Control pack

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Control pack

Control pack

A backpack containing mech control assist computers. It allows a mechanitor to control one additional control group.

Base Stats

Type
GearUtility
Tech Level
Spacer
Market Value
395 Silver [Note]
Mass
3.00 kg
HP
100

Apparel

Clothing For Nudity
False
Lifestage
Adult
Coverage
Waist
Layer
Belt

Creation

Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Basic mechtech
Skill Required
Crafting 4
Work To Make
3,200 ticks (53.33 secs)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Resources to make
Steel 100 + Component 6
Technical
thingCategories
ApparelUtility
tradeTags
ExoticMisc, Clothing


The control pack is a utility item added by the Biotech DLC that increases the number of control groups a mechanitor has.

Acquisition[edit]

Control packs can be crafted at a machining table once the basic mechtech research project has been completed. Each requires Steel 100 Steel, Component 6 Components, 3,200 ticks (53.33 secs) of work modified by the general labor speed of the crafter, and a crafting skill of 4.

Summary[edit]

When worn, a control pack gives a mechanitor an extra control group, which can be configured separately from other control groups. They have no quality.

Like all utility items, a control pack is treated largely like any piece of apparel, however some exceptions exist. Utility items are worn on the waist and are mutually exclusive only with each other, regardless of the layer or coverage of other apparel worn. Additionally, utility items never become tainted, deteriorate from being worn, or inflict a worn-out or tattered mood debuff when damaged.

Analysis[edit]

An additional control group can be somewhat useful. Other than convenience, an extra control group means that mechs can be ordered to do multiple tasks. For example, 3 separate control groups can be ordered to work, remain dormant, and actively recharge at the same time.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of competition for the utility slot, both in general and for mechanitor specific items. For Once available, a bandwidth pack gives bandwidth, which is almost always more helpful than a control group. They do come at the significant cosy of 2 signal chips which can delay their practicality.

Similarly, Control sublinks give a permanent control group, do not take an equipment slot, and boost work speed making them a strong replacement for control packs. There is rarely a need for over 5 control groups, which can be installed with 3 standard sublinks. However, each implant requires a signal chip or powerfocus chip to create.

Ultimately this gives the control pack a small, sometimes non-existent niche, and one that is inherently short-lived.

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