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by GypsyComet
Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Antigravity & Inertial Dampening
Replies: 63
Views: 4135

Re: Antigravity & Inertial Dampening

The grav drive field effect has to react to some form of significant gravity focus. Only at low tech. Standard M-Drives require no "significant" gravity to work in. Different editions have gone back and forth over this set of capabilities being one drive or several. As long as the math of ship desi...
by GypsyComet
Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:55 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

Continued: Suicide #3 (" This Ain't No Party! This Ain't No Disco! This Ain't No Fooling Around! ") Ask a bicyclist to prepare for a twenty THOUSAND kilometer ride (ie. roughly halfway around Earth) with no civilization, lots of inclement weather, very little hunting, condensing his water from the a...
by GypsyComet
Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

60kph on a pedal-powered air vehicle is not modest, though. Air props are simply not that good at 0.4 (what a good cyclist can produce for long periods) horsepower and the stated load. That and your orbital mechanics aside, lets examine a few other issues here. In summary, the orbital radius change ...
by GypsyComet
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

Actually propeller driven aircraft is much lower tech than you think. On most Traveller scales a practical airscrew is going to require about TL2 and an environment that actually allows experimentation. The Smoke Ring qualifies as the latter, certainly. The problem, which you spelled out in your ve...
by GypsyComet
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

I hate to pick nites as I actualy agree with pretty much everything else you say, but I'm not sure about this point. Many asteroids appear to be metal rich, but don't seem to have been formed for planetary bodies. ... This is why some commercial ventures are considering asteroid capture and strippi...
by GypsyComet
Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

But in this case a reaction drive could be a propeller driven aircraft. Only for very short trips in the context of the Ring, especially as a low tech solution. If you were to map a travel route on your system diagrams above as anything more than three or four adjacent pixels, it will either be the...
by GypsyComet
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:41 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

Also the neutron star is the remnant of a supernova explosion, all the objects in the system and smoke ring were formed after that explosion, out of the material left behind in the explosion. Do you know that all the gold, platinum and other precious metals were created in supernova explosions? I'm...
by GypsyComet
Sun Apr 26, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

I have read the books, and I suspect the Smoke Ring as presented there would make for an interesting place to be from . As an oddity to be found during a traditional Traveller game it lacks things. It is a challenging environment because it is so low tech. Once discovered by outsiders the social set...
by GypsyComet
Sun Apr 26, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Smoke Ring
Replies: 39
Views: 3400

Re: The Smoke Ring

That just means you have to blame it on the Ancients and not have F33D at your table. Both of those should be easy.
by GypsyComet
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Star Wars 7 A Force Awakens or A New Set of Armour...
Replies: 20
Views: 2131

Re: Star Wars 7 A Force Awakens or A New Set of Armour...

From Wookieepedia: "A blaster was a ranged weapon that fired bursts of particle beam energy called blaster bolts from a replaceable power pack." Mumbo jumbo warning. Keeping in mind that Star Wars science is pretty dodgy at the best of times, I'd assume the personal blaster is a laser-railed low-yi...
by GypsyComet
Tue Apr 21, 2015 2:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What is the state of the art for starship design tools?
Replies: 28
Views: 3952

Re: What is the state of the art for starship design tools?

If you can think in BASIC, then Pascal is not really a stretch. Unless, of course, all the modern development environments suck. Which they do. There is a reason the modern fan coding crowd is more heavily into scripting languages. The irony of BASIC being a scripting language by modern definitions ...
by GypsyComet
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Animal Careers
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

Re: Animal Careers

They were that most terrifying of encounter, in that they could destroy your hard-earned loot. That they were also numerous, organized, and well-armed didn't help.
by GypsyComet
Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Animal Careers
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

Re: Animal Careers

dragoner wrote:Uplifted rabbits, that way you could play a mix of Gamma World and Watership Down.
Hoops were someone's idea of a really bad joke IN game, never mind that 70s approach to monster design.
by GypsyComet
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:55 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The other kind of piracy
Replies: 30
Views: 3605

Re: The other kind of piracy

Open Source isn't a viable model for something like complex flight control software. For the same reasons it cannot work now... We've been writing code for less than 200 years and embedding it in systems for less than half that. The Vilani started proofing flight control and jump software 10,000 ye...
by GypsyComet
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The other kind of piracy
Replies: 30
Views: 3605

Re: The other kind of piracy

By the time of the late Third Imperium, I suspect the Vilani "happened" to the idea of Open Source. Open Source isn't a viable model for something like complex flight control software. For the same reasons it cannot work now... We've been writing code for less than 200 years and embedding it in sys...
by GypsyComet
Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The other kind of piracy
Replies: 30
Views: 3605

Re: The other kind of piracy

By the time of the late Third Imperium, I suspect the Vilani "happened" to the idea of Open Source. The idea of a development not deriving money from later developments that use it is anathema to Vilani social mores. Patents are not intended to expire, and there are long chains of patent license fee...
by GypsyComet
Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 100 ton challage
Replies: 68
Views: 6832

Re: 100 ton challage

Which is why I asked the author: http://forum.mongoosepublishing.com/viewtopic.php?f=89&t=105004&p=865223 The frame is permanent, the boxes are (as written) one-time jettison-bait. Essentially, the External Cargo option is the equivalent of taking the ship's armor off of the cargo bay to save money,...
by GypsyComet
Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scoundrel: External cargo?
Replies: 13
Views: 1519

Re: Scoundrel: External cargo?

Never underestimate the ability of incoming high energy weapons fire to bypass or disable your safety protocols. Irrelevant to what was being suggested. It is very relevant, but since you don't ever respond to lengthy discussions, I'll just leave this topic here. I have the answers I needed from th...
by GypsyComet
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 100 ton challage
Replies: 68
Views: 6832

Re: 100 ton challenge

So the External Cargo idea can work to add to a 100-ton hull, but it remains unclear whether you can start with a smaller hull and use External Cargo racks to get up to 100 tons.. Based on Gareth's answers I'd say it is legal, but unless you are using TL modifiers to make some components smaller, th...
by GypsyComet
Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:47 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scoundrel: External cargo?
Replies: 13
Views: 1519

Re: Scoundrel: External cargo?

And if being chased, the more you dump, the faster you'll go. Only if you use mass, which Mongoose does not. Not a problem. They won't be TL3 black powder mines. Even low TL (6-8) aren't going to go off in the hold or while deploying. Never underestimate the ability of incoming high energy weapons ...