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by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: PC weapons vs. Mercs vs. Naval
Replies: 36
Views: 4379

Re: PC weapons vs. Mercs vs. Naval

You have two issues: 1. Radiation 2. WMDs Turreted sandcasters and lasers should be permissible; barbettes and bays probably not. Missiles would probably warrant an inspection to ascertain their payloads. I think that even licensed mercenary companies would have to use militarized civilian starships...
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2930
Views: 327720

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. Mermaids - female pilots in acceleration tanks. Suddenly Arial seems appropriate. 2. Smallest jump drive. It's kinda obvious that there five tons added on to each jump drive, though whether it's control panels, shielding or bracing, no idea. A little calculation shows that a commercial run would ...
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cew and dual or more roles
Replies: 15
Views: 1943

Re: Cew and dual or more roles

Nimitz has four arms; I can see him holding down two hats.
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SDB's vs. Warships
Replies: 131
Views: 13592

Re: SDB's vs. Warships

For smuggling it's probably drops and hand offs, since a scheduled flight is a lot less suspicious, unless the planet has poor sensors, there are sensor blindspots, or flight control has somehow been got at.
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2930
Views: 327720

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

An interesting entry from Traders and Gunboats, from the Antique In-Systems Hauler TL8. "They are large, use primitive versions of gravitic drives, and rely on dirty fission powerplants. Manoeuvre Drive G.7, 26 tons and cost 42 MCr. Compare to: Fusion Rocket G, 13 tons and 28 MCr. Assuming the above...
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cargo Transport
Replies: 39
Views: 4488

Re: Cargo Transport

Megacorps shipping lines might have their own private terminals/stations set up to receive freight and passengers, and if Low Passage is the most popular form of travel, a good medical facility.

The Imperium might be more interested in Anti-Trust concerns and restrictions on commerce.
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cew and dual or more roles
Replies: 15
Views: 1943

Re: Cew and dual or more roles

This would usually happen on one on one encounters. A scout should be a jack of all trades.

You could lock the turret into a single direction or forward, simplifying fire control by keeping the ship pointed at your opponent, or doing a strafing run at an angle.
by Condottiere
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2930
Views: 327720

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Acceleration, G Forces and Human Tolerances


1. A little research shows that a trained, fit fighter pilot in a G-suit can remain conscious at upto 9 gees.

2. Rollercoasters usually don't exceed three gees.

3. You could blackout between four to six gees.

4. Fifteen gees might kill you.
by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cargo Transport
Replies: 39
Views: 4488

Re: Cargo Transport

Life stock would be classified as frozen, or free range.

You need to see subsector trade statistics to actually figure out how much cargo is being shipped, to where, and what type of freighter would be most economical in moving it.
by Condottiere
Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 2930
Views: 327720

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: 13592

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: 13592

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: 2930
Views: 327720

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: 2930
Views: 327720

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: 13592

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: 13592

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: 2930
Views: 327720

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: 1081

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: 9230

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: 2930
Views: 327720

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...