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Anime Toys

The following section provides quick and simple rules that help players and Game Masters create a plethora of weapons and vehicles with which to outfit characters. The equipment created with the following rules is intended for use with the Personal Gear Attribute. If a character requires a more powerful item, such as power armor or a magical ring, it should be created using the Item of Power Attribute. Item of Power reflects magical or supertech items that are exceedingly difficult to create. Gear, however, may be high-tech or incredibly expensive, but are within the ability of modern science. While a character’s vehicle may be the best car on the road, anyone with enough funding and skill could build one. Power armor, however, requires far more than money and skill to create. Ensure that the desired item is, in fact, Personal Gear before attempting to build it with the rules herein.

Weapons

Table: Weapons lists the damage values and other characteristics of common weapons. If a weapon is not listed, the GM should assign a damage value based on one that is similar in form and function.

Some weapons possess Abilities and Disabilities to reflect their unique capabilities. Note that special or magical weapons might cause additional damage or possess unique abilities beyond those listed here.

The Armor Ratings and Hit Points of operation weapons, such as firearms, are indicated in the table as well.

Improvised Weapons

In combat between anime characters, it is not uncommon for someone to pick up a nearby object and wield it is a weapon. It is impossible to account for every conceivable weapon that the player characters may decide to throw at their opponents, but Table 11-1: Improvised Weapons provides commonly encountered examples of improvised weapons and their statistics. GMs are encouraged to use this table as a guideline should their players decide to grab something in the middle of combat that is not listed. Naturally, most weapons have the Melee Disability as well, though they can be thrown in combat if necessary.

Table: Improvised Weapons
Object Damage Abilities Disabilities Strength Requirement
Bus 3d10 Area effect Inaccurate, low penetration Strength 56
Car 2d10 Area effect Inaccurate, low penetration Strength 42
Dumpster 2d8 Inaccurate, low penetration Strength 40
Manhole Cover 2d10 Low penetration Strength 28
Park Bench 1d8 Low penetration Strength 32
Steel Girder 2d10 Spreading Inaccurate Strength 48
Telephone Pole 2d8 Spreading Inaccurate Strength 40
Stop Sign 1d6 Strength 18
Table: Melee (Hand-held) Weapons
Weapon Damage Abilities Disabilities Skill
Melee Weapons
Bladed Weapons
Axe 1d8 Muscle-powered Inaccurate, melee Melee (axe)
Broadsword 1d10 Muscle-powered Melee Melee (sword)
Knife/dagger 1d4 Concealable, muscle-powered Melee Melee (knife)
Long Sword 1d8* Muscle-powered Melee Melee (sword)
Short Sword 1d6 Concealable, muscle-powered Melee Melee (sword)
Spear Blunt Weapons 1d8 Muscle-powered Melee Melee (polearm)
Blunt/Bludgeoning Weapons
Bo, staff or pipe 1d6* Knockback, muscle-powered Melee Melee (polearm)
Club/baseball bat 1d6 Knockback, muscle-powered Melee Melee (club)
Nunchaku/chain 1d6 Flexible, muscle-powered Melee Melee (whips/chains)
Whip, rope, or belt 1d4 Concealable, flexible, muscle-powered Low penetration, melee Melee (whips)
Table: Ranged Weapons (Archaic)
Weapon Damage Abilities Disabilities Skill
Bows
Crossbow 1d10 Slow, limited shots (1) Archery (crossbow)
Long Bow 1d8 Limited shots (1) Archery (bow)
Table: Ranged Weapons (Firearms)
Weapon Damage Abilities Disabilities Skill
Pistols
Pistol, light 1d6+1 Concealable Low penetration, short range Gun combat (pistol)
Pistol, medium 1d8 Concealable Short range Gun combat (pistol)
Pistol, heavy 1d8+1 Concealable Short Range Gun combat (pistol)
Pistol, automatic 1d8 Auto-Fire, concealable, spreading Inaccurate, limited shots (6), short range (auto-fire) Gun combat (pistol)
Pistol, revolver 1d6+1 Concealable Limited shots (6), short range Gun combat (pistol)
Pistol, heavy revolver 1d8+2 Concealable Limited shots (6), short range Gun combat (pistol)
Rifles
Rifle, assault 1d8+2 Auto-fire, spreading Limited shots (6) Gun combat (auto-fire)
Rifle, heavy assault 2d6+2 Auto-Fire, spreading Inaccurate, limited shots (6) Gun combat (auto-fire)
Rifle, hunting 1d8+2 Gun combat (rifle)
Rifle, light 1d6+1 Gun combat (rifle)
Rifle, sniper 2d8+1 Accurate Limited shots (6) Gun combat (rifle)
Shotguns
Shotgun 2d6+2** Spreading Limited shots (6), low penetration, short range Gun combat (rifle)
Heavy Shotgun 2d8+2** Spreading Limited shots (6), low penetration, short range Gun combat (rifle)
Assault Weapons
Mini-Gun, light 1d8+1 Accurate, auto-fire Limited shots (6), static Gun combat (auto-fire)
Mini-Gun, heavy 2d8+2 Auto-Fire, spreading Limited shots (6), static (auto-fire) Gun combat (auto-fire)
Machine Gun 2d8+1 Auto-Fire, spreading Static Heavy weapons (machine gun)
Submachine Gun 1d8+1 Auto-Fire, spreading Limited shots (6), short range Gun combat (auto-fire)
Table: Heavy Weapons
Weapon Damage Abilities Disabilities Skill
66 mm L.A.W. (Light Anti-Tank Weapon) 3d6+6 Area effect Inaccurate Heavy weapons (launcher)
Light Anti-Tank Weapon Burning, penetrating Limited shots (1), self-destruct, slow Static Heavy weapons (launcher)
Table: Thrown Weapons
Weapon Damage Abilities Disabilities Skill
Grenade, concussion 2d10+1 Area effect x3, concealable Limited shots (1), self-destruct, short range Thrown Weapons (grenade)
Knife, throwing 1d4 Concealable Limited shots (1), short range Thrown Weapons (blades)
Non-lethal Ranged Weapons
Grenade, tear gas 2d10+1 Area effect x2, enduring Inaccurate, limited shots (1), self-destruct, slow, stun, toxic Heavy weapons (grenades)
Taser 1d8+1 Stun Low penetration, short range, slow Gun Combat (pistol)
Pepper Spray 1d8+1 Concealable, irritant, stun Melee range, limited shots (6), toxic
Ordnance
120 mm Heat 5d6+10 Area effect, burning, long range, penetrating Limited shots (1) Heavy weapons (launcher)
120 mm Sabot 6d6+12 Accurate, long range, penetrating x2 Limited shots (1) Heavy weapons (launcher)
Missile, Stinger 4d6+8 Area effect, homing, long range, penetrating Backblast, limited shots (1), only air targets, self-destruct, slow, static Heavy weapons (launcher)
Missile, Tomahawk 7d6+14 Accurate x4, area effect x3, long range x8, penetrating x2 Limited shots (1), self destruct, slow, static, stoppable Heavy weapons (launcher)

Weapon Table Notes

Damage This is how much punishment the weapon inflicts (the damage of the attack).

Abilities or Disabilities These are any special capabilities or limitations the weapon possesses. Unless noted otherwise, a weapon has Medium range. All Improvised Weapons have the muscle-powered ability.

Muscle-powered The attacker’s Strength modifier is added to damage.

Skill This is the Skill and specialization that provides a bonus when firing the weapon.

Strength Requirement This indicates the minimum Strength score required to wield the object as a weapon effectively. If any improvised weapon is thrown, it is treated as a short range weapon. The range increases by one category every 8 Points of Strength above the Strength requirement. For example, if a giant robot character who has Strength of 56, threw a manhole cover, it would be treated as a Long Range weapon (a manhole cover has a Strength requirement of 28; the base Short range increases to Medium for a Strength of 36 and Long for a Strength of 44). Conversely, if the character throws a car, which requires Strength 42, it would be treated as a Medium Range weapon (Medium range for a Strength of 50 but requires Strength of 58 for Long range). If it wished to throw a bus at an opponent, it would be treated as a short-range weapon because it is only two above the Strength Requirement to wield a bus as a weapon.

* Requires two hands to wield properly; delivers +2 damage when wielded two-handed.

** Some shotguns are “double-barreled” and can fire both barrels at once. If so, an additional +1d6 damage is delivered. Double Barreled shotguns have the Limited Shots (2) Disability.

Customizing Firearms

Sometimes, nothing gets the trick done like a reliable firearm. The following options can be added to different types of weapons to enhance performance or otherwise alter them. Each accessory or feature normally counts as a minor item of Personal Gear. Some options are considered “mundane” (their advantages and disadvantages cancel), and do not cost Points.

Options for weapons are classed as either accessories or features. A feature is a change to the basic weapon template that reflects a particular factory model, or extensive after-market customization. This requires the Knowledge: Mechanics (Gunsmith) Skill to install, and may require several hours or more. An accessory is something that can be easily attached or removed from the weapon within a few seconds to several minutes. Weapon options are available for any class of weapon unless otherwise noted.

Accurised

Modification Type: Feature

The weapon has been specially modified (custom grips, improved sights, polygonal rifling, heavier barrel, etc.) to improve its accuracy. This is typical of target pistols and competition or sniper rifles. This modification grants a +1 bonus to any attack check when firing single shots, but no bonus if used with Auto-Fire. An accurised weapon must be in excellent condition with its sights precisely aligned – it will lose its bonus if knocked about, dropped, or otherwise mistreated.

Bayonet

Modification Type: Accessory

The weapon is fitted with a lug to accept a bayonet (included with this option). When attached, the weapon is a bit more awkward, but it can be used in melee combat as a spear. When detached (requires one round), the bayonet is also usable as a knife. A bayonet is available for any rifle.

Bipod Attachment

Modification Type: Accessory

When the bipod is unfolded, the weapon is treated as if it is Accurate (cumulative with any other Accurate bonuses) and Static. The weapon must be fired at rest with the shooter lying prone behind it. Folding or unfolding the bipod requires one round. A bipod is available for any rifle.

Brass Catcher

Modification Type: Accessory

This attachment collects cartridges as they are fired out of the weapon, and thus either saves them for hand loading or prevents any incriminating ballistics evidence from being left behind. A brass catcher is available for any rifle or assault weapon.

Briefcase-Firing

Modification Type: Accessory

The weapon is designed to be concealed in and fired from a briefcase or attaché case without removing it, using a hidden trigger in the case handle. The weapon must be an auto-loading pistol, machine pistol, or a submachine gun. The weapon suffers a -4 penalty to the attack check when fired from within a brief case. The gun can usually be unclamped from the case and used normally (takes one round). GMs may use similar rules for umbrella guns or other disguised weaponry.

Carbine-Format

Modification Type: Mundane Feature

The weapon has a shorter barrel and stock. A carbine format subtracts 1 damage but allows the weapon to be concealed under a long coat (see the Concealable Ability) as if it were a submachine gun. A carbine-format weapon is available for any rifle.

Flash Suppressor

Modification Type: Accessory

The hot gasses produced when a bullet is fired are quite visible at night. A flash suppressor is a long device that can be attached to the end of a weapon, masking this signature. A weapon with a flash suppressor attached is easier to detect if hidden (+1 bonus). A flash suppressor is not available for a grenade launcher, LAW, taser, or minigun.

Flashlight Attachment

Modification Type: Accessory

This attachment allows any weapon to be used with a flashlight, and permits illumination of targets at short range so that attackers can target them without any penalties for darkness. Of course, someone using a flashlight at night can also be detected at a greater distance.

Folding or Telescoping Stock

Modification Type: Feature

The stock on the weapon can be folded or telescoped down, making it handier and more concealable. Unfortunately, a weapon with this feature also suffers from the Inaccurate Disability (-4 penalty) when firing at targets at over half its effective range. It requires one round (one attack if the character has the Extra Attacks Attribute) to fold or unfold the stock. If the weapon is also carbine-format, sawed-off, or a submachine gun, there is an extra -1 penalty to any check to spot the weapon while concealed, which is cumulative with other modifiers. This feature can be assigned to any rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon.

Laser Sight

Modification Type: Accessory

A laser sight projects a small, bright dot of laser light exactly where the weapon is pointing, which helps the attacker determine whether or not he or she is on target. In game terms, the attacker receives a +1 bonus to their appropriate attack check in situations where they can see the laser dot on the target (usually up to Short Range unless combined with a scope).

Laser sights with an infrared beam (visible only to people with night vision scopes or goggles) are also available.

Night Vision Scope

Modification Type: Accessory (counts as 2 minor Personal Gear)

This scope uses thermal imaging or light intensification technology to “turn night into day.” This functions exactly like a regular scope, except that it also eliminates any penalties for darkness.

Sawed-Off Barrel

Modification Type: Feature

This modification is for shotguns only. Sawing off the barrel of a shotgun means that it is easier to conceal, but is also shorter ranged. A sawed-off shotgun can be concealed under a long coat (see the Concealable Ability) as if it were a submachine gun. At up to Melee Range (10 feet or less) it has a wider spread of pellets (+1 bonus on attack checks), but suffers -4 penalty to damage at ranges beyond Melee Range.

Snub-Nose

Modification Type: Mundane Feature

A snub-nose is a shorter-barrel versions of any auto-loading pistol, revolver, or machine pistol. The weapon suffers a -2 attack check penalty at any range greater than 10 feet and delivers less damage (-1 to damage), but is substantially easier to conceal (-1 penalty to spot the hidden weapon, cumulative with other bonuses or penalties of the weapon).

Scope

Modification Type: Accessory

A telescopic sight mounted atop the weapon gives the shooter an extra +1 bonus to his or her attack check when taking an entire turn to aim at a target. This bonus only applies to targets further away than Melee Range (over 10 feet). Scopes are available for all guns.

Silencer

Modification Type: Accessory

A silencer, or more technically, a sound-suppressor, is a tube that attaches to the weapons barrel and reduces the noise the weapon makes while firing. A silenced weapon cannot be heard at a range of greater than 10 feet unless a nearby character makes a successful Listen Skill check. The GM should modify this distance/check for conditions such as ambient noise, range, and Heightened Senses. Auto-loading pistols, machine pistols, submachine guns, and rifles may be fitted with silencers. A silenced weapon cannot be concealed or holstered until the silencer is removed, which requires one round.

Speed Loader

Modification Type: Accessory

A speed loader is a device that holds a number of revolver cartridges and permits them to be rapidly inserted into a cylinder. If a character has this minor Personal Gear, he or she can ignore the Limited Shots Disability of any revolver.

Trigger Lock

Modification Type: Mundane Feature

An integral lock that prevents the gun from being used without the right key or combination. It takes an extra round to unlock the gun before it can be ready to fire. In some areas, the law may require trigger locks on some or all firearms.

Types of Ammunition

It is assumed that characters have access to ammunition of whatever type they need for their standard weapons. Standard ammunition for auto-loading pistols, revolvers, rifles, and machine guns is a lead bullet; this type of bullet is called “ball” in military parlance. Standard ammunition for shotguns is shot. If characters have more than one type of ammunition, each extra type that is carried counts as a minor Personal Gear.

Ammunition, Armor Piercing (AP)

This is a bullet specifically designed to punch through Armor, using a steel or tungsten core rather than jacketed lead. Some brands of Armor-piercing ammunition are Teflon-coated, but contrary to myth, the coating on AP bullets has nothing to do with the Armor-piercing qualities – it simply helps protect the rifling inside the gun from the tougher material from which the bullet is made. Weapons using AP bullets are assigned the Penetrating (Armor) Ability. AP bullets are somewhat less lethal against flesh, and thus the actual damage is always halved (round up) after the effects of Armor are considered. These bullets are available for auto-loading pistols, machine guns, shotguns, revolvers, and rifles. AP pistol or revolver ammunition (“cop killer bullets”) is usually illegal.

Ammunition, Bird Shot

The statistics given for shotguns assume they are using buckshot, which is the usual combat load. If using birdshot (with a greater number of smaller pellets) damage is reduced by 4 (minimum 1 damage) but the attacker gains a +1 bonus to his or her attack check. Bird shot is only available for shotguns.

Ammunition, Blanks

A blank is a cartridge without the bullet that also has a reduced powder load. A blank normally does not deliver any damage when fired, but if the gun’s muzzle is directly in contact with someone, the hot gasses expelled can still be dangerous or fatal. When a character is using a blank-firing gun in combat, the gun is treated as if it is firing a rubber bullet, but range is limited to Melee Range. Blanks are available for auto-loading pistols, machine guns, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns.

Ammunition, Hollow Point (HP)

This is a bullet designed to expand after entering a target, therefore doing greater damage. Hollow Point bullets are known by various trade names, and include bullets described as “expanding,” “dumdum,” or pre-fragmented rounds such as “safety slugs.” HP ammo is standard issue in many police departments, since the rounds are better man-stoppers and are less likely to pierce walls and injure bystanders on the other side. The Hague Convention prohibits HP bullets for military use in international conflicts. Hollow Point bullets have less Armor-penetrating power: Armor protection is doubled against the bullets. These disadvantages are cumulative with any Low Penetration modifiers. If even 1 damage succeeds in penetrating Armor, however, or if the target was unarmored, 1d6 bonus damage is added to the damage that a living target suffers (the bullets “mushroom” inside living tissue), but only if the base damage penetrates the target’s Armor. No extra damage is inflicted on machines or structures by HP bullets. HP bullets are available for auto-loading pistols, machine guns, revolvers, and rifles.

Ammunition, Rubber

These are bullets encased in rubber or plastic, which are designed to be “less lethal.” A weapon using rubber bullets automatically suffers from the Low Penetration Disability and delivers 4 less damage (minimum 1 damage). Rubber bullets are available for auto-loading pistols, machine guns, revolvers and rifles, and for shotguns firing slug ammunition.

Ammunition, Shotgun Slugs

A shotgun can fire big bullets instead of shot. Police will often use slugs to stop cars or blow open barricades. When using slugs, a shotgun loses both the Spreading Ability and the Low Penetrating Disability. Slugs are available for shotguns only.

Ammunition, Incendiary

Special shells are also available for shotguns; these shells contain phosphorous chemicals that convert the shotgun into an improvised flamethrower. Damage is reduced by 4 (minimum 1), but if any damage penetrates Armor, the target receives fire damage, and suffers one quarter (round up) the basic damage per round for the next five rounds. This damage is also very painful, imposing a -2 penalty on all checks. The ammunition tends to foul the gun after use, however. Any further shots fired before the gun can be carefully cleaned suffer a – 2 attack check penalty, and the gun will jam on any roll of 1 or 2 (requiring cleaning before the gun can be reused). These shells are available for shotguns only.

Grenades and Explosives

The user throws these hand-held explosive weapons at a target. Their use uses the Thrown Weapons (Grenade) Skill. All of these explosives count as minor Personal Gear except a satchel charge, which is treated as a major Personal Gear.

Grenade, Concussion

This grenade is filled with high explosives. 2d10 damage is delivered to everyone in a 15-foot radius who fails a Reflex save vs. DC 15 (those who make the save take half damage).

Grenade, Tear Gas

This grenade bursts to fill a room-sized area (10 foot radius) with (usually) non-lethal irritant gas. Damage is the same as concussion grenade (2d10 damage with a Fortitude save, instead of a Reflex save), but is “stun only” – it wears off after a few minutes, and it does not affect non-living things or anyone wearing a gas mask. Anyone exposed to the gas also suffers a -2 penalty on all checks due to irritation if they fail Fortitude save. This penalty lasts for a number of rounds equal to the amount by which the save was failed. Tear gas grenades also release a lot of smoke and may occasionally (GM’s option) start fires if they explode next to paper or other flammable substances.

Grenade, Flash-Bang

These special grenades produce a super firecracker effect, stunning people with sound and light. This weapon is a favorite of hostage-rescue teams. No physical damage will be suffered, but the victims must make a Fortitude save against a DC of 20 or be blinded and deafened for a number of combat rounds equal to the difference between the save DC and the roll. The character suffers a -2 save penalty if he or she is right next to the grenade when it explodes. Characters wearing anti-flare goggles (such as a welding mask) and ear protectors will receive a +6 bonus to their save to avoid the grenade’s effects.

Grenade, Smoke

This grenade fills a room-sized area (10 foot radius) with non-toxic chemical smoke for 3 to 8 rounds (depending on wind). Anyone without night vision goggles or a night vision scope will suffer a -4 attack check penalty when attacking a target obscured by smoke.

Dynamite

This explosive functions like a concussion grenade, except the blast covers only a 10 foot radius, and the damage is 2d8 with a save DC of 13 for half damage.

Satchel Charge

This is a knapsack full of plastic explosive or multiple dynamite sticks. The explosion is treated as a concussion grenade, but the blast covers a 25 foot radius and the delivers 5d6 damage with a save DC of 18 for half damage. Unlike a grenade, a satchel charge is too heavy to throw far, so its range is limited to melee range for average humans – the attacker will be caught in the charge’s blast unless it has a timer.

Timed or Remote Detonator

This device is used to explode a satchel charge (or other bomb) from a distance, either at a specific time or in response to an electrical or radio signal. Attaching the detonator to the explosive and properly setting it requires a Demolitions Skill check, with failure indicating a late or premature blast.

Vehicles

Along with their specialized weaponry, many modern era characters use rigged and modified vehicles. Additionally, many international organizations use high tech vehicles in their quests to keep their interests safe.

This section describes the standard vehicles likely to appear in a modern-day game. Some vehicles are suitable for use as personal vehicles by characters, while a desperate individual may commandeer others (such as a city bus) when no better transportation is available. This section concentrates on general types that are in common use, rather than providing individual statistics for specific models. All costs are approximate US dollar (USD) values, which can vary greatly.

Each vehicle counts as a major item of Personal Gear, with the exception of the motor scooter and ultra-light (minor Personal Gear). These basic templates can be modified using the Customizing Vehicles guidelines. Using the customization options, the vehicle can be further modified to match the character’s personal vision (adding options such as supercharged engines or armored glass windows) with each option normally considered to be as a minor Personal Gear.

Table: Vehicles
MB Size People Cargo Armor Hit Points Skill
Automobiles
Compact Car 160 2 4 200 lbs. 4 50 Driving (Car)
Passenger Car 160 2 5 400 lbs. 5 60 Driving (Car)
Pickup Truck 160 2 3 1 ton 6 70 Driving (Car)
Race Car 300 +1 1 1 5 60 Driving (Car)
Sports Car 200 2 2 400 lbs. 4 50 Driving (Car)
Sport/Utility 160 2 6 400 lbs. 6 70 Driving (Car)
Stretched Limousine 160 -1 2 6 1000 lbs. 5 60 Driving (Car)
Van 150 -1 3 2 1 ton ** 7 80 Driving (Van)
Motorcycles              
Dirt Bike 140 +1 1 2 3* 40 Driving (Motorcycle)
Scooter 120 +1 0 1 50 lbs. 2* 30 Driving (Motorcycle)
Motorbike 180 +1 1 2 100 lbs. 3* 40 Driving (Motorcycle)
Oversized Vehicles              
Big Rig 150 -2 4 2 10 ton 10 110 Driving (Big Rig)
Bus 120 -2 4 30-50 1 ton 9 100 Driving (Big Rig)
Heavy Truck 150 -1 3 2 5 tons 8 90 Driving (Van)
Helicopters              
Combat Helicopter 300 +1 4 2 2 tons 10 80 Piloting (Helicopter)
Light Helicopter 200 +1 2 3 500 lbs. 4 50 Piloting (Helicopter)
Utility Helicopter 200 3 2 2 tons ** 7 80 Piloting (Helicopter)
Airplanes              
Light Airplane 350 +1 2 4 500 lbs. 4 50 Piloting
(Light Airplane)
Heavy Airplane 300 -3 5 4 40 tons ** 11 120 Piloting (Heavy Airplane)
Ultra-Light 100 +1 1 1 2* 30 Piloting (Light Airplane)
Speed Boats                
Off-shore Racer 180 3 6 1000 lbs. 7 80 Boating (Small Boat)
Recreational Boat 80 +1 2 3-4 200 lbs. 4 50 Boating (Small Boat)
Military Ground Vehicles                
APC 70 4 13 2 tons 20 120 Driving (Tank)
Heavy Tank 80 -2 4 4 2 tons 30 200 Driving (Tank)

Speed is the top speed in miles per hour. Pickup trucks, sport/utility vehicles, and dirt bikes move at half speed off-road. Other non-military ground vehicles are road-bound and can move a maximum of one-quarter speed off road.

MB is the Maneuver Bonus. +1 means a +1 bonus to Initiative rolls (only), while a -1 or -2 means that penalty is applied to both Initiative rolls and to Driving Skill checks.

Size is a relative measure of the vehicle’s mass and volume. “1” means the vehicle is about the size of a motorcycle – you could drive it through a house’s door, or stow it in the back of a van (weighs up to 1000 lbs.). “2” means it is about the size of a car or pickup truck, and you can park it in a normal garage (weighs 1-5 tons). “3” means it is the size of a large truck (uses multiple parking spaces, often masses 6-10+ tons when loaded). “4” means it is even larger, such as a big tractor-trailer combination that might haul 20+ tons.

People is how many people the vehicle is designed to seat, including the driver or pilot.

Cargo is how many tons or pounds of cargo the vehicle can typically carry without suffering movement penalties. An ** indicates that the cargo area can be converted into passenger space at a ratio of 5 people per ton.

Armor is the number of damage points that the Armor stops. An * indicates that the Armor only protects the vehicle, not the driver or passengers.

Hit Points indicate how much damage the vehicle can sustain before it ceases to function. The vehicle is not necessarily destroyed when its Hit Points are reduced to zero – it has merely sustained enough damage to shut the engine down, hinder the control systems, or in some other way prevent the vehicle from working. For rules on destroying a vehicle, see Breaking Objects.

No range is listed, since all vehicles except the ultra-light can operate for 3-10 hours before requiring refueling. The ultra-light’s endurance is under one hour. Oversized vehicles (trucks, big rigs, buses) usually burn diesel fuel, while most other vehicles use gasoline.

Automobile

The basic motor vehicle of the 20th century. Automobiles have four wheels and are normally powered by a gasoline internal combustion engine. Standard features on modern vehicles include headlights, seat belts, air bags, and air conditioning.

Passenger Car

An ordinary compact or mid-sized automobile. Cars are available in coupe (two doors, often with a hatch back and extra cargo space), sedan (four door), or station wagon (extra room in back, but reduced rear visibility for driver) body styles. Year 2003 cost: $12,000+ USD. For an expensive luxury car, add custom options such as Big Engine and Luxury Interior.

Sub-Compact Car

A small, somewhat cramped passenger car. It seats four, but with a lot less comfort than a comparable mid-sized vehicle. It is easier to park, but not as robust. Year 2003 cost: $10,000+ USD.

Pickup Truck or Sport/Utility Vehicle

A light truck with cab seating (2-3 people), off-road suspension, and four-wheel drive and either an open cargo bed (pickup truck) or extra passenger capacity (sport/utility vehicle). Year 2003 cost: $20,000+ USD.

Race Car

A dedicated race car (such as a Formula 1 racer or funny car) with an aerodynamic body, a single seat, and very powerful engine. Such a vehicle is not “street legal.” Race cars are “hangar queens” that require periodic maintenance every few hours just to keep their finely tuned engines and transmissions in working order. Year 2003 cost: $100,000+ USD.

Sports Car

A car with good aerodynamics, a powerful engine, and superior transmission and suspension. Some sports cars carry two people, while others sacrifice already-meager cargo space to carry an extra person or two in cramped back seats. Year 2003 cost: $50,000+ USD.

Limousine

An oversized passenger car. It will usually have a number of posh features, such as a luxury interior. Year 2003 cost: $50,000+ USD.

Van

A light panel truck or mini-van, with one or two big rear doors and sliding side doors. Use this template with appropriate customization for ambulances. Year 2003 cost: $15,000+ USD.

Motorcycle

A two-wheeled bike powered by a gasoline engine. Standard features include headlights and rearview mirrors.

Motorbike

A big bike with a reasonably powerful engine. A second person can usually be carried without much difficulty. Year 2003 cost: $3,000+ USD.

Scooter

A small bike with an anemic engine. Scooters are suitable for a single rider only. A minor gadget. Year 2003 cost: $2,000+ USD.

Dirt Bike

A motorbike designed for off-road operations. Dirt bikes include the Off-Road Suspension option at no extra cost. Year 2003 cost: $4,000+ USD.

Oversized Vehicle

A big ground vehicle with six or more wheels, usually powered by a diesel engine rather than gasoline engine (diesel fuel is cheaper, and less flammable). Standard features include headlights, seat belts, airbags, and air conditioning.

Big Rig

An 18-wheel tractor-trailer combination, with a powerful tractor cab designed to tow a big trailer. With trailer, a big rig may be 20 yards long. Pick one of these options for the cargo area: flat bed (open cargo), van (enclosed cargo), refrigerated (“reefer”), tanker. If the trailer is unhooked from the “fifth wheel” (this takes at least two rounds outside the vehicle to do this), the rig’s speed can increase by 10-20 mph. Year 2003 cost: $60,000+ USD.

Bus

A city, school, or excursion bus. In action series, these usually make their appearance when someone hijacks or plants a bomb on them. A typical bus seats 35-45 people (with plenty of standing and cargo room) and is about 10-15 yards long. Year 2003 cost: $50,000+ USD.

Heavy Truck

A large truck, bigger than an ordinary van. Pick one of these options for the cargo area: flat bed (open cargo), van (enclosed cargo), refrigerated (“reefer”), tanker. A heavy truck may also be a cement mixer, dump truck, street cleaner, fire engine, etc. Year 2003 cost: $30,000+ USD.

Helicopter

A rotary winged vehicle. Modern helicopters are usually powered by a gas turbine engine, and require a pilot’s license to operate. They have a horizontal main rotor that provides lift and (by tilting the helicopter) propulsion, and a small vertical tail rotor to act as a stabilizer. A helicopter is capable of executing vertical takeoffs or landings, and hovering. Standard features include landing lights (treat as headlights), seat belts, and often air conditioning.

Combat Helicopter

A devastatingly offensive helicopter (such as the AH-1W Super Cobra), typically used in battle against combat forces and either very powerful or very large monster threats. A combat helicopter counts as three major Gadgets. Year 2003 cost: $10,000,000+ USD.

Light Helicopter

A small helicopter that can carry a couple of people. This is a typical news or police helicopter. Year 2003 cost: $100,000+ USD.

Utility Helicopter

A larger helicopter that is often a civilian version of a military troop-carrying model. These choppers are designed to carry a dozen people or a decent cargo load. Helicopters of this sort are often used as air ambulances. Year 2003 cost: $1,000,000+ USD.

Airplane

An airplane relies on wings for lift and a propeller or jet engine for propulsion. It requires a smooth, flat runway for takeoffs and landings. While airborne it must maintain a minimum speed (usually about 1/10 its maximum speed) to avoid stalling. Standard features include landing lights (treat as headlights), seatbelts, emergency parachutes, and often air conditioning.

Light Airplane

A single-engine propeller-driven passenger airplane, capable of operating out of grass strips or landing on a smooth stretch of highway if necessary. Light aircraft are a favorite of drug runners. Use Pilot (Light Plane) Skill. Year 2003 cost: $100,000+ USD.

Heavy Airplane

A large plane, often with two or four engines, which is used primarily to transport large numbers of people or cargo. Heavy airplanes often require longer runways in order to take off or land. A heavy airplane counts as two major Personal Gear. Year 2003 cost: $10,000,000+ USD.

Combat Jet

Military jets and bombers (such as the F/A-18 Hornet or B-2 Spirit) are incredibly powerful machines used to assist ground assaults or carry out missions alone. A combat jet counts as four major Gadgets. Year 2003 cost: $50,000,000+ USD (sometimes exceeding $1 Billion USD).

Ultra-Light

A small one-man powered hang-glider that is used mainly for recreation. Counts as a minor Personal Gear. Year 2003 cost: $10,000+ USD.

Boat

Boat designs come in a variety of shapes, depending on their desired function. Speed boats have sleek hull designs and powerful engines in order to travel at high speeds. Standard features include a VHF radio (treat as a CB radio), convertible tops, running lights, and lifejackets.

Recreational Speed Boat

A medium-sized powerboat, usually with an outboard engine. These boats are often used for water skiing. Year 2003 cost: $10,000+ USD.

Offshore Racer

These large race boats, usually measuring between 10 and 18 yards in length, are used in offshore racing. Smugglers often utilise these sleek, fast boats to transport illegal goods. Year 2003 cost:

$80,000+ USD.

Military Vehicles

When battling against foreign incursions or giant monsters, the army will come to the rescue with their awesome firepower. Unfortunately, sometimes even that is not enough.

Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

A lightly armored, full-tracked, air-transportable personnel carrier designed to carry and protect personnel and certain types of cargo. Year 2003 cost: $500,000+ USD.

Heavy Tank

Heavy tanks (such as the M1 Abrams) are the backbone of military forces. They provide strong mobile firepower while providing heavy protection for its crew in almost any environment. A heavy tank counts as three major Personal Gear. Year 2003 cost: $4,000,000+ USD.

Customizing Vehicles

Options can be added to different types of vehicles to enhance performance or give them additional capabilities. Unless otherwise noted, each accessory counts as one minor Personal Gear and can only be taken once.

Note that Engine Rebuild, Turbocharger, and Big Engine have approximately the same effect in game terms. A superfast vehicle may have all three options assigned, however.

Some vehicles possess super-technology, which grants them abilities beyond those outlined below. These abilities are covered using the Item of Power Attribute. Creating a vehicle such as this not only requires minor and major Personal Gear for the base abilities of the vehicle plus any modifications but also requires a Rank in Item of Power sufficient to purchase the Attribute(s) granted by the supertechnology.

Airfoils

An aerodynamic feature (airdams, spoilers, etc.) that improves traction by increasing the downward force on a car. Gives a +1 bonus to any Drive (Car) Skill check at speeds over 100 mph. Airfoils are available for any automobile and some exceptionally fast boats.

Armor

The vehicle is retro-fitted with armored panels, Kevlar inserts, and bullet proof glass on the windows. Each time the armor is assigned, the extra weight reduces top speed by 10 mph but increases the vehicle’s Armor Rating by 3. Armor is available for any vehicle except an ultra-light aircraft, and counts as two minor Personal Gear.

Big Engine

An upgraded engine, such as a big V8 in a passenger car, or a V12 in a sports car. The engine often differentiates an ordinary passenger car from a luxury model, or a basic sports car from a racer. A big engine adds 20 mph to the top speed of any vehicle.

Burglar Alarm

If a door, trunk, or window is opened without the proper key, an alarm will sound to alert (and annoy) everyone in the vicinity. Defeating the alarm requires an appropriate Skill check against a DC of 25. Marginal failure means the thief realizes he or she cannot disarm it while a worse failure means will trigger the alarm.

Citizen’s Band (CB) Radio

With a range of a few miles, truckers favor CBs for exchanging information on road conditions, speed traps, and general gossip. Unlike a personal cell phone, a CB broadcasts to everyone in the area – it is not useful for private communication, but is great for distress calls. A similar option can be taken for taxi dispatcher radios. A CB radio can be installed in any vehicle.

Consumer Electronics

These electronic gadgets include small TV sets, a vehicular computer, fax machines, etc. A cassette or CD player in a car can be considered a fairly mundane item. Electronics can be added to any vehicle, provided the size seems reasonable.

Convertible Top

The vehicle with this option has a removable or retractable plastic, fiberglass, or fabric top. Removing the top gives a better view and nice breeze, but also means that the driver and passengers are now “partially exposed,” and are at the mercy of the weather. Exposed occupants are also completely unprotected from overhead attacks and can be attacked (bypassing vehicle Armor/Hit Points) more easily from the side or rear (-4 attack check penalty to ignore the car’s Armor). On the plus side, those occupants can also fire out of the vehicle without any difficulty, and jump in or out more easily. This feature is available for automobiles; recreational speed boats and most offshore racers automatically possess this option.

Door Mount

This option is a post and bracket for mounting a light or heavy machine gun out a helicopter’s or van’s open side door.

Electronic Countermeasures

This advanced defense system enables the vehicle to avoid detection by radar and other sensors. Any attempt to mechanically detect the vehicle (except through the basic senses such as sight or hearing) incurs a -6 penalty.

Engine Rebuild

A rebuild is major custom upgrade to the engine, rather than just simply increasing its size. In a car, this may involve removing and completely cleaning the existing system (including “hot tanking” the engine block in a chemical bath to remove grime), then adding various modifications (known as “blueprinting”). Other engine “buzz-words” include forged dome pistons, tuneable fuel injection, strengthened rods and bearings, adjustable or hot cam socket, tubular headers, custom intake manifolds, big valves, and a bored-out throttle body. This option adds 20 mph to the top speed of any vehicle.

Furnishings

Furnishings include a mini-bar, mini-fridge, kitchenette, chemical toilet, bunk bed, etc. For larger furnishings (kitchenette, bunks, etc.) each one added also requires replacing one or two seats, depending on the size. Furnishings can be added to any vehicle with Size 2 or more.

Global Positioning System (GPS)

This option uses satellite systems to provide precise navigational coordinators, which prevents the driver from becoming lost. Naturally, it is still possible to miss a turn through human error. A GPS can be added to any vehicle.

Hidden Cargo Space

This space is often used in vehicles that are designed to smuggle goods across borders or past highway patrols. Up to 10% of the vehicle’s cargo capacity can be considered “hidden” under fake panels and bogus fixtures. Hidden space can be added to any vehicle with cargo capacity.

Improved Brakes

This option includes high quality brakes, drag chutes, or spiked tires that allow the vehicle to stop faster than normal. Those breaks provide a +2 bonus to Drive Skill checks on any maneuver where sudden, sharp deceleration is important. Improved breaks can be added to any ground-based vehicle.

Improved Shocks

Some vehicles have high quality or adjustable shock absorbers or springs, which provide an extra +1 bonus to Drive Skill checks in any circumstance where the suspension would be important (such as crossing over obstacles).

Lights and Siren

Any vehicle can be fitted with a noisy siren and flashing lights. This option can also provide a powerful spot search light.

Luxury Interior

Leather upholstery, lots of chrome, extra head room, or other items on a vehicle are a sure way to impress someone special. A plethora of luxury options are available for most vehicles.

Manual Transmission

There are two types of transmissions: manual and automatic. An automatic transmission is assumed to be standard issue for automobiles (but not other vehicles), and means that the gear mechanism changes by itself. In a manual transmission, the driver must shift the gears on his or her own, usually with a stick and the clutch pedal. In the case of automobiles, a manual transmission gives an additional -1 penalty to characters who are trying to do something else while they drive, such as shoot a gun. If, however, a vehicle with an automatic transmission and one with a manual transmission are competing in a race, the GM should give any driver who has both the Drive Skill and a manual transmission an extra +1 bonus to reflect the greater speed control the manual transmission provides. This is a mundane option for automobiles.

Nitrous Oxide Tank

This option adds a nitrous oxide tank and push-button injection system. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) can be injected into the engine, which releases more free oxygen and improves cylinder pressures and engine temperature. This action allows extra fuel to be burned in a more controlled fashion, resulting in a quick power boost for a short sprint. A single injection adds 30 mph to speed and +2 to Initiative on any round it is used. A tank can be used for up to five rounds before depleting the nitrous oxide bottle. This performance enhancer is available for any vehicle except helicopters.

Off-Road Suspension

A raised suspension and special tires allow the vehicle to drive cross-country at two-thirds of the on-road top speed. The extra suspension weight also means -5 mph to road speed. For airplanes, this option corresponds to Rough-Field Landing Gear that lets the aircraft land without a proper runway. Off-road suspension is available for any ground vehicle or light aircraft.

Police-Band Radio

This radio allows the driver to listen to, and communicate on, police and emergency frequencies. If the cops find one of these in a vehicle, they may be a little suspicious, however. This radio is available for any vehicle.

Pontoons

Pontoons allow an aircraft to land in, or take off from, water. The extra air drag reduces the aircraft’s top speed by 5 mph. Pontoons are available for any helicopter or light airplane.

Radar Detector

A detector can warn the driver if a police radar trap is within a few miles. Recent models also detect police laser scanners.

Rocket Engine

The vehicle is outfitted with a rocket engine (either replacing propellers for an airplane or as a booster rocket for ground vehicles). The engine drastically increases the speed of the vehicle by an additional 100 mph but the expensive modification counts as a major Personal Gear. Additionally, for ground based vehicles, the driver incurs a -2 penalty on all Drive Skill checks while the rocket booster is activated.

Rotating License Plate

With a flick of a switch, the license plate can flip to reveal an alternative identity for a vehicle. This illegal modification is available for any automobile or oversized ground vehicle.

Sidecar

Sidecars are attached to motorcycles, allowing an extra person to ride. This option reduces the top speed by 10 mph. A motorbike sidecar requires three rounds to attach or detach.

Slick Tires

A vehicle may be outfitted with flat racing tires (no grooves) for better traction. Slicks give a +1 bonus to any Drive checks on smooth, dry tracks, but unfortunately have a poor grip on wet roads: an additional -2 penalty is assigned to any penalties suffered by a vehicle for the weather conditions. Slicks are available for any ground vehicle.

Smoke Screen/Oil Slick

This option releases smoke behind the vehicle, obscuring view in a cloud about 10 yards in diameter. The screen will last for 1-6 rounds depending on the wind. Alternatively, it could act as an oil slick, which creates a slippery area that hampers the control of any vehicle driving through it. A driver may avoid the oil slick if he or she spots it in time. At GM’s option, a character caught in a smoke screen/oil slick might be required to make a successful Driving Skill check to avoid an accident. A fully charged smoke screen/oil slick is good for three rounds of use, and is available for any automobile or oversized ground vehicle.

Special Tires or Puncture-Resistant

Tires may be designed with various special abilities. These include solid puncture-resistant tires that run while flat (halve penalties for losing a tire) or special snow tires (reduce or negate any penalties that the GM may assign for maneuvering on snow or ice). Any ground based vehicle can be equipped with special tires.

Stretchers and Medical Equipment

This option differentiates ambulances from regular vehicles. Each stretcher replaces two seats for passenger capacity purposes. Medical equipment can be added to any van or utility helicopter.

Stripped

These vehicles are carefully stripped down to improve their power to weight ratio. In a car, this might mean removing glass from side windows (replacing them with nets), taking out the headlights, stripping out the doors (the driver will now climb through the window), modifying the seats, and otherwise removing items that are required for regular driving but unnecessary or unsafe for a high-speed race. Stripping a vehicle will add 20 mph to top speed if the vehicle is still “street legal” or 30 mph if enough stuff is removed so that the vehicle no longer meets minimum safety standards. All vehicles, except an ultra-light, can be stripped.

Sun Roof

A sun roof is an open hatch in the top of the vehicle, which can be added to any car or van. Characters who lean out the opening can be attacked, but receive a benefit for partial cover (-4 penalty to the attacker’s check). A sun roof is available for any automobile or oversized ground vehicle.

Supercharger

A supercharger is designed to increase an engine’s power. The supercharger uses a belt-and-pulley mechanism linked to an engine’s crankshaft. It functions by forcing extra air and fuel into the engine’s combustion chambers. A supercharger adds 20 mph to top speed and the extra acceleration gives a +2 Initiative bonus. Superchargers count as two minor Personal Gear, and are available for any vehicle except a helicopter or ultra-light.

Tow Winch

A winch allows the vehicle to tow other vehicles of equal or smaller size (similar to pulling a trailer – see Trailer below). A winch is available for any pickup truck or oversized ground vehicle.

Trailer

A trailer lets the vehicle tow extra cargo. A typical trailer is designed for a car or van and can hold a half-ton (for a car-sized trailer) or 1-2 tons (for a larger trailer). The vehicle’s top speed will be reduced by 25 mph and it will have a -4 initiative penalty while towing the trailer.

Trailers can be added to any automobile or oversized vehicle.

Turbocharger

This device uses the engine’s exhaust stream to drive an air compressor, which increases the engine’s power output. This extra power adds 20 mph to top speed, but there is no extra initiative bonus, due to “turbo lag” – the delay it takes for the turbocharger to respond. Turbo-chargers are available for any vehicle except a helicopter or ultra-light.

Weapon Mount – Light

A weapon mount is a bracket or pintle for mounting a light or heavy machine gun on the vehicle’s roof, deck, or the underside of a wing.

Weapon Mount – Heavy

This mount is used for mounting heavy weapons such as rockets.

Body Armor and Protective Devices

Most armor only covers some of the body, leaving the face and often other extremities unprotected. An attacker can aim for an unprotected spot in exchange for suffering a penalty on his or her attack check (see Called Shot to Partial Armor). The Armor values listed in this section represent average-quality construction and materials. Shoddy workmanship, poor construction techniques, or weak materials can penalize the given Armor values by -1 to -4. Exceptional workmanship, advanced construction techniques, or resilient materials can increase the given Armor values by +1 to +4.

Ancient Armor

Table 11-4: Armor and Protective Devices Armor Type Armor Value Penalties
 
Light Mail 4 -2 on physically-oriented Skill checks
Partial Metal Armor 5 -4 on physically-oriented Skill checks
Full Metal Armor 6 to 8 -6 on physically-oriented Skill checks
Modern Armor    
Leather Jacket 1 None
Soft Body Armor 4 -3 on physically-oriented Skill checks
Tactical 6 -5 on physically-oriented Skill checks
Shields    
Buckler 4 None
Standard Shield 6 Requires one free hand to use
Heavy Shield 8 Requires one free hand to use,
    -4 on physically-oriented checks
Tactical Shield 10 Requires one free hand to use,
    -2 on physically-oriented checks

Light Mail

A light shirt of fine metal links that can be hidden under a normal jacket and stops 4 damage. Due to the armor’s weight, the character suffers a -2 penalty on physically-oriented Skill checks. Minor Personal Gear.

Partial Metal Armor

A mail hauberk or cuirass, open helmet, and arm or leg protection. It stops 5 damage. Due to the armor’s weight, the character suffers a -4 penalty on physically-oriented Skill checks. Minor Personal Gear.

Full Metal Armor

A complete head-to-foot suit of metal armor, similar to those worn by medieval knights in battle. It stops 6 to 8 damage. Due to the armor’s bulk, the character makes physically-oriented Skill checks at a -6 penalty. Major Personal Gear.

Modern Armor

Leather Jacket or Riding Suit

This mundane item stops 1 damage from melee attacks or concussion damage.

Soft Body Armor

This armor is a light-weight ballistic-fiber “flak jacket” or “bullet proof vest.” The armor works by catching the bullet in fibers and rapidly distributing the impact energy, often turning a potentially lethal penetration into a bruising blow. Armor is usually made of poly-aramid plastic fibers (Kevlar or Twaron) or extended-chain polyethylene (Spectra). A typical vest subtracts 4 from the damage inflicted on the character, but can be worn concealed under a jacket or coat. It is cumbersome, however, and penalizes the wearer with a -2 penalty on physically-oriented Skill checks. Spotting the armor requires a Spot Skill check; it will be obvious if anyone does a pat-down search. Minor Personal Gear.

Tactical Armor

This armor is a heavy armored outfit (with a helmet) of the sort worn by SWAT teams and soldiers. It consists of a rigid ballistic jacket, usually made of composite material such as Spectra Shield (Spectra fibers held in a special Kraton resin), sometimes with ceramic or metal plate inserts. The armor is resistant to nearly all pistol fire and some less powerful rifle rounds. Tactical armor cannot be concealed – everyone seeing the character will know he or she is wearing body armor. Tactical armor is uncomfortable to wear all the time, and characters will not be able to rest and relax while wearing it. Someone who wears the armor for several hours on a hot day may have to make Fortitude saves (against an appropriate DC) to avoid passing out from heat stroke. Tactical armor subtracts 8 from the damage inflicted to the wearer. The armor requires at least three rounds to strap on or take off, and is sufficiently heavy that physically-oriented Skill checks suffer a -4 penalty. Major Personal Gear.

Shields

Shields stop a significant amount of damage if they are interposed between an attack and the target with a successful Block Defense. If the damage exceeds the Armor rating, the remaining damage is delivered to the intended target. This damage can reflect several events: penetration of the weapon through the shield; damage delivered to the target’s arm through a forceful impact; the shield slamming against the head or body of the target; a piece of the shield splintering away into the target; a target’s physical exhaustion after successive shield impacts; etc. The reason why the target receives the excess damage is best determined by the combat situation.

Buckler

This small shield can be strapped to a character’s arm and be used to block attacks. Since it is strapped to the character’s arm, it does not require a free hand to use. Stops 4 damage. Minor Personal Gear.

Standard Shield

This shield is approximately 3 feet in diameter and provides excellent protection for the character. Due to its size, however, the character must have one free hand with which to wield the shield. Stops 6 damage. Minor Personal Gear.

Heavy Shield

This shield is approximately one to two yards in height and acts as a virtual wall, protecting the character from damage. Not only does it require a free hand for use, but its large size also makes it difficult for the character to accomplish physically-oriented Skill checks, imposing a -4 penalty. Stops 8 damage. Minor Personal Gear.

Tactical Shield

This modern version of a Heavy Shield is built from light-weight materials. Due to its advanced construction, it not only provides greater protection but also is easier to wield, imposing only a -2 penalty on physically-oriented Skill checks. Stops 10 damage. Major Personal Gear.

Special Protective Devices

Goggles and Ear Protectors

This gear provides a +6 bonus to resist the stunning effects of flash-bang grenades, but prevents the character from hearing any normal conversations. They require one round to put on or remove. Minor Personal Gear.

Gas Mask

A gas mask protects against tear gas and similar attacks, but imposes a -4 penalty on all checks for actions requiring peripheral vision. It requires one round to put on or remove. Minor Personal Gear.

Breaking Objects

Battles between powerful foes often result in a great deal of collateral damage. How effective is a manhole cover as a shield? How much damage can a telephone pole deliver before it breaks?

Objects are divided into two main categories: static and operational. Static objects are those that exist without working parts, such as most melee weapons, furniture, buildings, etc. Operational objects are things that have moving parts that work together in some way to accomplish a task. Examples include firearms, vehicles, computers, and other similar objects.

Static Objects

Static objects possess an Armor Rating. This is an amount of damage that the object is capable of stopping. If the object is hit with more damage than this, it suffers damage up to its Armor Rating and any remaining damage passes through it (possibly injuring characters behind it). Though the object is damaged, it still maintains its structure but will require repairs later. If an object suffers repeated damage, roughly 5 to 10 times within a short period of time (GM discretion), it has suffered sufficient damage to break. If the object suffers five times its Armor Rating in damage in one attack, it is completely destroyed – it is beyond repair and must be completely rebuilt or replaced.

Operational Objects

Operational objects have both an Armor Rating and Hit Points. If the object suffers more damage than its Armor Rating, the excess damage is deducted from its Hit Points. If its HP are ever reduced to zero, it ceases to function in its given task; a car will no longer run, a gun will no longer fire, etc. The object is not destroyed – it is simply rendered non-functional. It can be repaired later and returned to normal. Additionally, as with Static objects, if the item suffers five times its Armor Rating in damage in one attack, regardless of how many Hit Points it has remaining, it is completely destroyed – it is beyond repair and must be completely rebuilt or replaced.

Penetrating (Armor) vs. Objects

When a character uses a Special Attack with the Penetrating (Armor) Ability, the attack is more likely to destroy an object. Each assignment of Penetrating (Armor) reduces the multiplier required to destroy an object by 1. For example, if a character attacks a steel girder, he or she must inflict over 75 damage (Armor Rating of 15 times 5) to destroy it. If the character had special claws with Penetrating (Armor) assigned three times, however, the character only needs to inflict over 30 damage (Armor Rating of 15 times [5 minus 3 due to three assignments of Penetrating: Armor = 2] = 30).

Armor Ratings of Objects

The Armor Rating of an object indicates how much damage the object can stop and it is dependent on the material from which the object is made, the size of the object, and how well it is constructed. A hollow, aluminum pole will be far weaker than a solid aluminum pole of the same size. Table 11-5: Static Object Armor Ratings provides rough Armor Ratings for common Static objects. GMs are encouraged to use this chart as a basis when determining the Armor Rating of other objects encountered in their games, adjusting for the material from which the object is made, the thickness of the material, the quality of construction, and other similar factors. The Armor Ratings and Hit Points for common operational objects are listed in Tables 11-2: Weapons and 11-3: Vehicle . In most cases, the Hit Points of an operational object is equal to 10 plus five times the object’s Armor Rating.

Table 11-5: Static Object Armor Ratings
Object Armor Rating
Bench/Table, Metal 4
Bench/Table, Wood 2
Cement Barrier 15
Door, Wooden 4
Door, Vault 25
Dumpster, Metal 9
Furniture, Wood 3
Ladder, Metal 4
Manhole Cover 12
Steel Cables 4
Steel Girder 15
Stop Sign 3
Telephone Pole, Metal 10
Telephone Pole, Wood 8
Tree, Giant 20
Tree, Large 15
Tree, Medium 10
Tree, Small 5

Melee Weapons Equal to the weapon’s maximum damage, see Table 11-2: Weapons

Buildings See Table 11-6: Building Armor Ratings Planetary Objects See Table 11-7: Planetoid Armor Ratings

Damage to Weapons

When a character uses a melee weapon against an armored foe, there is a risk of the attack’s force breaking the object. The damage from an attack must either be delivered to the target, or (if the target is armored) delivered to the weapon itself. If the target’s Armor prevents damage equal to five times the weapon’s Armor Rating in one attack, the weapon breaks, snapping under the strain.

When a character scores a critical hit, his or her weapon will not break, regardless of any damage prevented.

Breaking Items of Power

Items of Power are treated as if they possess an additional 5 Armor per Rank of the Item of Power when determining whether or not they break.

For example, a character with a long sword that is a Rank 4 Item of Power attacks a dragon. The character strikes a fantastic blow, delivering 42 damage. The dragon has 45 Armor. Under normal circumstances, a typical long sword, which can inflict a maximum of 8 damage, would break if 40 damage was prevented (5 times it’s Armor Rating of its maximum damage value of 8). Since the character’s sword is an Item of Power, however, it will only break if 140 damage is stopped by an attack (8 Armor Rating + 5 damage per Rank of Item of Power = 28; 28 x 5 = 140).

Destroying Buildings

Characters usually gain automatic successes when they target a building in a melee or ranged attack. Most buildings, whether they are mainly comprised of stone, brick, wood, or steel, have 5 Armor for each size ranking. If a building suffers more damage than its armor rating, it has suffered structural damage; there will be holes in walls and/or floors, powered systems begin to cease working, etc. If the building ever suffers five times its armor rating in damage in one attack, some or all of the building will collapse. For example, a mid-sized office building partially collapses if it suffers 125 damage in one attack. Characters within or adjacent to a collapsing building may suffer damage equal to half the building’s original Hit Points total, unless they can reach safety (possibly via a movement Attribute or with a successful Reflex save, GM’s discretion). As with normal Static objects, repeated damage may eventually destroy a building.

Weapons without the Area Effect or Spreading Abilities are much less effective against large structures such as buildings: any damage that penetrates the building’s Armor is halved, representing the attack only damaging a small area of the structure.

Table 11-6: Building Armor Ratings
Type of Building Size Ranking Armor Rating
Phone Booth 1 5
Wood Shed 2 10
Three-Bedroom House 3 15
Small Office Building (6 Floors) 4 20
Mid-Sized Office Building (12 Floors) 5 25
Large Office Building (24 Floors) 6 30
Skyscraper (50 Floors) 7 35

Blowing Up Worlds

Really large and dense objects like an asteroid, moon, or planet has an exceptionally high armor rating (15 Points for each size ranking) representing the massive thickness of rock or gas that surrounds its core. In order to do any significant damage to the planet itself (rather than just blowing away cities, vegetation, or other surface features) this Armor value must also be penetrated. Only weapons with Area Effect assigned multiple times are useful – all other attacks simply do not affect a large enough section of the object to be noticeable. Table 11-7: Planetoid Armor Ratings shows the armor rating of planetoids. If an attack delivers more damage than this value, the object has suffered damage necessary to blow away its atmosphere, cause massive earthquakes and (if it has oceans) tsunamis, and other similar disasters. If an attack inflicts five times this value in one blast, it will actually destroy the world, blasting it into smaller chunks or an asteroid belt. As with normal Static objects, repeated damage may eventually destroy a planetoid.

Table 11-7: Planetoid Armor Ratings
Size of Object Size Ranking Armor Rating
Meteor (100 yard diameter) 6 90
Small asteroid (1 mile diameter) 9 135
Medium asteroid (10 miles diameter) 13 195
Big asteroid (100 miles radius) 16 240
The Moon or Mercury 21 315
Mars 23 345
Earth or Venus 24 360