I recently realized something about the shenanigans of published RPG articles, modules and supplements that throws off my various 3d6-in-order, etc. converters for Mutants and Death Ray Guns and Song of Blades and Heroes.
The characters in those RPG books were statted to be the class the writers wanted them to be for the story they were telling. None of those knights, witches, thieves and wizards were randomly rolled.
So to keep things honest I now do the following:
Immediately after converting a published character’s 3d6- or d%-in-order abilities to Song Of stats, degrade Quality and Combat by one each.*
Then apply Level advances to stats and special abilities.
*: No need to do this if you know for a fact the character was rolled randomly in order.
[The above link is a Japanese voice/Spanish text version of “A Farewell to Weapons.” This being the interweb, with its millions of Japanese speakers and millions more Spanish readers, I’m posting it anyway. Besides, it’s awesome in any language.]
“Bunker 6A” is about an extremely deadly eponymous pillbox. I loved the story and it led me down the Rebel-hole (but that’s another tale).
“A Farewell to Weapons” is about an equally merciless autonomous tank which IDs itself as GONK-18
The two stories are similarly short and end in near identical fashion:
These two are a little too good together. I say that because they’re practically the same film.
They’re close to the same length.
Their palettes are similar.
Both were released by New World Pictures. Warlords was filmed in New Zealand. Def-Con was filmed in Nova Scotia. ‘Nuff said.
They both have a similar “rules have changed” line delivered by a criminal pseudo-soldier to a captive woman.
The images on both of the above posters are only vaguely relevant to the content of the films they advertise. For example, there are no androids in Warlords and there are no skeletal astronauts in Def-Con. Would there were in both cases!
Don’t get me wrong though. If you’re up for a double-shot of early ’80s (Warlords is ’82, Def-Con is ’85) high-Cold War post-apoc despotic barbarism, then queue ’em up.
Battle Dress (Powered Armour and Danger Sense) [Traveller Book 1, pg. 42];
PGMP-13 (see stats below) [Traveller Book 4, pg. 37];
Grav Belt (Flying) [Traveller Book 3, pg. 23]; and
Psi-Double Autoinjector (Drug: Psionicilline) [Traveller Book 3, pg. 45].
I’d also like to add the other half of the Group, led by Assisstant Group Leader Baronet Detspreflatl (as a Q: 3+, C: 4 Champion, pulling the Combat bonus off the Baron above). Hm, I might have to get two or three handfuls of these figs.
Been thinking about why I love these guys (scroll down, you’ll see ’em) so much:
And I finally figured it out.
I’ve spent so much time (so much time) over the years (years!) pining away for a high-quality set of bona fide 28mm Traveller Zhodani commandos in combat armour (Seriously, I even emailed Far Future about licensing them.) that these figs slipped through my sensor grid. For a few hours. Then it hit me.
They’re perfect for Zhodani commandos in battle dress.
I guess those aren’t Laser Rifles after all; I’ll have to stat me up some PGMPs.
So, for the two or three of you on Earth, and the dozens cloaked in orbit (You know who you are.) who don’t know Reaper just launched their Bones III KS, they did. Go. Here. NOW! Bask in the rad-powered glow.
The awesome $10 Add-on at the $340K mark, somewhere around an hour-and-a-half in (crazy right?), was these guys:
That was about an hour-and-a-half ago.
They’re so damn cool — though I’ll clip off those bayonets — I statted them for Mutants and Death Ray Guns.