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by Linwood
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi
Replies: 29
Views: 1315

Re: Future TLs, or different types of "impossible" in scifi

Likely you already trust a limited bit of autonomous systems in terms of traction control, ABS, and possibly driving modes - all making decisions as to how to best improve the driver’s ability to keep control of the vehicle in difficult circumstances. If I remember correctly there are already autono...
by Linwood
Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Armour Coverage
Replies: 8
Views: 165

Re: Armour Coverage

I’ve run one combat scene where hit location mattered - both combatants were partially clad in hostile environment suits and armed with improvised weapons. To keep it quick and simple I just declared both had Banes to hit unarmored areas of their opponents. It turned into a desperate struggle betwee...
by Linwood
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

I believe we can get something like a dogfight, if we somehow manage to get a couple of craft very close with near identical velocity vectors. There is no other way they could hurt each other with fixed mounts. So - not the “fur ball” of the WWII aerial dogfights. Maybe more like a swirl around a c...
by Linwood
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Surgery question
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Surgery question

Hmmm... Back-alley practitioner? Dexterity atrophied after a lifetime of substance abuse but still remembers their training....
by Linwood
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers
Replies: 43
Views: 545

Re: "Nozzles" on the Element cruisers

It’s a Imperial styling essential. Spacecraft simply don’t look like spacecraft without nozzles!!
by Linwood
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65128

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

<ouch>
by Linwood
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1302

Re: One shot Jump Drives

The description of one jumps make it clear these are not common for obvious reasons and I'm sure most military ship architects dismissed them a long time ago. Can you imagine 21st century ships using one shot systems to trim the budget? There have been one-shot vehicles - military and civilian - be...
by Linwood
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long does it take to build a ship?
Replies: 20
Views: 305

Re: How long does it take to build a ship?

Low hours? Only one owner? Only docked at Class A starports?

:D
by Linwood
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long does it take to build a ship?
Replies: 20
Views: 305

Re: How long does it take to build a ship?

Given how construction techniques would likely advance at higher TLs I’m fine with how the MGT2 construction timing works for standard designs. But something nonstandard probably should take longer. To me, how much longer would depend on the degree of customization. Adding features that are pretty s...
by Linwood
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How long does it take to build a ship?
Replies: 20
Views: 305

Re: How long does it take to build a ship?

More common hull designs are likely partially built on spec, just waiting to be customized for the buyer. Something as simple as your standard far trader is probably on the lot ready to go today, and with 3.98% 40-year financing (for qualified buyers) to boot! That's more or less how the current RV...
by Linwood
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adding radiation shielding
Replies: 15
Views: 178

Re: Adding radiation shielding

You could maybe justify it as a temporary add with consequences. Maybe a spray-on coating that’s partially effective but wears off on atmospheric entry and interferes with sensors. Or you could create safe rooms - compartments lined with materials like the radiation blankets use that could be used a...
by Linwood
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [JBE] D66 Compendium 2 is on Sale NOW!
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: [JBE] D66 Compendium 2 is on Sale NOW!

I’ve found my copy very useful for providing more variety in character backgrounds!!!
by Linwood
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Little Buddy wingman drones
Replies: 16
Views: 354

Re: Little Buddy wingman drones

If I remember correctly there are some news reports out there concerning the psychological toll Predator drone pilots have been experiencing. A lot of it had to do with the sudden transition from remotely directing a combat mission in a dark enclosed room to walking outside minutes later and driving...
by Linwood
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1302

Re: One shot Jump Drives

A ship serving as a base camp for a new colony might be designed that way.

Another thought - can one-shots be reconditioned for re-use? That might require an A starport. And it would depend on what systems/components get overstrained in use.
by Linwood
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1302

Re: One shot Jump Drives

Could be an interesting option for a navy that has a “with your shield or on it” philosophy.

Or - imagine a swarm of one-shot drive vessels loaded with something like the Chamax. (Or - Berserkers?) Could be a nasty challenge for a world with limited space defenses...
by Linwood
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.
Replies: 110
Views: 2440

Re: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.

AndrewW, AnotherDilbert - thanks!!!
by Linwood
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.
Replies: 110
Views: 2440

Re: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.

Baifhammer, can you point me to the Broad Spectrum EW rule? I’m having trouble tracking it down. I’ve got an upcoming space battle to run where it could be really important.
by Linwood
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: One shot Jump Drives
Replies: 97
Views: 1302

Re: One shot Jump Drives

It would be nice (someday) to have little things like this collected up in a common document of some sort. Maybe as a thread in this forum?
by Linwood
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adjusting speculative trade for local conditions
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Re: Adjusting speculative trade for local conditions

You could consider working trade codes in as well. A Poor world might have smaller lots of uncommon goods available, an Industrial world might have larger lots of machines/devices, and so forth.
by Linwood
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.
Replies: 110
Views: 2440

Re: Primitive and Advanced Spacecraft.

Depending on the range a good sensor operator (if they have two they can each do this per salvo, per round) might be able to get rid of half the missiles before they engage at range. Ummm - doesn’t High Guard say only one sensor operator can attempt an ECM action on any one salvo in a round? I’m th...