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by Nog
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!
Replies: 23
Views: 1861

Re: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!

Assuming a rough equivalence of 1Cr ~ 1USD ~ 1 EUR, ... Cr 1 ≈ 1975 $1, so Cr 1 ≈ $4 - $5 today. Doesn't change your calculations materially. Uhm. I looked at the basic prices you'd expect for food. I read: "A standard meal typically costs Cr5-50 credits or more per person, depending on quality and...
by Nog
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!
Replies: 23
Views: 1861

Re: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!

How much does it cost to put 100t of cargo into orbit at today's prices? How much are the rockets needed to do it? The Falcon heavy may get the price down to $2200 per kg, that is $220,000,000 to shift that 100 tons - and only into LEO. Assuming 1Cr to 1$ you could buy four MgT2e free traders outri...
by Nog
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!
Replies: 23
Views: 1861

Re: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!

Ships in Traveller are cheap No, they are not! They may be if compared to what they would cost today (is that even meaningful?). But they are fiendishly expensive for the use they are put to in the OTU. 1 ton of "Free Trader" cargo space costs more than half a million credits, i.e. more than 500 ti...
by Nog
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Shipping in the OTU is cheap!
Replies: 23
Views: 1861

Shipping in the OTU is cheap!

Assuming a rough equivalence of 1Cr ~ 1USD ~ 1 EUR, I just realized that it costs slightly more to ship 100 tons of cargo in the real world from Paris to Sydney (excluding taxes, port operations etc.) than it costs to ship the same amount of cargo from Sol to Alpha Centauri in the Traveller universe...
by Nog
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?

Congratulations, she hit the jack-pot! I would allow it. She hit an extremely unlikely event that will probably never come up again. It depends. If you use the optional "iron man" rule that allows your characters to die if they fail a survival roll, it's actually quite easy - albeit time consuming ...
by Nog
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan, Samurai and other allegories
Replies: 8
Views: 1432

Re: Aslan, Samurai and other allegories

While struggling to pronounce half the Aslan words in my ongoing Pirates of Drinax campaign, it was pointed out by one of my players that it's easiest to do so my imagining you are doing the dialogue in a Japanese Samurai movie. Japanese has no "L"s! (EDIT: and Hawaian, cited below, has no "S"s and...
by Nog
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

[Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?

A PC from the Floating palace rolls on the Life Events table on her first term. She rolls a 6 (unusual event) followed by a 2: "You are psionic! Roll to test your Psionic Strength immediately, and gain DM+4 to the roll ." Her age is 18: it is her first term, and following the career flowchart she ro...
by Nog
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What are good forums to discuss *Classic* Traveller?
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: What are good forums to discuss *Classic* Traveller?

Hmm, thanks, it appears nice but: 1) I've never seen a forum that only allows you to see the first post of a thread unless you are registered and logged in. 2) I've never seen a forum that requires you giving them an email that is NOT gmail, NOT hotmail, and NOT a host of other commonly used domains...
by Nog
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What are good forums to discuss *Classic* Traveller?
Replies: 5
Views: 550

What are good forums to discuss *Classic* Traveller?

On a whim, I recently acquired the Classic Traveller CD. The idea was to mine it for ideas, locations, information about alien races etc.; after all, the price was pretty low for the whole package, and I heard the system was sufficiently close to Mongoose Traveller. Well. I am in awe! At a first rea...
by Nog
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

It would be nice if Mongoose had a standard way to find errata for its publications, such as a downloadable errata sheet for each book on the web page describing the book. That would eliminate a lot of confusion, and save their staff the trouble of repeatedly answering questions that would be answe...
by Nog
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

I'm just surprised that people still have the myopic approach of "It doesn't make any sense, but that's what's written in the book, so that's how it works". The whole purpose of the rules is to be a tool to help adjudicate a (fictional but we're presuming it follows recognizable rules) situation in...
by Nog
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?
Replies: 14
Views: 919

Re: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?

It's highly illegal and actively suppressed in the Imperium. Are you now implying you'd drop the time and cost requirements, as these social costs are enough? I think it was a sensible answer to the question you asked: "why isn't everyone doing it if the costs to the tester are so low?" It has heav...
by Nog
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?
Replies: 14
Views: 919

Re: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?

"the science of the mind/soul and of fingernails" ? psionics = the study of the practical use of psychic powers. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/psionics -ology suffix = the scientific study of a particular subject https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ology He...
by Nog
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What does it take to test a character for Psionics?
Replies: 14
Views: 919

What does it take to test a character for Psionics?

There's a PC in my group who is a trained Psion - with Science (Psionicology) 1, if it matters. (I can't resist opening a parenthesis. Psionicology?!? That's about as bad as "travelphobia"! Actually worse, because it means something: "the science of the mind/soul and of fingernails"... would that be...
by Nog
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How many skills to describe a competent character?
Replies: 18
Views: 1854

Re: How many skills to describe a competent character?

One thing that might be interesting is that Mongoose authors themselves (Gareth Hanrahan, in particular) seem to assume that the number of skills produced by standard character creation is vastly insufficient, particularly for relatively young characters. At a glance, I would say that at least half ...
by Nog
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

The most common use of the broker skill is the price on trade goods, which is a 3D roll. Ive never seen anything to indicate a characteristic DM can be added as well. If I am not mistaken, a characteristic DM was added in the first edition of Mongoose Traveller: the higher of INT and SOC. The fact ...
by Nog
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: "any DM from the supplier"?

I've always viewed that as being the skill of the broker on the other side of the transaction from you. Ah, this makes sense! So I guess I can just roll D6-2 for the other broker's skill, and use that as a "penalty" to the player's roll. I also find it interesting that this is one of the few cases ...
by Nog
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: "any DM from the supplier"?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

"any DM from the supplier"?

The last modifier when rolling on the Purchase/Sale Table is "any DM from the supplier" - the text then adds "some especially rich or powerful suppliers can demand high prices." I really can't make sense of this line :( Does this "DM from the supplier" mean 1. an adhoc modifier decided in special ca...
by Nog
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Do Mishaps by default terminate a career?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Do Mishaps by default terminate a career?

The rules do not say "all Mishaps ends your career", they say "Mishaps caused by failed survival rolls ends your career", i.e. "Failed survival rolls (generally) ends your career". Any other Mishap has no effect other than stated in the Mishap. I'd be tempted to read it that way too. However, some ...
by Nog
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Do Mishaps by default terminate a career?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Do Mishaps by default terminate a career?

Upon failing a survival roll, one must consult Mishap table; and unless otherwise noted the PC is ejected from the current career - the Mishap explains why. But that's not the only source of Mishaps. On every career, rolling a 2 for that term's Event forces a Mishap roll, though in that case the Mis...