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by Linwood
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 250
Views: 44714

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

That sounds like the Traveller equivalents would use sublight vessels. Unless cramming the grunts in enormous low-berth freezers would save some space?

Or they could build truly huge starships...

A fleet like that would be an interesting challenge for a Traveller fleet adventure.
by Linwood
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 250
Views: 44714

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Another model is the Posleen from John Ringo’s Legact of the Aldenata (A Hymn Before Battle). Hordes of low-IQ infantry with advanced weaponry in massive sophont-wave attacks. Which probably isn’t a good fit for normal Traveller. Even though the mental image of orbital-defense supertanks built on th...
by Linwood
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4751

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

Which leads to the thought that one of the first things a crew might do after exiting jumpspace is unfurl the cooling net. Unless we can assume ships can dump waste heat while in jumpspace?
by Linwood
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 250
Views: 44714

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

It’s hard to picture a high-tech military deliberately recruiting low-IQ soldiers. As weapon systems get more sophisticated the troops that use them usually require more intelligence and training to use them.

Low-tech peasant conscripts, maybe not so much.
by Linwood
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 250
Views: 44714

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Briefcase guns! https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... briefcase/

The perfect stylish accessory for your next “energetic” trade negotiations. Now available in snub ammo, fletchette and gauss needles!!!!
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adventure - Hard Shell
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Adventure - Hard Shell

What could go wrong? :D
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4751

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

What about an improved thermoelectric generator? TEG efficiencies are very low at present but with technological improvements maybe they could draw off a portion of waste heat and put it to use to lessen needed radiator capacity.
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 1780

Re: Form follows function.

I have vague memories of a brief article in NASA Tech Briefs about experiments in generating plasma on the outer surface of an airfoil as a control surface. No idea if the technology worked....
by Linwood
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4751

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

What about a technology that converts heat into electricity directly?
by Linwood
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 1780

Re: Form follows function.

Man, if people were as passoinate about playing Traveller as they were about arguing over what is Canon and what is valid science fiction vs magic, this would be the biggest rpg of all time. :D Agreed!!! I find many of the discussions interesting because they highlight elements of the game that I c...
by Linwood
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hiring Escort Ships
Replies: 19
Views: 734

Re: Hiring Escort Ships

If i’m the escort vessel owner I’d argue for a share of any bounties or salvage for capture/destruction of any attacking vessels. Whether there would actually be an opportunity for salvage is another matter, but I’d ask for the rights anyway....
by Linwood
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Tech levels and their effects on stellar war
Replies: 45
Views: 2771

Re: Tech levels and their effects on stellar war

I think there’s an argument for allowing the TL of a starport to be higher than the world TL. An A or B level starport could be established on a low-tech world for purely commercial or strategic reasons. Such ports might have ship-building capabilities, but they would likely be limited by the need t...
by Linwood
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Traveller Companion - Finalised!
Replies: 12
Views: 1509

Re: The Traveller Companion - Finalised!

AWESOME!!!!!
by Linwood
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Gazelle Class Close Escort
Replies: 68
Views: 4260

Re: Gazelle Class Close Escort

I’m picturing this as a proposed successor to the original Gazelle design, intended for better survivability in high-threat environments. Maybe a small production run before the bean counters shut the project down for cost reasons, or maybe just a few prototypes put into service for trials while the...
by Linwood
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Gazelle Class Close Escort
Replies: 68
Views: 4260

Re: Gazelle Class Close Escort

Wow - that makes a Gazelle kind of scary! Thanks AnotherDilbert!!!
by Linwood
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Gazelle Class Close Escort
Replies: 68
Views: 4260

Re: Gazelle Class Close Escort

How much armor could be added while keeping its performance the same?
by Linwood
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: High Guard Fleet Combat
Replies: 4
Views: 919

Re: High Guard Fleet Combat

I’m also interested in this. My campaign has a large fleet battle coming up in a couple of sessions...
by Linwood
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Liquefication
Replies: 18
Views: 2367

Re: Liquefication

“Hey Merl - we got an offer for that grain shipment sitting in Silo 12 but we’re fresh out of grain container modules. What do we do?” “Darn, we need that silo emptied so we can repair the roof for the upcoming harvest on the AgroSpec farms next week. Who wants to buy?” “A free trader crew. Newbies ...
by Linwood
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 4751

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

Some of this could be worked into the ship design rules. Officer quarters could be designed with more space. A set volume per crew member / passenger could be required for consumables. Volumes for other services could be added. I think this would be a far more important discussion for ships that may...
by Linwood
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Liquefication
Replies: 18
Views: 2367

Re: Liquefication

There’s also metallurgical coal - a useful commodity for mid-tech industrial worlds.