Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ruin State and Environment

Just downloaded a copy of Other Dust and it's a delight for a post apocalypse aficionado such as myself. there's a ton of useful table and ideas in there for GMs of a post apocalypse campaign.

Oddly enough in the rather good section on ruin creation there are no tables for how intact a ruin is or it's general overall condition. Here are two tables for that.

 State of Ruin


1-15
Traces
 only remnants remain, possibly a corner or single run of wall, a chimney, or foundation. There is a minor chance one or two slightly intact spaces may be exposed with work. Nothing of note is likely to remain unbroken.
16-35
Collapsed
 major destruction, 80%+ of the structure has collapsed. Basements and some interior rooms may remain somewhat to mostly intact
36-75
Partly Collapsed
 significant destruction, 30-50% of the structure has collapsed. Some roof may remain.
76-90
Ramshackle
 a dilapidated run-down building. It’s possible to find shelter here but the integrity and safety in doing so is questionable.
91-99
Intact
 the structure is mostly intact and in fair shape, weather and past violence will have compromised some windows/doors but the building still has it’s integrity and will provide shelter.
100
Pristine
 the building simply looks abandoned, glass remains in windows and interior furnishing  and goods may be in good shape.

Ruin Environment


1-15
Exposed
No great barriers easy enough to spot.
16-35
Partly Buried
About half the structure is buried in silt, ash, dirt, or rubble of collapsed nearby buildings. May be difficult to spot from some directions.
36-50
Buried
almost if not all of building is buried, the ruin may be difficult to discover. Excavation may be required to enter.
51-75
Partly Overgrown
vegetation obscure and secures one or more faces of this ruin making entrance and exit on that side precarious is possible at all. It’s possible to cut away some of the growth to get in but that would create noise.
76-97
Overgrown
- the ruin is completely overgrown, it will be difficult to enter or even detect depending on the nature of the building and surrounding terrain.
98-99
Partly Flooded
as for the tag 20-50% of the structure will be flooded.
100
Sunken
90% or more of original structure is flooded.

I'm not saying someone should roll for both of those above every time but they are helpful idea generators.

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