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Old 02-08-2019, 04:19 PM   #19
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Default Re: [Spaceships] How does large-scale space warfare play out (without superscience)?

Originally Posted by Michael Thayne View Post
"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.
That changes the whole picture a lot, though. It's questionable whether you really need any proper interplanetary warships if the space war you're preparing for is a sudden shootout in Earth orbit. You'd perhaps want some interplanetary 'cruisers' cut out to do flag-showing, armed policing, and emergency response outside Earth orbital space, but fighting each other would be a long way down the design priorities for those.
I don't know any 3e, so there is no chance that I am talking about 3e rules by accident.
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