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by Tobias
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Speed of thought
Replies: 23
Views: 1820

Re: Speed of thought

I think the Empress Wave has been sped up a bit, actually. Check the new Zhodani book. Sped up to an impossible 3.26 light years per year - 3.26 times the speed of light. In normal space . The EW doesn't make sense on so many levels, adding one more bit of nonsense doesn't really change it for the ...
by Tobias
Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Zhodani Miniatures
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: Zhodani Miniatures

http://www.em4miniatures.com/acatalog/Battleclones.html

These always looked like they would make good Zhodani. The other "Spacelords" miniatures also looked fairly Traveller-like (well... the mutant goats and space Samurai maybe not so much.)
by Tobias
Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

Certainly not. According to its website, our navy's frigate Köln has a crew of 227, among them 35 officers. One officer per 6.5 others is about as top heavy as it can get. 35? Geeze, that's even more top-heavy than it was in my day (IIRC... it's been a while.) Maybe it's because they have helicopte...
by Tobias
Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

There also is no Commander rank in our navy, we have three ranks of Captain level (Korvettenkapitän, Fregattenkapitän, Kapitän zur See). A Kapitän zur See (Captain) cannot give orders to a Fregattenkapitän or Korvettenkapitän by virtue of his rank, only if he is in a command position. Erm. Not real...
by Tobias
Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

Hans Rancke wrote:I just remembered something. It's not true that commodores never captained a ship directly.
That was not the point. The point was that a commodore never commanded just one ship.
by Tobias
Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

Not needless. Studies have shown that there's a limit to how many direct subordinates someone can use effectively. That's why modern ships have commanders, lt. commanders, lieutenants, sub-lieutenants, ensigns, and up to nine different enlisted ranks. This limit is certainly not going to be tested ...
by Tobias
Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

According to GT:Nobles there can be up to one baron per 250 million people (I use the 'up to' to justify that places like Rethe doesn't have 104 barons but "only" a couple of dozen). But they wouldn't be high barons. A high-population world would have a high marquis, the title most likely held by t...
by Tobias
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

It then describes the different potential sources of a high social standing: Business, Crime, Entertainment, Military, Nobility, Science and Sports. The actual social standing of a character depends on his location and his social environment (if he moves away from home and into other social circles...
by Tobias
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sources of Social Standing and Structure of the Navy
Replies: 37
Views: 3063

Re: Sources of Social Standing

Continuing the discussion from the Zhodani topic. Warning: Will confuse you unless you read that topic. May still confuse you if you did! It's easier to say that in theory you have one high baron or high marquis for each of the Imperium's 11,000 worlds. I don't think that barons are necessarily ass...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

Well, that's sort of the basis of my argument. If psionics are restricted to a tiny minority, it might remain an underfunded branch What you're assuming is that by the 7th century, psionics was already researched to the same degree it is now (in Imperial space) and that it was only a matter of spre...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

You could try to "retro-engineer" the problem. Since a general is the equivalent of a division commander with 10,000 to 15,000 subordi- nates, you could divide the number of Imperial military personnel by 10,000 to get the approximate maximum number of general rank of- ficers in the Imperial forces...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

I think I spot the misunderstanding we seem to be having. I'm not talking about the Classic Era after three centuries of suppression. I'm talking about a society that has evolved after reliable psionic training has been available for a couple of generations and a LOT of people have learned it. Well...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

No, they were persecuted because people thought they were practicing dark arts and those who persecuted them couldn't do it. Of course they didn't practice witchcraft for real. But that was not important to those who persecuted them. I can see the parallel, but it fails when the witchcraft is an ar...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

I'm sorry to lose the Zhodani purpose for launching the frontier wars that was revealed in MT: They simply wanted to keep the Imperials out of their back yard. And I don't like having Ancient artifacts play such a huge role in interstellar events. But then, I disliked the original precognitive arti...
by Tobias
Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

I find it hard to imagine the canonical envy and fear and loathing of the unknown that played a part in the Psionic Suppressions if everyone either has useful psionic talent himself or at least several close relatives with it. I don't follow that reasoning. The obvious parallel (to me) for the Psio...
by Tobias
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

It was a bit of a brain dump on my part, but using "it's just a game" as a response is overly dismissive. "It's just a game" is not what I am saying. I am saying it is fiction dealing with an alien species (for most practical purposes) in the far future and that drawing parallels to historical soci...
by Tobias
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

Certainly Marc is the final arbiter of what is Canon for the OTU. The real answer to your question is, "Yes, Marc said to pay attention to 1248 as well." But remember, canon is for writers and developers. You can have blue Zhodani in your game if you want. Naw, my good old AM4-based, MT-inspired Zh...
by Tobias
Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

I may well be reading too much into it, but there is this sen- tence on page 11 of Classic Traveller's Zhodani module: Local councils are extremely responsive to local pressures. To me this looks like a society where the nobles and inten- dants listen to the proles and react positively to their ide...
by Tobias
Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

How you interpret the Zhodani depends on you, really, but the touchstone of the nature of Zhodani society would have to be whether it has coffee houses and debating societies, and what the conversations are like on the bus. If you have a culture where Proles, Intendants and even Nobles enjoy lively...
by Tobias
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani
Replies: 93
Views: 8100

Re: Mongoose Alien Module 4 - Zhodani

Let me qualify this: Since it was produced by a Traveller licensee for the OTU, why would it NOT be canon? I don't know, I thought the final arbiter on what was canon and what was not was Marc W. Miller and maybe he did not "canonize" it. [Snaps fingers] Now I remember how I might have gotten that ...