@jasondurall: Ok cool, I'm glad we cleared that up. :) Regarding the DEV levels - basically the Ark has mostly been living off stored food and the inhabitants (who until fairly recently were children) were under till fatherly rule of the Elder. The rise of the Bosses (and the other classes) is a new development! Also, remember that the DEV levels don't quite start at zero. You get a few points to distribute at the start of the game. :)
@BryanGustafson: Hm, there is no uniform answer to that - some Arks are very primitive, others have developed quickly. In the game, visiting other Arks is a cool way for the PCs to experience "what could have been" - such as the Other Ark special zone sector.
So what format (i.e zone compendium or major supplement) are you going to be using for the M:Y0 "outer space" expansion? And is space travel going to be based on "real" astrophysics or is it meant to be more cinematic in scope (like a space opera, for example).
@BryanGustafson: We have no hard decision on that yet, but we are considering it a major supplement. It's some way off though, as the expansions for animal mutants, robots and humans will come first. :)
The space expansion - the working title is "Mutant: Ad Astra" will be on the hard SF side of things. No warp drives! The game will stay in our solar system and be set on moon bases, the moons of Jupiter, etc.
Just got the PDF and I'm loving what I'm reading, but I have a question.
What does the DEV Requirement for Artifacts mean? Does it mean that artifact can't be found until then? Because if so I'm not sure that makes sense. Or is it that until the Ark reaches that DEV the item won't give them the bonus? Or is it a third option?
So the Swedish mutants have the ability to regenerate, amongst other additional mutations in the rules update that accompanies the beast mutant supplement. Will these additional mutations be added to the main book after the beast mutants book is released, or will they be added into the 1st zone compendium in April?
@DerekHand: Yes, the DEV requirement for an artifact tells you when the artifact is readily understood by everyone in the Ark (meaning the PCs don't need to make Comprehend rolls to be able to use it). Such objects could even be manufactured by the People, given the right tools and raw materials. Sorry for the slow reply!
@BryanGustafson: Good question! Yes, the updated Swedish version of the game soon to be released does include five new mutations. Pretty much everything else in the this version was already introduced in the core Year Zero book (such as new projects, new artifacts, critical injuries etc) so you English-speakers got it first! :)
Regarding the mutations - adding them to Zone Compendium is not a bad idea - we'll see what we can do!
From what I can tell any weapon marked "Jury-Rigged" is both readily available for Barter within the Ark(Though I'm curious why that note is left off the Gear & Services chart at the back of the book), and can be created by a Gearhead using the Jury-Rig skill(Though such items generally work only once). It also means for Firearms they only hold a single bullet at a time, so you have to spend a maneuver to reload.
If there are any other meanings when relating to weapons they are not listed in the book.
So Mutant Year Zero is an incredible game, I think my favorite game in quite a while, and a really enjoyable read. The game system is a wonderful combination of crunch and economy of means. And the hardcover book is drop dead gorgeous. I really like rule books whose art direction is the single vision of one artist, in this case Reine Rosenberg's Mignola inspired illustrations - beautiful stuff. Ok, I'll stop gushing now :)
One thing that I have a question about is a possible plot hole(?) in the background narrative - the metaplot in chapter 16. How was one scientist, the Elder of the player's Ark, Dr. Sebedius, able to raise and protect a community of ~200 mutant 3-4 year olds? I have one child and she is a handful. I can't imagine trying to raise a community of 200 children with super powered mutations in a grim, post-apocalyptic world! Am I missing something? Are the other Arks also products of single rogue scientists?