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Old 02-08-2019, 03:06 PM   #15
Michael Thayne
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Default Re: [Spaceships] How does large-scale space warfare play out (without superscience)?

Originally Posted by Ulzgoroth View Post
Unless both sides are based on the same planet or we're talking about interplanetary-range beams, I'd generally expect hostilities to be clearly established before anybody is in beam weapon range of each other.
"Both sides are based on the same planet" isn't a super-popular scenario in sci-fi, but if you have one garden world in your system and no FTL, it's the easiest way to justify having sides that are even roughly equally matched. Honestly more settings should be like Transhuman Space in that regard. Though garden world vs. a heavily populated asteroid belt could be interesting.
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