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by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Self-healing Polymer plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1414

Re: Self-healing Polymer plastic

At some point the diameter of the hole is no longer the problem.
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 7488

Re: Cash is king.

The problem with RFID would also be the possibility of real time tracking, so if you just withdrew a wad of thousand cred wafers, you may have a reception party waiting for you.
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 8738

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

We don't know how many R2 units will be roaming around, and diagnostics would be predictive, so that components can be repaired or replaced before they fail, making maintenance more routine rather than crisis management. It may be that it would just be easier in the future to pull out and replace su...
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Self-healing Polymer plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1414

Re: Self-healing Polymer plastic

Latex suits would have to be looked at in a new way (or not).

Hollow points would be more messy.
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 3090
Views: 432464

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

There's an old cartoon movie, a rip off from Star Wars, which impressed by the fact that the ship engines were placed on rotatable pylons that changed direction to allow thrust to be applied as a break or when landing.
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive
Replies: 69
Views: 10469

Re: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive

I am going on the assumption that standard alphabet engines are generic, which should make them available across the Imperium (maybe beyond). That's why they're bigger and more expensive than customized ones. The limitation has to be elsewhere, astrogation controls, inertial compensation. There's a ...
by Condottiere
Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Carrier Deck Crews
Replies: 69
Views: 8738

Re: Carrier Deck Crews

That's a difficult question, since diagnostic software and maintenance droids would cut down on personnel requirements, modified by mechanical/electronic complexity and tonnage. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger it is, the more people you need to keep it running, especially modern military hard...
by Condottiere
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 7488

Re: Cash is king.

Likely you'll have a market for bitcoins, or it's fifth millenia descendants, as well as the informal banking systems like Hawala.
by Condottiere
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 3090
Views: 432464

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

There are two aspects to consider - 2 MCr covers a standard hull; a pure freight container should be cheaper, theoretically.

The secondary hulls could conform to the primary hull.
by Condottiere
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Going up a tech Level
Replies: 17
Views: 2502

Re: Going up a tech Level

I think we're hovering somewhere between 7.5 to 7.8.
by Condottiere
Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive
Replies: 69
Views: 10469

Re: Jump Bubble diameter and location of Jump Drive

Just to verify: Jump 4 requires a TL13/rating 20. A TL12 3/bis computer has a rating 20 (jump).

Are these compatible, or would I have to import or create a prototype of a TL13 3/bis computer on a TL12 industrial base?
by Condottiere
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 3090
Views: 432464

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

The Jump drive doesn't care what's within it's sphere, just the mass. There are two precedents it's possible, grappled craft and drop tanks. Welding is quite possible, and would follow a modular concept. The tricky part is the wiring, and if you kept fuel in the secondary hulls. For ease of control,...
by Condottiere
Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 7488

Re: Cash is king.

The IRS and the intelligence agencies would love that. Most people don't want their cash transactions to be traceable, whether it's the black market, the swap meet or the STD clinic.
by Condottiere
Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Describing Traveller Tech level
Replies: 57
Views: 11701

Re: Describing Traveller Tech level

RPGs are about interaction, so robots usually feel a little off. Also, wasn't a big fan of the Virus, despite the fact I am a big fan of the revisioned Galactica, with the exception of the last few episodes.

I read somewhere that you have to view TLs as having one decimal place.
by Condottiere
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 3090
Views: 432464

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Can't figure out why a hundred ton hull costs 2 MCr. See potential for just grappling a bunch of hundred ton hulls together as a cheap way to gain capacity.
by Condottiere
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Rethinking ship shares for MTU
Replies: 20
Views: 3787

Re: Rethinking ship shares for MTU

Unlike down to earth rpgs like D&D and Shadowrun, where PCs will have to can fairly easily gain transport to the next scenario, you do have to make the acquisition of a starship a rather more difficult proposition, otherwise you'd be jostling with hundreds at the jump point, filled with families dur...
by Condottiere
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 7488

Re: Cash is king.

Can't imagine what the roaming charges are for texting home.
by Condottiere
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Design Philosophy
Replies: 3090
Views: 432464

Re: Ship Design Philosophy

1. On a smaller scale, you have what's described as the Pocket Carrier, though we'd call it the Escort Carrier. 2. Apparently, the Solomani favoured them to accompany their major squadrons during the Rim War, though I wouldn't know if they still do that. 3. Frankly, I disagree with this practice. De...
by Condottiere
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: art on Imperial Credits
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

Re: art on Imperial Credits

The easiest way to establish value is to insist that taxes will paid with that currency.
by Condottiere
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Sizes
Replies: 50
Views: 9333

Re: Ship Sizes

You tend to fight the last war. The primary difference between RL battleships and scifi ones, is that the principals have the resources to build humongous examples, which means they can soak up a great deal more punishment (besides the usual plot armour). But the utility of having increasingly large...