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by steve98052
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Some Ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: Some Ideas

I've seen a few vague hints of what can be accomplished by technology levels of TL16 and above. There is the Darrian star trigger and the Darrian self-repairing fleet. There is artificial intelligence that doesn't go HAL 9000 like the TL15 experimental Kinunir artificial intelligence. There are disi...
by steve98052
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Imperial characters playing Pirates of Drinax campaign
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Imperial characters playing Pirates of Drinax campaign

. . . Running PoD with Imperial factions generally opens up a lot of storytelling possibilities, as once you accept that there is no monolithic Imperial position, it's not hard to find elements of the Imperial government that might have an interest in the PCs' success and be able to provide resourc...
by steve98052
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sword Worlds Rewrite?
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Sword Worlds Rewrite?

Indeed. And Loren was not only the editor who saw GURPS SW into publication but the author of the original JTAS article that made them canon. That's why I mentioned Hans [Rancke-Madsen] . I started an article about Knorbes, and he used some of my material in a Regina Subsector book he worked on, bu...
by steve98052
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: PCs as instructors
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: PCs as instructors

In real life, exceptional students can surpass their teachers. Some teachers are better at teaching a skill than they could ever be at actually doing the skill; consider sports coaches, for example. OK, part of the deal with sports coaches is that they may know the sport extremely well, they don't h...
by steve98052
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Imperial characters playing Pirates of Drinax campaign
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Imperial characters playing Pirates of Drinax campaign

Who says that working with a foreign power has to mean working in opposition to one's home power? Is it not possible to work for a Pirates of Drinax power while still trying to do good for the Imperium? And maybe their home loyalties within the Imperium are not to the huge abstraction that is the Im...
by steve98052
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Freelance Traveller] March/April 2017 Posted!
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: [Freelance Traveller] March/April 2017 Posted!

Just in case of something unforeseen happening to the site, is the Wayback Machine archiving the site thoroughly?
by steve98052
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dichotomy of maintenance
Replies: 40
Views: 738

Re: Dichotomy of maintenance

Depreciation applies to private sector and government. The difference is that the accounting is handled differently. . . . But the pragmatic side of government maintenance works a lot like private depreciation. Depreciation itself (as a definition) is related to value. I was referring to the IRS de...
by steve98052
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What's Wrong with the Ship? Vol2
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: What's Wrong with the Ship? Vol2

This looks cool, and only 66 cents? I'll add it to my next purchase there.
by steve98052
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dichotomy of maintenance
Replies: 40
Views: 738

Re: Dichotomy of maintenance

. . . Retiring a ship is a complex question. Just like airliners you look at the overall costs and operating costs. There is no depreciation for naval vessels. Depreciation is a private-sector tax issue, and no government pays taxes on vessels. . . . Depreciation applies to private sector and gover...
by steve98052
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sword Worlds Rewrite?
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Sword Worlds Rewrite?

[. . .] Despite some major issues with the importing of post-1110 info from GURPS Sword Worlds (and the lack of acknowledgment for the authors of that book although I am sure there are legal reasons for that) the MGT1 Sword Worlds is mostly excellent. [. . .] I know from having sold an article (onl...
by steve98052
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hivers
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Hivers

The thing that matters most about Hivers is their motivations and manipulations. Those are detailed pretty well in the GURPS book. The character generation types of stuff from classic are compatible enough with Mongoose that they cover that. I think at the price of the Far Future CDs, there's not mu...
by steve98052
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So if I got a smuggling container in my body what could I realistically smuggle into prison using it?
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: So if I got a smuggling container in my body what could I realistically smuggle into prison using it?

The original idea here is to help someone break out of prison. For that purpose, there's another type of "inside job" that is a bit less unpleasant than this type of "inside job.
by steve98052
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is DNA universal
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Is DNA universal

Fair point about the silicon life form as canon. (But I'm a Lorenverse guy, so Signal GK is not canon for me, and the Rebellion was a ripple in Ilelish that collapsed when the news arrived there.) The silicon life form is well designed for rule of cool, but doesn't seem chemically plausible. I suppo...
by steve98052
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Missing maintenance = misjump rule.
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: Missing maintenance = misjump rule.

Afterthought about atmospheric jumps: Canon -- some at least -- describes jump as the process of generating a tiny pocket universe and pinching it off from the normal universe. The pocket universe remains stable for about a week, and then spontaneously collapses back into the normal universe. The la...
by steve98052
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Super high speed combat
Replies: 21
Views: 375

Re: Super high speed combat

In a situation like that, you probably need to break out the vector rules for any kind of reasonable result. But to keep things simple, just use the vector rules to determine the range band at closest possible range, and then calculate the range bands for the turns immediately before and after the c...
by steve98052
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is DNA universal
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: Is DNA universal

There are several major biological chemicals to consider: - genetic molecules, which on Earth are right-helix DNA and RNA with four bases* encoding genetic information. - proteins, which on Earth are built from about 20 L-chiral amino acids. - sugars and polysaccharides, which on Earth are D-chiral ...
by steve98052
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is it enough medics?
Replies: 13
Views: 323

Re: Is it enough medics?

Why in all the nine billion names of God would you make it this complicated? This is horrifically overdesigned. My advice is to ditch the cruft and just go with the 1-per-120 rule. I think that's the best science fiction twist of words I've seen on this bulletin board. Way to go. Now want to roll u...
by steve98052
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So this Combat Arm from the Central Supply Catalogue I just got as a benefit...
Replies: 17
Views: 378

Re: So this Combat Arm from the Central Supply Catalogue I just got as a benefit...

. . . Re armour clearly it all has to be tailored to the individual at purchase and to cover what would logically be a far greater range of human and non-human body types (back in the 1970s Marc and Co at GDW had no way of knowing the likely effects of life on lower or higher than earth gravity wor...
by steve98052
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Rounding Up for Critical hit Severity
Replies: 18
Views: 363

Re: Rounding Up for Critical hit Severity

That is distance travelled. I know better, which makes that a pretty silly mistake. The 600 m/s of 1 minute at 1 G is not going to be devastating, though it would hurt. But turns are 6, 10, or 20 minutes (depending on edition), acceleration is 6 G to 15 G or more. Even 6 minutes at 6 G is 21 km/s, ...
by steve98052
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Missing maintenance = misjump rule.
Replies: 24
Views: 463

Re: Missing maintenance = misjump rule.

Assuming that an attempt to jump within an atmosphere is possible at all -- and a ship inside an inflated gas balloon in space outside 100 diameters of any massive body might be such an instance -- it would leave a void in the atmosphere equal to the volume of the ship plus jump bubble, maybe 5% ext...