Friday, October 5, 2012

Cosmic Patrol Conversion - Patrol Cutter

Patrol Cutter art by Leanne Buckley

The three person Patrol Cutter is the workhorse vessel of the Cosmic Patrol. The Patrol Cutter is a versatile design that can be used for exploration and reconnaissance, anti-piracy operations, and stealth missions. The most common rocketship used by the Cosmic Patrol, Patrol Cutters are are classified as a tramp vessel design: unlike the larger purpose-built vessels used by the Patrol, the Patrol Cutters have a very simple and readily customizable design. So you will see many variants out there, including FTL variants equipped with fractum drives.

Cosmic Patrol ship art is by Leanne Buckley for Catalyst Game Labs. Text is by John Everett Till, based on the Cosmic Patrol and Into The Cosmos publications by Catalyst Game Labs. All content before the OGL Mechanics section is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.


Patrol Cutter

Scale: Large (4) - Advanced
Structural Stress: 6
Systems Stress: 5
Fate Points/Refresh: 7

  • Underestimate this ship at your own risk!
  • The tramp workhorse of the Cosmic Patrol
  • Three is company...
  • Easy to customize
  • 2 Good (+2): Advanced Sensor Suite, Beam Weapon*
  • 3 Fair (+2): Energy Shield, Maneuver, Ship Systems
  • 4 Average (+1): Ablative Armor, Hardened Structure, SL Engines, Stardrive (fractum drive)**
  • Afterburner - Maneuver skill (p.323)
  • Atmospheric Entry Maneuver skill (p.323)
  • Knowledge Base - Ship Systems skill (p.321)

*Not all Patrol Cutters will have weapon systems. If your vessel doesn't have weapon systems, you may want to substitute in the Electronic Warfare System skill or the Cloaking System skill.
**Not all Patrol Cutters will have a fractum drive. If your vessel doesn't have a fractum drive, you can substitute another skill in place of the Stardrive skill.


  1. Nice sketch--would that be from the Cosmic Patrol RPG of the same name?

  2. Thanks for stopping by Jay. FATE SF readers may have noticed the ship image popping up once or twice this week before this post was supposed to go live. I lost control of the queue. Hat's off to Jay for recognizing the line art by Leanne Buckley! Her art is very distinctive. I love classic rocketships like these.