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by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

If you don't have reactionless drives, I don't see much point in fighting in (deep) space, but rather for the planets or other fuel sources, because you really can't afford to wait it out.
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Launch Tubes
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Launch Tubes

I concede your point. What the launch tube does is throw out the fighters, whereas coming out of a bay would require them to do so under their own power, which if in the same direction of the starship, means that the smallcraft have to be faster, assuming I have my physics correct, and not get in ea...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2806
Views: 295041

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

You can, especially when docked. Damage might be ignored if the craft have sufficient armour, or there's some form of an extendable hangar, which may or may not be enclosed for an atmosphere and gravity. It may be that this is more common for stations than carriers, since it's been indicated that di...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: unusual skill rolls
Replies: 11
Views: 1542

Re: unusual skill rolls

To avoid legal assassinations by hired gunslingers, you probably only have to accept challenges from your near peers, and can ignore those from the impetuous youths.
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Launch Tubes
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Launch Tubes

You need the launch tubes if you need to deploy in a hurry; it's been implied that dispersed structures underlie a substantial speed penalty, since their component parts might fly off in all directions as acceleration places an undue stress on the connecting steel beams. Because the fighters might b...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 13103

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

Those rockets burn hydrogen which means you have to be very careful on turning on the afterburner. That makes lying doggo in the gas giants ideal, since they can tank up at any time, rather risky unless those dipping their wick have their rears covered or so protected it's a kamikaze mission. As reg...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2806
Views: 295041

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

I always wondered if you could construct a flight deck on top of a hull, maybe magnetized, since I don't think you can create a gravity bubble, with elevators and catapults. You can then carry more fighters than the hangars normally store.
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

I just realized that there are sixteen subsectors, so it seems implied that you tend to get one carrier task group per subsector, probably roaming, and redirected to potential hotspots as they flare up. The event of the fast battleship made a battlecruiser of near similar tonnage obsolete. Treaty li...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Launch Tubes
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Launch Tubes

Same reason you have CVNs today, in the long run you have strategic mobility on a very large platform that can support large numbers of aircraft and their requisite launch facilities. It's once you start deconstructing some underlying game mechanics and assumptions that it starts looking shaky. You ...
by Condottiere
Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Launch Tubes
Replies: 35
Views: 4056

Re: Launch Tubes

At some point, like their twenty first century forebears, naval policy makers have to ask themselves at what point are the tubes no longer viable as launch facilities.
by Condottiere
Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

Delaying action with a gradual withdrawal, or at least that's why the Imperium started balancing out their preponderance of battle tender squadrons with battleship ones. While I used to think that fleet carriers were supposed to fulfill the role I ascribed to light carriers, but from Sector Fleet I ...
by Condottiere
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller Writers Wanted!
Replies: 118
Views: 29751

Re: Traveller Writers Wanted!

My concern with the legalese would be more if I wanted to recycle the characters, the subject, or the themes somewhere else.
by Condottiere
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

It comes down to semantics and historical perspective. Through deck cruisers was a political sleight of hand to retain any form of fixed wing capability in the Royal Navy past a budget-conscientious tight-fisted Ministry of Defence. They had the air group of an escort carrier but the performance of ...
by Condottiere
Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2806
Views: 295041

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Actually, I just had an idea for an article, the development of launch chutes. The major difference between a barrier/arrestor wire carrier landing, which is described as scary to begin with and takes years of training and trying to perfectly align yourself in a rather long tube that your craft does...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2806
Views: 295041

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

You've got to ensure that you won't hit the armoured hull while making your approach, or that meatball that you're looking at will be you splattered on the forecastle. You have two ships both on a fast collision course, with the next fighter half a minute behind. The approach will likely be on autop...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Zumwalt class DD Comparison to Imperial Navy
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: Zumwalt class DD Comparison to Imperial Navy

Maintenance manuals; I think that most naval depots only construct battleships after a generation has passed. Or at least, that's the policy I would follow, since it ensures that top secret systems and construction methods remain within a restricted circle as long as possible, and that outsourcing i...
by Condottiere
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

That's really a light carrier. Escort carriers act more as mobile platforms in the cheapest, smallest hull that is practical to manufacture. Mileage varies.
by Condottiere
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Rethinking ship shares for MTU
Replies: 20
Views: 3063

Re: Rethinking ship shares for MTU

At this point you call in a cost accountant and a business consultant.
by Condottiere
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2806
Views: 295041

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Another interesting aspect is the exact dimensions of launchtubes, since even for a given tonnage, craft come in all shapes and structures. Personally, I envisioned my range of generic smallcraft to be cylinderical, which meant they would fit snugly into the tube, and actually may allow some reducti...
by Condottiere
Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 7269

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

Flight staff size would also depend on the mission(s) the air group would be expected to perform the thirty quoted would be for mixed wing capable of planetary/deep space strikes, task group space patrol, forward recon, SAR and whatever the equivalent of mine clearing and ASW is. The staff is probab...