Freemage wrote:Until the first time you salvage something. Even at the number I suggested in another thread (5-10% depending on condition), salvage of gear in this game is going to mean you get to the point of being able to buy almost anything by Seasoned, unless the GM is actively trying to make the world unrealistic (by having all salvaged gear automatically be completely destroyed).
Being able to "buy almost anything" doesn't mean that thing exists to be bought. The players are surely never going to have the money of the Coalition or NGR to be able to fund the design and production of their own specialized suit of robot armor which has a bunch of dual-linked weapons. Heck, they couldn't even afford the R&D necessary to modify an existing robot for conversion from single weapon to dual-linked, much less the actual work it would entail.
The point being, the number of actual Mods a dual-linked weapon takes up is irrelevant in the setting. If replacing weapons "Mod for Mod" as per the book, then a set of dual-linked Mod 4 weapons could only
be replaced with another set of dual-linked Mod 4 weapons.
Freemage wrote:And that certainly doesn't explain why EVERY weapon in the CS military isn't dual- or quad-linked. They've made it pretty clear that 'money is no object' when it comes to addressing the D-Bee threat.
If positing a suggestion that would not "make the world unrealistic," then it stands that the concept of "money is no object" to the Coalition is obviously equally unrealistic. They clearly must have an actual economy, not some magical never-ending bag of gold. And a nation ruled by "tactics of propaganda, disinformation, and ignorance" isn't the most trustworthy source for their actual stance on an issue. Money is an object, and as with any object, it's use, even by a very wealthy country, has to be balanced against its availability.
So while Prosek may say "Money is no object to end the D-Bee threat!" The Minister of Finance might say, "Per the Emperor, money is no object to end the D-Bee threat...but you're still expected to come in under budget."