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Starship Computer

A computer system functions in many ways as a ship’s brain. Most computers aboard starships have at least a rudimentary artificial personality, and while they can’t fully perform the duties of a crew member, they can assist crew members in various tasks. However, many spacefarers claim that over time, a starship’s computers can develop temperaments and personality quirks that set them apart from identical computers in other ships. A starship has a basic computer of a tier equal to half the starship’s tier (minimum 1); see the Computers skill on page 137 and Computers on page 213 for more information about how a starship computer can be hacked or upgraded. Which upgrades a crew can purchase for its starship computer is determined by the GM; some upgrades can be purchased with Build Points (see page 294).
While a starship’s computer is responsible for operating and managing a wide variety of starship systems at any given point in time, only a starship with an integrated control module (ICM) can aid the crew in starship combat (the basic computer listed on the table below is the only option that lacks an ICM). In general, an ICM adds a flat circumstance bonus to one or more starship combat checks, decided just before the check is attempted. An ICM has a number of nodes; each node grants its bonus to one starship combat check per round. Multiple nodes allow an ICM to influence multiple starship combat checks in a round, but they do not allow a computer to add multiple bonuses to the same starship combat check.
The cost of an ICM for the starship’s computer is equal to the bonus it grants squared, multiplied by its number of nodes. ICMs can be purchased only with Build Points, not with credits.

NameBonusNodesPCUCost (In BP)Source
Basic computer+0000CRB p.297
Mk 1 mononode+11101CRB p.297
Mk 1 duonode+1/+12102CRB p.297
Mk 1 trinode+1/+1/+13103CRB p.297
Mk 1 tetranode+1/+1/+1/+14104CRB p.297
Mk 2 mononode+21154CRB p.297
Mk 2 duonode+2/+22158CRB p.297
Mk 2 trinode+2/+2/+231512CRB p.297
Mk 2 tetranode+2/+2/+2/+241516CRB p.297
Mk 3 mononode+31209CRB p.297
Mk 3 duonode+3/+322018CRB p.297
Mk 3 trinode+3/+3/+332027CRB p.297
Mk 3 tetranode+3/+3/+3/+342036CRB p.297
Mk 4 mononode+412516CRB p.297
Mk 4 duonode+4/+422532CRB p.297
Mk 4 trinode+4/+4/+432548CRB p.297
Mk 5 mononode+513025CRB p.297
Mk 5 duonode+5/+523050CRB p.297
Mk 5 trinode+5/+5/+533075CRB p.297
Mk 6 mononode+613536CRB p.297
Mk 6 duonode+6/+623572CRB p.297
Mk 7 mononode+714049CRB p.297
Mk 7 duonode+7/+724098CRB p.297
Mk 8 mononode+814564CRB p.297
Mk 8 duonode+8/+8245128CRB p.297
Mk 9 mononode+915081CRB p.298
Mk 9 duonode+9/+9250162CRB p.298
Mk 10 mononode+10155100CRB p.298
Mk 10 duonode+10/+10255200CRB p.298

Supercolossal Notes

Supercolossal starships use the computer systems normally available to other starships. This main computer system must be mk 4 or higher. Unlike typical starships, however, a Supercolossal ship can have a second computer system of a lower mark than the main system.
A Supercolossal vessel also has enough space to augment a mk 4 or better mononode computer with subordinate systems called network nodes; these nodes increase the computing power of the augmented mononode computer. A node might be a dedicated technological system, a hardwired cybernetic undead creature, a biotech calculating organism, a magitech information crystal, or one of a myriad of other devices that increase computer processing power and accessibility.
Regardless of their appearances, network nodes cost significantly fewer Build Points than computers that offer the same bonuses. The cost of a network node is equal to the mark of the mononode computer the network node augments, and the network node provides one bonus as if it were one node of the augmented computer. Network nodes consume a lot of power, so a computer can have a maximum number of connected network nodes no higher than half its mark. The following table summarizes these network node parameters.

NameBonusNodes MaximumPCUCost (In BP)Source
Mk 4 network node+4284DS06 p.46
Mk 5 network node+52105DS06 p.46
Mk 6 network node+63116DS06 p.46
Mk 7 network node+73137DS06 p.46
Mk 8 network node+84158DS06 p.46
Mk 9 network node+94179DS06 p.46
Mk 10 network node+1051910DS06 p.46

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