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bookwyrm67 May 18th, 2012 05:05 PM

TL:Battleship vs Traveller
 
i have seen some posts concerning how to deal with different TL's when travelling in the Traveller Universe. i just watched the movie 'Battleship', and there were some good ideas in the movie concerning dealing with different technologies, mainly crew from a modern 2012 warship having to make do with a 1940's era 'Battleship'. one crewman was heard to say something like 'i know how to run a modern ships engines, but steam powered engines are beyond me'.
i think the challenges of different TL's are different based on how different the tech is. the early techs have a lot of differences between the TL's, where the mid and higher TL's are a lot closer to each other.
in the end, unless the gm has a reason to make the TL's a front and center concern for the players, this is something that is usually in the background.
but i bet it could make for some funny situations.

"Captain, this planet doesnt have h2o oceans, the only way off is if i can convert our fusion power plant to a coal burning powerplant, which i don't really understand, but have read about in 'very old' tech manuels."

mike wightman May 18th, 2012 05:41 PM

The main problem with Traveller TLs is that nothing new happens across most of them, it's more refinement of known technology- which isn't really a TL advancement IMHO.

77topaz May 18th, 2012 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mike wightman (Post 395654)
The main problem with Traveller TLs is that nothing new happens across most of them, it's more refinement of known technology- which isn't really a TL advancement IMHO.

Higher jump ratings, maybe?
For lower TLs, airplanes, cars, space shuttles.

mike wightman May 19th, 2012 03:56 AM

It's not the lower TLs that are the problem, real world technological progression is pretty easy to categorise, and it's fairly obvious what the major breakpoints are.

But making a more efficient meson gun does not strike me as a technological breakthrough.


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