2009-04-08 : Mechaton Area-effect Weapon Rules
Hey, try these on. They came to me with a head slap. It's possible I learned them from Uriel, actually, then forgot them, then remembered them and thought I made them up. That wouldn't surprise me a bit.
1. Target an area. How big? Let's say a circle 3 across for now. You're attacking every mech inside the circle (even your own, if you have any in there).
2. You have an attack number, of course. Every target mech needs a defense number, so any that don't have one, this activates. It activates them now, but in their standing initiative order. This will sometimes be dice-intensive, but hey, you're the one who keeps asking for area-effect weapon rules.
3. Compare your attack number in turn with each mech's defense number. Roll damage dice accordingly.
For example: I'm attacking an area with 3 mechs in it, A B and C. My attack number is 6. A has already gone this turn; A's defense is 4. B and C haven't gone yet; their initiative order is B then C.
I roll 2 damage dice (6-4=2) against A.
B is up! B declares a target, rolls dice, assigns a defense. Let's say defense 5. I roll 1 damage die (6-5=1) against B.
C is up! C declares a target, rolls dice, assigns a defense. Let's say defense 3. I roll 3 damage dice (6-3=3) against B.
I finish my go.
B finishes her go. She attacks, moves, spots, as applicable; her attack might activate a new mech, as usual. Eventually, though, she's all done.
C finishes her go. Same thing.
In sum: when you attack an area, compare your one attack number with each target's own defense number, and roll separate damage dice against each.
Now, as is there's no downside, so if it's a choice everybody will always choose area-effect. I recommend one of the following instead:
1. All artillery, and only artillery, is area-effect.
2. When you've overloaded a range, instead of rolling a red d8 you make area-effect attacks at that range.
3. When you've overloaded a range, when you declare your target each go, you declare whether you'll roll a red d8 or make an area-effect attack.
My favorite is (2), but I think any of those will work out.
1. On 2009-04-08, Mantisking said:
2. On 2009-04-08, Vincent said:
3. On 2009-04-08, Simon C said:
4. On 2009-04-09, Ben Lehman said:
5. On 2009-04-09, David Artman said:
6. On 2009-04-09, Mantisking said:
7. On 2009-04-13, Uriel said:
8. On 2009-04-13, Vincent said: