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MegaMek Games / Standard minefield?
« Last post by Styker on Today at 13:07:30 »
What size is a standard minefield?
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Legend-Killer's abilities?
« Last post by klarg1 on Today at 13:05:34 »
Or the sensors are calibrated for a particular reading of footfall patterns to infer weight and something about LK's modifications trip them up. That would fit well with the idea that LK is running custom myomers (for easier piloting or faster rotation?) along with its electronics.

I suppose it’s possible. Given the amount of text devoted exposition and internal monologues in the Warrior trilogy it seems odd that none of the three characters with access to the ‘mech seem all that interested in the technology. It also leaves the question of why Capet did so well unanswered.
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Ground Combat / Re: Floating criticals, do you use them?
« Last post by Apocal on Today at 13:04:16 »
I actually realize that I might have mis-read that rules, as I had not interpreted it as the crit should go to CT. I expected it to mean, roll again. So, I've always played with "floating" crits.

This is a pretty common reasons for using floating crits, yeah.
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Novel and Sourcebook Reviews / Re: Writing ELH Fiction
« Last post by DarkISI on Today at 13:03:49 »
Are we going to get all these Light Horse stories in one Anthology?  I'd really like to have it in DTF and read it the old school way.

Yes. Sometime next year.
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Combat Vehicles / Re: Donar Assault Helicopter (Blood Spirit)
« Last post by Cannonshop on Today at 13:03:33 »
It's a better design than the original.  While you lose the guaranteed damage effect of Streaks, if you're getting into SRM range in the first place in a VTOL it likely shouldn't be against 'mechs to begin with, and infernoes make much better work against conventionals like tanks, BA and infantry.  (I mention those specifically, but Tanks are teh target here-specifically tank-type vehicles without turrets, that rely on forward weapons arrays.)

THe improvements to recon capability make for it having an actual role in a scouting star, and the Clan ERLL is a pretty good ranged sniping weapon that doesn't require ammunition to work.
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I mean, that's more or less what they are already doing. You have several people, from scientists to instructors tell Lena "86 aren't people." The crime being committed is an open secret -  anyone interested in taking more than a cursory glance at things understands the 86 are being used as organic components of the war machines. The public at large just doesn't care to examine it all that closely because it's easier to pretend than feel complicit. Throughout the series the only person in San Magnolia who seems genuinely shocked and horrified about the truth is Lena herself.
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MegaMek Games / Re: Rationalizing Ranks and Unit Organization
« Last post by drjones on Today at 12:51:28 »
My thinking on mechwarriors and ranks, given that mechwarriors (at least circa 3025) are supposed to in essence be minor nobility, tends towards those mechwarriors who are below the position of lance commander being the equivalent of warrant officers, not enlisted. This is probably akin to U.S. Army helicopter pilots, although I haven't really thought about whether there would be multiple ranks within "MechWarrior"; the U.S. Army analogy isn't exactly inspiring -- "Chief MechWarrior 5" anyone?  :)
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Legend-Killer's abilities?
« Last post by Apocal on Today at 12:49:59 »
The part about it being a basic 3N that never sat well with me is the Solaris Boxed set notation about evidence suggesting the mech was closer to 80+ tons.
  I assume that is arena seismic sensors. If its stomping around triggering heavier foot steps than 60 tons then it should be more than 60 tons.
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I'm all for quirks & other items too for it to be special & last 7 full years as the champ.   Just wish all that somehow covered the "we know it was heavier" quote.

Or the sensors are calibrated for a particular reading of footfall patterns to infer weight and something about LK's modifications trip them up. That would fit well with the idea that LK is running custom myomers (for easier piloting or faster rotation?) along with its electronics.
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To me the obvious solution would be "mecha piloted by people are better than drones, which is why we don't have any," plus "we put the undesirables in the mecha because it's their best chance to make themselves useful instead of just wasting the air that could be breathed by the people we like."
This way they're not setting themselves up for a terrible PR disaster that the propaganda ministry is going to spend months fixing.  The first line sells because it's easy to brew resentment and mistrust of automated or remote-controlled killing machines, and the second line sells because if you already have an undesirable caste you've conditioned the rest of your population to hate, it makes said population feel good that said undesirables are making themselves useful.  While dying.
Oh, and you can discredit any evidence that the drones are in fact better than piloted machines by saying it's propaganda created by subversive elements to deceive everyone, and that Real Citizens know better than to believe a word of it.
Boom, problem solved.  I'm a better sci-fi dystopian tyrant than the ones in 86.
On an unrelated note, I just remembered that Ex-Arm exists so there's my weekend.
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Fan Fiction / Re: War is a grave.
« Last post by Euphonium on Today at 12:39:26 »
That's what I'm hoping, but sometimes the bad guys have something you aren't prepared for, or the good guys simply get overconfident and screw up somewhere.
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