Several years ago, I sent a letter to one of the authors that contributed regularly to the old Adventurers' Club magazine, who had a regular "rules questions"-type column in AC. (Unfortunately, I do not recall either the gentleman's name or the title of his column, nor do I recall the specific issue number wherein my letter was printed.) In this letter, I argued that the Growth Tables (for characters, vehicles, and bases) were incomplete. (This discovery of mine came about when I tried designing an asteroid base for Mechanon, and I realized that I couldn't get the internal volume that I thought I should.)
Specifically, I argued that:
In this same letter, I argued that a certain level of Growth should automatically give the character some degree of "Area Effect" for his hand-to-hand attacks. But, at what specific point, and how much of an area effect?
To answer this question, I compared the DCV penalties for Growth
to the OCV penalties for the hit locations
for "Hand" and "Foot".
The OCV penalty for a hand
is
Having decided that the OCV penalty for "Foot" is based almost entirely on the relative size of that body part, I decided to let this penalty be my guide. Therefore, I reasoned that when this OCV penalty is exactly matched by the DCV penalty for Growth, then that specific level of Growth is the one that first grants the character an automatic "Area Effect" Advantage for his HTH attacks. Thus, at 12 levels of Growth (60 base points for characters), the character receives an automatic "Area Effect" Advantage for his Strength for hand-to-hand attacks.
Consolidated "Growth" Table
Levels of Growth | "X" | "Y" | "Z" | Area | DCV | Volume | Mass | KB | Usable Volume | Extra Reach | HTH AE Size | |||||||||||
(0) | 1" (2 m) | 0.5" (1 m) | 0.25" (0.5 m) | 0.5 hx | ±0 | 0.125 hx | 100 kg | ±0" | (n/a) | +0" | ||||||||||||
1 | 1.25" | 0.64" | 0.32" | 0.8 hx | ±0 | 0.25 hx | 200 kg | 0.125 hx | +0" | |||||||||||||
2 | 1.6" | 0.8" | 0.4" | 1.25 hx | 0.5 hx | 400 kg | 0.25 hx | +0" | ||||||||||||||
3 | 2" | 1" | 0.5" | 2 hx | 1 hx | 800 kg | 0.5 hx | +1" | ||||||||||||||
4 | 2.5" | 1.25" | 0.64" | 3.2 hx | 2 hx | 1,600 kg | 1 hx | +1" | ||||||||||||||
5 | 3.2" | 1.6" | 0.8" | 5 hx | 4 hx | 3.2 tn | 2 hx | +1" | ||||||||||||||
6 | 4" | 2" | 1" | 8 hx | 8 hx | 6.4 tn | 4 hx | +2" | ||||||||||||||
7 | 5" | 2.5" | 1.25" | 12.5 hx | 16 hx | 12.5 tn | 8 hx | +2" | ||||||||||||||
8 | 6.4" | 3.2" | 1.6" | 20 hx | 32 hx | 25 tn | 16 hx | +3" | ||||||||||||||
9 | 8" | 4" | 2" | 32 hx | 64 hx | 50 tn | 32 hx | +4" | ||||||||||||||
10 | 10" | 5" | 2.5" | 50 hx | 125 hx | 100 tn | 64 hx | +5" | ||||||||||||||
11 | 12.5" | 6.4" | 3.2" | 80 hx | 250 hx | 200 tn | 125 hx | +6" | ||||||||||||||
12 | 16" | 8" | 4" | 125 hx | 500 hx | 400 tn | 250 hx | +8" | 0.5 (1) hx | |||||||||||||
13 | 20" | 10" | 5" | 200 hx | 1,000 hx | 800 tn | 500 hx | +10" | 0.8 (1) hx | |||||||||||||
14 | 25" | 12.5" | 6.4" | 320 hx | 2,000 hx | 1,600 tn | 1,000 hx | +12" | 1.25 (1) hx | |||||||||||||
15 | 32" | 16" | 8" | 500 hx | 4,000 hx | 3.2K tn | 2,000 hx | +16" | 2 hx | |||||||||||||
16 | 40" | 20" | 10" | 800 hx | 8,000 hx | 6.4K tn | 4,000 hx | +20" | 3.2 (3) hx | |||||||||||||
17 | 50" | 25" | 12.5" | 1,250 hx | 16K hx | 12.5K tn | 8,000 hx | +25" | 5 hx | |||||||||||||
18 | 64" | 32" | 16" | 2,000 hx | 32K hx | 25K tn | 16K hx | +32" | 8 hx | |||||||||||||
19 | 80" | 40" | 20" | 3,200 hx | 64K hx | 50K tn | 32K hx | +40" | 12.5 (13) hx | |||||||||||||
20 | 100" | 50" | 25" | 5,000 hx | 125K hx | 100K tn | 64K hx | +50" | 20 hx | |||||||||||||
21 | 125" | 64" | 32" | 8,000 hx | 250K hx | 200K tn | 125K hx | +64" | 32 hx | |||||||||||||
22 | 160" | 80" | 40" | 12.5K hx | 500K hx | 400K tn | 250K hx | +80" | 50 hx | |||||||||||||
23 | 200" | 100" | 50" | 20K hx | 1M hx | 800K tn | 500K hx | +100" | 80 hx | |||||||||||||
24 | 250" | 125" | 64" | 32K hx | 2M hx | 1.6M tn | 1M hx | +125" | 125 hx | |||||||||||||
25 | 320" | 160" | 80" | 50K hx | 4M hx | 3.2M tn | 2M hx | +160" | 200 hx | |||||||||||||
26 | 400" | 200" | 100" | 80K hx | 8M hx | 6.4M tn | 4M hx | +200" | 320 hx | |||||||||||||
27 | 500" (1 km) |
250" | 125" | 125K hx | 16M hx | 12.5M tn | 8M hx | +250" | 500 hx | |||||||||||||
28 | 640" | 320" | 160" | 200K hx | 32M hx | 25M tn | 16M hx | +320" | 800 hx | |||||||||||||
29 | 800" | 400" | 200" | 320K hx | 64M hx | 50M tn | 32M hx | +400" | 1,250 hx | |||||||||||||
30 | 1,000" (2 km) |
500" | 250" | 500K hx | 125M hx | 100M tn | 64M hx | +500" (+1 km) |
2,000 hx |