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by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What galactic directions are the zodiac constellations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1834

Re: What galactic directions are the zodiac constellations?

Given this question, if I were to go back to the 1970s to re-invent Classic Traveller , I would either (1) use a 3D map based on known stellar geography (as 2300 did later) or (2) give jump drive a vastly larger range and make interesting worlds vastly less common. (1) is pretty obvious, but without...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Scale of the universe
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Scale of the universe

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: lost pet
Replies: 2
Views: 923

lost pet

In the Mongoose Traveller core book, there's a passing mention that a "lost pet" might be the inspiration for an adventure. In planning for a short-term campaign (with a gaming group that customarily plays no more than about three sessions of the same game), I decided to run with that idea. The part...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Med Kit TL
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Med Kit TL

If I remember correctly, some of the GURPS Traveller have very good material in them. You might have to convert things in terms of rules (adjusting how hit points work, for example), but even so there's enough detail to fill in details that are covered thinly in other editions of Traveller.
by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Does anyone here have map-making skills?
Replies: 7
Views: 1391

Re: Does anyone here have map-making skills?

You might also consider using the software Auto-Realm. Last time I used it, many versions ago, it had problems with precision when zooming in on details, but it was still pretty functional.
by steve98052
Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: atmospheric diamonds
Replies: 7
Views: 1761

Re: atmospheric diamonds

That isn't likely to offer a practical way to mine diamonds. If the hypothesis in the article is correct, the diamonds appear at a point in the atmosphere where the pressure exceeds a half-million times Earth's atmospheric pressure -- and then they fall even deeper. At that pressure, pretty much any...
by steve98052
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: art on Imperial Credits
Replies: 9
Views: 2001

art on Imperial Credits

I'm designing some Imperial Credit currency for use as game props. I would expect that Credits have more to them than just a design and the basic information (denomination, serial, date, and sector of issue), and I can do a lot with graphic design, but I would expect that there's also some art on ea...
by steve98052
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship Sizes
Replies: 50
Views: 8520

Re: Ship Sizes

. . . the actual volume of the typical Imperial Star Destroyer, . . . . . . This gives a volume of approximately 206.248.000 cubic meters or about 5,156,200 dtons. For all that, it carries 72 fighters, 8 (large) shuttles, 9700 infantry, 15 assault transports, 5 assault gunboats, a number of blastbo...
by steve98052
Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Battledress coming to a warzone near you?
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: Battledress coming to a warzone near you?

There are a lot of different goals that military science might want to accomplish with powered armor. The obvious one is the armor itself; un-powered armor is a trade-off between degree of protection and weight, and powering it turns the trade-off into more a matter of protection, cost, battery life...
by steve98052
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:56 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Credits, currency, canon
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Re: Credits, currency, canon

I think it's safe to assume that the Imperium's plastic notes have anti-counterfeit measures built into them. You have to remember the explanation for these notes is somewhat dated. And you could easily get around the limitations by hand-wavium: "...Additional security features are incorporated int...
by steve98052
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Credits, currency, canon
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Re: Credits, currency, canon

Are the serial numbers long enough? Yes. For comparison, the US Gross Domestic Product was just under $15 trillion, and the amount of cash in circulation was just over $1 trillion; cash in circulation amounted to about 6.9% of GDP. (Figures are from 2011, the latest I could find.) According to table...
by steve98052
Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 6781

Re: Cash is king.

You forgot. J-2 Couriers cover the J-2 routes. Same operation as X-boats (one jumps in and radios its messages to the awaiting Type-S, etc.) You wouldn't really outrun the data. Fair point. Depending on the scheduling of the Jump-2 couriers, it may still be possible to beat the message. If the cour...
by steve98052
Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 6781

Re: Cash is king.

I took a look at a map to find where one might be able to pull off a double-withdrawal scam. If one had a large sum on deposit in a multi-system bank, and withdrew it at Dinomn (Spinward Marches 1912) right before boarding low passage on a Jump-2 ship to Extolay (Spinward Marches 1711), and withdrew...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: On 3D printers in Ship Lockers
Replies: 58
Views: 8351

Re: On 3D printers in Ship Lockers

Canon sources state that the reason pre-Maghiz Darrian ships are still functional after two thousand years is that they repair themselves with TL16 robotic technology -- but their self-repair ability is limited by the ships' stocks of advanced materials. Similar restrictions would apply to repairs a...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Cash is king.
Replies: 53
Views: 6781

Cash is king.

In the process of researching my first-ever message* on this forum, in hopes of finding it already addressed, I came across a number of discussions about currency. A recurring topic was the question, "How does one transport money between worlds?" The predominant answer, per canon, is " cash! " The f...
by steve98052
Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Credits, currency, canon
Replies: 19
Views: 2955

Credits, currency, canon

Per canon, Imperial Credit notes are manufactured from plastic fibers of assorted colors, extruded under high pressure and pressure into 75×125 mm blocks, then sliced paper-thin (0.05 mm each) from the extrusion. Each is marked with a 14-character alphanumeric serial code and the name of the sector ...