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Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 9:59 a.m. PST

Delivery by drone is a fairly new idea, (but maybe not as new as you think). To the consumer, it represents the ultimate in convenience; to the company, it means eliminating all those drivers with their pesky demands for "pay" and "benefits". But -- if you're a bit shady -- it's basically a flying piņata. Trust me, if drone delivery really takes off, so will drone piracy.

So, how will the 21st century scallywags get the goods?

Method 1 (high tech): Hack the drone, re-routing it to a safe area, then take the package and maybe even strip the drone itself. Clear out quickly, it's likely being tracked in realtime by GPS.

Method 2 (low tech): Bird gun.

Can you tell I'm on a bit of a Cyberpunk kick? evil grin


P.S. The linked clip is from Cowboy Bebop (1998).

FABET0106 Jan 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

Javelin – around the 20 second mark


Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 11:01 a.m. PST


Andrew Walters06 Jan 2018 11:36 a.m. PST

There are a bunch of anti-drone weapons available online, things like shotgun rounds that fire spreading nets, etc.

I believe Amazon has abandoned the drone-delivery idea, but it may return. However, if corporations decide that drone operations lead to profits they will protect those operations. So another gaming question, whether it's RPGs or mins, will be fighting the drone pirates. Q-drones!

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