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by MadDog
Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

The author

On the issues of the G-carrier (tank or not a tank) I suppose we could just ask the author what his intent was when he wrote the stats.

Mad Dog
by MadDog
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

Tin-Foil Armor

Looking at all this to and froing I am left wondering, What the heck are y'all in disagreement about? Can either side give the rest of us a brief summation of their point? My point of view is that the vehicle armor as listed, even of the best the TL 15 Imperium has to offer is ludicrously low. When...
by MadDog
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

someone accused ME of a strawman ?

A 7.62mm LMG, which for the purposes of this exercise I will regard as a belt fed ACR. 3D, +6 AUTO No, thats a LMG. 4D6 damage. A .50 cal MG, which here we will stat as the Mercenary LMG. 4D, +6 AUTO. No, thats more like a 6D6 machinegun (~same ammo as the LAG). Skill 1, no other factors. There is ...
by MadDog
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

AFV

OK, 2 things. 1: One thing we can agree on is that some of the descriptions are a bit garbled. They'e aimed at newbs over grogs, too. And "effectively" is not the same as "is"; it is more like "one could describe it as". 2: What was the 'standard' fighting vehicle of WW2? The jeep. What is the 'sta...
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

This forum goes to the dogs

Well, no need to be too dogmatic about what is or isn't, anyway

Woof.

Mad Dog
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:02 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

strawman-armor

Strawman. Armor made of straw, maybe. : ) Why assume that armour progression is linear? based upon book values, it sure as hell isnt exponential. TL6 car = 6. TL15 tank = 25. Considering the advances in armor design from book equipment (combat armor ?), it sure cant be stalled out, either. Heck, yo...
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

"small" arms ?

And I cited the NATO definition of small arms. Which includes weapons to 50 mm caliber. On the whole if I am confronted with a choice between your personal opinion and the considered opinion of NATO's experts ... well, let's just say that your personal opinion doesn't come off well in comparison Er...
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:23 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

Low Tech Armor Need Not Apply

So far, in our examples, we have been using the case which is looks at the effect on high-tech tanks. So what happens if we look at lower tech tanks ? The G-Carrier is a TL15, armor 25 tank ("A grav carrier is effectively a flying tank, and is the standard fighting vehicle of many military forces ac...
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

Since the LMG in Mercenary weighs 20kg, it's more similar to those heavy guns than an M60. The FN Minimi weighs between 6kg and 7kg, depending on the specific model. A WW2 era MG34 weighs 10kg. ...and a M2 HMG weighs some ~60 kg with tripod. The L(ight) machinegun listed in the book is far closer t...
by MadDog
Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

small arm heavy weapon tomatoe tomato

PTRD Anti Tank Rifle: 14.5 mm capable of penetrating 25 mm of armour at 300 meters (1941/42). .55", Boys Anti-Tank Rifle. Mark 1, Mark 1*, Mark 2 which probably had similar performance (c. 14 mm round). Lahti L-39 Anti-Tank Rifle: 20 mm etc Phil, I am completely aware of the varieties of anti-tank ...
by MadDog
Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

immune to rifles

The other APCs/IFVs mentioned are also only resistant to the heavier caliber rounds mentioned on the front ... and as vulnerable to smallarms fire on the sides and rear (and hull top and bottom) as all APCs are ... making them anything but "immune". Immune to having armor or structure being blown o...
by MadDog
Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:28 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

APC

Actually, no. The purpose of an APC's armour is not now nor has it ever been (well, except for those Israeli tank/apc conversions) to "make it immune to smallarms". Indeed, in some cases, I should more carefully consider before posting. Allow me to rephrase: "the purpose of the APC armor is to prot...
by MadDog
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:21 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

TL 5 machineguns to the front !

With Gauss Rifles, the difference is more dramatic: they hit and penetrate the AFV 18 times for 25 hits, destroying the last Structure point with the final round (thus destroying it in a ball of flames). Versus the Gcarrier they penetrate twice for 2 hits. (How did half-tracks fare against massed V...
by MadDog
Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

tin-foil tanks of the future

Eh? The answer is: It can't. Neither can the 4d6 LMG. Unless there's some special rule that makes 24 more than 25. Arent you forgetting the effect ? Add in the size modifier, the autofire, your chances to affect armor 25 (much less "18") are > 0. Mad Dog: Did you not just demonstrate a 8% chance to...
by MadDog
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

vehicle-starship weapons

My own way probably would be to put small arms, vehicle weapons and
starship weapons into three different "scales"


A lot of starship weapons would fit into a vehicle. Sure, a spinal mount is right out, but a missle launcher or laser should fit into a vehicle easily.

Mad Dog
by MadDog
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Size modifiers
Replies: 3
Views: 1005

size modifiers

OK, now I see it.

thanks,

Mad Dog
by MadDog
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

in an ideal world

All you need is a one sentence house rule that armoured vehicles can
not be damaged by small arms fire, it seems. So why not just introduce
that rule and consider the problem solved ?


In an ideal world, wouldnt it be better if Mongoose corrected their product ?

Mad Dog
by MadDog
Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

armor weapons tanks tin foil

Well you're going to have to show me how a 3d6 weapon can hurt 25 points of armour. There is more than one TL15 tank, and more than one TL5 smallarm. Just because something can harm something does not mean that it is at all likely. In fact, it is so unlikely as to be statistically irrelevant. Did y...
by MadDog
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

suspension of disbelief

This sums up my design process for RPGS pretty much to a 'T'. As to an earlier poster who asked what I was thinking when I stylsed the ranges and damages and such in Mercenary; this is the best answer - to make the game more fun. Like the above quote, a group of players that try to go up against a ...
by MadDog
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Weapons in Mercenary
Replies: 147
Views: 24567

chances

Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:00 am Post subject: Just to further assist Klaus with his point, what would it do to the game if you go ahead and make realistic armor and damage values? Here's what happens in a nutshell: Players meet tank. Players unload on tank with their smallarms. Nothing happens. Tan...