Midgard Player

Item

Image Media-Player25.jpg
Description Every few years, Midgard tries to break into entertainment. This was apparently supposed to be its most recent attempt.

It's a media player, but one without any buttons or other control surfaces. Apparently, it hooks into your comm and "composes" music by taking data samples from your stores. And, of course, the processor is locked down so it won't do anything else.

It's also supposed to do something with synching up to your heartbeat. Unfortunately, along with buttons, it's also missing a manual.
Type Gadget (Music) (Usable)
Use See below

Sources

Zack's House of Coins - Originally released June 29, 2010 for 2 unearthly coins; see House of Coins page for current rotation

Overview

Winning fights with the Midgard Player will sometimes give you one of five recordings. You can use these recordings to gain XP (and other hidden effects?).

You can also feed the Midgard Player programs or stored data (including the above recordings) to gain lot of beneficial music effects for 10 (or more) turns.

The Midgard Player can also be ungraded with electronics crafting to allow it to work as a PDA, with its own set of Novos functions.

Summary of Upgraded Forms

The basic Midgard player can be crafted into these advanced forms:
Form Effects Notes
unlocked Midgard player 2 Processor
4 Memory
-5 Code Finesse
monitored Midgard player +1 Morale
2 Processor
4 Memory
-5 Code Finesse
makes recordings drop more often?
gold Midgard Player +1 Morale
4 Processor
4 Memory
-5 Code Finesse
50% bonus to the duration of effects gained by feeding it code

All upgraded forms of the Midgard player get this die in Novos hacking:

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Summary of Effects

Music Effect
Uneven Seed +4 Perception
Hurried Seed +4 Reflexes
Ponderous Seed +4 Strength
Metered Seed +4 Will
Blitz Seed +2 Power when your target doesn't have a Technique
Moderately (+2) Chance of PvP Encounters
Suspicious Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Etheric Power
Suspenseful Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Evasion Power
Shrieking Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Fire Power
Static Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Melee Power
Sniper Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Ranged Power
Stalking Harmony/Seed +2/+4 Stealth Power
Twisted Harmony +4 Etheric Power
+4 Eclipse Duration
Whispered Harmony +4 Fire Power
+4 Eclipse Duration
Ocean Harmony +4 Evasion Power
+2 Melee Defense
+2 Ranged Defense
Hidden Harmony +4 Stealth Power
+2 Melee Defense
+2 Ranged Defense
Unpretentious Harmony +4 Melee Power
+4 Etheric Defense
Focused Harmony +4 Ranged Power
+4 Etheric Defense

Uses

Other Uses

Unlock a Midgard Player by replacing its locked processor with a normal Processor Chip
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Midgard Player Processor Chip
= Unlocked Midgard Player
toolbox.jpg This item cannot be salvaged.
GoldCoins.jpg This item cannot be added to a gang stash.

Remaining Mysteries

According to Podcast 51, this is one of the unearthly items with the most unfound content.

From Podcast 32:

Q: Is the trick to upgrading the advanced harmonies from the Midgard Player obvious or obtuse?
A: [Hahahaha] Pretty obtuse.

From Podcast 27:

Q: When using the various recordings it produces there is a bonus to the XP gained if the recording used matches the base seed you have playing. I'm curious if the "tapping along" message for the first recording is just some flavor text or is there something more in play beyond the XP bonus?
A: There's quite a bit going on with the recording's if I recall. *checks* Yeah, quite a number of interactions there, one of which might lead you to discover fabulous things that I totally forgotten about.

Using several recordings in a single day gives a message that "You think you really understand these recordings. You can almost feel your heart beating along with them." This almost certainly unlocks something we have yet to discover.

From Podcast 20:

Q: Do the high level s-seeds (suspicious seed, sniper seed, etc.) lead to anything? "Seed" implies it would, but I haven't been able to find anything.
A: Yes, they are not the top level. For reference, there are 35 music buffs in the game, most (~half?) of them related to the player. A lot are pretty cool!

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