Mech Rules for White Star With Included Templates and Modifications

Mechs

Mechs are massive robotic machines piloted by sentient humanoids that are used for defense and war on many planets.  The rules for mechs function much like combat for starships outlined in White Star, pg 48-52.

(Here’s the PDF- Mechs Rules for White Star)

Light Mechs

Light Mechs stand roughly 20’ tall and are capable of holding one pilot.  These mechs are lighter and more agile than any other mech, but are not as heavily reinforced or defended.  These mechs are largely used for upfront combat.

 

Light MechTemplate Base Cost: 10,000 credits
Armor Class 6 [13]
Hit Points 25
Shield Strength 1
Movement        120
Targeting +2
Attack
Modifications

 

Puncher Mech

Puncher Mech

 

Puncher 13,475 credits
Armor Class 4 [15]
Hit Points 25
Shield Strength 1
Movement 120
Targeting +2
Attack Giant Blade x2 (2d6), or Giant Blade x1 (2d6) and Light Machine Gun x1 (2d6)
Modifications Damage Control Unit, Reinforced Hull x2
The Puncher Mech specializes in up front combat, armed with two giant blades or one blade and a light machine gun.  Most inexperienced mech pilots start driving Punchers into combat.  They are the most cost effective and expendable.

 

Stinger Mech

Stinger Mech

 

Stinger  15,750 credits
Armor Class 6 [13]
Hit Points 25
Shield Strength 1 [3]
Movement 120
Targeting +2
Attack Heavy Machine Gun x3 (4d6), Ion Charge x1 (optional), Proton Missiles x1 (8d6)
Modifications Cloaking Device, Shrapnel Cloud Unit (optional), Advanced Shielding x2 (optional)
Stinger Mechs are stealth mechs that lie in wait and attack at the most opportune moment.  Often times Stingers are employed in pincer attack tactics, sneaking up behind the enemy and opening up with their three heavy machine guns and then decimating the enemy ground troops and vehicles with their Shrapnel Cloud Unit.

 

Ripper Mech

Ripper Mech


Ripper 15,250 credits
Armor Class 6 [13]
Hit Points 25
Shield Strength 5
Movement 120
Targeting +2
Attack Heavy Machine Gun x1 (4d6), giant mono-blade (3d6) (chainsaw), flame thrower (4d6)
Modifications Advanced Shielding x2, jet pack
Ripper Mechs are used to breach the armor of other mechs, but more specifically the hulls of ships or the outside of buildings.  Their giant mono-blade chainsaw slices through armor as if it were tissue.  Once the area is breached, the Ripper will use its flame thrower to destroy any defenders that may be lying in wait.

 

Medium Mechs

Medium Mechs stand 30’ tall and are sturdier than light mechs.  Medium Mechs are used more as defenders than front line assault mechs (which is typically reserved for light and heavy mechs).

 

Medium MechTemplate Base Cost: 20,000 credits
Armor Class 5 [14]
Hit Points 85
Shield Strength +3
Movement 90
Targeting +2
Attack
Modifications

 

Lancer Mech

Lancer Mech

 

The Lancer 35,640 credits
Armor Class 3 [16]
Hit Points 85
Shield Strength +5
Movement 90
Targeting +2
Attack Ion Charge (2d6), Heavy Machine Gun (4d6), Heavy Laser (6d6)
Modifications Rail Cannon (8d6), Reinforced Hull x2, Advanced Shielding x2
Lancers are a quadruped mech that is used to punch holes in heavily defended mechs, starships, or military installations.  These mechs are feared due to their attached Rail Cannon and their enhanced hull and shielding allows them to take a beating.

 

Anti-Air Mech

Anti-Air Mech

 

Anti-Air Mech 39,550 credits
Armor Class 5 [14]
Hit Points 85
Shield Strength +3
Movement 90
Targeting +4
Attack Heavy Laser x2 (6d6), Proton Missile x1 (8d8)
Modifications Advanced Targeting x2, Cloaking Device, Missile Counter Measure Unit
Anti-Air Mechs were created to defend against air vehicles and artillery.  These mechs will use their cloaking device to hide from enemy aircraft and then open up with their heavy lasers and proton missiles.  Their Counter Measure Unit allows them to withstand enemy missile attacks.

 

 

Heavy Mechs

Heavy Mechs stand 60’ tall and are the largest mechs produced.  These colossus metal structures lumber across the battle field dealing massive damage to other mechs or structures.  These mechs have a large cargo bay that is used to transport up to fifty ground troops or one light mech.

 

Heavy MechTemplate Base Cost: 100,000 credits
Armor Class 2 [17]
Hit Points 100
Shield Strength +5
Movement 60
Targeting +3
Attack
Modifications

 

The Tank Mech 1

The Tank Mech

 

The Tank 134,600 credits
Armor Class -1 [20]
Hit Points 100
Shield Strength +8
Movement 60
Targeting +3
Attack Flame Thrower (4d6), Heavy Laser x2 (6d6), Heavy Machine Gun x1 (4d6), Rail Cannon (8d6)
Modifications Advanced Shielding x3, Damage Control Unit, Reinforced Hull x3
Tank Mechs are quadruped mechs and are the ultimate defenders for when enemies have breached the front lines.  These mechs have the thickest armor and best shields of any mech produced.  They can take a beating and dish it out in kind.

 

 

The Defiant

The Defiant

The Defiant 141,000 credits
Armor Class 2 [17]
Hit Points 100
Shield Strength +5
Movement 90
Targeting +6
Attack Automated Heavy Laser x1 (6d6), Heavy Machine Gun x3 (4d6), Heavy Laser x2 (6d6), Proton Missile x1 (8d6),
Modifications Advanced Targeting System, Shrapnel Cloud Unit, High-Yield Thrusters x3
The Defiant Mech is a massive metal frame of death and pain.  It is heavy armed with multiple gun and laser turrets, as well as Proton Missiles and Shrapnel Cloud Unit.  The Defiant is equipped with High-Yield Thrusters so it moves alarmingly fast for its size and bulk.  These mechs can easily wipe out a whole enemy force with ease.

 

 

Mech Modifications

ADVANCED SHIELDING: This modification adds +1 to a mechs’s Shield Strength. It may be purchased up to three times (x3). Base Cost: 30 credits.

 

ADVANCED TARGETING SYSTEM: This modification adds +1 mechs’ Targeting. It may be purchased up to three times (x3). Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

AUTOMATED WEAPONS: This modification allows one weapon to be mounted on the shoulder of the mech and operate without a gunner or pilot operating it. The automated weapon has a Base Hit Bonus of +0. This modification may be purchased once (x1) for a shoulder mounted weapon. Base Cost: 30 credits.

 

CLOAKING DEVICE: This modification allows a mech to cloak (see page 49). If the mech fires a weapon or activates its shields while cloaked it immediately becomes visible. This modification may be purchased only once for a mech (x1). Base Cost: 100 credits.

 

DAMAGE CONTROL UNIT: The mech has a group of small robots that can be deployed to fix damage to its structure.  These robots heal 1d6 HP per round for 6 rounds.  Once used the robots will retreat back into the mech and shut down to recharge for 8 hours.  Once this time has elapsed they can be summoned for more repairs.  Base Cost: 100

 

FLAME THROWER: This weapon releases a gout of flame in a 120 foot cone.  Any creature in the area takes 4d6 damage.  Organic creatures are immediately set ablaze taking an additional 1d6 damage per round until the fire is extinguished.  Base Cost: 30 credits.

 

GIANT BLADE: This large melee weapon is housed in the arm of the mech and is spring loaded to emerge in an instant.  It can be contracted back into the arm by the pilot.  The giant blade does 2d6 damage.  Base Cost: 10 credits.

 

GIANT MONO-BLADE: This functions exactly as a Giant Blade except the blade does 3d6 damage.  Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

HEAVY LASER: This weapons fires a massive beam of energy that deals 6d6 damage.  Base Cost: 30 credits.

 

HEAVY MACHINE GUN A heavy machine gun functions like a light machine gun, except that this weapon does 4d6 damage.  Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

HIGH-YIELD THRUSTERS: This modification allows a mech to travel faster. It adds +10 to a mech’s Movement. It may be purchased up to three times (x3). Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

ION CHARGE: This modification adds to a mech a single weapon with ion energy, causing less damage but causing the target’s engines to seize up. A mech’s weapon with the modification inflicts only 2d6 damage, but each time an enemy mech or starship is successfully hit with an ion charge it suffers -1 to Movement for the next round. It may be purchased once for each weapon on a mech (x1). Base Cost: 30 credits.

 

JET PACK: A mech with a jet pack can fly through the air at a movement of 50.  A jet pack can be used for 25 rounds before it needs to be refueled.  Base Cost: 100 credits.

 

LASER CANNON: This weapon fires a strong beam of energy that deals 4d6 damage.  Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

LIGHT LASER: This weapon fires a thin laser beam that deals 2d6 damage.  Base Cost: 15 credits.

 

LIGHT MACHINE GUN: Light machine guns are able to be mounted on a shoulder of a mech or take the place of the “hand” of the mech.  Light machine guns do 2d6 damage and fire ballistic projectiles.  Base Cost: 15 credits.

 

MISSILE COUNTERMEASURE: Some mechs have a defensive system mounted to their back.  If they are the target of a successful missile attack, they can launch the defensive counter measure, which tricks the rockets into going after the decoy.  Mechanically this means that the mech negates one successful proton missile attack.  This can be used once every turn.  Base Cost: 20 credits.

 

RAIL CANNON: This massive weapon can only be mounted on an assault quadruped mech such as The Lancer or The Destroyer.  The ammunition from a rail gun ignores armor class, effectively reducing a target’s AC to 9 [10].  The rail cannon does 8d6 damage, but overheats after one shot and cannot be used again for 3 turns. Base Cost: 40 credits.

 

PROTON MISSILES: This modification adds to a mech weapon on a starship with physical projectiles capable of massive explosions. Once installed, proton missiles inflict 8d6 points of damage. However, it does no damage against a mech or ship which has a Shield Strength of 1 or higher. This modification may be purchased once (x1) per each weapon on a mech.  Base Cost: 10 credits.

 

REINFORCED HULL: This modification adds reinforced plating to a mech’s hull, increasing its protection. It adds -1 [+1] to a mech’s Armor Class. It may be purchased up to three times (x3). Base Cost: 2 credits.

 

SHIELD CAPACITOR: This modification reduces the rate at which a mech’s Shield Strength regenerates by one (1) round. It may be purchased up to three times (x3). Base Cost: 3 credits.

 

SHRAPNEL CLOUD UNIT: This fires an orb into the sky that explodes above the mech and showers a 50 foot area in large, jagged pieces of metal.  All vehicles and mechs in the area roll a 1d6, on a 1-3 they are hit by the shrapnel and suffer 3d6 damage.  Vehicles with rubber tires that are hit also have their tires destroyed and are difficult, if not impossible, to navigate.  Ground units must succeed a saving throw or take 5d6 damage from the cloud of death.  Base Cost: 30 credits.  Once this has been discharged another shrapnel orb must be purchased for base cost of 5 credits.

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