Traveller (role-playing Game) - Starships

Starships

Traveller's rules for starship design and combat are like games unto themselves with a complex balance of ship components fitting within certain hull volumes, technology levels, and modifiers based upon characters' skills. It is complex enough to be able to generically represent most starships used in role-playing games, and flexible enough to support custom add-ons to the system. (GDW published several board games allowing Traveller space battles to be played out as games in their own right - Mayday using the Classic Traveller rules, Brilliant Lances and Battle Rider using the Traveller: The New Era rules.)

Typical Traveller starships consist of control space (i.e. one or more bridges), a central power plant, a maneuver drive for in-system travel, a jump drive for interstellar travel, and payload space (weapons, living areas, etc.). The power plant and jump drive together require significant amounts of fuel. Alternate power plants, realspace drives, and interstellar drives exist for modelling different settings.

All of this equipment is fit into an armored hull of a given volume. Starship volumes are measured in "displacement tons" (also "D-tons" or just "tons"), equal to the volume of a metric ton of liquid hydrogen, or about 14 cubic meters. This unit is used for convenience in calculating jump drive fuel usage; a ship with volume D tons using a jump-N drive uses 0.1×N×D metric tons of LH2 fuel per jump (i.e. the fuel tank is N×10% of the ship's volume).

Computer programs have been created to more effectively model and predict starship combat. The most famous case involved Douglas Lenat applying his Eurisko heuristic learning program to the scenario in the Classic Traveller adventure Trillion Credit Squadron (TCS), which contained rules for resolving very large space battles statistically. Eurisko discovered exploitable features of the starship design system that allowed it to build an unusual fleet that won the 1981 TCS national championship. This prompted GDW to change the tournament rules, but Eurisko adapted to the changes and won again in 1982. GDW threatened to cancel the tournament if Lenat entered a fleet again, so Lenat retired from competition, and GDW gave him the title "Grand Admiral" as consolation.

Read more about this topic:  Traveller (role-playing Game)

Other articles related to "starships, starship":

Starships Unlimited
... Starships Unlimited is a 4X real-time strategy game series ... Unlike other 4X games, Starships Unlimited puts greater emphasis on starships than on colonies ...
Star Wars: Rebellion - Gameplay - Unit Management
... Shipyards construct starships and fighter squadrons Planetary cannons attack assaulting or bombarding starships and troop transports or defend units escaping a blockade Shield ... Starships can blockade systems, unleash orbital bombardments and be the platforms for planetary assaults ... Starfighters can be stationed on planets or capital starships and are built in squadrons of 12 apiece ...
Star Trek: Klingon Academy - Gameplay
... flight simulator, allowing players to command Klingon starships in the single-player campaign ... Starships and facilities of all featured races are available for quick battles and multiplayer matches ... Larger starships are even slower, stronger and less agile, emphasizing their massive frames and impressive firepower ...
Beechcraft Starship - Operational History
... Beech sold only eleven Starships in the three years following its certification ... the slow sales to the economic slowdown in the late-1980s, the novelty of the Starship, and the tax on luxury items that was in effect in the United States at the time ... In an effort to stimulate demand, Beech began offering two-year leases on new Starships in 1991 ...
Carl Falk
... Young", "Kiss You" by One Direction and "Starships" and "Pound The Alarm" by Nicki Minaj ... The same year "Starships" also made US Billboard history, by both debuting in and spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks in the US Top Ten ... awards for most performed songs of 2012 "Starships" and "What Makes You Beautiful" ...