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by Geir
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 554
Views: 166966

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

If you're going to cram in 70,000 people, a starport, university and a palace, it'd say more like 500,000 dtons: People 4t x 70,000 - class A starport 100,000t+ (okay maybe a bit less if you take out the residential area already covered, but 50,000 at least - more if you actually had a shipyard) + p...
by Geir
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War Wishlist
Replies: 10
Views: 500

Re: Fifth Frontier War Wishlist

alex_greene wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:46 pm
Wonder what happened to that ...?
A grand scheme, undone by bad poetry. And, um, Ancients...
by Geir
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Resident Zhodani expert?
Replies: 57
Views: 1455

Re: Resident Zhodani expert?

That's because the MgT version of the wave is the retconned version. In the original TNE the wave was a lightspeed phenomena and was nowhere near the border until much later. Also, the change was on purpose. It was not an editorial slip. I can accept that the change was on purpose, but since it bre...
by Geir
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Resident Zhodani expert?
Replies: 57
Views: 1455

Re: Resident Zhodani expert?

I noticed a lack of mention of the Core Expeditions at all in the Aliens of Charted Space writeup. No mention of the Fienzhatshtiavl (Empress Wave); Mongoose could be cutting out the metaplot stuff to focus on the Fifth Frontier War, maybe? I was going to complain about that, and my detailed readin...
by Geir
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Resident Zhodani expert?
Replies: 57
Views: 1455

Re: Resident Zhodani expert?

Don't forget the scant MT Zhodani material - ask yourself why the Zhodani didn't flatten the Spinward Marches and take Rhylanor (if it was so important) in 1120-25... By 1120, the Wave is already crossing the Zhodani border in Itvikiastaf Sector. What I ask myself is why haven't they prepared bette...
by Geir
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Resident Zhodani expert?
Replies: 57
Views: 1455

Re: Resident Zhodani expert?

paltrysum wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:50 pm
I can't shake the idea that a noir Tavrchedl’ detective story would be a lot of fun. :)
As long as the art is all black and white and the characters gray... (um, not Greys)
by Geir
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: Fifth Frontier War

The FFW Project is due to start very soon. We have been having some long conversations with Mr Miller nthat advance things beyond 1105, answer your Zhodani questions, and reveal the secrets of Rhylanor. You may have noticed that a few of our more recent books have been prepping you for this. The Fi...
by Geir
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: Fifth Frontier War

Well the wave would wipe out the Zhodani first, so a likely Imperial response would be "Thank you for the valuable intelligence, now go collapse into chaos while we figure out how to save ourselves over the course of the next few decades, then maybe our 'peacekeepers' will help you pick up the piece...
by Geir
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Resident Zhodani expert?
Replies: 57
Views: 1455

Re: Resident Zhodani expert?

A Zhodani expert would know about the core expeditions. Not going to learn a lot about them from Aliens of Charted Space Volume 1. I understand why we're getting Cliffs Notes version of the Aliens, and it's better than an abortive attempted like MegaTraveller where few were covered, but I hope ther...
by Geir
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Fifth Frontier War

So, the last pages of Skandersvik (okay, to me, a ‘vik’ is an inlet or otherwise body of water partially surrounded by land, but that’s another issue) foreshadow the Fifth Frontier War a bit. I dug out the box a couple of weekends ago. I played half of one game back in about ’82 – I can still see th...
by Geir
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

That and I still don't know what the base armor of a starship should be against small arms. Can't be zero, and going by the minimum 3-4 value for vehicles seems too low. The base armour is hidden in the "divide by 10, drop fractions" damage scaling mechanism. The first nine points of damage just bo...
by Geir
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

Mongoose's starship and vehicle design sequences are not integrated but both work well independently. The fact that the vehicle design rules are not founded on the same principles as the starship rules irks some fans but I will say this: MgT2 vehicle design is fun and produces usable vehicles for y...
by Geir
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

Every time I try to figure out T5, my migraines get worse. I'm sure it would eventually make sense - with a computer. maybe. But T5 would require inhuman patience to learn. There needs to be compromises, and for the most part, Mongoose manages this where T5 aims for a purist level of complexity com...
by Geir
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

The vehicle design system is presumably not intended to be air-tight, but simple. It can easily lead to ridiculous results. I don't generally use it. It's much better than the vehicle design system in T5, though. And that's the truth of it. Every time I try to figure out T5, my migraines get worse....
by Geir
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

If you are a hard ass for system mechanics, Mongoose Traveller might not be your cup of tea. Mongoose is pretty upfront about this. I hear ya, but I'll also say if yer not going to care about the math being solid, why even bother with a vehicle/starship design system. I mean what's the point of it ...
by Geir
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!
Replies: 23
Views: 2406

Re: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!

This one is going to take a while to go through, especially since I'm working on editing my first draft of the Vanguard Reaches, so I'm only up to page 12 of a detailed reading. I do have one big concern and that is perhaps structural in trying to cram four races into one book: Who is the audience a...
by Geir
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction rules)
Replies: 27
Views: 1987

Re: 4+ Years on, how is the underlying math of MGT2E holding up? (especially in the Starship and Vehicle construction ru

Couldn't comment on vehicles, but spacecraft design rules have too much slack in them, and commentary over the years tends to indicate this was meant as a feature. Yeah, I don't deal well with that (he says rocking back and forth in his chair - but just slightly!). I guess it depends more on whethe...
by Geir
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!
Replies: 23
Views: 2406

Re: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!

I haven't had time to do more than page through the book looking at pictures. I like the artwork, but I'm pretty sure any Vargr would find the Advisor Robot as pictured on page 215 horribly offensive.
by Geir
Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!
Replies: 23
Views: 2406

Re: Aliens of Charted Space Vol. 1 - It Is Here!

Now we're going to have to ban Vargr wrestling, but it's for their own good... don't want to see them hurt. Hey, one odd thing though. In the past, I've screwed up and ordered in pounds instead of dollars, but it might not have been my fault. Today, after logging in, I specifically chose the US site...
by Geir
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: JTAS sensor rules
Replies: 47
Views: 7689

Re: JTAS sensor rules

You make a really tiny black hole, see, and the heat's all still there, see, but it's red shifted so far down that its basically cold... sure. Well, until the black hole evaporates and lets it all out in a flash, but that's some future person's problem, so it's like time travel into the future for h...