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by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Weapon Laws OXZ
Replies: 26
Views: 11216

Re: Weapon Laws OXZ

Another thing I'll have to try at some point (when I'm backtracking by a saved-game, or something), but wouldn't the tactics of an energy bomb make it a bit of a suicide weapon. You hit a button, and something nasty happens to all ships in your vicinity - but not stations. So ... how did you surviv...
by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Weapon Laws OXZ
Replies: 26
Views: 11216

Re: Weapon Laws OXZ

Energy Bomb included (cim credited) Another thing I'll have to try at some point (when I'm backtracking by a saved-game, or something), but wouldn't the tactics of an energy bomb make it a bit of a suicide weapon. You hit a button, and something nasty happens to all ships in your vicinity - but not...
by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Weapon Laws OXZ
Replies: 26
Views: 11216

Re: Weapon Laws OXZ

Even the worm comes with a laser unless I'm very much mistaken. Never having tried other ships than the default Cobra and occasionally cargo hulks like an Anaconda (something I'll get round to when I've completed my "round", I think?), but wouldn't the reduced power plant of e.g. a Worm reduce the ...
by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander

It's going to be a tight fit. This image shows the "docking pOOint", with the spacecraft to size, and a 3m-diameter docking circle. Fancy trying to parallel-park your car, with those solar panels, amongst those boulders?
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by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander

Fascinating - thanks, Doc! Go JAXA! I was just browsing to try to work out how to control the images a bit better, something like (in BBCode) {img=width,height}url{/img}. There is an RTFM at https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=2105534 , but that's probably more like hard work than ...
by RockDoctor
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Your docking window is open until 20190222:23:15:00, Commander

EDITS : I'm adding a couple of images from time to time, with the time-stamps, to show the "ground rush" effect. I've had people describe "ground rush" to me from a BASE jumper's point of view, which sounds rather adrenaline-ish. but it's buzzy enough abseiling a 100m (~4sec) drop or doing 5m fall/...
by RockDoctor
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Elite Dangerous launches 10,000 player fleet
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Re: Elite Dangerous launches 10,000 player fleet

Cody wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:58 am
Didn't ED have a Mac port? Or was that abandoned once FD had copped the money?
Blind stag (no-eye deer). As I recall, I was so narked over my mistake that I went off hunting and discovered Oolite.
by RockDoctor
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Elite Dangerous launches 10,000 player fleet
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Elite Dangerous launches 10,000 player fleet

Elite Dangerous got a write up in last weeks - sorry, 2 weeks back - New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/2190920-thousands-of-elite-dangerous-players-embark-on-epic-space-voyage/ "On 13 January, more than 10,000 people fired up Elite Dangerous, charged their ship’s faster-than-light d...
by RockDoctor
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Spaceship Found in a Car Boot Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 2095

Re: Spaceship Found in a Car Boot Sale

ffutures wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:55 pm
Found this in a car boot sale yesterday, couldn't resist:

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I've had a lot of fun flying the Oolite version, it's nice to have a memento.

Anyone else found any interesting ships in weird places?
The "Leap, grab" reflex is strong in this one!
And quite bloody right too!
by RockDoctor
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636077

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another list: name five different rulers of *multi-planet empires*, from five different SF universes. No piddly single-planet monarchs allowed … ideally we're looking for heads of empires that span light-years. Also, they must be named: "the Emperor of X" is not enough. Zaphod Beeblebrox, presi...
by RockDoctor
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 623
Views: 222859

Re: Quote of the week!

Please elucidate? One of the DiscWorld novels had a recurring theme that million-to-one chances happen all the time, by the force of Narrative Plausibility, so if you can adjust your odds from, say, 99 : 1 to 1,000,000 : 1, then success will naturally follow. On the Disc, this seems perfectly plaus...
by RockDoctor
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636077

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:06 am
One more to go.
Death of a thousand cuts for this one.
by RockDoctor
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636077

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Let's post some movies I like OK, I wasn't actually thinking of that sort of singularity, but they certainly qualify. Two to go. So, a technological singularity rather than one for the laws of physics. As, for example, Charlie Stross' Accelerando, and the subsequent Eschachachaton (speelung?) unive...
by RockDoctor
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636077

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:51 pm
Is it Iron Sunrise, by Charles Stross?
Give the man the mike!

(NASA panel discussing the UT fly by. Up to about 2 pixel by 6 pixels now. Which is "What!!" So how is it rotating, or is it not rotating? Why no light curve?)
by RockDoctor
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636077

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:27 pm
This sounds a bit like Poul Anderson's Supernova (AKA Day of Burning) which is in his collection The Earth Book of Stormgate. I suspect it isn't the one you're looking for...
{SELF: adds books to "grab when seen" list. Unexpected side effect.}
Nope, any more suggestions?