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Finding and taking cover is an essential element of the game, at the core of combat and stealth.

Finding cover

In order to look for cover in the UA, you must use the &cover command. In Civilized Areas, cover types are fixed and depend on the current room you're in.

There can be only one piece of cover per Side of the Battlespace, which means in turn that there can be up to 4 pieces of cover available in a single room, one per Side.

Players may request to use the command to determine what cover is available on their Side, usually during combat (see the section below for more details), although it is not necessary to be in combat to look at all available cover in the room; you must simply specify to the GM which Sides you want to check.

The command will return the type and characteristics of the piece of cover available. Sometimes, there will be none at all, so be prepared for that possibility.

Taking cover

There are two main uses for cover: stealth and protection from damage.

In all situations, taking cover counts as a non-combat action.


"Stealth" redirects here.

If this is the first turn of combat and you have a piece of cover available on your Side, then your character has the possibility to pass a check to slip behind cover without being noticed by enemies in the room. This is the stealth cover check.

To pass a stealth cover check, you must roll 2d6 + your current Agility (often shortened to 2d6+Agi). Regardless of the result you get, you will be considered to be behind cover, and the turn will end.

  • If you get a result of 7 or higher, you will maintain stealth, allowing you to perform an action on the next turn without the enemy being able to see you or target you. As long as you maintain stealth, even if the enemies are technically alerted or aware of your presence, they cannot target you. With some care and a little luck, you can clear an entire room of its enemies without ever being attacked!
  • If you get a result of 6 or less, then stealth will be broken; you made noise, an enemy noticed you getting behind cover, or something else attracted their attention and made them aware of your location. You will still be behind cover (and benefit from its protection), but it is treated as though you took cover without stealth; enemies able to attack will do so on the same turn.

Other than failing a stealth cover check, the following things will break stealth:

  • Firing an unsilenced firearm
  • Firing a Taser
  • Firing Tracer ammunition even with a silencer
  • Whenever you and at least one enemy meet on the same Side (either due to you entering theirs, or them entering yours). As a rule of thumb, melee and Stealth are incompatible, though the GM may apply exemptions to that rule if they feel it's necessary.
  • Taking cover and intentionally choose not to make a stealth cover check (see below)

The following will NOT break stealth; therefore you can do these and still maintain stealth:

  • Firing a silenced firearm (unless also firing Tracer ammunition, which breaks stealth)
  • Using a melee weapon of any kind (technically speaking - see above)
  • Throwing weapons or items of any kind
  • Firing Archery weapons of any kind, ballistic knives, nailguns,
  • Generally, using any item in your inventory or any special ability that isn't a weapon should be safe, unless the GM decides for one reason or another that it's too loud/visible and would break stealth. If you're in doubt, ask them; their word is final.
Tips for Game Masters
Should your players manage to maintain stealth and either damage, annoy, or otherwise attract the attention of enemies, without being able to eliminate all of them, the enemy's response should be appropriate to their level of organization and intelligence.
Animals, monsters, or frightened intelligent creatures may do nothing, freeze in place, or even try to run away, while more intelligent, aggressive, or organized enemies are encouraged to seek cover, call for help or backup, or even try to root the player character out by deliberately moving (Non-combat movement) to another Side of the Battlespace in order to forcefully break stealth.

If you wish to devise particularly dangerous situations, you may also let enemy NPCs use stealth on the player characters, so that they can try and get the drop them instead! However, exercise caution. Do not hesitate to give hints to your players that something is off and/or that they should be extra careful, if you do not want to turn this into a player character slaughterfest...

Cover without stealth

If you really want to, it's perfectly possible to take cover without regard for stealth. In that case, you do not need to pass a stealth cover check; simply make sure that you have available cover on your side, and declare that you're taking cover without stealth. You will automatically succeed, but you are giving up stealth for the rest of this round of combat.

Stealth with multiple characters

Allied characters must each make their stealth checks in order to remain undetected from other parties.

If there are allied creatures in multiple states (one in Stealth, another not), then all creatures in Stealth act first. The order of priority is as follows:

  • Creatures in stealth, non-combat actions
  • Creatures in stealth, combat actions
  • Creatures in the open, non-combat actions
  • Creatures in the open, combat actions

Moving to another side in stealth

Under normal conditions, if you wish to switch to another Side of the battlespace and benefit from the cover on that side, you must spend one turn to make a non-combat move, then spend the next turn on taking cover as a non-combat action.

However, if you meet both of the following conditions:

  • You are behind cover
  • You have maintained Stealth

...then you may make a stealth cover switch. To do so, check for Cover on a Side of the room that doesn't have enemies (as entering a Side with enemies breaks Stealth automatically), then pass another stealth cover check.

  • Success allows the character to switch to another Side, take cover, and maintain Stealth
  • Failure lets the character move to cover on the desired Side, but Stealth is broken.

Using cover for protection

If stealth was broken, or never an option to begin with, defensive properties of cover will come into play. There are many different types of cover, all with varying levels of protection, but all of them work on the same principles:

  • Cover intercepts damage from ranged attacks, sent from another Side than your own
    • This means that cover is of no use if the enemy is on the same Side as your own. Imagine an enemy soldier running towards you with a bayonet while you're in cover behind a pile of sandbags; he isn't going to mindlessly attack the sandbags, he's instead going to run around it to attack you!
  • Cover does not last indefinitely; all pieces of cover have a certain amount of health, which is reduced by limb damage. If cover health falls to zero, then this piece of cover breaks down and cannot be used anymore.
  • All types of cover have an Armor Class, with appropriate properties, including limb damage reduction. All types have an AC ranging between A1 and A5, therefore they all count as armored targets.
  • Cover is of limited use against explosives. They will not protect from splash damage (unless they are blast-resistant), and bouncing explosives (such as VOG-25P grenades) are designed to ignore cover entirely.
    • Blast-resistant cover will protect creatures from an explosion's target damage and splash damage. See Explosives for more details.

List of random cover types


  • BR?: Is this cover type blast-resistant?
Name Health AC BR?
Wooden barrel 24 A1
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Empty plastic crate 30 A1
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Flipped wooden table 36 A1
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Wooden crate 40 A1
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Flipped metal table 36 A2
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Plastic crate full of garbage 42 A2
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Metallic file cabinet 42 A2
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Dishwasher 49 A2
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Wooden crate with metal covers 53 A2
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Metallic file cabinet full of papers 42 A2
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Pile of garbage 60 A2
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Pile of cinder blocks 67 A2
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Fridge 60 A3
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Washing machine full of destroyed clothes 66 A3
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Empty dumpster 75 A3
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Static tactical shield, 'Guardian' model 80 A3
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Dumpster full of trash 85 A3
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Improved tactical shield, 'Super Guardian' model 100 A3
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Sandbag nest 83 A4
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Static tactical shield, 'Defender' model 80 A4
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Block of concrete 98 A4
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Block of reinforced concrete 116 A4
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Improved tactical shield, 'Super Defender' model 130 A4
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Steel crate 90 A5
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Static tactical shield, 'Colossus' model 150 A5
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Blast shield 175 A5
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Improved tactical shield, 'Titan' model 200 A5
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Machine gun emplacements

"Machine gun emplacement" and "MG emplacement" redirect here.

A machine gun emplacement (or MG emplacement) is a special type of cover combining sandbags, defensive shields, and a non-removable machine gun.

Although the machine gun can be used like any other weapon on your Side of the Battlespace, you cannot take it or equip it. You may, however, take its ammunition and ammo belts and reload it with your own.

MG emplacements are exclusive to select towns. They can typically be found at specific Town Gates, providing TownSec with a powerful means of defense against invasions, whether from monsters, raiders, or otherwise.

Name Health AC BR? Mounted weapon Caliber Ammunition
5.56mm MG emplacement 125 A4
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Static M249 5.56x45mm NATO (M27 belt links) 2000 rounds, Standard Tracer
5.8mm MG emplacement 125 A4
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Static QJY-88 5.8x42mm (QJY belt links) 1000 rounds, Standard Tracer
.30 cal MG emplacement 125 A4
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Static M60 7.62x51mm NATO (M13 belt links) 500 rounds, Standard Tracer
.50 cal MG emplacement 125 A4
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Static M2HB .50 BMG (M2 belt links) 200 rounds, Standard Tracer

MG emplacement locations

The quality and firepower of a machine gun emplacement are usually reflective of the town's population. As the saying goes, "the larger the town, the bigger the bullets."

  • Towns with a Very small population do not have access to MG emplacements. TownSec in these towns relies on an additional block of concrete and their personal weapons instead.
  • Towns with a Small population use the 5.56mm MG emplacement.
  • Towns with a Medium population use the 5.8mm MG emplacement.
  • Towns with a Large population use the .30 cal MG emplacement.
  • Towns with a Very large population use the .50 cal MG emplacement.