Thanas wrote:Why? He still has his homeworld. Let the mods decide that if that is taken out, his pirate coalition will splinter and no longer be a threat.
This is nice, but it has the drawback that there's no way to trim back his operations effectively without
taking his homeworld. You can't fight a border war against an opponent with no borders.
Darkevilme wrote:@Simon_JesterHow big is really big? We already have some crazy huge beamcannon as the main guns of the Juggernaut after all.
At the high end? We build our dreadnoughts around them on a spinal mount. Effectively continuous beam, pulse repetition rate ~30 MHz, pulse energy... well. I can't very well nail that down in a setting built around the Law of No Numbers, now can I? That would be telling
We're not averse to scaling up from, but we can't find anyone interested in building a ship large enough to mount one.
It slices, it dices, it radioactivates the target, it can even fire antiprotons without losing its edge! Take advantage of this one-time offer... while you still can!
(Ion cannon variant designs cost extra. Some assembly and tuning required. Offer not valid where Maxwell's Laws or special theory of relativity do not apply.)
We do not believe in big cannons. We believe in missile spam - backed up by big cannons.
That's okay, Thanas. Big cannons believe in you. And in your missile salvoes, because they are just that omni-benevolent.
And lo, is it not written: "Point defense free. Ten-millisecond burst on each incoming, Gaussian-annular spread within burst, assume five gravity average evasive maneuver."
Simon_Jester wrote:(Psst. Anyone want to buy a really big particle cannon?)
A few of of my destroyers
are experiments in massive and powerful spinally mounted particle projection cannons. Should I write you in as being the supplier of my CareBearStare
That depends. Do you care enough to use the very best?
We may not be all that good at bioscience. We may not be all that good at nanotechnology. Our AI programming may be only marginally above adequate. Our government may be comically inefficient in a variety of ways. We may have the interplanetary Gini coefficient to beat all Gini coefficients. But by God
no one beats us at particle accelerators!
Also, your Lancer
-class reminds us of a smaller, cuter version of our own capital ships, so how can we resist?
Darkevilme wrote:so the Chamarran hierarchy was founded 350 years ago with change. That works.
And seen as everyone is talking doctrine i'm sure those who've read my OOB have seen that the Chamarran's don't bother with what i'm terming anticapitalship batteries (ie dozens of moderately beefy broadside or turreted cannons) in favour of nastier top tier anti capital ship beam weapons, but otherwise have every other category of death dealing equipment represented.
This is also our feeling. If we are going to shoot at big heavily armored targets, we want something that speaks with authority
Siege wrote:That kind of assumes the hyperdrive is accurate enough to get that close to an enemy, and that the enemy will be obliging enough to just sit there and wait for you to emerge from hyperspace. Which they probably won't be.
Well. Sometimes, as with WWI trench warfare, the attacker's high-risk high-reward plan doesn't come together, and they all die uselessly.
PeZook wrote: Thanas wrote:
Smart AI missiles are not, especially not when fired from long-distance.
Abominable organics! We knew you would resort to slavery to fight your wars!
Worse. Slave suicide bombers
Steve wrote:....and can anyone (who is an SDNW2 vet) explain my sudden temptation to have a "New Astaria" as some "independent" shithole world in some sector of the Outback that is constantly the target of New Anglian invasions and interventions because of their tendency to indulge in sentient-trafficking? (It'd be at the extent of one of the "spider-web" hyperlanes that criss-cross the shoals, connecting to a main travel lane through the same shoals).
...you want to mock Norseman? And/or re-enact a variation on the plot of 55 Days in Kalunda?