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by Condottiere
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Capped Zhodani education level
Replies: 17
Views: 1680

Re: Capped Zhodani education level

I'm not that familiar with the Zhodani, but aren't the Psionically-gifted gifted with a scholarship and punted kicking and screaming into the bourgeoisie?
by Condottiere
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 766
Views: 102516

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

1. The Solomani base their superiority on Terra being the genesis of Humaniti, which would make them inclined to cling on to their heritage all the much harder; that seems reflected in the ship naming conventions. 2. No one likes to be dictated to, but they like to follow attractive ideologies. The ...
by Condottiere
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 766
Views: 102516

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

1. It is about the military, but the military tends to reflect the State it serves. 2. You could just recruit a bunch of thugs commanded by a clique of ruthlessly ambitious officers, but thousands of years experience should have convinced most Admiralties that that's a sub-optimal solution. 3. Also,...
by Condottiere
Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 766
Views: 102516

Re: Solomani Confederation (Military)

In order to really want to play a faction, you should be able to empathize with it. While the Solomani Confederation overtly has a number of similarities with the PRC including a sense of superiority, victimhood and anticipation and a powerful need to control or influence institutions, what drives i...
by Condottiere
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Solomani Confederation (Military)
Replies: 766
Views: 102516

Solomani Confederation (Military)

1. Apparently, no Scout Service, that function being performed by the Navy. 2. Makes sense if the idea is to assert control and access through a central institution. 3. Does seem to go against traditionalist Solomani, or at least American, values. 4. Maybe the Navy coordinates activities, and outsou...
by Condottiere
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. What's really interesting on the subject of curious rules is that you could tow an object six times your size at -7 thrust with a tow rope and a piloting penalty. And you can scale that up and downwards. 2. Relevance? If the grav drives rules disallow adventure and capital ships installation, you...
by Condottiere
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Turret and volume You'd think at least half the volume would be outside, and the other half inside: an ambiguous position to find one self in, satisfying neither side. Instead of a dummy, you could install a glass dome and arrange some potted plants beneath. 2. Escort sizes Two interesting ones w...
by Condottiere
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 8276

Re: Scholar - A New Book

According to the Ultimate Guide, the discrepancy between internal volume and external hull is just a matter of perspective.
by Condottiere
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 8276

Re: Scholar - A New Book

Could be a chance to create some tongue-in-cheek characters and the breaking of the fourth wall.
by Condottiere
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 20 diameter limit variant
Replies: 37
Views: 5692

Re: 20 diameter limit variant

Gravity screws up jumps. The diameter limit could be considered a safety guideline; machinery in good working order and a competent navigator can guarantee the safe departure from that point. A canny engineer, a clairvoyant navigator, cutting edge computer and finely tuned jump drive might be able t...
by Condottiere
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Turrets and fire control This may be more obvious to others than myself, but having fire-control plus turret means two tons dedicated; turrets not installed either add or substract tonnage. This is only important when a Scout would then be ninety nine tons, in which case it can't jump, or any add...
by Condottiere
Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Hull tonnage, pop ups, pop outs, and turrets 1. I was looking at a container turned home, and noticed that you could pop out the walls to increase acreage. This seems an interesting option for a spacecraft that's either landed or cruising in normal space. 2. Which made me wonder, if you don't instal...
by Condottiere
Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 8276

Re: Scholar - A New Book

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by Condottiere
Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:26 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Modular Boat 0.1 MCr open frame sealed environment thirty ton module. 13'333 Cr for a four ton one. 2. Containerization 0.1 MCr for fifty ton drop tank; 8'000 Cr for four ton drop tank. Two ton clamp at 1 MCr, 0.16 tons at 80'000 Cr; or docking clamp 1:30 is 0.133 tons at 75'000 Cr. Both would be...
by Condottiere
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 8276

Re: Scholar - A New Book

Kirk was also the only one to solve the no-win scenario, by rewriting computer code and hacking what you'd have supposed was a very high security computer network; in the revisioned one, by a little social engineering (probably would have moved on to the nekomimi twins in any case).
by Condottiere
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I thought I'd add a few more thoughts on containerization: 1. The Jolly Boat could easily be converted to a pick up truck variant, with an external cargo frame, which would limit it to space operations in transferring small loads, though how a twenty foot container is a small load baffles me. 2. Lik...
by Condottiere
Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scholar - A New Book
Replies: 90
Views: 8276

Re: Scholar - A New Book

This could be a multi-part article that could be submitted to Mongoose.
by Condottiere
Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Happy New Year. 2. Solomani Sphere I'm more convinced that the political structure and policies are closer to the PRC; especially if the Vegan Autonomous District is an analogue for the Tibet Autonomous Region. As long as the primacy of the Solomani Party isn't directly challenged, planetary poli...
by Condottiere
Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Garrisoning Roman Legion deployments is a possibility, but I suspect control is a lot more subtle, with a Great Wall filtering communications and databases, and a professional public relations approach to influencing and steering the electorate. The immediate concern is more on the probable troop...
by Condottiere
Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2721
Views: 262115

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Traveller as a reflection of current events Generally, role playing can be used as an escape from reality, a metaphor for it, or a way to work it out virtually. The Solomani Confederation could be a future successor to Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia or Communist China. They can't be the antagonists ...