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by Hans Rancke
Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Corsair Help Question
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Corsair Help Question

It gets even better when the mainworld is "average" according to the pop die roll, and only has 100,000 people to begin with. That simply means that the average mainworld is visited by very few merchants. And since the average mainworld can't afford substantial system defenses, the merchants who do...
by Hans Rancke
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Quick Question - Class B Shipyard assembling starships
Replies: 60
Views: 6872

Re: Quick Question - Class B Shipyard assembling starships

I have a highly populated industrial world that only has a class B starport. Nearby there is a world with a lower population but a class A starport. I have been running with the idea that the Class B shipyard can build starships, because they build the jump drives at the nearby world, and them ship...
by Hans Rancke
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Corsair Help Question
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Corsair Help Question

Say, what do people do when a player character rolls up a Corsair for their pirate? Simple (and not so much so)... it's not a Corsair in MTU :) Indeed, in my campaigns it's not even a ship unless I'm going to run a free trader campaign (which my players rejected violently the last time I suggested ...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Modern Equivalent?
Replies: 24
Views: 3912

Re: Modern Equivalent?

Actually, the reason is because most worlds wouldn't support such a presence. Under the UWP gen rules, most planets have a pop of only 5. This wouldn't support a market where huge carriers would be needed. Irrelevant. [Actual argument carefully ignored]. Only if one is wholly ignorant of econ. That...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Modern Equivalent?
Replies: 24
Views: 3912

Re: Modern Equivalent?

That's because most of the material is aimed at supporting the adventures of the typical player character. Very few campaigns deal with characters employed by megacorporations and sector-wide lines or even subsector-wide and interface lines. A couple of subsector-wide lines have been mentioned (Obe...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Corsair Help Question
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Corsair Help Question

There's no way you can conceal the nature of a Corsair... A casual boarding and inspection party may even be fooled by the interior disguises. And its transponder* and papers are in order, again if not too closely scrutinized . So I didn't detail it out but I could address all you concerns quite sa...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: updated Mongoose Merchant Cruiser
Replies: 19
Views: 3045

Re: updated Mongoose Merchant Cruiser

Keep in mind that your ship is a merchant ship first. Carrying a bay weapon eats into your cargo carrying capacity. Unfortunately, it isn't. It's a scout first. A merchant ship has one purpose: to move as much payload (passengers and/or cargo/freight) in as short a time as possible. Your point is w...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Corsair Help Question
Replies: 30
Views: 3710

Re: Corsair Help Question

I would suggest at this stage presenting it as a Type R, streamlined and all, while in reality it has all the functions of the Type P Corsair. Outwardly it looks like a Type R, it may even have been one in its past. A casual boarding and inspection party may even be fooled by the interior disguises...
by Hans Rancke
Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Modern Equivalent?
Replies: 24
Views: 3912

Re: Modern Equivalent?

I understand that there are supposedly these larger vessels in the background of the 3I however there has always been very little evidence of such vessels in any published sources. Very few merchants designed or shown more than a couple of thousand tons. Very small still really. That's because most...
by Hans Rancke
Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War
Replies: 36
Views: 6197

Re: Fifth Frontier War

Everything above is based on canon sources. An idea of my own (and this is totally non-canon) is that Norris retrieved the warrant from the wreck of the cruiser, some Bad Guys stole it from him, it got destroyed in an attempt to recover it, and Norris faked another one. But that's just me. I would ...
by Hans Rancke
Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Fifth Frontier War
Replies: 36
Views: 6197

Re: Fifth Frontier War

One thing I would LOVE to see is how Norris got his Imperial Warrant! He sent an appeal to the Emperor some years before the war, explaining that he saw a new frontier war looming but that Duchess Delphine and her cronies in the Sector High Command disagreed and were woefully unprepared, and asking...
by Hans Rancke
Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Jump and misjump
Replies: 23
Views: 4819

Re: Jump and misjump

A few library data entries that may interest you: Winkle: A person who has spent unusually long time (often several generations) in cold sleep, most often as a result of misjumping to somewhere far from a star system and having to travel back to civilization by sublight drive. Named after the hero o...
by Hans Rancke
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Canon? Jump standard on fleet capital ships?
Replies: 13
Views: 3492

Re: Canon? Jump standard on fleet capital ships?

I read in a Wiki that Jump-6 is a secret kind of thing so that Imperium leaders get their mail faster than the Jump-4 X-boats can deliver. That wiki is incorrect. It isn't J6 drives/ships that are "secret". It was/is the fact that there are dedicated J6 couriers operating for the High nobility so a...
by Hans Rancke
Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Question about Aramis: The Traveller Adventure
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: Question about Aramis: The Traveller Adventure

It is the same adventure. Same chapters, same pictures. Exactly the same details. What a pity. To reprint such an amazing classic and then fail to make it even more amazing by fixing the few broken bits and updating it with the 30 years' worth of accumulated additional material (which, admittedly, ...
by Hans Rancke
Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aramis: The Traveller Adventure - Now Available
Replies: 27
Views: 6051

Re: Aramis: The Traveller Adventure - Now Available

While waiting for the book I was having a look at the deck plans and something is a bit odd with the Hercules? The oddest thing about the Hercules is that it's a jump-1 design. Thanks to the peculiarities of Traveller ship design, jump-1 is horribly inefficient for any distance higher than one pars...
by Hans Rancke
Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:58 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax
Replies: 317
Views: 79091

Re: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax

Marc Miller has full say in what is published under his license. GT:Far Trader and whatever decision was made is totally his call to make, change, etc. What anyone does in their own games is an entirely different matter - something he has stated himself and that several of the books go over as well...
by Hans Rancke
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax
Replies: 317
Views: 79091

Re: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax

Oh, and that idea about 100D reduction due to density is a nice one. Need to juggle that around in my head some of these days. It's an old idea that IMO would be perfect for Traveller. Unfortunately, Marc Miller has expressly disallowed it. He was asked about it back when they were writing GT:Far T...
by Hans Rancke
Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax
Replies: 317
Views: 79091

Re: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax

Coming to thinking on it, I always find that the 2-weeks power supply of the free trader is too short. I've always felt that the unbelievably inefficient fusion power plants were wrong, wrong, wrong. The fix I use IMTU is to ignore power plant fuel tankage completely (There is some, of course, but ...
by Hans Rancke
Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax
Replies: 317
Views: 79091

Re: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax

Mongoose's version of Traveller is based on previous versions. My Mongoose books make no mention of requiring previous edition rules. ;) I fail to see what relevance that has. In this particular case - it doesn't even seem explicitly defined in the past and Mongoose hasn't redefined anything. Wrong...
by Hans Rancke
Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax
Replies: 317
Views: 79091

Re: Free Epic Campaign - The Pirates of Drinax

... [The Traveller Book, p. 54]. The typical travel times to safe jump distance for various sized worlds listed in the tabel on the same page conform to this. In that version of Traveller. :wink: Mongoose's version of Traveller is based on previous versions. They are entitled to retcon anything the...