4/17/12

Random Loot: DuraFoam Canister


Designed for: Near-future Sci-Fi, but works just fine in any reasonably tech heavy setting.

Summary: Instant concrete in a spray can. Good for last-minute repairs, securing a room against zombie hordes, and causing all kinds of mayhem.

Description:
The DuraFoam spray can dispenses a stream of foam that sticks to most surfaces and hardens in less than a minute to a polymer that is approximately as strong and heat resistant as aluminum. It is commonly used for quick repairs to lifting and control arms, containers, and to rig together small structures when conventional glue doesn't offer enough strength, or when structural reinforcement is required. The polymer is designed to be rapidly degraded by a cleaning kit (sold separately), so that the DuraFoam can be easily removed when no longer needed.

These canisters come in handy for cunning and resourceful characters. In addition to their intended use, some of the things that come to mind (or that I've seen players use them for) are:
 - Closing off the ventilation system on an electronic system (droid, supercomputer, etc), causing it to overheat.
 - Sealing off doors to block pursuit.
 - Suffocating or immobilizing an opponent.
 - Damaging personal firearms or larger weapons by locking the receiver in place or closing off the barrel.
 - Puncturing the canister and using it as a grenade full of pressurized nastiness.

Mechanical Notes:The main thing that comes up is the strength of the foam as it solidifies. An easy thing to do is give it a set strength score that increases for a couple of rounds while the foam hardens and have someone roll against that score if they want to wipe/chisel/tear it away.

Suggested Cost: Equivalent to US $100 per canister. Each canister produced about half a cubic foot of foam (or about 6 square feet at 1 inch thick).


Variations:

 
Vacuum Strength DuraFoam
High strength version designed for emergency use in spaceships to seal minor hull fractures or reinforce a damaged point on the hull to prevent it from giving out. This usually needs to be applied from the outside, before depressurization occurs. It isn't much of a long term fix, but it's usually enough to hold a damaged freighter together while it limps back to port.

Mechanical Notes: For its intended use, I'd just have it restore a small amount of hull strength (however that is measured in your system) modified based on the results of a repair roll.

Suggested Cost: Equivalent to US $1000. Each canister produces enough foam for one use (approximately 25 square feet at 2 inches thick).

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