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Re: Maximizing ship designs

From: Oerjan Ohlson <f92-ooh@n...>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 06:30:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Maximizing ship designs

On Tue, 1 Apr 1997, Ground Zero Games wrote:

> Sorry, but I maintain this is even MORE likely to happen under the
> construction system; a thrust 8 big ship has the same weapons space
> the same mass) as a thrust 2 one. If costing drives in Mass (as well
> points), you have to tradeoff between thrust and weapons space, which
> doesn't happen in the FTII system. Please note that if we are changing
> system AT ALL, then we'll probably take the opportunity to juggle ALL
> factors (weapon mass, ship sizes etc.) to balance everything as well
as we
> can - so if you want to put everything on your capital ship that it
> under the FTII system, you may well find you don't have ROOM left for
> than thrust-2 or so. You can go for a zippy high-g tincan with minimal
> weapons, or a hulking ironclad gunbus that steers like an arthritic

The only problem is that unless this "thrust as % of mass" relation
as mass goes up, you'll have exactly the same problem for small ships - 
ie, they too can choose either to be fast or to carry weapons. After
under the FTII rules all starships spend exactly the same percentage 
(50%) of their mass on useful non-engine systems.

Oerjan Ohlson

"Life is like a sewer.
 What you get out of it, depends on what you put into it."

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