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by phavoc
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?
Replies: 25
Views: 507

Re: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?

As an aside, for those of us who read Space Vikings (and for whom the Sword Worlders are named), I found an interesting blog post talking about size comparisons - the Space Viking ships of old were MASSIVE when compared to most Traveller starships. The Nemesis would be about a 2 million DT ship in T...
by phavoc
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?
Replies: 25
Views: 507

Re: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?

Well, we had this same conversation 2 yrs ago (http://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=119461) and it wasn't settled then. The odds of it settling now aren't any better with age. We can call the devices whatever (contragrav, antigrav, lifters, oatmeal cookies, etc). The idea doesn't...
by phavoc
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier transporting cars
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Carrier transporting cars

These activities are, at least as I read, a rarity. It would only work when the ship is expected to not have to engage in any sort of patrol or action. In this particular case it was off the west coast of CA, a short jaunt for the carrier. Using military for jobs and functions outside of their job i...
by phavoc
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dichotomy of maintenance
Replies: 40
Views: 733

Re: Dichotomy of maintenance

Getting back to the idea of maintenance, the USAF is facing a bit of a pickle itself. There is a severe lack of spares in the system. A pilot of an F-35 broke the plastic clip that holds his mask to his helmet. He requested a spare but was told it would be weeks, if not longer before a clip would be...
by phavoc
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?
Replies: 25
Views: 507

Re: Can a streamlined ship go underwater ?

Here's the problem. Starships that have no inherent ability to counteract gravity would never be able to land and operate near cities - especially the futurisitic cities with 110+ floor buildings adjacent to (and surrounding) a starport. They can: the Starship Operators Manual, Vol. 1 explains this...
by phavoc
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Great Rift
Replies: 13
Views: 513

Re: The Great Rift

I'm in Dallas and got mine on Thursday.
by phavoc
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Real mechs
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Real mechs

A japanese company has built some interesting mechs. The 30ft tall one is a bit much, but there is a smaller one that would fit better on a battlefield.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -hour.html
by phavoc
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier transporting cars
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Carrier transporting cars

There was a thread a few weeks ago about military ships carrying cargo. While it's not normal, evidently the Navy does it on an irregular basis. It's called an opportunity lift, and when a large ship, like a carrier, is doing a home port change the navy takes advantage of the carrier to save a lot o...
by phavoc
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Visual reason why you don't speed when docking
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Visual reason why you don't speed when docking

A cruise ship ran aground and crushed part of a dock in Honduras (link below). There are a number of videos out there showing massive ships out of control running aground or slamming into things. Most PC ships are small, so a 200 ton ship kissing a 50,000 Dton station might not be as big of a deal. ...
by phavoc
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Super-suite on a cruise ship
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Re: Super-suite on a cruise ship

I think you may have difficulty in charging Cr30,000 for a roon with movable partitions. Plus, it's a spaceship, operative word on space. Cabins should be the last line of defense for exposure to vacuum. So a cabin really needs to be self- contained. Movable partitions should only be there if they c...
by phavoc
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is Martin J Dougherty an alien?
Replies: 8
Views: 211

Re: Is Martin J Dougherty an alien?

Yes, Martin is a prolific author who branches out beyond sci-fi games. Some of his military books are very good (I have a few myself). They aren't the same style as say Max Hastings or Norman Palomar, and there's nothing wrong with that. I have Martins' Warships: WW2 to the Present day and it's pack...
by phavoc
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Super-suite on a cruise ship
Replies: 7
Views: 117

Super-suite on a cruise ship

We've already read about the mini-apartment onboard some Airbus 380s (complete with your own shower) that runs a cool $25k per flight, and now here is a bi-level suite on a cruise ship that retails for $60k for a 7 day cruise. The 1st class parlor suite on the Titanic cost $100k for the passage. The...
by phavoc
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Amber zone opportunity
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Amber zone opportunity

I don't recall which thread had the question about more opportunities for amber zones for players, but nature is giving us another idea - a star system where the star has regular, but unpredictable flares that scorch the surfaces of barren planets and cause radiation spikes. https://www.yahoo.com/ne...
by phavoc
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New armor breakthrough
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: New armor breakthrough

Our principal issue is volume, rather than weight. If you install it like reactive armour (which I'd additionally pack underneath), do the holes represent negative volume? No. A block of foam occupies a set amount of space. Therefore this would do the same. Reactive armor needs to be on the outside...
by phavoc
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New armor breakthrough
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: New armor breakthrough

A honeycomb laminate, with alternating layers of metal and foam could be the answer. Though I'm wondering if they are being a bit optimistic about tank armor. An APDS round is a bitch to defeat. A HEAT round uses a plasma penetrator. And there is the good ol GAU-30 Avenger cannon. :) The material so...
by phavoc
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New armor breakthrough
Replies: 9
Views: 233

New armor breakthrough

Cool article on Fox about a new foam-type armor that has some amazing properties.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/04/09/ ... emies.html
by phavoc
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Passage and Freight Costs table
Replies: 32
Views: 569

Re: Passage and Freight Costs table

One way to address the problem is to acknowledge there will be differences. Regular freight (i.e. containerized types) will basically have a flat rate per container/dton. Bulk items, like grain and such will receive the lowest rates since they are relatively time insensitive. High tech, luxury or hi...
by phavoc
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Missiles auto-loader?
Replies: 38
Views: 648

Re: Missiles auto-loader?

That makes it even more magical, since a missile rack can be added per space in a turret. Turrets stick out of the hull and has an unspecified amount of space outside the hull. This is part of the simplification where both mass and space are represented by space (in Dton) alone. Yup, I get that, an...
by phavoc
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Passage and Freight Costs table
Replies: 32
Views: 569

Re: Passage and Freight Costs table

Apple sold bones to pay dividends because the interest rates were ridiculously low (I think they offered less than 5%, unheard of cheap corporate bonds). Bringing g cash back would have cost them more money due to the tax they would habe had to pay. They invest some if that money in other companies ...
by phavoc
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Missiles auto-loader?
Replies: 38
Views: 648

Re: Missiles auto-loader?

I'm going by the 12 missile per 1Dton. Though I'm not sure if the 12 missiles per ton changed. Looking at the V2 CRB it states that each turret can hold one or more missile racks, and it holds 12 missiles (apparently regardless of the number of missile racks). HG says 12 missiles per missile rack, ...