I'm running through the Robot Catalogue to test my spreadsheet (got a few comments about the designs), but I'm tripping up on the Mining Drone, and Thruster locomotion in general.
Thruster is a special locomotive system which, unlike other modes, is generally available only as a secondary locomotion system, although for cost reasons its primary locomotion type can be ‘none’.
A standard thruster provides 0.1G acceleration if not modified, making it useful only in space or on worlds of Size 0 or 1.
Missiles and torpedoes are a special class of robot that achieve higher acceleration with thrusters as both primary and secondary locomotive types and the vehicle speed movement modification selected.
Thruster (X): The robot is equipped with thrusters capable of acceleration equal to (X) G. By default, secondary thruster locomotion provides 0.1G acceleration. Missile-like thruster locomotion provides 10G at TL8–13 and 15G at TL14+.
- Secondary locomotion types can't exceed the original's cost multiplier, and Thruster locomotion has one of the highest multipliers. Is this just an exception?
- How so 'Modified'? With the Vehicle locomotion option?
- Seeing as Secondary Locomotion and Vehicle Movement are mutually exclusive, is this just another exception with Thruster locomotion?
- So, what about primary locomotion? Same acceleration as secondary, or does primary mean missile-like locomotion?