High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby AndrewW » Fri Aug 27, 2021 4:51 am

paltrysum wrote:
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Unfortunately, High Guard is not the place for new skills. Perhaps submit a piece for the next Companion. :wink:
Well, there have been new skills in some versions of High Guard.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Melbourne Accords » Sun Aug 29, 2021 2:32 am

Sorry about the late post.

Our groups really enjoy vector-based space combat (based on Mayday). It would be great to see this as an option in the revised version of High Guard.
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Postby cunningrat » Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:14 pm

MongooseMatt wrote:
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* Combine spacecraft and space station construction rules.
If it hasn't been mentioned yet -- would it be possible to roll in the Base construction rules from the Drinaxian Companion?
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Postby Boldtaar » Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:25 pm

I started creating a quick reference page (Using VTT Fantasy Grounds) combining text from core and high guard book with some house rules (mostly fill in the blanks and range band difficulties) to speed things up when playing and not have to flip thru several books and pages when rolling for seensor checks.
Could be a good update to include something similar in core or high guard book.
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Also don't know someone mention already but someone drop the ball on EM (Electromagnetic) in core book and high guard.
EM is in the Sensor Details page 150 but not in the Sensor types on page 151 in core book and not mention at all in high guard book when installing sensors page 19.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby adzling » Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:31 pm

Better space combat rules.

What we have currently is ok for two ships duking it out but what happens when you have three or more?

There is no way to judge relative position/ range.

Our table would prefer a simplified vector-based system as we could then have meaningful space battles with more than two ships...
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Boldtaar » Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:48 pm

I use a combat range tabel. it helps alot and helps the players visalus the action. Fun to see the missiles getting closer and closer.
But i'm still new to handling space combat and mostly used the core books and not used the fleet battle rules
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Can't remember where i found this one but know there is similar but simel one on drivethrurpg TAS section
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby adzling » Sat Sep 04, 2021 6:19 pm

i use the same one, also in fgu ;-)

however it doesn't solve the problem of multiple ships in combat and their relative positions.

all it does is tell you relative position to one ship (the one in the center) all other ships have no position relative to one another.

so therefore it's useless in any situation where you have more than one ship on both sides of the combat (or multiple factions for that matter).

vector movement and real positioning would solve this
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Cleon_Entun » Sat Sep 04, 2021 6:35 pm

I don't really feel that vector movement would work ; I mean, it's an entire wargame altogether, and even if Traveller is already a important resource managements game, I feel that throwing vectorial movements around would lose the "Rules-light" side of this edition. I haven't really sudied the matter, but I think it would be too much math or bogging down for the average role-players.
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Postby TrippyHippy » Sat Sep 04, 2021 8:08 pm

I’d love to include vectors as an advanced system in space movement. It elevates the game from bog-standard space opera into a game that actually celebrates real physical science - and I love that.
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Postby paltrysum » Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:59 pm

Cleon_Entun wrote:
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I don't really feel that vector movement would work ; I mean, it's an entire wargame altogether, and even if Traveller is already a important resource managements game, I feel that throwing vectorial movements around would lose the "Rules-light" side of this edition. I haven't really sudied the matter, but I think it would be too much math or bogging down for the average role-players.
Exactly this. Vector-based space combat games are cool, but not in the context of an RPG. I’ve played Brilliant Lances. I enjoyed it quite a bit. In the TNE era, we used it to run space combat, but here’s the thing: those sessions had near zero role playing. There wasn’t time. I’ve heard others here point out that vector is simple: just use the Mayday or Triplanetary rules, failing to note that those, too, are separate games.

High Guard does not contain the space combat rules; the Core Rulebook does. It will contain fleet combat rules, but the design of these rules — much like those in the CRB — will be to enhance role playing, not hinder it. Vector-based movement is implied, just as it is in the CRB, but it is abstracted to enhance speed of play.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Sigtrygg » Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:36 pm

Instead of turning MgT into a cartoon physics cinematic game there needs to be the harder option of a vector movement system, if LBB:2 could do it then there is no reason MgT HG 2.1 can't offer it. Take a look at GURPS Spaceships, the various iterations of Full Thrust as just two examples. A vector movement option doesn't need to be Attack Vector in detail, there are plenty of concise variants of vector movement rules for inspiration.

High Guard, being the spaceship expansion for the core rules needs to include it, the roleplaying encounter combat is, as you have already stated, covered by the core rulebook (and even that is too complicated for a role playing encounter for which I turn to my house rules based on the CT ship's boat skill combat system and the CT Starter edition range band rules).
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby TrippyHippy » Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:41 am

In the context of the possible inclusion of basic ship construction rules in the Traveller Core Update, I don’t think it would be out of context to make advanced space combat rules somewhere, and an updated High Guard could be it.

Basic vector-based rules needn’t be any more complex than suggesting the use of a grid-map and direction markers. The basic idea is simply the Newtonian idea that an object continues to move at a given velocity - which has a magnitude and direction - unless another force accelerates it somehow. Then you simply add the new vector quality to the existing one. Obviously, it is a step up from total abstraction, but I think it makes space combat a real strategy game just to get the maneuvers right and that becomes absorbing for a gamer like me.

If you really want to make it complex, you could acknowledge that an acceleration ought to be calculated as a vector subtraction not an addition based on ∆v = vi +(- vf), and calculate the results with trigonometry (and probably a calculator). This might be a step too far...
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Condottiere » Sun Sep 05, 2021 11:54 am

This probably requires an eventual software solution, to simplify it to point and click.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby adzling » Wed Sep 08, 2021 3:51 pm

paltrysum wrote:
Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:59 pm
High Guard does not contain the space combat rules;
It would be a good place for advanced space combat rules that incorporate vector movement imho
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby adzling » Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:41 pm

Pretty please incorporate the expanded Boarding Rules from the Mercenary Kickstarter Specialist book into the new highguard.

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Postby adzling » Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:30 pm

Please clarify minimum fuel tankage requirements in HighGuard.

Current HG mentions minimum of 1 ton fuel tankage yet Mercenary and Solomani front have ships with fractional ton fuel tankage.

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Postby paltrysum » Sun Oct 03, 2021 4:13 am

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The capital ship battles system in current High Guard (which I've never actually tried) could be a good basis for the 'abstract' maneuver system - though I would like break it into smaller "thrust unit" hexes, but I haven't thought that through to see if it is practical, though.
Tell me more, Geir. What was your idea for "thrust unit" hexes?
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Postby Geir » Sun Oct 03, 2021 9:57 pm

paltrysum wrote:
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Geir wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:41 pm
The capital ship battles system in current High Guard (which I've never actually tried) could be a good basis for the 'abstract' maneuver system - though I would like break it into smaller "thrust unit" hexes, but I haven't thought that through to see if it is practical, though.
Tell me more, Geir. What was your idea for "thrust unit" hexes?
Gee, asking me to remember what I was thinking two months ago. Okay, here goes an abstract hex system:
This is not vector-based, but a 2D hex grid. But first, let’s consider a 1D grid: numbers 0 to whatever, with 1 interval = 1 thrust unit, so you have ranges on that grid:

Adjacent: Range 0, same location
Close: Range 1
Short: Range 2-3
Medium: Range 4-8
Long: Range 9-18
Very Long: Range 19-43
Distant: Range 44-93
Very Distant: Range 94+ (or to about 3800, anyway)

Using the standard thrust rules, 1 Range = 1 g for 1 turn. You can either move in a positive direction or a negative direction. Missiles move at their G rating instead of arbitrarily, but move the missiles during the Attack step instead of the Maneuver step. This has been done by others, and I’ve used it. It’s essentially the standard combat system, with record-keeping and added definition for missile movement. This 1D grid works fine if there are only two ‘sides’. It even works fine if there are multiple ships, as long as they’re all linearly lined up. All you need to do is keep track of the arbitrary numbered location of each ship, missile, or obstacle, and the range is the difference between these values.

The 2D hex grid version of this allows for the placing of multiple ship groups at different hex locations, based on the initial tactical situation. Planets or other ‘obstacles’ can be placed, sized to 1 hex = 1250km, or about 10 hexes across for a size 8 world. The center of the map can be arbitrary and if the battle ‘falls off the side’ you can shift the entire battle back onto the map, though this could push ‘obstacles’ off to the side. Features like a 100D line are a bit hard to justify in this setup, because, without vectors, it would take too long to get to there from, say, an orbital start.

During each maneuver phase, a ship can move up to its thrust in any direction. Range is determined in the Attack phase as are missile runs. All you have to do is count the hexes from the attacker to the target (or measure and round up – how depends on the scale of your hex paper).

A vector-based version of this method (which I would prefer) would ‘remember’ how you moved a ship last turn and keep that movement vector. During the maneuver phase, the ship would move its old vector, then add any new movement to that vector, ‘remembering’ the entire old+new movement vector as the basis for the following turn’s maneuver phase:
If you went three down and one to the right last turn, you would start the movement phase by moving three down and one to the right, then add any new movement as a shift in placement – say two up – so the following turn you would start with one down and one to the right before applying any new maneuvering thrust.
(Technically, you should only apply half the new move during the initial movement phase, but that leads to additional record keeping and ‘half moves’ followed by ‘full moves’ which makes it much more complicated without electronic aids, plus, you would probably want to half the scale to 625km per hex, to keep it at full hex moves).
This vector-based system can also work on the 1D grid, but wouldn’t allow for ‘sideways’ movement.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby Sigtrygg » Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:18 pm

Which is pretty similar to the CT Starter Edition range band system...
Ships move in range bands, each about equal to 10,000
kilometres. They may move forward or back, but no side to side
movement is allowed. Ranges are determined by counting the
number of range bands between any two ships: for example, ships
in adjacent range bands are at a distance of 1.
Every ship his a velocity, either forward or backward, which
equals the number of range bands it moved in the previous turn.
(Initial velocity is determined by the referee.) Each turn a ship
may change its velocity by up to its maneuver drive rating and then
moves a number of range bands equal to its new velocity. For example
suppose a ship with a maneuver drive-6 is moving forward
with a velocity of 4 range bands per turn. During its movement
phase it could speed up to 10 range bands per turn forward, change
to 2 range bands per turn backward, or anything in between.
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Re: High Guard Update - Comments Needed!

Postby paltrysum » Thu Nov 04, 2021 7:39 pm

Ursus Maior wrote:
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:10 am
A comprehensive (all in one place) rule-system for missile and torpedo combat that includes rules for stealth (and stealth missiles), missile defences, missile (swarm) tactics (cf. Naval book), remote-operating missiles (i. e. terminal guidance phase is not handled by launching vessel), as well as all the missile and torpedo variants so far covered in other supplements, so I don't have to look across ca. 10 publications for all the rules.
Scoured JTAS and the Element Cruiser books for examples. I don't see any other torpedo variants in other books. Are we talking Drinax? Great Rift?
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