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Old 01-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

Long Time D&D player switching the GURPS for sci-fi campaign (and for what in general seems a way more flexible and realistic system)

I am after some idea of what an average NPCs (enemies) armour would be like in a TL9 Space campaign, I have searched everywhere for a standard idea, and all the armours seem to have wildly different capabilities and DRs.

Also interested in How anyone generates equipment quickly for NPC enemies (I do expect my players to search ALL the bodies)

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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Uh...are we talking military or non military?
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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Both I guess, I am shooting (hehehe) in the dark somewhat. At the moment I am designing generic space pirates. But I would welcome a general idea on either mil, civilian or anything inbetween as I will be designing some NPCs of all types and I just wanted an idea of how to generate equipment fast and what the armour should be like.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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Generic space pirates would probably wear civilian vacc suits for boarding operations. Particularly well-equipped space pirates would wear reflex vacc suits
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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One staple of space opera is the idea that superscience weapons will slice through armour (making it for the most part pointless) yet your average hero can soak up a few hits before carking it. If that's your space opera, then have weapons with low damage but high armour divisors, in which case the question of armour becomes whether the skull motif helmet sets off the colour of death in the eyes of your legions of terror or not.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:45 PM   #6
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the question of armour becomes whether the skull motif helmet sets off the colour of death in the eyes of your legions of terror
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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I like the simplicity of that, I reckon with that I can work something out. I do like the idea of armour (bar super high-tech military) being mostly pointless. I will look over things again. Thanks for your thoughts peeps, I am incredibly grateful.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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Hey Guys,

Long Time D&D player switching the GURPS for sci-fi campaign (and for what in general seems a way more flexible and realistic system)

I am after some idea of what an average NPCs (enemies) armour would be like in a TL9 Space campaign, I have searched everywhere for a standard idea, and all the armours seem to have wildly different capabilities and DRs.

Also interested in How anyone generates equipment quickly for NPC enemies (I do expect my players to search ALL the bodies)

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(GURPS Ultra-Tech, pg 148) ... for the weapons they'd be carrying.
(GURPS Ultra-Tech, pg 186) ... for the armor they'd be wearing.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:01 PM   #9
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Oooh, thanks for the clarification Sunrunner
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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Oooh, thanks for the clarification Sunrunner
Yeah, Ultra-Tech is a big book of ready-made equipment for TL9-13. However, I'd recommend that you don't just throw in everything in the book: take a look at the different weapon technologies, some of which do vastly different amounts of damage and decide what you want to use, and think about why the parts you don't want aren't there ("not been invented", or "relies on physics that don't work in this universe" are good reasons).

You have to do this with GURPS, because unlike D&D, GURPS is not "a game to play", it's a toolkit for constructing the game you want. Even "GURPS TL9 generic space opera" is not "a game". It's a big step towards one, but it isn't complete. You have a bunch of world-building decisions to take first. Things that might help:

Tales of the Solar Patrol is a built world that serves as an example, and is good fun in its own right. GURPS Space is a whole book about how to build space campaigns.
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