Better Crits for Mothership

December 7, 2018 horror mothership scifi rpgs playtesting tables

I spent a little time working on my previous crit table and formatted it for easier use, see below.

Update Crit Table for MothershipUpdate Crit Table for Mothership

There are a few terms, bolded on the left hand column, that you’ll need to know:

There’s some interesting stuff you can do with this table. For example: A monster, enemy, or weapon could stipulate as a special effect that you roll on a certain row or column. So you could have an enemy that does, say, 1d10 damage, but on rolls of 1 also forces a crit roll on row 4 (Fractured). So you’d roll a 1d10 to see how bad it is. Or you can have a sniper rifle that allows you to spend a turn aiming and then take a shot with disadvantage. If you hit, you can roll straight on the crit table, that kind of thing. Or just regularly in play, if you know the affected area and you need a crit for it, you can roll there. We had a player in my last game get their eyes gouged out from a head crit using this table, because they put on a VR helmet infected with a technovirus.

Long term: I might remove the conditions from the column and instead just apply them directly to the entries where appropriate. Hand Fractured. 1d5 broken fingers.” that kind of thing. Same with Bleeding, it may just become a condition you could gain by rolling a certain entry.

  1. Here’s an interesting situation which makes me glad skills aren’t tied to stats. You’ve got a character who is bleeding out, and one of the marines has First Aid as a skill. Maybe you’ve got a scientist without First Aid also there. Scenario 1. The marine wants to spend his turn stopping the bleeding, but he also wants to fire off some rounds. So the Warden has him make a Speed (First Aid) check to see if he can pull it off. If he fails, it takes him the whole round to stop the bleeding. But if he succeeds, he can stop the bleeding and pop off a shot (maybe with disadvantage?). Scenario 2. The scientist can try to stop the bleeding just making an Intellect check, but it’s at disadvantage since he doesn’t have First Aid. Or maybe the Warden just rules its a straight Intellect check instead. Maybe a Teamster wants to stop the bleeding and the Warden rules he can use a strength check because the bleeding is really bad and holding the tourniquet and the folded up shirts or whatever they’re using is actually hard to do, particularly in zero-g or whatever. The point is, there’s a lot of ways to handle fixing bleeding, and I like that.↩︎

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