Wow, just finished my weapon-conversion system. That's my system to take most real-life firearms, melee weapons, etc. and turn them into game stats. So many days of work for a few short paragraphs, but worth it. The paragraph -looks- simple, but all the numbers in it are researched out the wazoo. Sure, I could have chosen a bunch of arbitrary conversion rates, but then stuff wouldn't feel as real. All the work and research to get the "right numbers" will be worth it. (How many publically-released military records and medical information I had to pour through to figure out "how much damage" a bullet should cause on impact, and it's chances of being lethal. Eeep, my head is still reeling.)
Also, as a random note... only not so random because it was *directly* related to my research...
Do you realize how hard it is to find this statistic on the internet: "What volume (by liter or by percentage) of the average human body is made up by vital organs?" It's not easy I tell you. I hunted EVERYWHERE, and there were no averages, no rough estimates, nothing! I eventually had to sit down and measure out multiple cross-sections of the human and do ratios on the filled area in order to find that value. It was insane. However, on the flip side, it gave me the exact percentage chance of a random part of the body being lost hitting a vital organ which would cause death. This took, by itself, a good 8 hours. Oh, and my calculating crits wasn't done there, that's just the chance for the body to die from "random" damage. That means any point in the body just randomly hit as if by a random number generator. However, organs are protected by ribs, skull, and pelvis, muscles which can deflect and redistribute kinetic force impact, and more. That took a lot of time too.
However, to be nice, I'll give the value for the volume of the human body made up by vital organs, just to be nice, and to just make sure its out on the internet SOMEWHERE.
It's 45%, give or take depending on the individual. (Women have a slightly higher percentage.) Also, fat and muscle for a particularly strong or fat individual can really throw this percentage, but that's what the average (and thus a good starting point) come from. By the way, as a result of that research, being fat in my system will actually come with a few advantages (although you're less likely to dodge damage, you're more likely to not have a vital organ hit.)