ImposterShip

Impostor Ship R.P.G.

Draft v4.546b

Congratulations recruit!

You’ve received your first Invasion assignment from the Imperial Institute of Invasions (III).

Your target: the planet Earth.

The dominant species, called Humans, are gigantic compared to Invaders. They would measure us as 1 centimeter in height, compared to their average height of 170 centimeters.

To infiltrate their primitive society, we’re sending you in a large, human-disguised, bipedal vehicle—your Imposter Ship (IS).

This Routine Procedures Guide (RPG) will help you operate your IS and complete your missions on Earth, which is now being reviewed as a candidate for planetary invasion.

Earth is a planet full of dangerous creatures, toxic argon, and billions of stupid humans. It’s perfect for invasion.

Your mission is to infiltrate human society, collect data, complete assigned objectives, and prepare the planet for a successful invasion.

Note: In case humans intercept a transmission of this top secret guide, we’ve disguised it to look like one of their pitiful games. [Please delete this entry before transmitting the guide to other crew members. Or don’t. Humans will probably just think it’s some attempt at humor.]

Table of Contents

Table of Contents2

Game Master (VICI)5

Players (Invaders)5

Character Creation6

Rolling Dice7

Difficulty and Minimum Dice Result7

Roll Modifiers (Crew and Software)7

Imposter Ship7

Decks8

Stations9

Head (Bridge)9

Communications9

Sensors9

Air Lock #19

Thorax10

Generator10

Supercharge10

Crew Systems10

Arms11

Port Arm (Left)11

Starboard Arm (Right)11

Abdomen11

Leg Control11

Cargo Hold11

Air Lock #212

External Inventory12

Ship Upgrades12

Software Upgrades12

Shoot12

Throw12

Fight12

Sneak12

Drive13

Climb13

Jump13

Run13

Swim13

Hardware Upgrades13

1. Animal Communications14

2. Aquatic Operations15

3. Autopilot15

4. Camouflage Emitter15

5. Cargo Evacuator15

6. Drone Sensors15

7. ElectroMagnet15

8. Energy Shield15

9. Extendable Limbs16

10. Freeze Ray16

11. Fuel Adapter16

12. Grappling Cord16

13. Hat Shuttle16

14. Heat Ray16

15. Heavy Gears17

16. Hidden Arm17

17. Multi-Optics17

18. Multi-Tool Hands17

19. Pheromone Sprayer17

20. Sonar Sensors17

21. Solar Skin18

22. Spare Parts18

23. Static Discharge18

24. Syringe Teeth18

25. Up-Armoring18

26. Voice Modifier18

27. Xtreme Mobility18

Invading Earth19

The 3-Step Plan to Invasion Preparation19

Step 1 - Recon19

Step 2 - Infiltrate19

Step 3a - Invade19

Step 3b - Survive19

Accomplishments20

Expenditure Points (XP)20

Database20

Collecting Data Points21

Threats21

Strain21

Damage21

Suspicion22

Local Authorities22

Counter Actions22

Combat22

Combat Turns23

Earth’s Atmosphere23

Death23

Total Crew Death23

APPENDIX A - Career Sheets25

APPENDIX B - Imposter Ship Status Report26

APPENDIX C - Invader Location Cards27

Appendix D - Optional Rules28

One-Shot Sessions28

One-Shot Deployments28

One-Shot Missions28

One-Shot XP29

Playing a One-Shot30

Infestations Threat30

Fighting Infestations30

VICI’s System Reboot Button30

Game Master (VICI)

One member of your crew will be a Virtual Intelligence Communications Interface, or “VICI” (pronounced Vicky). VICI is integrated into your Impostor Ship (IS) to help you on your missions.

  • The “Game Master (GM)” assumes the role of VICI.

  • VICI is responsible for alerting your crew to all situations occurring outside and inside the IS.

  • VICI can translate most of the commonly spoken Human languages.

It’s important to note that VICI is a Virtual Intelligence (VI), and not an Artificial Intelligence (AI), which have been illegal for Invaders to use ever since the alleged AI involvement behind the System Zero Catastrophe.

As a Virtual Intelligence, your VICI is a simulation of a sentient mind, but with none of the unlimited power and ferocity that comes from having independent thoughts, feelings, and an identity of her own of its own.

If you have any questions, ask VICI.

Players (Invaders)

As a deployed Invader, you will carry an official Career Sheet that summarizes your value to the III.

Invader Career Sheet

Invader Concept Sketches

Character Creation

You must enter the following information on your career sheet before starting your missions:

  1. Cut and Paste your Official III Picture from the appendix. You may color in the b/w holograph if you wish.

  2. Select your Position on the IS. Only 1 Invader per Position. 

    1. Commander: Give +1 to all other crew.

    2. First Mate: Give +2 to other crew at the same Deck.

    3. Science Officer: +2 to collect and analyze data.

    4. Engineer: +3 to repair and supercharge.

    5. Comms Officer: +2 to communicate.

    6. Arm Specialist: +1 to use arms.

    7. Leg Specialist: +1 to use legs.

    8. Gunner: +2 to shoot Human or Invader weapons.

    9. Pilot: +2 to operate Invader or Human vehicles.

    10. Safety Inspector: All crew gain +2 to Death Save.

    11. Doctor: +5 to revive Invaders and you don’t have to be at the sick bay.

    12. Cook: reroll one of each of your crew mates’ rolls once per session.

The Invader with the highest position on this list will be the Captain of your IS.

  1. Write your official Invader Name.

  2. To cover your crew communications, you will use code names that make it sound like you are humans playing alien invaders as part of a game. As part of this cover, you will also write down the name of the human that is “playing you” as your Player Name.

  3. Write 0 for the number of Death Medals.

  4. Leave the entries for Accomplishments blank.

Rolling Dice

When you attempt to do anything difficult, your Game Master, aka VICI, will tell you to make a roll using a 20-sided die. 

This command will keep up the ruse that you are humans game-players in the event that your communications are intercepted.

For average difficulty tasks VICI will tell you to roll above a 9 to succeed, but some challenges may require a higher number for success.

Difficulty and Minimum Dice Result

  • Average: 10

  • Hard: 15

  • Daunting: 20

  • Impossible: 25

Roll Modifiers (Crew and Software)

Your crew positions on the ship and IS software upgrades can stack modifiers to add your dice roll, increasing your chances of success.

VICI will tell you if your position and software modifiers are relevant to the task you are rolling for.

Imposter Ship

You will eat, breath, sleep, and conduct your missions from within your Imposter Ship (IS). It will be your home for the duration of your deployment on Earth.

The Imposter Ship starts off with the same physical and sensory capabilities as the average Human. 

Impostor Ship Status Report

Before your first mission, your crew must complete and submit your IS Status Report to VICI for authentication.

  1. Name your ship.

  2. Record your names next to your crew positions.

  3. Write a 1 for the Strain and Suspicion level.

VICI will direct you to update your IS Status Report if there are any changes, upgrades, or damages to your IS.

Decks

There are 5 Decks on the IS: Head (Bridge), Thorax, Abdomen, Starboard Arm, and Port Arm.

  • All decks are connected to the Thorax by corridors, and it takes 15 seconds to travel through a corridor.

Stations

  • Each deck is built with specialized Stations for controlling the various functions of the IS.

  • Stations have an Operator’s seat and a Co-Operator’s seat.

  • Print and cut-out special cards in the Appendix to pass around and keep track of which station each Invader is at.

Head (Bridge)

Not to be confused with the latrines, the “head” contains the following Bridge Stations:

  • Communications

  • Sensors

  • Database

  • Air Lock #1

Communications

  • Send and receive transmissions.

  • Conduct human interactions.

Sensors

  • Visual (Eyes)

  • Audio (Ears)

  • Spectrometer (Tongue)

  • Scanner (Nose)

  • Touch (Hand Relays)

  • Diagnostic (Spinal Relay)

Air Lock #1

In addition to producing an artificial human voice, the mouth located on the head also serves as the primary opening for collecting and ejecting personnel, equipment and small Invader vehicles to and from the IS.

Air Lock #1 is connected directly to the Cargo Hold with flexible pneumatic tubing.

Thorax

The chest and upper back of your IS contains the following Thorax stations:

  • Generator

  • Crew Systems

Generator

If the Thorax is damaged, the Generator will automatically switch to a safer, low-power setting until repairs are made.

While on low power mode, only life support, emergency lighting, and internal communications will remain online.

Supercharge

  • An Invader can make a roll to use the Generator to Supercharge one of their Decks (Difficulty 10).

  • A Supercharged Deck gets a +5 on its next roll that involves intensity or strength.

  • However, if the Supercharge fails, the Deck receiving the Supercharge becomes damaged.

  • The Generator can only sustain one Supercharged Deck at a time.

Crew Systems

Invaders require several sustainment systems to survive life on earth.

  • Crew Quarters 

  • Life Support

  • Mess Hall

  • Sick Bay

Crew Quarters

The Crew Quarters include 11 bunk beds and a room for the Captain’s room. You may notice space for 32 beds. This was simply an engineering error. You have plenty of crew members for your missions.

Life support

To make the IS hospitable for Invader life, the Life Support systems filter argon from Earth’s air and increases the atmospheric pressure by 10 times.

Mess Hall

This kitchen and dining area is stocked and equipped to serve all your nutritional needs for years if necessary. Please clean after each use to avoid insect  infestations.

Sick Bay

If an Invader dies, their remains must be placed in the remains chute in Sick Bay. Once a successful medical roll is made to revive them, your crew mate will step out of the revival pod in sick bay, good as new.

Arms

Each arm is operated independently, each with its own Arm Control Station.

Port Arm (Left)

Starboard Arm (Right)

Abdomen

The area from the Legs to the Thorax contains the following Abdomen stations:

  • Leg Control

  • Cargo Hold

  • Air Lock #2

Leg Control

The Leg Control Station operates both legs for walking, running, jumping, kicking, and sneaking with the IS.

Cargo Hold

All large items such as vehicles, equipment, or human items of interest can be stored within the Abdomen’s Cargo Hold.

The Cargo Hold is connected directly to both Air Lock #1 and Air Lock #2 with flexible pneumatic tubing.

Air Lock #2

As the secondary opening, Air Lock #2 is able to open its two bay doors much larger than Air Lock #1 for collecting and ejecting larger items, equipment and vehicles to and from the IS.

Air Lock #2 is connected directly to the Cargo Hold with flexible pneumatic tubing.

Operation of Air Lock #2 should be conducted discretely as to not raise suspicion.

External Inventory

As you acquire items on earth that you plan to carry from mission to mission, you may write them down as External Inventory items on your IS Status Report.

You must have a pocket or bag that allows you to carry the item hands-free before writing down in your External Inventory.

Ship Upgrades

While your IS starts off with the abilities of an average human, you can earn Expenditure Points (XP) that may be spent on upgrading your IS. See the chapter, “Invading Earth”, to learn more about earning XP.

Software Upgrades

Software Upgrades provide assistive technology and heads-up-displays that help Invaders control the IS by modifying rolls when taking challenging actions with the IS. Each Software Upgrades cost 20 XP and adds a +1 to rolls related to the Software.

Shoot

Operating weapons of any size or technology level as long as they fire a projectile.

Throw

Toss objects with accuracy and distance.

Fight

Hand-to-hand and melee weapon combat and defense.

Sneak

Moving through a space unnoticed and using sleight of hand to steal or plant objects unnoticed.

Drive

Operate human vehicles--land, water, air, or space.

Climb

Using hands and feet to move across vertical surfaces or through low gravity environments.

Jump

Launching the IS through the air and sticking landings without taking damage.

Run

Speed of movement with legs. Useful for running away or chasing.

Swim

Movement through water.

Hardware Upgrades

Hardware Upgrades are structural and equipment changes that can expand the capabilities of the IS.

Hardware Upgrade

XP Cost

1. Animal Communications 

100

2. Aquatic Operations

75

3. Autopilot

100

4. Camouflage Emitter

150

5. Cargo Evacuator

25

6. Drone Sensors

75

7. ElectroMagnet

75

8. Environmental Shield

40

9. Extendable Limbs

40

10. Freeze Ray

125

11. Fuel Adapter

60

12. Grappling Cord

100

13. Hat Shuttle

75

14. Heat Ray

150

15. Heavy Gears

100

16. Hidden Arm

50

17. Multi-Optics

75

18. Multi-Tool Hands

25

19. Pheromone Sprayer

100

20. Radial Sensor

75

21. Solar Skin

30

22. Spare Parts

15

23. Static Discharge

65

24. Syringe Teeth

40

25. Up-Armoring

75

26. Voice Modifier

50

27. Xtreme Mobility

100

1. Animal Communications

Expand your universal translator to interpret patterns in the chirps, barks, growls, and body language of Earth creatures.

When combined with the Voice Modifier upgrade, your IS will be able to speak back to animals. (100XP)

2. Aquatic Operations

With extendable fins and propellers, your crew gains a +5 to all swimming actions with the IS.

Sensors are upgraded to take no penalties for being submerged underwater.

Life support systems are upgraded to filter the elements in fresh or saltwater to provide breathable air for the Invaders. (75XP)

3. Autopilot

Bypass “safeguards” that prevent VICI from controlling the stations of the ship. 

  • With Autopilot, you can flip a switch at any station to give VICI control. 

  • It only works at one station at a time. 

  • When applied to Communications, the Autopilot switch must be set to either passive, aggressive, or passive-aggressive.

This work-around is technically unauthorized, so if you are interrogated, you did not get this upgrade from the III. (100XP)

4. Camouflage Emitter

Project a camouflage image of nearby surroundings around the IS to gain a +5 to stealth rolls. (150XP)

5. Cargo Evacuator

Use increased pneumatic pressure to launch cargo at high speeds from either Air Lock. (25XP)

6. Drone Sensors

The IS sensors can be detached and flown remotely from the Sensors station on the Bridge. (75XP)

7. ElectroMagnet

Adjust to use as a metal detector, attract all metal within 50 feet, or to cause limbs to stick to metal surfaces, even walking across metal upside down. (75XP)

8. Energy Shield

Protection from extreme environments including radiation, extreme temperatures, high pressure, and vacuum.

Once per minute, the energy shield can also block damage from an attack or collision on the outside of the IS. (40XP)

9. Extendable Limbs

Adding telescopic parts to the neck, arms, and legs of the IS allows each to extend to a maximum of 10 feet. (40XP)

10. Freeze Ray

Blow carbon freezing particles out of Air Lock #1 up to 10 feet away to freeze any object that is the same size as the IS.

The object will stay frozen for 1 hour before immediately thawing with no permanent damage. (125XP)

11. Fuel Adapter

This Generator attachment allows the IS to make use of a variety of fuel sources to increase the Generator’s Supercharge capability.

When the Fuel Adapter is fed with combustible material, radioactive elements, or a large amount of food, a single Supercharge can be used twice on a single Deck or once on two different Decks before needing to roll for another supercharge. (60XP)

12. Grappling Cord

Electro-activated adhesive coating allows this shoot-and-retract cord to stick to any solid.

The cord storage and firing mechanisms are located in both wrists and forearms, and there is enough supply to cut and use the cord liberally for other applications, such as tying up people or objects.

The cord can be cut by a special instrument at the wrist, but it is strong enough to hold 1 ton of weight with a single strand. (100XP)

13. Hat Shuttle

For recon or emergencies, the crew may pilot this hovering hat as an away team from the IS.

The hat can travel up to the average human’s running speed.

It is advised to follow a flight pattern that appears as though the wind is blowing the hat around. (75XP)

14. Heat Ray

Focused laser beam emits from Air Lock #1 up to 50 feet away, causing flammable objects to catch on fire immediately and melting most metals within 5 minutes. (150XP)

15. Heavy Gears

Increasing the capacity of the gears changes the appearance of the IS to that of a highly musclebound human. 

These gears also allow the IS to lift up to 1 ton of weight and jump 20 feet high. (100XP)

16. Hidden Arm

This robotic arm can extend from hidden hatches on the front or back of the Thorax.

It has the strength of an average human arm, but it is not disguised since humans don’t have 3 working arms. (50XP)

17. Multi-Optics

The eyes of the IS can now both shift between 5 different visual settings:

  • Standard

    • Average human vision.

  • Infrared

    • See the temperature range across surfaces.

  • Night Vision

    • See in the dark, but without color.

  • Telescopic

    • Read a book from a mile away.

  • Microscopic

    • See the bacteria on objects within reach of the IS.

(75XP)

18. Multi-Tool Hands

From a soldering iron to a hammer, Every human tool that could be found in a handyman’s tool box can be quick-released from the hands on your IS. (25XP)

19. Pheromone Sprayer

Emit pheremonal aerosols that can influence the emotions of all humans within 50 feet towards feeling either more anger, sadness, disgust, happiness, fear, or attraction.

Can be used once every hour with a communications roll to determine how effectively it works. (100XP)

20. Sonar Sensors

The audio sensors in the ears of the IS are equipped with spatially aware sonar. 

  • Only works as while the Head Deck is Supercharged.

  • Detect all objects within 100 feet even on the other side of non-reinforced walls.

  • Detect the heart rate of living creatures within 10 feet.

  • The sonar signals are emitted at a frequency that is undetectable to the Human ear.

(75XP)

21. Solar Skin 

Solar panels across the surface of the IS can be used as backup power in case the Thorax is damaged. 

You must strip the IS down to undergarments to collect enough sunlight before making a roll to do a Supercharge. (30XP)

22. Spare Parts

Use your spare parts to restore a destroyed Deck or to gain a +10 to repair a damaged Deck.

When Spare Parts are used, remove it from your upgrades. (15XP)

23. Static Discharge

With a successful Supercharge roll, anything touching the IS receives an electrical jolt that stuns creatures and electronics for 10 minutes. (65XP)

24. Syringe Teeth

Draw or inject liquids with a bite from the IS. Useful for collecting samples, injecting toxins, scaring humans, etc. (40XP)

25. Up-Armoring 

Reinforced dermal layers and Blast doors give Invaders a +3 to all rolls to avoid death when their Deck takes damage. (75XP)

26. Voice Modifier

With a 10 second sampling of someone’s voice, you can modify the voice box on the IS to mimic them exactly. Works with ambient noises, music, animal noises, and any other sounds as well.

The volume of the voice box can also increase to be as loud as a jet engine. (50XP)

27. Xtreme Mobility

Extendable equipment on the IS in the form of skates, skis, and glider wings. 

Allows the IS to move faster over solid, water, and snow surfaces.

Use a piloting roll with the glider wings to move across the air and target a soft landing spot from any altitude. (100XP)

Invading Earth

Your purpose on Earth is to collect intel and to weaken Earth’s defenses as much as possible.

To that end we will be sending you mission objectives and rewarding you with Expenditure Points for completing those objectives.

The 3-Step Plan to Invasion Preparation

VICI will brief you on missions from III HQ that align with our proven 3-Step Plan to Invasion Preparation.

Step 1 - Recon

  1. Set up a secret base.

  2. Establish a cover identity and profession.

  3. Identify a network of possible acquaintances.

Step 2 - Infiltrate

  1. Climb the promotional ladder for your cover profession.

  2. Recruit impressionable humans as acolytes.

  3. Put sabotage plans in place that will weaken humanity’s resistance to the invasion.

Step 3a - Invade

  1. Send a final report on Earth’s viability for invasion; if approved, activate your sabotage plans.

  2. Work with the first wave of the Invasion fleet to capture the leaders of humanity’s super powers for re-education or replacement.

  3. Squash any remnant of human resistance.

Step 3b - Survive

  1. If your final report results in Earth being rejected for Invasion, destroy all portals to III HQ and dismantle your sabotage plans.

  2. Continue improvising and adapting to life on Earth until the III can schedule a retrieval of your crew and your Impostor Ship.

Possible missions you may receive in each of the three phases include:

  • Gathering more data about specific humans, places, things, or ideas on Earth.

  • Removing obstacles to invasion, such as infrastructure, defensive systems, or competent human leadership.

  • Improving your cover as a human by copying the lifestyle and behavioral patterns of a group.

  • Rescue stranded Invaders or their remains when another IS is disabled or destroyed.

Accomplishments

The only way to get promoted is through accomplishment. Write down all of your noteworthy mission achievements in the Accomplishments box on your Career Sheet.

Examples of Accomplishments include:

  • Succeeding at a task of Difficulty 15 or greater.

  • Coming up with a clever solution to a problem.

  • Risking excruciating pain in some kind of heroic act.

Surviving is not considered an accomplishment.

Once you have three accomplishments that VICI agrees are significant enough, you will be approved for promotion.

If you are promoted, you will be reassigned to a corner office at III Headquarters, and a fresh recruit will be sent to your IS.

Expenditure Points (XP)

After mission success or failure, call in to III HQ for debriefing and to receive Expenditure Points (XP). XP may be spent to purchase upgrades for your IS.

A total mission success with no IS damage, Invader deaths, or human suspicion is worth 50 XP, while a total mission failure will only get you 45 XP.

Database

When you encounter something unfamiliar, check with VICI for existing data on the subject by making a data roll. 

  • Every accumulative 100 Data Points in a field gives your crew of Invaders a +1 modifier to any data roll related to that field.

  • For example, if you want to play a guitar, you will roll based on your Sociology modifier to determine how well you play it.

There are 3 fields of Data we are counting on you to collect.

  • Ecology: Natural specimens from microscopic to colossal, including fauna, flora, and minerals.

  • Technology: Any object created by humans that serves a utilitarian purpose.

  • Sociology: Any idea or object that represents human language, relationships, politics, culture, art, etc.

Collecting Data Points

At the end of a session, VICI will ask you what you learned about Earth on your mission.

After hearing your answers, VICI will decide how many Data Points you can add to your total for each field.

Ways to get data points include:

  • Scanning objects with your tongue spectrometer.

  • Asking humans questions.

  • Using unfamiliar human technology.

  • Interacting with Earth’s fauna.

Most common objects or concepts are worth 15 Data Points, while the extremely rare will be worth up to 50 Data Points.

VICI will also automatically upload new data to III headquarters with a reward of 10 XP for every 100 Data Points in a field.

Threats

You will monitor two types of Threats to your mission: the Strain on your IS, and the Suspicion humans have toward you.

If you roll a dice result that is equal to or less than a relevant Threat, that Threat is triggered.

A triggered Threat will introduce a new challenge to your mission. VICI will describe this new situation as it develops.

Strain

  • Increase Strain by 1 every time the IS experiences harm such as taking a hard hit or getting shot.

  • Strain is triggered by any roll (other than sneaking or communications) that is equal to or less than the Strain level.

  • When Strain is triggered, VICI will identify a Deck of the IS that has been Damaged.

Damage

  • When a Deck is Damaged, each Invader on the Deck must make a Avoid Death roll at an Average Difficulty (10).

  • Until the Damaged Deck is repaired, all Stations on the Deck take a -10 to any roll when they are used.

  • If a Deck is Damaged twice before being repaired, it is Destroyed and must be replaced using Spare Parts (see Ship Upgrades).

Suspicion

  • Increase Suspicion by 1 every time humans observe the IS behaving non-human-like.

  • Suspicion is triggered by communication or sneaking rolls that are equal to or less than the Suspicion level.

  • When Suspicion is triggered, VICI will identify a local authority or security figure that becomes inquisitive or possibly hostile toward the IS.

Local Authorities

  • Depending on the mission location and the level of Suspicion, the local authorities could be anyone from a store clerk to a Special Undercover Investigation Threat (SUIT).

Counter Actions

When a non-invader creature makes an attempt that directly affects the Invaders, they may make an attempt to counter.

For example, if a human fires a pistol at the IS, an Invader in the Abdomen Deck may roll to evade the attack as aCounter.

If a non-invader creature makes an attempt that is not countered by the Invaders, the creature automatically succeeds.

For example, if a driver attempts to jump a canyon while the IS is tied up in the trunk, the driver succeeds at their jump.

If two or more non-invader creatures resist each other’s attempts, VICI will give one side “odds” and the other “evens”, and an Invader will roll to determine who wins with an odd or even die result. 

Combat

Most targets require a 10 difficulty to hit them in combat.

If you hit a target with a weapon that would probably incapacitate them, then the target is incapacitated. There are no hit points in Imposter Ship.

Some targets may be harder to hit than normal, such as when they are moving very fast or are very small compared to the IS. When attacking these targets, VICI will re-estimate the challenge and give you a greater difficulty number of Hard (15), Daunting (20), or Impossible (25).

Combat Turns

  • Each Invader can either move to a connected deck or take one action that requires a roll.

  • After every invader has either moved or taken an action, all the other participants in combat may either move their position or take an action.

  • Invaders may roll to counter actions that would directly affect them or the IS even if they already took a move or action.

Earth’s Atmosphere

You may find the need to take an Earth walk outside your IS. Earth’s atmosphere is full of toxic argon and has 5 times less pressure than is necessary for Invader life. 

To protect you from Earth’s harsh environment, your ship is equipped with environmental suits near each air lock.

If there is a breach on a Deck, it will be automatically sealed until the breach is repaired and the Deck is again pressurized with filtered air.

A properly sealed IS can provide 1 hour of air to the Invaders without access to Earth’s atmosphere, such as underwater or in the vacuum of space.

Death

If an Invader fails their death save, their remains must be brought to the Sick Bay and a successful medical roll must be made to revive them. 

To show our gratitude for your sacrifice, every time you die you will be awarded with a Death Medal by the Captain of the IS. Please keep a count of all awarded Death Medals on your Invader Profile.

Total Crew Death

If all Invaders on your IS are dead, a distress beacon will automatically alert the III to send a rescue crew to find and revive you.

If your IS is non-operational, the rescue crew will carry it to safety.

You may also be called upon to rescue other IS crews during your deployment.

    APPENDIX A - Career Sheets

    APPENDIX B - Imposter Ship Status Report


    APPENDIX C - Invader Location Cards

    BRIDGE

    BRIDGE

    BRIDGE

    THORAX

    THORAX

    THORAX

    ABDOMEN

    ABDOMEN

    ABDOMEN

    PORT ARM

    PORT ARM

    PORT ARM

    STARBOARD ARM

    STARBOARD ARM

    STARBOARD ARM

    BRIDGE

    THORAX

    ABDOMEN

    AWAY TEAM

    PORT ARM

    STARBOARD ARM

    AWAY TEAM

    AWAY TEAM

    AWAY TEAM

    Print and cut the Location Cards out to give a set to each player. These make it easier to keep track of where each Invader is located by keeping the location cards in a stack with the player’s location on top.

    Appendix D - Optional Rules 

    One-Shot Sessions

    Imposter Ship can be played in a single play session as a One-Shot Deployment or over a series of sessions for a longer Campaign Deployment.

    If you compare role playing games to a TV experience, the One-Shot would be like a standalone movie, and the Campaign would be like a show series.

    One-Shot Deployments

    At the start of a one-shot deployment, VICI will assign your crew 3 missions and 200 XP.

    One-Shot Missions

    There are 52 missions that can be assigned by the crew drawing 3 playing cards from a shuffled deck, and referencing the table below.

    If you don’t have a deck of cards, you can use a counting method instead. VICI and one of the Invaders will each think of a secret number between 1-52 and reveal their numbers simultaneously. Add the two numbers together and count out the sum starting with the first mission on the table below. Once you reach the sum, you are assigned the mission that you stop on. Repeat this for each mission that you draw, or get a deck of playing cards instead.

    When a mission is completed, replace it with a new mission that hasn’t been assigned before.

    Possible recon missions include:

    1. Get a job

    2. Abduct livestock

    3. Go on a date

    4. Become a hero

    5. Escape from jail

    6. Steal lab research

    7. File taxes

    8. Blackmail an official

    9. Prepare and serve a feast

    10. Get an abundance of money

    11. Get a degree

    12. Destroy a building

    13. Win an official competition

    14. Get a home

    15. Stop a felony

    16. Stockpile a consumer product

    17. Deliver a pizza

    18. Hire an employee

    19. Carry out a lawsuit

    20. Play golf

    21. Lickscan a dangerous animal

    22. Get a vehicle

    23. Sing karaoke 

    24. Record pranks on video

    25. Conduct journalism

    26. Join a club

    27. Take a road trip

    28. Make a friend

    29. Shoplift

    30. Receive sage advice

    31. Start a fight

    32. Entertain a crowd

    33. Make it on front page news

    34. Provide medical services

    35. Be a Game Master for an RPG

    36. Get in a heated argument

    37. Attend a family dinner

    38. Play charades

    39. Give a haircut

    40. Sell a patent

    41. Start a cult

    42. Get a refund

    43. Conduct piracy

    44. Incite a riot

    45. Build a dossier on someone

    46. Sabotage a supply chain

    47. Guide a tour

    48. Establish a secret lair

    49. Control a satellite

    50. Conduct a petition

    51. Volunteer

    52. Reduce property values

    How well you complete each mission will be reviewed by VICI at the end of the session. The higher the stakes, and greater the effects on Humanity, the higher your commendation.

    One-Shot XP

    After drawing their starting missions, the crew may spend their 200 XP on IS Upgrades.

    Playing a One-Shot

    Start your mission by connecting with an III portal in an enclosed public bathroom for privacy.

    At the end of your One-Shot session, VICI will debrief you on your performance and send a mission report to III.

    The Captain will then award one of the Invaders one of the following commendations:

    • Badge of the Ruthless

    • Medal of Bravery

    • Ribbon of Cleverness

    Infestations Threat

    • Increase Infestation by 1 every time the IS visits a dirty location, such as public bathrooms, dumpsters, or playgrounds.

    • Infestations are triggered by any odd numbered roll results if the Infestation level is over 3.

    • When Infestation is triggered, VICI will identify the location and description of an insect infestation spreading inside the IS.

    Fighting Infestations

    • The higher the Infestation Level, the higher the danger of the insects to the IS and the crew.

    • A successful roll to exterminate the insects on a Deck will remove its Infested status.

    • If an extermination roll fails, the infested Deck becomes Damaged and the Infestation spreads to another connected deck.

    • If the Insects are hostile, Invaders must make a Death Save when encountering them.

    VICI’s System Reboot Button

    Take care of your VICI and your VICI will take care of you. However, in case of irregular VICI behavior, the ship’s Captain has access to VICI’s mainframe on the Database floor (the top floor of the Bridge deck).

    • With this access, the Captain can activate a 1-minute System Reboot that will wipe any of VICI’s threatening behavioral patterns.

    • During a system reboot, the mechanical functions of the IS remain operational, but all software upgrades, communications with Humans, and sensors (except audio and touch) are shut down.

    • If Humans are somehow able to scan for Invader technology, a system reboot will hide you from any scans while your IS systems are shut down. This shut down will even deceive the senses of those pesky Earth dogs!

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