The rules define custom NPCs as those "whose scripts, images etc can be defined by their owner". I assume 'scripts' refers to conversation and not scripted actions?
Can a NPC manage a facility, scan for minerals, extract raw materials etc? Can they perform tasks when a PC is not present? Or are they limited to infantry and the stock types (brawler, healer, rental, pickpocket, shuttle, conversation and tutorial)? What constitutes a 'builder' NPC?
Do NPCs gain XP at the same rate as the PC?
A NPC automatically follows his "master" - so up to 120 NPCs will always be in the same terrain square/room as the master as long as they remain assigned? Will entering a ship with only space for 2 unassign the other 118 NPCs or will the group be unable to enter?
If a leadership lvl 5 PC can control 119 military NPC's, but For the time being a party may not exceed 12 entities at the same location... how exactly does this work?
...all with the same type of weapons - does the PC have to equip each NPC, or do they mimic the leader's weapons & equipment?
If you want a Squad Leader to command X NPCs you must assign X+1 Ships/Vehicles. - this is confusing. In other words, if I'm leading a group of 6 fighters I must assign 5 plus the one I'm piloting? If not, what does this mean?
All NPCs must be the same type as the player. Are there plans to be able to mix and match infantry and vehicles/ships? For example, with Leadership 3, piloting a ship while also leading 19 infantry on board, and 2 ground vehicles?
Thanks in advance... any help is much appreciated.