So I ran into a problem. Armor in VDS is WAY important. No armor, you just die. Presumably you get it as loot, but in order to kill enemies you first have to slag through any armor they are wearing – so it’d be weird then to loot them and there’s this pile of fully intact armor. Like why weren’t they wearing it? Likewise in all the devastation of the ruined Warlands of Urth it’s unlikely you’d run into whole armor pieces just sitting there in perfect shape. But little chunks and bits of unmelted armor here and there that could be scavenged from the melted slag, piled together and remade into something new? Maybe…
So here’s the rundown. You kill an enemy and based on how armored they were you roll some dice for how many armor fragments might be on them. Big war robots or heavily armored bosses, roll lots of dice, bigger dice, or both. You end up fighting a bunch of mutant wombats? Probably no armor fragments. How many dice? Maybe a d6 for a regular wasteland marauder, scale up and down from there?
Three armor fragments can be melted down or fused together to repair one point of armor so long as the fragments are of the same type (Circuit Fragments to repair Circuit Armor, etc.). This takes some time but anyone can do it and it allows you to forgo the 50/50 chance of Combat Repair not working. Think of them like healing potions for your armor.
Now if you find nine fragments (3 armor points worth) and more than half (5 of 9) are of the same type, they can be tinkered together into a piece of generic junk armor of that type. This isn’t craftsmanship, it’s bodging stuff together and requires no particular skill–and as a result it looks like something made by someone with no skill. But you can pretty much just do it as long as you’re someplace with tools and materials where it makes sense that you could do it. It’s ugly. It has no special abilities, but it soaks three hits of damage like any armor.
If you want to create a particular armor piece off the Basic Armor table you can roll your Armorsmith if you have it, as long as you have an example of the armor to work from and all nine armor fragments are of the right type. On a 4+ you can craft a duplicate of it. If it’s an idea of your own design or just something on the list you don’t have a prototype for, you can try: roll and count your 6’s. If there’s no 6s you probably just fail or make something deeply flawed. 1-2 6s, you probably make something in the ballpark–but maybe with some interesting quirks. More 6s it’s as good or better than the version in the book.
Anyway it’s an idea I came up with and plan to use in my game. Thought I’d share and see if anyone else got a kick out of it. Let me know what you think.