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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2020 11:26 a.m. PST

When depending on futuristic tech, do you have a chance for
unexpected results?

Stupid shrink ray, I said "don't point that at me!"

d88mm194015 Mar 2020 2:21 p.m. PST

I guess that you can't 3D print everything…

Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2020 6:52 p.m. PST

My first thought was that it looks like a cross between a cat and a Peep.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Mar 2020 6:45 a.m. PST

In RPGs I used to have a set of "by category" critical technology failure charts. Categories were tierd and included things like "volatile energy device" (which could be many things in different milieu), "rube goldberg device" (any advanced mechanical or jury-rigged things), "transportation provider", "information device", etc.

For wargames, mostly the milieu dictates that something that fails just doesn't work.

surdu200516 Mar 2020 7:50 a.m. PST

The critical failure (roll 20 on d20) rules tends to create these kinds of situations in GASLIGHT.

Legion 416 Mar 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

Bleeped text happens !

Covert Walrus18 Mar 2020 10:49 p.m. PST

In Dystopian wars 2.5, some ships have energy sheilds. A few of those ships also have Inventive Scientists, who can reroll a failed shield roll; If they get a 1, something catchs fire.

And some ships have advanced energy weapons, which on rolls of 1, will explode in all sorts of ways. . .

Volleyfire19 Mar 2020 2:19 a.m. PST

Don't laugh, the Chinese are already trying to breed cats that look something like that

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