As you noted, special cases and potential abuse. The No Power Points system was not inherently designed to be balanced in conjunction with the normal Power Points system; it was designed to be used instead of it for all ABs. Can they work together? Maybe, with work, but not designed that way.
Besides, once it was clear the Templars would be the AB most affected in the "new world order," the existing system made sense. Think about it, their power comes from people who fought the Reckoners, so what happens when the Reckoners are gone.
Ah, gotcha. That makes sense.
Yeah, it was intentional. Those are their weapons. Much like Deadlands Reloaded, this is a new start, not a rehashing of old material.
Ok, was confused as there is a reference to an "NA assault rifle" in the description of the the TSAR, so I had thought maybe it had been accidentally excised.
Follow-up question: is the XM-21 then also capable of chambering standard 5.56 in addition to the ghost-rock firing mechanism? If it's standard issue I'd assume so, but previously it was sort of an odd gun. Nice that it doesn't kill you to use it any more though...
Not to my knowledge. Not sure why it would be a "typo."
Well, 7.62/30.06 weapons have typically been 2d8+1 (c.f. the M60?) Ok, wait. Actually there aren't any 30.06 weapons statted in SWD now that I look and the G3 does actually (if slightly inexplicably) do 2d8 damage. Am thinking Modern Ops stats evidently...
Well, it's definitely a different cartridge; it's 70 years in the future, an alternate future at that. But ultimately, they don't have to match the Browning because Brownings aren't in HOE. Setting books trump core.
Figured it might be a a different cartridge, since a .50 BMG assault rifle is... um... a special idea. And, hey, NA still rocking the 5.56, that's a pretty old cartridge in 2072, so the good old big fifty being around for snipers didn't seem a huge stretch.
But wow, HOE never developed Brownings (ANY Brownings? no BAR, no HP? Big deal for Noir, those guns; BAR is almost as essential as a Tommy gun to the period especially if you're playing or fighting certain gangsters...). That's a big-time divergence from a military perspective (small relative to the Reckoning and the Civil War and all, I suppose). That makes me think it might actually be a good section for the companion to mention what SWD modern weapons or other gear that might be assumed to exist were not actually developed in the timeline. I would totally assume that M16s were extant in HOE if I had not been told otherwise, for example. But if something as iconic as the M2 didn't happen I wouldn't feel too safe on that anymore.
It's an SMG, not a rifle. Damage isn't purely cartridge (primarily, but not purely).
Again, may be thinking of Modern Ops stats here. The carbine-type weapons listed under SMG in that book (AK-74SU, G36C, etc) lost range but not damage relative to the big brothers. Nothing similar is statted in SWD, so I guess that's a Modern Ops specific thing. Typically though it seems that damage isn't meaningfully altered by barrel length (c.f. the 9mm SMGs being no better off than 9mm pistols), so it stood out. Begging a similar question, then: the SA .50 SMG is using the rifle or the pistol ammunition? At 2d8 it could be downgraded-damage rifle ammo or full-power pistol ammo, and oddly seems to have its own entirely different ammo type in the prices section (which it shares with the machinegun?).
Also, teeny, irritating, annoying gun nerd note re Ruger Redhawks; virtually any .357 revolver fires .38 Special. Definitely not the other way around of course...