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From:     Skreyn@???.com
Date:     Wed, 22 Mar 1995 12:00:11 -0500
Subject:  Re: Sensor Array-Model 100/deckplans
My comments and questions about the sensor array:

  Drop the spell - not needed, as the item works by itself (no user
input).  There are plenty of magic items that have effects unlike spells,
so I think it would be OK to ignore the spell and just use the item.
  Orientation - does the item detect outward along the ship's gravity
plane?  If so, does it distinguish objects displaced vertically from those
on the gravity plane (i.e., since it's a flat screen, does it show an
object's location in 3-space?).
  I like the categories for classification - the size considerations
are wide enough to keep the user wary.
  How does it react to things like asteroid fields?  Does it show a big
band of blue with green and purple dots, or what?
  Does it only notice solid objects, or does it focus on gravity?  If the
latter, the device might be handy for detecting hard-to-see objects like
gas clouds or air worlds.
  You said the brighter the dot, the closer the object - is that how it
shows vertical distance?  Else why bother with brightness, as the
horizontal dimensions are shown on the screen.

I'd say it's a very good start.  With a little tinkering, this might
become an essential device for something like an outpost or trading
center, which would need accurate notification of visitors....

As for deckplans, I've started using my scanner at work, which should
speed up a lot of the electronifying of the plans....

- Sean
--
Sean K Reynolds      |   "We hug and we kiss, We sit and make lists
a.k.a. Veggie Boy    |   "We drink and I bandage your wrists."
skreyn@??????.com    |   'Everything Old Is New Again'
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