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by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What's to stop them?
Replies: 7
Views: 1900

Re: What's to stop them?

What if, just for once, someone doesn't get the best roll possible on the luckiest dice thrown in the last 12.552 years...? What if they get a modest result and gain a moderate advantage that doesn't break the game? In any case, big estates or holdings are generally connected with politics and econo...
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A Suitable Fleet
Replies: 10
Views: 1788

Re: A Suitable Fleet

Presumably this duke of Tobia was executed for treason? Giving away the Best Ship Ever on a bet isn't something a responsible political figure will do. A lunatic might, but he'd be removed as a warning to others and the ship would not be handed over. These games you describe seem to all have built i...
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A Suitable Fleet
Replies: 10
Views: 1788

Re: A Suitable Fleet

I've never met anyone who tried to play a game like Traveller on such a grandiose scale. You seem to know several gaming groups who do nothing but. Drinax, like most other Traveller products, is aimed at a group of guys struggling along on a shoestring and (occasionally) getting lucky. Once you star...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SITREP MJD
Replies: 37
Views: 8714

Re: SITREP MJD

The first Naval adventure is set in Deneb sector close to Trin's Veil subsector.

I'm not aware of any online guidelines for Mongoose I'm afraid.
by M J Dougherty
Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: SITREP MJD
Replies: 37
Views: 8714

SITREP MJD

I has recently occurred to me that I might post updates here about the work I'm doing for Mongoose. Yes, it really did take that long to come up with the idea. Anyway. As I type this, I'm in possession of the edited version of the Naval Campaigns Guide. That one seems to be finished. I'm working fro...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How would it work out?
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Re: How would it work out?

Whisky Tango Foxtrot.

But mostly whisky.
by M J Dougherty
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A New Weapon
Replies: 4
Views: 2660

Re: A New Weapon

Heating up armour and suchlike is typical science-fantasy stuff. While that guy's armour is getting hot enough to hurt him, he's shooting you and getting under cover. Unless this weapon is so powerful that it delivers enormous amounts of energy at once, in which case it's just the same as any other ...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What would happen?
Replies: 2
Views: 2456

Re: What would happen?

Let the players figure out how to do that. Isn't that the point of being a Traveller? To figure out how to overcome the challenges that present themselves?
by M J Dougherty
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: What should I do?
Replies: 3
Views: 2530

Re: What should I do?

I've played at cons in adventures that I wrote, without anyone realising who I was (except the referee, who I knew). Point is, being a player is about playing the game. Nobody cares if you have 19.77 years of experience as a referee; they do care whether or not you're a pain at the gaming table or y...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A Likely force
Replies: 6
Views: 3518

Re: A Likely force

You are failing to factor in the non-trivial matter that I am writing virtually all of the published Traveller materials these days.

This gives my prediction a 17.441 weighting on the SIMBAT scale and trumps your mere mathematical predictions.

So there!
by M J Dougherty
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A suitable force?
Replies: 9
Views: 3015

Re: A suitable force?

None of which affects the points I made.
by M J Dougherty
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A suitable force?
Replies: 9
Views: 3015

Re: A suitable force?

Also, what happens if it takes them 82.1 seconds to realise they're doomed? Is the 80 second thing significant?
by M J Dougherty
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Does it make sense?
Replies: 4
Views: 1772

Re: Does it make sense?

If he isn't working on a game then questions about its contents are meaningless. Same if he has no license. Since he doesn't, there's little point in asking or answering hypothetical questions about details of the content. When I was Line Editor for QLI, I had a patented method for making 'gunners (...
by M J Dougherty
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A Likely force
Replies: 6
Views: 3518

Re: A Likely force

A force that size is a threat to stability in the local area, and especially to interstellar commerce. Probable response would be to intercept with a task force including one or more cruisers and graphically destroy the main ships, with escorts chasing down the smaller vessels. Post additional vesse...
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A suitable force?
Replies: 9
Views: 3015

Re: A suitable force?

Some players will not recognise the possibility of defeat even if the hosts of heaven descend among them and begin administering atomic wedgies.

It is simply not possible to answer this question without knowing your player group. And possibly not even then.
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Am I okay to do it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Am I okay to do it?

If you have explicit permission to do it then you are allowed to, I suppose. Because that's what explicit permission means.

Is it worth the effort? That's a different question.
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Their most likely reaction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1216

Re: Their most likely reaction?

The answer to all your questions is 'your uber-empire just does whatever it pleases and the Imperium tries to survive as best it can.'

There is nothing meaningful that ants can do against the boot of a god.
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Their most likely reaction?
Replies: 3
Views: 1216

Re: Their most likely reaction?

I'm not sure how the number of marines aboard a vessel so advanced that the entire Imperial Grand Fleet cannot harm it would matter.

This is so far outside the boundaries of the existing setting that the only anwer seems to be 'surrender, or die in droves then surrender.'
by M J Dougherty
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Does it make sense?
Replies: 4
Views: 1772

Re: Does it make sense?

As an expert in the field, I would suggest that anyone with any hope of publishing a PC game needs to ask the IP holder about a license before starting work.
by M J Dougherty
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Flexible Far Traders?
Replies: 38
Views: 4941

Re: Flexible Far Traders?

The idea behind cargo/fuel modules was that they are built at new design rather than converting odd spaces of fuel tank to cargo holds. You build a standard shaped cargo area with extra thick bulkheads and plumbing connecting it to the fuel system. When in use as a fuel tank, the space is part of th...