Weapons And Equipment Rules

In the Aftermath campaign, equipment and tools that could benefit the character are expressed as temporary aspects - the character acquires Climbing Gear, notes it on his sheet, and tags that aspect when he's making an Athletics roll to rappel up a building later. Tagging that aspect brings the item in question into play for others to interact with, also - if someone attacks the guy who is rappeling, they may tag his Climbing Gear as a specific target of the attack, trying to remove it using the maneuver rules.

Tools that have regular effectiveness in conflicts (like weapons or armor) are allowed a number of free tags to represent their pervasive utility, allowing you to apply their benefits without the use of fate points. You can think of these as "spotlight" moments within the scope of their regular use. The number of free tags you get represents the severity of benefit from the item in question.

As an example, small weapons (knives, .22 and .32 caliber guns) get one free tag, medium-size weapons (sword, bat, 9mm or .45 caliber guns) get two free tags, and large or particularly damaging weapons (polearms, shotguns and rifles) get three free tags. Three should be the upper limit for free tags in any conflict scene. Also, consider that the utility of a weapon doesn't always equate to its size or damage potential - in a narrow, cramped alley, that knife may get additional tags over a sword.

As an option, if the tool has a specific utility beyond the general bonus, it may come with an aspect describing that function, which allows for a higher tag bonus. So, for example, an H&K MP5 submachinegun might come with two free tags and the Auto-Fire aspect. You could use both those free tags on one roll to get a +4 bonus, because the tool itself and the Auto-Fire quality are considered two different aspects for the purposes of tagging. Using the weapon again in this way would require two fate points.

Remember, again, that tagging a tool opens it up to maneuvers from opponents in a conflict.

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