Trinary Computers

These house rules are based on Book of Shadows, page 245.

Ordinary computers are binary: one/zero, on/off, yes/no. Trinary computers add that elusive 'maybe' option; more specifically, they implement fuzzy or continuous logic. (Rumor has it that the Setun, a RL ternary computer developed in 1958 in Russia, is actually a Technocratic cover story.)

A Trinary computer counts as a unique focus for any rote stored on it, and all spheres used in that rote. It can also do anything that a high-end mundane laptop can do. Here are the restrictions:

  • You cannot use a rote unless you have the spheres for it. Trinary computers are not Talismans (unless the creator fulfills the requirements for both).
  • If you're not a Virtual Adept or Iteration X, then you may only use a Trinary computer at +2 to +4 difficulty (ST discretion), depending on how dissimilar your paradigm is - and that's if you can pry it out of its previous owner's cold dead hands.

Each Trinary computer has a numeric rating, indicating its storage space for rotes. Each rote uses one unit of storage space per dot (e.g. Forces 3 would use three units; Life 2 Mind 1 would also use three units).

Building a Trinary computer with a rating of N requires the following:

  • N x $1,000 worth of raw materials.
  • Prime, Matter, and (either Mind or Life), each at 2. You must get N successes on a vulgar sphere roll, plus N successes on (sphere + Computer). You can make multiple rolls, but a failure delays the process for a RL week, and a botch ruins the whole thing. The difficulty of the (sphere + Computer) rolls is as follows:
    • 7 for a non-portable monstrosity (upwards of 25 pounds)
    • 8 for a laptop or similarly-sized device
    • 9 for a cell phone, PDA, Pocket PC, piece of jewelry, etc.
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