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by AnotherDilbert
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Classic (breakaway) Cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Classic (breakaway) Cutter

But to me it seems to at least violate the spirit of the rules. And by that I mean it seems to be all pluses with no minuses. To do all that it should cost more and be less viable because otherwise you are getting all of that for no penalty. Which makes no sense to me. The breakaway connectors are ...
by AnotherDilbert
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Classic (breakaway) Cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Classic (breakaway) Cutter

That is for combined drive calculation, not the separate sections. Is it? And each section would have a smaller hull point value and could be targeted separately. No, that is for Docking Clamps. As far as I understand, the combined sections form a single hull, a single ship (while connected). The r...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 29
Views: 335

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

Reynard wrote: Rather than worry that Traveller isn't following current 21th century Earth events and behaviors and every realistic minutia, ...
Sorry, I agree, I just disagreed with the sweeping "piracy is almost impossible, and would immediately lead to overwhelming naval response" with a current example.
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 29
Views: 335

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

What the heck does piracy have to do with war on China or Indonesia? Are you claiming they are sponsoring privateers? Not sponsoring privateers or tolerating pirates, no. Where do the pirates in SEAsia go hide? Local harbours in e.g. Indonesia, Malaysia, and possibly China. They might possibly be t...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?

I would be reluctant to allow a TL-14 jump drive in a TL-12 standard design. Possibly if some manufacturer specifically makes a drop-in replacement for that standard design. Hull options are a judgement call. Anything built into the hull, like stealth, would be a new design. Anything that is just ad...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 29
Views: 335

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

~ Piracy - as in, random guy lurking in a ship near a major port, looking to attack it and go "ahahahahahahah!" for the sake of being evil doesn't work and never has in reality. Like other crime, piracy can be suppressed, but not eliminated. When a few ruthless individuals can potentially steal mil...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 29
Views: 335

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

Small ship universe definitely has its appeal. Hard to feel like a player in the big game when you see a dreadnaught that is 2,000 times the size of the ship you’re struggling to make payments on. Unless you remove the high pop worlds or change the economy, you will only see hundreds of smaller shi...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Classic (breakaway) Cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Classic (breakaway) Cutter

Ok, sure it's a design-exercise, but it's quite usable as a drop-in replacement for the classic cutter. I would even call it somewhat useful that we can use the Crew section separately, or pull the Engineering section for maintenance. In a breakaway design the total spacecraft is a "ship" and are su...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 29
Views: 335

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

The Imperium operates on the level of battle squadrons and billions of people. A few Free Traders are much too small to bother about. If the pirates try to capture large ships on the main trade routes, or in the local space of pop 9+ systems they will be noticed and crushed. If they pick off a few t...
by AnotherDilbert
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 11
Views: 181

Re: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?

Trillion Credit Squadron is your friend: In order to remain part of the same class of vessel while creating a new batch of vessels, there are only a limited number of ways in which the subsequent vessels can differ from the original. The power plant, manoeuvre drive, jump drive, armour and hull conf...
by AnotherDilbert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

If we could not dump heat in jump space, we would cook. Heat sinks that could soak up 1 GW for a week would be rather magical.
by AnotherDilbert
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship repairs - do many hands make light work?
Replies: 12
Views: 242

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

Say I roll that it takes 20 hours; the players often will want to know that if two people do the work, will it then take 10 hours, three people 6.33 hours, four people 5 hours, etc. Depends on the task, but in this case absolutely not. I might give them a positive DM for reasonable aid, or even a B...
by AnotherDilbert
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Classic (breakaway) Cutter
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Classic (breakaway) Cutter

This is not the old LSP Modular Cutter, but the typically over-engineered GSbAG version. Built as a breakaway hull with four sections: A Spine, an Engineering section, a Crew section, and a Payload section (the module). The Spine is mounted on top of the other modules and keeps them together with th...
by AnotherDilbert
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Highguard - Modular Hull costs
Replies: 18
Views: 639

Re: Highguard - Modular Hull costs

My image of the Modular Cutter is a bridge, a spine with a crawl passage, and an engineering section. Modules are cylinders with a notch for the cutter's spine. Quite, that was the classical Cutter (except the crawlway?). We can make something similar with a breakaway design. By the letter of the r...
by AnotherDilbert
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Highguard - Modular Hull costs
Replies: 18
Views: 639

Re: Highguard - Modular Hull costs

It's even worse. Notice the circular cross-section of the hull. If the exterior view and the deck plan is to believed the cutter is about 34 squares (51 m) long with a 5 square (7.5 m) diameter, for a total volume of 51 × π × (7.5/2)² ≈ 2250 m³ ≈ 160 Dton . The module alone is about 90 Dt as drawn.....
by AnotherDilbert
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

That's still going to eat lhyd really, really fast if you're using it as discard-able coolant...given that 40dTons was supposed to be "one jump-2 (20 dTons) and ten weeks of operation" for a Type S, that doesn't seem to add up. Agreed, we don't have even remotely enough "fuel" to use as coolant. An...
by AnotherDilbert
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

Adding a TEG would not really decrease the need for radiators, but possibly decrease the main fusion reactor a bit. Nearly all energy produced or used onboard will end up as motion or waste heat, so even if we can reuse some of the waste heat, it will just end up as waste heat again. Energy is never...
by AnotherDilbert
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

The current heat management system on the ISS can cope with 70kW of waste heat, 14kW was the original version that was upgraded a while ago. OK, I went with the first number I could find: https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/473486main_iss_atcs_overview.pdf 14 kW seems to be for each radiator of the old EEATCS...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

locarno24 wrote: ... 14kJ x 600K x 1000kg = 8,400 mJ of energy for each dTon of liquid hydrogen ...
I believe you mean MJ, not mJ.

mJ means millijoule = ¹/₁₀₀₀ joule.
MJ means megajoule = 1 000 000 joule.

There is a slight difference...
by AnotherDilbert
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4514

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

steve98052 wrote: * Degrees Kelvin don't use the ° symbol, unlike °C and °F.
If we are to be precise it's not degrees kelvin, it's just kelvin, hence no degree symbol.