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Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 11:26

Is it supposed to immediately fire upon any PC that enters the area?
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 12:24

The sentry gun is active so if anything approaches it from the wrong side it will fire at it.

It says the sentry gun is facing down the tunnel towards the atmospheric processor though. So if the players approach it from the colony side and not the atmospheric processor side it shouldnt shoot at them.
 
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 13:12

The sentry gun is active so if anything approaches it from the wrong side it will fire at it.

It says the sentry gun is facing down the tunnel towards the atmospheric processor though. So if the players approach it from the colony side and not the atmospheric processor side it shouldnt shoot at them.
It just says, "In the tunnel to the nearby Processor 1 is an active Sentry Gun (see page 125) placed there by the militia to stop the first Chestburster from escaping." Shouldn't it face the colony side instead?
 
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 14:25

It would still stop it from escaping if it pointed down the tunnel towards the atmospheric processor. Because it would still have to run past the gun.

Pointing it away from the colony logically makes more sense than pointing it towards the colony.
 
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 14:41

...can't help but wonder what a civilian colony would be doing with sentry guns in the first place ... especially bearing in mind that they obviously, according to the movie, don't have access to military hardware, instead needing to improvise and employ seismic survey charges as weapons...

In my game, that sentry gun simply isn't there.
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 14:47

...can't help but wonder what a civilian colony would be doing with sentry guns in the first place ... especially bearing in mind that they obviously, according to the movie, don't have access to military hardware, instead needing to improvise and employ seismic survey charges as weapons...

In my game, that sentry gun simply isn't there.

It said it was deployed by the colonial militia. the colonial militia could conceivably have a sentry gun. I imagine a lot of the colonial militia are ex-military.

I mean a sentry gun certainly isnt something you can just go buy at the local gun store. But ex-military could have connections with old war buddies who are running guns now. If they had a whole arsenal of military grade weapons id probably be skeptical. But one sentry gun isnt an issue IMO.

I suppose you could also downgrade the stats a bit and say its an older model sentry gun which would certainly be plausible. Afterall theres militia groups in the US that legally own pre-banned automatic weapons. Besides some of the colonies are on downright hostile planets. The colonists have to defend themselves from creatures like harvesters somehow. So saying they have access to older generation military weapons is reasonable I think.
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 15:01

...can't help but wonder what a civilian colony would be doing with sentry guns in the first place ... especially bearing in mind that they obviously, according to the movie, don't have access to military hardware, instead needing to improvise and employ seismic survey charges as weapons...

In my game, that sentry gun simply isn't there.
It said it was deployed by the colonial militia. the colonial militia could conceivably have a sentry gun.
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If there is a militia at the colony, it seems to be equipped with civilian hardware only (which would make sense, actually - what would such a militia expect to deal with that a shotgun or a pistol can't handle?).
Militias by definition consist of civilians. Even when they're an officially recognised force and not simply irregulars, they don't get the really advanced or powerful military stuff, or equipment that require specialised training. And one would think that if they'd got sentry guns, they would certainly have got grenades, and mines ... and from what the movie tells us, this does not seem to have been the case.
For all we know, it was the militia that used the survey charges as their heavy ordnance.

Just "getting" a sentry gun seems to me akin to me just "getting" a Vulcan CIWS. Not likely, I'd say...
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 15:05

Militias by definition consist of civilians.
And again, that doesnt mean they dont own automatic weapons. Because in real life they do and its legal. At least in the US.

A lot of the colonies are outright hostile environments where people need to defend themselves from the local fauna. So I imagine the gun laws are a bit more lax on the frontier. And I think it probably makes sense to allow colonists to purchase older surplus military hardware.
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 15:07

I suppose you could also downgrade the stats a bit and say its an older model sentry gun which would certainly be plausible. Afterall theres militia groups in the US that legally own pre-banned automatic weapons. Besides some of the colonies are on downright hostile planets. The colonists have to defend themselves from creatures like harvesters somehow. So saying they have access to older generation military weapons is reasonable I think.
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I might go so far as to let them have improvised a sentry gun from a civilian-grade motion tracker and a semi-automatic weapon. But the official verdict has been that LV-426 is "a rock - no indigenous life", so the Company letting someone carry heavy military hardware, even obsolete, to the colony seems unlikely.
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Re: Sentry gun in Hope's Last Day

Fri 12 Jun 2020, 15:08

Militias by definition consist of civilians.

And again, that doesnt mean they dont own automatic weapons. Because in real life they do, and its legal. At least in the US.
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So far ... and as in SMG's and assault rifles.

Hardly as in chain guns or Mk.19's.
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