So you're probably wondering how that seems like a good idea. Well stop it. It was to test the effectiveness (the best way an RPG can...) or tactics. .. Alright, one of my players called it on the spot "war nerd the RPG." But c'mon, if you were playing in WWII settings on, say, the Pacific theatre and heard "BANZAI!" from the next tree line, you'd want an AA-12 automatic shotgun too. Plus I wanted to show that the biggest advantages the players would have was not their modern weapons but their tactics, gear, and armor, in comparison to the adaptability that the troops had then, more so then now. Here are the characters I had:
- an Australian SASR pointman
- a US Navy DEVGRU demolitions expert
- a US OGA support gunner
- and an Israeli Mossad medic/marksman
|Was ist diese Scheiße?!|
So did the team steam roll some Germans. Yeah, we also find out that an Israeli sharpshooter with medical training sent back to fight the Nazis calls for some disturbing moments. Like called shots to the the windpipe so they bleed out and drown in their own blood. Yeah, shit got really real on this one. Also a double tap from a suppressed 9mm might not kill an average person in Savage Worlds if you also have cold loaded ammunition and don't roll well on damage. Generally that wouldn't be a big deal in combat, but in the case of the SASR pointman that finds himself the first man into a room with a squad of sleeping infantry, then it becomes a big deal. Knives still work well however. An MG34 can best be rendered unable to fire by shooting off the trigger, and a short barreled M79 (or "pirate gun" as I've heard it referred to in a book about DEVGRU, fun fact) makes a good mortar.
But the most important lessons learned that session where:
- speed and stealth are more important for success than rate of fire or magazine capacity.
- apparently Level IV body armor inside a kevlar plate carrier stops an 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm) round at point blank range.
- a Ju-87 Stuka is scary no matter how much armor you have
- blowing up a house blows your cover, and the German guy shooting at you.
- if the bomb removes a leg and he's still shooting at the Germans, he's a keeper.
- FMJ 7.62x51mmNATO rounds can be used in concert with suppressive fire through the corner of a house, and that it scares people from the '30s
- A claymore will remove the front of a '30s Spanish house
|This all basically happened. But they saved the guy with that last one. No joking.|