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  #129 New April 25th, 2019 02:17 AM
Well, the death toll keeps going up, and so does the appearance of a catastrophic failure in the Sri Lanka intelligence organizations. They apparently had detailed information about the possibility of such attacks several weeks in advance and did nothing with the information. This means either that there are major problems within the intel apparatus that desparately need to be dealt with, or the possibility of deliberate ignoring of the attacks, as the primary targets would be Christians, a minority that could be safely ignored if anything did happen. My gut feeling is the latter. As for the idea that this was a response to the New Zealand shooting, while making nice headlines, that is very likely not the case. This was too well planned and executed to be put together on short notice, combined with the advance knowledge that the government had. This was in the works long before the New Zealand shooter landed in New Zealand.

With respect to trade goods, the problem with the existing trade good tables is that the give the value of the items in credits per mass ton, but with no information at to how much of any given item would fit into a Traveller dTon. For example, a long ton of Caviar takes up 50 cubic feet of space in bulk. That means that you could put 9 tons of Caviar into the volume of one Traveller dTon. Given that Caviar is apt to be worth at least 150,000 Credits per ton, that would mean a value of 1,350,000 Credits of valuable trade goods per Traveller dTon. Personally, I would be charging a bit more than a mere 1000 Credits per dTon to haul that. Even a cargo fee of 1% would net 13,500 Credits, and be quite reasonable. If you hit the right planet and broker, you might net a whole lot more than 1,350,000 Credits. The same would hold true for things like furs, wood (think ebony or aromatic cedar or rosewood), silk or the analogue, or something as simple as smoked salmon. Speculative trade might be a whole lot more profitable for the adventuresome Free Tradet.
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#3 May 3rd, 2019 05:08 AM
SpaceBadger Says:
In other words, timerover51, I believe I am on your side in attempting to bring real facts to bear whenever possible in deciding what makes sense and what does not.
#2 May 3rd, 2019 05:05 AM
SpaceBadger Says:
Ah, now see, that's where I would depart from such a gamist mechanism. A rule designed to keep the PCs broke has no place in my narrativist or storytelling view, where it does have to make sense. Accuracy isn't necessarily the goal, as under many circumstances who can say what that would be, but verisimilitude or the appearance of accuracy certainly helps to keep us in the story and avoid straining that very important willing suspension of disbelief.
#1 May 1st, 2019 05:17 PM
Regarding your comments on Trade Goods I totes agree but from what I gather the Trade & Commerce tables are desgined to keep Adventuring Crews on the thin edge so they have to Adventure for cash and prizes.

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