Author Topic: (Answered) Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating  (Read 3107 times)

Saklad5

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Why aren't the transport bays on Small Craft (and other non-capital units capable of mounting bays) counted when evaluating the transportation of a force? My understanding is that they are equivalent to the bays that are counted, and they ultimately require the same amount of space.

For a specific example: I'd like to design a transport DropShip with Small Craft bays rather than Battle Armor bays: the Small Craft themselves contain battle armor bays, which allows the battle armor in transit to be deployed for boarding actions and such if a fleet is intercepted.

This arrangement seems to show up in-universe, such as with the NL-45. And the entire point of using a bay over a compartment is including permanent accomodations (including support personnel), so it can't be a matter of not being suitable for long-term travel.

I suspect this rule was added to ensure a company actually has the ability to make jumps with all of their bays. If so, I'd appreciate a simple modification: if enough Small Craft bays are present on DropShips/JumpShips/WarShips, all bays within the Small Craft are counted for the purpose of the Company Rating.
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Re: Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #1 on: 17 June 2023, 11:22:49 »
Bump.

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Re: Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #2 on: 19 July 2023, 17:52:46 »
Bump.

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Re: Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #3 on: 22 July 2023, 10:02:28 »
Could you explain a bit more, perhaps with book and page number?

Transportation ratings in Campaign Operations' do count small craft as a means of transport, so small crafts' own internal bays are counted as you outline.
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Re: Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #4 on: 22 July 2023, 16:59:25 »
Page 35 of the third printing of Campaign Operations says this:

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Transportation Rating: To determine a Force’s Transportation Rating, first determine if the Force’s own transports (only DropShuttles, DropShips, JumpShips, and WarShips) are sufficient to convey the Force, including its noncombatants (technicians, administrators, specialist infantry, etc.).

That seemingly means bays inside Small Craft (as well as Support Vehicles like the Baleena) aren't included, as they aren't DropShuttles, DropShips, JumpShips, or WarShips. Is that a mistake?
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Re: Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #5 on: 23 July 2023, 09:36:22 »
The intent was not to exclude smallcraft. By all means, include them in the calculations. Errata proposed:
https://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=72984.msg1949554#msg1949554
« Last Edit: 23 July 2023, 09:46:42 by cray »
Mike Miller, Materials Engineer

**"A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything." --Wash, Firefly.
**"Well, the first class name [for pocket WarShips]: 'Ship with delusions of grandeur that is going to evaporate 3.1 seconds after coming into NPPC range' tended to cause morale problems...." --Korzon77
**"Describe the Clans." "Imagine an entire civilization built out of 80’s Ric Flairs, Hulk Hogans, & Macho Man Randy Savages ruling over an entire labor force with Einstein Level Intelligence." --Jake Mikolaitis


Disclaimer: Anything stated in this post is unofficial and non-canon unless directly quoted from a published book. Random internet musings of a BattleTech writer are not canon.

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Re: (Answered) Small Craft transport bays and Company Rating
« Reply #6 on: 23 July 2023, 17:11:57 »
Perfect, thanks!