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<ul><li><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>Near Future Skirmish RulesFor 28mm Miniatures</p><p>byIan Scott and Mark Eatherington</p><p>with fiction byJay Forster and Mark Eatherington</p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>CreditsOriginal concept and background by Mark Eatherington and Ian Scott</p><p>Rules and game design by Ian ScottFlesh and Blood fiction by Jay ForsterForce list fiction by Mark Eatherington and Jay ForsterEdited by Ian Scott</p><p>Layout and graphic design by Jay Forster ( design by Mark Eatherington, Jim Campbell andJames Michie</p><p>Cover art by Jim CampbellTitle graphic by James MichieInterior artwork by Elena Vanin, Jim Campbell and Craig Humpston</p><p>Playtesting by Alex Donley; Bernd Freigang; Benjamin Hilbig;Volker Majcan; Malcolm Martin; John and Kim Owen; JJ Parus;Ann Pixler; Matthias Stein</p><p>Legal NoticeAll rules, fiction, artwork, tables, counters and photographs contained in this documentare copyright Hetzerdog Development Co., 2003*.</p><p>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.</p><p>(* 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.) </p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>3Background 4Prelude 4Impact 6Aftermath 7Now 9</p><p>Introduction 13</p><p>Scale &amp; Sequence 14Organisation 14Unit Cohesion 16Order of Play 16</p><p>Actions 18Aiming &amp; Firing 19Overwatch 20Movement 21Communications 22Other Actions 22Support Team Actions 24Solo Actions 25</p><p>Support Teams 26Solo Elements 27Officers 27Snipers 28Medics 28Runners 28</p><p>Resolving Combat 29Rolling-To-Hit 29Melee 37Armour &amp; Cover 38Damage 40Suppression 41</p><p>Orders 43</p><p>Game Types 46</p><p>Weapon Tables 49</p><p>Equipment Lists 56</p><p>Point Costs 58</p><p>Appendix I : 61Force typesEnclave Forces 61Street Gang Forces 64Mob Forces 67Mercenary Forces 70Ghoul Forces 73Scav Forces 76Cultie Forces 79Syndicate Forces 82Wasteland Forces 85</p><p>Appendix II : 86Burst templates &amp; counters</p><p>Appendix III : 90Blank record sheetsInitiative SheetSolo SheetSupport Team SheetSquad Sheet</p><p>Appendix IV: 94Quick reference sheet</p><p>CONTENTS</p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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).</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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,</p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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</p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>6against the armed forces that were increasingly being relied upon tomaintain order. </p><p>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.</p><p>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 these undergroundretreats were leaked and their guards were placed in the unenviable positionof having to turn back heaving, desperate crowds at gunpoint. </p><p>November 2015: ImpactIn November 2015, the first, and lightest, wave of meteor rubble began tostrike the Earth's atmosphere. Initially, the small meteor showers merely lit upthe night sky, creating an awe-inspiring display as they struck the upperatmosphere. The world's population looked on, many becoming somewhatcomplacent as the one or two small fragments that managed to find their wayto the ground in the vicinity of settled areas caused little more than smallcraters and minor peripheral damage.</p><p>When it was confirmed that some of these impact craters were, as feared,highly radioactive, army NCB teams rapidly sealed the areas off and startedto decontaminate them as best they could with increasingly stretchedresources. </p><p>Naturally, in the third world, where no infrastructure existed to deal with suchdisasters, people were essentially left to fend for themselves as best theycould with predictable outcomes.</p><p>After the first 24 hours, the impacts began to increase in scale and becamemore frequent - showers could be seen in the daylight as well as during thehours of darkness and the military were soon unable to cope with the numberof impact sites. Many governments started giving civilians televised warningsto leave the immediate vicinity of any meteor strike and wait for armed forcesto evacuate them to resettlement centres. Many of these warnings wentunheeded however, as satellite and radio communications were increasinglydisrupted by the atmospheric activity. </p><p>Few areas escaped without some damage and a corresponding loss of lifebut to many it still seemed as though their communities would pull throughrelatively intact. </p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>7This level of strikes continued for another 36 hours until, finally, the largestfragments - many of them hundreds of metres across - began to impact,landing across the globe, on both land and sea. </p><p>These larger meteors caused massive, almost unimaginable devastationthroughout the world. </p><p>Where they smashed into the sea, the displaced water resulted in huge tidalwaves that left many seaboard cities flooded and partially flattened ruins. </p><p>On the land they caused massive craters, throwing up vast quantities of dustand rubble. The hundreds of impacts triggered seismic activity alongpractically every fault line on the planet. Earthquakes devastated vast areas,with entire cities crumbling or even disappearing underground. </p><p>Volcanoes erupted spontaneously and violently, spewing yet more smoke anddust into the already dust-choked atmosphere and obscuring vast tracts ofland under a spreading carpet of molten lava.</p><p>The massive amount of dust created by the initial impacts and by thesubsequent seismic events was thrown up into the atmosphere causing aplanet-wide, impenetrable cloud that rapidly obscured the sun's light. Withinhours, light levels dropped to a dim twilight that was to last for over sixmonths - the planet lit only by vast fires consuming forests, grasslands andcities. This cloud acted as a huge insulating blanket, and multiplied the effectsof the uncontrollable fires and volcanic activity, ultimately raising globaltemperatures, melting the icecaps and rapidly raising sea levels. </p><p>Over the following months, cities already battered by tsunamis began tosteadily disappear under the rising waters, and lowland areas across theworld, from North West Europe to the Pacific Rim, disappeared beneathraging seas and swollen lakes and rivers.</p><p>December 2015 - December 2024: AftermathOnce the meteor showers had died away, the survivors emerged from theirbasements and shelters and found a dark, twilight world that bore littleresemblance to that which they had left behind less than a week before. </p><p>Entire cities had been wiped off the map by impacts and earthquakes, vastareas were now unstable active volcanic fields, choked with poisonous ash,dust and molten lava flows. Some cities were left half-buried under millionsof tons of dust and rubble, whilst others were partially submerged off newcoastlines, only the tops of the tallest buildings rising above the waves. </p><p>On top of this devastation, radioactive impact craters littered the planet -deadly but often invisible areas that for years to come would kill the unwarywithin hours if they were lucky, months if they were not.</p><p>Organised services - from medical, fire and welfare services to police andthe military - disintegrated under the weight of the task in front of them,weakened as they were by their own massive casualties and by thedesertions of those who, seeing no hope, left to be reunited with theirfamilies. </p><p>Evan Anhorn (order #465190)</p></li><li><p>8Of those few remaining government bunkers not destroyed by the impacts orby subsequent events, many found themselves entombed in theirunderground retreats, buried under volcanic debris or tons of impact dust. </p><p>With land communication lines destroyed, and the few remaining satellitesnot smashed by the meteor shower rendered inoperable by the huge amountof dust in the upper atmosphere, all but very short-range radiocommunications were impossible. This combined with the fact that therewere, in any case, very few people left alive to contact meant that theinhabitants trapped in these bunkers slowly suffocated as air filters struggledto cope wi...</p></li></ul>