That is certainly one of the distinctions I'm personally hoping for between drones and NPCs. Drones should be treated as specialised tools. Whereas an NPC and the player might be able to fly a ship where you can swap different modules and weapons in and out quite easily, everything inside a drone should be hardwired into it. You can have drones that specifically use lasers to deal damage, drones that produce EMP damage, drones that mine, drones that relay intel to the controlling agent, etc.Flatfingers wrote:The key advantage of sentience is environmental adaptability. I like the notion that drones can do just one thing well and don't have financial or emotional goals, while NPCs are OK at several things (and possibly really good at one thing) but need some form of upkeep.
Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:57 am