Over on the discord, we've been lightly joking about placing swimming pools on space ships.
I was making J6 Fast Yacht for Sector Leaders and Multi sub sector CEO. It came out to be 20k with 100 something tons of common area. And much like how it was suggested that you can Blah Blah Blah Blah Gyms as part of the Common Area.It still felt weird that a resplendent galley and a picnic table in the corner, cost the same. Or for that matter a swimming pool.
Something I really enjoy from the Vehicle handbook is the addition of Hot tubs and wet bars and holo suits. It struck me that thats lacking for space ships.
Right now you cant exactly make a Cruise Ship or a Pleasure station, two staple of Sci Fi right. And yea, we can give a cruise ship like 1000 tons of common area, and just go, 'this is a buffet, this is a theater, this is a pool'. Its weird that they they all take up the same amount of space, same power, same life support cost.
I think Geir is right. Gaming Area, Training Area is all just common area.
I think its worthwhile to explore, all these ships ad ons, be reconsider under a new system. Wherein you have a Ship with a lot more Common Area, which is then filled with these ad ons. Armories, Brig, Gaming Area, Salon ect. I think it would be great and definitely work the page space to include a lot of more fun misc. items. Like say, the Holosuit and Hot Tub from vehicle hand book. And while say an Opera Theater may not be common on space ships, it could totally be on Space Stations. How else are we suppose to listen to a blue lady do some kick ass opera, then cut some stones out of belly, if we dont have an Opera Theater.
And I dont think this is a very dramatic change. I think it may may ship building easier, as you dont need to consider the tonnage per ad on, just the tonnage for the common area. And the common area now can operate as a natural budget for these items.
As a seperate suggestion. I think its worthwhile to adopt the common house rule that ship shares can also be used for modfying the starting ship instead of just being applied to the mortage.