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Forum: GURPS 09-11-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 841
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Scottish America

It's less impressive than it sounds. He didn't hug the coast as tightly as say an ancient Greek ship in the Mediterranean but he wasn't sailing by log and staff either. All I mean by avoiding the...
Forum: GURPS 09-11-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 841
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Scottish America

The steam engine, both the expansion type and the Stirling type are the principal powerplant from 1740 through to about the mid 1870s. The steam engine drives the building of the Grand Trunk Railway...
Forum: GURPS 09-11-2018, 04:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 841
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Scottish America

I'll be off the fora for the next couple of months (visiting without my computer), so herewith a potted history of Scottish America for your amusement.


The Scots of Ilkmore*

*Ilkmore is a...
Forum: GURPS 08-30-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,269
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Cost of Living and Governance

There are at least a couple of points being missed. (Again, this is based on England, the continent is different.) First, at the lowest level, the primary source of wealth from your "job" is what you...
Forum: GURPS 08-30-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,269
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Cost of Living and Governance

First, we explain the higher cost of living for Status 4+ partly as having more than just one of a given item. Second, we note that as per B265, the cost of living assumes you are at home all the...
Forum: GURPS 08-29-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: World name change?

Sounds reasonable.
Forum: GURPS 08-29-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: World name change?

I wouldn't think the necessity of renaming worlds would come up very often, but are Infinity co-ordinates solely timeline co-ordinates or do they include a geographic element, and is that geographic...
Forum: GURPS 08-29-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 562
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: World name change?

It would depend on the rules for naming, assuming there's anything that official. I might presume a couple of rules. First, that the earliest name given to a particular timeline takes precedence. For...
Forum: GURPS 08-29-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,269
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Cost of Living and Governance

I think it's very clear. The only reason you can pay Status 3 (or Status 2, if a man and the TL is 5 or higher) costs for one set of clothing is because the clothing (as opposed to jewelry) tops out...
Forum: GURPS 08-26-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 8,695
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: The continuing life of the GURPS WWII line

Inflammable means it doesn't burn (or, somewhat more accurately, doesn't burn well under normal conditions) and helium has not been noted as a substance that readily combusts under normal conditions...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 08-26-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 930
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: [Alt. History] captive Napolean

Lower Canada probably won't declare for him, quickly or otherwise. Historically, Quebec was separated from France when it was still a monarchy. It remembers the American Revolution's attempt to...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 08-26-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 930
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: [Alt. History] captive Napolean

I'm sure they know he isn't a U.S. prisoner of war as well, which would have greatly simplified his status. The consternation arises from the question as to his status on the U.K. ship. The war is...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 08-24-2018, 12:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 930
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: [Alt. History] captive Napolean

There's improbable, and then there's implausible. The only two independent countries in the area are the USA and Haiti. While dropping Napoleon off at Port-au-Prince to see how he fares against the...
Forum: GURPS 08-10-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 3,647
Views: 725,861
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: New Reality Seeds

Egypt is going to run into trouble. The British, French and Portuguese have already established themselves on the coasts of sub-Saharan Africa, Capetown is still the big important permanent...
Forum: GURPS 08-08-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 571
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Throwing Cars [Supers]

Like Maz, I don't have Supers, but I agree that the collision damage for heaving and dropping the car equates to a drop from 1 yard (3 feet). I don't think it's unreasonable for it to do that...
Forum: GURPS 08-08-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: using the "Interior and Terminal Ballistics" article with arrows

The problem with your math is that you've divided the pressure by the cross-sectional area in an attempt to get force in lbs. Doing so, your answer is not 12,835 lbs. but 12,835 lbs/(sq.in.) squared....
Forum: GURPS 08-06-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Centrum English

First, given a divergence point of 1120, the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the presumed dominance of Anglo-Norman French is already established.

Second, Chaucer lived in the mid-14th century which...
Forum: GURPS 07-21-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: WWI and gas weapons questions

Comparing write-up for mustard gas with Wikipedia summary of same.

Mustard gas is an area-effect respiratory and contact agent.
Vs.
Mustard sulfur, better known as mustard gas is colourless in...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 07-18-2018, 12:30 AM
Replies: 476
Views: 34,293
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Based on the comics of Silver Age Krypton and Kandor, a different judicial system.

While known crimes exist, you can be charged with an act that wasn't previously a crime and convicted by a...
Forum: GURPS 07-17-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 615
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Hiking in snow

It's not unreasonable even if you are in a valley. Valleys are often at the foot of mountains and avalanches end up there. Avalanches can hit bottom faster than you can get out of the way and with...
Forum: GURPS 07-17-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,223
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: How to keep melee weapons relevant in a setting with "guns"?

You could have "guns" be at least LC3 and the society CR4 or LC2 in a CR3 society. In essence, if you need a license to own a "gun" and violating the terms of the license (eg., using a "gun" bought...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 07-17-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 476
Views: 34,293
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Maybe. It seems as though most systems can be turned into pork barrels pretty fast, if the people involved are so inclined. And if the people aren't inclined to pork barrel, you probably don't need...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 07-17-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 476
Views: 34,293
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Depends on how much, if any, discrimination there is, surely?

The idea is to keep the first house from pork-barreling in their ridings, or putting all the bad stuff in the ridings of the...
Forum: GURPS 07-17-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 615
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Hiking in snow

Almost.

Use Deep Snow as Terrain for off-road travel in more than ankle-deep snow.
Apply the ankle-deep Weather penalty, in addition to whatever the off-road Terrain is, when the snow is "only"...
Forum: GURPS 07-17-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 615
Posted By Curmudgeon
Re: Hiking in snow

Okay, Move 5 = 5 yards/second x 60 seconds/minute = 300 yards/ min x 60 minutes/hour = 18,000 yards/hour/1760 yards/mile = 10 10/44 miles/hour. That isn't actually a walking pace, that's a...
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