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Re: [FT] SMLs, Type 3 & Tactics

From: John Crimmins <johncrim@v...>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 22:49:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [FT] SMLs, Type 3 & Tactics

At 10:21 PM 1/10/99 -0500, you wrote:
> wrote:
>> 245,875 mass, Average Hull, FTL, Thrust 4, 32 PDA, 4 ADFC, 6 Fire
>> Crew Units.
>Why are we discussing a million-point starship?  What the F*** genre
>you playing?  Dave Webber's Mutineer's Moon/Armageddon Inheritance
>series?  In which case, what you do is turn on your FTL drives in a
>gravity well, cause a supernova, and blow up his entire fleet, IIRC.
>John M. Atkinson

Why are we discussing a million point starship?  Because someone gamed
it.  That is what we do on this list, right?  Discuss games?  If you
why one would play with such a ship, all I can ask in response is: Why
 It's no more absurd than the Death Star, is it?  Just think of it as an
Ogre in space.

As to the how such a ship could exist, how about this?

It IS a world...the end result of millennia of planetary engineering, it
wanders through space with the remnants of a once-great civilzation, in
search of a new system to call home.

Maybe it's a Beserker, designed to annihilate entire worlds.

It could have been created by a planetary mind, like Solaris, an entity
literally incapable of conceiving of a million smaller ships.

Maybe some teenage Vorlons are taking their custom hotrod out for a
joyride!  Crazy kids....

Want another dozen ideas?  Just ask.

As for the genre....  It's Science FICTION, John.  Infinite
That's why I like it so much.  Broaden your mind, man!	Expand your
horizons!  You'll have much more fun that way.

John X Crimmins
  " one of the secret masters of the world: a librarian.
They control information.  Don't ever piss one off."
  --Spider Robinson, The Callahan Touch.

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