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by alex_greene
Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: Possible Alternative SF settings for Mongoose Traveller
Replies: 50
Views: 9556

Possible Alternative SF settings for Mongoose Traveller

Some possible alternative settings for Traveller which I would love to see:- - Larry Niven's Ringworld / Known Space setting - Farscape - Stargate SG-1 (I'd love to write up that one, focusing particularly on the military backgrounds of characters; seeing as I did the writeup for White Wolf's World ...
by alex_greene
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Crystaliron Invented For Real?
Replies: 13
Views: 1642

cbrunish wrote:Yeah but I don't know if I want any holes in my star ship. That might cause problems. :P
I could see the UK's Royal Navy also running into difficulties ...
by alex_greene
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Medic ! (Part 2) in S&P 64
Replies: 13
Views: 1785

Re: Medic ! (Part 2) in S&P 64

I just want to thank Alex Greene for the excellent second part of his article on medics in Traveller. :D I especially like the Disintegrator Therapy. This is something most interesting and useful the characters of my campaign can discover in an abandoned Precursor outpost or buy from an alien speci...
by alex_greene
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Medic ! (Part 2) in S&P 64
Replies: 13
Views: 1785

I liked it as well but I do have to disagree with one small part: Another way of learning about aliens is, sadly, to examine alien corpses – providing the aliens’ culture permits such examination. Even if not permitted this doesn't mean it isn't done... Just look at the body snatching that used to ...
by alex_greene
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Crystaliron Invented For Real?
Replies: 13
Views: 1642

Crystaliron Invented For Real?

Just spotted this news article on the BBC's website today:- Could this be the real Crystaliron armour? "Scientists from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have devised an ultra-hard vehicle armour to protect military personnel. Details of the steel armour, called Super Bainite, were outlined during a ...
by alex_greene
Mon Jan 05, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colors of airless moons and other places...
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Other mysteries may account for worlds which do not seem to fit the established norms of physics and chemistry, such as the hexagonal storm raging on one of Saturn's poles, and the presence of the unstable element promethium in the spectrum of a star in the Andromeda Galaxy. All of which probably h...
by alex_greene
Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colors of airless moons and other places...
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

In the OTU, of course, airless rocks might not have been airless before. Some worlds which are Vacuum planets now may have fallen to some arcane and devastating Ancient weaponry during the Final War, leaving them stripped of whatever bit of atmosphere they once had, and exposing a surface which had ...
by alex_greene
Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colors of airless moons and other places...
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

A decent knowledge of chemistry would be ideal here. Surface deposits of copper, for instance, could have a distinctive verdigris sheen, while salts of manganese VII yield the violet colour of amethysts and the potassium permanganate they used to use in chemistry lessons in school. Some deserts and ...
by alex_greene
Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Background on Victoria in Lanth Subsector
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: Background on Victoria in Lanth Subsector

Victoria, and its moon Albert, were a heavy Ancient fortification until Yaskoydray (Grandfather, the Ancient, the mutation who was the first and best of his kind) came along and basically dropped large nickel iron deadfall ordnance on it, almost splitting the planet apart. Victoria did not, however,...
by alex_greene
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Low Berth Maintenance
Replies: 33
Views: 3317

And what's to say that Fast Drug is not part of the standard regime of drugs prescribed for low berth patients anyway (including factoring the cost into the low berth fare)? Low berths are, in many ways, medical intensive care life support systems retooled for a commercial rather than a primary medi...
by alex_greene
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Low Berth Maintenance
Replies: 33
Views: 3317

An addendum:- There's a precedent for keeping a human presence fussing over low berths, and not leaving it all to the computer. Think of what happened to the frozen crew of the Discovery in Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey . The tech was absolutely safe ... right up until the machine went mad a...
by alex_greene
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Low Berth Maintenance
Replies: 33
Views: 3317

The whole philosophy of the article I wrote is based on a far less computerised, far less mechanised, society and culture, where it really is "all hands on deck," and where the final arbiter is a living sophont, not a machine with a blinking panel. Nanotech, genetech, drug advances and cryotechnolog...
by alex_greene
Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: S&P 63 - December Issue
Replies: 16
Views: 5844

Did anyone read the rest of S & P 63? Anyone got any comments on the mainstream, non-B5 Traveller article?