Friday, August 16, 2013

Behind the Wall

There's a bit of cognitive dissonance when switching from Mechaton to Mobile Frame Zero.  Especially when it comes to the size of the models in relationship to the size of things that can be considered cover.

Let's take a look at the height difference between the Classic and the Chub.

As you can see there is some difference.

Let's look at how that relates to cover.  Here we see a Chub and a Classic behind the standard three brick high wall.

This is the basic type of cover most people use when playing MFZ.  It's easy to build and place on a playing surface.

As you can tell there is a marked difference between what you can see of the Classic and what you can see of the Chub.  So, why no change in the minimum size of Cover?

Because of what hasn't changed.  People in MFZ and Mechaton are both considered to be seven plates tall.  This is usually represented with two bricks and a plate -- or tile.  Sometimes even a microfig.

And you can see that a person would hide quite well behind a standard wall.

Let's see how they compare to frames.

You can really see the difference between the two mecha now that we've added more reference points.

I'm still trying to figure out what this all means, if anything at all. It is interesting, no?  A little something to ponder for the weekend.


  1. I'm not sure that there is meaning here, is there? You just noticed one frame is taller than another?
    No rules mechanic for that -- yet. Right?

    1. Yeah, it's a total non-issue. I just figured the old-timers would find it interesting.

  2. I think it's important to factor that the modern chub can simulate a crouch, and that in a combat the reasonable position would be to crouch under cover for both protection and to sprint from cover to cover. It also makes me wonder if a 5 bricks = cover setup makes sense. Most of my cover is 5 to 6 bricks anyway, so it's never a problem for me.