Babylon 5 Aide
Does it strike anyone as funny that the minbari ship (For example) has only 190 some crew when it's said they carry a couple of thousand? And has anyone else thought the size chart is a little off?
That'd be the standard crew... but for the main ship only. You then need to add pilots and support crew for the fighters (again several shifts - we can deduct this from the Sharlin - it lists 28 pilots, but has 24 fighters And 4 shuttles - if those 28 pilots were for them, there'd be none left to fly the big ship...), and a load of marines (sure there are - if there are breaching pody, you can expect pirate-style boarding actions to happen during combat in the B5 universe. Not often I presume, since the fighter combat space partol should have easy targets with such pods, but if it was too unlikely noone would build those things, so we Know it happens - and any race with enough intelligence to build warships will realize that eventually, and put their own fighting beings on their ships to have some trained killers at hand for repelling boarders, so the rest of the crew can do what they are trained for -fighting space battles- without too much interference).So for most crews I can triple the numbers (assuming a 3 watch schedule) to get the total number of people usually aboard?
For my own I use basically Babylon 5 Wars, with a liberal addition of house rules and some heavily modified ship control sheets (those represent the ships as I see them, with some modifications where I felt AoG did wrong and some additions I thought would make sense - weapons to match the miniature where they don't, structure adjusted for ship size, some races even have parts of their arsenal replaced because I just felt they'd "feel" better with all-laser weaponry from their BG fluff... and this also has the added effect that PC's who know B5W never know if I fiddled with the ship or not, and thus can't use "player information" with any chance of accuracy. And MY shadows are nearly invincible to younger races, barring teeps... while in B5W a handful of YR ships will do in a Shadow Cruiser any day, especially under the strange tournament rules Or if the shadow player flies his ships as they were seen in the show - though they're likely to loose at least one of their numbers).How have you gotten past it for your own game? Have you done stats on your own or just ignored everything for ship to ship combat?