Most gear in GUMSHOE is very straightforward – it simply lets you use your skills. The two main points of note in all this are around weapons and armour. Weapons don’t particularly have any individual special rules – some may have laser sights, scopes, or the ability to do automatic fire, but otherwise it’s pretty much all abstracted down. This list is primarily intended to give you flavour-based brand names and suchlike!


Weapon Damage
Blackjack, small improvised weapon, police baton, shuriken, knife
* Combat knife (stainless or composite)
* Steel knuckles
Machete, heavy club, large improvised weapon, light firearms
* Pistol: CS-32 Midnight Special, UT-7 Hornet, MP-6A1
* Assault Rifle: AR-25, FN-GAL, HKS-192, LCG, NIR-05, NIR-09, RG-3, RG-11
* Machete, wakizashi, sword cane
* Snap baton, staff/polearm/club, stun baton (as stun gun)
Sword, fire axe, arrow
* Pistol: CS-40 Defender, UT-9 Stinger, CS-32 Peacemaker, CS-44 Enforcer, NIP-10 Needle Pistol
* Shotgun: M-6 Pistol Grip Shotgun, M-65 Double Barrel Shotgun, M-87 Auto-loading Shotgun, NIS-88 Shotgun
* SMG: GSL-MkII, MP15-9, RMG-14, SM-14
* Katana, Military Officer’s Sword
Very heavy firearms
* Machine Guns: FN-MAGiC, GSL-MG, RMG-10A
* Sniper Rifles: ESR-99 Sniper Rifle, NSR-88 Sniper Rifle, SSG-6000, RG-21
BB-2 Beatdown Gun +0, if target takes damage, they must pass an Athletics (5) Test to stay standing, and are stunned if they fail
Fumigator 2000 As stun gun
Model 18 Taser As taser

Standard issue for NEG law enforcement includes the AR-25 Assault Rifle, CS-40 Defender, and M-6 Pistol Grip Shotgun.

Standard issue for the NEG military includes:

  • UT-7 Hornet (Needle Pistol), CS-40 Defender (Medium Pistol), CS-44 Enforcer (Heavy Pistol)
  • AR-25 (Light Assault Rifle), HKS-192 (Heavy Assault Rifle)
  • M-6 (Combat Shotgun)
  • MP15-9 (Light SMG), SM-14 (Heavy SMG)
  • FN-MAGiC (Medium Machinegun).


In terms of armour, there are three main types available, as below

Armour type Protection
Ballistic cloth under jacket/loose clothes
* Sentrytech Mk-IV
-1 vs bullets
Tactical vests, light body armour
* Sentrytech Mk-V
-2 vs bullets, -1 vs cutting & stabbing
Military grade body armour
* Spectrashield series combat armour
-3 vs. bullets and explosives


The face of computer technology has drastically changed since the beginning of the 21st century. Molecular switching has replaced solid-state silicon gates allowing for CPU processing speeds that are a thousand times faster. Today’s computers consume only a small portion of power compared to their predecessors at only a fraction of the cost. Utilizing an optical architecture and multi-layered holographic data storage technology, small yet powerful central processing units can now be worn like jewelry. Containing personal and encrypted account information, a person’s Personal Central Processing Unit (PCPU) can uplink through an RF interface to any Public Area Network (PAN) access point located throughout most major cities. People can remotely access stocks, bank accounts, and web pages pretty much any time. PCPU’s also manage wireless subscriber account information and act as gateways for any personal telecommunications device, typically utilizing wireless earpieces with built-in microphones.

PCPUs come in several shapes and sizes from a wrist-strapped devices to decorative pendants. Some models sport an internal display and others rely solely on wireless adjunct devices. All PCPUs come with a voice command feature that allows for the swift execution of simple tasks such as voice calling and browsing web favorites. Holo-Interface Units (HIUs or Hi-Yous) are quite popular with the average consumer. These remote devices, the size of an old fashioned fountain pen, can be placed on a flat surface to project a holographic keyboard and monitor display. Larger holographic monitor and access systems also exist to meet the needs of more demanding interface environments including flight control centers or police dispatch offices. The manipulation of holo-icons allows a system operator to quickly input data while tracking multilayered holo-displays.

The development of semi-transparent thin film transistor displays has advanced personal eyeglass and goggle monitors that have given rise to Augmented Reality (AR). Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), which replaces true environmental sensory input with computer-generated input, Augmented Reality simply lays one over the other. The practical applications of this idea are boundless. From computer aided surgery, to navigation, to mechanical repair, to interior design, the ability to overlay computer-generated graphics while viewing a physical scene allows professionals to work while viewing pertinent information about the task at hand. A telecommunications technician in the early 21st century, for example, had to rely on their technical knowledge, troubleshooting expertise, and primitive diagnostic tools to fix a piece of electronic equipment. In today’s world, a telecommunications technician with AR can project schematic diagrams to guide them through the equipment and superimpose data to provide troubleshooting tips thus expediting repair time.

Most civilians and private corporations run on ML-OS from Micrologic – it’s mediocre at best, but has amazing marketing, giving them a huge market share. The NEG itself, and the Ashcroft Foundation, switched over to Imagine Technologies’ Shepherd OS a few years ago, citing security concerns. The main time this is relevant is the incompatibility between most agents’ home and work computers.


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