Armour Rating

The armour rating (AR) is a universal measure of how difficult something is to damage in combat. The armour rating is a collection of hide thickness, dexterity, armour and luck. The armour rating represents a single number that determines how difficult a target is to hit and damage. The higher the armour rating, the more difficult it is to damage the persona.

An attack roll must be greater than the target’s armour rating to do damage. Referees must roll an attack roll higher than the persona’s armour rating to do damage.

Drawing of a humanoid squirrel with a burning tail barely jumping out of harm’s way.

Combining protection, agility and luck.

Naked Armour Rating

The naked armour rating is the persona’s base armour rating when wearing no protection at all. In this case, naked means wearing no armour and not running around nude. Armour increases the persona’s armour rating and has other effects on the persona.

Naked Anthro AR = 500 + 6 * DEX

An anthro with a 15 DEX would have an AR of 590 when naked.

Naked Alien AR = 500 + 3d100

Alien AR is random and unaffected by body parts or hide type.

Naked Robot AR = 700

Robots have no AR adjustment. Easy to hit, hard to kill.

Dekes and Dodges

The persona’s armour rating includes all the dekes and dodges that one would use to avoid getting damaged in combat. Extra descriptions of the perfect defensive move can earn EXPS but do not alter armour rating.

Armour

Armouring up is the process of wearing specialized clothing to decrease the chance of being damaged in combat. Armour deflects, absorbs and distributes the damaging forces. The goal of armour is to enhance the persona’s naked armour rating making them harder to damage.

Anthros

The armour section is anthro-centric. Anthro personas will almost always be wearing armour when on an expedition. Armour, especially mundane armour, is restrictive and heavy. Restrictive armour can slow the persona down, impair her performance rolls and impair initiative.

Aliens

Most aliens do not wear clothing, let alone armour. Their naked armour rating is their natural armour rating. Armour will rarely be better than their skins and natural defences.

Only tool-using aliens can wear armour. None tool-using aliens would not understand or tolerate it. An alien that is a tool-user may have bespoke armour fashioned for her.

Robots

Robots do not wear armour A robot may have defensive systems that improve her armour rating or function like artifact armour.

Mundane Armour

A brief description of the composition, advantages and disadvantages of each armour type is listed below. This data may aid referees and players in deciding if armour is flammable, buoyant (hah!), edible, repairable, etc. The ref may alter the composition and wate of these armour types according to her campaign and milieu.

Mundane Body Armour Data
Mundane body armour list.

Type

AR Bonus

Restrictiveness

Wate (kgs)

Cost (eps)

None

0

0

0

0

Furs/Skins

+50

3

2.7

3

Leather

+50

1

3.0

5

Padded

+50

2

2.0

4

Studded

+75

3

3.8

15

Ring

+75

4

5.0

30

Scale

+100

4

8.0

60

Cured Hide

+100

2

2.5

90

Plant Fibre

+100

1

2.2

170

Chain

+125

4

5.9

80

Splint

+150

5

8.0

75

Banded

+150

3

7.0

160

Synthetix

+175

1

1.1

600

Plate

+175

4

9.0

375

Plate Armour

+200

5

10.0

450

Type

AR Bonus

Restrictiveness

Wate (kgs)

Cost (eps)

Armour Rating Bonus

The whole purpose of armour is to decrease one’s chance of being damaged in combat. The player adds the armour rating bonus to her persona’s naked armour rating. While it seems overly apparent, the persona must be wearing the armour to get the armour rating bonus. The AR Bonus gives and the Restrictivenesstaketh away.

Wate

The armour wate indicates the wate of the suit of armour in kilograms. The wate of armour is excluded from the persona’s wate allowance when she is wearing it. If the persona is carrying her armour, the armour wate increases the wate she is carrying.

A suit of leather armour would have a wate of 3 kilograms. A persona carrying her leather armour increases her wate allowance by 3 kg and does not get an armour rating bonus. A persona wearing her leather armour gets an armour rating bonus of +50, and there is no impact on her wate allowance.

Armour Types

Below is a list describing history’s most famous mundane armour types.

None

No armour, civilian dress or daily attire. This armour type has no movement or restrictiveness penalties and grants the maximum dexterity bonus to the persona’s armour rating.

Furs/skins

Classic Neanderthal wear. They are composed of layers of uncured and unpreserved animal hides. This armour type is very inexpensive but loses its composition as it rots.

Leather

Leather is the preserved hide of some unlucky, thick-skinned animal. Leather armour is light and non-restrictive.

Padded

Padded armour has two layers of leather sandwiching some form of stuffing. The stuffing is often flammable, and the suit is held together with stitching.

Studded

Studded armour has two layers of leather sandwiching some form of stuffing. The stuffing is often flammable, and the suit is held together with metal studs.

Ring

Ring armour has a padded armour base, with large rings covering its exterior. Ringmail is NOT chain mail.

Scale

Scale mail has a padded armour base with metal strips (or scales) hung loosely on the outer layer of leather.

Cured hide

A thick animal hide hardened by curing. This armour has low restrictiveness.

Plant Fibre

Plant fibre functions like vegan cured hide and is woven from preserved cellulose. This armour is light and not very restrictive.

Chain

A suit composed of many small interlocked rings. Chainmail is different from ringmail, which is composed of much larger loosely fitted metal rings.

Splint

Strips of concrete or hardwood affixed to a padded armour base. Splintmail can be restrictive.

Banded

Overlapping metal strips fastened to cured hide.

Synthetix

Any synthetic (Kevlar, fibreglass, plastix) composition arranged in sheet form. This armour type has a high armour rating bonus and is both light and non-restrictive. Synthetix was previously called plastix and now has a new name to decrease confusion with the artifact armour called plastix.

Plate

The plate is a solitary metal breastplate covering a suit of padded armour. Very, very cumbersome.

Plate Armour

Plate armour covers the persona’s torso and limbs with pieces of interconnected metal. This armour type is exceptionally cumbersome and highly restrictive.

Cost

The cost includes body armour, helmet and gauntlets. Otherwise self-explanatory.

Helmets and Gauntlets

Every suit of armour has a matching set of gauntlets and a helmet. The helmet and gauntlets are composed of the same material as the body armour. Padded armour would have a padded hat and padded gloves.

Helmets and gauntlets offer no armour rating bonus. Not wearing a helmet or gauntlets does not affect the armour rating bonus. Like in the movies, personas can engage in combat with the same armour rating with or without a helmet. If players choose to leave their persona’s noggins unprotected, the hazards of debris and vehicle crashes are worse.

Shielding

Shielding is any non-garment device used to reduce the chance of being hit. Shielding deflects blows and reduces her exposure to damage. Shielding requires the persona to use up a proficiency to use it properly. Whichever arm the player is using to manipulate the shielding cannot do anything else.

Mundane Shielding
All the shielding that money can buy.

Type

AR Bonus

Wate (kgs)

Cost (eps)

Alternate

Chain

+25

4.0

5

Rope

Net, cloak

+25

2.0

7

Curtain

Shield, Small

+35

3.0

20

Pot lid

Shield, Med.

+45

5.0

30

Street sign

Shield, Large

+50

7.0

50

Car door

Type

AR Bonus

Wate (kgs)

Cost (eps)

Alternate

Shielding Types

Chain

Any flexible tube about half a meter in length constitutes this shielding type. This shielding is ineffective against Attack Type C (powered projectile weapons). If an attacker using a Type A weapon critically fails her attack roll, the persona can disarm her with chain shielding. The player must win a physical strength challenge to disarm her attacker.

Net

Any strong sheet can become a shielding net. The net mostly entangles an incoming attack but can also deflect and block Type A attacks. This shielding is ineffective against Attack Type C (powered projectile weapons). If an attacker using a Type A weapon critically fails her attack roll, the persona can disarm her with chain shielding. The player must win a physical strength challenge to disarm her attacker.

Shield

A shield consists of a piece of metal, wood, or other material manipulated by one arm. The shield is the historically famous shielding device The persona can use the shield for deflection, cover and deception.

Armour Rating Bonus

The whole purpose of shielding is to protect the persona from being damaged in combat. The player adds the armour rating bonus of the shielding to her persona’s naked armour rating.

Wate

The armour wate indicates the wate of the shielding in kilograms. Shielding wate adds to the persona’s encumbrance regardless of being carried or borne for combat.

Cost

The cost includes shielding. Otherwise self-explanatory.

Restrictiveness

Restrictiveness indicates how cumbersome armour is to wear. The higher the restrictiveness, the more cumbersome, binding, and claustrophobic the armour is. Restrictiveness impacts the persona when the armour is worn, whether in or out of combat. Usually, the heavier the armour is, the more restrictive it is.

The more restrictive the armour, the higher the restrictiveness number. Wearing no armour has restrictiveness of 0. Plate armour has restrictiveness of 5. Deactivated powered armour has restrictiveness of 15. Negative restrictiveness is possible with specialized artifact armour.

Physical Strength and Restrictiveness

Sheer power can overcome the restrictiveness of armour. For every 5 points of PSTR that the persona has, she can reduce the armour restrictiveness by 1. The armour still has its restrictiveness, but the persona is strong enough to power through it. A persona with an 11 PSTR wearing plate armour would reduce the restrictiveness from 5 to 3. A persona with an 8 PSTR could wear padded armour as if she were unarmoured.

Reducing restrictiveness by physical strength only decreases movement and armour bonus penalties. The minimum restrictiveness earned from physical strength is zero.

Movement and Restrictiveness

The restrictiveness of armour impairs movement rate.

Restrictiveness and Movement
Mundane armour that protects the body often restricts the body as well.

Restrictiveness

Penalty (hu)

0

0

1-2

1

3-4

2

5

3

6

4

7

5

8

6

9

7

10

8

Restrictiveness

Penalty (hu)

A persona wearing studded armour would reduce her movement rate by two h/u because that armour’s restrictiveness is three. Personas with low movement rates may be unable to wear restrictive armour types. The table uses the physical strength adjusted restrictiveness. This table does not have negative values, and the minimum restrictiveness is zero. A persona with a 16 PSTR wearing leather armour has a restrictiveness of zero and zero movement penalty.

Performance Rolls and Restrictiveness

The restrictiveness of armour impairs performance rolls. Players must pay attention to the restrictiveness of armour types. Vocations that require nimble actions, physical contact, or keen senses do not like to wear restrictive armour.

The Degree of Difficulty (DD) of the maneuver is increased by 1 DD per restrictiveness. Scale mail increases the DD of a maneuver by 4. If the persona removed her gauntlets for fine motor maneuvers, there would be no penalty.

Physical strength does not overcome the Performance roll penalties of restrictive armour. A very strong persona would have to remove her helmet to listen for an ambush.

Armour Rating and Restrictiveness

The armour bonus improves the persona’s armour rating. Restrictiveness can reduce the persona’s armour rating by removing a persona’s dexterity bonus. Restrictive armour prevents the persona from dodging and twisting to avoid damage. Physical strength can overcome this restrictiveness penalty.

Armoured Anthro AR = 500 + AR Bonus + (6 - Restrictiveness) * DEX

I don’t even feel like doing this arithmetic.

Choosing armour in the tactical combat system becomes a balance of armour rating bonus and dexterity bonus. A persona with high dexterity and normal physical strength may have a better armour rating with lighter armour. If the amour’s restrictiveness causes her to lose her dexterity bonus, restrictive armour may decrease her armour rating. Physical strength can overcome this restrictiveness penalty.

Does it Fit?

Armour bought by the persona will fit. However, armour found while adventuring will not necessarily fit. Before armour can fit, it must meet two criteria: shape and size. The previous owner must have the same body shape, and the previous owner’s wate must be within 15%.

An anthro could not wear the bespoke armour of a four-armed avarian tripod alien. If a persona’s wate is 70 kgs, the previous owner’s wate must be between 59.5 and 80.5 kg.

Suiting Up

Suiting up for battle is can be time-consuming. The more restrictive the armour type, the longer it takes to put on the armour. Without help and under no pressure, combat armour takes 1.5 minutes per point of restrictiveness to adorn. A suit of chainmail would take about 8 minutes to put on.

Maintenance

Well-maintained armour should never wear out. Attending to armour after a battle and in a scheduled manner should keep things in working order. Inhospitable environments will destroy armour as quickly as any other mundane equipment.

Unattended armour will damage. Whatever damage that the persona takes, the armour will take also. Armour has one hit point per point of AR. A suit of unmaintained studded armour could withstand 575 hit points of damage before being wrecked. At zero hit points, the armour loses armour rating and structural integrity.

Mix and Match

Scavenging personas will often mix up armour types. A persona may have a synthetix helmet, metal breastplate, padded arms and studded leggings. The only way that The referee can run mix and match armour is by using the Hit Locations. The ref determines where the attack will land and then rolls to hit against the appropriate armour rating.

Alien Armour

Alien armour is limited to tool-users aliens that can create artifacts. Tool users from a creator species would undoubtedly have armour and protective equipment. Their armour would function the same as the mundane armour except for wate.

Alien Armour Wate = Alien Wate / 70 * Armour Wate

Leather armour for a 350 kg alien would have a wate of 15 kg.

Inanimate Objects

The first thing that referees will realize is that personas like attacking things that she has not prepared to be attacked. These include doorknobs, walls, windows, car wheels, and a host of other things that no one can foresee.

The following tables do not reflect combat armour ratings. These armour ratings are for targeting non-combat targets, like those described above. The tables below are guidelines for assigning an armour rating (AR) to those items that typically do not have one.

Inanimate Object Size and AR
Want to hit an inanimate object? Here are some example armour ratings based on size.

Target Size

Naked AR

Example

Minute

800

Marble
Button

Tiny

700

Doorknob

Small

600

Fire Hydrant

Medium

400

Filing Cabinet
Mannequin

Large

300

House

Gigantic

200

Barn
High Rise

Humungous

42

Moon
Planet

Target Size

Naked AR

Example

Inanimate Object Toughness and AR
Because player personas often want to shoot inanimate objects here is a table to quickly determine how difficult it would be to damage.

Die Roll (1d6)

Toughness

Armour Rating Adjustment

1

Very Weak

-100

2

Weak

-50

2-4

Normal

0

5

Tough

+100

6

Very Tough

+200

Die Roll (1d6)

Toughness

Armour Rating Adjustment

Inanimate Object Speed and AR
Delta speed. The difference in movement rate between the persona and the inaminate target.

attack roll Penalty

Speed Difference

-10

per hex per unit

-100

per ten hexes per unit

-3

per kilometer per hour

attack roll Penalty

Speed Difference