Search SJML Archives! (Powered by Google)

Previous Message: Re: 3D Maps
Next Message: Re: Groundlings using spelljammers
Month Index: October, 1994


From:     Michael Sandy <mehawk@?????.?????.com>
Date:     Fri, 21 Oct 94 11:21 PDT
Subject:  Re: Groundlings using spelljammers
I think you are seriously _underestimating_ the utility of Spelljamming
ships to groundlings.

1)  Trade:  The value of a ship is a function of its cargo capacity and its
round trip time.  For long haul journeys, which take sailing vessels _months_
a SJ ship spends most of its time just loading and unloading its cargo as
everything on the planet is less than a day away.  This puts a premium on
fast loading and unloading capability.  So a sea going galley costs 30,000
and a Galleon costs 50,000, a Hammership has a trade value of easily
30 times that for trading voyages of over a month.  For comparison, during
the 13 Century AD India and Malaysia got rich on trade that took a whole
year to go from Arabia to Malaysia and back.  Imagine a Bi-weekly run!

2)  Colonies.  It is much easier to establish a colony if the homeland is
only a short jaunt away.  Using Crystal balls or other magical communications
a very small Spelljamming Navy could transport Heavy marines in very short
time.  SJ ships not usable on defense, what idiocy!  I do not want to
attack against aerial superiority, think WWI.  I have superior intelligence.
Think Napoleon's march on Moscow, the Cossacks appear behind your lines and
screw up your resupply.  Any army column small enough not to have supply
probelms can be dealt with by marines.

3)  Civil control.  You need to maintain a lot few troops, and in a central
locations, if you can use them to piss on the sparks of rebellion before
things get out of hand.  Further, _knowing_ you can use airborne troops
will deter many revolutionaries from acting.

I envision SJ ships doing to small feudal holdings what large cannon did in
our universe.  Any kin or would be king who buys them can squeeze out
every opponent who doesn't until all surviving powers have them, if only
for deterent value.

A spelljammer with company of bandits could wreck the economy of any
groundling nation that didn't have extensive magic, and if they have
extensive magic, why don't they have Jammers?

Michael Sandy


Previous Message: Re: 3D Maps
Next Message: Re: Groundlings using spelljammers
Month Index: October, 1994

SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Groundlings using spelljammers    Martin Anthony Laxton    21 Oct 1994 01:49:11
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Joseph Delisle    21 Oct 1994 02:30:23
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Pascal Gaudette    21 Oct 1994 06:33:21
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Skreyn@???.com    21 Oct 1994 10:38:22
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Michael Sandy    21 Oct 1994 18:21:00
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Michael Sandy    21 Oct 1994 18:34:00
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    brian gute    23 Oct 1994 21:11:31
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Joseph Delisle    28 Oct 1994 18:59:34
Re: Groundlings using spelljammers    Michael Sandy    02 Nov 1994 06:42:00

[ SPJ-L@Cornell.edu ] [ Spelljammer@Leicester.ac.uk ] [ Spelljammer@MPGN.com ] [ Spelljammer-L@Oracle.Wizards.com ]