Should cultured bioware cost a mage his/her essence?
Thu, 15 May 1997 10:50:33 -0400
Gurth says: >> No. Bioware affects a magickally enhanced person's Magic Rating just >> like cyberware [no matter what the grade], but his Essence stays the >> SAME, jus like the magickally challenged among us :-]. > >For the record, the above is a house rule; Shadowtech explicitly states >that bioware costs Essence equal to its Body Cost when implanted into a >magician (see the last paragraph on page 5). It is a common house rule to >do things the way Victor describes, though.
Sorry , when I posted that. I'm so used to using that rule for bioware in my games, that I didn't remember the official ruling from Shadowtech [the cat's been hiding it under his litterbox]. It's worked so far in my games; no one's tried to abuse it. I guess it all depends on how sensitive the GM wants to make the magically active person's arual template to changes in the physical form.Message no. 2
Re: Should cultured bioware cost a mage his/her essence?
Fri, 16 May 1997 12:03:15 +0100
Fisher, Victor said on 10:50/15 May 97...
> Sorry , when I posted that. I'm so used to using that rule for > bioware in my games, that I didn't remember the official ruling from > Shadowtech [the cat's been hiding it under his litterbox]. It's worked > so far in my games; no one's tried to abuse it. I guess it all depends > on how sensitive the GM wants to make the magically active person's > arual template to changes in the physical form.
Hey, I'm not saying you shouldn't use it -- I believe it was the first thing I thought of when I first read that paragraph in Shadowtech year ago. I've said before that it looks to me like that rule was added as an afterthought when someone at FASA suddenly noticed that bioware had to have some kind of drawback for magicians, like cyberware.
As written, that rule doesn't feel right to me (despite the "justification" of physical integrity being more important for magicians than for others), so I'm very much in favor of not subtracting the Body Index from Essence permamently, but only for calculating the Magic Rating.
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