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Old January 11th, 2021, 02:24 PM
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One on a new ship may be empty or just freshly stocked by the chandler.

I kinda suspect on a forty year old ship, you probably should restock.

With a Scout ship, it may depend on how good on terms you are with the quartermaster.
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Old January 14th, 2021, 08:57 PM
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Thanks for all the ideas. I think, especially as my son is new to Traveller and I have been out of the loop for so long, that roleplaying the hand over of the scout would be the best way to handle this. That way we shall see what, if anything, may be stocked as supplied.

Plus I intend on making him create a log of exploration results. Since this is a scout ship on detached duty it will be part of his monthly ownership requirements. He won't be required to travel outside the imperium but he will have to make up and provide some information about the worlds he visits. I may have to work up a minimum information required sheet for him to follow. The more info, well maybe a few spares and consumables will come his way. Not enough or too little info and the repo men may come calling...

I hope to encourage him to write up very detailed reports and get free fuel and maybe foodstuffs. Plus good intel should be rewarded by a very good chance that the IISS will have missions in the future.

Thanks for the ideas, links and general devil's advocating.
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Old January 16th, 2021, 01:19 PM
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Here's a thought for flexibility but not all-powerful ship's locker-


Use the 68A system, and determine the role of the ship locker, specialized or general-


SURVIVAL- space survival including vacc suits, extra life support, etc. and ground survival, tents/shelter, environmental clothing, general medkits, extra food/water, comms, hunting/tools, etc.

SHIP DAMAGE-heavy engineer rad suits, extra ship tool kits, common parts, cabling both power and control, spare plating/sealing, medkits for large scale hits/rad damage, emergency life support/power, etc.

COMBAT- small arms locker with matching ammo, at least 1-2 heavy support weapons/missiles, personal armor, medkits for wound trauma, non-lethals for passenger control/security, 1+ boarding suits and hullcutters/demolitions, grenades/mines, etc.

EXPLORATION- as survival but geared towards either space or ground exploration/prospecting, with more sensors, sample gathering, analysis tools, etc.

MEDICAL/RESCUE- as survival but past vacc/enviornment suits, cutting gear for access to wrecks, full paramedic/trauma medkits, pharmaceutical suite, full surgical tools and equipment, infection conrol, etc.

MERCHANT- a mix of space survival, tools, non-lethal security, and merchant small trade items, plus the ship's safe.

GENERAL- a smattering of all of the above.


General rules of thumb-
  • Start with 6+ as basic roll for item that should be in it's specialty locker.
  • Add two levels, to A+, if it's an item that would NOT be in that specific specialty locker.
  • Add one level, to 8+, if rolling against a GENERAL locker.
  • If an item is rare and expensive, add 1-2 levels.
  • If an item is available, the next time it's rolled for increase the level by one.
  • If salvaging/looting a wreck/piracy, add 1 level.
  • If the level increases past the A+ roll, it's not available.

If an item is not there, it can't be rolled for again, it will have to be restocked. Or if you like the whole maker concept, then you CAN reroll to have a maker make the item, but if the roll fails again there are not enough of the 'right' feedstocks to make an emergency version of the item. Emergency maker versions are not production quality control and have to be checked for avoiding breaking 4+ every time its used.

I'd say the ship's locker is part of the bridge cost and tonnage, and is 1dton of that bridge per 30 crew/passengers. The cost of initial equipping is covered in the bridge cost, probably half of the per dton cost and the rest is special protection/armor/security doors/locks- this is after all the last line of life of the ship in this room.

If additional specialized ship's lockers are desired, just use the 30 people per dton and bridge costs for your version. That would allow for better survival chances and a die roll per locker, lessening the risk of being caught short.
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Old January 16th, 2021, 02:47 PM
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Interesting approach. I am not really familiar with rule 68A yet, but understand it, especially as I was still gaming when Mega Traveller came out.

I like the approach, if not there: no more rolls, it has to be bought. I would think damage control supplies would be stored in or adjacent to engineering. I do have some concerns about how much in spare parts (engineering and controls or sensors) would be appropriate. In the future would everything be made from a handful of common "modules" (as opposed to individual components) making line replaceable units more useful and effective. Especially as repair and service locations are now weeks to months away.

Thank you.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 09:13 AM
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One other thought, you could apply the above roles to specific lockers by ACS types by their more typical usage.


Types A, R, M would get the Merchant Ship's Locker.

SDBs, CEs, Patrol, would get Ship Damage.

Marine/Army, Type C and Pirate Corsairs would get Combat.

Types J, L and S would get Exploration.

Hunters, possibly Yachts would get Survival.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 10:44 AM
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That is pretty much what I was thinking as far as mission and potential loadout of the locker. WRT certain classes, yes they would get or start with standard loadouts, with the potential to do some attempted pick and choose. But ships operating on the frontier or with quite variable intended roles (such as scouts which can operate over a wide range of roles) they would be able to pick from appropriate lists. Especially detached duty scouts. In my case I see them being very much a product of their location. Near the borders and they may be expected, and required, to visit unexplored, unsettled or unaligned worlds. Nearer the imperial core and they will be expected to report on the comings and goings of known groups, the status of amber or even red zones (in order to keep star maps up to date) or general cases of "have things changed since we last went there" kind of missions. And yes I do expect detached duty scouts to be required to perform missions for IISS if they want to keep "their" ships.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 03:24 PM
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I'd think that a damage control locker (or lockers depending on the size of the ship) come with it new. When buying used, the status of such a locker is in question and could be rolled on or the like by the referee.

I think there'd be two types, one for non-combatant ships and one for combat ships.

The non-combat DC locker would have some cans of a sealant, like a spray foam or the like, to seal a small leak in the hull or other location in the ship. It would have some oxygen generators or bottles to restore atmosphere or swap out on vac suits and the like. A box or two of CO2 scrubbers to help if the ship's environmental system fails along with something like Sterno cans that can generate heat should the power fail and the ship start going cold.
A few basic tools would be included but nothing fancy.
Of course, there would be several portable fire extinguishers too.

This locker is very basic because it isn't expected that the ship will be facing serious damage or combat in service. On most merchants that players would be using there is one, maybe two aboard the ship.

The combatant one would be the non-combatant on steroids. More of the same stuff.
In addition it has box patches for larger holes in the hull, adjustable bracing for reinforcing a bulkhead or deck, a battery powered air filtration unit that can clear the smoke from a compartment in a short time, that sort of thing.
It's designed to allow the crew of a warship to make fast temporary repairs to damaged sections of the ship during or right after combat.
The smallest combatants would have one locker, larger ships multiple ones scattered throughout the vessel.

Weapons locker? Merchant / civilian ships buy one if you want it and fill it up with what you want. The exceptions might be a yacht and the safari ship. Yachts might have one if the owner wants that. Safari ships would have one simply because it makes sense they'd have arms on board for hunting.

Survival (aka abandon ship) locker? I could see combatant ships having one and it being focused on the crew getting off in space to be rescued. Merchant ships and the like would be limited to rescue balls available in staterooms and a few other places.
That is, no such "locker" exists on non-combatants, while combatant ships have one or more that is focused on the crew escaping the wreck and the safety or destruction of important documents and even possibly certain ship's systems.

Other variants are something the players would have to purchase and install themselves.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 05:26 PM
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I was looking thru the T4 Core rules, the book includes the adventure Exit Visa (which I first saw in the original Traveller Book back in the day). The adventure details the contents of the PC’s (suggested) Beowulf class Free Trader:

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eight vac suits, each with oxygen tanks for eight hours and short range communicators
four shotguns, each with ten loaded magazines
two automatic pistols, each with ten loaded magazines
four cutlasses, each with a belt scabbard
one lockpick kit
eight sets of cloth armor
one pair of image-intensifier goggles
one radiation detector
one grav belt
one long range communicator

Interesting load out for an ostensibly “cut thru the red tape to get off this frakkin’ world” adventure.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 06:36 PM
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an unopened case of cheeze wiz.
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Old January 17th, 2021, 08:34 PM
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Thanks guys. Now give me some time to find, read and digest your ideas and suggestions.
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