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Old September 16th, 2017, 12:31 PM
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Default Jump Tech.

I recently tried extrapolating Marc Miller's original Drive Potential table from LBB2p22, and found it to quickly become unwieldy (e.g., couldn't fit an A-sized portrait page) after about 1000 tons. The Drive Potential Table from LBB5p23 is certainly easier to work with, but seems more appropriate for military vessels (maybe just my imagination).

I was wondering ... how do you explain this difference to your new players? I went with: "The table from LBB3 is based on old Vilani technology, while the table from LBB5 is based on Solomani technology. The Vilani found it easier to build a lot of ships of 5000 tons or less than try to scale their jump drives well into the multi-kiloton range with diminishing returns on mass versus distance traveled. The Solies, being much more adaptable and innovative, were able to overcome this issue." Or something like that.

So, IMTU, if a character happens to purchase a surplus military vessel, they'll likely get one with a 'Solie' drive installed; but if they purchase a vessel with jump drives A through Z installed, it is more likely to be of a more traditional Vilani manufacture.

What do you think?
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