Ship Design Philosophy

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Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Postby Condottiere » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:19 pm

Spaceships: Minor Combatants

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Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:26 am

Starships: Corvettes

If I had to list the features that define this as a warship type, I'd go with one to two killotonnes, with a minimum acceleration of five, and at least one bay weapon.

Optimally, it would be below two kilotonnes to take advantage of the smaller size; above that, destroyers would be more interested in immunity from turret and barbette criticals.
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Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Postby Condottiere » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:23 am

Spaceships: Quirks

Prototypes should have quirks, but they may carry over to the actual production design.

From a design perspective, we're only interested in quirks in how much bang for a buck they bring, though the roleplaying aspect, especially for the ones that don't directly effect operating cost like being fuel inefficient, could be quite entertaining; like someone decided to simplify plumbing, and it all originates from a central pipe, in the centre of the ship, so the flush toilets, the showers, the laundry and the kitchen are all clustered around that.
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Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Postby Condottiere » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:37 am

Spaceships: Booby Prize

It's difficult for a spaceship to sink in space.

It continues to float with any number of holes in it.

Since you can't deactivate the fusion reactor magnetic bottles to let it blow up, to deny it's capture by the enemy, you're going to have to emplace scuttling charges, if you can't propel it into the nearest gravitational well.
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Re: Ship Design Philosophy

Postby Condottiere » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:26 am

Inspiration: Dawson's Christian

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