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Bullet question

posted Mar 11, 2016 19:56:49 by RichardPlatt
In the Ark the currency is bullets. Are these the same as the ones used in guns? Or is it assumed any gun has a supply of bullets sufficient for a combat and these do not affect the currency bullets?
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TerryPike said Mar 11, 2016 21:08:52
I believe the bullets are the same. So you need to decided if you're
going to save them for the gun or spend them.
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RichardPlatt said Mar 11, 2016 21:37:09
Thanks for the response. Seems like a logical answer, I just got confused by the rule for Clips that states you don't keep track of bullets and the clip lasts until the end of combat. But full auto then states each reroll costs a bullet until you run out. Contradictory but I like your definition and will count bullets in clips too. Thanks.
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TerryPike said Mar 11, 2016 23:18:33
It sure makes firing full automatic weapon expensive.
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Fenhorn said Mar 12, 2016 02:30:35
I believe that the price list have bullets as "currency" for convenience reasons. Barter is the method used and the price is there for comparison reasons (for us players). My players rarely trade away their bullets. They usually trade away plundered weapons, scrap or surplus grub (sometimes they have extra).

I believe in Genlab Alpha the price list uses rations of grub instead of bullets as a measurement. Grub and bullets have the same value so it is academic but more appropriate since they animal mutants are prisoners and usually don't have bullets (much).
War, war never changes
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Kaun said Mar 15, 2016 23:41:22
I just got confused by the rule for Clips that states you don't keep track of bullets and the clip lasts until the end of combat. But full auto then states each reroll costs a bullet until you run out. Contradictory but I like your definition and will count bullets in clips too.


What it means is you don't have to reload the weapon between firing like a junk rifle. It assumes you keep all available ammo in the clip. You do have to count how many bullets in total.

So the basic version is the clip removes the need to reload between shots. You still need to keep track of total ammo.
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ThomasWoods said Apr 08, 2016 16:57:23
To me, just about anything you need is currency, Bullets are just used as the bench mark, but you could trade just about anything someone would want, like grub.
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Mahatatain said Jun 09, 2016 23:31:22
Related to this topic, where are new bullets coming from?

Bullets get used up so are used rounds being reloaded (the Ark would require a certain level of technology to do this but not as much as to produce brand new bullets) or are they being traded for somewhere or are they being found by some scavengers or stalkers or does the Elder have a stockpile that his inner circle gradually use up trading for things like grub and water?

What have other groups/GMs decided?
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MonsterZero said Jun 11, 2016 14:57:19
Right now, for my Ark, the majority of bullets come from outside the Ark. Either from the players or npc's. Once they get certain projects completed, more of their bullets will come from within the Ark.
"And what rough beast,
It's hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? "
W.B.Y.
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Mahatatain said Jun 14, 2016 18:16:12
That makes sense once the game has started but what about prior to people starting to investigate the zones around their Ark? Unless I've misread the Ark has survived for something like 15 years without any significant interaction with other people. And during that time approx 200 people have lived off preserved food and have used bullets for currency (though to be fair that might be a recent development). I'm not sure that the logistics of that works out as that's a hell of a lot of food (I've played far too much Twilight 2000)!

For my Ark I think that I'm going to give them some kind of fresh food supply to explain how the Ark has fed itself.

I'm not sure what to do with regards to bulleta though. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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MonsterZero said Jul 09, 2016 15:18:15
The People would supplement the rations of the Ark either with small gardens, foraging, and/or trapping small game(rats,cats,dogs,etc). Not just out of necessity, but also for the sake of sanity. Just the thought of eating canned stew(?) for several months makes me feel a little stabby.
As for bullets and other supplies, some of the People have gone outside of the Ark prior to the start of the game. They might not have gone far, but some would have definitely looked around. The Elder can tell them to stay in the Ark, but at some point, everyone in the Ark was in their teens. Not surprisingly, when one adult tells 200+ teenagers not to do something, a fair number of them will take that as a direct challenge to go do that thing. Figure a few dozen of them learned to become Stalkers, and they bring in some bullets and supplies. Combine that with the Gearheads, given time and supplies, should be able to reload some spent shells. This should keep the amount of bullets in the Ark fairly constant.
"And what rough beast,
It's hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? "
W.B.Y.
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