Vehicles

Crew: The standard crew. In most cases, only one crewperson is needed to drive the vehicle; others serve as gunners or co-pilots.

Passengers: The number of passengers the vehicle is designed to carry. This is in addition to the crew. Vehicles that carry passengers can use passenger space to carry additional cargo when passengers aren’t present. Each unused passenger slot allows the vehicle to carry an additional 250 pounds of cargo. Cargo Capacity: The amount of cargo the vehicle is designed to carry. Many vehicles can, in a pinch, carry extra passengers instead of cargo, but doing so is usually a cramped, uncomfortable, and often unsafe experience for those passengers. As a rule of thumb, one additional passenger can be carried for each 250 pounds of unused cargo capacity.

Initiative: The modifier added to initiative rolls when driving the vehicle.

Maneuver: The modifier added to any Drive or Pilot checks attempted with the vehicle.

Max Speed: The maximum number of squares the vehicle can cover in a single round at character scale (with the number of squares at chase scale in parentheses).

This is the fastest the vehicle can move.

Defense: The vehicle’s Defense.

Hardness: The vehicle’s hardness. Subtract this number from any weapon damage dealt to the vehicle.

Hit Points: The vehicle’s maximum hit points.

Size: The vehicle’s size category.

Purchase DC: The purchase DC to buy the vehicle.

Restriction: The restriction rating for the vehicle.

Table: Vehicles
NameCrewPassCargo (lb.)InitManeuverMax SpeedArmor ClassHardnessHit PointsSizePurchase DCRestriction
General Purpose Aircraft
Ultralight1150–4–428 (2)9310L21Lic (+1)
Maulle M-7-260C (seaplane)23900–4–4175 (17)6555G37Lic (+1)
General Purpose Bicycles
Diamondback X-20 (mountain)100–1+440 (4)1156S14
LeMond Victoire (racing bike)100–1+450 (5)1155S21
Mongoose Fuzz Pro (BMX bike)100–1+430 (3)1155S13
Civilian Cars
1967 Chevrolet Camaro (sports coupe)14250–2–1200 (20)8536H28Lic (+1)
Police cruiser14425–20190 (19)8534H30Res (+2)
Dodge Intrepid police interceptor (sports coupe)11200–2+1200 (20)9534L31Res (+2)
General Purpose Motorcycles
Police motorcycle (street bike)1010+1+1290 (29)9522L27Res (+2)
Vespa ET4 (scooter)110–2+322 (2)10510M18Lic (+1)
Harley Davidson V-Rod (street bike)110+1+1300 (30)9522L27Lic (+1)
General Purpose Trucks
Jeep Wrangler (SUV)13800–2–2140 (14)8532H28Lic (+1)
Ford Econoline 150 (van)184800–2–2195 (19)8534H29Lic (+1)
Peterbilt Model 379 (tractor trailer)1180,000*–4–4130 (13)6585G33Lic (+1)
General Purpose Water Vehicles
Tug boat554000 tons–4–430 (3)65150G38Lic (+1)
Fishing trawler92100 tons–4–430 (3)65175G43Lic (+1)
Avanti 39 (cigarette boat)18300+1–2100 (10)8550H35Lic (+1)
Other General Purpose Vehicles
Emergency aid vehicle221000–2–2160 (16)8534H30Res (+2)
Fire truck422500–4–4105 (10)6580G35Res (+2)
Police peacekeeper310250–2–295 (10)81048H40Res (+2)
Tow truck1150,000*–2–4130 (13)6539G31Lic (+1)
*Towing and/or hauling capacity

General Purpose Aircraft

There are many models of civilian aircraft—from single-engine propeller planes to jumbo jets. All use the Pilot skill to operate.

Maulle M-7-260C Seaplane

The Maulle M-7-260C seaplane has a fast cruise speed and low stall speed, making it ideal for water landings. With twin pontoons instead of wheels, landing a seaplane on anything but water would be disastrous. A seaplane is six squares wide and six squares long.

Ultralight

Ultralights are essentially powered hang gliders. An ultralight only requires 100 feet or so to land and take off, depending on wind conditions. It is small enough to fit in the back of a pickup truck when disassembled. It takes 15 minutes to disassemble an ultralight and 30 minutes to assemble it. An ultralight is two squares wide and two squares long. The vehicle is very fragile and provides no cover to its pilot.

General Purpose Bicycles

Bicycles are common in urban settings and have the main advantage of being able to skirt past traffic jams. See additional rules on operating a bicycle below.

Diamondback X-20 Mountain Bike

The Diamondback X-20 is a rugged mountain bike that works equally well on smooth streets or rough terrain. The rider suffers no additional penalties for taking the bike offroad. A mountain bike is one square wide and one square long.

LeMond Victoire Racing Bike

The LeMond Victoire is a top of the line, aerodynamic 10-speed bicycle designed for riding on streets and highways. A rider suffers a –4 penalty on Balance checks if they take the bike offroad. A racing bike is one square wide and one square long.

Mongoose Pro Fuzz BMX Bike

A typical BMX bike used for offroad trails and stunt riding. The rider suffers no additional penalties for going offroad with this bicycle. A BMX bike is one square wide and one square long.

Police Bicycle

A police bicycle is a mountain bike (usually black and emblazoned with “POLICE” on the side) that includes large saddlebags that hold a small amount of equipment: 6 zip-ties, 3 road flares, a multipurpose tool, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight. A police bicycle is one square wide and one square long.

Operating a Bicycle

Operating a bicycle uses the same rules as any other vehicle, but with a few special rules:

General Purpose Cars

Most new general purpose cars include such standard features as air conditioning, air bags, antilock brakes, cruise control, keyless entry, and AM/FM radio with CD player. Luxury vehicles also include extras like heated side mirrors, power seats, leather upholstery, and sunroofs. In general, these luxury amenities can be added to a non-luxury car with a +1 increase in the vehicle’s purchase DC.

Unless otherwise noted, civilian cars provide three-quarters cover for their occupants (although passengers who lean out of windows or sunroofs, perhaps to fire weapons, may be reduced to one-half or even one-quarter cover).

1967 Chevrolet Camaro

A good example of a “muscle car,” a 1967 Chevy Camaro has a 350 cubic inch V8 engine that produces 295 horsepower. This does not include additional upgrades such as turbocharging and racing tires. A Camaro is two squares wide and four squares long.

Police Cruiser

This version is based on the Ford Crown Victoria, with a strengthened chassis and improved engine. It is the typical police vehicle found in cities and other urban areas. The police cruiser is two squares wide and four squares long.

Dodge Intrepid Police Interceptor

With faster sports cars on the streets, the police occasionally need faster cars to catch them. Only the largest and best-funded police departments can afford this vehicle. It contains the same equipment as a regular police cruiser. Police interceptors are two squares wide and four squares long.

General Purpose Trucks

Trucks include pickups, sport-utility vehicles, vans and minivans. They generally have the same range of features as civilian cars. Like cars, trucks generally provide three-quarters cover to their occupants. The rear beds of pickup trucks, however, provide only one-half cover.

Ford Econoline 150

A typical full-sized van used for hauling cargo or passengers, the Ford Econoline 150 comes with two conventional doors up front, sliding doors on the side, and a rear hatch-style door. It is two squares wide and four squares long.

Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is a small truck designed for serious off-roading. It sports oversized tires, a roll bar, and heavy-duty shock absorbers. It’s not fast, but can get through difficult terrain much better than a normal car. A Wrangler is two squares wide and three squares long.

Peterbilt 379

The cab of this 18-wheeler has the classic long nose of most big rigs. It is spacious, powerful, and comfortable. This model includes a sleeper space immediately behind the cab, giving the driver a home away from home. The Peterbilt 379 also carries a basic mechanical tool kit, a CB radio (essentially a professional walkie-talkie with twice the usual range), and a GPS receiver. The vehicle is two squares wide and fourteen squares long, including a full-sized trailer. The cab alone is five squares long. The cab provides three-quarters cover to its occupants, and being in the trailer provides full cover.

Tow Truck

A tow truck is a large diesel-powered vehicle with a professional grade tow bar/winch used for hauling inoperative cars. It takes 2d10 minutes to hook up a car with the tow bar—a successful Repair check (DC 10) can halve the time. Most tow trucks also carry a basic mechanical tool kit, CB radio, and one-gallon gas can. A tow truck is two squares wide and four squares long.

General Purpose Motorcycles

Unlike getting into a car, mounting a motorcycle is a free action. Motorcycles tend to perform better than automobiles, but they provide no cover to their occupants.

V-Rod

The V-Rod combines the aesthetics of a traditional Harley with the engine of a racing bike. Using a liquid-cooled engine that kicks out 115 horsepower, this monster combines the “biker” mystique with the speed of a racing bike. The V-Rod is one square wide by two squares long.

Police Motorcycle

Most police departments use Harley-Davidson motorcycles, specially altered to suit the department’s needs and painted to look obvious. It has a professional CB radio, siren, bubble lights, and a powerful 1450 cc engine. It has two large saddlebags that contain the following items: 6 zip-ties, 3 road flares, a multipurpose tool, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight. A police motorcycle is one square wide by two squares long.

Vespa ET4

A compromise between a bicycle and a motorcycle, scooters are useful for getting through clogged city streets. Because they only have small, single-cylinder engines, scooters are not allowed on highways. A scooter is one square wide and one square long.

General Purpose Water Vehicles

Piloting a water vehicle is covered by the Drive skill. Because of their size, most large boats are more likely to be used as places to stage an adventure rather than as a vehicle to get around.

Avanti 39 Cigarette Boat

Long and sleek, this expensive and high-powered boat is designed to move fast and look good. It is commonly used for smuggling cargo between ports that are not likely to stop something that obviously belongs to an “upstanding citizen.” A cigarette boat is two squares wide and eight squares long.

Fishing Trawler

Fishing trawlers are found around commercial fishing ports. They are huge boats with most of their space dedicated to equipment that harvests and stores fish. They are slow, but handle well in rough water (+2 bonus on Drive checks in rough seas). A fishing boat is four squares wide and sixteen squares long.

Tug Boat

Common around ports, tug boats help guide larger vessels to and from the docks. They are slow but incredibly powerful, being able to nudge huge ships with their oversized and overtorqued engines. A tug boat is four squares wide and eighteen squares long.

Other Vehicles

A few types of vehicles don’t fit neatly into the categories covered above. Many of these (like the emergency aid vehicle and urban assault vehicle) are usually custom built, so the model name isn’t specified as it is with most other vehicles. The description and statistics reflect a typical design.

Emergency Aid Vehicle

When someone needs medical attention, this is what shows up. It contains a large amount of medical and emergency rescue supplies. An emergency aid vehicle is two squares wide and four squares long.

Fire Truck

There are technically two types of fire trucks—pumpers, which have large water tanks, and ladder trucks, which mount enormous ladders for getting firefighters up high. A fire truck is two squares wide and six squares long.

Police Peacekeeper

When mobs are rioting in the streets, some police departments roll out these armored personnel carriers to help quell violence. In addition to their size and intimidating appearance, police APCs mount a water cannon, loudspeaker, and grenade launcher that fires tear gas rounds. The police peacekeeper is crewed by a driver, a “gunner” (for the water cannon), and a commander. It has three top hatches, one above each crew position, and a large door in back for police to load or disembark. It takes one full-round action to enter an APC through a top hatch, and another full-round action to start it moving. Police armored personnel carriers are two squares wide and four squares long.

What a Police Officer Carries

Police and other law-enforcement officers carry a large amount of equipment with them at all times. Here is a sample list of the typical equipment carried by a uniformed police officer, excluding items that are normally carried inside the police cruiser or during special situations, such as a raid or SWAT action.

What is Inside a Police Cruiser

Police vehicles vary in terms of what equipment they carry, depending on whether they belong to state, county, or city precincts. Despite this, there is enough similarity to assume that the following equipment could be found in any police cruiser.

The following items are located in the front passenger compartment of the vehicle:

The following equipment is typically located in the trunk of the vehicle (Disable Device check DC 15 to open the lock):

What is in an Emergency Aid Vehicle

Obviously, aid vehicles are loaded with a huge variety of medical equipment. Instead of listing every single item, assume that the following “kits” can be assembled from the gear carried inside.

In addition, aid vehicles contain a large number of non-medical equipment, allowing them to provide assistance under almost any circumstance.

What is Inside a Fire Truck

Fire trucks are enormous vehicles that carry a tremendous amount of firefighting, medical, and search and rescue equipment. Obviously, most of the space is dedicated to the operation of the fire hoses. The following items can be found in the front cab of a fire truck:

The following items are located in various storage panels on the sides and rear of the fire truck. Some of these items have been condensed into kits:

The following equipment is located in the hose bed and open top compartment of a fire truck:

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