Giant Mutated Cockroach

I'm curious about this oft mentioned, yet never explained in any detail, creature. What exactly are its stats?
For that matter, how does one go about creating non-humanoid adversaries to through against troubleshooter teams? I know that a certain reviled game contains rules for creating monsters. Is there a system for doing so in Paranoia XP? Or is it just more of a slapdash "do whatever you want since you're the GM" mindset?

Also one quick little question. Does alpha complex have any animal or insect life inside of it? Any non-mutated rats, cockroaches, fruitflys or anything like that?
 

mthomason

Mongoose
DontSwallowYourDice said:
I know that a certain reviled game contains rules for creating monsters. Is there a system for doing so in Paranoia XP? Or is it just more of a slapdash "do whatever you want since you're the GM" mindset?

Pretty much the latter :)

DontSwallowYourDice said:
Also one quick little question. Does alpha complex have any animal or insect life inside of it? Any non-mutated rats, cockroaches, fruitflys or anything like that?

If you want, yes - it's your Alpha Complex :)

But they don't really exist. Anyone seeing them is obviously hallucinating and probably needs more medication, after all Friend Computer would deal with these things and send something to clean them up if they really existed.

Then again, those Commies are getting in from somewhere. They obviously couldn't originate from Alpha Complex because that would mean implying the decanting process is somehow flawed.. and you don't want to do that, do you?
So, if they can get in, so can other nasty little icky things. Quite how long they'll survive before a scrubot gets assigned to sanitize the area is another thing altogether.

And there's always The Outdoors. If it really exists.
 

PaulB

Mongoose
DontSwallowYourDice said:
I'm curious about this oft mentioned, yet never explained in any detail, creature. What exactly are its stats? ... Or is it just more of a slapdash "do whatever you want since you're the GM" mindset?
As mthomason said - go with the flow and do what works for your mission. Giant Mutant Cockroaches in old missions always seemed like the sort of creatures you could face off against Godzilla. Monstrous beasties with thick hides. On the other hand, they also seemed to possess an unusual sentience. If you want Troubleshooters to have a chance against them, make it possible to defeat them or offer some convenient achilles' heel.

DontSwallowYourDice said:
Also one quick little question. Does alpha complex have any animal or insect life inside of it? Any non-mutated rats, cockroaches, fruitflys or anything like that?
While The Computer does all it can to keep out the critters - if you want some to get inside, let them. I always felt those miles and miles of ducts and tubes demanded a few rats at least...
 

Allen Varney

Mongoose
The giant mutant radioactive cockroaches appeared in the 2nd edition PARANOIA rulebook's introductory adventure, "Into the Outdoors With Gun and Camera." They're about the size of a small skyscraper. As I recall, the cockroaches were deeply interested in early 20th Century modern art, especially Picasso and Gauguin. Encounters with the cockroaches were supposed to go along the lines of (1) Troubleshooters see cockroaches, (2) Cockroaches ask Troubleshooters' opinions of 20th Century artists, (3) Troubleshooters fire on cockroaches, (4) Cockroaches regretfully kill all Troubleshooters with one glancing blow.

No, I don't think they had game statistics.
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Well, my goodness, they weren't exactly what I expected.
I asked because I'm writing a mission that I figured would benifit from their inclusion. Perhaps I'll tone them down a bit and only make them the size of a subway car.
I'd be happy to post it once I've finished it, if anyone would be interested in seeing it. I've tentatively titled it, "A Slight Bug in the System."
 
Anonymous said:
Well, my goodness, they weren't exactly what I expected.
I asked because I'm writing a mission that I figured would benifit from their inclusion. Perhaps I'll tone them down a bit and only make them the size of a subway car.
I'd be happy to post it once I've finished it, if anyone would be interested in seeing it. I've tentatively titled it, "A Slight Bug in the System."

Darn cookies. I thought I was logged in.
 

mthomason

Mongoose
DontSwallowYourDice said:
Perhaps I'll tone them down a bit and only make them the size of a subway car.

Of course, the poor intelligence given to your troubleshooters in their briefing could still state they're the size of skyscrapers. They requisition enough firepower to level a small city, end up using the overpowered weapons (they weren't issued anything smaller than a tactical nuke, of course), and end up being reprimanded during debriefing for wasting The Computer's ordinance.
 
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Anonymous

Guest
Troubleshooters wouldn't go into a briefing having any knowledge of what a skyscraper is. For that matter, The Computer probably wouldn't even be too fond of them even knowing what the sky is. Time for a brainscrub!
 

Clangador

Mongoose
Anonymous said:
Troubleshooters wouldn't go into a briefing having any knowledge of what a skyscraper is. For that matter, The Computer probably wouldn't even be too fond of them even knowing what the sky is. Time for a brainscrub!

Perhaps they saw it in some old books.
 

Clangador

Mongoose
lastbesthope said:
ANd where did they get these books? They don't have security clearance ofr those! :twisted:

LBH

I dunno. They wandered out into an old ruined city. Found a stash of old books in a long-forgotten library/storage rooom/broom closet somewhere in the Alpha Complex.
 

Mark Dunder

Mongoose
Make the cockroaches small and "white,"

or not.

Or they could all be white with 1 or 0 on their backs,

or not.

Make them able to read minds!

or not.

Well... I play other games sometimes, so I'm not perfect!
 

Clangador

Mongoose
darth_azabrush said:
Most of the exits to the complex are not fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I said: it depends on where it exits to...

Since I have fairly limited (past) GM time in the Paranoiaverse, I don't know what other people have done with the game as far as the outside goes.
 
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