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by WingedCat
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships
Replies: 25
Views: 4286

Re: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships

Why bother chewing a small ship to death with individual beam lasers, when you can bring a bay weapon to bear? If you can win the Pilot check, you're only at a -4 to hit (-2 after the Fire Control software) and they're at a -8 (likely impossible even if they have a turret and good Fire Control). Su...
by WingedCat
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships
Replies: 25
Views: 4286

Re: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships

as written as far as I can see the DM-6 rule applies to ALL ships over 100tons in a dogfight, so I would assume two ships duking it out would be vying for either a +2 or -2 DM Which was part of my inspiration for the Torch class . Why bother chewing a small ship to death with individual beam lasers...
by WingedCat
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: T5 Errata found?
Replies: 11
Views: 1695

Re: T5 Errata found?

Because T5 is the definitive vision of the 3I and the OTU and everything MgT does is under licence to MWM the owner of Traveller. Is T5 still being actively developed and maintained? If it's been abandoned - if no further development is happening - while Mongoose's version is still under developmen...
by WingedCat
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Expert Programs: SOC-based skills?
Replies: 5
Views: 1299

Re: Expert Programs: SOC-based skills?

By RAW, SOC-based skills would simply seem to be the ones that expert software can't help with. Consider the range of societies, and that RAW implies that SOC applies to all of them. In other words, an Imperial baron would have a better than average inkling of how to behave among Zhodani nobles, and...
by WingedCat
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 11255

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

In other science fiction settings (since I haven't played much Traveller yet), I have sometimes found ship deckplans useful for slice-of-life scenes, for campaigns where the emphasis is more on character interaction than plot (or where character interaction is a large part of the plot). In particula...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Sometimes bootstrap expeditions using drones to reestablish industry find the colony does not even have boats to take minerals, harvested from local asteroid belts, down to the planet. At other times, it is simply convenient to deliver small packets directly to destinations across (and sometimes in ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Say "blockade runner" at any starport bar frequented by the Imperial Navy, and odds are someone will immediately think of the Yinoti class. (A telepath who served on one claims to have tested this over a few years, and found it true at least 65% of the time.) The main point of a Yinoti is to get its...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

There are certain strains of Virus that prefer only to infect spaceships, that being what they were in when they became sentient, and thus with identities molded around being ships. Some of these strains seek recognition as sentient individuals from other sophonts, the most numerous examples at hand...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The purpose of a Worldbooker is to thoroughly survey planets in a few weeks. It accomplishes this largely from orbit (usually landing only to refuel, if it has not done so at a gas giant), identifying interesting or representative areas of a planet and dropping survey drones from a few hundred kilom...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Empty parsecs, with extremely sparse resources compared to even uninhabitable star systems, are often ignored, or at most treated as barriers to be jumped over. But sometimes a minor polity will find itself unable to overcome said barriers, or be interested in setting up supply caches away from the ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The limited range of small craft (firmpoint-mounted) weapons has long been an issue in the practical deployment of fighters. The Underfighter is one solution. Essentially a heavy fighter with a pressure hull, it lurks in squadrons in the depths of a gas giant or ocean, undetectable to most sensors a...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Torch class of system defense boats is a series of apparent paradoxes, starting with its name. There are old Solomani tales of a "torchship", which uses something like manuever drive to accelerate to appreciable fractions of the speed of light. Almost any ship with a maneuver drive is theoretica...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

An automated defense drone, a single System Defense Brick fulfills legal obligations to "defend" a system that will never be attacked. What would-be raiders should watch out for is a swarm, or "wall", of this type of drone. Minimal defense is commonly judged as 5 Bricks per attacking ship (for insta...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

One of the cheapest boats with a maneuver drive, the runabout is among the first products of a TL 9 civilization that is just beginning to master gravitics. It is able to haul 6 tons of cargo anywhere on a planet in several minutes, to orbiting moons or space stations in hours, or (by using some of ...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

As the name implies, Quarter Hammers are intended to work in teams of 4. A full team can build 10 ton drones in concert, using their arms to nudge raw materials into a common space, docking to enclose the space inside their construction bays, latching on to one another with the larger grippers of th...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Because sometimes, you just need stuff hauled. The Planetoid Hauler is representative of a typical cargo-moving boat among TL 9 civilizations that have just developed gravitic engines. This particular design is widely known and has some fame among historians: it was created on Terra shortly before i...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

While examples similar to this design have been around for ages, this particular design originated with the rebellion near the end of the Sindalian Empire. Refining the art of orbital bombardment to brutal simplicity, an Ortillerist has enough fuel for two 1-sector jumps, allowing it to jump in (und...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Nisina is easily recognized as an escort carrier by its small size and tubular shape, enclosing what amounts to a spinal-mounted fighter launch bay running the length of the ship. Variations of the design date back to the Interstellar Wars; the Nisina class was designed to be sold by the Third I...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Mints are simple automated mining drones. Given a large enough surveyed planetoid, a Mint produces an average of 18 tons of ore per day, of which it refines 1 ton into a half of raw materials suitable for constructing more drones (or other structures, such as fuel depots). They are often deployed in...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11522

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Legionary is classified as a corvette because planners of the Imperial Navy do not have a code for "combat engineering in space". Named after a romanticized version of the Roman footsoldiers of ancient Terra, the Legionary is a ship of minor polities (which can not afford more specialized ships)...