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kaian-a-coel

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Random Mech Generator
« on: June 06, 2014, 10:10:10 am »

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Ladies and gentlemen. I just found a random mech generator (in pdf form). It is of highest quality, so I am presenting it to you. The ultimate goal being to run a game with it.

Here it is: Link

As you can see it is extremely detailed, with a wide range of possibilities and even a steampunk section.
A game based on it would most certainly be cooperative rather than competitive, as it seems unfair to pit a tiny exoskeleton mecha armed with naught but a pair of light autocanons, against a cold-fusion powered towering monstrosity boasting 25 nuclear warheads, a quad heavy railgun, a deuterium laser beam, an incendiary grenade launcher, a pair of gatlings, an energy shield, can turn invisible, transform into a fighter jet, and is overcharged by the power of friendship. Because both are totally possible.

I imagine that the ideal format would be something of an RPG, with a random team of mechs against hordes of other mechs.
The main problem would then be the potentially huge disparity between the players.

Otherwise it could be a wonderful ressource for anyone running a mech-based game, to generate opponents or whatnot.
Also feel free to post any mech you rolled in this topic.

Contributing with two mechs I rolled:
(everything besides the name originated from rolls on the generator)


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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 12:55:57 pm »

This sounds interesting; for a while I was trying to figure out a system for random robots for an RtD I wanted to try. It didn't work out; I got the general tables figured out, but got bored around the time I was figuring out the weapons and such. Here's hoping I can adapt this mech generator to such a use!

Of course, I'd like to note something. Some amount of balancing is going to be needed, no matter what, so PvP may not be so impossible.
I don't suppose you could put it on DropBox or something? My antivirus doesn't like your link.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 02:48:56 pm »

sure thing: here
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2014, 02:55:32 pm »

This is pretty cool. Let me know if you make a game with this.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2014, 04:53:02 pm »

Interesting, but it is a bit unfortunate that it's completely random. Some of the options also seem to be leaning a bit towards "throw it in because it exists" rather than "add it because it's a potentially interesting feature."

Naturally I rolled a test mech; the results were fairly interesting, but also display a handful of the above issues.
Spoiler: T-83 "Shellcracker" (click to show/hide)
Almost seems like more of a safari mech.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 05:15:51 pm »

Head: Deuterium Flouride Laser ("Head mounts reroll head location" haha no they don't)
I think it's meant to be "Main mounts reroll head location", because they're usually too big.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2014, 05:46:53 pm »

Head: Deuterium Flouride Laser ("Head mounts reroll head location" haha no they don't)
I think it's meant to be "Main mounts reroll head location", because they're usually too big.
Screw the rules I have headcannon.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2014, 06:01:58 pm »

Head: Deuterium Flouride Laser ("Head mounts reroll head location" haha no they don't)
I think it's meant to be "Main mounts reroll head location", because they're usually too big.
Screw the rules I have headcannon.

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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2014, 06:43:32 pm »

Let's roll.

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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2014, 10:42:06 pm »

It's neat, I guess, but more explanation on some of this stuff would be nice. So would not giving equal chances to everything. Octopedal mechs, "pillar-erect" posture, head mounts, the later types of armor, polearms, and so forth seem like they could stand to come up less often than more conventional/typical/etc possibilities.
It could work, with modification.
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2014, 11:08:17 pm »

but more explanation on some of this stuff would be nice.
To be honest, I got kind of a techwank vibe from a lot of this stuff. More options are usually better, and not every difference necessarily needs a practical impact, but I do have to wonder if possible vision modes include radar, sonar, and lidar because they're all subtly different, because they're thematically varied, or because someone wanted to squee about how many types of military sensor technology they knew about. Similar suspicions regarding, say, rolling for caliber- is that there to suggest slow heavy shots versus quick rapid shots, to make some options better or more powerful than others, or because different guns have different calibers and that is SO COOL?

So would not giving equal chances to everything. Octopedal mechs, "pillar-erect" posture, head mounts, the later types of armor, polearms, and so forth seem like they could stand to come up less often than more conventional/typical/etc possibilities.
It could work, with modification.
I think this is part of the more general issue with having a bland/varied flavor. Different people are going to want different things, and this appears to be set in a kind of a generic catchall setting with a few quirks.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2014, 12:56:09 pm »

This is most interesting indeed.

Considering I do have a system for a mech combat game lying around, I might actually use this.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2014, 04:51:02 pm »

here's a few designs I rolled(putting them here as to not clutter up 10ebbor's game):

Spoiler: Centurion (click to show/hide)

Spoiler: Duster (click to show/hide)
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2014, 04:57:08 pm »

Your link does not appear to work ???
All the boxes in the .pdf are blank.
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Re: Random Mech Generator
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2014, 09:14:49 pm »

One thing that's been bugging me.
The mech size gives a number of "SD". Are these Special Defenses or Support Devices?
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