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Old August 10th, 2006, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: Big ship supremacy... Can little ships keep up

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I'm currently playing the Imperium Verus Mod, and it made Solar sails only work for 600Kt (Frigates in the mod) sized ships. You also can't have a Solar Sail with any other engine. The top of the line Solar Sail gives movement of 8, using only 1 supply unit per movement. The other ships use QNP engine system, though their speeds can get up and past 10 per turn they won't have the range.

So in this system the FGs are still nice ships late in the game.
The movement on the ships isn't quite Quasi-Newtonian. I call it Improved Quasi-Newtonian. Quasi-Newtonian propulsion is based on the idea that it takes a proportional increase in thrust to move a proportionally larger vessel (a little artistic license must be allowed as thrust would actually affect acceleration rather than speed directly, impossible given the hard-coding of the game). This premise with the stated license is correct. However, the thrust of proportional rockets only squares as mass cubes, (thrust is largely a function of the cross-sectional area of the rocket nozzle). Thus: proportional, but larger, ships would accelerate slower. I have simulated this by having larger ships require more movement points even relative to their size. The end result is that smaller ships are generally faster, but weaker pound for pound.

I hope that's helpful
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Old August 10th, 2006, 08:38 PM
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The "Quasi" part of QNP is the fact that it works as
F = MV
rather than
F = MA

It should also be noted that engine sizes are measured the same way that other components are.

In QNP the sizes are presumed to be masses, rather than volumes or some other unit of measure. Doubling the mass of your engine room means doubling the number of engines, and thusly producing twice the thrust. Twice the thrust means being able to move twice the amount of ship at the same rate.

Newton says: Twice the engines + twice the ship = same speed

Your system as described would indicate that component sizes are linear dimensions, and that would disconnect a ship's "size" from its mass.

As far as gameplay, your system does sound like a quite nifty (and creative) way to diversify the hulls used in a game.
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Old August 10th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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...And someday, sometime in the future, there will be only one member of the forum who *hasn't* worked on a mod at some point...

...Said condition will last for a whole five seconds past their forum registration date.
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...And someday, sometime in the future, there will be only one member of the forum who *hasn't* worked on a mod at some point...

...Said condition will last for a whole five seconds past their forum registration date.
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OK I have not worked on a Mod yet. I've thought about it. Taken some rough notes on paper. However, I have not yet actually made a Mod or editted files. I've played for years and years and years... actually I don't think my 13 year old daughter was in school when I started playing.
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Old August 11th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Hey, I didn't say the that point is now.
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The fact that Space Empires models speed, not acceleration, suggests that the method of propulsion is entirely non-Newtonian, e.g. a slower-than-light version of the "stutterwarp":

http://www.freelancetraveller.com/fe...utterwarp.html
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Suggests to me the game designer is non-Newtonian...
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The fact that Space Empires models speed, not acceleration, suggests that the method of propulsion is entirely non-Newtonian, e.g. a slower-than-light version of the "stutterwarp":

http://www.freelancetraveller.com/fe...utterwarp.html
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Default Re: Big ship supremacy... Can little ships keep up

That's because the movement ability only grants movement points, not defense. Also, ships move one side at a time and remain still for as long as another side's ships move. (Yes I know, but it's how the game works.) On their next turn, they might move in an entirely different direction, or in the same direction but less distance, so the "speed" of the previous turn imparts exactly nothing on the ship the next turn.

There are however at least several mods who adress this, by giving engines a defence bonus ability. Btw..... I always thought the highest-level defence bonus of a component in the same family worked on a ship? So the bonus won't stack, right?
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No, they won't stack.
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