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From:     Paul Westermeyer <westermeyer.3@???.edu>
Date:     Wed, 3 Jan 1996 22:22:23 -0500
Subject:  Re: Ship Design Questions.
> Does there exist somewhere a decent
>method for calculating a ships tonnage.  I've never been able to figure out
>how at least half of the ships provided in the boxed set and the lost ships
>accessory where calculated.  Some appear to have been calculated as just
>keel * beam * height, while others I can't get anywhere near no matter what
>I do.  :(
I have the same problem,  I've just been winging it lately,  if anyone
comes up with a good system,  please post it to the list!
>   The second question has to do with hull points.  The ship I'm in the
>process of creating is shaped basicly like a discuss with a diameter of
>20 feet, and a height of 5 feet at the center.  At the center the
>thickness of the hull is over 6 inches, dropping to about 2 inches at the
>outer edge.  From the design and materials used in the construction I've
>decided to give it an AR of 2.  But even being very generous with the tonnage
>and saying its a 3 ton ship means that a single hit from a medium catapult or
>ballista can take it out, and the medium catapult on average will only have
>to fire 4 shots to guarantee a hit.  And a heavy ballista will automaticly
>destroy the craft, and with a THAC0 of 12 will hit AR 2 50% of the time.
>
>   After all that, the question is what do people think about increasing
>the hull points of a craft based on the thickness of its armour, and/or its
>design?

I agree,  there needs to be some system that allows a ship to increase its
"toughness",  increasing AR just does not work!  I allow 2 extra hull
points for each ton of cargo spave given up to allow "thickening" of the
ships hull.
>   I'll post the ship later on in the week if people want it, it includes a
>new type of helm designed for craft of under 5 tons, and a couple of new
>weapon systems designed for fighter craft.  The deck plans will be in the form
>of a gif.
Please post the ship's stats,  I could use them!

"We look on the same stars,  the sky is common,  the same world surrounds
us.  What difference does it make by what pains each seeks the truth?  We
can not attain to so great a secret by one road..."
Symmachus,  "Memorial on the Occasion of the Removal of the Altar of
Victory from the Senate House" (392 AD)

westermeyer.3@???.edu
Paul William Westermeyer




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Ship Design Questions.    beilby@??????.???.??.au    02 Jan 1996 08:05:19
Re: Ship Design Questions.    Marco Camacho E.    02 Jan 1996 19:54:03
Re: Ship Design Questions.    Paul Westermeyer    04 Jan 1996 03:22:23

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