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So, I don't know if you've seen the Star Wars spin off series, but it involves those who escaped Mandalor(sp?) before the Empire hit it. So, they still have their armor and all their wonderful little toys...

Because of that, I knew it would happen and it did.
One of my players asked if she could get the weapon system "Whistling Birds" for her armor?

to the best I can describe them, they are 3 or 4 cm long 5 or 6 mm thick micro-missiles which can be fired from a "top of the wrist" based launcher. They apparently are capable of acquiring a target and tracking it to a small extent (from what was shown in the episode)

So, they have thrust and maneuvering as a sensor package and tracking brain along with a (presumably shaped charge) warhead capable of piercing armor.

Any thoughts would be welcomed
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In MgT1, there is a wrist mounted micro-missile launcher, kinda matches the description you gave exactly,

So, I'd guess the chances are 1 in 1?

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Just be thankful your players haven't read any of Iain M. Bank's Culture novels or they may want knife missiles (think Yondu's mind controlled arrow/missile in the GotG films but with its own dumb AI control system)...
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Just be thankful your players haven't read any of Iain M. Bank's Culture novels or they may want knife missiles (think Yondu's mind controlled arrow/missile in the GotG films but with its own dumb AI control system)...
LOL,
I offer to "TRY" to accommodate them where I can, and I have done "on the fly" design in under 5 min during play...

But I think that specific toy would more than unbalance the game
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Hi Cryton,

You mentioned "MgT1", did you mean the Imperial Encyclopedia?

Thank you,
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You mentioned "MgT1", did you mean the Imperial Encyclopedia?

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No, I meant Mongoose Traveller 1st Edition.

The specific product is the Central Supply Catalog for that edition of the game.
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We have smart ammunition, the actual trick is getting them to lock on their targets and manoeuvre in that confined space.
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Well, I don't think we'll genetically engineer rocket-enhanced exploding birds. Oh, wait, you mean the "whistling birds."

Like many things in SW, they were really too small. Too small for self propelled missiles, too small for an armor piercing charge. The show had them moving at only a few m/s and probably only effective in close quarters, so maybe that aspect is plausible. At least one seemed to seek for the neck, bypassing the armor, also plausible at a tech with better AI than we can manage. That would also minimize the amount of explosive needed for a lethal wound. One small charge to punch the head through the ballistic cloth, one small charge to tear the aorta or jugular open, or rupture the larynx.

The armpit is also a possible target, but less lethal. Or less rapid in effect. Impaired breathing from a punctured lung will take most of the fight out of the target until passing out. If the penetration went more toward the shoulder, opening the brachial artery will bleed out, and the target will be unconscious in less than a minute. Panic may take them out of action before then. The concussion might stun the heart, which would be a near-instant take down. A really cool customer might get off a shot before collapsing.

Likewise for the groin, where the femoral artery is the main vulnerability, and crippling damage to the hip is the secondary knock-out effect.

There would probably be expensive armor with superior joint protection materials that might better resist the penetration.
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Meh, I don't have MgT but I'm guessing that would require the wielder to aim or somehow designate a target with a maneuvering cone dependent on the direction it is pointed.

It's a bit like the old gyrojet concept. It can't be a hugely powerful rocket or it would burn the shooter. It could be just large enough to kill the lightly armored with shrapnel. Basically more of a grenade than a missile.
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