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  • Evan Anhorn (order #465190)

  • Evan Anhorn (order #465190)

  • Near Future Skirmish RulesFor 28mm Miniatures

    byIan Scott and Mark Eatherington

    with fiction byJay Forster and Mark Eatherington

    Evan Anhorn (order #465190)

  • CreditsOriginal concept and background by Mark Eatherington and Ian Scott

    Rules and game design by Ian ScottFlesh and Blood fiction by Jay ForsterForce list fiction by Mark Eatherington and Jay ForsterEdited by Ian Scott

    Layout and graphic design by Jay Forster (www.generate.me.uk)Miscellaneous design by Mark Eatherington, Jim Campbell andJames Michie

    Cover art by Jim CampbellTitle graphic by James MichieInterior artwork by Elena Vanin, Jim Campbell and Craig Humpston

    Playtesting by Alex Donley; Bernd Freigang; Benjamin Hilbig;Volker Majcan; Malcolm Martin; John and Kim Owen; JJ Parus;Ann Pixler; Matthias Stein

    Legal NoticeAll rules, fiction, artwork, tables, counters and photographs contained in this documentare copyright Hetzerdog Development Co., 2003*.

    Permission is given to print this document for personal or review use only. Thisdocument may not be distributed by electronic or other means without the expresswritten permission of the Hetzerdog Development Co.

    (* With the exception of Elena Vanin's artwork, which is copyright Elena Vanin,2003. Ms. Vanin retains all intellectual and commercial rights to her artwork used inthis document.)

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  • 3Background 4Prelude 4Impact 6Aftermath 7Now 9

    Introduction 13

    Scale & Sequence 14Organisation 14Unit Cohesion 16Order of Play 16

    Actions 18Aiming & Firing 19Overwatch 20Movement 21Communications 22Other Actions 22Support Team Actions 24Solo Actions 25

    Support Teams 26Solo Elements 27Officers 27Snipers 28Medics 28Runners 28

    Resolving Combat 29Rolling-To-Hit 29Melee 37Armour & Cover 38Damage 40Suppression 41

    Orders 43

    Game Types 46

    Weapon Tables 49

    Equipment Lists 56

    Point Costs 58

    Appendix I : 61Force typesEnclave Forces 61Street Gang Forces 64Mob Forces 67Mercenary Forces 70Ghoul Forces 73Scav Forces 76Cultie Forces 79Syndicate Forces 82Wasteland Forces 85

    Appendix II : 86Burst templates & counters

    Appendix III : 90Blank record sheetsInitiative SheetSolo SheetSupport Team SheetSquad Sheet

    Appendix IV: 94Quick reference sheet

    CONTENTS

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  • 4BACKGROUNDDecember 2014 - October 2015: PreludeThe first warning came in 2014, when astronomers detected a hithertounknown meteor on a collision course with the Earth. It was huge - over fivekilometres wide - a so-called 'Planet Killer' and was calculated to be no morethan twelve months away from impact.

    Once informed of the problem and made aware of the seriousness of thesituation, governments across the world commissioned scientists to begin toexplore possible methods for either deflecting the meteor or for destroying itoutright.

    The outcome of this research was that the more technologically andeconomically advanced governments, co-ordinated by the United Nations,prompted their respective space agencies and militaries to co-operate withone another in the creation of a new breed of nuclear warhead armedrocket. These rockets were designed to knock the meteor into anothertrajectory, safely away from the Earth and its lunar satellite (for theconsequences of the Moon being knocked off its orbit would be almost ascatastrophic as a direct hit on the Earth).

    The population, reassured by the authorities that the meteor would be safelyrealigned, carried on with benign interest, sales of telescopes rocketed butthe media found other stories to concentrate on and life generally carried onas normal.

    There were, however, many small groups of Survivalists, religious doomsdaycults and others who, distrusting their Governments or motivated byapocalyptic fantasies, stocked up on essentials and began to quietly moveout of the cities. Small communities of like-minded survivalists and cultistssprang up in remote, isolated areas - fiercely independent, practically self-sufficient, and (at least in the USA) armed to the teeth.

    The first rocket barrage took four months to prepare and initiate and waslaunched in staggered waves from sites worldwide in April 2015. Most ofthe rockets hit the meteor, but the haste with which the launch had beenprepared and the guesswork on which the calculations were based ensuredthey caused little in the way of damage and completely failed to alter itscourse.

    Work immediately began on the preparation of a second barrage comprisedof much larger missiles - this time with the intention of vaporising the meteorcompletely. This second batch took a further three months, by which time themeteor was easily visible in clear skies, even during daylight, and peoplewere becoming nervous and increasingly pessimistic.

    Rioting and looting occurred in many cities as panic started to take hold -thankfully, such outbreaks were sporadic and quickly put down by the policeand armed forces. There was a growth in religious fundamentalismworldwide and mainstream churches, long in decline in the Western world,

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  • 5reported record attendance figures. A number of states began to takemeasures against hoarding and other anti-social behaviour and certain keyfood, transport and fuel supplies began to be rationed.

    The second anti-meteor strike was launched in early August 2015, and theimpact of the missiles on the meteor was watched by most of those who wereable to see it. Again, the missiles failed to do their job (though it took a fewdays to determine that fact given the huge cloud of debris thrown up by theimpacting warheads). Instead of destroying the meteor utterly, they hadmerely succeeded in smashing it into a trail of huge (and now somewhatradioactive) fragments.

    Scientists, viewing the results of the failed strike, informed their respectivegovernments that the remnants were still large enough to cause immensedamage to the Earth, with major impacts expected over a period of days andspread across the surface of the globe. This was information that thecombined Governments decided it would be unwise to share with the generalpopulation.

    Instead, the populace was informed that the strike had been largelysuccessful - there would be a period of atmospheric disturbance, majormeteor showers and the possibility of several larger impacts following which,life would continue as before. In general, the expected environmental effectsof these impacts were dramatically understated and the radioactive nature ofthe fragments went virtually unreported.

    Civilians were told to shelter in basements, or even in their homes during theweek that the fragments were expected to fall - in some cities civil defenceplans dating back to the 1950s were dusted off and posted in prominentplaces or broadcast on local TV and radio networks. These were policieswhich the governments knew would provide little (if any) protection to theircitizens should a large fragment land anywhere in their immediate vicinitybut they hoped that these futile gestures might placate their panickingpopulations and enable them to maintain a semblance of order.

    Even with this reassurance, however, panic buying, looting and riotingresumed and spread quickly throughout most of the major population centresof the world - the majority of which were ruthlessly and violently occupied byriot police and the military.

    Many groups and individuals took to settling old scores before it was too lateand religious fundamentalists gathered their flocks for the coming of theirrespective Judgement Days. Most states took extreme measures to limit thespread of accurate information regarding the imminent strike but, inevitably,there were leaks of official documents and dissenting views from independentscientists appeared online. Naturally, as this unofficial information circulatedwidely, many began to disregard the sugar coated official statementsaltogether.

    Food and fuel supplies in cities soon ran low as looting, hoarding,government requisitions and a breakdown in transportation networks tooktheir toll. This, in turn, lead to vicious infighting between the previously lawabiding inhabitants of the cities as neighbours of many years fought oneanother for the last tin of beans on the supermarket shelf... In some cases,frustration and panic led to bloody pitched battles against the police and

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  • 6against the armed forces that were increasingly being relied upon tomaintain order.

    Many people made attempts to leave their homes in order to look for asanctuary or just to be close to distant loved ones. This sudden exodus causedhuge traffic jams - tens of thousands of people left their gridlocked cars onthe roads and walked out of the cities, carrying what little they could on theirbacks.

    The armies of most countries - unaware, in the main, of the extent of theirGovernment's deceptions - carried on with their orders, maintaining thepeace alongside the police forces and other government agencies andpreparing to help with the clean up operation after the expected "minor"meteor showers. Only key members of the various Governments, selectgroups of scientists and important civilian specialists were aware that therewas going to be a major disaster. They and their immediate families (alongwith any flunky with a major favour to pull in) began to retreat, in secret, tonuclear bomb shelters (in those nations lucky enough to possess them), minesand other subterranean shelters. Select military units designated to act asguards worked under the impression that the shelters were merely aninsurance policy. Inevitably, the locations of many of