I was reading through the section on Artifacts and DEV levels, and it occurred to me that given the Comprehend rolls as they stand, there is no real difference between understanding e.g. a Tech 5 item and a Tech 30 item.
So I was thinking that it might be feasible to apply a negative modification to the Comprehend roll (and possibly to Jury-Rig too), something like -1 for every 10 points (or fraction thereof) between the item's DEV requirement and the relevant Ark's DEV score/s.
Most artifacts in the book top out at DEV 20, so this would give -2 modification (at most), and would give incentive to get DEV levels up.
Any thoughts? Would it make the early game too difficult?