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by steve98052
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hostage on Arunisiir
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Hostage on Arunisiir

A prisoner exchange is another option. Who would the kidnappers' families value enough to demand that the kidnappers release the hostage? A nice role-playing aspect of this is that it allows the players to get some use out of their coolest, scariest weapons -- to threaten, rather than the commit mas...
by steve98052
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller 2nd Edition Errata
Replies: 11
Views: 311

Re: Traveller 2nd Edition Errata

That's great work! The format looks good even on mobile.

Do you revise the unofficial to official when the correction is confirmed by an editor? Or are the things marked official corrections that appear in newer PDF editions but not necessarily in print or first release PDF editions?
by steve98052
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ships with 7G and higher acceleration
Replies: 23
Views: 389

Re: Ships with 7G and higher acceleration

. . . We don't carry around expensive meat-sacks for fun, but because we have to. Advances in naval automation allow fewer meat-sacks, and advances in manufacturing automation make equipment relatively less expensive than meat-sacks. That's Baumol's cost disease in action, again. It turns up all ov...
by steve98052
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!
Replies: 23
Views: 290

Re: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!

It's best not to look too deep into these things. The Cr1 = 1 USD looks fine from the consumer prices that Nog posted, but make no sense when looking at wage rates for various professions. I'm sure someone can come up with some convoluted explanation for why this is, but it's a heck of a lot easier...
by steve98052
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What skills fit the pay?
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: What skills fit the pay?

Based on the real world crime articles I've read, a hit man gets anywhere from nothing at all (mob boss says, "Kill him or I'll kill you.") or status (gang leader says, "Kill him and you are a fully initiated member.") to around US$50k; typical seems to be around $10k. A Traveller Imperial Credit is...
by steve98052
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?

Note that the 15-power psionic still has to train for skills, and might end up with hardly any skills with which to use that exceptional power, unless they take up the psionic career path, which (if I remember correctly) allows acquisition of additional skills. With that hypothetical 16 power, I mig...
by steve98052
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan, Samurai and other allegories
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Aslan, Samurai and other allegories

I think the language was constructed with the idea of, "What sounds could most readily be pronounced with a mouth full of big, sharp teeth?" I think the best description is that the Aslan are unlike any human culture, and as diverse as one might expect of beings scattered throughout thousands of wor...
by steve98052
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Suggest a suitable end for her
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Suggest a suitable end for her

If we're looking for a suitable end, have the emperor abdicate in favor of the super-character, and just as the coronation ceremony concludes, have a popular duke who opposes the super-character assassinate the super-character and invoke the Rite of Assassination. https://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Rite_...
by steve98052
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 359

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

It would be nice if Mongoose had a standard way to find errata for its publications, such as a downloadable errata sheet for each book on the web page describing the book. That would eliminate a lot of confusion, and save their staff the trouble of repeatedly answering questions that would be answer...
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: detection rules
Replies: 13
Views: 322

Re: detection rules

HalC wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:35 pm
. . . Thing is - using active communications like that shows up on the screens of anyone with a sensor.
. . .
Laser communicators are undetected anywhere except along the line of sight, unless a speck of dust passes through the beam by odd chance.

Nice work overall, however.
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: detection rules
Replies: 13
Views: 322

Re: detection rules

That's pretty much what Aegis does, so it should be possible with any combination of far future military ships, and probably also civilian ships with appropriate software. Given that commercial ships are typically subject to being activated as Merchant Marine in the event of war, such software would...
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Particle beam radiation damage
Replies: 53
Views: 1381

Re: Particle beam radiation damage

Radiatoon summary: Laser: no ionizing radiation, just the heat generated by intense light, and possible explosive force of the sudden vaporization of matter struck by the laser. X-ray laser: immediate ionizing radiation; no lingering radiation. Particle beam (including meson gun): immediate ionizing...
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 359

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

When a ship arrives at a new port, I'd make a few rolls. The first would be the number of brokers, but only for worlds with a World Trade Number large enough to justify any brokers and small enough that the number of brokers isn't effectively unlimited. The additional rolls would be for the honesty ...
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: detection rules
Replies: 13
Views: 322

Re: detection rules

If it's so many rolls that it's approximately automatic, sure, don't bother rolling. A giant defense force might as well detect a massive invasion force automatically. But a free trader that jumps into a backwater system might search for hours and not have any meaningful chance to detect a corsair h...
by steve98052
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?
Replies: 14
Views: 297

Re: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?

Here's how I imagine psionic testing would be done at a Psionics Institute: 1. A tester with a reasonably high power level in Telepathy would test Telepathy power by entering the mind of the student at a moderate depth to explain how to relax any reflexive shield that the student may have developed,...
by steve98052
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: detection rules
Replies: 13
Views: 322

detection rules

Quoting lots from another thread: Even the simple sensors reach to Distant range. We can mix in a few fighters with better sensors and the whole squadron can see better. Ah yes, from High Guard : "However, in terms of sensors, always use the highest quality (taking into account both actual sensors a...
by steve98052
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Traveller Companion - It Exists!
Replies: 31
Views: 2116

Re: The Traveller Companion - It Exists!

An official proofreading program might be a good idea. The way it worked at Steve Jackson Games was that subscribers to Pyramid and JTAS had access to a private bulletin board section that included access to some draft books. I have a credit in GURPS Modern Firepower because I had a lot of free time...
by steve98052
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Who are the aliens in DA01 ‘Shadows’?
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Who are the aliens in DA01 ‘Shadows’?

The first Traveller adventure, The Kinunir , was published in 1979. Buy look how many Traveller adventurers were published in 1980: Adventure 2-Research Station Gamma Adventure 3-Twilight's Peak Adventure 4-Leviathan Double Adventure 1-Shadows/Annic Nova Double Adventure 2-Mission on Mithril/Across ...
by steve98052
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What skills have you dropped?
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: What skills have you dropped?

. . . I don’t think I’d agree with a broad Starship skill, at least not without a high level required that would increase the complication of the game. . . . Docking a starship, fixing a jump drive, and plotting a course through the stars are very different skills. . . . I wasn't advocating a Stars...
by steve98052
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What skills have you dropped?
Replies: 23
Views: 819

Re: What skills have you dropped?

. . . If we have jack of all trades, why don't the cascade skills also add a form of Cascade jack of all trades like effect? . . . Good point! I know that some people find Jack of All Trades too powerful. Maybe a solution there would be a diminished Jack of Some Trades skill for various categories:...