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by phavoc
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 23
Views: 342

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

Another factor is thrust isn't strictly a rearward vector, there are other thrust points on the hull to facilitate lateral movement and rotations. ( So you don't need to flip the ship around like a monolithic rocket.) For maneuvering I would agree. But main drives all have to point in one direction...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 23
Views: 342

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

Most people don't quite get the ballet that Newtonian combat is. Battle "lines" as proposed in the rules would not really exist. In the age of sail and steam they did, and they sound cool, but in space they fall apart. Fleets would need to be traveling the same direction in order for it to work. And...
by phavoc
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 23
Views: 342

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

Well, from all the materials we know that ships function the same way as rockets - something is pushing them forward. And to slow down or stop they have to rotate 180 degrees and apply the same amount of thrust for the same period of acceleration to cancel out their forward momentum. So something is...
by phavoc
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Bigger question is - will it work? DARPA and the MDA have been twiddling with ballistic missile interceptors for decades. The SM-3 has an anti-missile capability, but so far in all the tests I've read about nobody seems to be doing more than a single missile. Which is great if our enemies aren't goi...
by phavoc
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Well, that'd be another treaty Trump would have to withdraw the US from (Outer Space treaty prohibits placing weapons in orbit).
by phavoc
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: JTAS Kickstarter - Funded and Stretch Goals Unlocked
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: JTAS Kickstarter - Funded and Stretch Goals Unlocked

I'm just looking for the embossed covers. The rest, well, I don't need more dice and I prefer mechanical pencils. :)
by phavoc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Third Imperium Supplements in MongTrav2e
Replies: 10
Views: 193

Re: Third Imperium Supplements in MongTrav2e

They are pretty compatible. Ship stats have changed, and there may be some tweaks to skills, but for the most part you can take 1e and put it into 2e.

Depends on how cheap they are if it makes sense to purchase them.
by phavoc
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

Volume isn't at such a premium that it's the primary factor in the equation. You still need bunkerage to fuel the transition, so the driving factor has to be cost, and in the specific case of a (star)warship would be the cost of the rest of the components in relation to that of the jump drive and t...
by phavoc
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: JTAS Kickstarter - Funded and Stretch Goals Unlocked
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: JTAS Kickstarter - Funded and Stretch Goals Unlocked

Matt, Assuming we don't get all the way to the sixth volume, what is the possibility of making it an optional buy? I realize that means the case gets expanded as well, thus potentially increasing production costs. Also, is there a way to get the embossed covers without all the other stuff being adde...
by phavoc
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 23
Views: 342

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

Gravitic drives are supposed to work against a gravity well or source. Though other versions have proposed different mechanisms for thrust. I've always treated them kind of like ion drives. It's essentially reaction less, but still there are some "things" coming out of the exhaust. At least that mak...
by phavoc
Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

It just seems like some of the new equipment being introduced via the Kickstarter stuff is too good to be true. Very cheap jump drives, sensors that have a detection range of a parsec for jumping ships (1/10 of a parsec to spot basically ANY object, cause a comet can be of any size). Really makes yo...
by phavoc
Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

There have been one-shot vehicles - military and civilian - before, but i’m Very reluctant to carry the analogy very far. A Waco glider in my mind is not analogous to a starship. One-shots may make sense for lifeboats, especially given the low maintenance costs as baithammer mentioned. I could see ...
by phavoc
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long does it take to build a ship?
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: How long does it take to build a ship?

That's a good point old school - luxury yachts aren't assembly line turnouts, each one is basically a work of art. Very few appear to be built on spec. Maybe some sort of modifier for luxury gear vs. Something assembly lined like a warship or freighter. Freighters should be the easiest and quickest ...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

Don't think I'm missing the point. So I can detect ships going into and out of a system 3 years late. It does not tell me the type, where they came from, where they are going. It gives me a traffic count. Spies could probably get me more information. Spy satellites could get me more information. "W...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

Again, if the 100 dton ship exits jumpspace 3 light years away, it is going to be 3 years later it detects it. I'll take the sensors at 50k. As a long term 'ear' the "gravity wave" detector works great. As a short term I just jumped to 100 diameter limit, the sensors packages are great. relevant ru...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adding radiation shielding
Replies: 15
Views: 174

Re: Adding radiation shielding

Heck, don’t let this stop you if you want them to encounter a shielded Hero down the line. Just because the Hero can’t be shielded, doesn’t mean the Hero 2 can’t be. Perhaps Captain Ygrant’s patron, whoever that might be, sees the rising prevalence of particle beam weapons and commisions a new ship...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

For analyzing stellar phenomenon I'm fine with it. For detecting jump transits I don't think it fits well at all... It can still only detect Jump transits at the speed of light, so at the speed of all other "Long Range" detectors. It does not change how a ship would jump into the system for large n...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long does it take to build a ship?
Replies: 20
Views: 295

Re: How long does it take to build a ship?

HG v2 (p9) CONSTRUCTION TIMES Construction times vary wildly, depending on the size and complexity of the spacecraft and the capabilities of the shipyard. On average, assume that it takes one day per million credits to build a spacecraft at an average commercial shipyard. At the referee's discretion...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adding radiation shielding
Replies: 15
Views: 174

Re: Adding radiation shielding

Should be easy enough to add as an external layer (easier to add externally than internally). But maybe not cheap, as every sensor, every hatch, every weapon port, etc, needs additional work. Which is why it's much easier to build into the armor/hull itself at the time of manufacture. But armor has ...
by phavoc
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1254

Re: One shot Jump Drives

For analyzing stellar phenomenon I'm fine with it. For detecting jump transits I don't think it fits well at all. Stealth jumps now make sense as standard process and equipment for all mitary vessels. Which potentially means that all military ship designs are now broken. Traveller has also always be...