Designed for multi-purpose functions, flexbots can transform their shells to suit a range of situations and tasks. Their core frame consists of a half-dozen interlocking and shape-adjustable modules capable of auto-transforming into a variety of shapes: multi-legged walker, tentacle, hovercraft, and many others. Each module features its own sensor units and “bush robot” fractal-branching digits (each capable of breaking into smaller digits, down to the micrometer scale, allowing for ultra-fine manipulation). The flexbot control computer is also distributed between modules. Individual flexbots are only the size of a large dog, but multiple flexbots can join together for larger mass operations, even taking on heavy-duty tasks such as demolition, excavation, manufacturing, robotics assembly, and so on.
Flexbot Special Rules
Enhancements: Access Jacks, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Fractal Digits, Mnemonic Augmentation, Modular Design, Shape Adjusting, Nanoscopic Vision
Mobility System: Walker (4/16), Hover (8/40)
Aptitude Maximum: 30 (SOM 25)
Wound Threshold: 5
Advantages: Armor 4/4, small target (-10 modifier to hit in combat)
CP Cost: 20
Credit Cost: Expensive
Stitch: Before you go crazy ordering different modules, be warned that different manufacturers don’t always play well together. Each ﬂexbot manufacturer wants you to use their modules only, so they quite often incorporate proprietary design elements that mean they won’t work so great—or at all—with modules of another make, including any you nanofab yourself. So, read the ﬁne print and the reviews.
Pivo: Annoying, yes, but not a deal breaker. Just make sure you or someone on your team knows a little robotics and programming and you should be ﬁne. Of course, you’ll void the warranty, but when it’s a choice between a warranty and my life, my life wins every time.