Junk Sword: You are automatically proficient with this melee weapon, and you add 1-1/2 times your caster level to damage rolls with it (in place of a Weapon Specialization bonus). A junksword functions only for its creator, and once created it cannot leave your hand. Should you wish to sheathe it, the junksword obliges by collapsing into a wreath of junk that surrounds your hand like a glove.
I do agree that Weapon Focus wouldn't apply to this, but versatile focus would.
Very cool story.
A Cyberpunk AP in Apostae would be great. Dark elf rival houses, demon cults and demons representing modern-day sins, outside corporations trying to muscle their way in, orc sprawl gangs, half orc activists for a better life for orc kind, abyssal tiefling mutants, alien horrors in the depths of the planet, cybernetic opponents, biopunk horrors and fleshwarping genetics, Winter Council elven sabotage, and Shadowrun missions.
I highly recommend using spell chips and spell gems. You could pretty much almost replicate a spellbook using your datapad with spell chips for utility spells. This allows you to focus on combat spells for your known spells. (You could also re-flavor the spell chips as program Apps and AbadarCorp as the Google Play App Store).
Mystics or Technomancers are good picks for Riftwardens (but honestly any other class can represent the Riftwardens).
Riftwarden would probably be a themeless background with a focus on mysticism as their bonus skill, or Paranormal Investigators theme.
I would recommend using the Akashic lore from SF to help support your Riftwarden spellcaster (drawing upon the wisdom and guidance of elder Riftwardens). So spells that deal with the Akashic are ideal. Look at spells that Riftwardens had in 1e and that should kinda give you an idea on what type of spells they might have in SF. The spells mentioned earlier in the forum are also idea.
Also don't just be dependent on spells. In SF, there are weapon fusions like Anchoring, Spellthrower, Dispelling, Bane, Ghostkiller, Dimensional Disruptive, etc. that can help support a Riftwarden character (who doesn't need to be a spellcaster).
Riftwardens in SF are more or a less a watchdog organization, and probably anti-Drift lobbyists in politics. Their classical enemies, the Blackfire Adepts, are likewise a terror organization made up of Witchwarpers and their associates.
In Dead Suns book 4, the Ruined Clouds, there is a Drift encounter.
In Signal of Screams book 3, Heart of Night, the adventure takes place in the Shadow Plane.
In Dawn of Flame, it deals heavily with the Plane of Fire and the Sun. The AP also introduces plenty of plane-touched races.
In Against the Swarm book 5, Hive of the Mind, you enter a mindscape.
I would recommend the following products that are great for a time travel adventure in the vein of Doctor Who in SF.
Doctor Who - The Time Traveller's Companion from Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd. (great rules on different types of time machines, rules on time travel, and rules and information on Gallifrey)
Time Traveler's Codex from Green Ronin (again, great ideas to mine for time traveling adventures.)
Rise of the New Thassilon from Paizo (information on the Dimension of Time, Stethelos, and Tawil at’Umr).
Legendary Games makes decent modules (Wanted in the Wastes, The Legendary Planet Adventure Path). Fat Goblin Games and Rogue Genius Games also makes great tool kits for GMs (Pirates of the Starstream, 8-bit Adventures Awesome Androids and Space Bounty Hunters, Starfarers Companion, Bloodspace and Moondust).
I'll also recommend Stroh Hammer (tons of awesome augmentations), and Everyman Games (Advanced Skill Guide).
I would love rules for picking up vehicles and thowing them.
Funny enough, the giantblood theme got a special ability that allows you to throw things called hurl debris. But you're limited to a maximum bulk of your Strength modifier +2 and the item must be unattended or readily torn from the environment (at the GM’s discretion).
A standard car's weight according to google search is 2,871 lbs (round it down to 2,870).
To estimate bulk, as a general rule, an item that weighs around 5 to 10 pounds is 1 bulk (and every multiple of 10 is an additional bulk).
So a standard urban cruiser would be 287 bulk (GM's discretion).
So you would be able to maybe lift and hurl pieces of a vehicle.
A episode where the PCs come upon a merchant trying to sell them cute little alien pets.. who end up becoming a pest (like cloning themselves).
A episode where the PCs encounter a god-like being who kidnaps them and forces them to entertain it.
A episode where one of the PCs get their shirt ripped open and fights a Vesk, one on one, on a desert planet.
Lots of desert planets that look like Utah.
A episode where the PCs need to do a space walk and fix the ship.
A episode where the PCs arrive on a planet that resembles 1920s Earth and fight bootleg gangsters in a Chicago-like setting.
Technically speaking, called shots are not a thing, period. There are specific maneuver that alter how location-based criticals work, but there is no way to just go "I make an attack, and it automatically hits this spot and does extra effects".
I agree, the called shot action only allows you to pick a component for system damage.
So PCs/NPCs on the ground can't use line weapons to attack the mech's operators.
But what about mechs wielding line weapons attacking other mechs? Do their line weapons attack the mech and the operators?
In the section of Special Mech Actions.
Called Shot (Standard Action): The mech expends either 1 PP or 3 PP and makes an attack against a single mech. If the attack’s damage causes system damage, the operator can choose which component
In the section of System Failure
Helm: The helm represents the cockpit or control center where the operators reside, and the helm’s system failure doesn’t directly impede the mech but instead threatens one or more operators. When the helm gains the malfunctioning condition, half of the operators (rounded up) take bludgeoning damage equal to 1d8 damage times the mech’s tier; they can attempt a Reflex saving throw to halve the damage (DC = 15 + half the mech’s tier). When the helm gains the inoperable condition, each of the operators takes the bludgeoning damage above (Reflex half). In addition, the operators’ controls become unreliable; the first time each turn that an operator uses a full action to pilot the mech, there is a 50% chance that the mech does not gain an action. Either effect lasts until the beginning of the mech's next turn.
This teaches me to pay better attention to a dead beaten horse.
Found the ruling in the playtest. So the cockpits are located in the helm of the mech.
Enemies that wants to harm the mech and the operator would need to declare a called shot and spend 3 PP to attack that location.
So if the enemy uses a plasma rifle and fires at that location, they could harm the mech and all of the operators. In fact, if they deal enough damage to bring the mech to system failure, they could deal additional damage to half operators (rounded up) in the helm.
I encountered this problem before in a session, but with PCs attacking a vehicle. Player had a line penetrating weapon with adamantine rounds.
Ruled that the player has to reduce the obstacle's hit point total to 0 if they wish to have the line effect to continue forward. In this case, the obstacle is the vehicle (the vehicle's hit points).
Line effects are blocked by obstacles (walls, doors, etc) unless there is no obstacles to block them. The special material and penetrating effect just reduces the hardness and makes it easier to destroy the obstacle. If the obstacle is destroyed by the line effect, the line effect would continue forward.
If a mech was reduced to 0 hit points, it be the same as a wrecked vehicle. That line effect should reach the operators.
The question is, where would the operators be located in the mech? In a vehicle, that's a easy answer to determine which square on the map grid. Does the line effect only inflict damage to one operator, two operators, or all operators?
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Mechs (transport frames) already got the option of selecting two cargo holds that can transport a single creature, vehicle, or other object no larger than large or smaller.
And they can select a cargo catapult where the mech can transfer one operator onto a vehicle it has stored in its cargo hold, after which the mech launches the stored vehicle at high speed.
Honestly, when I saw cargo catapult.. I thought it was just the mech slinging its cargo at people as a new attack method.
I did some further research, and I'm surprised that there is no option for unarmored character builds. I know that SF is designed to keep PCs within a specific range of game values, and to ensure that many of those require PCs to get regular upgrades of equipment to create balanced PCs; but it is missing a element of the genre that PF1 and PF2 actually has.
So the main problem I noticed with unarmored defense is it is competing against armor. Armors that PCs need to purchase every time they increase up in level. So it's about making sure the PC expends their resources. The solution I found was in Powered Armor (i.e, the ability to expend resources to increase powered armor's defense).
Unarmored Defense (Combat)
If the character level is evenly divisible by 5, the bonus to EAC and KAC increase by 2 each instead. Unarmored defense can't be improved beyond 20th level.
Design Note: Characters that rely on unarmored defense do not have any of the perks of armor. This means no environmental protection, anchoring boots, built in comm units, or armor upgrades. Characters would need to find alternate methods to acquire these benefits.