Experimental Equipment Performance
When the Troubleshooters
collect their experimental equipment from R&D, they are given a sealed
envelope for each item they volunteered for. They are instructed that immediately
after testing the item, they (or another clone, if they do not survive)
should open the envelope and fill in the form reporting the effectiveness
of the equipment.
(This can be interesting
if they are trying to fill in the form while their teammates are involved
in a firefight).
The form is designed
in such a way as to trick the players into answering questions about the
Note the last 3 questions on the first page, and the first question on
the second page. (This demonstrates the world of Paranoia
very nicely - even if a player gets caught by the trick questions, he will
keep quiet when somebody else in the team has to fill in this form).
Using the form
These forms are also
useful for designing new R&D equipment. Rather than inventing something
new, just use an existing item and "improve" it according to a suggestion
from a Troubleshooter. You can either take their suggestion completely
literally (as shown in the first example below), or improve an item far
too much, thus still making it difficult to use.
If you want to hose
the players a bit, put the wrong form in the envelope. Alternatively,
if you are printing the forms on coloured paper, print the form on a paper
colour the citizen isn't cleared to fill in. The beauty of this particular
hose-job is that the citizen in question won't discover the problem until
it's too late to do anything about it.
If you plan to use
either of the above suggestions to hose your players, make sure you don't
overdo it. Have the envelopes prepared in advance and only put the
wrong form in one or two envelopes. Distribute the envelopes randomly,
so you have no idea who has the bad envelope - unless you particularly
want to hose a specific player, of course.
You can download a blank
version of the EEPRF to print off and torment your players with.
The version available for download is slightly different from the version
in the examples above.
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