Mechanic using a combat drone as a Segway?


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Okay, I have a weird idea rattling around in my skull. I want to make a Gnome Mechanic Pilot with a combat drone mounting a Light Reaction Cannon with a Riding Saddle. Is this idea as nutty as it sounds? If nothing else, it will definitely be fun. Suggestions are totally welcome!


You should do some searches - it's come up many times and it is do-able.

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Wingblaze wrote:
You should do some searches - it's come up many times and it is do-able.

Thanks, yup, seeing a couple of threads about this inspired it. I was wondering how well it actually works and suggestions for the build since he is just on paper so far.


I've seen some people do this in starfinder society. it works pretty good: its not top tier damage but its more than viable


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Gnome or Ysoki would be fun i'd bet.


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Devastation Bob wrote:
Gnome or Ysoki would be fun i'd bet.

Gnome, ysoki, STriafella (the cuttlefish people)


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Now I want to see a powered unicycle drone.

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if not society maybe a grey riding a floating saucer


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my current character is a gnome mechanic who rides his drone - but he's melee focused, with the star knight archetype.


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I woukd have thought that archetype would be pretty difficult to live with on a drone mechanic (since my own drone mechanic experience pointed to Repair Drone as a nearly unavoidable tax). How many times did you lose that drone before becoming able to do any worthwhile repairs at level 8?


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HammerJack wrote:
I woukd have thought that archetype would be pretty difficult to live with on a drone mechanic (since my own drone mechanic experience pointed to Repair Drone as a nearly unavoidable tax). How many times did you lose that drone before becoming able to do any worthwhile repairs at level 8?

fortunately, we started at level 10.

Joutes Nautique and his bold steed Cupcake would have been utter dross at lower levels. But at level 10+? He's pretty darn good as a bruiser. He's got a lance, his mount has a lance, and he can deal some mad damage plus the drone's got a ton of tools.


I had this idea for a raxillite, the tiny playable race from alien archive 3, mechanic with a hover drone with a riding saddle. A flying gun platform and possible stealth/infiltrator sounds neat!


I play a gnomish mechanix who rides his drone in Society play. The biggest issue is bulk. Rules as written, a combat drone (at 14 strength) can only carry 6 bulk before it gets encumbered and moves at half speed, defeating the purpose. Gnomes or Halflings are your only option, using the most generous estilation of 10 lbs counting as 1 bulk. And that's before you count any bulk from gear.

Expect to play a very skinny character.

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Rosc wrote:
Gnomes or Halflings are your only option.

aeheheheem?


Well. Ysoki are known to be weirdly heavy. Like, three halflings heavy.
I'd say they're just dense but that doesn't really sound good in english.

I wouldn't rely on the assumed bulk of a PC to decide if they can ride their drone.

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