Very nice.
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #511 on: (00:29:18/10-23-17) »
Resonance Flood
Target: Device
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 3
Resonance Surge
Target: Host
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 1

Null Pointer

Jolt
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PushR

Resonance Tether

So Resonance Flood / Surge would be corollaries to Chaotic World, etc.  CF corollaries to spells are cool to see, but I expect it'd be considered a tad OP, at least with fading at those values. (Affecting a whole host and all of its assets seems like a far larger scope than just an AoE spell.)

I have somewhat mixed feelings about Null Pointer.  On one hand it feels a tad OP.  On the other, it's a sort of Resonance version of Garbage In, Garbage Out, except it's limited to matrix actions and doesn't require marks.  So idk.

Meh, Jolt goes a little against my idea of technos being the purveyors of sneaky rules-breaking shenanigans. Your foe starts taking biofeedback for no clear reason and you'll tip them off that A) they're dealing with a techno somewhere, and B) they need to watch the heck out.  I, for one, don't like either of those things.

PushR is a cool idea, but I doubt I'd ever take it. If I really wanted to force someone to change interface modes, I'd probably just Puppeteer them into it.  Actually, I'd probably take it a step further and force them to Jack Out.  Better to take them out of the fight for a while than to merely give them a minor dice pool modifier that they could just undo with a simple action right after that.

I guess Resonance Tether could be kinda cool. Especially when you want to be particularly nasty and combine it with Tattletale on an enemy decker. (Insert evil laugh here.)

Obfu-skate
Target: Self
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 2
When running silent isn't enough, you choose to ride the flow of Resonance to make your connections. Others attempting to find you through a Matrix Perception test suffer a dice pool penalty equal to your hits. This penalty applies to foes and allies alike. Much like running silent, once someone has a MARK on you, you appear clear as day.

Now this... this is exactly what we need!  I wish we could've had this from the beginning!  Not only is it a great effect, it also has a great name :) 

And here's some echoes!

Algorhythm:
    You gain a bonus equal to your submersion grade to actions when using devices in which you benefit from a wireless-on bonus. In addition to this, you benefit from smartlink as if you had paid essence for it.   :D

Infinite Persona:

You really like to play on words, don't you? lol.  Algorhythm is pretty cool.  I've been bemoaning how there aren't any echoes that scale with submersion grade ever since I started looking at mages and initiation.  Even so, it'd probably be considered more than a little OP if it's allowed to stack with Diagnostics.  It should also probably be limited to only affect a certain number of devices at once. Maybe either Grade / 2, rounded up, or Res / 2, rounded up?

The most fitting part of this, imo, is that it would officially allow you to get smartlink bonuses.  In my mind, technos should always be allowed to do so (especially with skinlink - which I also feel they should get for free) because, why the frak wouldn't someone whose brain serves as a computer and a wifi modem be able to read those particular signals?

Not a fan of Infinite Persona.  I think it's fair for re-arranging of matrix stats to be a special thing deckers have.  Plus, it doesn't really mesh very well with how I think of technos - matrix stats being tied to their mental prowess and all.

RAID:
Through subverting networking protocols, you can create a PAN and slave a number of devices equal to twice your Resonance plus your submersion grade. This results in faint impressions of your Resonance Signature on those slaved.
//Resonance Array of Independent Devices

Wardiving:

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! RAID is exactly what technos need!
Question: do you mean 2Res + grade, or 2(Res + grade)?  I kinda feel like either would be a tad OP, but the former may be acceptable enough.

Wardiving is cool, too.  Fairly balanced by its limitations.  But it won't take all that long to build your grade high enough for that static, unavoidable penalty to completely neuter IC from anything but really powerful hosts.  I'd suggest nerfing it down to just 1/2 grade, rounded up.  Much more manageable for the gm.

Kludge
Target: Device
Duration: P
Fade Value: L - 2
Sometimes getting the job done is better than doing it right. At the cost of cutting corners, you can accomplish what you need when necessary.
Make an Opposed Threading test against the Device's Willpower + Data Processing. You gain a bonus to Matrix Actions targeting the Device equal to your net hits, but each action adds your net hits to your OS. This bonus persists until either party Reboots.

Ex: Jade threads Kludge against an Office Assistance commlink and gets 3 net hits. Whether she tries a Hack on the Fly or Trace Icon action, she will add three dice to her test and gain 3 to her OS in addition to what OS she may accrue from her actions.

Poly-Gone

Everything has a cost, and I'd say your Kludge includes a pretty appropriate cost for such a potent benefit.  Good job.  You may want to say "but each illegal action," for the sake of clarity.

As for Poly-Gone, I doubt I'd bother learning it.  If something has me link-locked, I think I'd just go ahead and take the dumpshock from jacking out.  A threshold of whoever's attack is pretty steep, and if they've managed to lock me down in the first place, then I probably don't even want to stick around anyway.

All in all, good work!  Some of those ideas are pure gold.
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #512 on: (15:36:11/10-23-17) »
Duplicate Program
[Program] of Resonance

Now for my version - as a re-worked echo.  (I see the appeal to making programs into CFs, but I rather prefer their being permanent over only lasting a few minutes at a time, and then possibly causing fading to boot.)

Resonance Program Suite:
   This echo lets you duplicate the effects of various cyberprograms.  You may have a number of common or hacking programs equal to your submersion grade active at the same time.  You may turn one resonance program on or off, or switch one resonance program for another one you know as a free action.  You learn one such resonance program of your choice as part of gaining this echo, and can learn additional ones as though learning a new Complex Form (spend 4 karma after a Software + Intuition [Mental] test; divide hits by 12 to determine how many days it takes to learn).
   If you have the RAID echo, you may also apply any active resonance programs to any number of those slaved devices.


And now for something I've wanted ever since my first days of playing a techno:

Sprite Evolution:
   This echo lets you incorporate your individual echoes or resonance programs into your sprites.  When you compile a new sprite, you may build a number of your known echoes or resonance programs (combined) into the sprite's code equal to its Level / 3.  Registering a sprite increases this capacity by 1, but re-registering has no such effect.  This composition is permanent for each individual sprite, though sprites may turn an individual resonance program on or off with a free action.  (Doing so does not count against services owed.)
   You must have already submerged at least once prior to taking this echo.

(And yeah, the Sprite echo could still use a better name.)
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #513 on: (04:33:12/10-24-17) »
Resonnance Ice
You may duplicate effect off RICE to protect your how mind while in cybercombat, you may reproduce up to "resonnance" ICE at a time but you may not know more than (submersion grade/2 round down) ICE type at a time. Your RICE is not considered Legal (be aware of your OS), and you can choose to activate or deactivate one with a normal action. Your ICE attack every turn at you initiative, BEFORE you activate or deactivate one.

What do you think?

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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #514 on: (12:41:00/10-24-17) »
Cool idea, but there's no way technos can have a whole 'nother set of matrix minions.  The only way "resonance ICE" can work is if they're governed by the same rules as sprites. 

So, pick your favorite forms of ICE and then retool them as new sprites (keeping in mind that Data Processing = Logic = Initiative bonus, and Sleaze = Intuition, etc).

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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #515 on: (10:47:51/10-25-17) »
Maybe it is possible to count them in the limit of sprites a technomancer can have too. And call them Ice-prites.

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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #516 on: (16:04:00/10-25-17) »
Enhance Firmware

Data Surge

Cryptext

Eh, Enhance Firmware / AMP sounds a tad OP, at least if combined with Diagnostics.  I'd at least recommend disallowing those to stack.
Fair point. Some retooling would help.

Data Surge as written would shut down all of your own devices and those of your team.  I'd probably never take it.
An oversight on my part. This should be reworked. Nice catch.

Maybe I just haven't been at this long enough, but I can't think of many times where I'd want to use Cryptext
I imagine it has a lot of creative uses :P

AVOID (Alternate Verification Of IDentity)
Just use Resonance Veil.
I think Veil is too vague to make playable.

Whitespace
   
Yes! Pretty limited by only targeting Self, but still. Technos definitely need something like this.  But it'd help to fluff it so that it makes sense for your matrix presence to directly mask your body from physical sensors; otherwise, it'd be more logical to target the sensors directly.
You’re right. An example would do a lot of good for this.

Honeypot
Meh, that function is basically filled by Misread Marks already.
Sorta, except, as written Misread Marks leads to a non-game state with IC performing actions that can’t target what they targeting, and targets that can’t be affected by such actions.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hollowgrafix

Déjà-view

Love it! We absolutely need that Hollowgraphics:)  And Déjà-view is basically a specialized and sustained Editor.  Very nice.
Thank you :)

Duplicate Program
[Program] of Resonance

Now for my version - as a re-worked echo.  (I see the appeal to making programs into CFs, but I rather prefer their being permanent over only lasting a few minutes at a time, and then possibly causing fading to boot.)

Resonance Program Suite:
   This echo lets you duplicate the effects of various cyberprograms.  You may have a number of common or hacking programs equal to your submersion grade active at the same time.  You may turn one resonance program on or off, or switch one resonance program for another one you know as a free action.  You learn one such resonance program of your choice as part of gaining this echo, and can learn additional ones as though learning a new Complex Form (spend 4 karma after a Software + Intuition [Mental] test; divide hits by 12 to determine how many days it takes to learn).
   If you have the RAID echo, you may also apply any active resonance programs to any number of those slaved devices.
I like this approach to it. Worth looking more into it.

And now for something I've wanted ever since my first days of playing a techno:

Sprite Evolution:
   This echo lets you incorporate your individual echoes or resonance programs into your sprites.  When you compile a new sprite, you may build a number of your known echoes or resonance programs (combined) into the sprite's code equal to its Level / 3.  Registering a sprite increases this capacity by 1, but re-registering has no such effect.  This composition is permanent for each individual sprite, though sprites may turn an individual resonance program on or off with a free action.  (Doing so does not count against services owed.)
   You must have already submerged at least once prior to taking this echo.

(And yeah, the Sprite echo could still use a better name.)
Looks pretty cool. Very -Optional Powers- from spirits.


Resonance Flood
Target: Device
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 3
Resonance Surge
Target: Host
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 1

Null Pointer

Jolt
...
PushR

Resonance Tether

So Resonance Flood / Surge would be corollaries to Chaotic World, etc.  CF corollaries to spells are cool to see, but I expect it'd be considered a tad OP, at least with fading at those values. (Affecting a whole host and all of its assets seems like a far larger scope than just an AoE spell.)
Yeah if Complex Forms are just Matrix Spells, there could have been some more translation in the core book. Though this do need some polish.

I have somewhat mixed feelings about Null Pointer.  On one hand it feels a tad OP.  On the other, it's a sort of Resonance version of Garbage In, Garbage Out, except it's limited to matrix actions and doesn't require marks.  So idk.
Fair enough. I’ve been trying to playtest them at my table. This one hasn’t come up yet.

Meh, Jolt goes a little against my idea of technos being the purveyors of sneaky rules-breaking shenanigans. Your foe starts taking biofeedback for no clear reason and you'll tip them off that A) they're dealing with a techno somewhere, and B) they need to watch the heck out.  I, for one, don't like either of those things.
I was just thinking of some swoopy, unexplainable stuff happening because technomancers *eerie sounds*

PushR is a cool idea, but I doubt I'd ever take it. If I really wanted to force someone to change interface modes, I'd probably just Puppeteer them into it.  Actually, I'd probably take it a step further and force them to Jack Out.  Better to take them out of the fight for a while than to merely give them a minor dice pool modifier that they could just undo with a simple action right after that.
The original idea is a mix between forcing someone into a tortoise like interface and “Getting booted from OTC”.

I guess Resonance Tether could be kinda cool. Especially when you want to be particularly nasty and combine it with Tattletale on an enemy decker. (Insert evil laugh here.)

Obfu-skate
Target: Self
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 2
When running silent isn't enough, you choose to ride the flow of Resonance to make your connections. Others attempting to find you through a Matrix Perception test suffer a dice pool penalty equal to your hits. This penalty applies to foes and allies alike. Much like running silent, once someone has a MARK on you, you appear clear as day.

Now this... this is exactly what we need!  I wish we could've had this from the beginning!  Not only is it a great effect, it also has a great name :) 
This is just a retooled Invisibility “spell”. :P

And here's some echoes!

Algorhythm:
    You gain a bonus equal to your submersion grade to actions when using devices in which you benefit from a wireless-on bonus. In addition to this, you benefit from smartlink as if you had paid essence for it.   :D

Infinite Persona:

You really like to play on words, don't you? lol.  Algorhythm is pretty cool.  I've been bemoaning how there aren't any echoes that scale with submersion grade ever since I started looking at mages and initiation.  Even so, it'd probably be considered more than a little OP if it's allowed to stack with Diagnostics.  It should also probably be limited to only affect a certain number of devices at once. Maybe either Grade / 2, rounded up, or Res / 2, rounded up?

The most fitting part of this, imo, is that it would officially allow you to get smartlink bonuses.  In my mind, technos should always be allowed to do so (especially with skinlink - which I also feel they should get for free) because, why the frak wouldn't someone whose brain serves as a computer and a wifi modem be able to read those particular signals?

Not a fan of Infinite Persona.  I think it's fair for re-arranging of matrix stats to be a special thing deckers have.  Plus, it doesn't really mesh very well with how I think of technos - matrix stats being tied to their mental prowess and all.
All fair points

RAID:

Wardiving:

Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! RAID is exactly what technos need!
Question: do you mean 2Res + grade, or 2(Res + grade)?  I kinda feel like either would be a tad OP, but the former may be acceptable enough.
Just like math. 2r+g=13 assuming Res 6 and Grade 1.


Wardiving is cool, too.  Fairly balanced by its limitations.  But it won't take all that long to build your grade high enough for that static, unavoidable penalty to completely neuter IC from anything but really powerful hosts.  I'd suggest nerfing it down to just 1/2 grade, rounded up.  Much more manageable for the gm.

Kludge

Poly-Gone

Everything has a cost, and I'd say your Kludge includes a pretty appropriate cost for such a potent benefit.  Good job.  You may want to say "but each illegal action," for the sake of clarity.
Yeah I think that’s how I wrote it before posting it here.


As for Poly-Gone, I doubt I'd bother learning it.  If something has me link-locked, I think I'd just go ahead and take the dumpshock from jacking out.  A threshold of whoever's attack is pretty steep, and if they've managed to lock me down in the first place, then I probably don't even want to stick around anyway.

All in all, good work!  Some of those ideas are pure gold.

A normal Jack-Out’s threshold is the (highest) Attack Attribute. This just gives an avenue for TMs to leave without having the Hardware skill.

Thank you though for taking the time to comb through these and provide some comments and criticism. I appreciate it :)
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #517 on: (11:49:53/11-02-17) »
Another idea:

The Core Rules mention a range of 100 Meters in which wireless devices are spotted automatically without having to perform any action, unless they are running silently.
Furthermore, I always assumed that you also get a rough estimation of their position in the real world, but I´m not sure if that´s RAI...
Anyways: How about Echoes and/or Complex Forms that either tamper with this range or offer additional perks when interacting with devices in this range?

Note: For the following examples, I call these 100 Meters "Immediate signal range". Seems like a good opputurnity to coin a new keyword here  ;D

Dead Angle (Echo)
The closer you get, the harder you are to spot. When running silently, you may add your Submersion Grade to defense against Matrix Perception tests coming from your Immediate signal range.

Trust by Closeness (Echo)
You may use the Spoof Command Matrix Action against devices in your Immediate signal range as if you already have a mark on their owner.

Close Combat Coder (Echo)
You may add your Submersion Grade in bonus dice to any Cybercombat Test against devices in your Immediate signal range

Proximal Perception Perk (Echo)
You may add your Submersion Grade in bonus dice to any Matrix Perception Test against devices in your Immediate signal range
(Feel free to add similar Echoes for other Tests, preferably with stupid Aliterations  8))

Triangulator (Echo)
Assuming that I´m wrong about automatically getting the physical location as well: When you have spotted a Device in your Immediate signal range, you also know its physical location. (Because seriously, anything that eliminates additional Matrix Actions is worthwhile!)

Rats in the Walls (Echo)
You have heightened your sensibility to the subtle signs of hidden devices in the Matrix. While you still need to Perform a successfull Matrix perception test to spot them, you always know if and how many devices are running silently in your Immediate signal range.

Expanded Coverage (Echo)
You add your Submersion Grade * 100 Meters to your Immediate signal range.

Alternative Complex Form Version:

Expand Coverage (Complex Form)
Target: Self
Duration: S
Fade Value: L
For each Net hit, you may add 100 Meters to your Immediate signal range.

And two more Complex Forms messing with ISR:

Palantir (Complex Form)
Target: Device
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 2
Resisted with Intuition+Data Processing. On a Net Hit, you can treat the area covered by the targets Immediate signal range like it´s also covered by yours.

Glaucoma (Complex Form)
Target: Persona
Duration: S
Fade Value: L - 2
Resisted with Intuition+Data Processing. If successfull, the target´s Immediate signal range is reduced by Net Hits * 50 Meters. The target loses all devices in the now uncovered regions as long as they haven´t performed a deliberate Matrix Action against them before the Complex Form resolved.

Edit: Added "Dead Angle" and "Trust by Closeness" as another suggestion for speeding things up.
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #518 on: (15:06:54/11-03-17) »
I think Veil is too vague to make playable.

It certainly is too vague, but it's still workable.  Especially if you focus on the "something has happened line.  I'd say it's limited to illusory actions / processes, rather than anything that's static.  So a Veil to make the SIN scanner think it read a valid SIN when you really aren't even broadcasting a fake works, but a Veil to disguise your living persona as a mere comm without any attack or sleaze doesn't work.
   Besides, Veil is still RAW, and I doubt Catalyst would want to add a section to the Techno book that actually invalidates an ability from Core.
   ... Although they did do that to MysAds' alchemy in FA, so who knows lol.

Still, I'd say it's better to rework, or at least to clarify, Res Veil than to simply cut and replace the matrix illusion altogether.

Whitespace
   
But it'd help to fluff it...

You’re right. An example would do a lot of good for this.


I think Whitespace needs a little more fluff than just an example.  It wasn't clear to me how a CF on yourself would make your body undetectable to sensors.  I mean, it's not like manipulating your wifi signal... er, Matrix signal... alone will have any bearing on cameras, etc, because they work on actual physical stimuli -- light being reflected into their sensors, sound vibrations, thermal radiation, etc.

So for a CF on yourself to be able to prevent sensors from detecting you, it'd pretty much need to prevent those physical processes from occurring in the first place (which is clearly outside the scope of how Resonance is depicted).
---   The only way I can see to maybe get past this is to say your Resonance kind of merges with the light, sound waves, etc that your body gives off, and travels alongside them to the sensors, where the resonance then causes the devices to glitch and detect no change.
   But that still seems like a stretch to me.

Sprite Evolution:
(And yeah, this Sprite echo could still use a better name.)
Looks pretty cool. Very -Optional Powers- from spirits.

Eh, the Sprite echo is less to give them "optional powers" than it is to simply incorporate your own resonance growth into them.  Remember, unlike mages with spirits, technos actually create their sprites, so it just makes sense to me to be able to build some of my own resonance abilities into these resonance constructs I'm making.
... But yeah. It is effectively a lot like spirits' optional powers lol


Obfu-skate

Now this... this is exactly what we need!  I wish we could've had this from the beginning! 
This is just a retooled Invisibility “spell”. :P

Nah, this is totally different :P 
No, but really.  The Invisibility spells only hide you from a single facet of perception - visual.  An invisible person could still be detected with audio, thermal, or even olfactory.  And you can hurt someone even if you can't see them.
- Not so in the matrix.  If you manage to avoid all matrix perception, then not only do you (probably) avoid setting off any alarms, but nothing can even target you. 

So something that helps you avoid matrix perception is very potent indeed.  And it really drives home the fluff about how sneaky and bewildering technos are supposed to be :)

A normal Jack-Out’s threshold is the (highest) Attack Attribute. This just gives an avenue for TMs to leave without having the Hardware skill.

Thank you though for taking the time to comb through these and provide some comments and criticism. I appreciate it :)

Jack Out actually isn't a threshold test, it's an opposed test; whatever has you link-locked opposes your action with Logic + Attack.  And of course, if multiple things have you link-locked, then each of them rolls their defense separately.


It's my pleasure.  And I'm really glad you like my echo ideas :D
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Re: Technomancer feedback for a new book!
« Reply #519 on: (10:31:18/11-06-17) »
A huge grieviance for TMs: No direct connections right out of chargen. TM´s are supposed to be more versatile, yet they need to undergo Submersion before they can do one of the most basic things.

Three Suggestions to fix this problem (that don´t exclude each other):
  • Allow TMs to get a direct connection via Trodes or at least via an implanted Data Jack. (Note: I kinda assume that this might already be RAI, but it´s never explicitly stated that TMs can can use Trodes/Jacks this way...)
  • Add Qualities that allow TMs to get the Skinlink Echo at chargen, so you can build a dedicated "hands-on"-Mancer.
  • Improved Data taps (perhaps more expensive and more complicated to set up) that allow for wireless direct connections when you´re near enough. Note that this would benefit deckers as well and also vastly improve group synergy with stealthy team members.

Edit: Point 2 would do great for a Paragon, which will hopefully make a return. Why not just call it:

Hands-On
Followers of Hands-On are all about direct, physical interaction with devices. However, remote control is not their strength.
Advantage: +2 on Hardware-Tests when physically interacting with a device, Gain the Skinlink Echo for free.
Advantage: -1 on all Matrix Test targetting or using devices when not having physical contact with it.
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