So I'm wondering a bit more on how these things are actually effective. I asked in one of my other threads but it was overlooked so I'm breaking it out: Attacking nanoswarms have a DUR of 50 and do 1d10/2 (average 6) damage per turn. Guardian swarms do the same to enemy swarms. Can a single guardian swarm protect you from all incoming swarms? Say if someone sends 4 disassembler swarms after you...can the guardians engage all of them at once or only one while the others go to work? While the guardian swarm is defending, do the disassemblers still get to damage whatever they were programmed to, or do they have to stop and engage with the Guardians? If the former, then Guardians become a much less potent defense, and I've noticed none of the NPCs tend to carry more than one Guardian swarm which suggests the latter..that the Guardians damage the enemy swarm(s) while preventing them from doing what they were told too. If the former however then taking averages, it is going to take on average about 9 rounds for the Guardians to completely destroy the disassemblers, which would then meanwhile have had a chance to do on average 54 DUR damage to your armor and likely you...meaning you are most likely dead. So, to make Guardians a viable defense, it would seem to require the latter interpretation...that Guardians are effective at stopping any swarms from doing their job, being specialized anti-nanite nanites. It also makes sense that a Guardian swarm would protect against any and all incoming swarms...otherwise it is going to become a matter of who has the most swarms in play, a sort of swarm-supremeacy arms race. Lastly...can one program disassemblers to attack guardians or other nanoswarms...which would make them effectively more expensive disassemblers? If I'm wrong, and a swarm can only engage one swarm at a time, then one might need several swarms of guardian swarms on one's person. It would make a character who specialized in swarm combat very deadly...I'm thinking like having 6 sab swarms and 6 disassembler swarms to send after people, all the while picking off at them with sniper-rail-guns...
Sun, 2012-07-15 19:41#1