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by phavoc
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spaceship vs. Starship
Replies: 107
Views: 3138

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

That's an Eagle from Space 1999. The square bit in the middle is a module. IIRC they operated on the moon only, and would not worry about streamlining. I could be wrong because this show is old. This does raise the question of how they got to the moon in the first place. The trusty Eagle crash-land...
by phavoc
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Re: Ship modification - stretching

Most "stretched" airplanes are redesigned and built as new planes. Private owners sometimes rebuild smaller airplanes, like my brother adding floats to his plane and extending the wings and replacing the engine with a more powerful one to compensate for the increased weight and drag. These modifica...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Re: Ship modification - stretching

Lengthening aircraft (at least non-fighters) is extremely common. Nearly the entire -700 series of Boeings are stretched versions of the original aircraft, albeit some have new wings. But essentially the just keep adding plugs in front/behind the wings to make a bigger aircraft. Sometimes that's al...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Re: Ship modification - stretching

The C-141 Starlifter was the workhorse of the Air Mobility Command. The Starlifter has fulfilled a vast spectrum of airlift requirements through its ability to airlift combat forces over long distances, inject those forces and their equipment either by airland or airdrop, re-supply employed forces,...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Re: Ship modification - stretching

Original Trillion Credit Squadron provided rules for refits of components. RAW hull size increase would have been allowed under "unlisted components" but I suspect that was an oversight and it's actually illegal. It was forbidden to change the armor, hull configuration, or number and size of bays, ...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Re: Ship modification - stretching

Here is another article that talks about it, but what I find more useful is a picture of the ship cut in half with the new section floating nearby. In this particular example the ship appears to be on a floating barge instead of in a drydock, and the new section is also floating. http://www.cybercru...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spaceship vs. Starship
Replies: 107
Views: 3138

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Going back to the Star Blazers example, the original Argo had a single wave motion gun (a spinal mount equivalent in Traveller). In the second series the Argo was considered old and outdated and it's replacement had dual wave-motion guns sitting side-by-side. Firing them at the same target seems a b...
by phavoc
Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship modification - stretching
Replies: 26
Views: 224

Ship modification - stretching

The article here on Bloomberg (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-04/why-cruise-lines-keep-cutting-their-ships-in-half-for-stretching) talks about the economics of stretching cruise ships. In one of the cited examples they talk about while they have the ship cut open to add a new sectio...
by phavoc
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

You guys bring up a good point here. Previous material, even what was just recently published with v2, is now out of synch with the proposed rules. I wonder if anyone thought of this example, too? Aren't there plans to continue expanding the Sindal sector materials? Not that the fuel dump would nece...
by phavoc
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spaceship vs. Starship
Replies: 107
Views: 3138

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

I am not going to defend the rules system because from a wargames point of view they are broken almost to the point of refundable, but they sort of work for role playing if you don’t look at how they are doing it. Both armor and size do increase the damage a ship can take. I think “no unarmored cri...
by phavoc
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

Guerrilla ships in the outer system would, at least for Sol, be at least 100 AU out before normal drives stopped working. Let's assume an enemy jumps 200 AU into the outer system. Since there is nothing out there where is the guerrilla warfare? That label implies hiding and attacking, but it's esse...
by phavoc
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

It's a sci-fantasy game with canonical space monsters[1] and ancient precursor magic. Within something the size of the Imperium, there's certainly something to require a small number of deep space exploration ships. In reality the Imperium probably has a few more than that, due to all their black p...
by phavoc
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spaceship vs. Starship
Replies: 107
Views: 3138

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

Weapon bays might be large mounts. This would give Traveller ships a spinal, large mounts, turret mounts, missiles, and (in Mongoose) a point defense system. I get what you're saying about armor thickness on small craft, but hit points that ensure they are disabled faster. (Mongoose gives 1 hit poi...
by phavoc
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spaceship vs. Starship
Replies: 107
Views: 3138

Re: Spaceship vs. Starship

There's no real reason why you should not be able to link turrets to fire as a group (I believe the barrage rules are a similar concept). But this idea of having hundreds of smaller weapons taking the place of one really big one, and the need to NOT do this as it negates reasons for larger weapons a...
by phavoc
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

In the original subsector generation rules in LBB 3 you threw a dice for each map hex to see if a world (and its star) were present. If not, you left it blank. Therefore a planetless star will not be on the map. I'm not sure if this has changed recently, but that's how it originally worked. Realiis...
by phavoc
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

There is literally nothing in an empty map hex, which is 3 Ly in size. Th Because not all empty hexes are empty. Empty just means “nothing most people are interested in”. Brown dwarf without planets (edit: any planetless star actually. They can’t scoop from stars, as far as I know) Rogue planet kic...
by phavoc
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

Somewhere in the GDW Traveller materials (might be T4 though) there is a statement that M drive only works properly close to a planetary gravity well. This is at odds with the constant acceleration formulae dating from CT days. To reconcile this we assumed that the drive works OK within a star's gr...
by phavoc
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 1222

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

Just to clarify, heliopause is about the solar wind from a star, and at the outer edges of the system it basically peters out and the particles no longer are able to travel forward due to pressure of, for lack of a better term, "deep space". For Sol that's about 100 AU, and each star system will be ...
by phavoc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Invention of Synchronised Jumps
Replies: 31
Views: 940

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: 271

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.