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by Rick
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

'Cos if you know or suspect the other guy has got mesons up his sleeve, you have to really commit enough forces to overwhelm it. Otherwise, you'll have to go around it, because a battle of attrition will favour the defender. All you've done is dodged the question and talked straight past me again. ...
by Rick
Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Illustration: Monopede Fast Attack
Replies: 13
Views: 2682

Re: Illustration: Monopede Fast Attack

Where's the single leg or foot come into it? So far all you've shown are pictures of monowheels or monocycles. :evil:
by Rick
Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

Indeed. SDBs are more flexible in that they can be essentially over-gunned customs vessels and do any of the other jobs a system fleet might need (rescue, cartography, hell - even supply runs between orbital installations). The problem is that even the best SDB is unlikely to match up to a jump-cap...
by Rick
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

To reiterate, it depends on how much a government wants to invest in system defence, which includes denying access to easy sources of fuel. The smallest meson gun costs a base two trillion schmuckers, but has to be taken out first or at least it's eyes and ears, otherwise dedicated tankers will be ...
by Rick
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

With a gas giant, fuel is not a limited resource. Access to fuel depends on how much the defending system government is willing to invest on defence forces deployed there. The moons could have deep site meson guns, with the SDBs provide uptodate targeting information. So, how long does it take to f...
by Rick
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

Yes indeed, for an Imperial fleet that has to be able to hit any system. Now consider a less well-equipped fleet. Assume it picks a target system with a gas giant (or more) - its first target will be to fight for control of the gas giant(s), at which point it doesn't need extensive tanking, has a br...
by Rick
Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Panther-Class hunter mecha
Replies: 10
Views: 1874

Re: Panther-Class hunter mecha

Is it a true mecha, or is it heavy powered armour? The dividing line is a fairly fuzzy one, but the rule of thumb I like is 'Powered Armour is worn like a suit, a Mecha is piloted from a cockpit'.
by Rick
Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2
Replies: 49
Views: 12984

Re: Logistics in the Pacific during WW2

Bringing it back to Traveller for a moment. :D A scenario where one system has launched a desperate attack against another, both are unprepared for a long drawn-out war of attrition and small actions over planetoids and minor planets, could be great for an enterprising group of PC's; running cargoes...
by Rick
Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

Neural impulses are the same whether they are caterpillars, frogs, or humans, my point was they didn't need to have continuous neural impulses in order to be revived, and so either do humans. Actually, they do. You cannot freeze a fish completely and then have it come back to life - fish can surviv...
by Rick
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

Ok, we're never going to agree on this! :D I think the technology has to be 'front-loaded' (ie - we have to know how to freeze a living body first, before we can successfully revive them) and you think the technology can be 'back-loaded' (ie - we freeze whatever we can and we will have the technolog...
by Rick
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

There are various animals that are frozen solid in the winter and then thaw out in the spring time, one example is frogs, there is a caterpillar that lives in the arctic, that takes 14 years to grow large enough to transform into a moth, since the summers are brief, they get frozen solid 14 times a...
by Rick
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is it a large enough force?
Replies: 5
Views: 849

Re: Is it a large enough force?

Depends what the military rules are for your world are. Several militaries class specforce as at least 1 rank higher than their regular counterparts (same might hold true for Royal Guard), and regulars the same 1 rank higher than militia or police (a lot of armed police are classified as 'militia' a...
by Rick
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

This works neatly in fantasy, since what's really at stake is the soul, not a photocopy. Well Rick apparently believes the human body needs a soul in order to have electrical activity in the brain. No, just a continuous trickle of electricity! It doesn't really matter too much - if you have a scena...
by Rick
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

Quantum physics at this point is used to map out the relationships between synapses. Nothing is exact, it might not be the same girl that was frozen, but she thinks she is. From a role playing perspective, it doesn't matter. I have yet to see a player who was comfortable with playing a brain dead v...
by Rick
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What figure should he get?
Replies: 8
Views: 2323

Re: What figure should he get?

Ok, you've outlined his portfolio, but what is his annual income from that portfolio (and any other means)? Loans will rarely be made on traded shares, although they may take into account fixed assets (such as a % share in a business, estate or property). The most common way of looking at loans is t...
by Rick
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

brain damage can be reversed by growing new brain cells. No, it can't. If you lose an area of brain cells, whatever was in there is lost forever. Growing new brain cells will only restore lost capacity NOT repair damage. Again, the fundamental question is not the hardware, but what role the electri...
by Rick
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

brain damage can be reversed by growing new brain cells. No, it can't. If you lose an area of brain cells, whatever was in there is lost forever. Growing new brain cells will only restore lost capacity NOT repair damage. Again, the fundamental question is not the hardware, but what role the electri...
by Rick
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

I know exactly what you meant - the first form I mentioned covered this, it is a way of transmitting matter as a data file. You don't need to repeat yourself every time. As to organ printing, livers are currently beyond our current technology - we can only print skin sheets, tubes or hollow 'bags' s...
by Rick
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Babylon 5 Traveller or D20?
Replies: 22
Views: 3871

Re: Babylon 5 Traveller or D20?

I prefer the Traveller B5 system as well, although I've found it's handy to have the D20 books around as reference (especially since the Traveller B5 book just cuts and pastes from the D20 books on occasion - especially size classes for starships!). I started doing stats and deckplans for some of th...
by Rick
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen

You might want to re-read the section in the classic 'secrets of the ancients' book. They give 3 types of matter transportation: digitising an object, transmitting by a data stream, then re materialising at the other end (which might be similar to the postulated quantum teleportation idea), the same...