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by rust
Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Chinese Cruise missiles vs. US Pacific Fleet
Replies: 23
Views: 2621

Re: Chinese Cruise missiles vs. US Pacific Fleet

What it wants, therefore, is to be able to close the region to effective US carrier group intervention. From China's point of view it is just sensible to develop the ability to defend the adjacent ocean region against any potential intruder, this is not necessa- rily directed against the USA. With ...
by rust
Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: When does a high tech world appear primitive?
Replies: 29
Views: 2399

Re: When does a high tech world appear primitive?

What if there was a world that exceeded Tech Level 17, but appeared to most outside observers to be tech level 1? One way to get this would be highly advanced biotechnology which uses genetically modified living organisms instead of machines. The special po- wers of the world's inhabitants could ac...
by rust
Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Intelligent Starship
Replies: 28
Views: 2707

Re: Intelligent Starship

Tom Kalbfus wrote: Who would want to play such a character?
Someone who liked "The Ship Who Sang" very much ? :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ship_Who_Sang
by rust
Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: FTL Communication?
Replies: 81
Views: 8948

Re: FTL Communication?

Condottiere wrote:1. The obvious usage for a jump torpedo is military.
In my settings remote backwater colonies which do not own starships
and are rarely visited by starships keep jump torpedoes as a means to
call for help in the case of major problems which require offworld re-
sources.
by rust
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: My Bridge tonnage/cost rules
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: My Bridge tonnage/cost rules

sideranautae wrote: 2 people + carrying a 3rd EASILY fits in a 1.5m x 3m space.
It is only a 1.5m x 3m space if one assumes that the airlock technology
itself (e.g. air pumps, motors, etc.) does not require any part of that vo-
lume.
by rust
Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: My Bridge tonnage/cost rules
Replies: 17
Views: 1485

Re: My Bridge tonnage/cost rules

Hmmm ... I would base the minimum size of an airlock on a plau-
sible emergency scenario, for example two persons in vacc suits
who carry a third (e.g. wounded, etc.) person in a vacc suit, and
I doubt that 1 dton is really sufficient for this.
by rust
Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pilots use thoughts to control aircraft
Replies: 35
Views: 2630

Re: Pilots use thoughts to control aircraft

Brainflight is at the point where the USAF was almost 16 years ago. Since the USAF has still not deployed any aircraft which are solely controlled by the pilot's brain signals I take this as evidence that those sixteen years were insufficient to develop the technology to the point where it could be...
by rust
Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pilots use thoughts to control aircraft
Replies: 35
Views: 2630

Re: Pilots use thoughts to control aircraft

Meanwhile I did take the time to read the material published by the Brainflight team of the TU München, where the flight simulator ex- periment took place. While the results of the experiment were some- what promising, this is still very, very far from a technology which could be used outside of the...
by rust
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: WW II: The Battle of the Bulge with TL 15 Traveller equipmnt
Replies: 30
Views: 4058

Re: WW II: The Battle of the Bulge with TL 15 Traveller equi

Hitler and a few select Nazis might escape in a scout/courier though. I doubt it, mainly because A.H. was offered several opportunities to escape from Berlin and refused to use them. Running away would ha- ve been contrary to his ideology, and at this stage of the war he was a physically and mental...
by rust
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: WW II: The Battle of the Bulge with TL 15 Traveller equipmnt
Replies: 30
Views: 4058

Re: WW II: The Battle of the Bulge with TL 15 Traveller equi

The aim of the Battle of the Bulge was to force the Allies in the west to sign a peace treaty or at least an armistice in order to enable the German forces to concentrate on the defensive war against the advancing Soviet forces in the east. I think that at this point of the war, with most of Germany...
by rust
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Do soldiers become civilians when they leave or are ejected?
Replies: 20
Views: 1930

Re: Do soldiers become civilians when they leave or are ejec

It depends a lot on the specific society. In many societies a high military rank (usually Colonel and above) tends to become a kind of "courtesy rank" that may still be used once the officer has reti- red or otherwise returned to civilian life. Apart from that, previ- ous soldiers are treated as civ...
by rust
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:49 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 7821

Re: Scholar - A New Book

Indeed, robots (or tele-operated drones) are the way to go. In a realistic setting, yes, drones and robots would be used in all potentially very dangerous environments and situations, not just in scientific exploration - but this would remove many (if not most) of the player characters' opportuniti...
by rust
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 759
Views: 94489

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

In regard to finessing combat abilities, the main fleet units are not going to be exploring ... Indeed, many of the famous exploration ships were actually modified merchant ships in naval service, like the Astrolabe of La Perouse (a fluyt), the Astrolabe of Dumont d'Urville (a horse carrier) or the...
by rust
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 759
Views: 94489

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

And thus most mail delivered by sea in the Age of Sail came through merchant shipping. While this was the case in the late Age of Exploration / early Age of Sail, the states which had aquired overseas territories during the Age of Ex- ploration soon established official mail services which mostly r...
by rust
Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 7821

Re: Scholar - A New Book

And looking at the various careers' events, the characters
certainly do not live average lifes ...
by rust
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 7821

Re: Scholar - A New Book

Wil Mireu wrote: Traveller is not about "heroes" though - it's about average joes in space. Characters in every other career are supposed to be normal examples of those careers ...
Well, the life of an average member of almost any Traveller career
would be just as boring as that of an average scientist ... 8)
by rust
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 7821

Re: Scholar - A New Book

Don't forget the ethnologists who lived with not always peaceful
tribes in remote jungles, the biologists who searched for new spe-
cies in the most unpleasant of environments, the epidemiologists
who spent much of their life in desaster areas - and so on and on.
by rust
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 7821

Re: Scholar - A New Book

The problem with Traveller is that the activities of scientists who work in the field in often dangerous environments over- lap with the activities of Scouts, who are basically scientists in Imperial service. On the other hand, since the Traveller Scouts have no research rules and invention rules, t...
by rust
Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Will the Traveller System Reference Document be updated?
Replies: 21
Views: 2604

Re: Will the Traveller System Reference Document be updated?

My impression was that unless it's released as OGL or in the SRD, third parties can't use it. This also depends on the national legal system. For example, the German law only protects material with a certain creative depth / originality, every- thing else cannot be protected. Write a story about a ...
by rust
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 759
Views: 94489

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

1. Apparently, no Scout Service, that function being performed by the Navy. Well, Traveller is basically "Age of Sail in Space", and in the historical Age of Sail the maritime exploration was a typical task of the navies. Almost all of the famous maritime explorers of this age were navy of- ficers ...