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Head Shot: Survivor Pack

  • 8 pregenerated Survivors compatible with Cortex Plus and Cortex Prime!
  • Conversion notes for re-hacking the characters!
  • Random tables for generating Names, Backstory, and Motivations!

Head Shot: Survivor Pack is a grab bag of pregenerated Survivors so you can pick up and play Head Shot: A Zombie Apocalypse Hack for the Cortex RPG in seconds! The eight included Survivors are:

  • CDC Research Scientist, 
  • Crossfit Trainer, 
  • Former Cop, 
  • Infiltrator, 
  • Mall Security, 
  • Middle-aged Zombie Hunter at Wit's End, 
  • Strong-willed R/N, 
  • and TV Personality.

Plus, included customization notes and random generation tables allow you to breathe life into these characters, your own custom-made Survivors, or the GMCs that populate your zombie apocalypse!

Designed by Tim Bannock. Layout and graphics by Craig Judd. Logo and cover elements by Elena Naylor. Cover art photo by Stefan Stefancik.

If you like what you see here, check out Tim Bannock's other RPGs, supplements, and collaborations!

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DriveThruRPG: /browse.php?author=Tim%20Bannock

Cortex Plus Cheat Sheets   Head Shot! Zombie Apocalypse Action Roleplaying   Head Shot: Takes Talent!   Head Shot: Survivor Pack   Head Shot: Made Easy!

Tim Bannock is an RPG enthusiast since 1985. He got his start in the RPG industry as a game reviewer, then an editor and playtester working with Inkwell Ideas and several indie publishers. He now designs, writes, and handles project management for releases on the Dungeon Masters Guild and the Cortex Plus Creator Studio through DriveThruRPG.

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Valerio D April 08, 2018 8:40 am UTC
1 Page or rules reference, repeated from the Head Shot Core with 3 paragraph to "convert" which actually state: You can decide how and what to convert, if you like cortex plus use the old rules, if you like highlighted skill do the work yourself.
1 Page of random tables too small to be usable... 12 Names? Seriously?

In the end this should be merged with the Prime conversion document and offer some new options.
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Tim B April 09, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
As with "Made Easy," you've pointed out some very good areas where I can improve this guide. Here's my plan:

I'll create full versions of each of the characters in the Cortex Plus (as opposed to Cortex Prime) versions, so you can pick and choose which one fits your gaming style.

The tables can definitely use some expansion; my thought was just to have them there as idea-generators since I wasn't sure how the Cortex audience would even respond to the idea of random tables! Since there's at least one person who has interest them, I'm more than happy to expand them greatly.

I fear I won't be merging this with the Prime document because that's it's own beast that needs to go through revisions and updates as the Cortex Prime rules are released. I'd much rather keep this separate and instead expand on its utility. As a living document, my thought (in addition to expanding the tables and providing Cortex Plus versions of all the characters) is to keep adding more character...See more
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Valerio D April 11, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
I gave you my feed back due to the quality of your head shot core, keep up the good job. PS I am waiting for the prime release :)
For the generators maybe you could try to go for a ORE-like system. You roll a sequence of dice from 2 to 5 (d4 - d6 - d8 - d10 - d12), put them in order and use them to quickly select more options... Something like you go from Hi to Low so the first table includes common results on 9-12 while the last table use an opposite order. Jinxes can be removed or used to activate some variants (so the 5th table would be used less often). This will offer a lot more options and may suggest some groups or trends in play.
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Tim B April 11, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
You and me both on the Prime front!!

Excellent thoughts; I'll work on those generators shortly. Thank you again for your feedback!
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Valerio D April 18, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
They are useful as a reference, just add a little note saying: Pick one or roll :D
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