Giant Beavers

Beaver, Giant (Castor Giganteus)

Encountered: 1d6Giant Beaver
Movement: 90’ (30’) (Swimming) 150′ (50′)
Intelligence: Animal
Psionic Potential: 1d4, inactive
Hits: 2d8
Armor: -2
To-Hit: 13
Save: G4
Attacks: 2
Damage: 1d8 (bite)/1d4 (Tail Slap)
Morale: 7
XP: 35

This mutant beaver is 10′ long, with brown fur, and huge extended incisor teeth. Unlike their smaller relations, giant beavers are omnivorous, and will attack animals and people.

They make their home on rivers where they build massive wooden dams to create small lakes. They use the freshwater lakes as hunting grounds, where they attack anything coming near the water. If a beaver spots a victim, it will slap its tail against the water to alert its fellow beavers, and attack.

Giant beavers lumber awkwardly on land, but can glide easily through the water, propelled by their powerful tails. They can stay underwater for over 20 minutes.

Their primary form of attack is their powerful bite. If a victim is bitten, it will need to make a muscle check to free itself. If in the water, the beaver will attempt to submerge with his prey, to try to drown it. A muscle check will need to be made to avoid being submerged.

While submerged, the victim must make a resist trauma roll each round, or take 1d6 pts of damage.

The beaver can also use its powerful tail to hit a victim. In addition to 1d4 damage, the victim must save vs. Stun to avoid being incapacitated for 1d3 rounds.

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PAX

What is PAX?PaxLogo
PAX is a international organization of scientists and government officials who had believed that human civilization wouldn’t survive the Twentieth Century. They weren’t certain what the nature of the apocalypse would be, or even when it would happen, but they were determined to help humanity survive.
Their plan was to build a series of underground bases, stocked with the tools, equipment, and knowledge to rebuild the world. In each base, several teams of trained volunteers would be cryogenically preserved. When the base computer determined the conditions were right, a team would be awakened. Each base was given a greek letter designation (Gamma, Epsilon, Omicron, etc.). The players in this campaign would be assigned to PAX Gamma.
For reasons of security, each team would not be told where the bases were, or which one they would be placed in.
Pax Base
A PAX base consists of several spherical modules, each designed to resist terrible geological stresses. They each have their own individual atomic power sources, designed to last for millennia. They are connected by flexible corridors, designed to be self sealing if severed.
There are several modules, each with it’s own function:
Cryogenics: This is where the characters will wake up. There are up to thirty cryotubes here (it varies by base). They can wake up any of the others at any time.
Supply: Most of the food supplies & water processing equipment is here. There are also seeds and fertilizer for agriculture if needed.
Medical: With the advanced medicine here, an injured person can gain up 4 hp per day.
Science Labs: With the advanced computer tape libraries here, add -1 to any science rolls.
Vehicles & Heavy Engineering: This is the largest module. It contains several kinds of vehicle – sea, air, and land. They are all atomic powered.
Every base, once activated, sends out a automated radio signal. It can be detected several miles away.
PAX Alpha
The headquarters for the PAX Project. This base would be several times larger than the other bases, containing hundreds of people, and all the supplies, equipment, and information needed to restart a technological civilization.
PAX Mission Objectives:
  • Explore the future Earth, and record all ecological, cultural, and physical changes.
  • Determine the nature of the catastrophe that ended civilization.
  • Assist any survivors in rebuilding civilization.
  • Contact PAX Alpha, or any surviving PAX bases.

Revised Version of New Character Classes

I’ve collected a list of alternate human classes for Apes Victorious into a Apes Victorious New Classes PDFlogan11

This is a cleaned up and revised version of a file I’ve done previously.

I’ll be using the classes developed by David Baymiller at the blog The OSR Library. They include Soldier, Scout, and Scientist. I’ve modified the Soldier class slightly – the ability to identify Underdweller tech only applies to weapons in my version.

New Human Classes

I’m also included another, more powerful version of the scientist class from K-Slacker at Mutants & Magic

Apes Victorious; Scientist Class

I renamed K-Slacker’s version of the scientist class to Super-Scientist to distinguish the two.

I’ve also added a class of my own – the Engineer

 

 

First Session – Character Creation

Our first game session will be Wednesday, Feb 21st. In our session Zero last week, we created some characters. For those who couldn’t make it, here are the character creation rules, so you can create your characters now if you wish.

In this campaign we’ll be starting with human-only characters.

Stats

For generating your stats, you will be rolling 3D6. You ran roll your six numbers first, and them assign them to any stats you wish.

Classes

The Apes Victorious book only has one human class – Astronaut. You can choose this one if you like.

For the purposes of this game, we’ll be also be using some optional classes not in the book (note we will allow scientist characters, but not super-scientists).

Optional Human Classes

Engineer Class

For those who haven’t created a character yet, we already have an Engineer and a Soldier. You can create a character ahead of time,  if you like.

Also, I’ll be at the location early on Wednesday (around 5:30) if you want to create a character before hand.

 

 

Engineer Class

Engineer

Requirements: INT 9Far_Out_Space_Nuts_Bob_Denver_Chuck_McCann_1975
Ability Adjustments: None
Prime Requisite: INT
Hit Dice: 1d6
Maximum Level: None
Attack As: Astronaut
Save As: Astronaut
Engineers may use any weapons and armor.

Repairing Technology
Engineers can repair broken technological devices.
For broken technology from their own time, Engineers have a base chance of 30% to repair it, +5% per level, up to 95%

For any Underdweller or other advanced technology, engineers have a base chance of 10% to repair, +5% per level, up to 95%

For primitive technology, like the apes use, engineers have a base chance of 60% to repair any technology , +5% per level, up to 95%

Modifiers to Repair Roll
Without a tool kit                  -10%
Heavily Damaged                  -20%
Missing Parts                          -25%
Created by Engineer             +15%

Understanding Advanced Technology
To simply understand and use Underdweller technology. Their base chance is 55%, +5% per level.

Building New Technology
Starting at level 3, Engineers can, given appropriate resources, build devices or machines on their own. They’ll need adequate tools and materials. The chance of creating a machine successfully is 25%, +5% per level

Modifiers to Building Roll
Blueprints available                   +10%
Manufacturing Facility              +15%
Jury-Rigged                                    -10%
Higher Tech Level                       -20%

Wilderness Travel Rules

This campaign will be a hex-crawl. The players will be traveling across a hex-map, mapping as they go, and encountering various dangers during the journey.

These are the rules we’ll be using for wilderness travel. They’re modified versions of the Apes Victorious rules and some stuff from Labyrinth Lord, and the Black Hack.

Movement
Humans will normally be able to travel 24 miles a day on foot. They’ll need to rest for 1 out of six days when traveling in the wild.
Movement Type
Distance
6-mile Hexes
On Foot
24
4
On Horseback
48
8
 Travel Modifiers:
Rough, hilly, woods                                        -1/3
Swamp, thick woods/jungle, mountains     -½
Roads, clear terrain                                        +½
Forced March*                                                 +½
*Characters must rest for one day after every day of a forced march.
Resources
The party has a resource die for food when traveling. It starts off as a D8. Every time they fail a foraging roll (or fail to forage) they will need to roll the food resource die. If it is a one or two, the die drops one type (d8>d6>d4). After rolling a 1-2 on a D4 the players are out of food.
Hunger
After two days without food, each player will lose 1 Strength point each day until it reaches 3. At 3, the player dies.
Desert Rules
In wastelands and deep deserts, the players will also need to keep track of water. They will start off with a  d8 resource die for water. They have to roll each day to check how the water supply is holding up. When the die is depleted after D4, they will be out of water. The only way to get water is to find an oasis or other water source. Foraging will not help.
Thirst
After two days without water, each player will lose 2 Strength points each day until it reaches 3. At 3, the player dies.
Restocking Food
If the players return to the PAX base, or anywhere else that will allow them to stock up on food, they can restock to full D8 level in food and water. To start off, they can refresh up to 10 times until the PAX base is out of food. If the players find a new source of food they can increase this level. If they can find 10 multiple regular sources of food, the base can be self-sufficient, providing infinite refresh. The PAX base already has a permanent water source.
Foraging
We’ll be using the standard foraging rules in the Apes Victorious rule book (page 48)
Radiation
Passing through hexes that are radiation can cause damage, based on the level of radiation and time of exposure.
Radiation Level
Wilderness
Indoors/
Underground
Damage
Low
1 per week
1 per day
1-3 d6
Moderate
1 per day
1 per turn
4-6 d6
High
1 per turn
1 per round
7+ d6

 

Optional Human Classes

In the original Apes Victorious books, you can only choose astronauts, if you want to play as human. In this campaign, we’ll be using other human classes.

I’ll be using the classes developed by David Baymiller at the blog The OSR Library. They include Soldier, Scout, and Scientist.

New Human Classes

I’m also considering using another version of the scientist class from K-Slacker at Mutants & Magic

Apes Victorious; Scientist Class

I’ve put all of these into a PDF file in the same format as the original rule book: New Apes Victorious Classes – PDF

I renamed K-Slacker’s version of the scientist class to Super-Scientist to distinguish the two.