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Default High Guard armor

There are times when I feel really stupid. Contemplating the different way High Guard and MegaTraveller handle armor, with High Guard using simple percentages while MegaTrav measures thickness, when - after literally a couple of decades playing around with Hugh Guard and never giving it a second thought - it occurred to me that High Guard doesn't consider the square cube law with respect to armor.

Which is to say:

Take a 100 dT spacecraft and put 2% of its hull in armor. Now increase all dimensions of that spacecraft by 10 while maintaining its shape: it's ten times as long, ten times as wide, ten times as tall, and now comes in at 100,000 dTons. And, its armor is ten times as thick.

So I thought, OK, simple mechanic: take the High Guard Target Size DM, double it, apply it as a DM to the High Guard damage roll. Doubling it gives you, very roughly, the same result that increased armor thickness resulting from a square-cube application would, and it has the advantage of being easy to remember and apply. Makes big ships harder to damage, makes little ships easier to damage.
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