Universal Exploits

180 hammerhead (requires piloting skill; AGI 8+). A starship is rotated 180 degrees while continuing its momentum, enabling it to face and fire at pursuers.

Achilles heel (requires LOG 5+; aim; any [scientific] skill). Identifying a weakness in your target, you pay 2d6 and bypass its SOAK score. This exploit can only be performed once per target.

Aim. This is identical to the Feint exploit, but for ranged combat; it grants +1d6 bonus to an attack roll taken in the same turn. The attack action must come immediately after the feinting action. All characters get either the Aim or Feint exploit for free.

Always prepared (requires LOG 8+). You have a brilliant tactical mind, and are always prepared. You may declare a single action which you took prior to the encounter (even if you didn't know the encounter was going to take place) which helps you in this exact scenario. This must be an action you were capable of.

Analytics (requires LOG 6+). Studying your target's behaviour, you notice a pattern to its actions. You grant all allies within 30' a +1d6 bonus to attack the target until the start of your next turn. This costs one action.

Arcane recharge (requires meditation skill). You can spend five minutes to recover 2d6 Magic Points once per day.

Arcane secret (requires LOG 4+). You have learned or discovered an arcane secret - either an element, creature type, or virtue. You can take this exploit multiple times, learning a new secret each time, but you may know no more secrets than your LOG attribute.

Arm lock (requires AGI 8+, martial arts skill). This exploit, which costs 2d6 to execute, puts your target's arm in a painful and restrictive position. He immediately drops anything held in that arm. The lock remains in place until he makes an AGI attack action to escape it, and while it is in place you can inflict 1d6 damage per round for free. You can also move at half speed, and your victim must accompany you.

Bearhug (requires STR 8+). You grab your target with both arms, squeezing him. You can only bearhug a target of your size category or smaller. Once established, you cause your unarmed damage per round for free, and can move at half speed, moving your victim with you. It takes a STR or AGI attack action to escape your bearhug.

Blinding attack (requires AGI 6+). This is a temporary blinding attack – throwing sand in an opponent's face, pulling his hat down over his eyes, throwing a cloak or blanket over him. Pay 1d6; the opponent is blinded for one round.

Blind shot (requires LUC 5+). While in full cover, you may pay 2d6 to take a shot without looking at what you are shooting at or exposing yourself. You use your LUC attribute instead of your AGI or INT for this shot.

Brush off (requires STR 8+). You contemptuously brush aside a melee attack, gaining the effect of cover from one melee attack from a creature of your size category or smaller.

Burst of speed (requires piloting or driving skill). Your mount, ship, or vehicle gains a speed boost of 2 hexes/squares for the turn.

Burnout (requires driving skill). You launch your vehicle forward from a stationary position at maximum acceleration, gaining double acceleration in the first round only.

Charge. Move your speed in a straight line and then attack at the end of it and pay 2d6. You gain +1d6 damage to your attack. You must move at least 10'.

Counterhack. When an opponent is attempting to access your systems using the System Override exploit, you may make an immediate opposed LOG check to block the attempt.

Crippling strike (requires AGI 5+; deadly strike). Pay 1d6; a leg wound slows your foe for 3 rounds.

Deadly strike (requires AGI or STR 5+). You inflict an additional 1d6 damage with a successful hit. For a ranged attack, this is likely a headshot. This can only gain you one bonus damage die. By default, any character can trade attack dice to increase damage on a 2:1 basis.

Death from on high (requires charge). You pay 2d6 and drop down on your opponent from at least 5' above him. This counts as a charge but knocks your opponent prone and does 2d6 extra damage instead of 1d6.

Disarm (requires AGI 6). Pay 3d6; the target drops its weapon or other hand-held item.

Dive for cover (requires AGI 7+). If a ranged attack misses you, you may immediately move half your speed and either throw yourself prone or get behind cover if it is in range. This is a free reaction.

Dodge (requires AGI 6+). You gain the effect of cover from ranged attacks when in the open as long as you have moved at least 10 feet this turn.

Double tap (requires AGI 7+; aim). You fire two quick shots at your target at the cost of just one action, paying 2d6.

Draw a bead (requires INT 5+). The penalty for firing at a target engaged in melee combat is reduced from 2d6 to 1d6.

Evasive action (requires AGI 5+; piloting skill). Evasive maneuvers gain you 2-dice of “cover” in space, but cost your ship -1d6 to any attacks it makes that turn.

Extreme concentration (requires WIL 8+; concentration skill). You can maintain concentration on two simultaneous spells. Each requires an action to maintain (thus requiring a whole turn to maintain both).

Feint. This is identical to the aim exploit, but for melee combat; it grants +1d6 bonus to an attack roll taken in the same turn. The attack action must come immediately after the feinting action. All characters get either the Aim or Feint exploit for free.

Flying kick (requires AGI 8+; martial arts skill). You move your speed and issue a flying kick at the end of it, dealing your martial arts damage with a bonus 1d6 damage.

High energy turn (requires piloting skill; INT 8+). The pilot uses FTL energy to force a ship into any emergency facing. It requires an AGI check equal to 10 + the ship's class.  Failure infliucts 1d6 damage to the ship's SS per ship class. Success allows the pilot to face the ship in any direction he wishes.

Hunker down (requires END 6+). Cover grants you one extra die of cover.

J-turn (requires driving skill; AGI 6+). Otherwise known as the "moonshiner's turn", you reverse and spin your vehicle 180-degrees.  Also known as a "Rockford", this exploit allows you to drive a vehicle forward as normal from any facing.

Jury-rig (requires LOG 6+; engineering skill). You modify a weapon (yours or an adjacent ally's) to either increase its range by 50% or its damage by +1d6 until the start of your next turn.

Knockback (requires knockdown). The target is pushed back 5' for a cost of 1d6. For 2d6, this can be increased to 10'.

Knockdown (requires STR 5+). The target is knocked prone for a cost of 2d6.  You cannot knockdown a target of a size category larger than you.

Opportunist stomp. You can stomp on an adjacent prone opponent as a free action. This is an unarmed attack and uses your natural damage value.

Organization member.  You are a member of a specific organization, and gain all the benefits that membership grants. You do not recover this exploit should you leave the organization or should it cease to exist.

Pep talk (requires CHA 6+). You can spend your ambush turn (if you have access to it) giving your allies a pep talk. They all gain a +1d6 bonus to initiative in the ensuing combat.

Piledriver (requires STR 8+, wrestling skill). You grab your opponent, lift him, and then drop to the ground, driving his head into the ground. Both you and your opponent end up prone. The exploit costs 3d6 and, if successful, the target takes double damage and is stunned until he shakes the condition off.

Predictive reflexes (requires INT 6+). You are good at reading the situation. You gain a permanent +1d6 bonus to your INITIATIVE checks.

Protector (requires END 5+). You can take an attack meant for an adjacent ally. If the attack hits your ally, you take the damage instead. If you have a shield, the ally also benefits from your shield's defense bonus.

Quickstand (requires AGI 6+, martial arts skill). Once per turn you can stand immediately from prone as a free action.

Quickdraw (requires AGI 6+). You are an expert at drawing a sidearm quickly. Whenever you have a sidearm on your person, you are always considered to be holding it.

Reckless act. In utter disregard for your own safety, you make yourself a target as you unleash your attacks. Attackers gain a +2d6 bonus to attack you until your next turn, but you gain +1d6 bonus to your attack rolls.

Reinforce shield (requires LOG 6+; computer operation skill). Until the start of your next turn, one shield (forward, aft, port, or starboard) becomes reinforced. It gains a +2 SOAK.

Relativity corkscrew (requires piloting skill; physics skill; LOG 10+). This complex maneuver uses FTL speeds, time dilation, and high-level calculations to gain a temporal advantage in starship combat. An FTL drive is necessary. One action is used to perform the relativity corkscrew, but the ship gains three actions in return.  However, this is a dangerous maneuver and requires a Strenuous [25] LOG check to accomplish. It cannot be performed again until at least one hour has been spent maintaining the FTL engines.

Ricochet (requires INT 8+; aim). You can pay 4d6 to “bounce” a ranged attack off of one surface in order to hit a target to whom you would not normally have line of sight. This does not negate the target's cover bonuses; it merely creates a line of sight to a target where there previously was none.

Roll with it (requires AGI 5+). By voluntarily falling prone, you reduce damage by 2d6. You cannot use any instant-stand exploits in combination with this exploit.

Scattershot. When using a shotgun, you can attack two adjacent targets within 15' of you with a single attack action at a cost of 1d6.

Sidestep (requires AGI 8+). When charged by an attacker, you casually step aside, causing him to rush past you. If the attacker's attack misses, he continues onwards in a straight line to the extent of his movement, unless something blocks his way. If he collides with a solid object, he takes 1d6 blunt damage.

Signature Spell (requires LOG 6+). Using the magic rules, devise and name a spell from the skills and secrets that you know. This spell becomes a signature spell.  You may take this exploit multiple times, adding a new signature spell each time, but you may not have more signature spells than the value of your LOG attribute. A signature spell takes only one action to cast (rather than the usual two actions), although only one may be cast per round. Additionally, you gain a +1d6 die bonus to to attribute checks or attacks with it.

Ski (requires driving skill; AGI 8+). You drive a four-wheeled vehicle on two of its side wheels. This allows you to pass through narrow gaps, and increases your DEFENSE from the rear or front by +4.  You can ski for one round, returning to all four wheels at the start of your next turn.

Spinning kick (requires AGI 8+, martial arts skill). A quick turn, and your foot lashes out to strike your opponent. This exploit costs 2d6, but can strike any adjacent opponent (even one behind you), and includes a free knockdown effect.

System override. You remotely access another ship's control computer, and briefly take a system offline with a LOG vs. E-DEFENSE attack.  One shield facing, or one weapon, can be deactivated until the beginning of the target ship's next turn, at which point it is automatically reactivated.

Target engines (requires gunnery skill). You can choose to target an enemy ship's engines by paying 2d6. Attacks to the engines directly reduce their power output instead of damaging superstructure (and consequently affecting the ship's speed or FTL capability).

Taunt (requires CHA 8+). You taunt your target, enraging it, and make a CHA vs. MENTAL DEFENSE attack. If successful, the target focuses all its attacks on you until the start of your next turn.

Throw (requires STR or AGI 7+; trip or knockdown). For 2d6, the target is knocked prone and pushed back 5'. For 3d6, this can be increased to 10'. STR is the prerequisite if the qualifying exploit is Knockdown; AGI if it is Trip.

Torpedo spread (requires gunnery skill). Multiple torpedoes can be fired in a spread which affects a wide area of effect.  For each 1d6 paid, one hex within range is affected; all affected hexes automatically do 1d6 damage of the appropriate type to any vessels in them.

Trip (requires AGI 6+). For 2d6, the target is knocked prone. If you are one size smaller than your target, you may use this exploit for only 1d6.

Utilikit (requires LOG 7+; engineering skill). You are able to turn one device into another device of equal value or lower. For example, you can modulate your scanner to use as a phaser, or enable your laser knife to operate as a lock pick. The device only functions in this way for a single action before becoming permanently useless. It takes 10 minutes to make the change.

Warp maneuver (requires LOG 8+; engineering skill, piloting skill). A very dangerous maneuver, you use your ship's FTL capability to reposition your ship on the battlemap. You can move to any location to which you have direct line-of-sight, but your resultant facing is randomized (roll 1d6). This takes your ship's FTL engines offline, and they require an hour to repair.

Whirlwind frenzy (requires AGI 6+). You attack all adjacent targets, but only do 1d6 damage to each. This costs you 3d6. You must still make an attack roll against each target. If you hit every target, all targets are pushed back 5', clearing a space around you.

Wingover (requires AGI 5+; piloting skill). You can reverse direction 180-degrees instantly with a half-loop plus barrel roll. The starship you are piloting must be Class V or smaller. This maneuver is part of the move phase.