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8th Aug 2015, 6:00 AM
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Hacking Skills, Part 1
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Newbiespud 8th Aug 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Digo

Guest Author's Note: I love post-apocalyptic settings. You have to conserve resources, think on your feet, and every abandoned building becomes a potential multi-story dungeon full of wonderful loot. Who doesn't love loot? I think the best part of gaining those riches is the effort you had to invest for it, whether it involved an intricate puzzle or a real nail-biting boss encounter. What's the most interesting effort you've had to put forth to get a hold of the treasure?

Newbiespud's Note: I'll cop to this one being a completely true story. I hope this will sate some of you who are missing the wasteland because we're still doing Mawlers Take Manehattan.
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MuffinMark 8th Aug 2015, 6:02 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, it is referred to as technological wizardry.
FanOfMostEverything 8th Aug 2015, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but it's the same logic as saying you'd need to roll Nature if it were solar-powered.
Digo 8th Aug 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
A friend of mine (he doesn't follow the Fallout is Dragons podcast) came up with a pretty decent explanation of Arcana to work computers in the Maw:

Computers, running on mana energy, are also 'Arcane Locked' by magic for protection. Thus, hacking them requires unbinding the magical protection without breaking the magic that powers the machine.

It's like using the spell 'Knock' in D&D, but for a magic lock. I found his theory to be decent for an explanation, so I headcanon'd it.
Dragonflight 8th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
I've always preferred the explanation in an episode of Gargoyles, way back when. "Energy is energy, whether created magically or technologically."
alphysicist 8th Aug 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply
My theory: the hardware may be electronics and stuff, but the software is in fact a standing magic spell.
Draxynnic 9th Aug 2015, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Alternatively: This is the first hint in the universe that magic is essentially hacking reality!

Hacking a computer is easier, except that reality uses a different language to computers and most mages won't be fluent in programming, thus incurring a heft circumstance penalty. The basic skills, though, are the same.
Digo 9th Aug 2015, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
That's an interesting one!
Dragonflight 9th Aug 2015, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
You might check out the Well World series by Jack Chalker. The theory is that an ancient race of beings built a supercomputer capable of running a super-sophisticated program which can drive a universe.

In that story line, our universe is a lot smaller, and has a lot less in it