February 24th, 2004

Angel of the Revolution

RPG automata again

Here, as requested, are two automata generated using the rules I'm developing:

“Automaton Atkins” (Britain 1898)</b>
BODY [8], MIND [2], SOUL [-], Athlete (running) [4], Brawling [8], Marksman [6], Melee Weapon [8] Military Arms [3], Stealth [0]
Cost: £230
Weight: 586 lb.
Carrying Capacity: 412 lb
Endurance: 10 hours
Reaction Time: 4.6 seconds
Built-In Equipment:
Pneumatic grenade launcher (built in to arm)
Electric torch (built in to head)
Armoured, -3 Effect to all attacks
Also Carried: 0.50 rifle, 50 rounds ammunition, 6 grenades plus fuses, 30 ft. rope - breaking strain 1000 lb.
Description: British-built prototype military automaton with Swiss-made calculating engine, monochrome and colour "eyes". Steel frame bipedal construction, steam powered, with armour steel casing. The casing is enamelled to regimental colours, the boiler is fitted with a tap to allow hot water to be used to make tea.
Notes: This was the first of several similar prototype automaton soldiers, none particularly successful. Later designs used more powerful calculating engines and aluminium frame, and were eventually put into mass production.

The "Panzer" Guard Automaton (Prussia 1899)
BODY [4], MIND [1], SOUL [-], Athlete (running) [4], Brawling [4], Marksman [5], Stealth [1]
Cost: £400
Weight: 231 lb.
Carrying Capacity: 108 lb
Endurance: 5 hours
Reaction Time: 9 seconds
Built-In Equipment:
Maxim gun, 50 rounds
Armoured: -6 Effect to all attacks
Also Carried: -
Description: A Prussian-built military automaton with Swiss-made calculating engine, monochrome "eye", single arm. Aluminium frame wheeled construction, electric powered, with armour steel casing. Typically described as resembling a conical pepper-pot.
Notes: A Prussian automaton used to protect the Imperial Calculating Engines and other important facilities. Where most other nations built automata that were adapted to the terrain on which they were used, for this important job the Prussians took the unusual step of adapting the "terrain" to the automata. Sites on which these automata were used were levelled and surfaced to a high standard, allowing the use of a wheeled automaton with very little ground clearance. Much of the high cost of this design is explained by the use of aluminium to minimise weight, and electric motors to reduce the automaton's noise. Generally considered to be successful, although they are slow to react and vulnerable to attacks which damage the "terrain" or push the automaton over; they cannot right themselves.
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marcus 2013

Upcoming DVDs

Anyone got any spare gift codes for amazon.co.uk? Lot of nice DVDs coming soon and so far Amazon look cheapest, assuming I take the slow free delivery route, but it still comes to a heap of cash I would really prefer to avoid spending right now.

Angel S4 - £55.99, due 1st March
West Wing S3 - £44.99, due 29th March
Buffy S7 - £55.99, due 5th April
There's also an offer on West Wing S1 and S2 for £34.99, which would be very nice if I didn't already have both seasons.

Yes, I know that this is all horribly expensive compared to the USA (and a lot of the rest of the world) but unfortunately it's what things cost here, and having been clobbered for tax plus a handling charge every time I've imported DVDs from abroad I'm not going to go that route again.
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