A New Weapon

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A New Weapon

Postby JMISBEST » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:57 am

I'm toying with the idea of A Tech Level 18 Weapon for the characters enemies finding on and stealing from The Floranni Homeworld that's called A Micro Wave Heat Laser that works by heating up the armour your wearing so that in effect you are cooked alive in your own armour and basically the more protection your armour normally offers you the more damage they take not the less. All to stop them walking around in Battle Dress like in the article Players and their armour, after all even 1 hit in TL 15 Protection 19 Battle Dress will dish out 2D3+34 damage between Str, End and Dex that not even Augumented Subdermal Armour below TL 20 will even reduce and won't reduce it below 1D2+9 damage. Just for a laugh and with a crew that are planning to move on to other things soon, but it will pop up in other campaigns sooner or later
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Re: A New Weapon

Postby Sigtrygg » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:09 am

Find a different name - microwave and infrared lasers would not penetrate the armour to burn the body beneath but rather burn through the armour.

You need to invoke mesons. IIRC you could make a meson rifle in FF&S at high enough TLs.
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Re: A New Weapon

Postby steve98052 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:22 pm

Who needs ultra tech ray guns?

TL6: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka
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Re: A New Weapon

Postby M J Dougherty » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:26 pm

Heating up armour and suchlike is typical science-fantasy stuff. While that guy's armour is getting hot enough to hurt him, he's shooting you and getting under cover. Unless this weapon is so powerful that it delivers enormous amounts of energy at once, in which case it's just the same as any other weapon, only vastly more uber and overpowered.

It's true that the sort of game where players just stomp around in battledress gets boring real fast, but the answer isn't to shoot magic weapons at them - they'll just want more uber armour to defeat the uber weapon.
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Re: A New Weapon

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