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Modern Assembly

Goal: Create a module of rules to update 4e for a Modern, or slightly future setting, by adding material to the existing 4e game, without taking anything away. We're also looking to keep options simple where ever possible.

There are no new Classes. Modern weapons are added to existing Simple, Military and Superior labels. New skills can be added with backgrounds.

This is not a monthly theme, but an ongoing project. We will continue to produce content until we can release a draft, request playtest feedback and then do a final print/PDF.

Our working documents can be found on Google Docs, including the Project Introduction.


Backgrounds are Done: Google Doc


Mundane Equipment is Done: Google Doc

Reference: See Weapons below


Skills are Done: Google Doc

Reference: 4th Power on Skills


Instead of adding Modern Classes, Themes will be used to update existing class abilities. For example, many of a soliders key traits are covered in the Fighter or Ranger classes. A scholar might have a base class of Artificer, Rogue or Wizard.

For the First Draft: We should have 4 to 6 playable themes.

Ideas for Themes:

  • Academic: These peoples are focussed on knowledge. They may experts on the paranormal or as ordinary as physics professors. Examples include Rupert Giles, Henry Jones Sr., and Temperance “Bones” Brennan. In Progress
  • Detective: Someone who specializes in figuring out a situation. Modern Examples include Batman, Dick Tracy and Indiana Jones.
  • Driver: This kind of character gets special bonuses and utility powers when behind the wheel. Examples include Speed Racer, Dominic Toretto , and Starbuck.
  • Faceman: This character interacts with people with their charm. They might be a convincing statesman, drop dead sexy, or a master of disguise. Examples include James Bond, Templeton “Face” Peck (The A-Team), and Elizabeth Lochley. Done: Google Doc
  • Fated: This character had adventure thrust upon them but somehow manages to survive and even thrive. Examples include Xander, Kagome, Katniss or Stephanie Plum. Done: Google Doc
  • Jack of All Trades: This character is a key fifth man. He's managed to get good at a little bit of everything. Examples include Michael Weston, Ash (Evil Dead) and Riddick.
  • Mechanic: Not just an automotive mechanic, but someone skilled in fixing or building modern equipment. Examples include Lucious Fox, Forge or Kaylee from Firefly.
  • Wingman: These character thrive in a team environment. They may do well by themselves but they excel when supporting others. Examples include Robin, Dr Watson, and Chewbacca.


Wealth is Done: Google Doc


For the First Draft: We need a sampling of some common Modern Weapons. Done: Google Doc

Future Expansion:


For the First Draft: While it would be nice to have vehicle rules in the First Draft, but since some people can access the below, this is a low priority.

There was an article in Dungeon 188 that covered vehicles in Gamma World, that can be downloaded here.

Reference: DMG 42's Vehicles, DMG 42's Chase Scene

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