I get really stoked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games on and off as time goes on. I love the universe and the setting, I think it’s a really interesting game environment.
It got me thinking about how the setting would go in a tabletop game. I did some reading and it looks like there isn’t much in the way of existing S.T.A.L.K.E.R material out there. I ran across a ruleset that originated on 4chan’s /tg/ but I found their take to try to be too close to the PC game. It seems awkward to me.
I really like David Black’s The Black Hack system, so I decided to put some ideas down for that.
What is The Sector?
The Sector was created following an alien visitation. In the weeks following, the physical anomalies, both the radioactive deadly kind, as well as the inexplicable terrain changes, began to manifest, rarely at first but with increasing frequency until the entire area was quarantined.
Why go in to The Sector?
Given the extreme danger involved in entering and navigating the anomalous sector, the local government has restricted access by erecting a 10m fence around the entire area. Guard stations are set up at regular intervals around the perimeter and heavily armed teams patrol the spaces in between.
Defense companies and foreign governments are also rumoured to sneak operatives through the fence to try and find anomalous materials to reverse engineer.