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2300AD & 2320 Discussion of the original 2300AD from GDW, the revised 2300 from Mongoose Publishing, or QLI's 2320AD.

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Default Hull configurations in 2300 AD (all versions)

All those reflections were done while designing (or modifying) my own Steer Wheel Warp Frame and Barges ship.

The lack of grav technology in 2300AD means to the need of spin habitats in the ships. All of its versions give us several ways to achieve it:
  • Spun hull
  • Double hull
  • Hamster cage
  • Spin capsules
  • Extendable spin capsules
  • Two body
Of those, the spun hull is the easiest and chapest of all, but only gives the nedded confort to about 20% of the ship. It can be easily achieved though with a ring (or tor) configuration (akin Traveller lab ship), leaving nearly all the ship at confortable levels of gravity (as most of the ship is in fact the exterior part of it) but, to my surprise, I only remember two ship designs in all (AFAIK) 2300AD (both in classic 2300AD) that use it (and in both cases, only to a point):
  • Russian Tula frigate (Traveller Digest #16, pages 53-55)
  • Brazilian Vaca animal transport ship (Shps of the French arm, pages 56-57)
Do you know about more published ships with this ring configuration?

I'd expect to be quite a usual one for most military ships that are not thought to land (and, according MgT 2300AD no ship over 1000 dtons may land), usually using the central part (unusable by humans) to keep most machinery and/or fuel.

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