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Small computers that strap to the wrist, these ubiquitous gizmos come in several forms and can hold a variety of data packages designed to help the wearer.
As well as storing programs (see Below), each serves as a diary, data storage devices, communicator (5 mile range), and calculator. Program information can be displayed via speech, either through a discrete earpiece or the computer’s speaker, or text on a small screen.
The wrist computers’ primary purpose is to store small programs. In game terms, these grant the wearer help through a cooperative roll (See Below). The skill die varies with the level of program. Only one program can be used in a given round, no matter how many wrist computers or programs are available. Accessing a program is considered a free action, made as part of a skill roll. Swapping a program chip takes an action. Each program must be purchased separately.
Program chips cannot be used at a lesser level. For instance, a Model II computer can store 3 levels of programs, but the user has two level II programs—Healing and Repair. He can install just one program—can’t install both and use one at a d4 to save memory.
The following skills are available as programs: Gambling (Illegal), Healing, Investigation (Encyclopedia), Knowledge (specific skill), Lockpicking (Illegal), Persuasion (etiquette program), Repair, Survival, Taunt (insults from numerous races), and Tracking.
Sometimes characters may want to cooperate and help a friend complete some kind of urgent task. If two or more characters want to perform a task together (and the GM decides it’s possible for them to do so), the lead character makes his roll and adds +1 for every success and raise his companions achieved on their own rolls. This has a normal maximum of +4 for all tasks except those of strength, which has no maximum.
So in other words: (as pertains to the Wrist Computer)
Lets say you need to make a Healing roll to save a party member and you have a Healing program on your Wrist Com. You need to:
Roll your initial Healing skill die
Roll your Wrist Com Program die
Add +1 for each success with your Program die (max of +4)
Hopefully the number is high enough