When I buy a robot (buying gear at character creation), does it come with a basic AI that knows how to operate the 'bot, or do I have to purchase the AI separately?
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I asked Eclipse Phase authors on Twitter :
I would say it comes with a basic type of AI that will give the robot the ability to perform normal tasks. Anything more complex will require teaching from your part. If you wanted a veteran AI in your robot, then yes, I would say that it require a cost.
Of course, you could always fork yourself and have the fork work/teach the robot then merge with your fork. Or have a crippled fork that just stays inside the robot and does things for you -- no need for an AI then.
Of course, you referee may make the AI something special as part of the story. If the robot is a legacy from before the Titans, then that opens plenty of interesting story ideas. Maybe the AI in it is a fork of someone else. Who? Why? ... Oh look plot ideas.