Datacards are the portable, mass data storage devices of the Combine. They are used to record scientific and engineering data of technology and equipment designs.
The primary use of the datacard is in manufacturing. To build anything in the Combine, a datacard containing the design of the object to be built must be assigned to the appropriate shipyard or factory along with the required raw materials. Every ship, vehicle, droid, piece of equipment, and facility will have a datacard that defines the specifications, blueprints, and processes required to manufacture them.
Manufacturing datacards are broken into three types:
If you get your hands on a physical datacard, you must bring it to the producing facility to use it. Once inside and holding the card, use the datacard and it will be added to that factory/station.
Multiple physical datacards which contain the same design can be merged together into a single physical datacard. Likewise, a physical datacard with multiple uses remaining can be split into two physical datacards.
Make sure to keep in mind the type of entity on the card as, it can only be used inside an facility or station which can actually produce the entity on the datacard.
All uses on the physical datacard are assigned to a single factory/shipyard when used.
Production factions may purchase generic datacards from their datacard inventory. Each generic datacard has an assigned slot value. Production factions are allotted one slot per active member.
In the event that a faction's generic slot usage exceeds their current active membership, a warning message will be sent via Faction Events. If the situation is not resolved after 3 days, then the faction will automatically lose generic datacards (and their assignments) until the number of slots used is less than or equal to the current number of active members.
The cost to purchase a generic datacard is calculated using the following equation:
The following generic datacards are available for purchase:
Datacards can have custom images purchased for them so they produce the custom image instead of the default. Once set, you have the option of turning the image on and off for production via the production menu. Both regular and large images can be set, and all images are reviewed by the art team before approval.