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  1. OK, I am late the the BRP Mecha party but I had to wait until I could afford to grab a copy. Upon my initial skim of the mecha creation rules, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around them. They seem a little vague. Point-buy may become painfully crunchy, but at least you have a concrete starting point. For my first foray, I figured I'd start with something small. I always thought the Invid Scout "Iigaa" from Robotech: The Next Generation looked cool and was generally creepy. This cherry red alien infantry robot is roughly triangular in shape and resembles a crab with a single cat-eye view port. It is lightly armored but is agile and fast, capable of flying rings around Earth spacecraft and aircraft. It also can walk swiftly on land on a pair of short legs with over-sized, blade-like feet. It has a single rear engine and a single pilot, seated behind the "eye." Its primary armament is a pair of thick crab-like pincers cable of slicing enemy craft like cheese. Scouts are usually employed in swarms, overwhelming opposing anti-aircraft fire in order to latch upon or ram enemy robots and ships. There are two Scout variations: The Scout Fighter adds a pair of fixed, top-mounted plasma cannons. The Armored Scout has the cannons and adds heavy shields on the fronts of its claws. For a giant robot, the Scout is tiny. It stands a little over 8 feet (2.5 meters) tall, is about 12 feet (3.75 meters) wide, and is about 11 feet (3.25 meters) long. It weighs between 3.5 and 4.5 tons. Powered by the organic substance "protoculture," the Scout is a sort of biological machine. The alien pilot floats in a blood-like substance, and the machine smells like blood. The view port, although small and hard to target, is the robot's Achilles' heel. A direct shot can pierce the cockpit and kill the pilot, with icky results. Performance descriptions online (I looked at about eight websites) vary widely. The Scout walks or runs at 40 mph (64 km/h). It can make 20-meter hops with the help of its thrusters and can hover in place. Its flight speed is variously described as 980-992 km/h, 2,345 mph, Mach 7 in a vacuum. The Scout may be wimpy as robots go, but it an eerie opponent, capable of stalking stealthily through heavy brush and wooded areas to surprise humans not safely encased in powered armor. I can almost see one of these babies confronting a party of Call of Cthulhu investigators. In the TV series, the aliens themselves were never actually seen, and their motives were inscrutable.
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