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by Epicenter
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Aging Table: Why are We Scared of It?
Replies: 54
Views: 2396

Re: The Aging Table: Why are We Scared of It?

People, particularly Americans, love youth. Young = good is all around us. Biology itself tells us youth is good.

The first roll on the aging table means you're old. You're actually suffering a penalty for age. You're old.

Nobody wants to be old.
by Epicenter
Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Large amounts of cash on ships
Replies: 85
Views: 5315

Re: Large amounts of cash on ships

Well that the point of my initial question. A Free Trader gets a paying gig, and does well on a Spec freight purchase and ends up with a million in cash at the Starport. The ship gets a full load of Freight to move, and there is nothing in the spec freight market to interest them. So they have a mi...
by Epicenter
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Large amounts of cash on ships
Replies: 85
Views: 5315

Re: Large amounts of cash on ships

Epicenter: You got triggered from a question about a role playing game and want to facedesk about a question on transferring money from one imaginary star system to another imaginary star system? Sorry to hear that. Not your question, the article in question. It bugs me when a game like Traveller, ...
by Epicenter
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Large amounts of cash on ships
Replies: 85
Views: 5315

Re: Large amounts of cash on ships

Wow. This article triggers me so badly. It is facedesk material. "I don't even" doesn't even begin to describe it. Interstellar banking has not proven feasible without faster-than-light data communications, at least not in the sense that banking was understood on ancient Terra. As understood on Anci...
by Epicenter
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Imperiums Response?
Replies: 39
Views: 4153

Re: The Imperiums Response?

Its not that they don't want to conquer The Imperium, its just that given the size of their Empire, 1 million+ worlds, 130,000+ Star Systems, 29,000 odd Subsectors, 2,800 odd Sectors, more then 2 dozen galaxies You do realize how huge a single galaxy is, right? Even a "small" galaxy? Our Milky Way ...
by Epicenter
Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Perennial Robot Question
Replies: 123
Views: 5909

Re: The Perennial Robot Question

Why would we even leave this paradise of ours and venture out into the stars when our AIs and mechanical servitors can do all the hard work for us? *swoon* Because unless we make our AIs to be just like us we'll never be content with them being our ambassadors. I personally believe that things like...
by Epicenter
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Why Corsairs?
Replies: 89
Views: 3397

Re: Why Corsairs?

Why does Traveller have big, obvious pirate corsairs? Surely, a ship whose profile screams PIRATE to the cheapest Naval silhouette recognition software is just begging to be turned into a big pirate nebula? I actually always thought the standard ship list in Traveller was Traveller's Monster Manual...
by Epicenter
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Undersea Cruiser
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: Undersea Cruiser

It was a lot more submarine than the average U-boat. You've never really heard of them because they weren't that successful. It was an interesting vessel, but not particularly effective. It's very typical of inter-war vessels where they were still trying things out. She was also quite expensive. We...
by Epicenter
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Alternative Jump Drive
Replies: 29
Views: 1421

Re: Alternative Jump Drive

I found myself working out an alternative Jump drive to the standard one presented in High Guard. Your drive would profoundly change the nature of Traveller. As other posters have noted, you couldn't use the OTU anymore - space warfare and economics would be pretty profoundly different. Obviously, ...
by Epicenter
Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Tricked Out Far Trader (2nd edition attempt)
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Tricked Out Far Trader (2nd edition attempt)

which will eventually get the attention of the big(ger) boys... There'll always be some business for tramp freighters, even in high-pop systems. There'll be those who have irregular shipments they want to have leave on a date of their choosing instead of that of a megahauler, shipments to nearby wo...
by Epicenter
Sat Jun 25, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Experiences with Drinax
Replies: 20
Views: 1842

Re: Experiences with Drinax

So, as we are prepping The Pirates of Drinax for a full release later this year, I have been running a group through it - this allows me to figure out where maps would be the most useful, where to put things in books, what reference materials are needed, etc. "That boy had wanted to be Arthur Dayne...
by Epicenter
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:42 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Art: Reference pic, 30 ton utility modules
Replies: 14
Views: 635

Re: Art: Reference pic, 30 ton utility modules

I like the cylinder-shaped modules more from the aesthetics standpoint. The rectangular shape is more practical, though. Slab shapes are better for when the modules are left, unpowered on the ground on the ground of some world - perhaps if they're used as shipping containers, they stack more efficie...
by Epicenter
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:24 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ugliest Starship
Replies: 184
Views: 8494

Re: Ugliest Starship

I have no idea if these ships can "fly" this way or not. Players don't seem to mind during the games. I'm sure they could. The Mercenary Cruiser is rated to maneuver at 3Gs, which in Traveller means it can compensate for 3Gs of maneuver. G-compensation is crazy technology if you think about it. The...
by Epicenter
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ugliest Starship
Replies: 184
Views: 8494

Re: Ugliest Starship

ShawnDriscoll wrote:More uglies.
Heh, amusing. I'm rather partial to the Mercenary Cruiser. I think it's one of the better looking ships in Traveller.
by Epicenter
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Technology Marches On: Artificial Leaves Producing Fuel
Replies: 16
Views: 623

Re: Technology Marches On: Artificial Leaves Producing Fuel

Wonder if they'll create one that fixes nitrogen to generate essential amino acids and synthesise proteins for a food source? It's a matter of time. However, I can't tell you how many decades in the future that will be, though. It may be 10 years. It may be 50. I think even the fuel-producing leaf ...
by Epicenter
Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:17 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ugliest Starship
Replies: 184
Views: 8494

Re: Ugliest Starship

I keep wondering, since a gravitic drive isn't a reaction jet, what are all those big often glowing structures on the aft side of Traveller ships? Could they be.... exhaust ports? In Traveller 4, Marc (IIRC, it was Marc, it might have been another writer) was saying that the grav plates do produce ...
by Epicenter
Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ugliest Starship
Replies: 184
Views: 8494

Re: Ugliest Starship

It's still an ugly design IMO, no matter how well anyone presents it. And having a huge glass dome on the end of the dong is just asking for it to be shattered in combat. I understand that Traveller is supposed to be Space Opera, so yes, you're concern is valid. But I think given the ranges of Trav...
by Epicenter
Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:56 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller News Service
Replies: 12
Views: 654

Re: Ine Givar

Adabicci/Lunion (Spinward Marches 1824) The following is a TNS exclusive, one in a series of articles about Free Trading in the Spinward Marches. "I'll have to think twice about doing that again." Those were the words of Olaf Gundrsson, an Imperial trader of Sword Worlds extraction but currently res...
by Epicenter
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Bunks in ships?
Replies: 14
Views: 860

Re: Bunks in ships?

I started reading books about traveller 2 weeks ago and have my first question. In the ship descriptions I read that in every cabin there are 2 person bunks. So I would like to know if this is meant to be played like every crew member travels with his husband/wife? Or is this meant that I can easil...
by Epicenter
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ugliest Starship
Replies: 184
Views: 8494

Re: Ugliest Starship

Practically every sphere shaped ship in Traveller is ugly, the classic destroyer being one of the worst: And here I thought the classic destroyer was one of the better-looking ships in Traveller. Okay, it's not that great, but I think it's reasonable. It's better than the classic Tigress aka "the h...