This is a condensed version of Star Army Damage Rating, Version 3 article.
This is meant to be consulted by anyone already aware of how SADRv3 functions and just wants to have a quick overview of the guidelines.
|Tier||Purpose||Defensive Example||Offensive Example|
|1||Light Anti-Personnel||Flak jacket, riot armor||Smallarms such as pistols|
|2||Medium Anti-Personnel||Ballistic Vest, bodyarmor||GP-1 Assault Rifle, Nekovalkyrja Service Pistol (standard)|
|3||Heavy Anti-Personnel||Hardsuits||NSP (Heavy), LASR, SLAG grenades|
|4||Light Anti-Armor||M2 Mindy IV, M6 Daisy II||Aether Saber-Rifle (Rapid-Fire), Atmospheric/Space Plasma Rifle|
|5||Medium Anti-Armor||Aether Saber-Rifle (Beam), Type 32 Dual-Gun Turret|
|6||Heavy Anti-Armor||Hostile, Ripper||Aether Saber-Rifle (Saber), Offensive Mini-missile|
|7||Light Anti-Mecha||M9 TASHA, Aggressor, small shuttlepods||50mm Gauss Bazooka, Type 31 Quad-Gun Turret|
|8||Medium Anti-Mecha||V9 Nodachi, Ravager, most shuttlecraft||Kawarime/Nodachi Turbo-Aether cannon|
|9||Heavy Anti-Mecha||Larger shuttles||Type 31 Dual-Cannon Turret|
|10||Light Anti-Starship||Corvettes, Yui-7 Scout, Chiaki Escort||Chiaki Mass Driver Gun (Solid round)|
|11||Medium Anti-Starship||Destroyers, Plumeria Gunship||Chiaki Mass Driver Gun (Antimatter round), Plumeria Positron Railgun|
|12||Heavy Anti-Starship||Cruisers, Ookami Light Cruiser||Yui-type Aether Array, Sharie Aether Turret, Z1 Torpedoes|
|13||Light Anti-Capital Ship||Super Eikan Heavy Cruiser||Plumeria-type dual-bladed Aether Array, Eikan Positron Cannon|
|14||Medium Anti-Capital Ship||Sharie Battleship||Eikan-type Aether Array, AS-7 Torpedoes|
|15||Heavy Anti-Capital Ship||3km+ Structures, Dreadnoughts||Sharie-type Dual-Pronged Aether Array|
Using a weapon in the same tier as its target means this weapon is capable of putting it out of combat in a single well-placed attack. It is potentially lethal. A weapon can cause damage up to four steps above its tier. Each step above reduces the damage it can cause since the target is bigger, heavier, or in general better protected. We also rate overkill in four steps. It can be visualized as follows:
|Weapon vs Target||Descriptor|
|3 Below||Light damage|
|2 Below||Moderate Damage|
|1 Below||Heavy Damage|
|1 Above||Quite lethal|
|2 Above||Very lethal|
|3 Above||Assuredly lethal|
|4 Above||Total Annihilation|
What you need to take from this is that you cause less damage to harder targets than your weapon was intended to take down, and more damage to targets softer than that. If the gap becomes too wide in disfavor of the weapon, it won't do much of anything; but too wide in favor of the weapon means lots of overkill.
An armor's or barrier's resilience and stopping power is defined by the tier its unit is part of.
Here's a table that shows, on the rightmost column, how much incoming damage could deplete barriers:
|Weapon vs Target||Damage directly on target||Damage on fully-charged Barrier|
|4 Below||Negligible||Barrier undiminished|
|3 Below||Light damage||around 7% damage to Barrier|
|2 Below||Moderate Damage||around 12% damage to Barrier|
|1 Below||Heavy Damage||around 25% damage to Barrier|
|Equal||Potentially lethal||around 50% damage to Barrier|
|1 Above||Quite lethal||Barrier depleted (100% damage)|
|2 Above||Very lethal||Barrier depleted (50% in excess), heavy damage to target|
|3 Above||Assuredly lethal||Barrier depleted (100% in excess), potentially lethal damage to target|
|4 Above||Total Annihilation||Barrier depleted (150% in excess), very lethal damage to target|
Barrier technology comes in a few shapes of forms on how they are deployed and managed. Here's an overview of some of the common ones:
has only one universal facing and near-misses can deplete the bubble even though they might not have actually hit the target directly.
this barrier lends “skin-tight” protection, so near-misses are much less likely to needlessly deplete the barrier.
Offers a forward and aft facings having their own 100% energy reserve.
Fore, aft, port, starboard, dorsal and ventral quadrants, each having a 100% reserve pool.
Managing multiple barrier facings:
Barrier facings can be transfered to resplenish depleted ones. Transfering power over capacity can be safely done up to 200%; going beyond that risks damaging the barrier system from prolongued overloads.
When not being fired on, barrier regeneration can be safely recovered at a rate of 50% every 10 to 15 seconds (3% to 5% per second, depending on rate of activity) or by actions from roleplayers. Depleting a barrier by excess causes an overload which renders that barrier facing inoperable for 15 seconds while the barrier emitter is reset (transfering reserve power, like power armor capacitors, can jump-start a barrier)
Shields are made of heavier plating than what the unit using it, its resilience can be treated as going up to one step above the tier of the unit. For example, the M6 Daisy's zesuaium shield could cope with attacks as a heavy power armor would. Damage to the shield is treated individually from the power armor: having a shield does not upgrade a power armor/mecha's defense tier, it is treated as a different location to damage that is tougher than the rest.
Here's a list of commonly seen armor materials in SARP, along with a short blurb of how they stand out.
|Xiulurium||Expensive, counts as Unarmored, grants stealth when energized.|
|Zanarium||Grants noncombat stealth when energized if barrier and weapons are offline.|
|Durandium||Lightweight and inexpensive.|
|Durandium-T||Transparent Durandium, counts as unarmored against beam-based weapons.|
|Yama-Dura||Memory metal with minor noncombat regenerative properties.|
|Nerimium||Heavy, density absorbs well kinetic and heat impacts, inexpensive.|
|Yamataium||Heavy, expensive, memory metal with significant noncombat regenerative properties.|
|Zesuaium||Heavy, expensive, cannot be repaired, resists electricity, kinetics, and heat.|
|Zesuaium-T||Transparent Zesuaium, counts as unarmored against beam-based weapons.|
|Zesuaium-X||Coated in Xiulurium, confers same properties as long as surface remains intact.|
Units that are not actually armored take damage one step worse than usual for their tier.
Below are outcomes for different targets given as inspiration of how this might be applied.
Example of damage on a M2 Mindy IV power armor:
|Weapon vs Target||Descriptor||Examples|
|4 Below||Negligible||scratches, ruined paintjob|
|3 Below||Light Damage||Slight deterioration of armor cover (nicked, dented, carbonized surface)|
|2 Below||Moderate Damage||Notable deterioration of armor cover (melting off, gouged, pockmarked), possible bruising|
|1 Below||Heavy damage||Partial penetration, subsystem damage, minor injury (minor wounds or burns, major bruising, cracked bones)|
|Equal||Potentially lethal||Armor penetrated, possibly fatal injury for wearer (vital organs, burns, bleeding, and broken bones)|
|1 Above||Quite lethal||Armor deeply penetrated, severe injuries for wearer|
|2 Above||Very lethal||Through-and-through penetration; limbs severed or ruined; massive injuries for wearer.|
|3 Above||Assuredly lethal||Significant portion of power armor and wearer blown off or destroyed|
|4 Above||Total Annihilation||Obliteration likely, even from a glancing hit|
Example of damage on a Plumeria medium gunship:
|Weapon vs Target||Descriptor||Examples|
|4 Below||Negligible||dents, heat sears the surface, enough to ruin a paintjob|
|3 Below||Light Damage||gouges or noticable pockmarks; heat warps the armor as it melts|
|2 Below||Moderate Damage||armor might crack, fissure or threaten to buckle; heat causes indents from reaching boiling point|
|1 Below||Heavy damage||armor is twisted, torn or cratered nearly through; heat sufficient to vaporize deeper depressions|
|Equal||Potentially lethal||Hull breach, possible loss of function on vital system may cripple the ship|
|1 Above||Quite lethal||Compartment-wide damage, wide sections open to space|
|2 Above||Very lethal||Loss of major structural component such as main gun and pylons|
|3 Above||Assuredly lethal||If hit centermass, destruction of the entire ship|
|4 Above||Total Annihilation||Ship bound to disintegrate even if caught at the edge of the attack|