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==The Communications System==
 
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The comms system of the NSS ''Manta'' centers around the '''communications tower''' in the [[Communications Office#Manta|Communications Office]], the pigsty of antennas and blinkenlights that looks like a rejected tree design from ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'', depicted on the right. Pretty much all communication systems, aside from [[Game FAQ#Silicon Frequencies|machinetalk]] and [[Computers#Announcement Computer|announcement computers]] (and, obviously, writing and talking), are relayed through this central hub, including:
 
The comms system of the NSS ''Manta'' centers around the '''communications tower''' in the [[Communications Office#Manta|Communications Office]], the pigsty of antennas and blinkenlights that looks like a rejected tree design from ''A Charlie Brown Christmas'', depicted on the right. Pretty much all communication systems, aside from [[Game FAQ#Silicon Frequencies|machinetalk]] and [[Computers#Announcement Computer|announcement computers]] (and, obviously, writing and talking), are relayed through this central hub, including:

Revision as of 19:59, 24 November 2019

The Communications Office, your own radio station and office above Security and the Bar.
Your little bedroom too, in the same area. Don't forget your extra mic and cosby sweater.

What if we told you there was a position on the NSS Manta where you get paid to just stand around and talk? That's essentially what you do as the Communications Officer. All you do is just sit in your office, watching the communications tower and informing the crew of what's happening on the ship, ideally with some flair. Because of this, it's easily the most laid-back Head role on the ship and is an easy choice for those looking for simple responsibilities and ample roleplaying opportunity.

The Communications System

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The comms system of the NSS Manta centers around the communications tower in the Communications Office, the pigsty of antennas and blinkenlights that looks like a rejected tree design from A Charlie Brown Christmas, depicted on the right. Pretty much all communication systems, aside from machinetalk and announcement computers (and, obviously, writing and talking), are relayed through this central hub, including:

Should the communications tower be taken offline, such as via a bomb, the system will attempt to fix itself by establishing an uplink to Oshan Laboratory. This takes about eight minutes, and in the meantime, all the aforementioned systems will be completely nonfunctional--period. You can't just spam messages until it goes through like in a solar flare. Despite what you might think, the extra distance doesn't slow down or otherwise affect radio communications, and they continue along as normal once the uplink is established.

Your Role

As Communications Officer, Nanotrasen has entrusted you with protecting that absolute disarray of a comms array. Naturally, you don't get any weapons, or access to some, to defend it if someone tries to break into the comms office to destroy it, and you really don't have any way to repair it or replace it if it gets damaged or taken out. On top of this, the most popular method of disabling the comms tower by far is to bomb the maintenance area above the comms office, which you really can't do much against.

In short, you're protecting something you have no power to protect and managing a system that usually doesn't have a problem and fixes itself when it does. This is better than it sounds, for it lets you concencrate your far more interesting duty of...

Ruling the Airwaves

What's more fun than watching a metal tree with dishes glued onto it? Using the equipment in comms office to put on a radio show, naturally! Providing entertainment is one of the job's few duties, and it's where this job really gets to shine.

The equipment still works the same; in fact, the comms office isn't all that different from the radio ship on other maps. For instructions on how to use them, check out the relevant section of the Radio Host page.

Generally, whatever gimmick you can do as a Radio Host, you can do as a Communications Officer, except you do it with Head of Staff authority. This means you can order people around a bit to facilitate your gimmick, though you don't have nearly as much sway as the Captain or Head of Personnel. In fact, the person who coded this job described it as a "slightly fancier radio host".

More importantly, that means you can order the AI and Cyborgs around and have access to the AI Upload, so you can upload some laws that suit your gimmick. You can get them to order things from Cargo, move funds around for prizes if you want to do a game show, provide you with news and updates, things like that. Depending on the shift, and maybe your skill using the law modules to make new lawys, you might even be able to rope them in as a co-host!

As always, as with anything involving gimmicks, don't worry too much about doing things "correctly", and don't sweat if things fall flat or blow up in your face. The important thing is that you put in the effort and listen to people's feedback so you can improve. Remember the Rules, and just have fun.

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Jobs on Space Station 13
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