Traveller: Space Energy Weapons (WIP)

Space Energy Weapons (WIP)

1) Energy and range are linked by a square law so if the range is doubled the energy in the beam is reduced to a fourth. So if a beam has a strength of 4  at range 1 then it only has a strength of 1 at range 2

2) So range bands should be a power of 2, say 1, 2, 4, 8 so short = 1, medium = 2, long = 4, very long = 8

3) If minimum penetration is given an arbitrary value of 1 (representing some unspecified amount of energy) then

– a penetration value of 1 at short range requires a minimum initial strength of 1

– a penetration value of 1 at medium range requires a minimum initial strength of 4 (range doubles so strength/4)

– a penetration value of 1 at long range requires a minimum initial strength of 16 (giving a strength of 16 at short range, a strength of 4 at medium range and a strength of 1 at long range)

– a penetration value of 1 at very long range requires a minimum initial strength of 64 (giving a strength of 64 at short range, a strength of 16 at medium range, a strength of 4 at long range and a strength of 1 at very long range)

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For scenery say laser weapons are rated in pounders after Dr Yukio Pounder so

– a strength 1 laser is a one pounder

– a strength 2 laser is a two pounder

– a strength 64 laser is a sixty-four pounder

etc

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One way to keep it simple is to say a dedicated war ship can have one laser point for each 100 dtons displacement (in reality this would vary by TL) so a 100 dton ship can have 1, a 3200 dton ship can have 32 etc arranged as desired in any combination, for example

100dt ship: 1×1 pounder

200dt ship: 2×1 pounder or 1×2 pounder

1600dt ship: 1×16 pounder or 4×4 pounder or 1×8 pounder and 2×4 pounder etc

12,800 dton ship with 128 total points of energy weapon potential might have

1×64 pounder for very long range

2×16 pounder for long range

4×4 pounder for medium range

4xquad1 pounder for short range point defense (quad = four one pounders in a turret)

total firepower would be

128 at short range

28 at medium range

6 at long range

1 at very long range

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