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Re: [FT] Defending with SMLs

From: John Crimmins <johncrim@v...>
Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 16:56:34 -0500
Subject: Re: [FT] Defending with SMLs

>>With SMs in play, slow-moving NSL will be target drones. Asteriods
>>don't "encourage" low speeds amongst novice players; they enforce
>>them, brutally. Consider using a debris field instead.
>They have played FT -- although it's been a while, and a refresher game
>two before the big one is definately called for -- so I'm not too
>about their manuvering skills...
>Well, it's still the case that the slower the speed, the exponentially
>effective the SM's. However, as long as there aren't TOO many, and the
>NSL's tend on the large size, they'll be hurt rather than merely
>expanding-clouds-of-gas (sound familiar?). It's the kind of thing that
>works well on balancing the relative fragility of the FSE. Which
>need if, in this scenario, they are putting themselves 'in harm's way'.
>Tricky to find the right balance, tho.

About 1/3 of the NSL force is composed of BC class ships.  For some
I ended up with a lot of Richtofens and Maximillians, and these are
supplimented by the plastic Fortress Figures ships that I converted. 
it looks as though I have a total of 5 launchers on each side...enough
be managable, I hope.

This is a bit odd, though: I've been converting the ships using Jared
Nobel's Excel spreadsheet -- I enter the data for the ship as it is in
Fleet Book, and then change the weapon mix around.  This has lead to a
truly obscene Foch Class SDN, which should be really nasty in play, but
I've run into a problem with the Jeanne D'Arc carrier.	I've entered all
the data, and the mass is fine, but the point value comes out to 892
instead of the 955 given in the book.  I need to do the calculations by
hand, I suppose.

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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