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The clash of steel, the roar of guns, and the zealous fury of barked orders ring out whenever Star Trader Captains choose to or are forced to face their enemies in Crew Combat. In an up close and personal fight, the opposing sides risk life and limb to outmaneuver and outgun the other.

Basics[ | ]

Crew Combat is a fight between two teams of 4, fielded whenever the Captain boards an enemy or is boarded themselves, whenever hostile Pirates, Scavengers, or worse happen upon an Explorer's expedition, when a Bounty Hunter kicks down the doors of a fugitive's hideout, or when opposing interests decide to intervene in a hand-off of goods. No matter how Crew Combat starts, it always ends one way: with one side victorious and the other driven away or dead.

Selecting Combatants[ | ]

Picking Crew

Crew Selection

At the beginning of a Crew Combat encounter, your 4 combatants must be selected. Each crew member will have a preferred slot to operate at, depending on their weapon, Talents, and Job. When selected, the combatant is automatically placed in their preferred slot, though they can be moved using the arrows on either side of the combatant. Crew without combat related jobs will be filtered out of this screen by default. Officers are always considered combat capable, even if they do not have ranks in a combat job. If you do not have enough fighters or Officers to fill the ranks, random non-combat crew will be selected to fill the gaps. If you plan to engage in a lot of crew combat, especially multiple boarding attempts, it is recommended to have extra fighters.

Combat Round[ | ]

At the beginning of a combat round, every character rolls their Initiative. Characters act in order from highest Initiative to lowest Initiative and may take one action on their turn.

Initiative is rolled as:

WeightedDie((Quickness + Wisdom) / 2)) + Initiative Bonuses.

CCombat -- Combat Round

A boarding action has begun, and the raid will be quick and deadly

The acting character is the one with the highest remaining Initiative. Whenever a character attacks, their Initiative is reduced by an amount based on their equipped weapon type and their chosen Talent. After the character with the highest initiative has acted, the one with new highest Initiative will act. This allows multiple actions in a row if the character rolls well for Initiative and has a weapon that consumes little Initiative score. After every character has reduced their Initiative to 0, the turn ends and new Initiative values are rolled.

CCombat -- Stat Window

From top to bottom: Initiative, Piercing, Deflection

Be aware that a character can reduce their Initiative below 0. If Initiative drops to -10 or below, the character will suffer a penalty to the next turn's Initiative roll, forcing them to act later and with fewer actions. Specifically, characters with penalized turns will start the combat round with at most 8 initiative.

Heavy armor commonly decreases initiative while some stealth armor can increase the initiative bonus. Traits are also a major source of initiative bonuses and penalties.

Health and Morale[ | ]

Each combatant has a set amount of Hit Points (HP) and Morale Points (MP). HP and MP are both damaged by attacks; MP takes more severe damage as the number of turns increases. HP and MP can be restored by certain Talents, such as the Combat Medic's Cleansing Purge.

When a combatant's HP drops to 0, they are defeated and removed from the fight, also forcing a Death Save. Any crew that were behind them move up automatically to fill the gap. If all combatants are defeated, that side loses the battle and is forced to withdraw.

Once characters pass below 40 Morale, they have a chance of skipping their turn by draining 12 initiative in a Morale Break.

The chance of a Morale Break is rolled as D100 against the following value: 25 + (40 - Morale). Therefore, as a character drops below 40 toward 0, their chance of breaking increases from 26% to 65%. A character with 0 Morale may be near paralyzed in combat. Certain Traits, like Fearless or simply being a Xeno, can make characters immune to Morale Breaks.

Equipment[ | ]

A combatant's weapon is their main source of damage in combat. Different Job types specialize in different weapon types: Soldiers and Bounty Hunters specialize in Rifles, Combat Medics and Spies make use of Pistols, and Swordsmen fight up close with Blades. Each weapon provides a basic attack Talent that functions at the weapon's base range and does not have any additional effects. Rifle Talents tend to focus on the backline working at slots 4 and 3, while some Soldier Talents focus on using Snubbers at slots 1 and 2. Pistols and their related Talents work from slots 1 to 3. Blades and Blade Talents work only at slots 1 and 2.

Talents[ | ]

Combat related Jobs provide Talents that, like weapons, operate at different slots. These Talents can be special attacks, team or individual buffs, or crippling debuffs for the enemy. Some Jobs, like Soldiers, focus on consistent damage output, with some debuffs and buffs included. Others, such as the Combat Medic, focus on healing and supporting their comrades while crippling the enemy.

Critical Hits[ | ]

Critical Hit Chance: Characters have a base critical hit chance of 0%. Critical hit chance may be increased by using Talents, gaining Traits, equipping gear, having ranks in Tactics, or other buffs which increase critical hit chance. Without any of these, a character will never land a critical blow.

Some examples of critical-boosting talents are Flash Fury, Fearsome Charge, and Advancing Front.

Critical Hit Damage: Critical hits add additional damage to an attack, selected randomly within a range of 20% to 40%. An additional multiplier is added to the critical damage dealt equal to the value of the character's skill in the weapon used. This is referred to on the skills page as "effectiveness of critical hits" with a given weapon.

For example: with a skill of 20 Blades, you would gain 20% additive critical damage on a critical hit with a blade weapon. Since critical hits have a "base" damage boost of 20-40%, with 20 blades a critical hit should deal 40-60% additional damage (shown in the combat log as a number between 1.40 and 1.60 crit.)

Critical Hits can also be Penetrating Hits as described in Soaking Damage.

Surrender[ | ]

In crew combat, you have the option to Surrender at any time. Your combat crew will lay down their weapons and combat ends immediately. Your surviving combat crew are at the mercy of your enemy and their type and your Reputation with them will determine how many are dealt fatal wounds or given mercy. For example, xeno will deal a death blow to every survivor, which will fall back on their Death Save. If you have low Reputation with a human enemy, you'll see more death blows but positive Reputation, Rank and Edict can reduce the chance of death blows as low as 25%.

Crew Combat Dice Pools[ | ]

Whenever taking an action in crew combat, a crew member uses their own individual Skills, Attributes and other scores. Dice pools in crew combat are never modified by the ship's Skill Pools. However, in combat all characters use their Skill Bonuses for any combat Skill.

Strong Dice Standard Dice
Melee Attack Blades Skill
Weapon's Accuracy
Half of relevant Attribute (Strength or Quickness)
Ranged Attack Relevant Skill (Pistols or Rifles)
Weapon's Accuracy
Half of relevant Attribute (Strength or Quickness)
Grenade Attack Highest Weapon Skill
Talent's bonus Accuracy (~6)
Half of Quickness
Melee Defense Blades Skill (if holding a blade)
Parry from weapon(s) (added together if dual wielding)
Half of either Strength or Quickness
Evasion or Armor's Stealth Dodge
Ranged Defense Evasion Skill
Armor's Dodge or Armor's Stealth Dodge
Half of either Quickness or Wisdom
Half of either Stealth or Tactics
Grenade[1] Defense Evasion Skill
Armor's Dodge or Armor's Stealth Dodge
Half of either Quickness or Wisdom
Half of either Stealth or Tactics
  • You get your Blades Skill as Strong Dice if and only if you are carrying a melee weapon, either as your main or secondary weapon. Therefore, characters armed with a single blade or who are carrying a pistol and a blade gain their Blades Skill as melee defense but characters carrying a Snubber, Sniper Rifle or just a Pistol do not.
  • Rounding on "half of" entries is always down.
  • The "X or Y" entries indicate the use of whichever attribute or skill is higher.
  • Armor's Stealth Dodge grants dice equal to listed value or combatant's Stealth Skill, whichever is lower.
  • See also Test Scores for a guide on how these pools might be scored and compared.

Status Effects[ | ]

CCombat -- Bio-Poison


CCombat -- Stealth


Some Talents can leave lingering effects on characters, both positive and negative. From corrosive and toxic Bio-Poison to Spies vanishing into the shadows, status effects can change the flow of a battle. Individual Talents can also apply specific buffs and debuffs to individuals or multiple characters.

Bio-Poison[ | ]

A catch-all term for a variety of poisons and toxins, Bio-Poison is applied as part of a successful attack, typically by Combat Medics or Exo-Scouts. This status effect is a drain on HP each round, the severity of which is determined by the Talent. At the start of each combat round, the affected character will lose HP. This damage ignores armor and if it drops a character's HP below 1 point, it will kill them. Bio-Poison is resisted by Bio-Poison Resist. Bio-Poison resist is rolled as a Big Die and subtracted from incoming bio-poison damage. Mechanical foes are immune to bio-poison damage. Bio-Poison damage itself is rolled as a weighted die.

Bleed[ | ]

From lacerations to internal bleeding, the Bleed status effect deals damage at the start of each character's individual turn, not once per round like Bio-Poison. It tends to deal less damage per application to compensate for potentially triggering many times in a combat round. This status effect is typically applied by Zealots, Shock Troopers, and Bounty Hunters. This damage ignores armor. Bleeding damage is resisted by Bleed Resist. Bleed resist reduces incoming bleeding damage as a big die (roll from 1 to the Bleed Resist amount). Mechanical foes are immune to bleeding damage. Like Bio-Poison, bleeding damage is rolled as a weighted die. Due to the smaller maximum per-application bleed damage die, bleeding resist is extremely effective at protecting from this damage.

Stun[ | ]

Head trauma, shock and panic all fall under the banner of Stun effects. When stunned, a percentage will be displayed by the character's head. This indicates the chance that the character will lose their turn, preventing them from taking an action immediately and draining 12 initiative. This initiative loss can cause the initiative penalty the subsequent combat round should it lower initiative to -10 or -11. The percentage chance to lose an action from stun is capped at 75%.

Stealth (Stealth Mode)[ | ]

Stealth is a beneficial status effect, one which allows stealthy characters like Spies and Snipers to use powerful stealth attacks. This status effect lasts for a number of turns depending on the Talent used, and boosts Evasion and critical chance for the character. Certain talents will break stealth upon use (when they state they will). All multi-target attacks will break stealth as well.

Pinned[ | ]

Pinning prevents a character from moving himself or herself to different positions either through talents or the move option. Pinned characters can still be moved by other friendly characters or hostile characters using talents that adjust position. Pinning (and forced movement) can be ignored by the Shock Trooper.

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