Multitasking plus Paralllel Processor equals?

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Lurkingdaemon Lurkingdaemon's picture
Multitasking plus Paralllel Processor equals?

Like the title suggests, had a thought on how one character might get the most mileage out of augments like Multitasking and Parallel Processor.

Provided enough bodies with Parallel Processors, a single Multitasker (itself with a Parallel Processor to benefit) could theoretically create a self-reinforcing loop with their simultaneous forks, rather than suffering from the usual personality bleed effects (since they're all the same person).

Ideally this would be something for a high-end/highly equipped character with a flexbot morph (and a lot of spare money/resources).

Am I reading that right, or is it something that would still be detrimental 'because reasons'?

Trappedinwikipedia Trappedinwikipedia's picture
Parallel Processor requires

Parallel Processor requires Mental Speed, which is incompatible with Multitasking.

Lurkingdaemon Lurkingdaemon's picture
A point - but it is rather

A point - but it is rather clearly pointed out that both augments can, in fact, be installed in the same morph. Their use is mutually exclusive, however the rules for Parallel Processor never so much as suggest that Mental Speed needs to be running for the participants to receive the benefits from the Parallel Processor.

From that standpoint, theres nothing stopping the setup I'm suggesting from working - the character simply couldn't use their Mental Speed augments while in 'crowd mode'.

Trappedinwikipedia Trappedinwikipedia's picture
Multitasking states that it

Multitasking states that it can't be used at the same time as other implants which grant extra actions, while Mental Speed states that it's incompatible entirely.

So Multitasking can be installed in the same morph as Multiple Personalities but not used at the same time (though multiple personalities is always active, so there's really no point), while it can't be installed on the same morph as Mental Speed thanks to the wording in Mental Speed.

Lurkingdaemon Lurkingdaemon's picture
Trappedinwikipedia wrote:So

Trappedinwikipedia wrote:
So Multitasking can be installed in the same morph as Multiple Personalities

I have not mentioned Multiple Personalities - for the express reason that it cannot be used with Mental Speed or Multi-Tasking, at all, and doesn't provide the needed 'extra heads' for the Parallel Processor to provide a benefit. My specific line of thought is the use of Multi-Tasking with Parallel Processor.

Long and short - I've reviewed the rules, in depth, for all three augments, and the only limit is that Mental Speed and Multi-Tasking cannot be active at the same time because 'game balance'. Both have the line: "This implant cannot be used simultaneously with any other augmentation that allows for extra actions", "This nanoware is incompatible with any other augmentation that provides any form of extra actions." - which does not state they cannot be installed on the same morph - only their effects are mutually exclusive.

Beyond that issue, there is nothing stating Mental Speed must be active for the processor to work.

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I brought up Multiple

I brought up Multiple Personalities because it's another implant which gives extra mental actions besides Mental Speed, as an example of another one which Multiple Personalities could be activated with.

I think that the difference in wording between Multitasking and Mental Speed means that Multitasking can be installed with, but not used at the same time as as other implants which grant the same thing (such as Multiple Personalities), while Mental Speed is incompatible, which sounds to me like it can't be installed. After all, it states the nanoware implant, not it's effects is incompatible.

It's possible that the wording is just imprecise though, so ultimately I think it's just kind of unclear, and comes down to GM ruling or someone from Posthuman clarifying what they meant.

Lurkingdaemon Lurkingdaemon's picture
Sorry if I'm being a pain

Sorry if I'm being a pain about this too. Little stuff getting under my skin more than it should and so on.

Trappedinwikipedia wrote:
It's possible that the wording is just imprecise though, so ultimately I think it's just kind of unclear, and comes down to GM ruling or someone from Posthuman clarifying what they meant.

For the sake of arguement, lets say our hypothetical GM rules both Multi-Tasking and Mental Speed can be installed on the same morph, but not run at the same time.

Running on that assumption, the idea in mind boils down to as originally suggested: someone running Multi-Tasking and Parallel Processor, ideally in either a 3+ module Flexbot, or an array of morphs they can easily jam (puppet socks are probably requisite to pull things off this way). When needed, the person could put themselves in 'crowd mode, activating Multi-Tasking and linking themselves and their forks together with the Parallel Processor for the COG boost.

A bit convoluted and probably an inefficient way to get a relatively minor boost, but I'm more interested in the story effects: Fluff points out that the Parallel Processor can cause personality bleed-over if run for too long with different people. With one person and their forks, would this personality bleed instead be beneficial? Creating some form of 'self-correcting' process in the typical fork divergeance (at least if they override the standard safeties in the Multi-Tasking augment)?