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From:     Leroy Van Camp III <van891@??????.edu>
Date:     Sun, 23 Jun 1996 01:04:42 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:  Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...

On Sun, 23 Jun 1996, Thomas O. Magann Jr. wrote:

> >    At this point, though, I came to a problem of logisitcs.  The helm,
> >though only capable of tactical speeds, still needs to be piloted by a
> >mage or priest.  And since I envision these ships as being fairly fast,
> >they would have to be piloted by higher level characters.  And the idea of
> >fleets of these ships being piloted by high level mages starts to strain
> >believability.
>
> Instead of (or as well as) a whole specialty class (and one that's going to
> be taking heavy casualties, as their the front runners of any battle, so
> there's going to be a shortage), you can also do a couple of other things.

    This aspect isn't really a problem.  The Elven Imperial Fleet is a bit
more trim in my world.  There is no second Unhuman War on the horizon, so
the Fleet is lean and mean.  Most will see little action.
   _But_, should the need arise, the elves can muster a huge number of
reserves.  There are high number of young elves on various planets just
waiting for a chance to get into space.
    Something big would have to happen before casulties become a problem.

> For instance, a Ring of the Orbus can be standard equipment. There's on point
> of speed, or, if the elves make these Tactical Helms, they could use Orbuses
> in the enchantment, and make the Helm's innately +1 SR.

    This may just be my own campaign style, but orbus rings will never be
common enough for a whole fleet to be equipped with them.

> Also, the pilots could learn the Spelljamming proficeincy from the CSHB.

    The Spelljamming does not grant a +1 in my campaigns (just a personal
preference kind of thing.)

> And, if the elves have access to an Aracokra ship yard, there's another +1.

    Again, based on personal preference, Aarakocra ships get no such
bonus, at least not in space.  (IMHO this was a lame concept.  The idea
that a race's knowledge of aerodynamics is going to mean anything to a
spelljamming ship is ludicrous.  Yes, I know it's a fantasy setting, but
this leaps into the Silly Section.)

> And all of these are more easily renewable resources than one based on the
> breeding curve of the elves. And they allow mages, priests and bards to run
> the ships.

    Well, all except for the Orbus Rings.

    Sorry for all the "That's not how it is in my campaigns" answers.
This wasn't meant as an attack.  I just have certain notions on how things
work in SJ, and these don't fit.
    Like most people, I'm sure, I adjust the setting to suit me
conceptions.
    After the initial boxed set some of the people who contributed to the
SJ setting added some silly concepts.  Aerodynamic space ships is one of
them (good for flying through atmospheres, irrellevant in space), as well
as basing a ship's space stats on weight (like the ship construction
system in WCC).  But this is just MHO.


	     		  Leroy Van Camp III
  	  owner-mystara-l@??.com         van891@??????.edu
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A New Class for the SJ setting...    Leroy Van Camp III    22 Jun 1996 08:47:48
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    23 Jun 1996 00:32:36
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Paul Westermeyer    23 Jun 1996 02:57:43
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Leroy Van Camp III    23 Jun 1996 08:04:42
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Leroy Van Camp III    23 Jun 1996 09:03:24
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Shelby Michlin    23 Jun 1996 16:01:45
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Paul Westermeyer    23 Jun 1996 15:04:54
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    23 Jun 1996 20:31:57
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Leroy Van Camp III    24 Jun 1996 10:55:04
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    sinny@?????????.net    24 Jun 1996 12:31:30
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Eugene Shumu1insky    24 Jun 1996 14:53:47
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Eugene Shumu1insky    24 Jun 1996 14:55:55
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    24 Jun 1996 20:25:42
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Ken Lipka    25 Jun 1996 12:06:20
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Jamie Cavanagh    25 Jun 1996 15:02:20
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Jamie Cavanagh    25 Jun 1996 21:54:53
A New Class for the SJ setting...    Leroy Van Camp III    27 Jun 1996 02:04:53
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Ken Lipka    27 Jun 1996 12:08:02
Re: A New Class for the SJ setting...    Jamie Cavanagh    27 Jun 1996 13:09:17

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