chougou wrote:Chougou would also like to prepare 2 of his Aztechnology Crawlers and equip them with Yamaha Raidens and his Steel Lynx to be equipped with the Enfield AS-7 Shotgun to be picked up later when he gets back to his hovel. ((Can they equip themselves or do they require a human to do that for them?))
GameMaster wrote:((Drone weapons are not easy to snap on and off. You need tools and time, so the drones definitely can't do it on their own. You'd have to do it. It's not super involved, just a matter of bolting it all together, but not something most people do regularly. Weapons usually just permanently sit in your drones until you decide to swap them out or whatever.))
This seemed like it might could use a little more discussion. I'm playing a mage but I love riggers too.
Drones are basically small unmanned vehicles, and take the same kind of maintenance and skills as owning a vehicle of the appropriate type would to operate and modify.
For the sake of convenience the rules assume that weapons mount with some sort of mechanical converter kit rather than requiring separate vehicle only weapon systems. It's not accurate to say you are just handing a drone a shotgun, but rather you are converting that shotgun mechanically into a vehicle mounted weapon system, and then modifying the vehicle with a place to mount the weapon. 10 drones with the exact same stats might look completely different since they are all custom jobs. Few vehicles other than security or military models come stock with turrets and such.
In the fullness of time when you have a bit of money to spend on it, you can get a lot of usage from a simple turret mounted with a custom weapon. Shotguns or Assault Rifles mounted with an underbarrel grenade launcher and modified for multiple ammunition sources give you plenty of flexibility. My favorite is a bin of gel rounds and a bin of something...not gel. Similarly for the grenade launcher, it's handy to switch from concussion to something with bite.