Chrome 4 Armor Cost revised

Chrome 4 Armor Revised

Author: Hound

Taken with permission from The Blackhammer CyberPunk Project

Chrome 4 introduced an excellent new armored clothing section, but one which violated most of their old rules along the way. Suddenly your $100 SP10 vest should have cost you $32.50…

This version of the Chrome 4 armor rules make Chrome 4 armored clothing as expensive as the old armors, meaning that stylish body armor is going to cost your punks out the NOSE, choomba!

There are four categories of clothing: Light, Medium, Heavy and Combat. Light clothes include thin layer clothing such as shirts and stockings. Medium clothing is standard outdoors wear in temperate climates such as jeans and jackets. Heavy clothes include leather jackets, hard boots and Medium clothing with obvious armoring. Combat armor is just that, non-concealable armor… although some of it makes it into the EdgeRunner styles.

Any of these clothes can be armored, just as in Chrome Book 4, but if certain restrictions are exceeded, the clothing becomes obviously armored. Any light clothing armored beyond SP:10 is going to look like “pure combat gear”. Medium clothes beyond SP:14 enter into this realm of armor instead of fashion, and heavy armor beyond SP:16 (or any armor with hardcase or plate incorporated into the design) fall into the same boat. Combat armor is just that, Armor. Combat armor always has an EV of 1, plus anything more depending on layering and design.

Any Generic Chic clothing incorporating armor has wonderful logos such as ARMORPLAST on it or looks like straight kevlar or epoxide. Above Generic the armor is actually disguised in the clothing. Hard armor segments can only be incorporated into Edgerunner (for high SP) or Urban Flash (SP 10-14).

All necessary tables to build clothing and armor follow (with thanks and apologies to the ChromeBook 4 team):

Armor protection multiplier

  Light Medium Heavy Combat
SP Cost EV Cost EV Cost EV Cost EV
4 x3   x2.5   x1.5
6 x3.5   x3   x2
8 x4   x3.5   x2.5
10 x4.5   x4   x3   x2
12 x5   x4.5   x3.5   x2.25
14 x6 -1 x5   x4   x2.5
16 x7 -2 x5.5   x4.5   x2.75
18 x8 -3 x6 -1 x5   x3
20     x7 -2 x5.5 -1 x3.5
22     x8 -3 x6 -2 x4
24         x7 -3 x4.5
25             x4.75 -1
26             x5 -1
28             x5.5 -1
30             x6 -2

Base price

Light Armor Medium Armor Heavy Armor
T-Shirt 10eb Leather Tunic 75eb Leather Jacket 70eb
Shirt 20eb Pants / Jeans 20eb Leather Coat 110eb
Blouse 15eb Heavy Skirt 55eb Heavy Long Coat 55eb
Tank Top 10eb Jackets 35eb Hrd L. Boots 50eb
Tunic 25eb Long Jacket 40eb Most Chaps 60eb
Sweater 20eb TrenchCoat 125eb Med.Armor w/Hardcase Part (+50%)
Jumpsuit 50eb Cloak 50eb Combat Armor
Dress 50eb Long Cape 90eb Greaves 80eb
Miniskirt 30eb Shoes 15eb Plate Ins Vests 60eb
Long Skirt 55eb Soft Boots 25eb Plate Ins Pants 60eb
Shorts 10eb Soft Kneeboots 40eb Hardcase 40eb
Gloves 20eb        
Long Gloves 30eb        
Tie 20eb        
Scarf 15eb        
Shades 5-50eb        
Hat 5-25eb        
Toboggan Hood 10eb        
Ski Mask 15eb        
Short Cape 75eb        
Stockings 20eb        
Vest 25eb        

Style multiplier

Style Cost Quality Cost Option Cost
Generic Chic x1 Sub-Average x0.5 Polylog x3
Leisurewear x2 Average x1 Reacti-Mesh x2
Urban Flash x2 Good x1.5 Polychromic x5
BusinessWear x3 Very Good x2 AP Proof x3
Edgerunner x3 Designer x4 Fireproof x2
High Fashion x4 SuperChic x7

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