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Impulse Drive PWYW

A roleplaying game about misfits and spaceships, Powered By The Apocalypse. · By Adrian Thoen

personsal, vehicle and starship damage

A topic by Invader Spaceman created May 23, 2019 Views: 217 Replies: 3
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I've been reading over the rules and like what I'm seeing! My question is how do vehicle and starship weapons effect people? Is damage different between ships and vehicles as well? I get the idea of armor piercing and armored tags but not size scales.

I'm assuming you've found the difference between Harm and Damage?  Page 35 of the preview explains it.

As far as I can tell, there are no rules for what happens when Damage is dealt to individual people (such as a ship firing Lasers to hit one of the characters standing on the ground).  I've made a rule in my game that weapons such as these deal Harm equal to Damage+2.  However, I also always assume that these weapons don't score direct hits against an individual, since a person is so much smaller than a ship.  If there came a situation where the fiction called for the character to suffer a direct hit, I'd say the character dies, as in Death in the Void on page 37 of the preview.

I like the idea of adding 2 damage to vehicle weapons. The harm versus damage is what is throwing me. Harm weapons don't effect items that take damage but the reverse isnt  explained or I just missed it. I could also see an instant kill from larger vehicle type weapons.

I'm wondering if Adrian looks at the questions. I'd really like to know his opinion on how vehicle weapons effect characters.  I'm sure a ship sized vehice would incenerate a character but vehicle mounted weapons could be survivable especially if your a super tough alien or cyborg.