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by Galadrion
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pure At Heart - Good And Evil In Traveller
Replies: 32
Views: 5183

Mm... I've crossed most of those lines before... as the GM. And, I will admit, I was ready to allow the players to cross them as well, if they wanted... but by the time I introduced villains who would do such things, the players were well aware of my Roleplaying Golden Rule: What's good for the PCs ...
by Galadrion
Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Yet another Battledress debate
Replies: 144
Views: 16707

Hm... Okay, granted that battle dress is emblematic for the Imperial Marines: who says that every Marine has a suit of battle dress? Combat jets can be considered emblematic of the USAF, after all, and the USAF doesn't have anywhere close to one jet per member. (Currently a little over half a millio...
by Galadrion
Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Next Ailen Moldule?
Replies: 30
Views: 5191

Hm... we've got the Vargr (or I will soon - hopefully), so we need the K'Kree. Let's get this dog and pony show on the road! :P
by Galadrion
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:36 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Trading income
Replies: 68
Views: 8527

Galadrion does have a point; oceanic cargo hauling isn't really done by independents - the way (say) Maersk or White Star finances a ship is probably what Tukera or Ling Standard would use, rather than Jameson Factors. There are certainly still a few 'tramp steamers' out there, but I suspect that t...
by Galadrion
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Trading income
Replies: 68
Views: 8527

How many oceanic freighters are being financed by the independent owner/operator these days? (Corporate financing - particularly by entities with the resources to buy the vessel outright, which use the financing route for other purposes - uses a different financial model.)
by Galadrion
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: To the MIlitary Vehicles team:
Replies: 2
Views: 677

To the MIlitary Vehicles team:

How closely are the vehicle construction rules in the upcoming Military Vehicles aligned to those in Civilian Vehicles? The reason I'm asking is I've got some ideas in mind, and I'm wondering if I've already got the procedures I need or if I should wait for the new book to reach my FLGS.
by Galadrion
Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Trading income
Replies: 68
Views: 8527

Another thing to consider is that the starship financing rules are way out of line with reality. "Twenty percent down and one two-hundred-fortieth of list over forty years" (the standard model) amounts to an APR of just under 5.75% - roughly in the neighborhood of a 30-year home mortgage these days....
by Galadrion
Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ships - player owned... or not
Replies: 154
Views: 15186

Technically, it was speed of gravitation - essentially instantaneous over any range the wave itself was detectable over. (as a note, gravity travels at the speed of light. Just sayin'). Has that been established now? The last time I looked into the matter (some time back, I confess), gravity propag...
by Galadrion
Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ships - player owned... or not
Replies: 154
Views: 15186

So... why isn't this model applied to the OTU? The communications part of it seems to fails miserably - the current X-boat system seems largely useless for the "common man" and have very limited extent. Are there "packets" zipping around all over the OTU? Of course there are - it's even enshrined i...
by Galadrion
Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ships - player owned... or not
Replies: 154
Views: 15186

One of the things I thought was cool in David Webber's "Honorverse" was the development of communications traveling on gravity waves. They couldn't use it for like, voice and video comm but it allowed sensor buoys to communicate virtually real-time with any RMN ships... I say virtually because it w...
by Galadrion
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starship Flight Controls?
Replies: 17
Views: 2859

Doc Smith was a true Renaissance man; see Robert Heinlein's tribute to the man, and bear in mind that the Admiral was a tough fellow to fool on most topics. It's hardly surprising, given his background and the shaping influence he had on the culture of science and science fiction, that he would anti...
by Galadrion
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:02 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The ancients in your campaigns.
Replies: 67
Views: 8669

Well, the way I've been handling it (lately) is by including Grandfather and his descendants... who were considerably more numerous than in the "official" line. At least two additional generations, meaning there were at least 160,000 "Ancients"... who are actually one of the "interim" civilizations....
by Galadrion
Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What Properties Would You Like To See Mongoose Acquire?
Replies: 209
Views: 36385

Most of Baen Publishing's science fiction series would be high on my list, with particular emphasis on David Weber (particularly the Mutineer's Moon trilogy), the Honorverse, the Familias Regnant and Ship series. I've no objection to most of Baen's sci-fi lines, to be honest. The problem I'm having ...
by Galadrion
Tue May 19, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Psion: professional Brain stuff comment
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Heh - and here I was expecting this to be a thread about Mongoose including Anne McCaffrey's Brain/Brawn ships...
by Galadrion
Tue May 19, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Psion is HERE!
Replies: 101
Views: 11749

It seems a bit weird to me to not have an SRD for it - it's a black book after all, those are supposed to be generic SF rules aren't they? Or is the Psion book tied to the OTU somehow? Considering all the references/homages to other sci-fi tropes, I don't see how it could be considered tied to the ...
by Galadrion
Tue May 19, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Stealing a Ship
Replies: 27
Views: 3939

How hard do you want it to be? If the Imperium is run anywhere on the same spectrum as "competently", the authorities are going to have large advantages in tracking down and "dealing with" hijackers, but if you want a more space-opera style game, your group could have a chance of staying ahead of pu...
by Galadrion
Fri May 15, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Core Rulebook Crew Question 1 Medics
Replies: 69
Views: 7165

:D I always found it funny that the two highest paid crewmen work a grueling 8 hours per week heading to or from the 100 diameter limit. Then it is Beer-Thirty for another week. The Stewards should riot. :roll: :roll: And have you looked at real-world employment, then? It sounds an awful lot like m...
by Galadrion
Fri May 15, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Core Rulebook Crew Question 1 Medics
Replies: 69
Views: 7165

I would suggest that a six man crew would benefit from one (or more) crewman having some medical skill, but that hiring a full-time EMT or Trauma Tech to be constantly ready 'just in case' seems overkill. At 100+ crewmembers and/or passengers, I agree that a full time 'Medic' is appropriate, but at...
by Galadrion
Thu May 14, 2009 4:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Printing options
Replies: 6
Views: 1300

Wire-bound and comb-bound both have the advantage of laying flat when you open them; between the two, I've usually found that comb-binding is a little more durable, given a similar quality of materials. (My SO, who is an archival bookbinder by training, agrees with this reasoning and adds that saddl...
by Galadrion
Thu May 14, 2009 4:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Core Rulebook Crew Question 1 Medics
Replies: 69
Views: 7165

I'd agree with Alex on this point; even if there are no paying passengers involved, the crew is almost certainly going to need a medic. Think about it: the crew is going to be involved in moving cargo around (I've done this professionally; believe me, you're going to need medical personnel), probabl...