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by rust
Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Interstellar Sophontarian Law ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4731

Re: Interstellar Sophontarian Law ?

ShawnDriscoll wrote: I'd like to know what the reaction of the players was when you used the term "sophont".
No special reaction, it is just another established science fiction
term like "desintegrator" or "hyperspace", one can even enter it
into the Wikipedia, where it redirects to "Wisdom".
by rust
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Interstellar Sophontarian Law ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4731

Re: Interstellar Sophontarian Law ?

Sophont also screams Traveller ... The term "sophont" was coined by Karen Anderson around 1966 and used by, for example, Poul Anderson, David Brin, Joanna Russ and Vernon Vinge in their science fiction stories - it is both older and more widespread than Traveller. I challenge anyone here to describ...
by rust
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Interstellar vs. International
Replies: 15
Views: 1792

Re: Interstellar vs. International

In my settings I use "Interplanetary Law" for treaties which bind all or most of the governments of the inhabited planets and "In- tergovernmental Law" for treaties between the governments of specific planets. For example, the treaty which covers the rescue of stranded spacefarers has been signed an...
by rust
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sling-shot Maneuvers
Replies: 15
Views: 1437

Re: Sling-shot Maneuvers

How would a GM account for a ship using a planet's gravity well to sling-shot away from incoming missiles if he/she is using range bands to manage ship combat? This is the kind of player idea where I hand the players paper, pencil and calculator and ask them to wake me up when they have found a pla...
by rust
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Space Travel
Replies: 32
Views: 2721

Re: Space Travel

I have the impression that we are somewhat writing past each other.
It seems to me that F33D means starships doing intra-system travel
while other posters mean spaceships (= ships without jump drives).
by rust
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Space Travel
Replies: 32
Views: 2721

Re: Space Travel

phavoc wrote: How many of you have intra-system traffic where the jump drives don't come into play?
In about half of my settings intra-system travel played a very
important role, in the other half it happened at least occasio-
nally.
by rust
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Finding Passengers and Brokers
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: Finding Passengers and Brokers

You are ignoring the OTU reality that the tramp ships provide service amongst worlds that, in many cases, don't have regularly scheduled commercial transports... This is the case in my setting, too. Neither are the crew members of the huge majority of tramp ships heavily armed accentrics nor are th...
by rust
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Finding Passengers and Brokers
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: Finding Passengers and Brokers

How about carousing over the com when contacting possible travelers using a list acquired from a local marketing firm? Like the cold calls I get from cruise lines. This would still be a business deal, the intention is to sell a passage, not to have fun together, so I would prefer to use Broker as t...
by rust
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not! / Virus
Replies: 210
Views: 17416

Re: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not!

F33D wrote: Good points.
Based on local history. My ancestors were clients of the Romans
until they became more militarily powerful than the Romans and
forced them to become their clients. Never trust clients ... :twisted:
by rust
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Sandcasters - how often and effect...
Replies: 33
Views: 2691

Re: Sandcasters - how often and effect...

Infojunky wrote: And the Problem is?
That this would lead us back into the micrometeorite argument
about the consequences of even a minor space battle with sand
or pebbles for lightly armoured ships moving through that area
later on, and so on ...
by rust
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not! / Virus
Replies: 210
Views: 17416

Re: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not!

Two Words: Client Races..... Yes, but the K'kree also need sufficient own military capacity to threaten their client races, otherwise they would run the risk to be helpless in the face of a rebellion. In other words, if the client races are militarily powerful enough to fight the Imperial Navy, the...
by rust
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not! / Virus
Replies: 210
Views: 17416

Re: Is The K'kree Navy A Threat - I Think Not!

The K'kree do certainly not make good military starship crews, but their technology is sufficient to build and deploy military starships without crews, so I would expect them to leave most of the space combat to swarms of drones, controlling them re- motely from huge and well armoured battleships - ...
by rust
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Finding Passengers and Brokers
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: Finding Passengers and Brokers

The Starport could have something like that in various servers; the ship turns up, registers on the more popular ones, sets its prices, puts out a blurb showing viewers what luxurious quarters they can expect and posts its itinerary of the next half-dozen worlds it is planning to visit. Potential p...
by rust
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 2309

Re: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon

Virus was done, described, and 70 years on in two months of publications. Yep, which either terminated all Rebellion Era campaigns or forced them to continue unsupported by official material. I would very much have preferred five game time years with the background of a Primordials invasion to the ...
by rust
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 2309

Re: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon

You mean the "Baddies from the Core" metaplot that would have kept the setting in spectator mode for another five years? Bleh. I see the Virus thing as a far worse case of "spectator mode". The player characters had no opportunity at all to deal with the spread of Virus, it happened entirely "off s...
by rust
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Finding Passengers and Brokers
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: Finding Passengers and Brokers

I have replaced the trade rules from the Traveller books with rules
tailored for my setting and use Broker as the skill to find passengers,
mostly because I see the attempt to sell passages as just another ty-
pe of trading, not fundamentally different from trading in goods.
by rust
Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 2309

Re: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon

By the way, I think I would have liked the original concept of the Primordials a lot more than the "canonical" Virus thing: A race as powerful as the Ancients with a realm near the Core, reacting to their encounter with the Zhodani expeditions with a campaign into Charted Space that forces the vario...
by rust
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 2309

Re: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon

The website I draw those consider all published Traveller material as canonical (regardless of publisher)...whether One applies the same or not in One's setting is different. No problem there, I just mentioned it because I know that some people start to foam at the mouth whenever some- thing publis...
by rust
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon
Replies: 24
Views: 2309

Re: Need A Dead Race From Traveller Canon

The Loeskalth are not really a dead race, they have been absorbed into Vilani culture. The Yaskoydri remain unknown until after the Re- bellion Era, the Third Imperium has not encountered them. The Viji are a rumoured race, it is uncertain whether they exist. The Inheri- tors are very much alive, an...
by rust
Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: If spacecraft/smallcraft piloting is INT... then why do:
Replies: 19
Views: 2354

Re: If spacecraft/smallcraft piloting is INT... then why do:

Agree with GypsyComet. You can use whatever you'd prefer. I tend to vary it based on circumstances. The same here. DEX is typically used for extreme evasive maneuvers, INT or EDU usually for handling the craft's technology, END can beco- me important when the craft is damaged, and so on. Just use w...