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Episode 1666: Digital Inter Face

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NEWS: I am travelling on business from Saturday 16 June to Saturday 23 June. Comics should update automatically as normal, but if anything goes wrong I won't be able to fix it until I get home.

With so many competing standards around, it's no sure bet that you can interface with any random data port in an enemy infiltration scenario. If you really want to make things difficult, make the vital data port some exotic connector that the PCs have never even seen before.

Be careful though. If you take this too far, you could end up with heroes running around with backpacks full of as many different adapter plugs as they can think of.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Sally's idea of an available data port is another robot.

Not the data port that the other robot is using; the other robot itself.

Sally seems to have gotten into the spirit of roleplaying: achieve your goal, regard anything in your way as an obstacle to overcome, the Game Master will roll with whatever ideas you come up with, and just find a way to make it work.

I'm so glad that they're trying to pass this off as just a piece of roleplaying. I mean, imagine if this was trying to be presented as some type of historical drama-mentary (docu-drama?). You know, perhaps slightly dramatized, but still an attempt to tell a historical story, that took place a long time ago, in a distant land.

— Keybounce

The Empire uses USB I see. And not even the spiffy new USB-C.

I don't think R2 ever had this issue. I guess he was an older model, and had a nice and easy PS/2 connector.

— aurilee

Transcript

Cassian: We need to find a map, and get security access.
K-2SO: I can get those if we find a data port.
GM: You don't see any nearby.
Bria: Search for secret doors!
K-2SO: I'll use this port over here.
[SFX]: roll...
K-2SO: 18 for Grapple!
GM: Uh...
{K-2SO grabs an identical looking Imperial droid and accesses the data port in the back of its head}
K-2SO: I plug in my data probe.
GM: <roll> It doesn't fit into the socket.
K-2SO: I turn it upside down.
GM: <roll> Still doesn't fit.
K-2SO: I turn it upside down again.
GM: <roll> It fits now.


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Published: Sunday, 17 June, 2018; 03:11:02 PDT
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