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Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

I have been thinking about ways to simulate the linked pilots of Pacific Rim's Jaegers. Here's what I have so far:

1. There would be an orders phase, where the players decide, unbeknownst to each other, a general category of move (e.g. left turn, right turn, special attack, and so on).

2. If the players chose different moves, there would be a penalty -- a delayed action, or limits on the type of attacks available.

3. If the players selected the same type of action, they may take a moment to decide what exact action they will attempt. Perhaps both pilots could roll simultaneously, taking the better of the two.

4. If the game in question uses an action point system, a successful sync might lead to the pilots being able to pool their action points. This could be used to power some of the over-the-top attacks seen in the movie.

This is just my first bite at the apple, so I would be interested in any constructive criticism or any new ideas. Thanks!


Stryderg18 Apr 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

You could use the action point scheme, if the two pilots chose different actions, deduct action points for this turn.

You may break down the actions into levels:
Level 1: move, attack, recharge

Level 2: move left, move right, move forward, move back
Level 2: attack close, attack at range, special attack
Level 2: recharge batteries, recover pilot health, etc

Depends on how gritty you want to get.

Martian Root Canal18 Apr 2018 6:31 a.m. PST

I'm thinking about a Pac Rim miniatures game as well. I was down the path of using a battleboard with abilities marked out on it and requiring the player(s) to roll appropriate dice to activate one or more abilities each turn.

Further, I want to simulate 'the Drift.' So I was going to have two players command each Jaeger. Each rolls a handful of dice, then they take turns placing them one at a time on the battleboard. To activate higher level abilities, they will both have to agree on where to place them :)

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