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by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Barbettes are supposed to take up five tons, which assuming the torpedoes are at the standard 2.5 tons, makes that a rather tight fit. Also, not sure how you'd reload.
by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

I doubt that in military procurement, except in existential struggles. The best bang for your buck militarized ground vehicle is the four wheel drive Toyota pickup, and it's cousins, also referred to as technicals. I don't see those replacing Bradleys, Jackals or Warriors anytime soon in the NATO ar...
by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

As I understand it, the higher the TL, the longer it takes to write off depreciation on starships, and I vaguely recall from a century with TL12 to a millenia with TL15. Also, maintenance cost at 0.1% per annum is paradisical, considering that normal usage means we can start writing off our warships...
by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Acceleration is capped at six gees for ships seventy tons and over. An acceleration tank plus one gee will allow pilots to operate more or less normally at eight gee. There are manned fighters rated at twelve gee. You'd have to source a medical opinion on how many gees a normal human can withstand o...
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Actually, they've thought of that, which is why there are now limitations on kinetic kill missiles to prevent sticking large fusion rocket at one end, an armoured warhead on the other end, and letting it catch up with the target. The current version is a suicide drone with a nuclear pumped laser ...
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

While replying on other forum, I made a realization; regardless of what you might term a class or type, warships expect to be fighting other warships, and try to equip themselves appropriately, or make arrangements that such capabilities can be added later. If the organization operating such boats i...
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

A company could be granted a concession on harvesting hydrogen from a gas giant. In any case, it's a means of surveillance and control on system traffic.
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:29 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Checking up on a vague memory it seems the Germans used brass cartridge cases, supplemented by silk bags. As with other German large-calibre naval rifles, these guns were designed by Krupp and featured sliding wedge breech blocks, which required brass cartridge cases for the propellant charges. Unde...
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Easily creating individual NPC / PC portraits
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: Easily creating individual NPC / PC portraits

It's a neat complement to a gaming session.
by Condottiere
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive
Replies: 69
Views: 7234

Re: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive

There's some justification in using them on a tactical and operational level, as they can increase endurance (insystem) and increase range (interstellar), however, below TL14 they can screw up parameter calculations to create a misjump, and most commercial shipping would appear to be built at TL12. ...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I vaguely recall that sandcasters and missile had three rounds in the can, before you needed to reload them. Can't find any mention of that in Mongoose. Loading the large calibre capital ship guns was an involved process, since you had to try to insulate the powder from any possible fires before sen...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

The equivalent to fisheries protection would be patrolling the asteroid belts, comets and uninhabited planets to see if any unlicensed mining was going on. This would be a more general purpose class than the vessels designated as frontline defense. AHL acceleration was a compromise, since it's obvio...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 6269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

I tend to term drive plates as reactionless, in comparison to the reactionary rocket ones. I think they were introduced in HG because players were tired of watching to see if the fuel gauge was blinking empty. The only real advantage I see for using them would be as afterburners, or in light fighter...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

The definitive guide to Traveller technology is probably Fire Fusion and Steel.
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Weapons - HG page 53, you get to choose between miniaturization or improvements. 2. Tried to design a TIE Fighter; solar panels inadequate for required performance. Primary hull without aesthetic paired antennas seems rather beach bally. If catapulted out of launch tubes, probably reminiscent of ...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 11173

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

Normally, I'd say you could approach this in a common sense manner; unfortunately I harbour under the handicap that I'm not an engineer, nor naval architect, nor is there a Jane's Galactic Warships handy. The hull needs to be able to withstand the stresses of acceleration and atmospheric re-entry, a...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 6269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

But pointedly left out on pages 53 and 63. Smallcraft have gravitics in generic models; page 57 mentions that they are the smaller versions of drive plates, which probably start becoming available at TL9. This seems like an editorial decision was made late in the design process to remove reactionles...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I calculate the size of standard missiles as 1.08 cubic metres/80 kilos, give or take.

TL12 missiles minimize out at 0.675 cubic metres/50 kilos.
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 6269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

I looked over HG, but outside gravitics for smallcraft, I don't see any mention of a reactionless drive, which is why I previously mentioned that I would add smallcraft gravitics drive to a starship as diesels.
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2559
Views: 192869

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Ripple fire is inherent; though I wonder if they were a game mechanism to limit it.

I also wonder if fratricide is a factor.