Poll

What is your favorite Cargo Hauler?

Leopard
Intruder
Buccaneer
Union
Seeker
Nagumo
Condor
Hannibal
Triumph (Obsolete)
Hercules
Mule
Model 97 "Octopus"
Rose
Mammoth
Behemoth
Sassanid
Lion
Aqueduct
Czar
Danais
Trojan
Model 96 "Elephant
Vanir
Monarch
I just want to see the results (Non-participant)
Manatee
Jumbo

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Minemech

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What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« on: 05 February 2024, 22:34:27 »
What is your favorite Cargo Hauler? Why?

 I slipped in some that are not outright haulers but are reasonable candidates at any time to act as haulers anyhow.

 If I missed one, or what you find to be a viable candidate, feel free to name it and I will edit the poll. Castrums do not count.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #1 on: 06 February 2024, 04:26:49 »
I'm partial to the Manatee, personally... ;)

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #2 on: 06 February 2024, 23:29:59 »
I'm partial to the Manatee, personally... ;)
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #3 on: 07 February 2024, 04:14:42 »
Thanks! :)

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #4 on: 07 February 2024, 09:01:44 »
Most on the list are definitely not purchased to be cargo haulers, they have other primary missions in which cargo/logistics is a secondary function. So this is going to get some funk results for sure.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #5 on: 07 February 2024, 18:28:00 »
Mule. It's a very common workhorse adequate for sensible sorts of interstellar freight and having enough room to be converted into any military role.
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #6 on: 07 February 2024, 19:33:05 »
Alan Grant (and Cray): The Manatee doesn't have that problem, and to be fair, neither does the Mule (at least not until the WoB starts installing nukes...) :D

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #7 on: 08 February 2024, 12:53:31 »
I like the Jumbo, but I don't see it listed here.
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #8 on: 08 February 2024, 16:33:25 »
I like the Jumbo, but I don't see it listed here.
It has been added.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #9 on: 10 February 2024, 19:49:40 »
Mammoth.

It can make its own landing site, and still only needs one Docking Collar.  Plenty of room for custom setups, or just the default version can be filled with supplies that others to want to keep safe.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #10 on: 11 February 2024, 20:18:09 »
 I have to admit, I did not expect the Mammoth to blow its way through by such a margin. I did not bother listing some such as the cargo Aurora because it is essentially a lesser cargo Leopard (Though the Aurora is lighter and a bit more controversial). I know the merchant Nagumo had an obscure reference in TRO 3057 alongside the cargo Union and Triumph dropships. I was a bit surprised the Rose did not get a vote.   

 

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #11 on: 11 February 2024, 20:40:13 »
I'm just happy the Manatee came in third (so far at least)... :)

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #12 on: 11 February 2024, 20:57:30 »
Unless we're factoring in semi-intangibles like noise ordinances around populated areas and maintenance to the spaceports that have to repeatedly endure dropships lifting off and landing, the Mammoth is basically the closest to the ideal, being able to carry the most cargo in a single hull.

But I still picked the Buccaneer, because I just think it's neat.
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #13 on: 11 February 2024, 22:09:09 »
Unless we're factoring in semi-intangibles like noise ordinances around populated areas and maintenance to the spaceports that have to repeatedly endure dropships lifting off and landing, the Mammoth is basically the closest to the ideal, being able to carry the most cargo in a single hull.

But I still picked the Buccaneer, because I just think it's neat.
The Buccaneer is indeed a phenomenal ship and one that is popular in-universe for just that. I chose a different ship from those two myself. The Buccaneer's status as an aerodyne is a plus in my opinion and was tempting. It is also one of my favorites.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #14 on: 12 February 2024, 03:09:02 »
I'm just happy the Manatee came in third (so far at least)... :)

Wait, are you the other Manatee voter?
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #15 on: 12 February 2024, 04:15:06 »
Yep!  I asked the OP to add it, too... ;)

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #16 on: 13 February 2024, 22:15:38 »
Mule. It's a very common workhorse adequate for sensible sorts of interstellar freight and having enough room to be converted into any military role.
THIS.
It's listed as the most common merchant dropship. That means unlike a lot of the others listed
spare parts are available. I see remaining functional as more important then outright efficiency per ton.

You can't haul cargo if you can't keep it running.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #17 on: 23 February 2024, 10:23:02 »
The good news is that the Mule has modestly more than half of the Mammoth. The bad news is that the other haulers have largely performed poorly compared with both. Given the niche role of these ships in a war game, it is understandable. I will admit that I thought that aesthetics among other factors would be more impactful, but perhaps given the background nature of these ships, those factors held less sway. I can easily see why both the Mule and the Mammoth would stand out. This made for an interesting contrast with the Assault Ship poll. 
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #18 on: 15 March 2024, 22:41:01 »
I voted Mammoth, it is the only think making the logistics anything but a joke.
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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #19 on: 16 March 2024, 20:49:08 »
I voted Danais.  I know the Trojan is on the list, but since its just a variant I didnt vote for it.

Starting from the grey death book, where the danais had the millenium falcon treatment of hidden guns and such, I always loved it as a small scale hero ship.  Small enough to go unnoticed, big enough to be modded and still haul cargo.  Its the Firefly of the Battletech Verse, great for a small crew to hop job to job.

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #20 on: 17 March 2024, 06:20:55 »
With the two Small Craft bays, I can see that.  Even though I prefer the Manatee... :)

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Re: What is your favorite Cargo Hauler (Dropship)?
« Reply #21 on: 17 March 2024, 06:56:52 »
The Danais is an absolutely great ship.  My reason for choosing the Manatee, though, is that it comes in enough flavors to cover nearly any use case: it’s a general cargo hauler, or a dedicated ‘Mech hauler, can be a DropShuttle or use a KF boom and be a full DropShip.
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