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by steve98052
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Trade Goods Storage
Replies: 19
Views: 1943

Re: Trade Goods Storage

I'm tempted to do an illustration. The geometry is easier than a lot of things one might draw.
by steve98052
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Trade Goods Storage
Replies: 19
Views: 1943

Re: Trade Goods Storage

I would imagine that highports would have warehouse spars that consist of long spars with lots of docking clamps, maybe a pair every four meters or so, with each pair offset 90° from the pairs before and after. To use them, pay for a clamp reservation, clamp a stack of 10, 20, or 100 shipping contai...
by steve98052
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 30
Views: 2754

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

Self-drive is close but will likely need designated zones until the next breakthrough. There was recently a report on self-drive disengagements (the computer asked for a human, or the human intervened). . . . The best one was Waymo (Google) with 1 disengagement every 11,000 miles (17,700 km). That'...
by steve98052
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Question on the 100D jump limit
Replies: 41
Views: 3525

Re: Question on the 100D jump limit

That makes sense. Just knowing that there are guidelines can be a story seed: seeing something out of the ordinary is a sign of something up.
by steve98052
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1460

Re: Ship Help

As another back story option, you could describe it as a surplus or retired military transport ship, decommissioned by a subsector navy because the ship class had become a nuisance to maintain. The original design had rapidly been found to be flawed, but rather than order a class-wide revision to fi...
by steve98052
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New $800million superyacht design
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: New $800million superyacht design

The estate of Paul Allen owns some of the world's largest yachts, and besides being luxurious yachts, they're also some of the most advanced research ships in the world. He lent one of them to researchers who found a battleship lost in World War II, and researchers aboard another one found a lost WW...
by steve98052
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Xenobiologist
Replies: 25
Views: 1957

Re: Xenobiologist

There's an entire branch of medical science that involves going to strange places (including places like subway door handles, not just wilderness), taking samples of microscopic life, and testing them for classification and potential for pharmaceutical value. About 90% of all observed microorganisms...
by steve98052
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 30
Views: 2754

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

. . . "Diseases are caused by living things that are too small for us to see," . . . Well, the Roman scholar Varro warned in his Rerum rusticarum of "certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and there cause serio...
by steve98052
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: State of the Mongoose 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 8649

Re: State of the Mongoose 2018

I just noticed that the new Behind the Claw covers Deneb, not just Spinward Marches. Very cool!

And Hivers get a new book? Excellent, even if they have to share a volume with some others.
by steve98052
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 30
Views: 2754

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: 30
Views: 2754

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: 887

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: 1794

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: 2706

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: 924

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: 3492

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: 1676

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: 41
Views: 3525

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: 1164

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: 3979

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.