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by M J Dougherty
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ideas for A Drinax +Fire Emblem Hybrid
Replies: 1
Views: 133

Re: Ideas for A Drinax +Fire Emblem Hybrid

So.... you want people to create a game for you that you don't actually intend to use... just to basically cheat in some kind of contest?

As I've said before there are a lot of helpful people on these forums, but you're abusing their goodwill.
by M J Dougherty
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to run it?
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: How to run it?

To borrow a line from The Martian, you're going to have to railroad the **** out of it. You're (apparently, I have trouble following your stream of consciousness) asking how to create an extremely specific outcome. The only answer to that is to script it closely. It is quite simply not possible to s...
by M J Dougherty
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to keep the secret come finale and what to do if they fail?
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: How to keep the secret come finale and what to do if they fail?

Can you phrase this question a little more coherently? I have no idea what you're asking.
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What size fleet could definitely defeat it
Replies: 4
Views: 696

Re: What size fleet could definitely defeat it

Again, answering this sort of extremely specific question would require running many simulations - at present nobody knows with anything like this degree of specificity. So, since you're interested, why not try it a few times with different mixes of ships? Post your results here when you're done and...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What size ships
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: What size ships

Nobody knows this sort of thing. To be able to answer specific questions of this sort you'd have to run thousands of simulations using different parameters. And that's without considering the many ways players might alter the situation by doing something bizarre. And in any case, it's not really the...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How much have The Pcs pissed off The GeDeCo
Replies: 3
Views: 558

Re: How much have The Pcs pissed off The GeDeCo

I'm puzzled about the ability to predict when the finale will occur. Of all the players I've ever met, the only ones whose actions could be predicted ahead of time were those who put up with massive railroading. Everyone else tended to behave in a rather less predictable manner. On a related note, i...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to assign Ship Shares
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: How to assign Ship Shares

Getting the materials and money to fix up the Harrier is part of the adventure.
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Uber-Empires Greatest Ever Pirate Warlord
Replies: 7
Views: 566

Re: The Uber-Empires Greatest Ever Pirate Warlord

So... is this guy still making his living as a pirate whilst he's de facto ruler of such a huge area? Pirating with battleships? The economics of this setup just don't make sense. You can only make so much money from piracy before you kill trade. Without trade, there is no piracy. A ruler of such a ...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?

The alternative to just making sure you have the skills to pass the necessary skill check (maybe with the luckiest dice ever, but that seems not to be a problem) is to do some adventuring. If want the negotiation to go your way you could stack the odds by doing things that will win the leader over, ...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?
Replies: 10
Views: 813

Re: How to guarantee they get a skill they must have?

It 's not about getting the planned best ending. You have an adventure, you do stuff, things don't go to plan and you scramble to get through without it getting any worse. It's fun. Try it sometime.
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: More Uber-Empire Stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: More Uber-Empire Stuff

The main (and there are others...) problem with this uber-empire of yours is that it's just too uber. Any consideration of its activities in Charted space is a bit like pondering how the village of South Hylton would deal with the entire US Navy sailing up the river Wear and mooring outside my Dad's...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SITREP MJD
Replies: 37
Views: 4942

Re: SITREP MJD

Okay, I'll bite. Because it's 4:44AM. The pirate guide thingy you speak of.... I'm writing that now. As to the tactics and whatnot of piraticky-lookin-warfare, well, I have actually published papers on related subjects in the real world. I'm not active in the defence sector at present, but I used to...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Would Oleb trust him?
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Would Oleb trust him?

I'm pretty sure you've asked this bizarrely specific question before. In fact, you ask so many questions that either you're inventing hypotheticals for some reason best known to yourself or you're trying to play the game in a way you aren't equipped to handle. How about a more modest game, with some...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Are they too ambitious?
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Are they too ambitious?

Said this before but... In 30+ years of gaming I've not met anyone who plays like you do. Yet you know several other groups who all play that way too. And now someone you've not met in21 years ALSO plays that way, down to making up tables you can have the Luckiest Role Ever on and end up so rich the...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So, what's with the supplements?
Replies: 72
Views: 11431

Re: So, what's with the supplements?

What is this Mackem of which you speak?
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So, what's with the supplements?
Replies: 72
Views: 11431

Re: So, what's with the supplements?

It's been that sort of day....
by M J Dougherty
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So, what's with the supplements?
Replies: 72
Views: 11431

Re: So, what's with the supplements?

I'm tackling K'Kree right now. Do you have any idea how hard that is? It's not just all the mass they have... they're QUADRUPEDS! Every time I try a tackle I just end up hanging off a bemused K'Kree while he trundles down the pitch with two dozen of this mates. Fortunately they're rubbish at convers...
by M J Dougherty
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So, what's with the supplements?
Replies: 72
Views: 11431

Re: So, what's with the supplements?

'The stars align' usually means 'if Martin can be persuaded to....'
by M J Dougherty
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is it a reasonable task chain?
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Is it a reasonable task chain?

This seems a little superficial. Joining an interstellar alliance is a big deal, and not something you do because some guys were awesome at a party. You're talking about committing your world-state to a political stance and all its possible repercussions over half a dozen die rolls. Shifts of allegi...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Did she do the right thing?
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Did she do the right thing?

if you're going to roll on these tables, you need to accept the outcome. This sort of 'being merciful' is one reason for the incredible levels of campaign bloat you experience. Do you 'mercifully' reduce super-incredible best rolls ever, or do your players get to reap the rewards of their amazing lu...