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From:     Eugene Shumu1insky <static@??.???.????.edu>
Date:     Thu, 23 Mar 1995 13:53:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject:  Re: Clavruc, Net.Ships.Book, Gravity
In our last episode, Skreyn@???.com said:
>It tends to fall along the object's longest axis (Concordance, page 13,
>column 2, paragraph 1).
	Right.  Got that...  Thing is, I'm totally Redefining gravity.
I've just never liked the longest axis theory.  I think TSR did that just
for playability.  Their theory doesn't even allow for natural orbits, DMs
need to explain it with magic and the "will of the gods".

>Not to be snotty, but I think you might want to check out my two articles
>on gravity that I posted a few months ago.  They are now at my ftp site
>(, pub/sk/skreyn/veggie/sj) and will be included in the

>I detail Gravity: Flat or Spherical in one file, and Gravity:
>Large and Small in the other.  I go over why/how gravity shifts from
>planar to spherical, how it ranges about "Earth-normal," and some
>spells to adjust gravity for odd situations or ships (such as the
>Scorpion, which has a curved gravity plane).  If you want to set up
>the rules the way you want for your GURPS conversion, feel free, of
>course, but if you're tampering with SJ's rules, or coming up with
>odd theories which conflict with mine (grin), I'll have to sic my
>troop of vampire lich-giff bounty hunters on you....  :)
	I think I'll have to edit my file.  It's been a long time since I've
written anything along those lines, and my technique needs much improvement.
After reading your files I noticed that our theories are similar, at least I
think they are.  Besides, IMO, the SJ rules need quite a bit of tampering.
And I think that my theories simply augment, or re-explain, your threories.

>An object floating on the gravity is slowly pushed _outward_ to the
>edge of the air envelope (Concordance, page 13, column 3, paragraph 2).
>Otherwise, you'd always have tons of space junk clinging to the sides
>of ships, and it would be a lot harder to dump your garbage.
	I know.  I just thought that since spherical gravity pulls towards
the center, so should planer gravity, which is just a "flattened" sphere.
I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that's the way I visualize gravity
working.  The garbage cleanup I kinda liked because it added atmosphere.  And
the pull towards the center is so slight if you throw outwards with any amount
of force, it *will* leave the gravity envelope.  That's just my opinion, of
course... (:

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Clavruc, Net.Ships.Book, Gravity    Skreyn@???.com    23 Mar 1995 17:02:02
Re: Clavruc, Net.Ships.Book, Gravity    Eugene Shumu1insky    23 Mar 1995 18:53:42
Re: Clavruc, Net.Ships.Book, Gravity    CDEVLIN@??????.???.??.us    23 Mar 1995 17:28:00

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