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by Moppy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Re: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

At a meta-game level, just drilling down to a level of detail that players hadn't known the game was operating at is not a meaningful challenge, it's a gotcha. If you do want transit authorization to be a feature of the game (and I can imagine settings where it should matter), then the thing to do ...
by Moppy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Apocalypse package & Library class Archive Ship
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Apocalypse package & Library class Archive Ship

the main new capability the apocalypse package brings is the ability to synthesize anagathics, so the same person can guard it for centuries if need be. That's actually quite significant (the inability of previous systems to manufacture those) and should be mentioned in the main article. I couldn't...
by Moppy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: military ship naming convention?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: military ship naming convention?

A non-canon TU could have a lot of fun with this... Hospital ships - Suture, Needle, Scalpel, Clamp, Dressing, Tourniquet? Who says it has to be non-canon? All it'd take is a ship class only built by one group at one or a small set of shipyards, which group has some whimsy when it comes to naming t...
by Moppy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 11
Views: 196

Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party. A Broadsword, carrying a mercenary unit. Outside the Imperium, transiting through a system en route to the destination. Space customs fly up as they're refuelling. "Do you have any weapons to declare?" (a) pew pew! ... It migh...
by Moppy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Behind the Claw
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Behind the Claw

Someone's claws need a clean. You know all that dirt that gets stuck in there? - overheard at Aslan HQ and taken way out of context. Or is it?
by Moppy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

"It's just a red box with 'stop' and 'start' buttons on it...." Does the stop button do anything once you're in warp? We are orbiting - following the geodesic in curved spacetime - the curvature that was communicated with us eight minutes ago, Have you seen this> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJh...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

The answer to that is even easier. The planet travels in a straight line - its just that line is curved by the mass of the star. If the star were to suddenly vanish the spacetime would start to flatten and a certain time later the planet is no longer following a curved path but will head off in a s...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Gross simplification time. If you are shooting at a moving target do you aim at where it is or where you think it will be by the time you pull the trigger and the bullet gets there? The thing about gravity - Newtonian or general relativity - is if you plug the numbers in you can calculate where you...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Yea I can read the words and memorize them if I wanted to, but I can't build a mental picture. I suspect it's one of those things can only be understood through mathematics. Like this equation says this, and the other equation says that, and you combine them and you can "see" there is no problem. Bu...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

edit: And requires super accurate star/planet positioning data. Good job there's a scout service. I've just realised that I don't understand if a planet orbits a star's actual position, or if it orbits where it was X seconds ago where X is the light speed delay in propagating the gravity infomation...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

You probably want both jump and hop drives installed and fuel for each. An overshoot would almost always land you in deep space and that roll is hard to make. Or, perhaps they use hop ships as tenders; the carried craft then complete the destination using organic regular jump. edit: Wait, doesn't T5...
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 383
Views: 79702

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

I thought fudzilla was banned, They're back now?
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2681
Views: 239616

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I don't get why remembering to pack jump cables is so amazing.
by Moppy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Can it easily make a jump that isn't a mutiple of 10?
by Moppy
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: military ship naming convention?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: military ship naming convention?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Broke_(D83)

As usual, the truth is strange. :-)
by Moppy
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Robot Hands 2019 version
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Robot Hands 2019 version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDFP4sZK4DA

Tactile feedback more advanced than I thought. Can still see lag.
by Moppy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Nope. Hop is not a higher order jump drive. It is a completely different technological paradigm for achieving FTL travel, as are the drives at even higher TLs. A hop drive culture may be amazed to discover a jump drive culture and have a wtf moment and then be able to reverse engineer the jump driv...
by Moppy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

If hop is "higher order jump", and you got hop from nothing, wouldn't you discover jump at the same time?
by Moppy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hop Drive
Replies: 44
Views: 697

Re: Hop Drive

Like it's not already broken? Players and rules can't seem to agree if a Free Trader can take off from a >1g planet or not, or how it does if it can. Seems like quite a fundamental thing to be defined in a sci-fi game. I've not seen T5 rules but I think said drive probably also needs a computer of m...
by Moppy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: military ship naming convention?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: military ship naming convention?

Atlantic, Atlantia, Pacifica, Pegasus, Galactica ...

Fiery, Flaming, Burning, Combustible ... I'll skip riding in this class. But I can sell you a high passage on the M/S Venting Atmosphere.