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Old June 26th, 2015, 01:09 AM
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Default Gun Maker Issues

So I rolled up my first T5.09 character tonight.

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4A8776 - One term army, Mission, ANM, ANM, Mission.

Riding-1, Automobiles-1, Mechanic-4, Slug Throwers-1, Tracked-2, Artillery-2

Yes I made the roll to get in, no I didn't wait around to go through another round of Risk / Reward. Time to go back to fixing Tractors on Ilar V.

Anyhow, that lead me to print off the Gun Maker charts and build him a Standard Snub Assault Carbine -8, Range 4*2, Mass 0.96kg, Bullet-1 Blast-4 Bang -1

And I said to myself, "Self, that can't be right."

I didn't put this in errata because it just seems wrong but might be exactly what Marc wants. So here's my issue, "Assault" shouldn't have anything to do with explosive ammo. It should describe a smaller caliber automatic rifle than the Battle Rifle. This because there is also "Combat" does essentially the same thing only with "Frag" instead of "Blast".

Also, what is the "*" in the "Snub" range entry supposed to mean? "=" already does substitution, we've got multiplication symbols "x" in the Mass column. There's plus "+" signs in the TL column. So what does it "*" mean there? Is it an error? There's the same notation for Very Heavy's range.

I've read the text. I'd like to ask a question or suggest a clarification there too. It tells us how mass is multiplied and range is generally replaced or modified and TL is summed but it doesn't tell us anything about the effect accumulations. By the column headings one might argue that D1 and D2 and D3 don't total even if they're the same effect type. But does D2 total if it's different types? I think it's that effect types are cumulative but the book doesn't really say. Not right where it describes how every other weapon statistic is handled.

It occurs to me that Gun Maker might not have been completely updated yet which is yet another reason this isn't in the errata thread.

So, what's the common view of these issues?
Be warned, Spacemaster Privateers is my all time favorite rpg and it makes T5 look well organized, well illustrated, well laid out, simple, and well polished by any comparison you could care to make.
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