Monday, November 28, 2022

 High-Tech/Ultra-Tech Ultra Quickie: Have a seat while I blow you off your feet.

Blast Resistant Seating

Blast effects from mines, IED (Improvised Explosive Device, i.e. home made boom-booms) and near hits from artillery rounds have been found to have a much greater effect the people inside a vehicle even if the blast fails to penetrate the vehicles armor then GURPS assumes. 

Well, they're having a blast.
This is largely because advancements in blast protection has lead to situations where a vehicle survives where it would of been blown to scrap in the past leading to the crew being killed anyways. So now we're finding that even if the blast can be mitigated enough to prevent complete destruction of the vehicles, the shock waves can still be transmitted through the hull into the spine of the poor crew doing nasty, nasty, neurological damage. 

So if you're ok with some extra crunch and want more gritty realism, use the following rule:


Blast Damage Through Armor

If a blast fails to penetrate a vehicles DR, use the rules for HESH rounds found on GURPS High-Tech pg. 170 but change the cutting damage to crushing. If using the Lasting and Permanent Injury rules from GURPS Martial Arts pg. 138 (and if you're going gritty you should be heh!) use the Skull Wounds Table. 

So there you go, another way for you, the GM, to make your party dead, dead, dead!


Oh right... wait... *slaps forehead* We're trying NOT to kill our PC's.... what was a I thinking?! 

Thankfully after they figured out that concussive blast were turning our troops brains into scrambled eggs they quickly figured things out. If you isolate the chairs they're sitting on from the hull by putting them on a shock absorber style damping system you can can reduce the G forces being exerted on the crew member by a factor greater then 10, turning an impulse that would crush internal organs and slam your brain into the top of your skull into something that might break some ribs and bruise you badly instead. Still sucks buuuut given the alternative I know which I would choose. 

Soooo, you might be wondering, how good are these things? Take a good look at the photo below.

This Styker flipped over and rolled several times after it got hit and an IED. Despite the level of damage you see, no one was killed or even severely injured. So pretty damn good it seems. 

Mobius Protective Systems Advanced Protection System

So as a counter to the Blast Damage through Armor rules, might want to equip your combat vehicles with some of these things. So here's the rules.

Blast Resistant Seating

Blast Resistant Seat (TL 8). These seats isolate the person sitting in them from the frame of the vehicle they are in and uses shock absorber like dampeners to help dissipate the energy from shock waves and impacts. Provides DR 15 vs collision damage (see Whiplash and Collisions Basic, pg. 432) and shocks damage from none penetrating blast damage. Increase DR to 20 at TL 9, 30 at TL 10, and TL 50 at TL 11+. $1,500, 44 lbs. 

If you are adding the seats to an already stated vehicle such as a TL 8 Humvee (GURPS High-Tech pg. 242) or a TL 9 Wheeled ATV (GURPS Ultra-Tech pg. 225), add +24 lbs and +$1,300 per seat to the vehicles states. This will come out it's normal payload limits.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Ultra-Tech Firepower: Ramblings on Ultra-Tech Missile and How to Make them I Guess

Hey everyone! 

Guess what?!

It's that time once again! Time for your favorite crunchmeister to beat upon my favorite dead ultra-horse! This time trying my hardest to wack out the wonkieness behind how Ultra-Tech designed its missiles!


Sunday, May 22, 2022

GURPS YouTube Channels You Should Be Checking Out

While GURPS content is sparse on the ol YouTubes there are actually a few channels that are dedicated to our favorite system. Check these guys out. If we can help these channels spread we can help the system grow. While blogs are good, YouTube is the best way to get new blood into the mix. 

The first two channels are by fellow blogger who blogs to much, Enraged Eggplant of the Generic Universal Eggplant blog.

Enraged Eggplant and The_RyujinLP. 2022, colorized



Just the Parts You Need

This channel covers some deep dives into various GURPS topics covering its rules and concepts. He's been doing this channel for a few years now and has a ton of content to dive into. 


Dungeons and GURPS

Eggplants newest channel, this covers how to run D&D in GURPS and acts as a dive into some of his blog topics. One thing I like is that he really gets into the nitty gritty behind his decision making process on how he decides to cover D&D mechanics. 



Bill Cypher's cooler brother


Another new channel. Still in it's finding it's self stage but I think it has a lot of potential. It also had a unique angle as the channel is CG and based on the character of Diceyed which resembles a mix between Bill Cypher and a D6. He's work has been sporadic up to now do to working on a video game professionally but it seems he now has more free time to create content. I think seeing some support from the community would help booster his moral.


Edit! Can't believe I forgot to add this one, thanks to Enraged Eggplant for reminding me!


Chris Normand

One of the main guys working on the massive GURPS VTT mod for Foundry, besides showing off the amazing features they are adding he also covers general GURPS content as well. Also a good friend of The Mook (RIP my friend, RIP).

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Ultra-Tech Ultra-Quickie: What the Heck is a Payload Rifle Anyways?

It's always kinda puzzled me why I keep seeing people who just don't understand what the Payload Rifle from Ultra-Tech is supposed to be... Then I realize, oh yeah, most people don't quite have my level of unhealthy obsession for obscure next gen weapon technologies (if the FBI ever saw my harddrive.... I'd have some questions to answer). Then I take a look at the WPS of the ammo it fires... JEBUZ! 1 pound?! That's roughly the weight of a modern full sized 25mm autocannon round like the Bushmaster fires! Then I look as the stats, only 10d of penetration when a 25mm should have almost 2.5 times as much. And it kind of makes sense this weapon baffles people.

Of course it doesn't help that the same ammo used for it is listed under machine guns as a 25mm assault cannon (it's... it's not, not even close to an assault cannon buuuuuuut we'll get back to that).

Well I can tell you THAT there is a typo. The weight of the round it fires is nowhere near 1lbs. How do I know? Well, for one the so called "assault cannon" has a magazine weight of 12lbs but holds 34 shots. That's a thing. Guess TL 9 is the era we become Time Lords. Neatto. Then there's the fact that the ammo the payload rifle uses has stats in another book, High-Tech. Hell even the "assault cannon" has stats in that book as well (though even in High-Tech they're slightly off, but we'll get back to that). 

So just what in the seven hecks is this thing then? Follow me after the break to find out! 

Friday, February 11, 2022

Real Life Ultra-Tech: Gauss Guns Get Real

Praise be to Gun Jesus! 

The absolute mad lad Ian McCollum, curator of Forgotten Weapons (for the 3 of you who follow my channel and somehow don't know who this man is heh), not only landed an interview with ArcFlash Labs who have a prototype commercial friggin' gauss rifle but managed to get one of the prototypes to go over it features but also get some live firing of it at the gun range. He also took it to a BUG match (not sure how a 20lbs brick is a back up gun but I mean he has a gauss rifle. Your objections are irreverent). 

So yeah, I'm geeking out a bit so just a fun little post today. Here's the two videos he has up right now covering the interview and the firing. Tech Level 9 is getting closer and closer lads. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Ultra-Tech Firepower: SAA GU 384 Boomslang, 50mmCRH (TL 9)

SAA GU 384 Boomslang, 50mmCRH (TL 9)

The trend since just before the turn of the century is for light armored vehicles to get, well, not so light with each generation getting heavier  and with beefier armor. This has in turn driven the need for bigger and bigger gun armaments that they need to mount in order to keep them competitive with their pears; going from 20-25mm in the beginning to 30mm today and even some designs going for 40mm+! Of course the ultra-tech armors of the future will only compound this factor further. Though as guns get more powerful, their recoil gets worse and you start to run into issues where your near tank level firepower is starting to become to much for the platform to handle and accuracy starts to suffer and the added stress causes the frames life space starts to drop.

Suid-Afrika Bewapeningskorporasie, the South Africa Armaments Corporation, developed the SAA GU 384 Boomslang to help counter this limitation. Named after the boomslag, a large venomous snake endemic to the area, as a way to single that this was to be weapon system with a deadly bite! 

William Wilson Passed Away on January 26th. He will be missed.

I have some horrible news guys and I feel so bad I only found out about this over a week after the fact. William Wilson, better known to us as Mook, passed away on January 26th. I'm still trying to process this. While I wasn't on a personal level with him, I did know and interact with him on what I guess I can call a professional level so this does hit a bit hard. There are few that have done as much to spread GURPS out there and try and make it accessible to the masses. From his excellent book, How to be GURPS GM, to his blog (and it's many very usual game aids), he added so much quality and character to our little gaming community. He will be missed. If you have faith, please say a prayer for his family and if you have the means there is a gofundme to help with medical and funeral costs.