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House Rules: Unconventional Weapons

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House Rules: Unconventional Weapons

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Postby javelin98 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:02 pm

Leo: (July 23—Aug. 22): The wheelchair and the indignity will be bad enough, but the worst part is going to be explaining to your wife exactly what you said to the genie to make him take off your legs like that.
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Postby javelin98 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:53 pm

I'd be happy to help! And I like to think that most of my ideas are fairly reasonable (excluding some of the admittedly more over-the-top stuff like tac nukes), but I haven't play-tested them, so that would still need to be done.
Leo: (July 23—Aug. 22): The wheelchair and the indignity will be bad enough, but the worst part is going to be explaining to your wife exactly what you said to the genie to make him take off your legs like that.
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Postby javelin98 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:50 pm

Yeah, that's going to be the challenge with the next gen of Iron Cow -- keeping the recordless simplicity of the system while introducing more complex elements that will allow for deeper or more sci-fi-ish gameplay.

The nano disassemblers (Nano-D) clouds described in Ian Douglas's (who is actually William H. Keith, in case anyone's keeping track) Inheritance trilogy had a quick but not immediate effect. He describes how they attack and dissolve armor, people, buildings, weapons, bodies -- pretty much everything other than the ground.

One thought is to require the player attacking with the nanites to make a percentile roll; on 40+, the target is destroyed. On less than 40, the target survives, but its armor is halved, or maybe it loses its weapon system (turning it into a heavy-duty artillery observer), or something like that. Something simple which shows the debilitating effects of a nanite attack without requiring hordes of record-keeping. A small bit of nanite fluff could be left on the mini to denote that it has been damaged by a Nano-D attack. Targeted terrain features and bunkers could simply be removed from the board.

And, yeah, there's lots of other potential for nanites. I was thinking about "instant bunkers", fighting positions formed by nanite clouds that are lobbed in by artillery and then use the dirt around them to build up a hasty berm in a matter of minutes. One of William Gibson's cyberpunk novels has a scene where the protag is looking out the window at the Tokyo landscape, watching buildings construct themselves as nanites clamber up and lock together. Something like that could be useful on the battlefield, especially to infantry who have been air-dropped or orbitally inserted into a hot zone.
Leo: (July 23—Aug. 22): The wheelchair and the indignity will be bad enough, but the worst part is going to be explaining to your wife exactly what you said to the genie to make him take off your legs like that.
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