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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #540 on: 01 February 2015, 17:04:25 »
I wouldn't worry too much about jump ships and the like. I've just folded space from IX. There are many new machines on UX.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #541 on: 22 February 2017, 15:38:07 »
Thread Necromancy!

So, for any of you wondering how the orbital mechanics of Niops work, wonder no longer: we found them, only 40 light-years away:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/nearby-system-has-7-earth-sized-planets-several-in-the-habitable-zone/

Let's look at the similarities:

1. Red dwarf star (M8V instead of M5V, but close enough)
2. Seven planets close to Earth's mass, with the last three being clearly in the world's habitable zone.

I mean, holy crap, could this any more perfectly resemble Niops?
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #542 on: 22 February 2017, 15:52:13 »
Thread Necromancy!

So, for any of you wondering how the orbital mechanics of Niops work, wonder no longer: we found them, only 40 light-years away:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/nearby-system-has-7-earth-sized-planets-several-in-the-habitable-zone/

Let's look at the similarities:

1. Red dwarf star (M8V instead of M5V, but close enough)
2. Seven planets close to Earth's mass, with the last three being clearly in the world's habitable zone.

I mean, holy crap, could this any more perfectly resemble Niops?

Just saw this on the news, its incredibly close.

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #543 on: 22 February 2017, 16:31:21 »
Just saw this on the news, its incredibly close.

For those playing the home game:

Niops
Spectral Class: M5V
Time to Jump Point (at 1G with midpoint turnover): 2.45 days
Proximity Point Distance: 0.11 billion km (0.7353 AU)
Recharge Time: 206 hours
Approx. mass: 14% of Sol
Approx. Radius: 20% of Sol

TRAPPIST-1
Spectral Class: M8V
Time to Jump Point (at 1G with midpoint turnover): 2.09 days
Proximity Point Distance: 0.08 billion km (0.5348 AU)
Recharge Time:  209 hours
Approx. Mass: 8% of Sol
Approx. Radius: 11% of Sol

So, yes, TRAPPIST-1 is  around 57% the mass and diameter of our fictional Niops, but it's close enough that you could easily swap it out to little to no effect in your own game, as well as rough descriptions of what each world may be like.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #544 on: 23 February 2017, 03:18:27 »
What about TRAPPIST-1's position in relation to Earth? Rimward-Anti-Spinward?

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #545 on: 23 February 2017, 15:30:20 »
What about TRAPPIST-1's position in relation to Earth? Rimward-Anti-Spinward?

Opposite direction from Niops, amusingly.

Because Battletech's star map is 2D and takes liberties with reality, it takes a little extrapolation, but it's in the same ballpark direction as Markab and Fomalhaut, 40 LY from Earth.  So, figure TRAPPIST-1 is somewhere in the area between Styx, Nirasaki and Northwind.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #546 on: 24 February 2017, 09:48:43 »
Thanks  O0 Wow, that's pretty close by in BT terms. Niops is a few hundred LY away.

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #547 on: 27 February 2017, 22:02:36 »
Wonder if there any Timeshares are out for this yet?

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #548 on: 05 June 2018, 18:27:43 »
OK, hopefully playing my first Alpha Strike game next month, and looking to do a Niops-themed company for it.  Limit is 500 PV, and I was looking at:

2 HGN-732 Highlanders
2 UM-R60 UrbanMechs
4 BLR-1G BattleMasters
4 SHD-2H Shadow Hawks

Everyone is at a skill level of 3, which was recommended to speed up the game.

Thoughts, ideas, comments, suggestions?
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #549 on: 05 June 2018, 18:28:16 »
(last proposed lance for the game)
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #550 on: 05 June 2018, 19:16:44 »
Been looking around... Crockett-1 and -1b have same profile as Highlander-732, just way better stats... only -2 and +5 PV respectfully...

The -1b is a Royal, and we know they do build SLDF mechs, Royal possible.

4, 4, 3 or 5, 5, 4 vs. your 3, 4, 3...

Now if you jump to a -732b it gives you 67 PV...

Everything you have listed, minus a single Urbanmech, leaving you 2 PV left. Higlander-732b and Crockett-1b... 5, 6, 4 and 5, 5, 4 damage, plus the rest.

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #551 on: 05 June 2018, 20:04:07 »
Been looking around... Crockett-1 and -1b have same profile as Highlander-732, just way better stats... only -2 and +5 PV respectfully...

The -1b is a Royal, and we know they do build SLDF mechs, Royal possible.

4, 4, 3 or 5, 5, 4 vs. your 3, 4, 3...

Now if you jump to a -732b it gives you 67 PV...

Everything you have listed, minus a single Urbanmech, leaving you 2 PV left. Higlander-732b and Crockett-1b... 5, 6, 4 and 5, 5, 4 damage, plus the rest.

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Hmm, I'll have to see if I can dig up my Crockett mini.  That's got possibilities.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #552 on: 05 June 2018, 21:06:16 »
Would you run with BA?

Meaning a triple Nighthawk (P)ALs, one XXI and two XXII.

2 PV XXI
7 PV XXII
7 PV XXII

All 6"J and the XXI has LECM, the others have 1, 0, 0.

Would mean losing the Urbie, but you could swing it. A pair of Powerhouses anchoring with the SHawks running Recon with your BMasters dictating the field.

Thoughts GB?

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #553 on: 06 June 2018, 03:48:34 »
Would you run with BA?

Meaning a triple Nighthawk (P)ALs, one XXI and two XXII.

2 PV XXI
7 PV XXII
7 PV XXII

All 6"J and the XXI has LECM, the others have 1, 0, 0.

Would mean losing the Urbie, but you could swing it. A pair of Powerhouses anchoring with the SHawks running Recon with your BMasters dictating the field.

Thoughts GB?

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I would have to buy some BA minis. I have 2-3 Kanazuchi, 1 Sloth, 1 Nighthawk, and 1 Marauder.  Those are individual suits.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #554 on: 02 July 2018, 00:29:50 »
Whens the game Gio?

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #555 on: 02 July 2018, 02:56:30 »
July 14. So have a bit of time yet.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #556 on: 16 January 2019, 18:35:45 »
So, haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, and debating between now and next payday, but does anyone know if Niops gets a mention in Shattered Fortress?  I know there's some Marian activity there, so it had me wondering.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #557 on: 16 January 2019, 18:54:27 »
Not one that I recall . . . but to be fair, most of it is focused FS/CC/Rep with a dash of Drac, Wolf & Falcon.

Disappointing in that regard since MWDA left a lot of great League based storylines- to include the Regulan's trying to pit Niops against the Rim Commonality.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #558 on: 01 February 2021, 18:16:41 »
Bit behind on my 2020 releases, and it's been a couple years.  Anything in the recent source books or Recognition Guides for Niops?
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #559 on: 01 February 2021, 21:00:34 »
Nope. Only the Alliance(Clan), Taurians and Canopus are prominently mentioned in recent products.

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #560 on: 02 February 2021, 11:03:03 »
Aurigans, Scorpions, and pirates also got some mention.  IIRC Niops hand built Black Knights, with that mech now out in RecGuides I do not expect them to get a reference.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #561 on: 03 February 2021, 00:53:45 »
Aurigans are just a nod to the game since it's already a fallen state. Scorpions are still Clan, not Periphery.

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #562 on: 03 February 2021, 01:28:52 »
We do not know about the Aurigans for sure . . . think the Hansa got a shout out too.  And the Scorp nod was to a freebirth IIRC.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #563 on: 03 February 2021, 02:01:39 »
Aurigans, Scorpions, and pirates also got some mention.  IIRC Niops hand built Black Knights, with that mech now out in RecGuides I do not expect them to get a reference.

They used to build those and Highlanders, but the ability to do so was lost during the Jihad between the raids and destruction of the Project Workshops by first the Marians and then the Word of Blake.
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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #564 on: 03 February 2021, 03:47:28 »
In effect making Niops of the Dark Age like a hermit state. It's uncertain whether they can even build Nighthawks now

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Re: Empire of the Nerds: The Niops Association Thread
« Reply #565 on: 18 February 2021, 14:04:21 »
In effect making Niops of the Dark Age like a hermit state. It's uncertain whether they can even build Nighthawks now

I think the only industry Niops has left is mining which is run by Interstellar Expeditions. In FM 3145 it is stated that the workshops were abandoned. Best guess: Niops can only produce ammo for it's military hardware.

 

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