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From:     Skreyn@???.com
Date:     Sun, 16 Oct 1994 03:01:55 -0400
Subject:  Re: Ship: Manship
I had some free time, so I thought I'd try to work out something
for Dougal's little bulder-ship, and this is what I came up with
(Dougal, if you have already designed something, please say so ...
I don't mean to step on your toes).

Oh, and I did draw a graphic for my version of it ... it's
at Netcom (called Manship.GIF).

Ship Type: Manship
Built By: Humans
Used By: Any
Tonnage: 1 tons
Hull Points: 1
Crew: 1/1
Maneuverability Class: B
Landing-Land: Yes
Landing-Water: No
Armor Rating: 8
Saves As: Thin wood
Power Type: ManHelm
Ship's Rating: 2
Standard Armament:
  2 Grappling arms
Cargo: Personal tons
Keel Length: 10' (with arms)
Beam Length: 8'
Cost: 8000 gp (includes Manhelm)
Origin: beilby@??????.???.??.au
     The Manship is a one-person construction device.  It is little more
than a large box with two grappling arms on it.  Its power source, the
Manhelm, is built into the box, and the pilot sits on an external seat.  The
helm allows anyone sitting in the pilot's seat to fly the ship at an SR of 2
(tactical speed only), regardless of class or skill of the pilot.  The helm
also allows the 2 grappling arms to be animated by the helmsman.
     These arms, which have an effective strength of 18, are normally used
to carry items about in a space dock or construction facility.  They have
shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints, allowing a remarkable degree of
manipulation of carried objects.  Optional tools may also be mounted on the
ends of the arms' hands.  If used in combat, the arms can punch for 2d6 hit
points of damage (0-1 hull points of damage) or grapple with 18 strength.
The Manhelm is designed for this type of ship; if it is removed from a
Manship (and is not damaged in the process, since it saves as thick wood)
and used on another, it only can move a ship of up to 2 tons at 2 SR
(tactical speed only), and the grappling control is nonexistant.
     The pilot is normally strapped onto the ship, in order to prevent falls
from sudden changes in gravity planes.  Since the grapple-arms are
controlled mentally, the pilot's hands are free; many pilots carry a weapon
such as a crossbow for personal defense since they require little arm room.
Note that hand-held items and the grapple arms cannot be used simultaneously.
Sean K Reynolds   a.k.a. Veggie Boy  skreyn@??????.com  skreyn@???.com
"You think you're so smart, but I've seen you naked,
"I'll probably see you naked again." 'Blame it on me', BareNaked Ladies

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