Author Topic: Minimum distance for Ramming?  (Read 135 times)

IntrepidVector

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Minimum distance for Ramming?
« on: (16:36:53/04-18-17) »
How would I find out the amount of space a vehicle needs to ram something from a standing start? The vehicle in question has these stats when the driver is Jumped In:
Handling: 7/5
Speed: 8
Acceleration: 5
Body: 10

If a person is right in front of the car and the driver floors it, would you calculate that Ramming attack at Speed 5, or something lower to account for the limited space to build up momentum and speed? How much road and/or combat time would be necessary to hit Speed 8 to deliver a blow at max speed?

Glonthein

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Re: Minimum distance for Ramming?
« Reply #1 on: (05:17:29/04-19-17) »
1)Realistic approach
If i'm not completely mistaken, your speed can gain up to your acceleration in a combat turn, so you would need to wait the second combat turn to be at full speed. As for the distance needed, if you use the speed*30kph = actual speed for groundcraft vehicle, I think you would need approximately 120 meters to get to speed 5 (that would take the first combat turn), and another 100 meters to get from speed 5 to 8 (that would take about half a combat turn).
Now, if someone is right in front of the car (I will assume less than 10 meters), and you want some realism, you will be at speed 1 when you hit him,
2)Other Approach
If you don't want to calculate all those distances (took me 2 minutes to do those in my head, but i'm a freaking engineer), you can always say that you are instantly from 0 to 5, or that your starting speed is determined by a pilot test with the limit being your acceleration. Then your speed for the rest of the turn would be that, and at the end of the turn you will reach that 5 speed. Or you can use whatever rule might be in the book that I don't remember right now but may be there.

IntrepidVector

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Re: Minimum distance for Ramming?
« Reply #2 on: (06:28:08/04-19-17) »
Thank you! Useful and thorough answer!

I can't wait to upgrade my character's control rig from rating 2 to 3. If I did my math right, I think ramming things at full speed will end up being 100P DV (thank you, ram plate), which is nonsense. To start with, it's already 50P.

On that note, how is damage to a vehicle calculated when ramming a metahuman/materialized spirit/other non-vehicle? The way the ramming rules in SR5 and the ones in Rigger 5 intersect is unclear to me.
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