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@ClocktowerEchos

Looks good, though I uh... naval combat in WWI took place at considerable distance. That kind of tactic might work under cover of night, if you get lucky. As a chief weapon of the navy though... if a single warship spots you at a few miles out, or somesuch, you're pretty much doomed.

Otherwise, off to a great start!
To be completely fair, ramships were a thing just a decade or two before WW1. It isn't a stretch that somebody would actually roll with it. Torpedo rams were basically small yet well armored ships with very small above waterline height and only armaments enough to ward off smaller vessels. They might've also carried torpedoes but that wasn't a requirement. I can see somebody going with torpedo rams. Heck, they might be even vindicated if say ships stomp the Uruk in a previous war. Heorot could be Japan to my Russia here.



@DarkspleenI don't wish to talk about it much because then it'd just sour moods and might even lead to antagonizing people.
We actually talked this out on discord in your absence. It seems certain people imagined my Bolters as rapid-firing siege weapons and then accused me because of their own misconception. You reacted to that and probably the result.
Also just like how you forgot about accepting my NS I didn't read about you banning said weapons when I posted my sheet. Although I kind of did ignore it after hearing the details. I apologize for that.

Anyways, please message me in Discord whenever you're online. I am working in irregular shifts, have multiple devices which might be turned on even when I am away so I am usually running Discord in invisible mode. So unfortunately you can never tell when I am up.
But I can surprise you. Especially since I have a minor case of neurosis and my sleep schedule is a mess.
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@DarkspleenJust ban clip and magazine fed weapons. Chu-ko-nu were useless at anything but extremely short range and were only ever used storming keeps. They have abysmal armor penetration. For a crossbow to be remotely useful against even lightly armored troops it needs a draw weight heavy enough that a magazine is only a hindrance when it is drawn.
I feel it's kind of redundant to ban magazine fed crossbows, too. Chu-ko-nu weren't useless, they just aren't used the same as other crossbows. Their design also had lot of inefficiencies that could've been streamlined if they became more widespread, I suppose.
Anyways, what I wanted to say is that magazine fed weapons aren't really much better than loading the next round by hand, it adds convenience and better portability. Also they aren't really overtaking an archer in terms of effectiveness.

Lastly, being afraid of somewhat higher rate of fire is an ahistorical concern. Ancient battlefield weapons couldn't afford to spew thousands of ammunition per hour or anything crazy like that. Neither doctrines of the time had much to build on increased rate of fire. It was convenient but not a game changer. In case of repeating crossbows as you said rate of fire came at the cost of power. You needed relatively light draw weight to make it feasible which of course made the weapon weaker.

@Willy Vereb We've got two problems: 1) I don't recall giving you permission to post in the character tab and 2) your military uses pump-action and lever-action crossbows, both of which are explicitly banned. You will need to remove those crossbows, or bolters as you call them, and resubmit your sheet for approval before you can post ICly.
1.) You gave me explicit permission to post my sheet on Sunday or Monday. I asked you in the chat. Discord is a bit messy to scroll back that far with the message feed but you also have the search function for a good reason.
EDIT: I actually found it. Not sure if this link format works but we'll see:
discordapp.com/channels/3790804108036…

2.) Pump-action and Lever-action are both are as old as the ancient ages, even for weapons. Your decision to ban them basically also removes Gastraphetes and Chu-ko-nu, among others. In addition neither weapons are semi-automatic, that applies to weapons that load the next round by themselves. Blowback operated action was the first such example and from that you can guess how very different that would be.
In addition there's a difference between pulling back a pump for a gun, where it only requires enough force to load the next cartridge, and for a crossbow. In a sense banning pump action is the equivalent of prohibiting bowmen to draw back the bowstrings.





I am considering that small slip of land between Gold and Monkey.
I'll probably pick dwarves and become Fantasy Switzerland. Clockwork, metalwork, mercenaries, all that.
@Willy Vereb
What places are you considering?
Unknown. I might be more of an actual company without any strict territorial holdings.
I am thinking about retooling my White Corps faction to fit this NRP.
Alternatively I might do a "Space Hungary" but the faction being more of the successors of a pan-slavic expedition to Alpha Centaury which went through a lot over the centuries and by now think about Hungary as a mythical body or legend than anything strictly with the nationality or culture. It sounds a bit of mess and it is but in the good way. The only pitfall could be if interstellar expeditions were not done until very recently or you wish to not have anyone from outside the Solar System.

BTW, did you think about creating a Discord server to players? This is the newest trend for RPs to supplement the OOC chat and allow more through interaction/planning.
>Stable microscopic black holes

Yeah, you'd need a quite huge black hole to accomplish that, actually. Likely at least a few orders of magnitude heavier than the said planet.

What would a micro black hole do which was magically made stable? It'd keep falling in and out of the planet while likely excavating a relatively small hole in the process. So basically it'd be more like an unstoppable bowling ball which keeps circling in and out of the planet while growing ever so slightly in the process. If light enough it might also stop in the core and stabilize there, basically just adding a tiny mass to the planet. Although it might influence tectonic movements on the long run.

In the end all that the black hole is just mass. Highly concentrated for sure but it still behaves like any other object.

Also realistic micro black holes would be akin to a mini sun if not even more intense, they would be white-hot as they spread radiation leakage everywhere. That's actually how they are supposed to work as energy source. Basically you just replace nuclear reactors with a black hole and you can keep the rest of the apparatus.

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