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  #148 New June 1st, 2019 10:46 PM
It looks like no one likes the post on doing some research, which does not exactly thrill me, but then, I like to do research. I figure the more research you do for a product, the better the product will likely be. Then there is the converse.

I have been going through Edward Attwood's The Modern Warship, from 1913, which is a very useful book, as many of the design parameters do not change. According to D. K. Brown, Attwood was head of the battleship design division in World War One, and possibly before, so he clearly knew what he was doing. There are some interesting coments on habitability that might be interesting to post on the forum. What is acceptable definitely has changed over the years. I am not sure that the increases in crew space boost combat ability that much, but it sure cost ship volume, and therefore directly influences ship costs. Attwood also gives some interesting illustrations about what happens to the whole ship when you change something that does not seem too big, until the ripples go through the design.

One thing that I will plug into my Hyperdrive ships is adequate food storage based on the Army supply manuals. Three cubic feet of freezer space and three cubic feet of refrigerated space per month per man should be more than adequate along with pulling in the space for Class B rations. Then for Space Viking ships add room for cargo air rafts and grav-carriers, along with an armory. I figure that commercial ships will need a ship's locker, but not an armory. The brig for military, Space Viking, and Rim Scout ships. Against that, I could also plug in "brig cold berths" and then no worrying about food, oxygen, and water for them. I may toss that out in the forum, and see how it floats.

I do need to make up a list of animals, ground vehicles, ships, and weapons for the various books I am thinking of getting out. Some of the colder worlds will likely have mammoth and wooly rhino on them, while the wooded one may have mastodon. That means large-caliber hunting weapons, especially on El Paso with the restriction to black powder weapons. This should be interesting.
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#2 July 16th, 2019 07:16 PM
timerover51 Says:
The blackpowder restriction on El Paso is based on the decision of the original settlers from New Texas. They wanted a planet similar their understanding of the West circa 1880, prior to smokeless powder They know all about higer tech level material, and do make some use of it, but in strictly limited ways. Antibiotics and antiseptics are one of the exceptions. Limited veridification is another.
#1 July 14th, 2019 04:41 AM
SpaceBadger Says:
Is the black powder restriction on El Paso some magical thing, like smokeless powder just doesn't work there, or ??? I don't recall seeing this in your previous descriptions of EP.

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