Ray the Mechanik
Ray the Mechanik may not seem like the most dangerous force in the universe, but given the time and resources, he will build the Creations that destroy empires and shatter Civilizations.
Illustration: Evil Wayne McCaul
Chapter Seven: Structures
The Unstoppable Sonks

The Assyrian warship Sonks, captained by the legendary Major Natalya and constructed around the unstoppable Hyper Phase Cannon, is the most decorated ship in the Assyrian Space Force. After first seeing action as a Longinus IV-B class Corvette, the Sonks has been retrofitted into a Venus class Destroyer in response to the escalating threat from the Stranian capital ship Hodgepodge and its supporting fleet.

Once a decent-sized Creation like the Sonks enters the game, the all-minifig style of combat described in the Core Rules seems inconsequential at best.
Photo: Natalya
from "Assyrian Star Empire -- All Units"
Elements shown: LEGO

There is no environment more dangerous to minifigs than the flat open field of an empty dining room table or hardwood floor.

This is not to discount the admirable qualities of minefields, quicksand patches, black holes, and molten lava, but all they can threaten is simple mutilation or death. To the fighting minifig, a featureless plane is much more terrifying. Without strong points to exploit, choke points to control, obstacles to avoid, and sublime vistas to annihilate, minifigs face the danger of becoming tactically disoriented, or worse, bored.

Minifigs are tender, fragile, and slow compared to armored vehicles and other large units. Without cover to duck behind, they have a tendency to get ground up like plastic hamburger meat. An ideal battlefield is populated with enough Structures to give minifigs a satisfactory range of tactical options. Whether fighting amongst walls and fortifications, trees and rivers, cliffs and caves, or gas stations and convenience stores, the more variety that's available to minifigs in the field, the better.



7.1: Structure
VersaillesPunk
The more props and clever details you can pack into your structures, the more opportunities players will discover for unplanned mayhem.
Photo: Shaun Sullivan
from "VersaillesPunk"
Elements shown: LEGO
Underneath all the devices and decorations, every physical object in the BrikWars universe is a Structure at heart, from the minifig and his binoculars and the grassy knoll he's crouching on, to the public libraries and orphanages he's targeting for orbital bombardment. The majority of these Structures are simply handled as free scenery, not owned or paid for by any player, but it's still important to be able to cook up some quick attributes to know how efficiently they can be reduced to smoking craters.


Structure vs. Non-Structural Elements
The core of any Creation is its central Structure, upon which all the limbs, weapons, devices, and decorations are mounted. As a rule of thumb, any section of the Creation with an 'interior' (whether for cargo, minifigs, machinery, or vital internal organs) is Structural.

Non-Structural Elements
Any parts that are decorative, moving, have activated functions, or are otherwise not an integral part of the main Structure are Non-Structural Elements. This includes Weapons and Devices mounted on the surface of a Structure, as well as interior objects like furniture, security systems, and intestines. While Weapons and Devices are the most obviously useful type (Chapter 8: Weaponry), all Non-Structural Elements are great for adding color and interest to an otherwise humdrum battlefield.

Structural and Non-Structural Elements
Creation Category Structural Elements Non-Structural Elements
Building walls, floors, basement, roof, load-bearing columns furniture, machine gun nest, satellite dish, drawbridge, searchlights
Vehicle chassis, cockpit, fuselage, cargo hold, trailer wings, rockets, wheels, laser cannon, crane arm, shield generator, fuzzy dice
Creature skull, torso, trunk limbs, wings, jaws, tail, fins, tentacles, weapons, bunny slippers, brains


Structural Attributes
A Structure has two main attributes: Size and Armor.

Size
SizeTo determine a Structure's Size, players take the physical model and measure the number of inches along the longest dimension of its Structural section, ignoring Non-Structural Elements like wings or missile launchers. A wall's longest dimension is its length, a tower's is its height, a sphere can be measured across the diameter, and so forth. The number of inches measured is the Structure's Size rating. Players can round fractions upward or downward according to preference.

A Structure's Size determines how many Weapons and Devices it can activate in a turn, how many times it can be damaged before it's destroyed, and its maximum Armor.

Creature Sizes
The variety of possible Creatures is limitless, but gauging their relative strength is as simple as measuring the lengths of their spinal column and cranium. Tails and jaws are excluded.
Elements shown: LEGO
The Juggerbunny
The Armor Level of Shaun Sullivan's evil Juggerbunny fluctuates according to how fast it can absorb live rabbits. Fortunately those little buggers breed quickly.
Photo: Shaun Sullivan
from "T.E.A.M. Rebirth"
Elements shown: LEGO

Most Structures have a minimum Size of 1", but for very small single-piece Creatures (snakes, bats, scoprions, and parrots, for instance), a Size rating of zero inches is allowed. These tiny zero-Sized Creatures are called Vermin. By default, Vermin have zero inches of Size and zero points of Armor.


Armor
ArmorPlayers assign d10s of Armor to their Structures according to what seems most appropriate. If their Creations are based on Human structures, they can choose an equivalent material from the table below.

If their Creations represent nothing more than the plastic constructions they actually are, then the players can discuss what Armor ranges they'd like for a satisfying game overall. A high Armor range encourages units to manuever around strong points for cover, while a low Armor range invites them to blast through obstacles in a rush to take and hold the initiative.

Armor Levels
Armor
Weight
Class
Minimum
Size Size
Equivalent
Materials
Building
Example
Vehicle
Example
Creature
Example
0 0 0" glass, paper, soap bubbles tent hot air ballon butterfly
1Armor d6* ½ ½" rope, drywall, plastic, flesh plastic outhouse biplane minifig
1Armor d10 1 1" wood, sheet metal, steel cables, kevlar wooden outhouse sports car troll
2Armor d10 2 2" brick, log walls, wrought iron brick outhouse pirate ship dragon
3Armor d10 3 3" reinforced concrete, stone, steel plating castle tank stone golem
4Armor d10 4 4" heavy steel blocks nuclear bunker capital starship Olympian god
5Armor d10 5 5" adamantite, kanon BrikThulhuminati pyramid Dungam mobile suit Human
* - For minifigs, the 1d6 Armor level is often simplified to 4 to cut down on dice rolling.

By default, a Structure has as many d10s of Armor as its inches of Size, up to 3d10 Armor. Higher Armor levels are possible in theory, but 4d10 and especially 5d10 should be avoided except in the most unique and epic boss battles.

The maximum Armor of Vehicles and Creatures may be limited further by the speed of their Propulsion systems (9.1: Propulsion).

The number of d10s in a Structure's Armor are its Weight class, which determines its maximum Momentum and its resistance to special Damage effects. (An Armor level of 1d6 is treated as Weight class ½.) A Structure's Weight can never be greater than its inches of Size.

Any exposed hinges, turrets, pivots, or other moving attachment points on a Structure are considered weak points, ripe for targeting. By default, these weak points, along with any Non-Structural Elements and interior walls, have one less d10 of Armor than the Structure they're attached to. (Weak points that already have 1d10 Armor or less aren't reduced.) Incidental decorations and other objects mounted to the Structure may have higher or lower Armor Ratings as seems appropriate to their particular nature, at the players' discretion.



7.2 Taking Damage

For minifigs and other small Creations (Size 1" or less), injuries are simple to deal with. Damage higher than their Armor rating kills or destroys them; Damage of an equal or lesser amount has no effect.

For a larger Creation, overcoming the Armor rating doesn’t grant an instant kill. Depending on how large the Creation is, the Damage might only weaken it by stages or break off chunks of individual bricks.

When attacking a large Creation, players can handle the Damage in two ways. Size Damage does damage to the Creation as a whole, treating its Size inches as a type of hit points and allowing attackers to weaken its overall abilities by attrition. Component Damage lets attackers focus on destroying individual systems or severing specific construction element connections rather than doing generalized damage to the whole Creation.


Size Damage
Targeting a Creation for Size Damage doesn't take a lot of precision – the attacker just has to be able to target any part of its central Structure (7.1: Structure). This will often grant a nice bonus to the Action Roll, since the attacker can take a Target Size bonus for however much of the Structure is visible to him (+1 bonus per 2” target Size; see 5.1: Making Attacks).

Effective Size
A Structure or Device's Effective Size is what remains when its inches of Size Damage have been subtracted from its actual, physical Size. When a Structure's Effective Size is reduced to zero or less, it is destroyed.
As when attacking minifigs, the attack Damage must first exceed the target’s Armor to have any effect. If it does, the target Creation takes one inch of Size Damage, represented by sticking a colored Damage Pip to a prominent spot on the Creation or its baseplate. Black or red 1x1 bricks are the usual choice for Damage Pips, although other elements may be used for convenience or better visibility.

When a Creation has taken Size Damage, the model remains the same physical Size, but the Creation's Effective Size is reduced by each inch of Size Damage. Abilities limited by Size are now limited by the new Effective Size instead: the Power limit on the number of Weapons and Devices the Creation can activate during a turn (8.1: Weapon Size), its maximum Momentum in a Charge (9.5: Collisions), and its maximum Weight class and Armor d10s (7.1: Structure) are all decreased to match the new Effective Size. Additionally, if the Creation takes enough Size Damage to reduce its Effective Size to half its original Size or less, then the Creation moves at Half Speed.

When a Creation's Armor is decreased by Size Damage, the Armor of its Non-Structural Elements and moving parts are also weakened accordingly.

Any positive advantages that might result from a smaller Effective Size, such as a decreased targeting bonus for attackers, are ignored. The Creation's Size as a physical target hasn't decreased, only its ability levels.

If Size Damage is enough to reduce a Creation's Effective Size to zero inches, then the Creation is destroyed in the manner that seems most appropriate. Towers collapse, spaceships explode, whales go belly-up, zeppelins burst into flame, and pirate ships sink to the briny bottom. Creations of Size 1" (and Vermin of Size 0") are destroyed on the first inch of Size Damage.

Size Damage Example: Super Heavy Death Tank
Example: The Briktopian military has received reports of a small bar serving Maniac Beer - a serious offense! The Super Heavy Death Tank "Vindicator" is sent to defend Briktopian liquor licensing regulations by destroying the bar and all its patrons.

The SHDT Vindicator is so large that it serves as a carrier vessel for lesser tanks, and with an Armor of 4d10 it can absorb a huge amount of Damage for each of its 12 inches of Size. An opposing force would have to be fools to try to take it down with general Size Damage rather than with more precisely targeted attacks, but - under the influence of Maniac Beer - the bar's patrons attempt exactly that.

Size 12" SHDT Vindicator
Size
Damage
Armor
Effective
Size
Armor
Armor
Weight
Class
Move
Movement
Armor
Power
None 12"
(Actual Size)
4Armor d10
(Full Strength)
4 10"
(Full Speed)
24"
(Full Power)
2" 10" 20"
6" 6" Half Speed 12"
9" 3" 3Armor d10 3 6"
10" 2" 2Armor d10 2 4"
11" 1" 1Armor d10 1 2"
12" 0" DeathDestroyed
The SHDT Vindicator enforces liquor licensing regulations
The SHDT Vindicator pushes aside lesser tanks as if they were built out of construction toys.
Photo: Apollyon
from "Operation Blau"
Elements shown: LEGO

The first few inches of Size Damage are enough to immediately start decreasing the Vindicator's Power capacity. At six inches of Size Damage, it's lost half of its Effective Size and is reduced to Half Speed. It takes nine inches of Size Damage before the SHDT's Effective Size is reduced below 4", causing decreases to its Weight class and Armor.

In theory, at twelve inches of Size Damage, the Vindicator's Effective Size is reduced to zero, and the tank is destroyed. The chances of a handful of drunken bar patrons accomplishing this are slim to none.
Dragon Fight
Never having been known for its sense of fair play, this Mega Bloks dragon aims for a particular weak spot while making a bite attack on its LEGO counterpart. Finer points of reptilian anatomy aside, it wouldn't be unreasonable for players to grant this attack a couple extra dice of damage or some especially crippling side effect.
Elements shown: LEGO, Mega Bloks


Component Damage
When an attacker wants to focus damage on a Creation’s particular weak point, he may single out individual construction elements for Component Damage. This takes a little more accuracy than a Size Damage attack - many elements are small enough to incur Action penalties for small Target Size (5.1: Making Attacks). The advantage is that Component Damage can be used to disable or destroy specific devices and systems, which tend to be less heavily armored than the main Structure.

If Component Damage exceeds the target element's Armor, then the element is chopped, smashed, or blasted off of the Creation. The attacker removes either a single building element or a chunk of bricks up to 1” in Size. Where possible, players should try to make the damage appropriate to the attack type – piercing armor plating with an energy blade makes a more precise cut than pounding it with mortar fire.
Explosives are especially satisfying when used for Component Damage, as they can potentially destroy a large number of Components in their blast radius at once.

If a Creation is made up primarily of a single very large element, such as a towering Cthuloid Furry Horror made out of a stuffed teddy bear, it's poor form to try and use Component Damage to destroy the whole thing in one hit. Use Size Damage, or choose a specific feature to disable rather than destroying the whole element.

Applications
The precision of a Component Damage attack allows for several possible applications. A tank's armor, a castle wall, and a dragon's ribcage can all be breached to expose the juicy innards to more effective follow-up attacks. Critical devices like steering wheels, helicopter blades, and kneecaps can be destroyed individually to disable a target.

By targeting narrow connection points (the tail section of a helicopter or the waist of a giant wasp), a successful Component Damage attack can divide one large Creation into two or more smaller ones. The Size Ratings of the new smaller Creations are reduced to reflect their new stature, but each then inherits the full Size Damage of the original Creation, which may mean that one or both are instantly destroyed. Each section may use whichever weapons and devices remain attached to them, but only if they still have the necessary remaining Effective Size and controls to activate them (Chapter 8: Weaponry).


Special Damage
When the Damage from an attack is much higher or much lower than the target's Armor, players may decide to use special forms of Damage to account for the effects. Special Damage takes a little more work than the usual kind and should be saved for appropriately special occasions.

Grinding
Given enough time, a woodcutter's axe can chop down a telephone pole, a battering ram can beat down reinforced gates, and a hammer and chisel can punch a leak in the hull of a submarine. When the Armor of a target is too great to ever be overcome in a single attack, Grinding Damage can be used to grind down the Armor of specific components over the course of several turns.

Grinding can only be used in Component attacks. Grinding is different from a regular attack, and a player must declare that they are Grinding before rolling for Damage. Rather than comparing the Damage total to the target component's Armor, the player instead compares the result on each individual Damage die to the component's Weight class. For each die that comes up greater than this number, the component receives one point of Grinding Damage (use Damage Pips to keep track of this as necessary). These points of Grinding Damage are permanent, and are subtracted from the Armor for all subsequent attacks specifically targeting that component.
Flailing Wildly
Eric Joslin's giant slays a series of Greg's minifig troops with a single mighty swing of his flail.
Photo: Eric Joslin
from "NELUG Gets Medieval"
Winners: a flock of sheep
Elements shown: LEGO

Overkill
Normally, points of Damage in excess of a target's Armor rating are ignored. If an attack is so powerful that the leftover Damage can be effective all over again, then that excess can be treated as Overkill Damage. Especially powerful attacks may cause enough Overkill Damage to inflict multiple inches of Size Damage on the same target, destroy several Components all at once, or even blow through multiple targets.

Two down, three to go
12 points of Damage is enough to kill multiple minifigs if they all happen to be standing in the line of fire.

12 Damage kills the first minifig. After overcoming his 4 Armor, 8 points of Overkill Damage remain.

8 Damage kills the second minifig. After overcoming his 4 Armor, 4 points of Overkill Damage remain.

4 Damage is enough to match the third minifig's Armor but not defeat it. He and the other remaining minifigs survive.

When an attacker makes a successful attack and decides to go for Overkill, the player keeps track of the total Damage inflicted and the defender's unsuccessful Armor Roll against it. After applying the appropriate Damage destruction from the initial attack, they then subtract the result of the Armor Roll from the Damage total to find out how many points were "left over." This leftover Damage becomes Overkill Damage, continuing in the path of the original attack, doing more of the same type of damage (either Size or Component Damage) to whatever objects it hits.

When an attacker causes Size Overkill from a Size Damage attack, he will most often be inflicting multiple inches of Size Damage against a single target. If any of these reduce the target's effective Size enough to lower its Armor, all successive points of Overkill Damage are applied to the target's new, lower Armor, in a satisfyingly vicious cycle.

When Component Overkill results from Component Damage, the attack destroys the initial target Component and proceeds forward to the next Component immediately behind it, potentially burrowing all the way through the Creation and bursting out the other side. Component Overkill can benefit from the fact that the Armor of interior Components is normally lower than exterior Structural ones, so attackers can cause damage more easily once they've punched through the tough outer shell.

Best of all, if Size Overkill is enough to destroy the initial target, or Component Overkill is enough to blast right through it, then the Overkill Damage may continue out the other side as Target Overkill to strike whatever new targets fall along its path. Target Overkill travels in a straight line determined by the direction of the attack and where it struck the target, and is limited by the range of the attack - a battleaxe is limited by the maximum reach of its swing, a laser blast by its maximum linear range, and a Charging bull by the maximum distance it's able to run in a straight line.

Body Piercing
When the attacker wasn't specific about which part of a target he was aiming for, assume that the attack struck the closest, largest, and most generic part of he target - the center of a minifig's torso rather than the brainpan or groin, for example.

If the attack location was too-Koincidentally chosen so that the Overkill Damage would happen to hit a target or component the attacker couldn't have known was there, that's in pretty poor taste. It's one thing to fire at a vehicle cockpit and happen to hit the pilot; it's another to fire at the one spot on a blank wall that happens to have a security guard on the other side. In cases of obvious shenanigans, the defending player can declare by fiat which location on the target was struck by the attack, and then kick the attacking player in the shin.

When Target Overkill threatens to strike units positioned behind the original target, they can attempt to Bail or Parry the attack as if they were the original target.



7.3 Field Construction

Hauling briks
The hardest part of assembling Creations in the field is collecting the construction elements in the first place.
Minifigs are no fans of Actions that fail to result in violence, but they try to take a tolerant attitude towards the occasional need to put stuff together. Otherwise, the reasoning goes, they'd run out of stuff to blow up, and stuff to blow it up with.

When a minifig is carrying a construction element and tries to connect it to something, he succeeds automatically. Minifigs have been bred for this specific task for generations, and are very efficient at it. Attaching construction elements together costs an Action, but with that single Action they can spend the turn attaching as many construction elements as they can physically move into position.

Makeshift constructed objects (or constructed sections added to other objects) have an Armor rating of 1d6 by default.

Carrying Items
A minifig's ability to assemble Structures is limited only by his ability to gather building elements together.

A minifig can pick up, carry, and drop an element (or group of elements) up to the size of a 2x2 brick with one hand, at no cost to Movement or Action. Using both hands, he can carry a load up to a 2x4 brick in size just as easily, although he can no longer Sprint. He can push or drag a larger object or group of objects around at Half Speed, up to 2" in Size.

As a more general rule, a Creation with the ability to carry things can pick up and carry an object its own Size at no cost, and push or drag an object twice its Size at Half Speed. If minifigs work together to combine their strength, they can add their Sizes together to combine their carrying capacity. If a Size 0" Vermin (10.4: Monsters) is able to carry objects, it can carry one minifig equipment item at no penalty, or two equipment items at half speed.


The Mechanik
Mechanik
(Download the Mechanik card)
Minifig Budgeting
In MOC Combat, minifig stat cards have an extra block at the bottom for budgeting stats. These show the minifig's defining CAP and his value in Unit Inches (Chapter Ω: Budgeting and Endgames).
CAP Wrench Under CAPITALISM, a minifig's identity is determined solely by his possessions. In this case, a minifig becomes a Mechanik when he gets a Mechanik's Tool.
Unit Inches Using Unit Inches, a Mechanik is worth 1Ű, the same as most types of minifigs, but with the caveat that he must carry a Mechanik's Tool in one hand. Taking up one of his hands acts as a tradeoff for the extra abilities granted by his Specialty.
All hail the brik
In the hands of a skilled Mechanik, the common brik becomes a thing of wonder.

While any minifig can slap some rubble together and call it a day, there are a few brickbuilding savants who, thanks to rigorous education and natural genius, earn the right to wear a hard hat and carry around actual tools. These licensed Mechaniks have the ability to assemble masterworks of engineering on the fly, even in the middle of pitched battles.

Mechanikal Aptitude
Mechanikal Aptitude Specialty: allows the Construction Action on enemy turns within a Specialty d8" radius
A Mechanik has the advantage of Mechanikal Aptitude, which allows him to use Construction Actions to build, repair, modify, and disassemble creations without respect to logic or common sense. Whenever engaging in one of these activities, a Mechanik uses his Specialty d8 rather than his usual Action d6.

Specialty Dice
Specialty d8The Mechanikal Aptitude Specialty is marked with a Specialty d8. This is an example of a Specialty die, a special-purpose die used to determine the effectiveness of a Specialty. Similar to an Action Die, the Specialty d8 means that the Mechanik is an expert in this Specialty. Various effects might modify his Specialist die size upwards (aid from a competent Assistant) or downwards (drinking on the job).


The Construction Action
When constructing elements into new Creations or modifying existing ones, Mechaniks are free to attach a loose brick here or there during their turn like any amateur. For the really big jobs, though, they need to declare a Construction Action and abide by union rules.

UNION RULE 1

Mechanix don't collect their own bricks.

No matter how hardworking an individual Mechanik might be in private life, the professional standards dictated by the Mechanix' Union require him to be as lazy as possible on the job, in order to protect the hard-won rights of his union brothers. This means that Mechanix avoid collecting their own bricks whenever possible.

Instead, when a Mechanik declares a Construction Action, he rolls his Specialty Specialty d8 to determine his Construction Radius. Within that many inches from where he's standing, he may then use all loose chunks of construction elements small enough to carry as if he had taken the trouble to collect them himself. Objects too large to carry can be included in Construction as well, but, unlike the smaller pieces, they must already be within arm's reach. Mechanix can treat any Structures and Vehicles that have been destroyed by Size Damage (that is, their Effective Size has been reduced to zero) as if they were already completely broken apart into component elements, even if they are still otherwise intact.

Two Mechaniks working together can combine their Construction Radius rolls, but it doesn't give them any more time to Construct stuff.

While Constructing, the player is allowed to take this collection of elements off to one side of the battlefield in order to work with them more easily, but they are all considered to still be on the field, and are still subject to attacks at that location by marauding opponents.

If any bystanders get too curious about how a Mechanik is able to use bricks without gathering them first, they find themselves having a chat soon afterwards with some of the local union boys, and they learn to not be so curious in the future.

UNION RULE 2

Mechanix don't work on their own turns.
I didn't go to seven years of plumbing school to be called mister
Two disguised United Systems Alliance Mechanix bluff their way into a Trattorian maintenance shaft by pretending to have doctorates in Plumbing Studies.
Photo: Silent-Sigfig
from "The Jackpot"
Elements shown: LEGO

Union rules dictate that Mechaniks are always On Break during their own turn. Break begins the moment the Mechanik declares a Construction Action and lasts until the end of the turn. It's only afterwards, when his managers aren't looking, that he really gets down to business.

All Construction Actions take place during the Mechanik's opponents' turns. This has two advantages: first, it gives the Mechanik's player something to do while waiting for their opponents to move, and second, it encourages opponents to hurry up, since the longer they take, the more work the Mechanik can get done.

The Mechanik's player must take care to never let a Construction Action stall the game. If they're called on to make a roll, if the Mechanik or his Construction are attacked, or if the opponent's turn ends, the player must immediately pause working on the Construction, regardless of the state it's in. The player can return to working on it once the interruption is resolved, if the Mechanik is still alive and in a position to do so.

Field Constructions
Mechanix are best known for their ability to create machinery and fortifications from rubble, either as new Creations (a new assault helicopter, a new castle tower) or as objects to add to existing Creations (a new giant robot fist for the copter, a new weaponized assault garderobe for the tower). These are limited only by how fast the player can build, and by the parts available within the Mechanik's range.

A Mechanik's Field Constructions have the following stats, whether finished or in progress:

Field Constructions
Size Size As measured in inches
ArmorArmor 1Armor d6
Move Move +2" Move per Propulsion element
Action Weapons by Weapon Size and type

SizeSize - see 7.1: Structure
The Size of a Field Construction is measured the same as for any other Creation - decide which parts are the core Structure, and measure its largest dimension. The number of inches in this measurement is the Construction's Size.

ArmorArmor - see 7.1: Structure
New Field Constructions have Armor 1d6.

MoveMove - see Chapter 9: Vehicles
By adding appropriate propulsion elements, a Mechanik can turn his Field Construction into a Vehicle. On a ground vehicle, these might be wheels, legs, or treads. A flier might have jet engines, propellers, or rockets. On a seafaring craft, these might be sails, sternwheels, or manned oars.

If the new elements are used to replace previous propulsion elements, they restore whatever functionality was lost when the previous elements were damaged or destroyed. Otherwise, each new propulsion element adds two inches to the Vehicle's Move rating, limited to ten inches for Standard Propulsion and fifteen inches for Flight (9.1: Propulsion). The new elements must logically help push the Vehicle forward - wheels don't add Move if they're not touching the ground, oars don't help if they can't reach the water, and fixed wings don't help to propel an aircraft the way flapping ones do. If any part of a Field-Constructed Vehicle is dragging on the ground, it moves at Half Speed.

ActionWeapons - see Chapter 8: Weaponry
Field-Constructed weapons work the same way as regular weapons. Players determine the basic type of weapon under construction and measure its Weapon Size, and these two factors determine its stats and abilities. The new weapon is subject to all the same limitations as a pre-built one, especially concerning Power limitations for how many Weapons a Creation is able to use at the same time.

The difficulty with Field-Constructed weapons is in determining what counts as a properly-constructed weapon and what doesn't, since this is entirely up to the building standards of the players. In some groups, for instance, a single 1x10 brick makes a very acceptable Size 3 laser cannon, by sole virtue of being mounted on the front of a death buggy; in more serious groups it would be laughed right off the table. Here are some factors to consider when a Field-Constructed weapon is proposed:

  • Appropriate Parts
    Is the new weapon built out of the blown-up pieces of a similar weapon that got destroyed earlier? If so, then it's almost certainly acceptable. Mechanix have a much easier time building devices out of parts that were actually intended for the purpose.
  • Context Consistency
    Does the weapon look roughly as convincing as other weapons on the table, or does it look embarrassing by comparison? If the other players are fielding intricately customized models that they've slaved over for hours, they have the right to be more judgmental than if they slapped a bunch of rainbow crates together five minutes before the game. If the Mechanik's player can spot any enemies who are fielding weapons of similar quality or worse, then they're immune to criticism.
  • Player Hardassness
    How much of a hardass do you want to be? Has the Mechanik's player been a pain in the ass over the nitpicking details of every Heroic Feat and What I Say Goes Roll, or have they been willing to let things slide? Either way, now's the time to show your appreciation.
If players can't quickly agree on whether or not a given Field-Constructed weapon or device is acceptable enough to allow, put it to a What I Say Goes Roll and move on.

Patch Repairs
When a Creation takes Component Damage and a couple of chunks are blasted off, it's a simple matter for a Mechanik to gather them up and slap them back into place. Like any Field Construction, the repaired Components are built with 1d6 Armor, but otherwise behave exactly as they did before.

If a Mechanik wants to repair inches of Size Damage, he takes a Construction Action to do Patch Repairs. (Patch Repairs are a separate Construction Action from Field Construction, and a Mechanik can't do both in the same turn.) He does this by building one or more structural Patches on its surface out of loose bricks.

In order to repair one inch of Size Damage, the Size of the Patch must be one inch larger than the Creation's remaining Effective Size. Each inch repaired requires a separate Patch. When an inch of Size Damage is repaired, the Creation regains the abilities it lost when it lost that point of damage, including Power, Armor, Movement, and maximum Momentum.

A Patch must be one continuous construction attached to the surface of the Creation for the entire length of the Patch. Sections of a Patch not directly attached to the surface have no effect. Patches can never be longer than the Creations they're built on.

A Patch doesn't have to be completed all at once; a Mechanik can work on a single Patch over a series of turns if he's interrupted by a lack of time or parts. Once a Patch is complete, it becomes part of the Structure of its Creation. Blowing it off with Component Damage later won't reverse its effects, and other Patches can be built on top of it.

Patch Repair Example: Catapult
Example: A medium-sized catapult (Armor 2d10, Size 4") has taken two inches of Size Damage. Then, adding insult to injury, the enemy has used Component Damage to separate the rear section of the catapult completely. The remaining front section has a new Size of 3" and inherits the two inches of Size Damage, reducing it to an Effective Size of 1". One inch is not enough to operate the 4" Launcher arm normally, or for an Armor of 2d10; the catapult is reduced to Armor 1d10 and the Launcher is deactivated. The separated rear section has a Size of only 1", and also inherits the two inches of Size Damage, reducing its effective Size to less than zero. It's destroyed completely.

A Mechanik arrives on the scene and declares a Construction Action for Patch Repairs. His Construction Radius roll is high enough to give him access to all the pieces of the destroyed rear section, so he has plenty of parts to work with.

He starts by building a 2" Patch on the surface of the catapult. This is enough to repair the first inch of Size Damage, raising the Effective Size to 2" out of its 3" of actual Size. The catapult can now activate its Launcher, and it's returned to its original 2d10 Armor.

Since the Mechanik has parts and time left over, he decides to build another Patch, on top of the first, to repair the second point of Damage. This one needs to be a 3" Patch, to raise the front section's Effective Size back to its actual Size of 3". The catapult remains at 2d10 Armor, even though the new Patch would be large enough to raise it to 3d10. Patches can't raise a Creation's Armor to higher than its starting level.


Disassembly
Just peachy
Living creatures tend to fight back or run off when you try to Disassemble them, making it hard to get any work done.

Lt. Krus avoids this difficulty by making sure his Peach prisoners are properly restrained before harvesting their skeletons for throne-building.
Photo: Lt. Krus
from "Project Awesome"
Elements shown: LEGO
With the proper tools in hand, the Mechanik is a dangerous weapon - steel-plated armor designed to shrug off heavy mortar fire can find itself helpless against a Mechanik with a screwdriver and the will to use it.

Rather than building or repairing a Creation, Mechaniks can use a Construction Action to Disassemble it in an orderly fashion. To do so, he needs to be touching the Creation with tool in hand at the end of his own turn. If he's still alive and touching the Creation at the beginning of his following turn, then he's had the time to perform a successful Disassembly.

At the beginning of this turn, the Mechanik rolls his Specialty Specialty d8 and subtracts the Creation's Weight class. The remaining number is the number of elements the Mechanik can separate from the Creation. He can only remove elements (or groups of elements) that are directly accessible and not held in place by other pieces - that is to say, he has to be able to remove them without having to move any other parts of the Creation. The effects on the Creation are the same as if those pieces had been blown off by Component Damage.

Disrupting Disassembly
While a Mechanik can use Disassembly on friendly or neutral Creations in order to create a supply of spare parts, he's much more dangerous if he gets access to Disassemble opponents' Creations instead. To help prevent this, enemies have several ways to disrupt his efforts.

If a Mechanik becomes engaged in Close Combat before completing his attempt, or is otherwise removed from the Creation he's working on, Disassembly fails automatically. If he's hit by ranged weapons fire or takes any other kind of Damage, he takes a -1 penalty to his Specialty Roll for every point of Damage. The most effective means of disrupting a Mechanik, of course, is to kill him, and his opponents will generally consider this to be the best option.


Yellow Castle 375
In the 1,978th BrikVerse, the ancient Royal empire perfected the art of hinged castlery with the construction of their royal fortress, Yellow Castle 375. While the fates and possible yellowness of the previous 374 castles have been lost to history, Yellow Castle 375 remained the unchallenged pinnacle of castlebuilding for generations to come, until its fade into obscurity and final mysterious disappearance in BrikVerse #1,983.

Under the rule of the Yellow King, four virtuous and noble bloodlines joined together to form the Sticker Knights: the Order of the Crowns, the Order of the Rays, the Order of the Clover, and the Order of the Hazard Stripes. Tasked with enforcing Yellow purity throughout the kingdom, their Krusades of implacable ethnic cleansing left no survivors. If there were peach-colored minifigs in the BrikVerse then, as there are today, no evidence now remains.

The Yellow Kingdom's mythic history of uninterrupted racist terrorist success took a heavy blow after the appearance of Furbuland in BrikVerse #1,979. Upon discovering the furfigs, the intolerant Yellow King became sickened by a nausea from which he could never recover, and the kingdom fell into decline. The Sticker Knights fought bravely to eradicate the furfigs, and many quested for the Skully Grail that could cure the King's malaise with its miraculous genocidal magic. But in the end, their efforts were for naught. Furbuland continued to thrive for many Reconstruktions after the Yellow Kingdom's fade into obscurity, despite violent fursecution from minifig civilizations holding them to blame for the loss of the Yellow King.

In ages since, rumors and sightings of Yellow Castle in far-flung and mist-shrouded frontiers have been reported from pirates, fugitives, and remote explorers; none have been substantiated. It is believed that Yellow Castle will one day return in glory to restore the true King and heir to the Yellow Crown. Until then, the noble bloodlines descended from the Royal source are fractured and vie for supremacy and familial bragging rights.

(BrikWiki entry: Yellow Castle)