Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #1: Artifacts, Manuals, and Toolkits - Bonus Content

Chris Van Deelen

Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #1: Artifacts, Manuals, and Toolkits  was the very first issue ever published for this constantly growing line of E-zines. As such it should have had bonus material long ago but I never did get around to it until now.

This material was originally published on the old Skirmisher site but has now been moved to here, its new permanent home.

Diagnostic Computers

These devices are far more valuable than technical manuals for two major reasons. Unlike technical manuals which typically cover only one type of item, Diagnostic Computers can be filled with dozens, if not hundreds of types of technical manuals. The other reason is that a diagnostic computer can pinpoint the exact problem and offer solutions to repair the issue.

Although the physical shape of a diagnostic computer will vary from unit to unit, most diagnostic computers appear as small devices that would fit comfortably in the palm. The devices are typically constructed of tough plastic or rubber materials. Several small compartments are located on either the sides or the rear of the device, where cables and leads or other such sensors could be stored when it is not in use.

When activated, the small devices would complete a series of scans as well as direct connection to the item that was to be repaired. A holographic display as well as an audible function would then list off any faults the devices would discover and direct the user on the most appropriate methods to perform the required repairs.

Considering that before the final wars there were literally millions of technical diagrams available for all manner of items, there was always a chance that a particular Diagnostic computer might not actually have the item in its database.

For the Ancients, this was not a problem. They could simply download the needed technical diagram or manual from the extensive network that used to exist. Unfortunately, that capability has all but disappeared in the ruined world.

As a result, there were generally four types of Diagnostic Computers available: Civilian, Corporate, Government (which includes police) and Military. When discovered, roll on the table below to see what type of DC was discovered, as well as the number of pre-loaded technical diagrams that were discovered.

Diagnostic Computer Type Table

Roll

Type of Diagnostic Computer

Number of Diagrams Pre-loaded

01-50

Civilian

1d3+2

51-75

Corporate

2d4+4

76-95

Government

2d6+6

96-100

Military

2d8+10

Once the number of pre-loaded diagrams have been determined, roll on the table below to see what type of diagram it is, based upon  the type of DC has been found.

Type of Technical Manual Table

Diagnostic Computer Type (right), Manual Type (below

Civilian

Corporate

Government

Military

Primitive Firearms

01-05

 01-10

01-05

01-15

Advanced Melee Weapons

06-10

 11-20

 06-10

16-30

Advanced Pistols

11-20

 21-30

 11-25

31-45

Advanced Rifles

21-30

 31-40

 26-40

46-60

Advanced Armor (includes EMA)

NA

 41-45

 41-45

61-70

Gizmos

31-75

 46-70

 46-80

71-80

Robotic Units

76-85

 71-85

 81-90

81-90

Vehicles

86-00

 86-00

 91-00

91-00

Once the manual has been determined, roll on the artifact charts located in the Mutant Future