Friday, February 6, 2015

Chris Kyle—American Sniper

I just got back from watching American Sniper, and I felt it was apt to write a statblock for one of the deadliest snipers in US military history.

As a disclaimer, this is only based off of my first viewing of the film. This may not be accurate-to-life because I tried to avoid including items that are implied in SEALs training, such as the climbing skill.

Name: Christopher Scott Kyle
Race: Human
Experience: 120 (Legendary)
Agility d8; Smarts d6; Spirit d8; Strength d10; Vigor d8
Pace 6; Parry 6; Charisma 2; Toughness 10 (4)
Hindrances: Heroic, Combat Shock, Enemy (m)
Edges: Alertness, Charismatic, Martial Artist, Marksman, Command, No Mercy, Dead Shot, Dodge
Skills: Driving d4, Fighting d8, Intimidation d6, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Riding d6, Shooting d12+1, Stealth d6, Swimming d6, Throwing d8
Inventory: TAC-338 (2d8, AP 2. 5 Shots, 50/100/200, Snapfire; Scope & Bipod), Mk. 18 CQB Carbine (M-16 Stats; Suppressor & Foregrip), SIG-Sauer P226 (2d6, AP 1, 15 Shots, 12/24/48, Semi-Auto), Steel Pot Helmet (Armor +4, 50% vs head shot), Kevlar Vest w/Ceramics (Armor +4, negates 4 AP vs ballistics), Backpack, Knife (Str+d4), Canteen ×2, Radio, Mk67 Pineapple Grenade ×2 (5/10/20, MBT).

Chris Kyle was born in west Texas (the greatest state in the nation), and learned how to shoot a rifle as a young boy as his father taught him how to hunt. He and his brother were taught to protect others and stand up for what they believed in, and Chris achieved this outstandingly. After witnessing a terrorist act, he abandoned his dream of being a cowboy to join the US Navy SEALs and was placed in SEAL Team 3, sniper element.

With an incredible eye, Kyle achieved 160 confirmed kills (and over 250 probable kills) over his four tours in Iraq, with his crowning achievement being a headshot at an insurgent more than 2100 meters away. (Including cover, the drop, the scope, and the called shot, this was a Shooting roll at –8: a 31% chance of success.) A bounty was placed on his head by insurgents, naming him the "Devil of Ramadi," which caused him to be pursued by the Olympic sniper Mufasa.

At the time of his discharge, he had achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, but suffered from PTSD (which he bought off later with an Advance). He was killed on February 2, 2013, by a veteran he was trying to assist.

I've been back and forth on whether or not he should have a d12+1 or d12+2 in Shooting, but eventually settled on d12+1. He was still extremely accurate with his other weapons, but only really shined when sniping. Furthermore, there have been other snipers in history that have made more difficult shots than Kyle's stunning 2,100 meter shot.

His Enemy Hindrance was never bought off; a little research shows that Chris' killer may not have had PTSD. While this may not be the case, it's certainly a hell of a way to play out the Enemy Hindrance.

On a somewhat more somber note, my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Kyle. He was a true hero and it's a damn shame that things unfolded as they did.

Leave questions, comments, and some love for our veterans below.


  1. Good to see some love for veterans, even bringing them into the pen&paper realm. Could you try Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) and Mark Owen (No Easy Day & No Hero)?

    1. I can definitely attempt Lone Survivor (having a movie adaptation), but unfortunately Mr. Owen will have to wait a while longer; I simply don't have time to go through books and stat characters there (I'm actually currently in the middle of one and it's just mind-bogglingly slow to do).

    2. Hey I know how it goes on Owen. But I'll look forward to seeing anything from Lone Survivor!