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A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE LOW-TECH WEAPONS

Book cover for A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE LOW-TECH WEAPONS

created by Justin Oldham; edited by Beth Hartt and Anne K. Nagel

ISBN: 978-1-935964-34-6 

LCCN: 2019900067

 A.C.: AFTER COLLAPSE™ (sometimes referred to as A.C.) presents a detailed post-Collapse environment filled with opportunities for adventure and discovery. Characters, known as “Survivors,” cautiously comb through the dangerous ruins of once-great metropolises. 


Whether a Survivor wants to defend himself from others or take what someone else has, weapons are useful tools to have. Not everyone has access to firearms or explosives, so they use what’s available. Low-tech weapons have their place. They can be used to inflict smaller amounts of damage to opponents, allowing them to be disabled or driven away instead of killed. Additionally, many types of low-tech weapons don’t need to be reloaded. The materials for those that do can often just be picked up off the ground. 


A.C. uses a d20-based architecture. Features include: 

  • a craft-oriented Basic Skill system that allows survivors and NPCs to make weapons and accessories to their own specifications; 
  • a system of modifiers that adjust Accuracy, Damage, and Penetration to increase the lethality of well-made implements; 
  • differentiation between High Velocity (HV) Low Velocity (LV), and Energy (EN) attacks to simulate the potential effectiveness of weapons and armor; 
  • allocation of lethal and/or nonlethal damage based on skill level; and 
  • the use of Hard Points (HDPs) and Vigor Points (VGPs) to simulate the toughness of Survivors and NPCs and their ability to resist lethal and nonlethal damage.

 

Recommended for ages 14+.

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