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EQUIPMENT (VEHICLES)

Vehicles

Vehicles are described by a number of statistics, as shown on Table: Vehicles.

Crew: The standard number of crew. In most cases, only one person is needed to drive the vehicle; other crew members serve as gunners or copilots.

Passengers: The number of passengers (in addition to the crew) the vehicle is designed to carry. Vehicles that carry passengers can use that space to carry additional cargo when passengers aren’t present. Each unused passenger slot allows the vehicle to carry an additional 100 pounds of cargo.

Cargo Capacity: The amount of cargo the vehicle is designed to carry. Many vehicles can 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 the driver’s or pilot’s initiative check when operating the vehicle.

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

Top Speed: The maximum number of squares the vehicle can cover in 1 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 damage dealt to the vehicle.

Hit Points: The vehicle’s full normal hit points.

Size: Vehicle size categories are defined differently from the size categories for weapons and other objects.

Purchase DC: This is the purchase DC for a Wealth check to acquire the vehicle. This number reflects the base price and doesn’t include any modifier for purchasing the vehicle on the black market.

Restriction: The restriction rating for the vehicle, if any, and the appropriate black market purchase DC modifier. Remember to apply this modifier to the purchase DC when making a Wealth check to acquire the vehicle on the black market.

Table: Vehicles
Name Crew Pass Cargo Init Maneuver Top Speed Defense Hardness Hit Points Size Purchase DC Restriction
Civilian Aircraft











Bell Jet Ranger (helicopter) 1 4 250 lb. –4 –4 245 (25) 6 5 28 G 39 Lic (+1)
Bell Model 212 (helicopter) 2 13 5,000 lb. –4 –4 200(20) 6 5 36 G 45 Res (+2)
Cessna 172 Skyhawk (prop plane) 1 3 120 lb. –4 –4 210 (21) 6 5 30 G 36 Lic (+1)
Learjet Model 45 (corporate jet) 2 10 500 lb. –4 –4 1,100 (110) 6 5 44 G 40 Lic (+1)
Maulle M-7-260C (seaplane) 2 3 900 –4 –4 175 (17) 6 5 55 G 37 Lic (+1)
Ultralight 1 1 50 –4 –4 28 (2) 9 3 10 L 21 Lic (+1)
General Purpose Bicycles
Diamondback X-20 (mountain) 1 0 0 –1 +4 40 (4) 11 5 6 S 14
LeMond Victoire (racing bike) 1 0 0 –1 +4 50 (5) 11 5 5 S 21
Mongoose Fuzz Pro (BMX bike) 1 0 0 –1 +4 30 (3) 11 5 5 S 13
Civilian Cars











1967 Chevrolet Camaro (sports coupe) 1 4 250 –2 –1 200 (20) 8 5 36 H 28 Lic (+1)
Acura 3.2 TL (mid-size sedan) 1 4 300 lb. –2 –1 265 (26) 8 5 34 H 29 Lic (+1)
Aston-Martin Vanquish (sports coupe) 1 1 175 lb. –2 +0 335 (33) 8 5 34 H 36 Lic (+1)
BMW M3 (sports coupe) 1 4 200 lb. –2 +1 275 (27) 8 5 32 H 30 Lic (+1)
Chevrolet Cavalier (economy coupe) 1 4 275 lb. –1 –1 185 (18) 9 5 30 L 26 Lic (+1)
Chevrolet Corvette (sports coupe) 1 1 250 lb. –2 +0 310 (31) 8 5 32 H 30 Lic (+1)
Dodge Intrepid police interceptor (sports coupe) 1 1 200 –2 +1 200 (20) 9 5 34 L 31 Res (+2)
Dodge Neon (economy sedan) 1 4 275 lb. –1 –1 220 (22) 9 5 30 L 26 Lic (+1)
Ford Crown Victoria (mid-size sedan) 1 5 425 lb. –2 –1 185 (18) 8 5 34 H 28 Lic (+1)
Jaguar XJS (luxury sedan) 1 4 275 lb. –2 –1 230 (23) 8 5 34 H 32 Lic (+1)
Lamborghini Diablo (sports coupe) 1 1 100 lb. –2 +1 360 (36) 8 5 34 H 37 Lic (+1)
Mercedes E55 AMG (luxury sedan) 1 4 325 lb. –2 +0 280 (28) 8 5 34 H 32 Lic (+1)
Police cruiser 1 4 425 –2 0 190 (19) 8 5 34 H 30 Res (+2)
Volkswagen Jetta (mid-size wagon) 1 4 275 lb. –2 +0 230 (23) 8 5 32 H 28 Lic (+1)
Civilian Motorcycles











Ducati 998R (racing bike) 1 0 0 lb. +0 +3 370 (37) 10 5 18 M 27 Lic (+1)
Harley Davidson FLSTF (street bike) 1 1 0 lb. –1 +1 275 (27) 9 5 22 L 26 Lic (+1)
Harley Davidson V-Rod (street bike) 1 1 0 +1 +1 300 (30) 9 5 22 L 27 Lic (+1)
Police motorcycle (street bike) 1 0 10 +1 +1 290 (29) 9 5 22 L 27 Res (+2)
Vespa ET4 (scooter) 1 1 0 –2 +3 22 (2) 10 5 10 M 18 Lic (+1)
Yamaha YZ250F (dirt bike) 1 1 0 lb. +0 +2 165 (16) 10 5 18 M 23 Lic (+1)
Civilian Trucks











AM General Hummer (SUV) 1 3 1,000 lb. –2 –2 140 (14) 8 5 38 H 34 Lic (+1)
Chevrolet Suburban (SUV) 1 8 500 lb. –2 –2 175 (17) 8 5 38 H 30 Lic (+1)
Dodge Caravan (minivan) 1 4 325 lb. –2 –2 195 (19) 8 5 34 H 28 Lic (+1)
Ford Econoline 150 (van) 1 8 4800 –2 –2 195 (19) 8 5 34 H 29 Lic (+1)
Ford Escape XLT (SUV) 1 4 300 lb. –2 –2 200 (20) 8 5 32 H 29 Lic (+1)
Ford F-150 XL (pickup) 1 2 1,700 lb. –2 –2 175 (17) 8 5 36 H 28 Lic (+1)
Jeep Wrangler (SUV) 1 3 800 –2 –2 140 (14) 8 5 32 H 28 Lic (+1)
Peterbilt Model 379 (tractor trailer) 1 1 80,000* –4 –4 130 (13) 6 5 85 G 33 Lic (+1)
Toyota Tacoma Xtracab (pickup) 1 3 1,600 lb. –2 –2 185 (18) 8 5 34 H 27 Lic (+1)
Civilian Water Vehicles











Avanti 39 (cigarette boat) 1 8 300 +1 –2 100 (10) 8 5 50 H 35 Lic (+1)
Bayliner 1802 Capri (runabout) 1 5 2,100 lb. –2 –2 55 (5) 8 5 28 H 28 Lic (+1)
Fairline Targa 30 (cabin cruiser) 1 3 2,100 lb. –4 –4 80 (8) 6 5 40 G 32 Lic (+1)
Fishing trawler 9 2 100 tons –4 –4 30 (3) 6 5 175 G 43 Lic (+1)
Sea-Doo XP (personal watercraft) 1 1 60 lb. –1 +1 105 (10) 9 5 22 L 24 Lic (+1)
Tug boat 5 5 4000 tons –4 –4 30 (3) 6 5 150 G 38 Lic (+1)
Other Civilian Vehicles











Armored truck 2 0 3,600 lb. –2 –2 175 (17) 8 10 36 H 34 Res (+2)
Emergency aid vehicle 2 2 1000 –2 –2 160 (16) 8 5 34 H 30 Res (+2)
Fire truck 4 2 2500 –4 –4 105 (10) 6 5 80 G 35 Res (+2)
Honda TRX400FW (4-wheel ATV) 1 0 675 lb. –1 +1 95 (9) 9 5 22 L 23 Lic (+1)
Limousine 1 7 425 lb. –4 –4 195 (19) 6 5 38 G 36 Lic (+1)
Moving truck 1 2 33,000 lb. –4 –4 165 (16) 6 5 44 G 34 Lic (+1)
NABI Model 40LFW (city bus) 1 39 0 lb. –4 –4 120 (12) 6 5 48 G 38 Lic (+1)
Police peacekeeper 3 10 250 –2 –2 95 (10) 8 10 48 H 40 Res (+2)
Tow truck 1 1 50,000* –2 –4 130 (13) 6 5 39 G 31 Lic (+1)
Military Vehicles











BMP-2 (tracked APC) 3 7 250 lb. –2 –2 70 (7) 8 10 52 H 40 Mil (+3)
M1A2 Abrams (tracked tank) 4 0 425 lb. –4 –4 80 (8) 6 20 64 G 47 Mil (+3)
M2A2 Bradley (tracked APC) 3 7 425 lb. –4 –4 70 (7) 6 15 58 G 45 Mil (+3)
M113A1 Gavin (tracked APC) 2 11 200 lb. –2 –2 62 (6) 8 10 48 H 39 Mil (+3)
UH-60 Black Hawk (helicopter) 2 14 9,000 lb. –4 –4 325 (32) 6 5 46 G 47 Mil (+3)
*Towing and/or hauling capacity

Civilian Aircraft

All aircraft, from one-seaters to jumbo jets, are controlled by the use of the Pilot skill. A few examples are provided here from the variety of airgoing vehicles that might be available to characters.

Bell Jet Ranger

This is perhaps the most common civilian helicopter worldwide; it has also been adopted by many military forces as a light utility helicopter. The Jet Ranger is two squares wide and seven squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers.

Bell Model 212

This is the twin-engine, civilian version of the ubiquitous Huey helicopter. As a civilian aircraft, it is a sturdy, reliable helicopter used for passenger and cargo work all over the world. Military versions are still in use in many countries. The Bell 212 is three squares wide and seven squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers (one-quarter cover for passengers if the cargo doors are open).

Cessna 172 Skyhawk

This common single-engine propeller plane is relatively inexpensive. A Cessna 172 is seven squares wide (including wings; fuselage is one square wide) and six squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers.

Learjet Model 45

This is a sleek business jet introduced in the late 90s. Two turbofans, set on the fuselage above and behind the wings, provide the power. The interior includes luxury accommodations and a lavatory. A Learjet is ten squares wide (including wings; fuselage is two squares wide) and twelve squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and nine-tenths cover for passengers.

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:

  • Operating a bicycle uses the Balance skill instead of Drive, but is otherwise treated the same when using the Vehicle rules.
  • A bicycle can only reach a maximum of street speed and doing so requires a full-round action, unless going down a significant downward slope (GM’s discretion).

The rider must use a full-round action to climb up a significant slope and can only move a maximum of alley speed on such an action. * After every hour of strenuous riding, the rider must make a Constitution check or become fatigued for 1d10 minutes per hour of riding.

  • It is a free action to get on or off a bicycle.
  • All attacks made from a bicycle suffer a –2 penalty. The rider cannot use any weapons that require both hands.
  • Bicycles are Small vehicles, granting a +1 bonus to Initiative, maneuver modifier, and Defense (the size modifier is already included in the vehicle statistics on Table: Vehicles.)
  • Bicycle tires have 2 hit points each.

Civilian Cars

Most new civilian cars include such standard features as air conditioning, air bags, antilock brakes, cruise control, keyless entry, and an AM/FM radio with CD player. Luxury vehicles often also include extras such as heated side mirrors, power seats, leather upholstery, and sunroofs. In general, these luxury amenities can be added to a nonluxury car with an increase of 1 to 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.

Acura 3.2 TL

The 3.2 TL is a four-door luxury sedan. It is two squares wide and four squares long.

Aston-Martin Vanquish

The Vanquish is a two-door luxury sports car powered by a 5.9-liter, 460-horsepower V12 engine. A six-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard. The Vanquish is two squares wide and four squares long.

BMW M3

The M3 is a two-door luxury sports car equipped with a standard 3.2-liter, 333-horsepower engine. The M3 is two squares wide and three squares long.

Chevrolet Cavalier

A two-door family coupe, the Cavalier is two squares wide and four squares long.

Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette is a two-door sports car equipped with a 5.7-liter, 350-horsepower V8 engine. The Corvette is two squares wide and three 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.

Dodge Neon

The Neon is an inexpensive four-door family sedan. It is two squares wide and three squares long.

Ford Crown Victoria

The Crown Victoria is a large four-door family sedan equipped with a 4.6-liter, 220-horsepower V8 engine. Large and durable, it is a favorite of police forces (police cruisers are commonly Crown Victorias). The Crown Victoria is two squares wide and four squares long.

Jaguar XJ Sedan

The XJ is a four-door luxury sedan. It is two squares wide and four squares long.

Lamborghini Diablo

The Diablo is a top-of-the-line exotic sports car—a two-door coupe equipped with a standard 6.0-liter, 550-horsepower V12 engine. The Diablo is two squares wide and three squares long.

Mercedes E55 AMG

The E-Class is a four-door luxury sedan equipped with a powerful 5.5-liter, 349-horsepower V8 engine. It 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.

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.

  • Glock 17 (plus 2 extra clips of ammunition)
  • Undercover vest
  • Flashlight (can be used as a club)
  • Handcuffs, steel
  • Zip-ties (6)
  • Walkie-talkie (professional)
  • Cell phone
  • Pepper spray canister
  • Metal baton and/or tonfa
  • Multitool
  • Latex gloves (12)
  • Citation book

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:

  • Mossberg shotgun (including box of ammunition with 12 rounds; Disable Device check DC 20 to open the lock)
  • Patrol box
  • CB radio (professional)
  • Maps (road atlas)
  • GPS receiver
  • Searchlight (as battery flood flashlight but double the range; mounted to vehicle)
  • Pepper spray canister
  • Baton (use club) or tonfa
  • Flashlight (standard and 12 chemical light sticks)
  • Taser (50% chance)

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

  • First-aid kit
  • Basic evidence kit
  • Basic toolkit (including duct tape, boltcutters, and multipurpose tool)
  • Handcuffs and plastic zip ties
  • Blankets
  • Food (the equivalent of 2 days trail rations)
  • 12 road flares
  • Traffic cones
  • Gas siphon
  • Crime scene tape
  • Portable fire extinguisher
  • Trauma kit (50% chance)
  • 4 tear gas canisters (50% chance)
  • Spike strip (50% chance)

Volkswagen Jetta

The Jetta is a four-door station wagon. It is two squares wide and three squares long.

Civilian 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.

Ducati 998R

This is a top-of-the-line street bike with a strong heritage of winning races. The 998R is one square wide and two squares long.

Harley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

This huge motorcycle sports a 1,450cc engine. It’s designed to look cool and compete for space on the roads with automobiles. It is one square wide and two squares long.

Harley-Davidson 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.

Yamaha YZ250F

A classic dirt bike, this is very similar to the motorcycle used by United States Army cavalry scouts. The YZ250F is one square wide and two squares long.

Civilian Trucks

Trucks include pickups, sport utility vehicles, vans, and minivans. They generally have the same features as civilian cars.

Like cars, trucks generally provide three-quarters cover to their occupants. The rear bed of a pickup truck, however, provides only one-half cover.

AM General Hummer

The four-door Hummer is a civilian version of the military’s all-terrain “humvee” utility vehicle. It comes equipped with a powerful 6.5-liter, 195-horsepower V8 turbo diesel engine. The hummer is decked out like a luxury vehicle inside, but this vehicle is every bit as rugged as the military version.

The military version can be configured in a variety of ways, including a two-door pickup, a four-door pickup with a short bed, and a completely enclosed, SUVlike body with a hatchback and four doors. It lacks the luxury accessories of the civilian version, but it is equipped with puncture-resistant tires.

A Hummer is two squares wide and four squares long.

Chevrolet Suburban

One of the largest sport utility vans on the market, the Suburban is a four-door truck equipped with a standard 6.0-liter, 320-horsepower V8 engine. It is two squares wide and four squares long.

Dodge Caravan

The Caravan is a minivan 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.

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.

Ford Escape XLT

The Escape is a four-door SUV with a 3.0-liter, 201-horsepower V6 engine. It is two squares wide and three squares long.

Ford F-150 XL

This two-door pickup truck has a 4.2-liter, 202-horsepower V6 engine. The F-150 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.

Toyota Tacoma Xtracab

The Tacoma is a two-door pickup with a back seat in its extended cab. It is two squares wide and four squares long.

Civilian Water Vehicles

Piloting a water vehicle is covered by the Drive skill.

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.

Bayliner 1802 Capri

This is a large runabout—a powerboat with an outboard engine and an open cockpit with a tiny cabin (about the size of the interior of an economy car) forward. It comes with a trailer; loading or unloading it requires a paved boat ramp and 10 minutes of work. The Capri provides one-half cover to occupants in the cockpit or stern, full cover to occupants in the cabin, and no cover to those forward of the cockpit. The Capri is two squares wide and four squares long.

Fairline Targa 30

This cabin cruiser is a motor yacht with two internal diesel engines. It comes equipped with four berths and a fully equipped galley. It provides one-half cover to occupants in the cockpit or stern, full cover to occupants below deck, and no cover to those forward of the cockpit. The Targa is three squares wide and six 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.

Sea-Doo XP

This is a two-seat jet ski that propels itself with a powerful jet of water. The Sea-Doo XP is one square wide and two squares long, and provides no cover for its riders.

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 (such as the armored truck and the limousine) are usually custom built, so the model name isn’t specified as it is with most other vehicles in this section. The description and stats reflect a typical model.

Armored Truck

Used to transport money between businesses and financial institutions, armored trucks are designed to deter would-be thieves. The truck has three doors and firing ports that allow the crew to use their firearms without leaving the vehicle. The armored truck is two squares wide and four squares long. It provides nine-tenths cover for its occupants. It is equipped with puncture-resistant tires.

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.

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.

  • 1 crash cart
  • 4 trauma kits
  • 6 first-aid kits
  • 1 basic evidence kit

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

  • CB radio (as professional walkie-talkie with twice the range)
  • GPS receiver
  • Maps (road atlas)
  • Flashlights (2 standard, 4 penlights, 1 battery flood)
  • Cellular phone
  • Basic mechanical tool kit (including duct tape, boltcutters, multipurpose tool)
  • Rope (50 feet)
  • Blankets
  • Physical restraints (equivalent to handcuffs)
  • Sand bags (for stabilization)
  • Wood blocks (for setting tires)
  • Searchlight (as a battery flood flashlight, but twice the range; mounted on vehicle)
  • Winch and cable
  • Hydraulic compressor (50% chance; mounted on outside of vehicle)
  • Jaws of life (only if there is a hydraulic compressor)
  • Metal cutting saw (only if there is a hydraulic compressor)
  • Tire chains (+2 bonus on Drive checks on icy surfaces)

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.

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:

  • CB radio (equivalent to professional walkie-talkie with double the range).
  • GPS receiver
  • Searchlight (mounted to vehicle)
  • 4 walkie-talkies (professional) with charger
  • Maps (road atlas)
  • Instant camera and extra film
  • Binoculars
  • Shovels, brooms, and steel rake
  • 2 battery powered floodlights

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:

  • 1 crash kit
  • 2 trauma kits
  • 3 first-aid kits
  • 1 basic evidence kit
  • Hose and pipe fittings
  • Flashlights (3 battery flood, 3 regular)
  • Basic mechanical tool kit (including duct tape, boltcutters, multipurpose tool)
  • Long tools (shovels, rakes, brooms, wrenches, pry bar, fire axe, sledgehammer)
  • Hand-held fire extinguishers (pressure water, dry chemical, C02, halon)
  • Rope (100 feet)
  • 2 searchlights (mounted on sides of the vehicle)
  • Submersible water pump
  • Tarps
  • 2 chainsaws

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

  • Fire hoses (100+ feet)
  • Hose fittings and couplings
  • 5 gallon can of gasoline
  • 2 15-foot ladders
  • Gas-powered circular saw
  • Gas-powered electrical generator and cables

Honda TRX400FW

This all-terrain vehicle is something like a four-wheeled motorcycle. It is one square wide and two squares long. It provides no cover for its riders.

Limousine

A limousine is a big, comfortable car. The statistics given are for a moderate-sized vehicle, rather than a stretch limo or a conventional car with a professional driver. Limousines feature virtually every available luxury feature, often including televisions and small refrigerators. A partition divides the front seat from the rest of the vehicle. A limousine is two squares wide and five squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for its occupants.

Moving Truck

This is a large cargo truck used to move furniture or deliver freight. Trucks of this sort are often available as rentals. A moving truck is two squares wide and five squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for occupants in the cab and full cover for any in the back.

NABI Model 40LFW

This is a typical city bus. It has a door at the front and a second door about halfway down the right-hand side. This vehicle is two squares wide and eight squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers.

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.

Military Vehicles

Several military vehicles are covered here. In addition, a number of the civilian vehicles covered above, such as the AM General Hummer and the Bell Model 212 helicopter, are commonly seen in military service.

BMP-2

A Soviet-era armored personnel carrier, the BMP is used by the Russian army and more than twenty ex-Soviet states or clients. It is crewed by a driver, a gunner, and a commander. It has three top hatches, one above each crew position, and a large door in back for infantry soldiers to load or disembark. It takes a full-round action to enter the vehicle through a top hatch and another full-round action to start it moving. The BMP-2 is three squares wide and four squares long. It provides full cover to its occupants.

This vehicle comes equipped with a 30mm cannon (see Table: Vehicle Weapons) mounted in a full turret.

M1A2 Abrams

This is the U.S. Army’s main battle tank, probably the most advanced and powerful tank in the world. It is crewed by a driver, a gunner, a gun loader, and a commander. It has three top hatches, one for the driver and two on the turret. (The driver’s position cannot be reached from the other positions, which are all in the turret.) It takes a full-round action to enter a tank and another full-round action to start it moving. The Abrams is three squares wide and six squares long. It provides full cover to its occupants.

This vehicle comes equipped with a tank cannon (see Table: Vehicle Weapons) and an M2HB heavy machine gun (see Table: Ranged Weapons), both mounted in full turrets.

M2A2 Bradley

This is the U.S. Army’s principal armored personnel carrier. It is crewed by a driver, a gunner, and a commander. It has three top hatches, one above each crew position, and a large door in back for infantry soldiers to load or disembark. It takes a full-round action to enter the vehicle through a top hatch, and another full-round action to start it moving. In addition to its own armament, the Bradley’s passenger compartment has ports that allow passengers to fire their personal weapons from within the vehicle. The Bradley is three squares wide and four squares long. It provides full cover to its occupants.

This vehicle comes equipped with a 25mm cannon (see Table: Vehicle Weapons) mounted in a full turret.

M113A1 Gavin

Introduced in 1960s and for many years a mainstay of the U.S. Army, this tracked armored personnel carrier is now in use by more than fifty countries. It is crewed by a driver and a commander, and features a top hatch above each position as well as a rear door. It takes a full-round action to enter the vehicle through a top hatch and another full-round action to start it moving. The Gavin is three squares wide and four squares long. It provides full cover to its occupants.

UH-60 Black Hawk

Introduced in the 1980s to replace the aging UH-1, the Black Hawk is the U.S. Army’s primary utility helicopter. The UH-60 is three squares wide and twelve squares long. It provides three-quarters cover to crew and passengers (one-quarter cover to passengers if the cargo doors are open).

Table: Vehicle Weapons
Weapon Damage Critical Damage Type Range Increment Rate of Fire Magazine Size Weight Purchase DC Restriction
Cannons (require the Exotic Firearms Proficiency [cannons] feat)
BMP-2 30mm cannon 4d12 20 Ballistic 300 ft. A Linked Huge * * *
M1A2 Abrams tank cannon 10d12 20 Ballistic 400 ft. Single 1 Huge * * *
M2A2 Bradley 25mm cannon 4d12 20 Ballistic 350 ft. A Linked Huge * * *
* Weight, purchase DC, and restriction rating do not apply. These weapons are part of the vehicles on which they are mounted.

VEHICULAR MAGIC ITEMS

This section describes several magic “accessories” for vehicles.

A vehicular magic item functions only when it is properly placed on or within the vehicle: either attached to the vehicle in its proper place, painted on the vehicle, or incorporated into its design. Simply placing an item in the front seat will not activate the item’s magic effect. Removing the vehicular magic item from its intended location also ends the effect, although the item continues to radiate magic.

Vehicular Magic Item Purchase DCs

A vehicular magic item’s purchase price is 20 + the item’s caster level + its FX modifier. The FX modifier depends on the item’s nature, as shown on the table below:

Item’s Nature FX Modifier
Single-use item
Continuous effect or bonus +3
Limited number of uses per day +2
Limited number of charges +1

Limits for FX Items on Vehicles

Just as characters are limited in their ability to carry magic items, a vehicle can only bear so many functional magic items. The limits are as follows:

1 ramplate or set of bumpers
1 steering wheel
1 coat of paint
1 set of tires
1 pair of headlights
1 horn or siren
1 containment area (ashtray, glove compartment, trunk, etc.)
1 non-electronic accessory (hung from the rear view mirror, on the dashboard, etc.)
1 seat or set of seats
1 engine or engine accessory
1 set of windows (including windshield and side windows)
2 electronic accessories (stereo, CB radio, car alarm, etc.)

Vehicular Magic Items Descriptions

The following section described several new vehicular magic items.

Ablative Paint Job

A vehicle coated in this nigh unscratchable silvery-gray paint gains 5 points of hardness. It has no effect on any vehicle with a hardness of 10 or higher.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 28; Weight: —.

Bumpers of Blasting

If a vehicle equipped with bumpers of blasting strikes an object or creature while moving at least street speed the driver of the vehicle can choose to have the bumper emit an explosive blast. The explosion causes 5d6 points of fire damage (in addition to any collision damage) to the object or creature struck. The vehicle with the bumper of blasting does not take any damage from the explosion, but does take collision damage as normal.

The explosive blast can be triggered three times per day, regardless of whether the attack is made with a front or rear bumper. The driver cannot trigger an explosive blast out of turn, such as when struck by another vehicle, although the driver could ready an action to trigger the explosive blast when such a condition arises.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 27; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Bumper of the Ram

This vicious looking spiked bumper must be bolted to the front or back of the vehicle. Any time the driver of the vehicle uses the bumper to ram another vehicle or object, damage to the opposed vehicle is increased by one speed and size increment, while damage to the vehicle with the bumper of the ram is reduced by one speed and one size increment. The bumper of the ram’s effects do not apply to sideswipes.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 9th; Purchase DC: 32; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Dashboard Figurine

A dashboard figurine appears to be a statue of an animal or person 4 to 6 inches tall. When placed upon the dashboard of a vehicle, it sticks in place and can only be removed by the owner with a command word. Once in place, the figurine grants a special ability to the vehicle and the driver.

Three different types of dashboard figurines are available:

humorous, monstrous, and religious.

Humorous: This figurine depicts some amusing-looking figure, such as a hula dancer or a cartoon character. The driver of the vehicle gains a +1 morale bonus on all saves while operating the vehicle.

Monstrous: This figurine depicts some sort of fierce-looking toy monster. Attacks made by the driver and passengers of the vehicle gain a +1 morale bonus.

Religious: This is an icon of a saint, the Virgin Mary, or some other being of religious or spiritual significance. This type of dashboard figurine provides a +2 deflection bonus to the vehicle’s Defense.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 3rd; Purchase DC: 26; Weight: 0.5 lb.

Engine of Infernal Speed

A vehicle with this engine can accelerate up to two speed categories for the round, instead of one. However, the vehicle can still only decrease speed by one speed category for the round, as normal (unless the driver performs a hard stop). If the vehicle accelerates in this manner, the engine produces jets of blue flame from the tail pipe that deal 2d6 points of fire damage to anything within 10 feet of the rear of the vehicle; a successful Reflex save (DC 15) halves the damage. The flames automatically set fire to combustibles.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 7th; Purchase DC: 30; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Flame Job

This paint job covers the front of the vehicle in wicked-looking flames. Once per day, on the owner’s command, the vehicle can burst into flames for 3 rounds, dealing 5d6 points of fire damage to any creature or object touched or struck by the vehicle. In addition, any creature standing adjacent to the flaming vehicle takes 2d6 points of fire damage; a successful Reflex save (DC 15) halves the damage. The flames automatically set fire to combustibles. Neither the vehicle nor its occupants suffer any ill effects from the fire so long as they remain completely inside the vehicle.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 27; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Fuzzy Dice of Luck

These gaudy, hot-pink fuzzy dice must be hung from the rearview mirror of the vehicle to be activated. Once per day, the driver of the vehicle can reroll any Drive check, but must take the new result regardless of the outcome.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 3rd; Purchase DC: 25; Weight: —.

Headlights of Blinding

Three times per day, these headlights can emit a blinding 50- foot cone of light projecting from the front of the vehicle. Any creatures caught in the area must succeed at a Fortitude save (DC 15) or be blinded for 2d6 rounds.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 27; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Horn of Blasting

Up to three times per day, this horn can emit a shrieking sound that deafens and damages creatures caught in its path. Any creature within a 30-foot cone directly in front of the vehicle takes 2d6 points of sonic/concussion damage and is deafened for 2d6 rounds. A successful Fortitude save (DC 16) halves the damage and negates the deafening effect. Crystalline creatures in the cone take quadruple damage (8d6 points) from the sonic blast.

Vehicle windows and windshields may shatter if they take sufficient damage from the blast. Headlights are also susceptible to the horn of blasting and should be treated as windows for this purpose.

Type:Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 7th; Purchase DC: 29; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Horn of Dread

Up to three times per day, this horn can emit a terrifying noise. Anyone within 50 feet of the horn’s sound must succeed a Will save (DC 15) or be affected by a cause fear spell (as if cast by a 5th-level Acolyte).

Type:Wondrous Item (vehicular);

Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 27; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Impervious Tires

These tires are usually sold in sets of two or four, and each tire in the set has a hardness of 20.

If one of the tires is punctured and ruined, the remaining impervious tires continue to function.

Type:Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 28 (per set); Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Nondescript Paint Job

This paint job makes the vehicle less noticeable. It grants a +5 circumstance bonus on Bluff and Hide checks when tailing another vehicle or losing a tail. In addition, anyone wishing to break into the vehicle (other than the owner) must succeed at a Will save (DC 15) or be unable to do so. This is a mind-affecting spell-like effect; a new save may be attempted after 24 hours have passed.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 28; Weight: —.

Paint Job of Blurring

Once per day, this paint job makes the vehicle’s outline to appear blurry. This is as the blur spell as if cast by a 5th-level Mage. Occupants of the vehicle are also blurred.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 27; Weight: —.

Paralytic Alarm

This vehicle alarm triggers whenever an attempt is made to break into the vehicle (for example, by smashing a window or bypassing a door lock), unless the intruder succeeds at a Disable Device check (DC 30).

When activated, the paralytic alarm emits a hypnotic pulse that paralyzes any creature within 30 feet for 2d6 rounds. A successful Will save (DC 15) negates this mind-affecting enchantment.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 28; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Reinflating Tires

These tires (usually sold in sets of two or four) are slightly spongy to the touch. If a tire is punctured, it instantly reinflates and is restored to full hit points. Once a tire magically reinflates, it becomes a nonmagical tire and cannot reinflate again.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 3rd; Purchase DC: 23 (per tire) or 26 (per set); Weight: —.

Seats of Safety

The occupants of a vehicle equipped with these seats gain the benefits of three-quarters cover while inside the vehicle. They take no damage from vehicle collisions, they gain a +7 cover bonus to Defense, and they gain a +3 cover bonus on Reflex saves. The seats of safety do not function if any of the vehicle’s doors are open.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 5th; Purchase DC: 28 (per vehicle); Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Seat of Hold Monster

Once per day, when the driver utters the proper command word, this seat (usually a passenger seat in the front or back of the vehicle) holds the creature seated in it, as the hold monster spell cast by a 10th-level Acolyte. The target creature gets a Will save (DC 17) to negate the effect, which lasts for 10 rounds.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 10th; Purchase DC: 32 (per seat); Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Shrinking Paint Job

This paint job allows the vehicle to “shrink” to a matchboxsized version small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand. Shrinking or enlarging the vehicle requires a command word, and the vehicle takes a full-round action to shrink or return to full size. The vehicle will not shrink if it contains any living beings, but can be shrunk with up to 50 pounds of cargo stored in its trunk. The vehicle will not unfold if it is in an area that will not allow it to expand to its full size. A vehicle in its toy size has a hardness of 5 and 5 hit points. The vehicle is destroyed and cannot be repaired if reduced to 0 hit points in its toy form.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 7th; Purchase DC: 30; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Silent Warning Alarm

This vehicle alarm triggers whenever an attempt is made to break into the vehicle (for example, by smashing the window or bypassing a door lock), unless the intruder succeeds at a Disable Device check (DC 30).

When activated, the alarm sends a mental warning to the owner of the vehicle, although the owner must be within 1 mile of the vehicle to receive it. If the owner receives the warning and succeeds at a Wisdom check (DC 10), he also receives a mental picture of the individual or individuals attempting to break into the vehicle, as if standing next to them (lighting conditions apply).

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 3rd; Purchase DC: 26; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Trunk of Masking

Whenever this trunk is opened, it creates a powerful illusion to conceal its true contents. The owner decides what the trunk appears to contain, and its contents seem real in every respect. Illusory items can be removed, handled, and manipulated. However, illusory tools provide no benefits to their users, and illusory items disappear if taken more than 30 feet from the vehicle.

Gleaning the true contents of the trunk requires a true seeing spell or similar magic. Creatures that suspect the presence of an illusion are entitled to a Will save (DC 16) to disbelieve it; if the save succeeds, they can perceive the true contents of the trunk of masking.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 7th; Purchase DC: 30; Weight: — (factored into the vehicle’s weight).

Windows of Deception

The driver of this vehicle can alter his or her appearance to viewers on the outside of the vehicle, as if by change self cast by a 3rd-level Mage. If the one or more of the vehicle’s windows are destroyed, the effect ends and the windows of deception cease to function.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 3rd; Purchase DC: 26; Weight: —.

Zephyr Tires

Zephyr tires (sold in sets of two or four) are emblazoned with large white wings on the side. When placed on any car, van, or motorcycle (they resize to fit any of these vehicles), they allow the vehicle to fly.

Once per day, the vehicle’s driver can command the vehicle to fly. While flying, the vehicle follows all the normal rules for piloting a flying vehicle, but otherwise retains the same speed, initiative, and other statistics. The vehicle can maintain flight for 10 rounds. When performing aerial stunts, the driver makes Pilot checks instead of Drive checks. Should the effect’s duration expire while the vehicle is still aloft, the magic fails slowly. The vehicle drops 60 feet per round for 1d6 rounds. If it reaches the ground in that amount of time, it lands safely. If not, it falls the remaining distance.

Zephyr tires have a hardness of 5 and 2 hit points (which also count toward the hit points of the vehicle). If one or more of the tires are destroyed, the zephyr tires lose their magic and cease to function, and the vehicle (if airborne) plunges from the sky.

Type: Wondrous Item (vehicular); Caster Level: 9th; Purchase DC: 32 (per set); Weight: —.




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