I'd like to debunk some of your cons.Sigtrygg wrote: ↑Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:46 amWhy do people think Traveller was hard science fiction?
Original '77 Traveller had:
Pros - 'shotguns in space', a bit of physics thrown in to ship movement and combat
Cons - maneuver drives, jump drives, null grav modules, man portable laser weapons.
The later rules and setting introduce:
Pros - none
Cons - acceleration compensators, artificial gravity, meson guns, meson screens, nuclear dampers, black globes, man portable gauss guns, man portable plasma guns, man portable fusion guns
That's an awful lot of magi-tech for a hard science game.
And I wish people would stop bleating on about the size of ship computers.
Modern ships are not run by a laptop or desktop, nor is a nuclear power station. Every single ship computer from a module 1 to a model 9 has to be able to control the environmental systems (air, gravity water recycling etc), while controlling a multi gigawatt fusion power plan,t while crunching data for avionics and flight controls and finally being able to solve a hyperdimensional n-body problem in real time. Every single ship computer is a super-computer equivalent - go look up the size of even the smallest of those - or go look at the server racks in a nuclear power station, or onboard a nuclear sub or aircraft carrior.
First let's go for the easiest man portable Gauss guns. Funny thing about this one is we already have people building early versions of these in there homes though they are little more than pellet guns it's a start. the limiting factor right now is the amount of power that can be stored in current capacitors but with capacitors storage increasing as it currently is and the size of the same capacitors shrinking at a similar rate Gauss Guns should replace the ACR in the next 20 to 30 years.
Second man portable lasers guns. The US military already uses man portable lasers for missile guidance the main issue is power levels wait I just talked about that with the Gauss Gun. Lasers should follow Gauss Guns but 5 to 10 years.
Third artificial gravity. Well many physicists think that there is a partical that they have dubbed a graviton which they believe they will discover if they can ever build a partical accelerator the size of the moon circumference. Once they can study it and not just its effects maybe they can create it. Science theory
Forth Meason Gun. We have already taken the first steps for this one we have intensional created measons in a partical accelerator. Long way to go but it's a start.
Is Traveller hard science fiction questionable but for all my 38 years of playing RPGs I have yet to find one that truly is. Mostly because if it hard Science Fiction or not depends on were your coming from.