Difference between revisions of "Gear"

From OGC
Jump to: navigation, search
 
(One intermediate revision by the same user not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
'''[[VERS]] -> [[Book I - Player Rules]] -> [[What Can They Do]] -> {{PAGENAME}}'''
+
'''[[VERS]] -> [[Making a Character]] -> [[Mechanical Aspects]] -> {{PAGENAME}}'''
 
----
 
----
 
{{tocfloatleft}}
 
{{tocfloatleft}}
  
Gear is one of the pillars of non-superhero games, and while everything that gear can do is possible with the existing Ability rules, the following optional system makes creating gear streamlined and simple at the cost of certain fringe case scenarios. Note that weapons need a functional range (grappling, close, or ranged), decided at creation. To create a weapon or other piece of gear simply add together all of the positive components and then subtract all the negative components. To see example gear please see the Appendices. Below are a list of costs and modifiers.
+
While not very important to superhero games, gear is an integral part of most other genres of roleplaying games. Like abilities, VERS takes a very universal, DIY approach to this. Gear is made up of discrete building blocks that are assembled to create weapons, armor, and other equipment. These are built with GP (gear points), although this is only converted to a Character Points cost if the genre or setting does not use money,  resources, or a gear pool to acquire gear.
  
== Description ==
+
A gear pool is considered the default method of dealing with gear acquisition in VERS. This pool of points can be used to purchase gear, and gear can be “released” as well, freeing up points for different gear. The gear pool starts at 30 GP, and can be increased by 3 GP for every 2 CP spent on it.
  
The description of an piece of gear is essential to its proper use in the game. For instance, both a bearded hand-axe and an arming sword would largely be built the same, however they actually work very differently in real life. The description for an arming sword would be something like:
+
The other official method of dealing with gear acquisition is called Resources. You can think of Resources as a special type of skill, which simulates the character’s money. Gear you wish to purchase has a Value, which is used as a penalty on the Resource roll. If the roll is successful, the character purchases the item, while failure means the character did not have enough funds. Each successful use of Resources gives the character a cumulative -1 penalty on their future uses. These penalties are reduced by 2 at the beginning of every episode.
  
<blockquote>"A one-handed long sword, roughly a meter in length, and often used in unison with a shield. It is usually associated with knights, but swords that are similar in design to this stretch all the way back to Viking times. Made of a high-carbon steel with a well developed cruciform hilt, these weapons are capable of use in defense as well attack. Double edged with a rather severe point, these weapons excel at both thrusting, stabbing attacks and slashing, cutting attacks."</blockquote>
+
Resources can be “lent” to allies, with the lender taking a penalty on their Resources and giving their ally an equal bonus on theirs. The debtor character does not regain any Resource bonus until this loan is “paid back,” with the lender character gaining Resources back at double the rate. Characters can also get temporary bonuses to their Resources, called Treasure. These bonuses can be added to a Resource roll to increase the character’s chances of success, but are only used up when the character succeeds. A character can permanently increase their Resources by 1 rank for 3 CP.
  
Compare this to the description of the bearded hand-axe:
+
Finally, GMs could assign prices to gear in some money unit, and give the players money to spend on them. This is not officially supported, but your game is yours, and I won’t tell you how to have fun.
  
<blockquote> "A one-handed axe designed for war, the handle is roughly 0.75 meters in length and made of a hard wood. The head of the axe is made of a fairly low carbon steel or even base iron, however the edge is a thin wedge of high carbon steel. This gives the edge both hardness and flexibility while remaining very inexpensive to produce. Not a very defensive weapon as the head is largely softer metal and also very narrow, the axe is exceptionally well suited for disrupting and destroying protections. Its mass easily breaks through lighter armors and its long "beard" or extended cutting edge is great for hooking shields and pulling them away"</blockquote>
+
== Building Gear ==
  
So even though each weapon would be built as 3 Damage, -2 Size, +2 Mass, however the Description fills in the non-numeric details about what it looks like, how its made, and even how it is used. These details could be relayed through some type of system of costs and discounts, like the Components, but for the most part this is both unwieldy and unnecessary. So long as the bits that relate to the underlying rules are taken into account.
+
Gear starts from a description, just like abilities do. This description is just the text that explains in normal language what the item is and how it works.
  
== Composition ==
+
Next the item needs to have its Composition defined (at least if the GM is planning on using the item breakage rules, otherwise not strictly necessary). This is as simple as declaring that the item is made of steel. Most items are made of multiple materials, simply list these in order of their prevalence. A medieval arming sword would be “steel, iron, leather” because the blade is steel, the hilt and pommel are raw iron, and the handle is wrapped in leather strips.
  
Composition is a short statement of the materials used to build the item, mostly in case the Hardness needs to be determined because the item is being damaged. This does not have to be an overly complex statement, and in many ways single words are often best.
+
Weapons can also have a damage type, typically blunt, piercing, or slashing, although others are possible. This is to provide some realism in the interactions between weapons and armor, but is not required. If desiring this extra detail, also give armor a defined weakness, typically one of the above, but others are possible depending on the genre and setting. A weapon is 1.5 times as effective against armor weak against its type.
  
Using the examples above, the arming sword would have the following Composition: Steel, Leather.
+
Finally, assign the desired Components. Components are the building blocks of items, and define the bonuses and penalties associated with their use. The following is a list of the positive and negative Components:
  
Similarly, the example bearded axe above would have the following composition: Wood, Iron, Steel, Leather.
+
* '''+1 Bonus:''' This component gives a +1 bonus of a defined skill roll (Ranged Attack, Athletics, Perception, etc). This skill must be chosen when the item is created and cannot be changed later without GM approval. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  
Not only does this allow the quick determination of the item's Hardness, but it also lays out important aspects, like both are conductors of heat and electricity and may rust. It also means that the wood and leather would help prevent the worst of these effects if ever faced with them. Note that each material should be listed in the order of greatest amount used to least.
+
* '''+1 EV/RV:''' This component gives a bonus on damage or other effect. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  
== Components ==
+
* '''+1 Hardness:''' This component gives the item an additional point of Hardness. Hardness defaults to that of the first element of the composition. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  
One you have described the item and determined its Composition, the last step is assigning Components. Components are the mechanical building blocks that interface with the other rules, giving bonuses to rolls, defining how large the object is, and how heavy it is. These come in both positive and negative, as not all qualities of an item are beneficial.
+
* '''+1 Mass:''' This component increases the Strength required to use the item by 1 (default Strength is 0). Any character using the item with less Strength than this increases takes a penalty on the action equal to the difference in the two. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  
=== Positive Components ===
+
* '''+1 Reach:''' This component gives a bonus to a weapon’s reach in close combat, effectively giving them an advantage when used against weapons with less reach. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  
These components add to the functionality of the gear, making it better in some way or another. These are added, and then the negative components are subtracted to get the overall cost. This final cost must be at least 1 CP, regardless of the actual math.
+
* '''+1 Size:''' This component increases the Size of the item (default Size is 0). This gives a -1 penalty per rank on Stealth rolls to conceal the weapon. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  
* '''+1 Bonus:''' This component gives a bonus to a defined skill (Ranged Attack, Parry, Perception, etc). This skill must be chosen when the item is created and cannot be changed later without GM approval. This component costs 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''-1 EV/RV:''' This component reduces the Effect Value of the weapon/gear. Using this, an item can even have a negative EV, essentially reducing the effectiveness of the weapon to the point that it is less effective than the character’s bare hands. Often used to create cursed items. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''+1 EV:''' This component gives a bonus on damage or other effect. This includes Protection and any other effect that uses an Effect Value to function. This component costs 3 CP per rank.
+
* '''-1 Hardness:''' This component reduces the item’s Hardness by 1. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  
* '''+1 Hardness:''' This component gives the item an additional point of Hardness. Hardness defaults to that of the first element of the Composition.  This component costs 2 CP per rank.
+
* '''-1 Penalty:''' This component gives a penalty to a defined skill. This skill must be defined when creating the item and can only be changed afterward with GM permission. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  
* '''+1 Reach:''' This component gives a bonus to a weapon’s reach in close combat, effectively giving them an advantage when used against weapons with less reach. This component costs 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''-1 Size:''' This component reduces the Size of gear (default Size is 0). This gives a +1 bonus on Stealth rolls to conceal the item if the owner character attempts to hide it. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  
* '''-1 Size:''' This component reduces the Size of gear (default Size is 0). This acts as a penalty to Perception checks to find said item if a character attempts to hide it. This component costs 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Additional Type:''' This weapon deals more than one type of damage. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''Aerodynamic:''' This component doubles the item’s maximum range when thrown. This does not change the penalties associated with ranged distance. It also does not necessarily affect the shape of the object, being a generic system, but most items that get this component will be obviously designed to be thrown to the character’s that encounter it. This component costs 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Additional Weakness:''' This armor is very specialized, having multiple weaknesses. This makes it more likely to be overcome. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''Automatic:''' This component allows the weapon to hit more than once per attack. The attack strikes the target one additional time per 2 degrees of success the attacker rolls on their attack roll. For each additional hit, reduce the EV by 2. If the weapon is using the Limited Uses negative component then the user must declare up front how many uses they expend before firing, which acts as the upper limit for the number of extra hits possible. This component costs 3 CP.
+
* '''Aerodynamic:''' This component allows a thrown weapon to target opponents in the next zone as well as the one the character currently is in without requiring an Athletics roll. This component costs 3 GP.
  
* '''Chain:''' This component means the weapon is at least partially made with a chain or heavy cord that allows it to be swung or otherwise angled so that it negates some of the benefits of cover, reducing the penalties for cover by 2. This component costs 2 CP.
+
* '''Ablative:''' This component gives its effect 1 time before being rendered useless. In the case of additions to RV, EV just subtracts from this bonus, leaving any leftover RV for another use. This component reduces the cost by 3 GP.
  
* '''Grab:''' This component means the weapon is flexible enough that it can actually be used to initiate a grapple. Its use gives a +2 bonus to Strength for all rolls to maintain grapple. This component costs 2 CP.
+
* '''Autofire:''' This component allows a weapon to hit multiple times with one attack. The weapon can be used either to make a normal, single attack, a short burst/combo, or a long burst/area of attack. A successful short burst or combo, gains a bonus equal to half again the base EV (1.5 x base EV), but takes a -2 penalty on the attack roll. A long burst or area attack gains the same EV bonus and attack penalty, and it can also target up to 3 targets (GM discretion), using the best reaction of the group as the penalty (if applicable). This component costs 3 GP.
  
* '''Hardened:''' This component means the item is better designed to thwart technology designed to pierce armor. It could be a radical new engineering principle, better materials, or magic, but effectively hardened reduces the severity of a damage condition by 1 level. This component costs 2 CP.
+
* '''Cannot Use In Vehicle:''' This component makes the item unable to be used within a vehicle. This may be due to size, bulk, power requirements, or nearly any other reason imaginable. This would also apply to weapons that cannot be used on horseback, etc. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP.
  
* '''Piercing:''' This component allows the item to cut through defenses more easily than most, effectively working like the Piercing aspect and increasing the severity of the damage condition by 1 level. This component costs 2 CP.
+
* '''Chain:''' This component means the weapon can be swung or otherwise used so that it negates some of the benefits of cover. Attacks with this weapon reduce the penalty when attacking a character in cover by 2. This component costs 2 GP.
  
* '''Set:''' This component allows the weapon to be braced on the ground to gain double damage against charging enemies.  Typically used to create spears and the like. This component costs 1 CP.
+
* '''Dull:''' This component makes the item have a reduced ability to penetrate the target’s protection, effectively decreasing the severity of any damage conditions by 1 level if the target has any type of armor. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''Silent:''' This component means the item’s effect can only be heard with a perception roll at a -2 penalty, and cannot be heard at all from a different room or more than 10 meters away. This component increases the cost by 1 CP.
+
* '''Explosive:''' This component allows the EV to effect up to 3 targets in a single zone as well as those that are engaged with them. This component costs 3 GP.
  
* '''Telescopic:''' This component The weapon is accurate enough to reduce the penalties from extreme range. Each rank of telescopic reduces the range penalty by 2. This component costs 3 CP per rank.
+
* '''Grab:''' This component means the weapon is flexible enough that it can actually be used to initiate a grapple. Its use reduces the penalty for all Strength rolls to maintain grapple by 2. This component costs 2 GP.
  
=== Negative Components ===
+
* '''Hardened:''' This component means the equipment is better designed to thwart technology designed to pierce armor. It could be a radical new engineering principle, better materials, or magic, but the hardened component effectively reduces the severity of an appropriate damage condition by 1 level. This component costs 3 GP.
  
The following components restrict what the gear does, putting limitations on it or otherwise reducing its effectiveness. The "cost" of these components is a discount that reduces the overall CP cost of the gear.
+
* '''Limited Uses:''' This component limits the number of uses before the item no longer functions, such as running out of ammo. The player must define how the Uses are recovered, such as loading another magazine. The capacity of a weapon is the number of turns it can be used before needing to be reloaded, regardless of the actual shots fired. Once the capacity is 0 then the player either has to reload or find more ammo (depending on the way the weapon was defined to begin with). Capacity starts at 6, although it can be reduced further by purchasing additional ranks. Use of short burst autofire reduces the capacity by 2 for that turn instead, and long burst autofire automatically reduces it by 3. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank. Reloading takes 1 action, unless coupled with the Slow component.
  
* '''+1 Mass:''' This component increases the Strength required to use the item by 1 (default Strength is 0). Any character using the item with less Strength than this takes a penalty on its use equal to the difference in the two. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Loud:''' This component ensures this item’s use is perceived automatically within 3 zones, and the penalty is reduced by 4 for any perception rolls from further away. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP.
  
* '''+1 Size:''' This component increases the Size of an item (default Size is 0). This increase in size gives a bonus on Perception rolls to find the weapon if the character is attempting to conceal it. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Massive Damage:''' This weapon is exceptionally deadly, increasing the severity of the damage condition inflicted by the weapon by 1 level. This component costs 3 GP.
  
* '''-1 EV:''' This component reduces the Effect Value of the weapon/gear. Using this, an item can have a negative EV, essentially reducing the original attack or skill use instead of adding to it. Often used to create cursed items. This component reduces the cost by 3 CP per rank.
+
* '''Provides Cover:''' This component allows the item to give the character cover, ⅓ per rank. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''-1 Hardness:''' This component reduces the item’s Hardness by 1. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Required Hands:''' This component means the item requires more than one hand to properly use. There are two levels to this requirement, “Two-handed” and “Hand-and-a-half.” A Two-handed item requires both hands to use at all, and cannot even be attempted otherwise, such as a longbow. An item that is considered hand-and-a-half is best used with two hands, but can be wielded one-handed with considerable effort, increasing the minimum Strength required for its use by 1. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP if it requires both hands, or only 1 GP if 1.5 handed.
  
* '''-1 Penalty:''' This component gives a penalty to a defined skill. This skill must be defined when creating the item and can only be changed afterward with GM permission. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Required Skill/Advantage:''' This component makes the item only usable if the character also has ranks in a certain skill, or has a specific Advantage. If this completely forbids its use, it reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank, while it only reduces it by 1 GP per rank if it merely gives a penalty.
  
* '''Cannot Use In Vehicle:''' This component makes the item unable to be used within a vehicle. This may be due to size, bulk, power requirements, or nearly any other reason imaginable, however the overall effect is that this is impossible. This would also apply to weapons that cannot be used on horseback and the like. This component reduces the cost by 2 CP.
+
* '''Requires Vehicle:''' This component makes the item only function at all when used in conjunction with a vehicle of some kind. This could be because of bulk, weight, or energy constraints, but whatever the reason, the vehicle is required for the use of the item. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''Dull:''' This component makes the item have a reduced ability to penetrate the target’s Protection, effectively working like the Weak aspect and decreasing the severity of any damage conditions by 1 level. This component reduces the cost by 2 CP per rank.
+
* '''Set:''' This component allows the weapon to be braced on the ground charging enemies. Gets a bonus on the attack equal to the bonus from their charge. Typically used to create spears and the like. This component costs 1 GP.
  
* '''Limited Uses:''' This component Limits the number of uses before it no longer functions, such as running out of ammo, battery charge, fuel, or any other reason. The player must define how the Uses are recovered, such as loading another magazine, charging the battery, or refilling the fuel tank. The starting number of uses is 50, and each additional rank cuts this number in half. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
+
* '''Silent:''' This component ensures the item's use is only perceptible within the same zone with an active Perception roll, which has the penalty increased by 4 for each zone away the listener is. Normally items can be heard in the same zone without a perception roll. This component increases the cost by 2 GP.
  
* '''Long Reload:''' This component makes the item take an extra long time to reload, requiring a whole turn before being usable again. It should be noted that this presupposes the item already has the Limited Uses component, otherwise it does not make sense. This component reduces the cost by 2 CP.
+
* '''Slow:''' This component makes the item take an extra long time between uses, requiring a whole Turn before being usable again. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  
* '''Loud:''' This component ensures this item is heard automatically even without a perception roll, and requires a dramatic failure to go unheard unless beyond 30 meters away. This component reduces the cost by 1 CP.
+
* '''Telescopic:''' This component allows the weapon to offset the effects of use over extreme ranges. Attacks made with this weapon must be declared if using telescopic or not. If they use the telescopic component, reduce the range penalty on the attack by 2 for each rank (this can reduce the penalty to a maximum of 0). This component costs 3 GP per rank.
 +
 
 +
* '''Unreliable:''' This component makes the item susceptible to jams, breaking, or otherwise ceasing to work at an inopportune time. With each use make a roll to see if the item stops working. At rank 1 the TN for this is 12, but the TN decreases 1 per rank, making the chance of breaking ever more likely. The component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
  
* '''Required Hands:''' This component means the item requires more than one hand to properly use. There are two levels to this requirement, “2 handed” and “1.5 hands.” A 2 handed item requires both hands and cannot even be used without both, such as a bow and arrow. An item that is considered 1.5 handed or “hand-and-a-half” is best used with two hands, but can be wielded one-handed with considerable effort, increasing the minimum Strength required for its use by 1. This component reduces the cost by 2 CP if it requires both hands, or only 1 CP if 1.5 handed.
 
  
* '''Requires Vehicle:''' This component The item only functions when used in conjunction with a vehicle of some kind. This could be because of bulk, weight, or energy constraints, but whatever the reason, the vehicle is required for the use of the item. This component reduces the cost by 2 CP per rank.
 
  
* '''Unreliable:''' This component The item may jam, break, or otherwise quit working at an inopportune time. With each use make a roll to see if the item stops working. At rank 1 this roll must come up a 3, but the required result increases by 1 for each rank, making the chance of breaking more likely. The component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.
 
  
 
{{VERSBottomNav}}
 
{{VERSBottomNav}}

Latest revision as of 19:51, 1 July 2020

VERS -> Making a Character -> Mechanical Aspects -> Gear


Contents

While not very important to superhero games, gear is an integral part of most other genres of roleplaying games. Like abilities, VERS takes a very universal, DIY approach to this. Gear is made up of discrete building blocks that are assembled to create weapons, armor, and other equipment. These are built with GP (gear points), although this is only converted to a Character Points cost if the genre or setting does not use money, resources, or a gear pool to acquire gear.

A gear pool is considered the default method of dealing with gear acquisition in VERS. This pool of points can be used to purchase gear, and gear can be “released” as well, freeing up points for different gear. The gear pool starts at 30 GP, and can be increased by 3 GP for every 2 CP spent on it.

The other official method of dealing with gear acquisition is called Resources. You can think of Resources as a special type of skill, which simulates the character’s money. Gear you wish to purchase has a Value, which is used as a penalty on the Resource roll. If the roll is successful, the character purchases the item, while failure means the character did not have enough funds. Each successful use of Resources gives the character a cumulative -1 penalty on their future uses. These penalties are reduced by 2 at the beginning of every episode.

Resources can be “lent” to allies, with the lender taking a penalty on their Resources and giving their ally an equal bonus on theirs. The debtor character does not regain any Resource bonus until this loan is “paid back,” with the lender character gaining Resources back at double the rate. Characters can also get temporary bonuses to their Resources, called Treasure. These bonuses can be added to a Resource roll to increase the character’s chances of success, but are only used up when the character succeeds. A character can permanently increase their Resources by 1 rank for 3 CP.

Finally, GMs could assign prices to gear in some money unit, and give the players money to spend on them. This is not officially supported, but your game is yours, and I won’t tell you how to have fun.

Building Gear

Gear starts from a description, just like abilities do. This description is just the text that explains in normal language what the item is and how it works.

Next the item needs to have its Composition defined (at least if the GM is planning on using the item breakage rules, otherwise not strictly necessary). This is as simple as declaring that the item is made of steel. Most items are made of multiple materials, simply list these in order of their prevalence. A medieval arming sword would be “steel, iron, leather” because the blade is steel, the hilt and pommel are raw iron, and the handle is wrapped in leather strips.

Weapons can also have a damage type, typically blunt, piercing, or slashing, although others are possible. This is to provide some realism in the interactions between weapons and armor, but is not required. If desiring this extra detail, also give armor a defined weakness, typically one of the above, but others are possible depending on the genre and setting. A weapon is 1.5 times as effective against armor weak against its type.

Finally, assign the desired Components. Components are the building blocks of items, and define the bonuses and penalties associated with their use. The following is a list of the positive and negative Components:

  • +1 Bonus: This component gives a +1 bonus of a defined skill roll (Ranged Attack, Athletics, Perception, etc). This skill must be chosen when the item is created and cannot be changed later without GM approval. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  • +1 EV/RV: This component gives a bonus on damage or other effect. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  • +1 Hardness: This component gives the item an additional point of Hardness. Hardness defaults to that of the first element of the composition. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  • +1 Mass: This component increases the Strength required to use the item by 1 (default Strength is 0). Any character using the item with less Strength than this increases takes a penalty on the action equal to the difference in the two. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  • +1 Reach: This component gives a bonus to a weapon’s reach in close combat, effectively giving them an advantage when used against weapons with less reach. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  • +1 Size: This component increases the Size of the item (default Size is 0). This gives a -1 penalty per rank on Stealth rolls to conceal the weapon. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  • -1 EV/RV: This component reduces the Effect Value of the weapon/gear. Using this, an item can even have a negative EV, essentially reducing the effectiveness of the weapon to the point that it is less effective than the character’s bare hands. Often used to create cursed items. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  • -1 Hardness: This component reduces the item’s Hardness by 1. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  • -1 Penalty: This component gives a penalty to a defined skill. This skill must be defined when creating the item and can only be changed afterward with GM permission. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank.
  • -1 Size: This component reduces the Size of gear (default Size is 0). This gives a +1 bonus on Stealth rolls to conceal the item if the owner character attempts to hide it. This component costs 1 GP per rank.
  • Additional Type: This weapon deals more than one type of damage. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  • Additional Weakness: This armor is very specialized, having multiple weaknesses. This makes it more likely to be overcome. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  • Aerodynamic: This component allows a thrown weapon to target opponents in the next zone as well as the one the character currently is in without requiring an Athletics roll. This component costs 3 GP.
  • Ablative: This component gives its effect 1 time before being rendered useless. In the case of additions to RV, EV just subtracts from this bonus, leaving any leftover RV for another use. This component reduces the cost by 3 GP.
  • Autofire: This component allows a weapon to hit multiple times with one attack. The weapon can be used either to make a normal, single attack, a short burst/combo, or a long burst/area of attack. A successful short burst or combo, gains a bonus equal to half again the base EV (1.5 x base EV), but takes a -2 penalty on the attack roll. A long burst or area attack gains the same EV bonus and attack penalty, and it can also target up to 3 targets (GM discretion), using the best reaction of the group as the penalty (if applicable). This component costs 3 GP.
  • Cannot Use In Vehicle: This component makes the item unable to be used within a vehicle. This may be due to size, bulk, power requirements, or nearly any other reason imaginable. This would also apply to weapons that cannot be used on horseback, etc. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP.
  • Chain: This component means the weapon can be swung or otherwise used so that it negates some of the benefits of cover. Attacks with this weapon reduce the penalty when attacking a character in cover by 2. This component costs 2 GP.
  • Dull: This component makes the item have a reduced ability to penetrate the target’s protection, effectively decreasing the severity of any damage conditions by 1 level if the target has any type of armor. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  • Explosive: This component allows the EV to effect up to 3 targets in a single zone as well as those that are engaged with them. This component costs 3 GP.
  • Grab: This component means the weapon is flexible enough that it can actually be used to initiate a grapple. Its use reduces the penalty for all Strength rolls to maintain grapple by 2. This component costs 2 GP.
  • Hardened: This component means the equipment is better designed to thwart technology designed to pierce armor. It could be a radical new engineering principle, better materials, or magic, but the hardened component effectively reduces the severity of an appropriate damage condition by 1 level. This component costs 3 GP.
  • Limited Uses: This component limits the number of uses before the item no longer functions, such as running out of ammo. The player must define how the Uses are recovered, such as loading another magazine. The capacity of a weapon is the number of turns it can be used before needing to be reloaded, regardless of the actual shots fired. Once the capacity is 0 then the player either has to reload or find more ammo (depending on the way the weapon was defined to begin with). Capacity starts at 6, although it can be reduced further by purchasing additional ranks. Use of short burst autofire reduces the capacity by 2 for that turn instead, and long burst autofire automatically reduces it by 3. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP per rank. Reloading takes 1 action, unless coupled with the Slow component.
  • Loud: This component ensures this item’s use is perceived automatically within 3 zones, and the penalty is reduced by 4 for any perception rolls from further away. This component reduces the cost by 1 GP.
  • Massive Damage: This weapon is exceptionally deadly, increasing the severity of the damage condition inflicted by the weapon by 1 level. This component costs 3 GP.
  • Provides Cover: This component allows the item to give the character cover, ⅓ per rank. This component costs 2 GP per rank.
  • Required Hands: This component means the item requires more than one hand to properly use. There are two levels to this requirement, “Two-handed” and “Hand-and-a-half.” A Two-handed item requires both hands to use at all, and cannot even be attempted otherwise, such as a longbow. An item that is considered hand-and-a-half is best used with two hands, but can be wielded one-handed with considerable effort, increasing the minimum Strength required for its use by 1. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP if it requires both hands, or only 1 GP if 1.5 handed.
  • Required Skill/Advantage: This component makes the item only usable if the character also has ranks in a certain skill, or has a specific Advantage. If this completely forbids its use, it reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank, while it only reduces it by 1 GP per rank if it merely gives a penalty.
  • Requires Vehicle: This component makes the item only function at all when used in conjunction with a vehicle of some kind. This could be because of bulk, weight, or energy constraints, but whatever the reason, the vehicle is required for the use of the item. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  • Set: This component allows the weapon to be braced on the ground charging enemies. Gets a bonus on the attack equal to the bonus from their charge. Typically used to create spears and the like. This component costs 1 GP.
  • Silent: This component ensures the item's use is only perceptible within the same zone with an active Perception roll, which has the penalty increased by 4 for each zone away the listener is. Normally items can be heard in the same zone without a perception roll. This component increases the cost by 2 GP.
  • Slow: This component makes the item take an extra long time between uses, requiring a whole Turn before being usable again. This component reduces the cost by 2 GP per rank.
  • Telescopic: This component allows the weapon to offset the effects of use over extreme ranges. Attacks made with this weapon must be declared if using telescopic or not. If they use the telescopic component, reduce the range penalty on the attack by 2 for each rank (this can reduce the penalty to a maximum of 0). This component costs 3 GP per rank.
  • Unreliable: This component makes the item susceptible to jams, breaking, or otherwise ceasing to work at an inopportune time. With each use make a roll to see if the item stops working. At rank 1 the TN for this is 12, but the TN decreases 1 per rank, making the chance of breaking ever more likely. The component reduces the cost by 1 CP per rank.



VERSIcon.png VERS Playtest v20.7 - Online Rule Reference
General Rules Basics
Making a Character Character Profile - Mechanical Aspects (Attributes - Skills - Abilities - Gear)
Gameplay Mental Conflict - Physical Conflict - Social Conflict - Stunts
GM Info NPCs
Optional Rules Not Yet Complete
Gamemastering Not Yet Complete
Storytelling and Drama Not Yet Complete
Advanced Techniques Not Yet Complete
Appendices Example Abilities Fantasy - Psionics - Superheroes
Example Gear Prehistoric to Dark Ages - Medieval to Renaissance - Modern - Sci-Fi
Example NPCs Animals - People - Fantasy - Horror - Sci-Fi