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I've run some numbers, and here's the best way I can figure of doing this, pre Matrix book:


Upgrade cost:

DR = new rating x 10000
Avail (3 x new rating)R

Attribute = new rating x 3000 (1-3)
Attribute = new rating x 5000 (4-6)
Attribute = new rating x 8000 (7+)
Avail (2 x new rating)R


Upgrades have to be costed sequentially (from 2 to 3 then 3 to 4, etc), so the cost of upgrading an attribute from 2 to 4 would be (3x3000 + 4x5000) = 29,000.

There should probably be some minimum device rating for any particular attribute array, but for the life of me I can't figure out what that should be. Here's my best stab:

The minimum attribute in the array must be greater than or equal to the device rating. For example, if you want to upgrade an Erika MCD-1 (DR1, 4 3 2 1) to DR2, you must first raise the least value in the array to 2 (costing 20,000 for the DR upgrade, and 6,000 for the attribute upgrade).

The maximum attribute in the array cannot be more than the DR + 4.

Each individual upgrade requires a Hardware + Logic [Mental] (New Rating, 1 day) extended test to complete.


Upgrading a commlink into a cyberdeck:

A commlink can be upgraded into a rudimentary deck by reseting its Device Rating to 1, and then distributing its former device rating into an attribute array as evenly as possible. You must also add a sim module (preferably a hot-sim module). For example, a Hermes Ikon (DR5) can be converted into the following deck: DR1 (2, 1, 1, 1).

This is done with a Hardware + Logic [Mental] (Commlink DR, 1 day) extended test, and requires (Commlink DR x 100) nuyen worth of electronics.

The commlink must be of at least DR 4 to be converted.


Warning: In all cases the above is overall more expensive than the price gap between two decks -- that is, to upgrade the Erika MCD-1 by the one attribute point needed to make it essentially a Microdeck Summit costs 9000 nuyen, where the price difference between those two decks is only 8,500 nuyen. Only a 500 nuyen difference, but that number goes up pretty steadily. I think the most egregious entry is the Shiawase Cyber-5 to Fairlight Excalibur upgrade, which costs 20,000 more nuyen than the price difference.

It is, however, much cheaper than hocking a deck at 1/3 cost and then paying the difference for the next step up.

Regarding the commlink conversion, upgrading a Transys Avalon (5000 nuyen + 600 in parts) to Erika MCD-1 levels is 44,950 -- 49,950, or 450 nuyen more than just buying the Erika off the shelf, which I think is a pretty good fit.

The Hermes Ikon is a little rougher at (3000 + 500) and then 50,350 in upgrades -- 53,500, or 4350 nuyen more. The Erika Elite is an even worse choice monetarily. The Fairlight Caliban is the best choice, coming out slightly cheaper overall -- but those better commlinks have very high Availability, which has got to be worth something.
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Seems very reasonable house rules to me. I never liked the lack of upgradability in SR and usually houserule that you can upgrade for the difference between old and new + implantation cost, if any. But this also seem like very good rules for custom deck building, so thanks.
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Ignoring the funny duck... had to lol

Seems very reasonable house rules to me. I never liked the lack of upgradability in SR and usually houserule that you can upgrade for the difference between old and new + implantation cost, if any. But this also seem like very good rules for custom deck building, so thanks.

Cool. It's based on the cost differences of the actual decks with a couple assumptions and some hefty rounding.

I'm assuming that when the Matrix book actually comes out, there'll be fancy toys you can build into your deck and really make it unique.
Yeah, I also hope for some TM love in that book, at least. It seems like they used a formula similar to yours, but fudged the numbers a bit to make it less obvious. Kind of like retail prices.

Good piece of reverse engineering.
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