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by steve98052
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 25
Views: 1149

Re: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi

I think the larger problem for civilian supersonic aircraft is the sonic boom. If executives could fly New York to Los Angeles in 2½ hours instead of 5½ hours, they would make a market for the planes. But being able to fly Los Angeles to Sydney in 6 hours or New York to London in 3 hours isn't going...
by steve98052
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 25
Views: 1149

Re: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi

Self-driving cars are in the final stages of trials. Those that rely on lidar are probably already safer than average human drivers, though I'm not sure they surpass good human drivers yet. A bigger issue for them than the technology is legal and market acceptance. Radar and stereo vision cars are f...
by steve98052
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Imperial Navy Dress Uniforms?
Replies: 7
Views: 554

Re: Imperial Navy Dress Uniforms?

Some former services assigned color by job category: engineering black (for the coal in the engines), command white (so they can tell engineers to stay away from them), gunnery maybe yellow (for the cannon flash),etc. Star Trek followed a similar model: yellow for command, blue for science and medic...
by steve98052
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Double turret with a pulse laser and a sandcaster
Replies: 20
Views: 974

Re: Double turret with a pulse laser and a sandcaster

AnotherDilbert wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:06 pm
Neither is obviously superior in all use cases.
I think the design goal for the three space weapons in classic Book 2 was a bit like "rock, scissors, paper". Missiles hurt a lot, but both lasers and sand can defend. Lasers hurt, and only sand can defend. Sand defends well, but can't attack.
by steve98052
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: High Guard: fighting hull-to-hull
Replies: 29
Views: 1748

Re: High Guard: fighting hull-to-hull

Remember those Roadrunner cartoons where Roadrunner said, "beep beep", and zoomed through a wall, leaving a Roadrunner-shaped hole in the wall? Then Wile E Coyote ran into the wall, flattened, and peeled off the wall? The question here is whether a small ship crashing into a big ship is Roadrunner o...
by steve98052
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What if Surgery falls short? How many surgeries?
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: What if Surgery falls short? How many surgeries?

In the real world, people often go through multiple surgeries for serious injuries, sometimes in a rapid series, sometimes scattered over a year or more. Game rules don't have room to define the course of a series of medical care procedures, even those with hit location rules. Since it's not in the ...
by steve98052
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Getting rid of negative Quirks in spacecraft
Replies: 30
Views: 2304

Re: Getting rid of negative Quirks in spacecraft

I'm OK with ship shares as a fix for quirks on a ship acquired at the beginning of a campaign. But suppose a new player joins the game with lots of ship shares. What then? I'd rule that it would take the combination of the ship shares and role-playing. For example, a new player might arrive with eno...
by steve98052
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How does a traveller computer work, and apart from skil wafers what does it do that we cant do today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: How does a traveller computer work, and apart from skil wafers what does it do that we cant do today?

. . . Using the language of today to describe something that is at least two TLs above our current paradigm would be like asking an eighteenth century scientist or engineer to explain the science and technology behind a GPS satellite (hint - they couldn't). . . . Actually, an 18th century scientist...
by steve98052
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Question on the 100D jump limit
Replies: 15
Views: 1242

Re: Question on the 100D jump limit

I would rule that there is a preferred entry point for jumps, and an expectation that ships arrive at a fairly low velocity relative to the destination world. The entry point would depend on the starting system, and be designed to optimize travel times to the extent that is reasonable, and that woul...
by steve98052
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adventures In the Perseus Cluster
Replies: 4
Views: 846

Re: Adventures In the Perseus Cluster

Although the region of space may have a huge concentration of galaxies, it doesn't necessarily have an exceptional concentration of stars. The concentration of galaxies in our local region of the universe is similar, obviously on a vastly different scale, to the concentration of gas molecules in roo...
by steve98052
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Drinax] Campaign log
Replies: 14
Views: 3343

Re: [Drinax] Campaign log

Pyromancer wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:20 pm
. . . the final character is a simple soldier from Asim, aptly named Dodax Asim.
. . .
My convention is that citizens of low-population worlds often use the name of their homeworld as a surname. Is that what's going on there? If so, cool to see that others use that convention.
by steve98052
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller Companion breakdown/ review
Replies: 11
Views: 1478

Re: Traveller Companion breakdown/ review

Good review. Thanks for sharing.

What is a hellcutter?
by steve98052
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Drinax - Galoof Deck Plans not right
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: Drinax - Galoof Deck Plans not right

If you take an ink and print-head cartridge from an inkjet printer, and apply some artistic license like the protagonist of Our Man in Havana , you get this starship. (I hope someone else reading this has seen the movie and gets what I mean. If not, go see it for some great spy story laughs. I haven...
by steve98052
Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan vs Human SOC
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: Aslan vs Human SOC

I'm late to the party here, but there's also the matter of inter-species acculturation: humans who learn Trokh and habitually wear artificial dewclaws, Aslan who acclimate into a human culture, and even those who grow up in a mixed species society. "Excuse me. I am a Dewclaw Darrian, not Aslan. My s...
by steve98052
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller Companion: Test Driving the Background and Career Packages
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: Traveller Companion: Test Driving the Background and Career Packages

Very useful play-test and summary. I got some pretty over-the-top characters just using the standard character generation, but mine were a different sort of over the top. But since I was doing my runs through the system to generate background stories, and I would be converting to a rules light syste...
by steve98052
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?

They could look for an employee who can do the necessary job.
by steve98052
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Accelerator shotguns?
Replies: 20
Views: 1884

Re: Accelerator shotguns?

A much more practical low-recoil shotgun would launch a large round at low velocity, with a small secondary charge to bump it up fast enough to make it down a long corridor fast enough that targets can't take cover, and a timer so it explodes like a small fragmentation round. With a little technolog...
by steve98052
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to not get spaced
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: How to not get spaced

First point is that no one registers a ship as a pirate ship. Maybe as a privateer, but then you're safe as long as you head for the jurisdiction that issued (or recognizes) your letter of marque. If your ship is on a wanted pirate list, then you need to take care. In the situation described, the pl...
by steve98052
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What is "canon" these days?
Replies: 15
Views: 969

Re: What is "canon" these days?

ShawnDriscoll wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:51 pm
http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discus ... hp?t=35735 mentions what canon is defined as.
Wow, per this the article I wrote for JTAS, about an encounter with a kid trying to scam a ride from Knorbes to Ruby, is canon.
by steve98052
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Repairs, Maintenance, and Construction
Replies: 80
Views: 3763

Re: Repairs, Maintenance, and Construction

The Imperium has another advantage over the Zhodani. The Zhodani attack without a strategy for conquest; they try to block Imperial expansion toward spinward and coreward, but aren't trying to expand into Imperial space either. Their long-term strategy toward the Imperium seems to be to provoke wars...