Thursday, September 23, 2010
1. I would refuse to go into the underground research facility.
2. I would refuse to go into the deep-space research facility.
3. I would refuse to go into the deep-sea research facility.
4. I would refuse to go into the radio-blacked out colony.
5. I would refuse to go into the derelict alien ship.
6. I would refuse to go into the abandoned ghost ship.
7. If I was then forced into attempting any of the above six missions, I would attempt to go AWOL. Prison showers are almost certainly preferable to what awaits.
8. When going on a mission, I would certainly carry more than one gun. I would carry as many as humanly possible.
9. In line with #8, I would carry more than one clip per gun. I have a belt, and I intend to fill it.
10. If the hallways of the operations area are big enough to allow it, I intend to bring along a small field artillery piece as well.
11. No matter what my commanding officer says, if my job is to plant a nuclear device to destroy the facility/ship, it is not necessary for me to endanger my life by traveling to the center of the structure to plant the bomb, I'm sure the entrance will prove just as effective.
12. If my job is to disable the A/I system that runs the facility/ship, and this would require me to go to the center of the structure, I will just plant a small nuclear device at the entrance. If the blast doesn't get it, the EMP will.
13. If I am equipped with body armor, and it proves ineffective against whatever killed everyone in the facility/ship, I will ditch it and use the saved weight to carry more guns.
14. Along the same lines, if the body armor is ineffective and so are the guns, I will ditch both and set a new track record on my way out of the ops area.
15. I will refuse to wear any helmet that restricts my peripheral vision and does not allow me to see something rising up/dropping down right beside me.
16. I will request to be equipped with a helmet that has a small HUD linked to a camera on the back of my helmet. An additional HUD linked to a upward-pointing top mounted camera would be nice as well.
17. If I am going into some top secret facility that has lost radio communication with the outside world, I will make damn sure that I am in possession of a high quality, up to date map in a form that will not be rendered unreadable by contact with liquid.
18. If I could not obtain a map, and found myself lost/trapped in the facility, I would not rely on the unstable, homicidal central A/I to provide me with escape routes.
19. If I am inside a facility/ship after the stuff has hit the fan, and find myself without a map, I will head to the nearest computer terminal and consult Yahoo! Maps. The facility was built by a corporation or the government, and they can certainly afford an internet connection.
20. If there is a self-destruct mechanism or impenetrable blast doors set on a running timer within the building/ship I am ordered to enter, I will guard the entrances until the timer runs out, then leave. The problem will take care of itself eventually, so there is no need to risk myself.
21. If mine is not the first team to be sent into the area, I will take a little time off to wonder why.
22. If the music suddenly gets really creepy, start spinning around with your finger on the trigger. Whoever was guarding your back is probably gone by this point anyway.
23. Before I go on each mission, I will rent Aliens, Resident Evil, Event Horizon, and other similar movies for pointers. I will defer the costs to my employer as "training expenses".
24. If there is something dripping from the ceiling up ahead, I won't bother to check if it's just water. I will leave the area immediately by the quickest available route.
25. If I hear odd noises, I will not be foolish enough to investigate it alone. I will take a friend. Or two. With big guns.
26. If I am ordered to investigate the noise by my commanding officer, I will take everyone else in the squad with me. By the time we return to where the CO was waiting, the problem will probably have solved itself.
27. If I am forced to walk underneath a hole in the ceiling, I will be cautious. I will investigate it thoroughly with high explosives.
28. Likewise, If I hear odd noises coming from the ceiling, I will not lift up a panel and stick my head up to have a look around. I will lift up the panel and shove a grenade up there.
29. Similarly, if I am forced to pass a hole/grate in the walls or floor, I will throw a grenade in to make sure its clear now, and set proximity mines to make sure it is clear later.
30. Unless it is my last chance for survival, I will never go into any type of ventilation shaft. I know that whatever chased me up there will almost certainly be able to move faster than me in an enclosed space.
31. I will always take some sort of sword with me in addition to a multitude of projectile weapons. That way, when I run out of ammunition, and I will, I won't have to ineffectually slap at an opponent before being killed.
31a. Along similar lines, if I am issued only laser/particle beam/mag-accelerated weapons, I will acquire and carry a gunpowder slugthrower. Thus, if something nullifies electronics, I can still shoot whatever wants to eat me.
32. Knowingly entering a facility where illegal genetic research is being performed would be consigning myself to death by stupidity. Therefore, I wouldn't enter, even if this entailed killing the rest of my team to avoid it.
33. I would never enter a dark room. I would throw in a handful of grenades and move on, assured that if anything is still alive in there, it isn't happy.
34. I wont make the mistake of shooting something with my smallest gun first, and then working my way up through the larger firearms. I would start with my biggest gun, and if that didn't work, run like hell.
35. If I was sent off with only one companion, I would make sure it is someone I could outrun. That way, I can get away while whatever was chasing us chews on him.
36. If there are women on the team, I will never sleep with them right before a mission. One or the other of us will almost certainly not make it back, and I don't like 50/50 odds.
37. If a team-member disappears mysteriously for a long period of time and the just as mysteriously reappears, I will shoot them immediately and save myself a lot of trouble.
38. I will periodically look up. The importance of this can never be overstated.
39. If I am in a genetic research lab and there are lots of cages whose steel doors have been torn out, I will think about how much punishment those doors could take. Then I will think about how much punishment my frail human body can take. Then I will start thinking about where those exits were.
40. No matter how tempted I am, I will never deactivate the main power grid in a research facility. I know there is a reason that those doors are magnetically locked and electrified.
41. I will also never deactivate the main computer in a facility. Even though its automated defenses may be slaughtering the rest of the team, they are still holding back whatever killed the original occupants.
42. I will stay away from any elevators. Nothing good ever comes from an elevator in these situations.
43. I will never negotiate with whatever is trying to kill my team. The dialogue will almost certainly be along the lines of "Me hungry, you food".
44. If one of my team-members gets bitten, cut, sprayed with, or otherwise exposed to a bio-agent, I will kill them immediately. They will only turn on me, and the antidote never works anyway.
45. The sexiest female will always make it out, mainly because she is surrounded by men who willingly throw themselves in the path of anything that attempts to harm her. I will stay close to that female, and when I am the last male left, I will throw her in the path of whatever is attempting to harm us.
46. I will make sure that when I finally make my exit from the ops area, I have conserved a decent amount of ammunition. Something always goes wrong during the escape.
47. If I find only one survivor from among 500 or so people, I will not trust them. They had to do something to survive the carnage that killed 500 people, and I don't think it was just run really fast.
48. I will make sure the team will under no circumstances split up. It never helps.
49. If upon arriving in the ops area I hear a lot of screams from inside or see a lot of obviously mutilated dead bodies, I will leave the ops area and come back later. With more people. And bigger guns.
50. I will train myself to keep my cool under pressure well enough to hit a head sized target at a range of 10 feet.
51. I will request that any ops team I am a part of be issued body armor with environmental resistance, which provides protection from things like fire, airborne viruses, and acid.
52. I will also request that aforementioned armor have a reflective mirrored surface, to help with those pesky automated laser defenses.
53. If I see something in the shadows up ahead that at first glance does not appear human, I will forgo taking the time for a second look and lob a grenade at it instead.
54. If I see something in the shadows up ahead that at first glance appears vaguely human, I will forgo taking the time for a second look and lob a grenade at it instead.
55. If I see something in the shadows up ahead that at first glance appears human, I will forgo taking the time for a second look and lob a grenade at it instead. Better safe than sorry.
55a. If I see something in the shadows up ahead I will forgo taking the time for a second look and lob a grenade at it instead. Better safe than sorry.
56. If multiple survivors are found during the course of the mission, they will be given a gun and told to make themselves useful.
57. However, if these survivors created or want to study whatever depopulated the facility/ship, they will not be given guns as they cannot be trusted to use them at the crucial moment, due to their conflict of interests.
58. Between missions I will lobby for legislature to require all secret research facilities to have heavily stocked ammo dumps in easily accessible, well marked locations.
59. If my team is required to use motion detectors, they better be able to scan 360 degrees, not merely 90.
60. If the body count is currently over 500, I will politely inform my superiors that an 8-man operations team isn't going to cut it.
61. If any member of the team is prone to claustrophobia, diver's high, space-mania, or panic attacks, I will deliver a request to the CO that they be left behind, instead of just being given a pep talk.
62. If any member of the team proves to be a corporate/government spy, I will shoot them before anyone else can react, saving the trouble of taking them prisoner only so they can escape later and sabotage the mission.
62a. If there is a sudden illness with any member of my team and a new member is added at the last minute, I will shoot them before anyone else can react.
63. I will recommend that any form of transportation we have be parked well away from the trouble spot, and that the operator stays in it and keeps the doors sealed until the team is standing outside and ready to leave.
63a. If my escape vehicle was on the ground the entire time I was fighting the monster/alien/genetic abombination/etc. I will destroy it. Whatever I thought I killed was on board.
64. If we have a spare transport I will recommend that we have a spare pilot as well, to save having to remote control fly the transport in if something happens to the first.
65. If any member of the team takes a revolver on the mission, I will take it from them, hand them an automatic, and then slap them silly for being so stupid.
66. I will ensure that all guns have perfectly calibrated laser sights, even if I must pay for them myself, so that missing a headshot is inexcusable.
67. If the team gets out of an operations area and find we are missing a man, I will recommend we leave his ***. He should have kept up in the first place.
68. If our mission is to shut down a rogue A/I, I will not discuss our plans in any room with a visible camera and/or audio pickup.
69. Screw shoulder-mounted flashlights, I'll carry a pair of night vision goggles even if the cost has to come out of my paycheck.
70. The same goes for little pen-lights. I will carry a 3 foot mag-lite with a halogen bulb. That way, not only do I get a huge flashlight range, it can double as a club in tight situations.
70a. I will remember that if the monsterous creature is within clubbing range, it is a tight situation, and start clubbing. This is true even if my firearm still works. No reason not to club and shoot at the same time.
71. If I am low on ammunition, I won't hesitate to roll the bodies of my teammates for ammo. They certainly don't need it anymore.
72. If I learn that the beings we are fighting have acid for blood or that their blood contains some sort of bio-agent, I will make damn sure I am at least 15 feet away from any I shoot.
73. If my team possesses an APC, but it won't fit into the corridors of the ops area, I'll rectify the situation with explosives instead of going in on foot.
74. Just in case my opponents will be using cloaking devices that short out upon contact with water, I will always carry a small super-soaker pistol with me on missions.
75. If I am forced to pick a position within a facility from which to make a last stand, it will not be a room which can easily be breached by going above the ceiling or under the floor.
76. If I hear a low hissing or moaning directly behind me, I will take off running without thinking. Whatever it is, its first bite of me is going to be ***.
77. If anyone in the squad has a flamethrower, I will make sure everyone else is trained to instinctively duck whenever he even begins to turn around.
78. When the team's mission is to plant a bomb I will make sure we have more than one bomb, and more than one person who knows how to plant it.
79. If I am going into an area in where research in biological warfare was occurring, I will not remove my gas mask before entering the facility.
80. If there is a countdown to an explosion or the sealing off of the facility, I will set my watch timer 10 minutes ahead of that to give myself a margin of safety.
81. If any of the people we've rescued or one of my team members starts to convulse and scream, ill have the guy with the flamethrower hose them down and then move on. If it is the napalm guy I'll just shoot the tank. Whatever made them do it, I seriously doubt it was a cramp.
82. If my team has heavy weaponry with us, I will not wait until there are only a few people left and we are surrounded and in dire straits to use them. I will use them as early and as often as possible.
83. Similarly, if I have a large ship in orbit over the planet, and find out that there are no survivors in a heavily infested area, I will call for an orbital bombardment of the hot zone.
84. If I hear odd noises coming from a grate nearby, I won't stare quizzically at it and shine a weak flashlight beam through the grate, I will immediately empty my current clip into the grate then kick it in and send a grenade into the tunnel.
85. If we have prisoners, and one of them is talking to me steadily in a calm voice while staring behind me, I will immediately dive to the side and roll to hose whatever was about to attack me. I will show the same response if a team-member looks behind me with an expression of horror.
86. If I address a query to the guy that should be behind me, and receive no immediate response, I will immediately break into a dead run, dropping grenades along the way.
87. If I find that rooms marked on my map as dining halls turn out to be full of stasis chambers and odd piping instead, I will immediately leave the ops area and refuse to enter until I get a damn good explanation.
88. If we manage to ambush whatever was killing us, and I hear a high pitched beeping and it starts laughing, I will be smart enough to just start running, instead of searching it for the timer.
89. I will never walk through water any deeper than I can see down into. I won't walk in the water period if there is electric cabling nearby.
90. Any transports that we bring into the ops area and intend to use to escape will have cameras on the outside to allow us to scan for unwanted guests.
91. Along the same line, the landing bay/pad we return to will have several large turrets to take care of any stowaways we miss.
92. I will point out to my superiors that if the corporation/government has enough money to fund an 8 man black ops team, they have enough damn money to buy us a remote controlled robot with cameras that we can send in to scout the area first.
93. My favored method of advance down a dark corridor will be with a five-man team, the first man hosing down the corridor in front, the second throwing a grenade, the third hauling the huge cart of ammo and explosives, the fourth throwing a grenade behind us, and the fifth hosing down the corridor behind. Take ten steps, repeat.
94. My favored method of advance down a well-lit corridor will be with a five man team, the first man hosing down the corridor in front, the second throwing a grenade, the third hauling the huge cart of ammo and explosives, the fourth throwing a grenade behind us, and the fifth hosing down the corridor behind. Take ten steps, repeat.
95. If a cat comes flying out of a vent, scaring the crap out of me, I will unload a clip into the vent. *Something* scared the cat.
95a. I will shoot any cat encountered during the mission.
96. I will hold the belief that heavy breathing from the nearby darkness is not to be investigated. It is to be used for target practice.
97. Warning shots are for wusses. Fire for effect, that's my motto.
98. If the other people with me have all disappeared, I won't bother wandering around the immediate area looking for them and yelling their names, peering into dark rooms.
99. When any member of my squad dies, I will have them hosed down with the flamethrower or plant a proximity mine on them. No use feeding or increasing the numbers of whatever is trying to kill us.
100. If I die on a mission, it will be because I snapped my neck trying to look everywhere at once.
101. I will never show any members of the mission pictures of my fiancée/wife/kids who I can't wait to get back to after the mission is over.
102. I will never discuss with anyone the length of my enlistment and brag how "short" I am.
103. I will never discuss with anyone the fact that this is my last mission before retirement.
104. I will kill every new life form I encounter. A dead life form is just as valuable to the scientist back home as a live one is.
105. I will kill every one I encounter in suspended animation. They won't feel it anyway.
106. I will obey orders, not be overly comical or friendly with civilians present, I will not swear and I will not be immoral. I do not wish to die first as an example of how bad our enemies are.
106a. I will not be ethnic.
106b. I will not be English.
106c. I will not be a relative to anyone else on the team.
107. I will nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hammer's Slammers are one of the most powerful mercenary companies in existence. They are led by Colonel Alois Hammer and are greatly feared. They are among the best-trained and equipped troops in the galaxy, although they are not polished and are sometimes judged by this. Officers are expected to lead from the front. One of the most powerful weapons in the Hammer's Slammers arsenal is their hover tank. Along with the hover tank, Hammer's Slammers operate combat cars, Mobile 200 mm howitzers, air cars, and skimmers for the infantry. Crews often give their combat vehicles unusual names including names like Flame Thrower", "Death dealer", and "Daisy Belle"
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of
the bar-room, when Serbia bumps into Austria, and spills Austria's
pint.Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit, because
there are splashes on its trouser leg. Germany expresses its
support for Austria's point of view.Britain recommends that
everyone calm down a bit.Serbia points out that it can't afford a
whole suit, but offers to pay for cleaning Austria's trousers.Russia
and Serbia look at Austria. Austria asks Serbia who it's looking at.
Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.
Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling
it to do so.Germany appeals to Britain that France has been
looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain
should not intervene.Britain replies that France can look at who it
wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is
Germany going to do about it? Germany tells Russia to stop
looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of
such action.Britain and France ask Germany whether it's looking
at Belgium. Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper.
When they come back,Turkey makes a show of not looking at
anyone.Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and
punches Belgium.France and Britain punch Germany. Austria
punches Russia.Germany punches Britain and France with one
hand and Russia with the other. Russia throws a punch at
Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from
the other side of the room that it's on Britain's side, but stays there.
Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.Australia punches
Turkey,and gets punched back. There are no hard feelings,
because Britain made Australia do it.France gets thrown through
a plate glass window,but gets back up and carries on fighting.
Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers
brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.
Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over
anyway.Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room
chanting.America waits till Germany is about to fall over, then walks
over,waves a fist at Germany while Britain knocks it out, then
pretends it won the fight all by itself. By now all the chairs are
broken, and the big mirror over the bar is shattered.Britain, France
and America agree that Germany threw the first punch,so the
whole thing is Germany's fault.While Germany is still unconscious,
they go through its pockets,steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all
Nobody comes out of it looking particularly good.
This page contains a 'best guess' rendition of the Classic Traveller/MegaTraveller/Traveller:The New Era/Traveller worlds equipment, races and organization.
Copyright for Traveller (the latest release) belongs to Imperium Games (and therefore I'm sure to Marc Miller). I'm not sure who the Copyright for the other previous Traveller releases belongs to - Game Designer's Workshop once owned them, but as it is now defunct, I believe all the rights have reverted to Marc. Copyright for Stargrunt 2 is Ground Zero Games and Jon Tuffley if I'm not sorely mistaken. Now, this page should be taken as a tribute to Traveller (best, longest lived SF RPG that their ever was and is!) and to Stargrunt 2, a relatively new, but incredibly fun, fast, and meaty squad-level miniatures combat game by Ground Zero Games. It is not a challenge to the rights of Marc Miller, Imperium Games, Game Designer's Workshop (if it has any left), or to Jon Tuffley and the crew at Ground Zero Games. I assert their rights remain inviolate, and I seek to pervert the spirit of neither system. Traveller has some rules for resolving mass combat, but they are simplified (unless you count Striker as part of the Traveller system, and then they take a step the other way). Striker may be fine for the people who still have it, and building Grav tanks using the Striker design guides, or using either iteration of Fire Fusion and Steel may be all right, but it probably goes beyond the scope of those folks who just want to add some small scale miniatures battles to their games, or for those SG2 players who like the Traveller milieu and just want to use it as a background for some small battles. The one thing the 11,000 worlds of the Third Imperium provide (and during the Rebellions and following times) is a great place for conflicts both small and large scale.
So without further adieu, I give you some best guess descriptions of Traveller equipment in Stargrunt 2 parlance.
· Jack (D3 Armour)
· Mesh (D4 Armour)
· Reflec (D8 Armour vs. Lasers Only)
· Flak Jacket (D5 Armour)
· Cloth (D6 Armour)
· Combat Environment Suit (D8 Armour)
· Combat Armour (D10 Armour)
· Battle Dress, TL-13 (Light, Slow Powered Armour)
· Battle Dress, TL-14 (Heavy, Slow Powered Armour)
· Battle Dress, TL-15 (Heavy, Fast Powered Armour)
· Vacc Suit (D6 Armour)
· Hostile Environment Vacc Suit (D8 Armour, Slow, Heavy Powered Armour)
· Body Pistol (d4 Impact, FP 0.5, Close Only)
· Revolver (d6 Impact, FP 1.0, Close Only)
· Auto Pistol (d6 Impact, FP 1.0, Close Only)
· Snub Pistol (d8 Impact, FP 1.0, Close Only)
· Gauss Pistol (d8 Impact, FP 2.0)
· Submachine Gun (d6 Impact, FP 3.0, Close Only)
· Assault Rifle (d8 Impact, FP 3.0)
· Rifle (d8 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Carbine (d6 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Shotgun (d10 Impact, FP 3.0, Close Only)
· Automatic Shotgun (d10 Impact, FP 4.0, Close Only) (Flechettes d8 Impact, FP 3.0, 2 Range Bands)
· Mass Driver Rifle
· Advanced Combat Rifle (d10 Impact, FP 3.0)
· Gauss Rifle (d10 Impact, FP 3.0)
· Laser Rifle-9 (d8 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Laser Rifle-13 (d10 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Laser Carbine-9 (d6 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Laser Carbine-13 (d8 Impact, FP 1.0)
· Laser Pistol-9 (d6 Impact, FP 1.0, Close Only)
· Laser Pistol-13 (d8 Impact, FP 1.0, Close Only)
· Neural Weapons (d6 Impact, FP 1.0 Close Only (Pistol), d8 Impact, FP 3.0 (Rifle))
· Machine Gun
· Light Machine Gun
· Light Assault Gun
· Grenade Launcher
· Auto Grenade Launcher
· VRF Gauss Gun
· RAM Grenades
· TAC Missiles
Gyrostabilized weapons with electronic sights allow firing of the weapon with a one step improvement in FP die, and this is an open shift.
Battle dress (Powered Armour) in the Traveller universe not only provides increased carrying capacity, built in targetting systems, built in interface adapters for certain weapons systems, etc, it also includes advanced communications systems and a strength multiplier system.
Neural Weapons hits do not have to check against armour. Ergo whatever number of casualty hits is scored against the unit before armour checks is how many casualties the unit takes, since armour is ignored. Note, like normal hits, you may score several on one target. Any target that takes more than three hits from a Neural Weapon may be considered killed from Neural Shock.
Friday, September 10, 2010
30 tiles with hundreds of extras. Tiles can be used for 10', 20' and 40' rooms and halls, with bridge, cabins, barracks, med bay, cryo tubes, and lots of engineering sections.
Printed on 100 lb glossy card stock, you will be able to use these maps over and over again.
Tech Grids 2: Sewers and Coolant Floods
10 tiles with lots of extras for the Starship Deckgrids set. Tiles can be used for 10', 20' and 40' drains and flooded areas for either modern or near future sewers. The set also matches up with our other current and upcoming
Printed on 100 lb card stock, you will be able to use these maps over and over again.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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