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by phavoc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Invention of Synchronised Jumps
Replies: 31
Views: 609

Re: Invention of Synchronised Jumps

The outer arms are more aligned to the elliptic, but we are talking about a galaxy-sized object here. So "along the plane of the elliptic" still means star systems are light years above/below this. Here's a map showing star systems within 4 parsecs of Earth - http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/12lys....
by phavoc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What rank would Shadowmon hold?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: What rank would Shadowmon hold?

Certainly no higher than Technician, Third class.

If Technician, Third class was good enough for Dave Lister, it's good enough for your dream-dude!

Or, alternatively, he could have the rank of Cat.
by phavoc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Invention of Synchronised Jumps
Replies: 31
Views: 609

Re: Invention of Synchronised Jumps

The asteroid belt in this solar system is not as dense as they are in fiction. The average distance between asteroids exceeds that the distance from the earth to the moon. Certainly the scout service does a lot of internal re-surveys. You probably don't catch a ship that doesn't want to be intercep...
by phavoc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Invention of Synchronised Jumps
Replies: 31
Views: 609

Re: Invention of Synchronised Jumps

Technically, per the rules, ALL objects exert a gravitational field and can affect jumping. A ship that encounters a gravitational object drops out of jump at 100D from that object. So no, a ship could not collide or precipitate from jump space inside another ship. Also, per the rules, a ship retain...
by phavoc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Behind the Claw
Replies: 53
Views: 5524

Re: Behind the Claw

Matt,

Delays are always preferable to get a better quality product than rushing it out and having problems.
by phavoc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: High Guard design options on standard ships
Replies: 18
Views: 372

Re: High Guard design options on standard ships

The design options are very commonly used in the Mongoose Traveller community - a lot of ships have decreased fuel requirement for jump. I've never seen, for example, a Free Trader with such systems. Is doing this to the standard ships considered heretical? Is it just too easy to use the basic rule...
by phavoc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is Very Minor General a appropiate rank?
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: Is Very Minor General a appropiate rank?

For the benefit of A Military Themed Traveller Campaign I'm thinking of writing up would you agree that Very Minor General is A Appropriate Rank in The Defence Forces of Bryni when he or she commands 100 97 man strong Companies of Regular Soldiers and 20 48 Strong Platoons of Elite Troops? At 100 m...
by phavoc
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long can a person survive in a low berth?
Replies: 34
Views: 1317

Re: How long can a person survive in a low berth?

I don't think the books explain whether or not low berths are suspended animation or hibernation. They are clearly different than slow drug since as far as I can tell the person inside appears to be sleeping. Since there is risk to be woken up, I would think that points more towards hibernation than...
by phavoc
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What do you think of this decades old fleet?
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: What do you think of this decades old fleet?

I don't understand the date schema.

In any case without knowing TLand stats there isn't an answer.
by phavoc
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

I like the “bump” idea a lot. It may give the players a dilemma to resolve. Their patron shows up at the last minute needing three staterooms after they’ve already sold all their cabins out - how do they handle that? Do they bump passengers and risk losing future business? Do they give up crew stat...
by phavoc
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

You’re entirely missing the point. The people you’d be working for are the ones who want people and things moved, while remaining off the books. They aren’t going to audit you to the point of exposing their own con. This of course means that the captain and crew can also rip off their sponsors, but...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starter ships
Replies: 27
Views: 912

Re: Starter ships

Not sure it could even work for a freighter, what with the many variables present. It could for yachts or personal starships that operate like private aircraft do today. I suppose it's possible, though seems like it would be annoying to all involved. I agree the timeframe would have to be much longe...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starter ships
Replies: 27
Views: 912

Re: Starter ships

Fractional ownership is more like a time-share on a condo than actually owning a starship.

Turning over you ship to someone else 75% of the time would kind of put a dent into adventuring with a ship.
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller and ion storms
Replies: 16
Views: 551

Re: Traveller and ion storms

I'm not sure about free-floating ion stores that are referenced in Star Trek lore. However I could see storms of sorts that are in a nebula. Question would be how often you would encounter such things in a star system? I would expect that for the most part the space between planets is boringly empty...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starter ships
Replies: 27
Views: 912

Re: Starter ships

This is essentially how the detached Scout-courier ship works as a built-in adventure hook for a referee. Since the ship is always potentially able to be re-activated it provides nearly unlimited ways to get the players into an adventure. For civilian ships it's works out the same way - to make this...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

It could also be something more benign, like a standing reservation for a stateroom so that the subsidizing body can send one of their people out on short notice. Sort of like when a corporation leases an apartment near a production facility because they often have people from the home office on si...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

The point is that subsidization can be a pretext towards less savory work. And a couple thousand of life support disappearing in unexpected repair bills or crew perks is child's play in terms of bookkeeping. You haven't met the accountants that I work with... :) But more seriously, if you are a mer...
by phavoc
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

AndrewW wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:34 pm
Might have a mail contract which reserves some space.
For cargo space, yes. Not for a stateroom.
by phavoc
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Subsidized Merchant Fiances
Replies: 54
Views: 2785

Re: Subsidized Merchant Fiances

Subsidization could include a reserved cabin or four tonne container space, when presented with the correct credentials; no questions asked. That's not subsidization. That's either black ops work, criminal smuggling, or working off the books for the ships captain to pocket the money (which, due to ...
by phavoc
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long can a person survive in a low berth?
Replies: 34
Views: 1317

Re: How long can a person survive in a low berth?

Slow drug is 1/60th, so it's fair to expect that a low berth would be even more efficient at slowing metabolism. One key difference is that slow drug requires no external interface. Once administered it just work. Low berths require an external process (the low berth itself) to cryogenically freeze ...