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by Linwood
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Drones (again)
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Drones (again)

I just wing it. Assume a mobile comm equivalent for a brain and communication, maybe use something like PRIS goggles to represent sensors, look at other things for thoughts on power, drives, etc.The controller might be the equivalent of a laptop. If the drone that size is meant for civilian use in a...
by Linwood
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Boarding Craft
Replies: 67
Views: 4636

Re: Boarding Craft

I could also see the use of decoys, jamming arrays, etc to suppress any remaining defenses long enough to get close to the target.

Maybe the first wave would be robots targeting point defense batteries and other close-in defenses?
by Linwood
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Mercenary & vehicle weapons
Replies: 5
Views: 780

Re: Mercenary & vehicle weapons

I’d to see some discussion of things like licensing, bonding, and so forth.
by Linwood
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [High Guard] Weapon and component questions
Replies: 38
Views: 3182

Re: [High Guard] Weapon and component questions

Having a ship size limit based on FTL technology (jump drive or whatever) makes sense to me, to a point. Setting a ship size limit based on computer size or technology level - not so much.
by Linwood
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Traveller 2e] Psionics and range band confusion
Replies: 23
Views: 3910

Re: [Traveller 2e] Psionics and range band confusion

A lot of these discussions could be addressed adequately for most GMs through judicious application of Rule Zero....
by Linwood
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: radiation shielding
Replies: 4
Views: 591

Re: radiation shielding

You could home-rule that gas giant refueling does enough radiation damage to be risky without radiation shielding. I think the CRB has some suggested radiation levels for solar flares and the like that might be a good starting point.
by Linwood
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65200

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/2018111 ... pace-probe

So now one of my players wants to create a samurai asteroid miner.... :lol:
by Linwood
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?
Replies: 33
Views: 2804

Re: Standard vs. custom design: Where do you draw the line?

I agree with Welf. As an analogy, think of a simple metal bracket. You can certainly make a single bracket by cutting the blank out of sheet metal, drilling holes, and bending by hand. You could also 3D print the bracket in its final shape from metal (or plastic) powder; it won’t have the residual s...
by Linwood
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Dichotomy of Piracy
Replies: 69
Views: 6022

Re: The Dichotomy of Piracy

I had one band of would-be pirates try that on my players, pretending to be a local customs inspection team. The players were not fooled. It served as a nice little introduction to space combat... :)
by Linwood
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65200

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

That sounds like the Traveller equivalents would use sublight vessels. Unless cramming the grunts in enormous low-berth freezers would save some space?

Or they could build truly huge starships...

A fleet like that would be an interesting challenge for a Traveller fleet adventure.
by Linwood
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65200

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Another model is the Posleen from John Ringo’s Legact of the Aldenata (A Hymn Before Battle). Hordes of low-IQ infantry with advanced weaponry in massive sophont-wave attacks. Which probably isn’t a good fit for normal Traveller. Even though the mental image of orbital-defense supertanks built on th...
by Linwood
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 10241

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

Which leads to the thought that one of the first things a crew might do after exiting jumpspace is unfurl the cooling net. Unless we can assume ships can dump waste heat while in jumpspace?
by Linwood
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65200

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

It’s hard to picture a high-tech military deliberately recruiting low-IQ soldiers. As weapon systems get more sophisticated the troops that use them usually require more intelligence and training to use them.

Low-tech peasant conscripts, maybe not so much.
by Linwood
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet
Replies: 305
Views: 65200

Re: Ship's Locker: Out of the Closet

Briefcase guns! https://www.popularmechanics.com/milita ... briefcase/

The perfect stylish accessory for your next “energetic” trade negotiations. Now available in snub ammo, fletchette and gauss needles!!!!
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Adventure - Hard Shell
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: Adventure - Hard Shell

What could go wrong? :D
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 10241

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

What about an improved thermoelectric generator? TEG efficiencies are very low at present but with technological improvements maybe they could draw off a portion of waste heat and put it to use to lessen needed radiator capacity.
by Linwood
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 4585

Re: Form follows function.

I have vague memories of a brief article in NASA Tech Briefs about experiments in generating plasma on the outer surface of an airfoil as a control surface. No idea if the technology worked....
by Linwood
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby
Replies: 75
Views: 10241

Re: Traveller as a Spaceship Modeling Hobby

What about a technology that converts heat into electricity directly?
by Linwood
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Form follows function.
Replies: 51
Views: 4585

Re: Form follows function.

Man, if people were as passoinate about playing Traveller as they were about arguing over what is Canon and what is valid science fiction vs magic, this would be the biggest rpg of all time. :D Agreed!!! I find many of the discussions interesting because they highlight elements of the game that I c...
by Linwood
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Hiring Escort Ships
Replies: 19
Views: 1599

Re: Hiring Escort Ships

If i’m the escort vessel owner I’d argue for a share of any bounties or salvage for capture/destruction of any attacking vessels. Whether there would actually be an opportunity for salvage is another matter, but I’d ask for the rights anyway....