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    1. I noticed that some of the stock robots have a pace of 6 (the war and pleasure bots). Do these robots also have a d10 running die? The base pace of a robot is listed as 4 and the pace increase mod raises the running die in addition to increasing pace. Alternatively, should these robots have a pace of 4?

    2. If the robots have 6 pace and do not have a d10 running die, can you simply build a robot with 6 pace or pay extra money for it?

    3. Is the running die still a d10 if a robot with fleetfooted gains a pace mod or vice versa?

    4. Are there any edges a robot can never take as an edge mod? For example, can a highly skilled programmer or artist robot take an edge like rich to represent its earning potential?

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    Originally posted by NoJuice View Post
    1. I noticed that some of the stock robots have a pace of 6 (the war and pleasure bots). Do these robots also have a d10 running die? The base pace of a robot is listed as 4 and the pace increase mod raises the running die in addition to increasing pace. Alternatively, should these robots have a pace of 4?

    2. If the robots have 6 pace and do not have a d10 running die, can you simply build a robot with 6 pace or pay extra money for it?
    Base Pace should be 6. Pace can be reduced to 4 and a d4 Running die to save $1000 in cost.

    Originally posted by NoJuice View Post
    3. Is the running die still a d10 if a robot with fleetfooted gains a pace mod or vice versa?
    Yep. The first time Pace is taken is effectively "Fleet Footed" for robots, so taking Pace again just adds +2 to base Pace.

    Originally posted by NoJuice View Post
    4. Are there any edges a robot can never take as an edge mod? For example, can a highly skilled programmer or artist robot take an edge like rich to represent its earning potential?
    The only limitation is that a robot can't take any Edge the GM doesn't want to give them. Background Edges would especially be tough to justify since those inherently require an explanation for how any character got them. There are other Edges which might not make sense, but in the end, the Science Fiction Companion is a toolbox for the GM so it's up to them to make the call on what would be feasible or allowed. A robot likely couldn't take Rich to represent "earning potential" since that's not dependent solely on a capability of the robot (many great artists have been poor), but if the robot was programmed to analyze and predict stock prices and futures, a GM might allow it.
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