Dec 102015

This is The Phoenix Project RPG, a completely free, superhero expansion pack for d20 Modern. These rules layer on top of Modern with relatively few changes. If you know how to play Modern or D&D 3.X, then you can play this game with relative ease.

The site is separated into pages that more or less represent chapters in a book. The first seven of them—Character Creation, Ads and Comps, Classes, Skills, Feats, Powers, and Gear—provide all the information you need to make a character. They’re in order of how fundamental they are to your character. Ability scores are the most basic stats you have, on top of which go skills, for example. The last three pages—Combat, GMing, and the Appendices—segue from game rules for everyone (Combat) to specific guidelines and tools for running the game (GMing and Appendices).

That being said, don’t ever think of Phoenix as something that you have to read end to end in strict, linear order. It’s a game, not homework. The whole point of arranging this information on a website is so that you can consult it, access it like a manual, so in addition to pages, the rules are also organized by “tags,” which are key words that appear in the individual entries on the site. You can see the tags displayed in a cloud in the right-hand menu.

The difference between the two is that pages are strictly hierarchical and tags are messy and horizontal. If you want to know everything that goes under “combat,” then look at the combat page. If you want to know every entry on the site that mentions the Stealth skill, then click “stealth” in the tag cloud, and a dozen posts will appear.

For a more detailed overview of the game, read our Q&A page.

 Posted by at 9:56pm
Jun 072016

Generic Automobiles

Cars Pass Cargo Size Doors Man Speed Def. Hard HPs PDC
Subcompact 3 100 lb. L 2 -2 16 8 3 20 22
Compact 3 275 lb. L 2 -1 20 9 5 30 26
Sedan 5 425 lb. H 4 -2 22 8 5 34 28
Wagon 6 275 lb. H 5 -2 22 8 5 32 28
Limousine (Stretched Sedan) 9 500 lb. H 6 -1 20 8 5 40 32
Sports Car 2 250 lb. H 2 -2 30 8 5 32 30
Pickup Truck 2 1700 lb. H 2 -2 18 8 5 36 28
SUV 4 1000 lb. H 5 -2 18 8 5 32 28
Cube Van (“Box Truck”) 2 33000 lb. H 3* -4 20 8 5 44 34
Shipping Truck (“10 Tonne) 2 66000 lb. H 3* -4 20 8 5 44 36
Armoured Truck 2 3600 lb. H 3* -2 20 8 10 36 34
Vans and Buses
Minivan 8 325 lb. H 4* -2 18 8 5 34 28
Van 2 1000 lb. H 3* -2 18 8 5 36 30
Small Bus 40 C 2* -4 18 8 5 48 38
Touring Bus n/a 750 lb.* C 2 -4 20 8 5 48 38
City Bus 100 C 2* -6 16 6 5 70 50
Scooter 1 20 lb. M -1 12 9 5 16 21
Street Bike 1* 40 lb. L -1 27 9 5 22 26
Dirt Bike 1* M +0 16 10 5 18 23
Sport Bike 1* 20 lb. M -1 37 10 5 18 27


Vehicle Types

There are three general categories of Generic Vehicles: Cars, Trucks/Vans, and Motorcycles. These categories exist most for the sake of organising the list. The Drive skill applies equally to all three.



Subcompact cars are smaller versions of Compact cars: two doors, low horsepower, and little cargo space. Subcompacts often have trouble keeping up with highway speeds, but they’re perfectly suited for big-city driving because they can park in small spaces. They’re often boxy and square-looking.

  • Chevrolet Vega GT, Ford Pinto Runabout, AMC Gremlin, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa


Compact cars are built to be small and run on relatively little gas. They come standard with four doors and have enough horsepower to maintain highway speeds as well as having a moderate amount of cargo space. You can buy two-door models as well (see Templates). They’re often snub-nosed, having shortened front and rear ends.

  • Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Nash Rambler, Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900, Volkswagon Golf MK6


Sedans are full-sized cars with four doors. They are built for city and highway driving, and have generous trunks/boots. They have the familiar look of American cars: long hoods and trunks.

  • Opel Kadett, Lincoln Town Car, Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercedes E55 AMG


Limousines are “stretched” sedans; they have an extra set of doors in the middle and, thus, extended space in the centre that usually contains two sets of bench seats that face each other. Stretched Sedans don’t fit in standard parking spaces because they are about one-third longer than regular sedans, but they can maintain highway speeds without much trouble. They suck up a lot of gas.


Sports Cars are built for minimal passenger and cargo space in order to make room for powerful engines and reduce the vehicle’s weight. They generally have long hoods and shortened rear-ends.

  • Lamborghini Diablo, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Lotus Elan M100, Porche 911


Wagons, also called Station Wagons, are essentially sedans with a covered back end instead of a trunk. This increases their storage space and/or adds an extra set of seats. In all other respects, they’re just like sedans.

  • Volkswagon Jetta, Buick Sport Wagon, Chevrolet Bel Air, Volvo 240, Toyota Camry, Ford Taurus



Pickup Trucks are larger and taller than most cars and have an open bed on the back, called a “flat bed,” instead of back seats. They are built to haul cargo, and suitable for driving both in the city and on the highway.

  • Ford F150, GMC C1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, Suzuki Equator


Cube Van and Shipping Trucks―also called “5 Tonnes” or “10 Tonnes,” respectively―have cabs so high that you have to step up into them, and covered back ends with a single, locking door at the back. They are built to transport cargo. Therefore, they’re built for highway speeds, and although they take up much more room than cars, they’re regularly used to transport goods within cities, as well. There’s no inherent difference between the two other than size.

SUVs, or “Sport-Utility Vehicles,”are a little higher off the ground than cars and often have four-wheel drive, like trucks. but they’re covered and contain one, large interior space filled primarily with seating as well as a large storage area at the back with a vertical window.

  • Ford Explorer, Jeep Cherokee, Toyota Land Cruiser, Land Rover Range Rover, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90


Armoured Trucks are used to transport expensive cargo such as jewels, precious metals, or far more often than anything else, money. They have two seats in the cab and a storage area separated by hardened steel walls. The single door at the back has an integrated, mechanical lock that is very hard to pick (Disable Device DC 30).


Vans and Buses

Minivans are, in essence, larger Wagons. They are taller and roomier, contain three rows of seats, and have a storage area roughly the same size as a Sedan’s trunk/boot. Minivans are notoriously top-heavy and largely associated with suburbanites.

  • Kia Sedona, Volkwagon Vanagon Syncro, Ford Aerostar, Toyota Van Wagon 4WD, GMC Safari


Vans are box-shaped, fully covered vehicles with two seats up front and empty space in the back. There is no barrier between the seats and the storage area. Vans tend to have little if any hood.

  • Dodge Sprinter, Chevrolet Nomad, Chrysler Voyager, Ford Econovan, Suzuki Supercarry, Toyota Probox


Small Buses are extra wide and about twice as long as Sedans. They have a single driver’s seat and many rows of bench seats for passengers. These bench seats rarely provide seat belts. They are most often used as local school buses.

Touring Buses are extra wide and about twice as long as Sedans. The driver and passenger seats are separate from the living area, which usually has two rooms―a bedroom and a living room―as well as a very small washroom. Touring Buses are most often used by bands or other entertainers who spend large amounts of time on the road. The Cargo on a touring bus might seem low, but that amount is in addition to all the weight of the living quarters in the back.

City Buses are extra wide and three times as long as Sedans. There is a single driver’s seat and many rows of passenger seating as well as standing room and overhead bars and straps to hold onto. City buses are built specifically for public transportation in urban areas. Although city buses are built to take a great deal of weight, they have no actual cargo space. The weight is assumed to be people.



Scooters are essentially low-powered motorcycles with a step-through design and a flat place to place the rider’s feet. They aren’t powerful enough to keep up with highway speeds, but they’re entirely equipped for the city. Many modern scooters have electrical engines.

  • Vespa Primavera, Kymco G3, Honda Beat, Piaggo MP3, Aprillia SR50, Lambretta Luna, Yamaha Spy


Street Bikes are primarily designed for transportation, thus they have slick tires and minimal shocks. They are quite capable of maintaining highway speeds and, because of their relatively small size, quite convenient in cities when it comes to parking.

  • Harley-Davidson Softail, BMW Cruiser, Honda Gold Wing, Yamaha Royal Star Venture


Dirt Bikes are primarily designed for off-road and recreational riding, so they have extra-powerful shocks. You can ride them in the city, of course, but they’re over-engineered for the job and the pavement would quickly wear away their knobby tires.

  • Yamaha YZ 250F, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Honda CRF150F, BMW K1600GT, Ducati Diavel, MV Agusta F3


Sport Bikes are primarily designed for, as their name suggests, sheer speed on pavement. They have slick tires but also super-charged engines and aerodynamic design.

  • Suzuki GSX-R, BWM S1000RR, Honda CB750, Kawasaki Ninja, Triumph Daytona
 Posted by at 4:26pm
Jun 072016

Generic Aircraft

Name Crew Pass Cargo Init. Man. Speed Def. Hard HPs Size PDC Res.
Helicopter, small 1 4 250 lb. -4 -4 240 (24) 6 5 28 G 39 Lic (+1)
Helicopter, large 2 13 5,000 lb. -4 -4 200 (20) 6 5 36 G 45 Res (+2)
Helicopter, military 2 14 9,000 lb. -4 -4 320 (32) 6 5 46 G 47 Mil (+3)
Airplane, prop 1 3 120 lb. -4 -4 210 (21) 6 5 30 G 36 Lic (+1)
Jet, small 2 10 500 lb. -4 -4 1,100 (110) 6 5 44 G 40 Lic (+1)


You use the Pilot for all aircraft, from attack helicopters to prop planes. It’s not realistic, but do you really want realism from a superhero RPG? I didn’t think so.


Small Helicopter

This is the standard, goggle-eyed two-seater that is in use the world over by local news organizations and police alike. It has also been adapted by many military forces for light duty. It is two squares wide and seven squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers.

  • Bell Jet Ranger


Large Helicopter

This twin-engine civilian helicopter is sturdy and reliable. It is used around the world for for passenger and cargo duty, and it is still used by many militaries around the world. It is three squares wide and seven squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers (one-quarter cover for passengers if the cargo doors are open).

  • Bell Model 212


Military Helicopter

This is the standard attack helicopter in use by major militaries such as the US and China. It is three squares wide and twelve squares long. It provides three-quarters cover to crew and passengers (one-quarter cover to passengers if the cargo doors are open).

  • UH-60 Blackhawk


Propeller Plane

This common single-engine propeller plane is relatively inexpensive. It is seven squares wide (including wings; fuselage is one square wide) and six squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and passengers.

  • Cessna 172 Skyhawk


Private Jet

This is a sleek business jet with twin turbofans set on the fuselage above and behind the wings, which provide the power. The interior includes luxury accommodations and a bathroom. It is ten squares wide (including wings; fuselage is two squares wide) and twelve squares long. It provides three-quarters cover for crew and nine-tenths cover for passengers.

  • Learjet Model 45
 Posted by at 4:21pm