Scavenging 101: Make your Own Weapons

July 17, 2009

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Here’s a table set to create weapons from various junk for MF.  This is a beta version, so if anybody uses this please reply and let me know how well it works or share some modifications you think it should have. Roll Table A – D (and E if told to).

Table A: Type of Weapon
D100 Roll

01-15 Projectile
16-37 Stabbing
38-59 Slicing
60-82 Bludgeon
83-00 Ensnare / squeeze

Table B: Power Source
D100 Roll

01-60 Not Powered or simple pulley
61-70 Black Powder cartridge
71-80 Highly Combustible Fuel (i.e. Gasoline)
81-85 Steam Boiler
86-92 Electricity (Solar-Charging Battery) – roll on goodies table
93-96 Electricity (Chemical Battery) – roll on goodies table
97-00 Electricity (Mini Nuke Battery) – roll on goodies table

Table C: Main Skeleton
D100 Roll

01-04 Plumbing Pipe + 3 on effectiveness roll
05-08 Whittled/carved custom Wood Branch + 5 on effectiveness roll
09-12 Animal Bone -5 on effectiveness roll
13-16 Bamboo – 5 on effectiveness roll
17-20 Rebar +5 on effectiveness roll
21-24 Sign-pole
25-28 Steering Wheel – 5 on effectiveness
29-32 Big Rock
33-36 Ammo Case
37-40 Machine Gun body
41-44 Custom Designed Metal Enclosure (must be in a town to have this made with a blacksmith shop – cost $100 gp to cast and build) – + 10 on Effectiveness roll
45-48 (if not available or can’t pay 100 gp, re-roll)
49-52 Metal Watch band (wearable)
53-56 Leather Belt (wearable)
57-60 Glass Jar (ranged weapon)
61-64 Large Metal Drain Pipe Section – + 10 on effectiveness roll
65-70 Briefcase
71-74 Table leg
75-78 Soldier Helmet (wearable)
79-82 Mannequin Arm or Leg
83-86 Mannequin Torso +1 to effectiveness roll
87-90 Taxidermied Animal (pick one of 2-4 foot size)
91-94 Metal Crutch
Robot Exoskeleton Arm +5 to effectiveness roll
95-98 Umbrella
99-00 Severed human head -5 to effectiveness

Table C: Effectiveness
D100 Roll

01-30 “Barely Better than toy hulk hands”
(Eff. Rating 1) –
2D4 Damage
if a projectile weapon has a ROF = 1
31-60 “Meh, gets the job done”
(Eff. Rating 2) –
3D4 Damage
if a projectile weapon has a ROF = 1
if ensnare weapon, does additional 2D4 damage on subsequent turns until captive can make successful stun save.
61-90 “Ooo, nice toy”
(Eff. Rating 3) –
3D6 Damage
if a projectile weapon has a ROF = 2
if ensnare weapon, does additional 3D4 damage on subsequent turns until captive can make successful stun save -1.
91-00 “That’s killer!”
(Eff. Rating 4) –
5D6 Damage
if a projectile weapon has a ROF = 3
if ensnare weapon, does additional 3D4 damage on subsequent turns until captive can make successful stun save – 3.

Table D: Goodies
D100 Roll – only roll on this table if prompted in Table B.

01-25 Shocker!
The target must roll to save against stun on a successful hit. There is a 15% chance that the attacker may get shocked – if they do, they too, must roll to save against stun.
26-50 Microwaves!
The target must roll to save against radiation on a successful hit. There is a 5% chance that the attacker may get a dose of rads – if they do, they too, must roll to save against radiation, class equal to the weapon’s effectiveness level.
51-80 Targeting
The weapon has a built-in targeting chip: +1 to hit.
81-90 Whoa!
Once a day, the weapon discharges a huge amount of damage – its damage roll is doubled (after the roll). However, there is a 15% chance that it will blow up and deal that damage to the user.
91-00 Psychic Weapon!
You are such an ingenious inventor that this weapon’s attacks are psychic! Roll to hit as if the attack were a mental attack. Mutants with the detect mutation ability will register the weapon. However, when used in this fashion, there is a 15% that the weapon will malfunction and drain the user as if it had the “vampiric field” mutation.  Roll number of d6 equal to the effectiveness rating of the weapon for its functional WIL — so if it has a effectiveness rating of 3 — roll 3d6.
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7 Responses to “Scavenging 101: Make your Own Weapons”

  1. JDJarvis Says:

    Cool stuff indeed. I like the idea of rolling up unique weapons for a game full of unique characters.

    • Senor Mutante Says:

      thanks! Needs some work but should be good for some laughs / interesting roleplaying sessions.

  2. Tim Says:

    Very cool! I gave it a link over at The Savage AfterWorld. I noticed I got some bizaare results sometimes with the way things are currently set up (stabbing and/or bludgeoning weapons that are powered; strange weapon/skeleton match-ups like a big rock as a slicing weapon or a briefcase as a projectile weapon). What I suggest is to have each weapon type drop to its own “skeleton” subtable. So you have items like glass shards, knife blades, and razors on the stabbing/slicing skeleton and machine gun cases and plumbing pipes on the projectile weapons. (Also have the power source go primarily to projectiles, although a vibro-power mace isn’t far-fetched!)
    Over all, I think it’s a great idea and a great start. Just needs to be smoothed over so you don’t get results like a steam-powered crossbow made from a human head. 😉

    • Senor Mutante Says:

      Thanks, man! Maybe it’s me, but I would love a game where people had steam-powered human head crossbows. heheehehe.

      But it does not some refining — right now it may require too much a stretch of the imagination.


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  4. Kid Monster Says:

    I can’t wait to actually use this at the table!

    • Senor Mutante Says:

      thanks man! I really need to come up with more “goodies” — it doesn’t have enough variety. 🙂


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