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by steve98052
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 239
Views: 44309

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

In some military situations, such as adding massed reinforcements to the military of one nation of a balkanized world, or delivering a massive army to a world where space superiority is absolutely established, commercial transportation would be an option.
by steve98052
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is this a reasoable absolute minimum fleet?
Replies: 8
Views: 135

Re: Is this a reasoable absolute minimum fleet?

I think you missed phavoc's main point, which appears to have been that lists are generally more readable when presented in a list format, rather than prose with haphazard capitalization.
by steve98052
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 147
Views: 12243

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

You could try DriveThruRPG, look for MegaTraveller and pick up a copy of HardTimes which covers the events of the assassination in 1116 and the subsequent civil war through 1128 as well as how it impacts various worlds and generally throws the Imperium into a new Long Night. . . . Another course of...
by steve98052
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship repairs - do many hands make light work?
Replies: 12
Views: 207

Re: Ship repairs - do many hands make light work?

If the high-skill task in the repair work is diagnosing the problem, and the actual repairs are straightforward, I'd allow the work to be split into shifts. But if every step of the task is skilled labor it would work better if helpers assist a lead, up to the point where more people start bumping i...
by steve98052
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What's the biggest ship they get a loan on?
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: What's the biggest ship they get a loan on?

Selling that much art would be an adventure. The owner might be the only person with enough money to buy such a collection on a world, unless it's a substantial world. If it has to be transported to a rich world for sale, it has to be secured against thieves, pirates, and mishandling by cargo master...
by steve98052
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax: The Demon's Eye] Anyone run this one yet?
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: [Pirates of Drinax: The Demon's Eye] Anyone run this one yet?

Player characters on a wanted list might be wanted as "the crew of the XXX ", rather than as "Alice, Bob, Carol, and Dan, described as . . ." In that case, it's easy enough to fly commercial, as just a handful of regular citizens traveling High Passage with their dton each of sealed containers of tr...
by steve98052
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4235

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

It might be an interesting exercise to design ships that actually have enough radiators. Maybe the actual power plants are small "Mr Fusion" type things, and the dtons required for a ship are storage for folded up radiators. This would be an exercise in variant rules, obviously. It would also make a...
by steve98052
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adventure - Hard Shell
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Adventure - Hard Shell

Sounds like fun!
by steve98052
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 147
Views: 12243

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

So I appear to be talking to myself in this thread now, but so what?. Isn’t any one else running a campaign? I'm not running a game right now; I'm playing a non- Traveller game. But I really enjoy hearing how it goes. . . . make it a proper flagship. . . . Now all they need is about MCr120 to make ...
by steve98052
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 1398

Re: Form follows function.

Maybe a plasma shell would work as a shield against some space radiation and micrometeoroids. I haven't seen the same articles. But I don't think that would work as a substitute for aerodynamic surfaces during atmospheric flight. It's reasonable to argue that movable aerodynamic control surfaces mig...
by steve98052
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4235

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

What about a technology that converts heat into electricity directly? As already noted, that defies thermodynamics. What can be done is to convert a heat difference into useful energy. A fusion reaction, in the absence of technological magic, takes place slowly at solar core temperature (circa 15 m...
by steve98052
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 1398

Re: Form follows function.

After much thought on this topic, I have pretty much concluded that the cost in volume of the airfoil surfaces needed to generate meaningful aerodynamic lift would exceed the volume required to just bump up the maneuver drive to the point that it can take off and soft-land without aerodynamic lift. ...
by steve98052
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: nuclear damper technology
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: nuclear damper technology

. . . Weak force manipulation could be linked to meson technology. So mesons break down through weak force? That doesn't seem consistent with their brief half-life. Muons, maybe, but they're actually leptons, which is one reason (besides mere abbreviation) their name was changed from "mu meson" to ...
by steve98052
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: nuclear damper technology
Replies: 3
Views: 198

nuclear damper technology

The first time I saw nuclear damper technology mentioned in Traveller was in classic Mercenary, in the context of nuclear damper boxes used to store californium artillery rounds. To serve that purpose, they would have to affect both strong and weak nuclear force -- strong force to inhibit fission an...
by steve98052
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hiring Escort Ships
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: Hiring Escort Ships

Since the capital cost of the escort ship far exceeds the other expenses -- except for insurance on a hazardous route -- just charge a flat percentage of the replacement cost of the escort, and the patron pays all insurance costs. (Then you don't have to calculate the cost of insurance.) I'd say abo...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 147
Views: 12243

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

Great game management, and nice work on the summary. One tiny detail -- which is not a quibble for a change -- it's cool to see that I am not the only one who bothers to italicize ship names in informal writing. One way to keep track of details like missiles in a larger combat is with tokens. Get a ...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What Ships would you suggest for Irontooth?
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: What Ships would you suggest for Irontooth?

This is what an insurgency uses in the tactical role of an MRAP, Humvee, JLTV, or even a Stryker. If you can't afford a real warship, convert a civilian vehicle into a warship.

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by steve98052
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED

You have my sympathies. I haven't gone through anything like that myself; my grandparents all went through long slow declines as they grew old, but once they got into really bad shape their ends were mercifully quick. If you want to stick to your magazine schedule symbolically, you could make this n...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 1398

Re: Form follows function.

The largest airliner, the Airbus 380, is about 50 dtons. I get the fuselage to be about 200 Dt? Height: 8.41 m Width: 7.14 m Length: ~60 m? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A380#Specifications Volume roughly ≈ π × 8.41/2 × 7.14/2 × 60 ≈ 2 800 m³ ≈ 200 Dt. Oops! And . . . Steve, Something's defi...
by steve98052
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4235

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

Back to the main topic, I started the "Form follows function" topic because I was thinking about doing a bunch of designs that are meant to conform to a common vision.