I have talked about my love (and fond memories) of Palladium’s Revised RECON (hereafter referred to as just “RECON”) already, but the rulebook – even the “Deluxe Revised RECON” reprint – is very much an “old school” RPG book. The layout is sometimes less-than-ideal, and there are few obvious errors in the text.
This entry is my attempt at an unofficial errata for the 1999 “Deluxe Revised RECON” rulebook.
Note that although the page numbers below refer to that book, many of the corrections also apply to the original 1986 “Revised RECON” rulebook too.
I’ve started with corrections to some of the weapons incorrectly detailed in the book.
Page 52: The High Standard Victor pistol’s Maximum Effective Range in metric is 37m. In the original rulebook, the range is only given in imperial for some reason when all other weapon ranges are in both imperial and metric.
Page 53: The Ingram M-11 9mm Submachinegun’s length should be 9.8in (248mm) with the stock retracted, with a weight of 3.5lbs (1590gms). It can be fitted with a suppressor.
Page 55: The M-14 is a selective-fire weapon, and thus has a ROF of 3/5 (meaning it can be fired in semiautomatic or fully automatic mode). This also means it falls under the Assault Rifle skill rather than the Semiautomatic Rifle skill. The M-14 uses 20-round box magazines, not clips.
Page 55: The M-21 has the exact same stats as the M-14 (it is a match grade version of the same gun with a custom stock) but comes default with a 3-9x Redfield ART (Adjustable Ranging Telescope) sight. This default sight can be swapped for a different one (such as a starlight scope) if required. The M-21 can be fitted with a suppressors.
Page 55: The M-1 Garand uses .30-06 caliber ammunition, not the same .30 bullets as the M-2 Carbine (which is a completely different weapon). Thus, the M-1 Garand does 4D10+15 damage, not 4D10. The Garand was the primary Stateside rifle during WWII.
Page 56: The M-2 Carbine is a selective-fire weapon, and thus has a ROF of 3/5 (meaning it can be fired in either semiautomatic or fully automatic mode). This also means it falls under the Assault Rifle skill rather than the Semiautomatic Rifle skill. There also exists an earlier M-1 Carbine (note: not the same weapon as the M-1 Garand) which has the same stats as the M-2 but is semiautomatic only (ROF 3). The M-1 Carbine saw most use in World War II, while the M-2 Carbine was used in the Korean War and the early days of the Vietnam War (mostly by ARVN troops, due to their small stature).
Page 56: The Browning Automatic Rifle is a light machinegun, not an assault rifle, and thus has a ROF of 7 and uses the Machinegun skill to fire as opposed to the Assault Rifle skill. It fires .30-06 caliber ammunition (the same as the M-1 Garand), not the same .30 caliber as the M-2 Carbine, and thus inflicts 4D10+15 damage, not 4D10. The BAR was Stateside’s main squad support (Pigman) weapon in WWII.
Page 56: The XM-177E2 Colt Commando does 4D10+5 damage, not 4D10+15 (this is clearly a typo). It uses 20-round box magazines, not clips.
Page 57: The M16 uses 20-round and 30-round box magazines, not clips.