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Nadja Keto

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Starship 5.0 Sub-Capital Ship Tool

05 February 2018 - 06:50 PM

Welcome to week 6 of Factory 5.0!

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We have a new addition to the Starship 5.0 excel tool today!

 

Added to the excel guide for 5.0 Starships, previously only a tool for capital ships, is a tool to check your ratings on Starfighters and other ships under 50 meters.

 

You can still find this at the bottom of the Starship 5.0 templates, in the reference material section, bundled with the previous iteration of the excel guide for capital ships.

 

Things you might notice:

  • Squadron size only features ratings: Similar to our process of assigning a 'default' maximum size per rating for hangars, the Squadron sizes have their maximum amount listed for each rating listed in the Squadron Count field within the template. When selecting a rating the number which correlates to that rating is in our template.
  • Hyperdrive Speeds: As whether or not a starfighter has a hyperdrive can greatly impact their use, as without one would require the use of capital ship hangars, as well as how fast or slow one is. Because of how much of an impact a hyperdrive can put on the use of starfighters, we've included their ratings (None or No Hyperdrive, Very Slow, Average, and Very Fast) into the tool so you can determine how much of an impact it has on your ship if you were to make its hyperdrive faster, slow, or remove it altogether.

As with the previous iteration of this tool, it does not take into account the use of advanced systems and other strengths present in the submission. You may still be asked to amend your submission if your ship is thrown out of balance by adding additional strengths and advanced systems.


Starship 5.0 Capital Ship Tool

26 January 2018 - 10:24 AM

Welcome to week 4 of Factory 5.0!

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We have a new addition to the Starship Template today!

 

As promised with the previous update to the Starship section, the Factory has come together and created a new excel guide to replace the retired one.

 

You can find this new excel sheet at the bottom of the Starship 5.0 templates, grouped with our other reference material.

 

Things you might notice:

  • Hangar size is replaced with the actual rating (so rather than clicking an arrow to add squadrons or remove them you will just select a rating from a dropdown menu): These ratings correlate to the amount permitted for the size of the ship you are creating, which is located in each of our starship templates.
  • All starships over 1000 meters are now in a single sheet: Due to simply going with pure ratings, which will correlate to the default sizes in the templates or any size which matches the rating you've chosen in the tool, we have far fewer splits in sizes.
  • Sizes under 1000 meters are split from 50-100, 101-200, 201-500, and 501-1000: As you might have noticed in the template, certain ship classifications lack certain ratings. An example would be the 50-100 meter corvettes, which only have the Average, Very High, and Extreme ratings. This tool accounts for this by having a separate sheet for each of these ranges.
  • There are more clear instructions when ratings and production are too high: The guide will let you know if you are one or two ratings over, and provide some suggestions for how to resolve this. It will also let you know if your ratings are low, so you don't end up accidentally submitting something that is under powered on accident!

 

Just remember that this sheet does not take advanced systems and other special strengths into consideration! You may still be asked to lower ratings if you add additional advanced systems or strengths while already at your maximum amount of ratings and production.


New Hangar Ratings!

14 January 2018 - 11:46 AM

Welcome to week 3 of Factory 5.0!

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Today we have an update for the Starship section of the factory!

 

Those of you who use the Starship section of the factory to make capital ships may have noticed some considerable limitation on hangar sizes, especially on larger ships.

 

As of today, starting now, those limitations have been lessened considerably. Each template, and their cookie cutter examples, have been updated to reflect the new sizes for each hangar rating as according to the size of their ship. Here is an example from the Star Destroyer template:

 

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You will now see the maximum amount of squadrons that a rating will allow, and the size of the ship it correlates to, in each template. All examples have been updated to reflect these changes.

 

Unfortunately, this also means we will have to say farewell to Raziel's excel guide while the factory works on making a new excel guide to help submitters in the future.


Account Permissions

07 November 2017 - 01:37 AM

As we have recently removed the master rank titles, which had a set of permissions (such as the "Show Edit by" line and the little text box that let us fill in a reason for an edit, or a checkbox to not show the Edit By line at all), I'd like to suggest that these permissions be given to writer accounts, or, if possible, writer and character accounts. I'm not really sure how these permissions work(ed) in the first place, so if this isn't feasible that's okay with me.


B14-NC4 "Bianca"

05 November 2017 - 05:15 AM

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OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

  • Manufacturer: Onadax Droid Technologies
  • Model: B14-NC4
  • Production: Unique
  • Affiliation: Bianca (B14-NC4)
  • Modularity: No
  • Material: 
    • Phrik
    • Synthskin
    • Biofiber
    • Human Replica Droid Components

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Classification: Fourth Degree, Human Replica Droid
  • Weight: 70 kg
  • Height: 1.8m
  • Movement: Bipedal
  • Armaments: 
    • None Built-In (Bare-Hands)
  • Misc. Equipment: 
    • Advanced Vocabulator
    • Ultraviolet - Night Vision - Infrared Optical Sensors
    • Advanced Internal Heads Up Display (HUD)
    • Internal Commlink
    • Concealed, Internal, Holorecorder
    • Advanced Heuristic Processor
    • Advanced Personality Matrix
    • Specialized Mathematical Subprocessor

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Special Optical Sensors - Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Nigh vision.
  • Advanced Heuristic Processor - Capable of learning as a somewhat gifted human would, through experience rather than by initial programming or being told.
  • Advanced Personality Matrix - Combined with sentience programming, this allows B14-NC4 to think, feel, and value her own life - as well as granting her individuality, especially in regards to her personality.
  • Specialized Mathematical Subprocessor - A specialized, dedicated, processing unit which increases the ability of and the efficiency in solving complex problems that can be approached from a mathematical perspective, such as using a series of equations to determine the best position to fire at a target in the distance from.
  • Phrik Bone Structure - While not as light as human bones, the phrik bone structure mimics, to some extent, the relative mass of a human being. It also provides incredible durability for the internal components of B14-NC4

Strengths:

  • Phrik Bone Structure - Although not quite as lightweight as human bones, the phrik structure, designed to mimic the human skeleton, provides incredible durability and protection from potential damage. The most vital of B14-NC4's components, such as her droid brain, are stored within a phrik skull.
  • Heightened Processing Power - Containing a specialized secondary processing unit, a mathematical subprocessor, B14-NC4 is capable of utilizing a mathematical approach to a given scenario, such as determining probability, at a heightened rate of efficiency. This processing unit is designed specifically to increase the speed and efficiency at which mathematical equations can be applied to a situation and solved. An example of this being used to her benefit would be to calculate the trajectory of a bullet for the purposes of assassination.

Weaknesses:

  • Data Gap - Despite being equipped with an advanced personality matrix, which allows B14 to think and feel as though she were any ordinary human being, she still has trouble understanding the emotionally-charged decisions that organics make, and becomes extremely flustered and more or less becomes a nervous wreck when experiencing one of these herself. This is perhaps due to the migration of her data and consciousness from her previous model to this largely more advanced model, creating gaps in understanding that might have came naturally without any amount of stress if she had been created and programmed with this particular model and its hardware in mind. In some ways she is more naive, while other times overwhelmed when attempting to make a choice between the logical decision or the emotional one. A similar scenario would be a hormonal teenager just entering puberty - with the emotional understanding of an eight year old.
  • Flagship Simulation - Just as any prototype serves the purpose of acting as a proof of concept, as well as a way to discover any potential faults in a given invention, B14 acts as a prototypical unit for the eventual model line that will be produced with a similar, but cheaper, schematic and hardware. Because of this she is subject to an experimental programming for sentience, which is not limited like a normal droid might be in order to grant her the fullest experience as a free-thinking entity might were they organic, and similarly experimental heuristic processor. Due to the nature of being experimental, and thus being the first to be equipped with this programming, she is potentially capable of running into malfunctions or glitches and errors that could cause harm to herself and potentially those around her. An example of this would being subjected to an intense emotional episode and locking up due to an unexpected infinite loop, causing a full system reboot that could take several minutes - which, in the case of a real world example, would be witnessing someone that has grown incredibly close to her die and having a system crash. These issues could permanently alter her data and personality, perhaps even to a greater extent than one suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the importance that her droid brain places on writing her personality and consciousness through experience. The only possible form of recovery for these issues would be a full system wipe, erasing her entire memory bank and effectively restarting her personality growth from day 1. In either scenario, B14-NC4 will be irreversibly effected in some negative way if a major system error or malfunction were to occur, which is calculated to have a seventy-percent probability of occurrence in the span of B14's period of activation.
  • Achilles' Heel - Ion weapons, from blasters to cannons, are the bane of nearly all droids' existences. B14-NC4 is no exception, fully vulnerable to the effects of ion weapons. And, unlike the previous model she had inhabited prior, the phrik skeletal structure is not encapsulated by a material to harden it from short-range EMP bursts, sacrificing that edge to blend in further with the rest of humanity.

DESCRIPTION

B14-NC4 has been something of an enigma. She existed, originally, as a human replica droid belonging to the ASN model line, a series of droids that were produced to experiment on the nature of sentient programming. A dozen or more droids were produced, each dropped on various backwater worlds infested with criminals, and were monitored for eighteen months while they attempted to blend in with the rest of the organic life they came into contact with. Those that were unable to assimilate were rounded up and recycled for parts, while those that assimilated and formed vague forms of self-awareness were retrieved for their upgrade to prototype units that were each one of a kind. "Bianca", or ASN-B14-NC4, was one of these select few that were considered a success and this specific unit was designed, programmed, and tailored to the personality and habits that B14 had formed while living on Nar Shaddaa.

 

Gone was the assassination protocols built into her primary directive - in fact, her primary directive and all semblance of a guiding hand in the way of programming was wiped clean from her memory. The resultant consciousness, devoid of its original purpose to serve as an assassin for whomever owned it, was uploaded to the new, experimental, droid brain. The brain itself, containing an advanced heuristic processor, specialized mathematical subprocessor, and an advanced personality matrix, was created from scratch and engineered with an unique design that made it entirely one-of-a-kind in regards to hardware, and the uploaded consciousness was that of the original B14's, including the social knowledge she'd gained from over four hundred hours of simulations in her old unit, with her original purpose erased and a completely removed limit on sentience - from the moment of her activation she will cease to function, from a processing standpoint, as a normal droid would and instead function as a simulation of the human mind.

 

There are several issues with being the first foray into the prospect of a perfect simulation of the human mind, especially being the only unit produced with her hardware and the sole prototype for the model to be produced following her probable success as an experimental candidate in creating the perfect replication of a human, and the largest is the importance that the core programming that houses her intelligence puts on writing her personality changes and knowledge data banks through experience. Due to the nature of simulating human emotions at varying extremes and the lack of a quantitative measurement of human sensitivity to emotions beyond physical pain and pleasure, calibrating her personality matrix to perfectly mimic the human mind's capacity to process emotions and deal with them is impossible without extensive testing that would defeat the purpose of attempting to make the unit develop in an uncontrolled environment. Being tuned to such a high sensitivity to the sensation of emotions, and due to the experimental nature of her personality matrix and heuristic processor, her programming and hardware is not capable of handling all emotional processes at a one-hundred percent efficiency - meaning that especially intense emotional episodes may cause the unit to completely lock up and will cause lasting psychological trauma that is comparable to, and potentially exceeds, that experienced by one inflicted with PTSD.

 

There are some differences from humans and the unit - aside from the fact that B14 is a droid, of course. The most notable is the phrik skeletal structure, which was done to protect the internal hardware of the unit in the instance of physical harm in order to salvage the droid brain and other important parts in case she needs to be rebuilt or recycled as a basis for future units. This skeletal structure, specifically the skull, provides an incredible amount of durability without an insane amount of added weight, as the ASN model had when using Quadanium steel for the skeletal structure. Unfortunately, in order to otherwise retain a human biology beyond the skeletal material, the layer of material used to harden the ASN line against EMPs was not included for B14's unit in order to not trip various medical sensors. Much like other droids, despite being intended to replicate the human condition, B14 is still vulnerable to ion weaponry.