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Old 02-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #31
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Would it be cheesy/unbalanced to have the creatures only make All Out Attacks?
No, I pretty much recommend it, tracking defense rolls is annoying anyway. Just give them low skill so they need the +4 to actually hit anything.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:42 PM   #32
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Should I add some Damage Resistance to represent that shooting/hitting and bashing them anywhere but the head is largely futile since you're just putting holes in dead meat unless you can do enough damage to maim or dismember the zombie?
Zombies presumably already have IT: Unliving, which makes them resistant to non-Vitals piercing hits. Giving them IT: Damage Reduction 2 on top of that could work, and matches the general guideline that Unliving objects have double the HP you'd expect based on their mass. Damage Resistance makes sense if they've got tough leathery hide, or simply ignore tiny injuries.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:21 PM   #33
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Is there a disadvantage I could give the zombies to make called shots easier against them?
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 PM   #34
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Is there a disadvantage I could give the zombies to make called shots easier against them?
For melee attacks, there's no need. Because zombies never Dodge or take any other Active Defense, you can always Telegraph your attacks for a +4. That reduces the skull penalty to -3.

For ranged attacks, it's a bit tougher, but again the "never Dodges" thing is handy. I actually think your Move 3 is a bit high, but it does depend on the zombie. If they were Move 1, for example, then you could aim for 3 turns per shot while backing up. I admit, though, this is not what you see in The Walking Dead. (I think Move 3 is good for walkers.)

Anyway, for ranged attacks, soaking up that -7 is tough. For one, I'd say that a lot of zombie-killers quickly put points into Targeted Attack (Guns/Head). That quickly reduces the penalty to -3 for only 5 points. A braced, aimed gun likely soaks up the rest of that and then provides range penalty counteraction.

In The Walking Dead, most zombie shooting with pistols is done at really really close ranges, so this should work fine. Aside from that, I'd just say that anyone surviving a zombie war is gonna be a damn good shot.

Also, assuming that zombies don't dodge and that the average person has Dodge 8 or 9, that means that ALL attacks against zombies score about 50% more hits than against the living.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:11 PM   #35
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The head shot trope sometimes seems to be largely plot driven. Making head shots is a problem as long as its interesting/exciting or scary. Once the character have figured it out you'll see people that just picked up a gun a week ago making running head shot in the dark and hitting with every shot.

But they're rarely that deadly when fighting other humans. It can be difficult to model that sort of thing mechanically.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:44 PM   #36
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Bites from Komodo dragons are apparently really, really infectious.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:37 AM   #37
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The head shot trope sometimes seems to be largely plot driven. Making head shots is a problem as long as its interesting/exciting or scary. Once the character have figured it out you'll see people that just picked up a gun a week ago making running head shot in the dark and hitting with every shot.

But they're rarely that deadly when fighting other humans. It can be difficult to model that sort of thing mechanically.
It wouldn't be unreasonable to create some kind of limited Talent for guns that only applies against zombies. Because you are right, it's often a plot device thing and it's equally true that the same people good at shooting zombies in the head at 20 paces can barely hit another human even at close range.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:33 AM   #38
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It wouldn't be unreasonable to create some kind of limited Talent for guns that only applies against zombies. Because you are right, it's often a plot device thing and it's equally true that the same people good at shooting zombies in the head at 20 paces can barely hit another human even at close range.
Probably a levelled Higher Purpose will fit better. After all, a Guns skill is 4/level, and inter-skill defaults are generous (so you rarely see characters with huge investments in more than one instance of Guns).
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:42 AM   #39
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Reluctant killer could work wonders there. A penalty to hit humans not monsters. Quite suitable to lot of white hat zombie survivors too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:02 AM   #40
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The head shot trope sometimes seems to be largely plot driven. Making head shots is a problem as long as its interesting/exciting or scary. Once the character have figured it out you'll see people that just picked up a gun a week ago making running head shot in the dark and hitting with every shot.

But they're rarely that deadly when fighting other humans. It can be difficult to model that sort of thing mechanically.
Use Impulse Buys to represent this. Give players extra tokens/bennies/whatever per session, and let them spend them on called shots against zombies.

You can also allow them to purchase Targetted Attack: Headshot as a technique (buying their skill up from -7 to a maximum of -3)
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