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Hi, I'm Isami
Shinzato. You can
call me Isa. I will
be your Sempai
here
at Intron High.
If you follow your
orientation book
as we go along
you shouldn't have
any trouble getting
around. Let's get
started, shall we?

Isami Shinzato




CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION



WELCOME!

Welcome to VIRTUAL MEKTON, a supplement for Mekton Zeta. You will need a copy of Mekton Zeta and Mekton Zeta Plus in order to use this game supplement. Please visit the R.Talsorian Games website (www. talsorian.com) and the Atomic Rocket Games website (www.atomicrocketgames.com) for further information on ordering.

This supplement provides setting information as well as game statistics and advice for running adventures in the exciting world of Virtual Mekton (VM). This is a world where angst-ridden high school students battle each other for honor and prestige using virtual robots called VMs.

This setting is unlike any other, and the possibilities are endless. Virtual Mekton combines teenage intrigue with kinetic giant-robot combat. No military ranks, no dashing mecha-jocks, no brooding heros, no invading aliens., just plain fun.



SETTING

The world is Earth, the time isn't very far away from today. Not much has changed. Kids are still kids, parents are still parents, high-school is still high-school. Nothing has really changed except, of course, the advent of Virtual Mekton!

(Authors' note: There could be confusion on when the name "Virtual Mekton" and the sigle "VM" is refering to the arcade game the characters are suposedly playing or to the RPG the players itself are actually reading. We'll always write the RPG's name on Bold letters -just to let clear the diference betwen the VM arcade and theVM game).

Virtual Mekton is a wildly popular after-school recreation using several linked cockpit simulators in a large arcade. These arcade centers can be found in malls around the world. Not only can the people play against each other, they can play against anyone that wants to join from around the world. The games can range from one-on-one challenges, to multi-player, last-man-standing arena combats, to team-oriented strategy events. The game environments are fully immersive, from the simple arenas to the fully-detailed virtual battlefields complete with weather conditions.

There are two levels of play in Virtual Mekton. The first level is the classic one-shot arcade games favored by the casual player. The second level of play is the Campaign mode. In campaign mode the players can create and modify their VMs to meet new challenges - and keep their opponents guessing.

The default school location is Intron High in Geocity. Geocity can be located anywhere in the world to fit your campaign world. For more information see the chapter on Life In School.

 



Series Synopsis Sheet

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SERIES NAME
VIRTUAL MEKTON
REFEREE

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BASIC SERIES INFORMATION
 
IMPORTANT NOTES
PREMISE
Arcade simulator gaming
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY  
GENRE
Computer mecha sci-fi
Just a bit over today's.
VOICE
Light. It can darken, though.
NEW TECHNOLOGY  
REALISM Realistic. You can realisticly expect a computer simulation to do anything you want, anyway.
Lightweb, hyper-realistic gamepods
SPECIAL RULES  
TECH LEVEL
6
Since the combat is a simulation, Let's Active! and G-Factor can be in use, or not, on each combat, acording to the wishes of the system operator.
STARTING YEAR
20??
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PLAYER CHARACTER INFORMATION
ROLE OF THE PCs
Schoolboys/girls playing a hyper-realistic mecha combat game and living their lives
RANDOM, CONCEPT OR CINEMATIC?
Your choice.
REQUIREMENTS
Uses old Mekton II M&&;F stat. New stat: Relating with Parents (RWP)
LIMITS
Combat skills no greater than +3. No "professional" skills.
PROS & TEMPLATES
Pros not allowed (unless you playing a VM player who's NOT a schoolboy)
ESPers STUFF
In brief: Nope.
ALIENS STUFF
In brief: Nope.
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GOVERNMENT AND CULTURE INFORMATION
GOVERNMENT
Geocity run by a council, rest of world remains as messed-up as today
CULTURE
Interracial, multinational city
PLANETS
Earth, Terra, Tierra, that big chunk of rock under our feet
SYSTEMS
Operating, a lot; planetary, one.
LANGUAGES
Most kids' slang includes a pastiche of English, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and others words
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MECHA TECHNOLOGY
SUPERHEROIC OR MILITARY?
Both of them.
ROLE OF MECHA
To have a good time with a computer game
AVAILABILITY
Just go to the closest arcade. Surely it will have at least one gamepod!
REQUIREMENTS
Size under 1440.001 CP
WEAPONRY
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
MTS SYSTEMS NOT AVAILABLE Those not apropiate for a computer game, like lightspeed, Merging with Mecha, etc. Several systems can be restricted acording to the computer game settings and require GM's and/or rival's aproval; consult the Design Restrictions and Ban Equipment List. Nukes exist but not allowed. Thought Controls exist only as a GM's campaign option.
WEIGHT EFFICIENCY LIMIT
None
SPACE EFFICIENCY LIMIT
None
STANDARDS
Stock units are 150 CP, MW servos and armor, weapons 5-10K.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY
STARSHIP AVAILABILITY
Government only.
SPACE TRAVEL AVAILABILITY Government only. Geocity is the place of UNs Project Icarus, a plan for a new space launch site for international usage and to provide for a completly neutral site for space research and exploration.
SUBLIGHT DRIVE
No
HYPERDRIVE
Other than whatching it on the movies... nope.
SPACE ENVIRONMENTS
Against all pronostic, the "Mir" station is still kicking (more or less). There's the project to build a new, international station as part of Project Icarus
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