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Old 03-19-2008, 10:11 PM   #2
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Ogres in Spaaaaaace!

Hmmm... not as funny as Pigs in Space.

Er, anyway, you can have Io and Venus. 5 minutes of combat there, a shot need not even be fired and both sides lose.

OTOH, Callisto should make a good settlement, and Mercury will be a lot like the moon, with heavier gravity and a higher daytime temp. A PITA for modern spacecraft to get moving fast enough to get there, but if you can move Ogres across the gulf, it shouldn't be a problem by then.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:09 PM   #3
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…Mercury will be a lot like the moon, with heavier gravity and a higher daytime temp.
Actually, the surface gravity on Mercury is much heavier than Luna; almost identical to Mars, in fact: 37.8% of Earth's gravity on Mercury, as opposed to 38.03% on Mars. Luna is in the next class down, at 16.56%.

And as for the daytime temperature on Mercury, it isn't just that it's 'higher' than on Luna – it's a Hell of a lot higher: 836°F for Mercury (which is hot enough to melt Lithium, Tin, Cadmium, Lead, and Zinc), as opposed to a mere 224°F on Luna.

Worse yet, the nighttime temperature on Mercury is actually colder than Luna's – -298°F on Mercury, -243°F on Luna – which gives Mercury the greatest temperature range in the entire solar system, and such radical changes in temperature would wreak havoc on any machinery on the surface.

And then there's the deadly daytime radiation levels.

Nope — Mercury is not a friendly place for human colonization, except on a very limited scientific scale. The only safe place you could build on it is inside a crater near one of the poles, where you'd be protected from the Sun – and you'd only be able to venture out of your crater base at night.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:31 AM   #4
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I've always wondered exactly what happened to the various space colonies. The time line mentions them, but doesn't really go into to much detail.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:55 PM   #5
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If they can withstand Venus on a "nice" day, they can stand Mercury. Not much hotter there. Mercury's got a magnetic field, so it won't be all that bad for radiation, unlike the moon, which has no field. Mercury's very dense, so it's probably rich in ores (nevermind that the magfield alludes to this too).

I can agree that the best places for permanent settlement might be the poles, but I don't see any problem with some kind of roving "harvester" type thingy, not unlike the units of the same name from the Dune series of RTS games, which would probably stay on the dark side. And be a LOT bigger.

Heck, they might even hook up a giant space engine and slow the planet's rotation so that it's tidally locked and give a good section of permanent darkness, and perhaps Larry Niven would stop kicking himself.

From Wiki: Niven is the author of numerous science fiction short stories and novels, beginning with his 1964 story "The Coldest Place". In this story, the coldest place concerned is the dark side of Mercury, which at the time the story was written was thought to be tidally locked with the Sun (it was found to rotate in a 2:3 resonance just months before the story was published).
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:24 AM   #6
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FYI - There's an Ogre on Mars gamebox for cyberboard available.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:37 AM   #7
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I also recall:
* Ask the OGRE articles
* More scenarios for Battlefields
* the Factory States article
* GURPS OGRE designer's notes
* a GURPS OGRE article called "The 30 Seconders" (or something like that) set in the Sahara Desert
* a GURPS OGRE article on the Nihon Empire

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Old 06-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #8
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If you have links I'll be happy to edit them into the top post.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:41 AM   #9
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Sorry, I dont have the links - just saved versions on my hard-drive from years ago

Also, the Poor Bloody Infantry article has links to counters and maps, but they dont seem to be aceessible?
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Also, the Poor Bloody Infantry article has links to counters and maps, but they dont seem to be aceessible?
You have to be a subscriber to Pyramid to access those particular files.
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