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#101 Postby Crumbs » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:22 pm

I would make starships only take damage from weapons labeled with a designator and give that designator to all weapons on a starship and any ground based weapons designed to defend against them like the ion cannon on hoth. As for scaling starship weapons against non starships I would start at a +10 to damage and go up from there.

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#102 Postby steelbrok » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:13 am

So I was thinking about this last night :)

I was wondering whether it was a mistake to keep the ships slavishly to character traits, such as Strength and agility, and that maybe the High space route of simply choosing new traits (FTL, dispalcement etc) was better.

However using normal character traits does mean familiarity, ease of use and they work well with some of the other subsystems Chaosmeister has out into Savage Space.

It then occured to me that altering Secondary characteristics is the way to do things, specifically how Toughness is calculated.

(please bear in mind the actual figures haven't been play tested yet)

Instead of Tough = Vigour/2 + 2
For Spaceships, Tough = Vigour/2 + 16

This gives a basic range of 18 to 22 or 18 to 27 if the Large, Huge and Gargantuan edges are allowed in the setting.

This does mean that weapon damages have to be increased in type and/or number but this is a good thing. It means that spaceship weapons now do enough damage to be a real threat to normal heavy armour vehicles without any fiddly adjustments to the system.

(Either give them AP = 100 or keep the spaceship weapons ignore vehicle armour rule)

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#103 Postby samuraicrab » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:16 am

I just read it. I love the book overall but, I have one minor gripe. There are no listed aliens.

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#104 Postby Chaosmeister » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:39 pm

@Steelbrok Hm it is an interesting approach but kind of defeats the whole "Numbers for ships and characters are the same" angle. It is not a bad idea though. I toyed also with the possibillity of simply stating "All Spaceship guns add flat +10 against everything. But maybe by simply doubling the damage the effect would be the similar. I want to avoid big numbers in toughness and damage rolls as much as possible. The "Power creep" is my only gripe with SW, the Toughness numbers get ridiculous.

@samuraicrab: Glad you like it! The omission of Aliens was a conscious decision. Creating aliens in SWD is really easy. I wanted to create a toolbox but in that case it was not necessary because the tools are already available in the core rules.
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