Use this form when
the Troubleshooters collect equipment from R&D. One form should
be issued for each item being assigned. There isn't much for the
players to fill in - the form is largely there so that R&D have their
backs covered. If the players decide to read the small print they
may get a few smiles from it.
From a GM's point
of view, this form pretty much gets R&D off the hook in just about
every circumstance. The form only lists things that R&D are not
responsible for (apart from one exception, which R&D had to put in
for fear of appearing disloyal). Just because something is not listed,
it does not mean R&D will accept responsibility for it. All blame
will land squarely at the Troubleshooters' feet.
It is left up to the
GM to decide whether to hose the players with these forms. The forms
can simply be used to get the players into the spirit of Paranoia.
Most players know they're going to be held extremely responsible for everything
already. This form helps back that assumption up.
refuse to sign the form don't get the equipment. They just get a
whole heap of Treason Points instead.
The form also supplies
you with a nasty way of hosing your players - the clause R&D will
not reimburse the user for the cost of service work where no fault is found.
The scenario goes something like this:
Obviously R&D aren't
likely to pull this stunt on Troubleshooters who work for R&D, but
all the other Troubleshooters are considered fair game. Arguing with
the R&D boffins is pretty pointless, since they're the ones who know
all about the equipment. Citizens who show too much technical knowledge
are asking for trouble (unless it's technical knowledge which they are
likely to really have).
Citizen takes faulty
item to R&D for repair.
R&D technicians examine
the equipment and either fix it or swap it for an identical (but working)
Technicians hand the
item back to the user saying they can find nothing wrong with it.
Citizen tries the equipment
again - it now works perfectly.
R&D charge citizen
for the cost of the work.
Citizen complains that
item is now working.
R&D point out that
that's why they couldn't find anything wrong with it. (Or, alternatively,
they tell the citizen he had missed some minor detail - such as "well this
switch has to be in the up position if you want it to work").