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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mutant Menaces - New Android Types for Mutant Future

Android, Soldier
No. Enc.: 1d6 (4d4)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 180’ (60’)
Armor Class: 3
Hit Dice: 75 hp
Attacks: 2
Damage: by weapon
Save: L6
Morale: 15
Hoard Class: None

Android soldiers were used to bolster the forces of conventional forces or by nations with strong moral objections toward wasting human life in battle. Increasingly more frequent in combat as the years of war and strife continued many of these mechanical killers were left after the cataclysm. Many nations had their own styles of android soldiers but all of them were designed to be sleek and athletic in appearance or menacing and overbearing.

In the days after the apocalypse rogue troops of android soldiers march through the wastes carrying out fragments of past missions or, more frighteningly, following objectives of their own. Very few of these android troops are very large, but most of them operate from camps or headquarters that can often serve as a base for dozens of them. Android soldiers fight with weapons they carry in their hands and do not have any built-in weaponry. Some android soldiers have been modified or have modified themselves to include built-in weapons but this is not standard and varies heavily from unit to unit.

For such modifications roll on the table below.

Number of Modifications
D6     Type of Modifications
1-2     One Weapon Mods
  3      Two Weapon Mods
  4      Defensive Mod
  5      Weapon Mod & Defensive Mod
  6      Exotic Mod – Pick one item not on these tables.


Weapon Modifications
D12   Item
1-3    Vibro Dagger
  4     Vibro Sword
  5     Vibro Dagger & Vibro Sword (counts a single mod)
6-9    Gauss Pistol
 10    Gauss Machine Pistol
 11    Laser Pistol Mk1
 12    Plasma Pistol


Defensive Modifications
D6     Item
1-3    Advanced Metal (AC2)
  4     LazAb (AC2 + Special)
  5     Reactive (AC1)
  6     Megatanium (AC-1)


Android, Worker
No. Enc.: 1d4 (2d4)
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 100’ (30’)
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 50 hp
Attacks: 4
Damage: by weapon
Save: L5
Morale: 13
Hoard Class: 20% chance of XV

Androids were used extensively for labor in the pre-apocalypse era. Grounds keepers, box movers, loading docks, furniture movers – any task formerly performed by people was often given to androids. Though other more use-form robots did exist, androids were used when appearances were important or where the piece of mind of humans was important. After the fall, worker androids still exist.

In many cases they have continued performing their original tasks. Sometimes these androids continue moving things or building things, accumulating large quantities of salvaged goods kept inside refurbished or newly constructed shelters, complexes or warehouses. In other cases, these workers have gone wrong and roam the world as brutish monsters. They bully towns for replacement parts or steal things thinking that they are in need of moving, gathering, or repair. Workers androids are sometimes sold or hire themselves out as henchmen or workers in trade for parts or the money to obtain them. The average worker android possesses as STR of 20.

Hope you enjoyed my take on a couple of new androids for Mutant Future. This is my first attempt at designing creatures for this setting but it was quite refeshing to go back to the freeform design philosophy of the old school RPGs.


Thanks,


-Eli

[Note: The image used here is from one of the old TSR versions of Gamma World. I have used it here out of love for these classic illustrations and no infringement upon trademark or IP is itended.]

6 comments:

  1. Interesting post. I'd be interested to look at these rules and see what can be used for wargaming.

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  2. Excellent you've not officially joined the mutant ranks!!!
    Mwha ha ha!!
    Now to get you to running a Mutant Future Campaign!

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  3. Oops meant to say "You've NOW officially joined the Mutant Ranks!" Teach me to type before I've had my coffee. LOL!
    Keep 'em coming!

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  4. @Lee - I had a similar thought. The system seems simple enough that it might just work for skirmishing wargames.

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  5. Keep up the great posts Eli. I love the way you placed in the old-edition illustration to go along with the android decriptions.

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  6. Thanks! Now if I can just find 15mm androids that look like that pic.

    -Eli

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