|Jason Keeley Developer|
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Jason Keeley wrote:
Rereading the Drift Engines section of the starship building section, I realize that something may not have come across as intended. The "minimum PCU" listed in the table notes the minimum amount of PCU your ship's power core should provide to operate a Drift Engine, but it was never intended to be "factored in" in your ship's PCU budget. This mainly is because of the factor everyone has already mentioned: you can't really use the engine in combat.
Now this shouldn't really affect many of your games, as jumping in and out of the Drift is more about traveling than times when exciting encounters occur.
But do you think this distinction is an FAQ?
Hey, Jason. I do think that it's worth clarifying this in an FAQ. Just to make sure I understand what you're saying, I'm going to try to restate it:
"The Minimum PCU values listed in the table on page 298 of the Core Rulebook represent the minimum PCU value a ship's power core must be able to produce, not the minimum PCU that must be available for use at the time the drift engine is engaged. In other words, any ship with an Arcus Light or higher power core can employ at least a Signal Basic drift engine. No reconfiguration or powering down of systems is required to use the drift drive."
Is that correct?
I do think there's something interesting in the option of requiring reconfiguration, because it means ships with smaller power cores could be vulnerable to attack for a brief period after making a drift jump. That may be a fun detail for some groups, but if that's not what the designers intended, I think it's important for us to be certain of that.
Yeah, that's exactly what I meant!
There's already a FAQ about how switching up which systems are powered works, and it was my intent to A) make it as easy as possible outside of combat and B) not at all possible in combat. Its possible that being vulnerable right out of a Drift jump might appear in some scenario or adventure, but it would be the exception to our general intent. And probably the result of space goblins chewing on your wires.