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by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Keyholes are named for an ancient Terran observation satellite class, the first examples dating back to a few years prior to their first manned orbital spaceflight. The chain of provenance to modern Keyholes is disputed, but the marketing claims continue. It is known that there were lower tech examp...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

A TL 15 refit of a TL 12 Free Trader hull, Jewel Wasps are designed to prey on lone small ships. Indistinguishable from a Free Trader at long range when its ion cannon ports are covered (unless it opens up its maneuver drive beyond 1 G, but even 2 G thrust is a common Free Trader modification), a Je...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

What the Mint is to minerals, the Icepick is to fuel. Capable of basic survey if the swarm runs low on planetoids to mine, as an outgrowth of its design function of finding ice-bearing bodies and towing them back to the drone swarm. The AI's priorities are: first to to refuel visiting authorized shi...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

This class of ship allegedly hails from a far-off sector that has never heard of the Third Imperium, and its design sensibilities lend credence to this claim. The engines are in outrigger pods that can swivel, bracketing a cropped flying wing. The dorsal airlocks open directly onto the bridge, which...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Designed first and foremost to show off the cutting edge of TL 11 and ferry the many Jump-1 TL 9-10 ships in service when TL 11 is newly achieved, a Ghost Galleon can also take loose ore or cargo containers (or high-value asteroids - in large chunks if necessary). The "ghost" in its name refers to t...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

A Fuelbag is a self-mobile fuel station, and little more. Its oversized maneuver drive lets it operate at Thrust 1/6 when carrying a full load of fuel, allowing it to slowly catch up when a drone swarm exhausts one mining site and moves to another. Its fuel storage is in two cheek-like collapsible p...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The Express Rock is a knockoff of the Third Imperium's famed Express Boat, built and operated by smaller polities with less space to cover but still needing to get the mail through. It is a simple, automated jump drone, heading along pre-programmed 3 or 4 parsec routes. Sometimes these are Jump-1 ci...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

One of the smallest true capital ships in Charted Space, the Dimin class takes the concept of "wrap a ship around a gun" to extremes, with just unde 40% of its mass being its main gun. Substantial automation, including replacingall of the gunners with virtual gunner software, allows for great reduct...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Between the autodoc handling revival, the medical bay for boosted facilities, and the ship's computer overwatching freezing and revival procedures, any human in good health (END mod 0 or better) will survive being revived from a Comet Coffin's low berths (on a roll of 2 or better on 2D). Anyone else...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

Named for famous prosecutors, the Barrister class's intended primary mission is anti-piracy patrols, specifically to investigate likely pirate ships and sieze them if investigation confirms their status. Standard operations are to lock down smaller ships using twin ion bays, then send the customized...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

Re: An Alphabet of Ships

The ironically-named Average Cargo Ship actually is what its moniker declares, aside from its full automation: a hauler of cargo, cheap for its mass. The near-perfectly spherical hull, traditionally manufactured in 8 slices like a citrus fruit (resulting in the ACS's radial symmetry), is a compromis...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: An Alphabet of Ships
Replies: 68
Views: 11479

An Alphabet of Ships

For use in YTU, as you see fit. (One thread, because I'd rather post these all here than spam the forum with a bunch of threads.) The ship design tables (with the underscores) are meant to be viewed in a monospaced font, but this forum does not seem to support that; copy and paste into something tha...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships

The problem with firing into the dogfight, other than the problem with hitting the wrong ship, is that the rest of the ships are on Fast Drug. 60:1, with dogfight turns happening in 6 seconds and regular combat turns happening in 6 minutes. So, by the time they can fire in, either the fighters or t...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Packing heat on Theev
Replies: 10
Views: 2481

Re: Packing heat on Theev

My Pirates of Drinax character carries an arc field weapon, with AP 30. Upon hearing the rule, she decided this qualified, and left it on the ship - then commented on the irony that her guns (stunners) were legal but her sword was not.
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?
Replies: 5
Views: 1568

Re: [Pirates of Drinax] Powerful psions or errata?

A PC from the Floating palace rolls on the Life Events table on her first term. She rolls a 6 (unusual event) followed by a 2: "You are psionic! Roll to test your Psionic Strength immediately, and gain DM+4 to the roll ." Her age is 18: it is her first term, and following the career flowchart she r...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Dogfights: Fighters vs. Bigger ships

When facing fighters, you want to pop them before they get to you. Ships outside the dogfight can fire into the dogfight - with a penalty, but if you have such allies (and some fighters did not split off to harass them), they can save your hull better than you can. Which suggests that high burn figh...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Neural Comm vs Neural Link
Replies: 6
Views: 1758

Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

What are some more ramifications of the neural link vs. the neural comm? Computer level? Does the neural link represent a wired nervous system, or just tapping into the motor centers of the brain? Could a neural link be hijacked to remotely control someone’s body? Could you program a sequence of mo...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 11226

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

I will admit, I have spent almost as much time making ships in Traveller as playing it. Then again, that's not much time (yet) for either, and I got inspiration for a bunch of ship designs (which I'll be posting to this forum soon); over time, I expect the "playing" side to substantially outweigh th...
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Would Oleb really trust them?
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: Would Oleb really trust them?

Pyromancer wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:49 am
Most likely, Oleb doesn't see that popular PC as a threat, but as a future son-in-law.
This. "If you can't beat them, get them to join us." The excuse of marriage as a quest reward would mostly just be an excuse (though also incentive to rebuild the kingdom) in this case.
by WingedCat
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The players' covenant
Replies: 14
Views: 2821

Re: The players' covenant

For me, there are two types of games: 1) In an adventure centric game , I expect everyone to suspend their disbelief and accept a new character, if that wouldn't be too outlandish. BUT, for that to work, PvP isn't allowed. No "you fools, why did you trust this shady character?! Now he has betrayed ...