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Traveller 5 Discussion of the Fifth edition of Traveller, released Spring 2013.

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Old August 20th, 2019, 04:18 PM
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I have a mental block on PEN style damage.

PEN is calculated at twice its dice value when determining penetration, but not when computing damage. So let's say that Starhopper Lazerzapper fires his PEN-3 weapon at an opponent wearing armor of AV=24 and successfully hits.

He rolls 3d, gets 13, doubles it for 26, and has successfully penetrated the armor. What is the effect? The two extra points disappear, since they were a result of the "doubling" and that doesn't apply to damage calculations.

In T5.09, AV was reduced to zero at a location following a successful penetration, so a high PEN weapon could cause death by a thousand cuts. I cannot find a corresponding provision in T5.10.

I welcome your thoughts.
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