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Old 09-12-2020, 06:11 PM   #961
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I found a mention in Magic (M11) - area spells are four yards high as the default, and 'wall' spell descriptions all back this up. So the default hex is four yards high for standard magic. This is also mentioned in Characters (B239).
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Old 09-12-2020, 08:03 PM   #962
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I found a mention in Magic (M11) - area spells are four yards high as the default, and 'wall' spell descriptions all back this up. So the default hex is four yards high for standard magic. This is also mentioned in Characters (B239).
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Old 09-12-2020, 09:46 PM   #963
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Could you tell me where you learned this?
The specific reference i was remembering was p. B101, which i'll admit doesn't explicitly say hex, but as Rupert specified, Magic does; i'm pretty sure other references could be dug up as well.

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Assume that range is 100 yards, area is a circle 2 yards in radius (and 12’ high, should volume matter), and duration is 10 seconds, unless the advantage specifies otherwise. Exceptions will be noted.
(Emphasis added.)
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Old 09-12-2020, 10:33 PM   #964
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The specific reference i was remembering was p. B101, which i'll admit doesn't explicitly say hex, but as Rupert specified, Magic does; i'm pretty sure other references could be dug up as well.
I guess I'd better not let any supers with enhanced advantages on board either. :D
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Old 09-14-2020, 10:16 AM   #965
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I was browsing some of my older posts recently when I came across some ship designs I was (and am) rather proud of. Unfortunately when I checked my "Unofficial Ships" sheet I had apparently not saved them there. In the process of reconstructing them I noticed a couple of things I hadn't before. I won't call them errors but they did surprise me.
  1. Whether the "Calculate Troop Strength" checkbox is checked or not, Troop Strength is still listed in the generated notes (and calculated for all auxiliary vessels).
  2. "Spin Tethers" can be selected as a option but won't be listed unless the "Spin Gravity" option is checked. This actually makes sense structurally but the "Spin Tether" option should be zeroed and locked down if "Spin Gravity" is unchecked. Also the Spin Tether G value in the notes should go to 2 decimal places (or 3 significant digits).
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Old 09-14-2020, 04:03 PM   #966
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Another thing I just noticed: the IR signature of a "Reconfigurable System" is the total of the signatures of all the components. That makes no sense since only one component can be active at any given time. Instead the signature should be the highest one of any of the components. I have a Fission Reactor/NTR (Ram Rocket) combo (which makes a little sense, right) which can power a VASMIR Electric Rocket in space once the NTR has got them there. I'm adding Exposed Radiators for the reactor which will be retracted the the NTR mode is being used.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:50 PM   #967
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I just started designing my Mars Base (okay, my starting point was "The Warren" from Pyramid 3/71, page 11 but I made extensive changes) and came across a couple of features that don't seem to work.
  1. Solar Power Options - I set the Stellar Distance to 1.5 AU like I should but even with 3 Solar Panel Systems I didn't get a single power point. Don't you add partial Solar Power points together?
  2. When I selected the "Optimized for [Craft]" option for my hangar bay there was no list of auxiliary vehicles to choose from in the Option 4 column.
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Old 09-16-2020, 12:10 AM   #968
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Solar Power Options - I set the Stellar Distance to 1.5 AU like I should but even with 3 Solar Panel Systems I didn't get a single power point. Don't you add partial Solar Power points together?
It should, yes, but apparently is not on the system itself. However, the Power Points do seem to be showing up in the Power Points Note that appears above the Ship Systems.

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When I selected the "Optimized for [Craft]" option for my hangar bay there was no list of auxiliary vehicles to choose from in the Option 4 column.
That field allows you to type in a value, since it's basically informational for the system note.
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Old 09-16-2020, 07:07 AM   #969
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It should, yes, but apparently is not on the system itself. However, the Power Points do seem to be showing up in the Power Points Note that appears above the Ship Systems.
Nope, still a total of 0 power points for all three Solar Panel Arrays. (The original "Warren" design never adjusted the Solar Power Options.) Should be a total of 1 regular and 1 small power point if it worked. There is a nice note explaining "[8] Power Points ×0.444 for Stellar Luminosity 1.0 L and Distance 1.5 AU, [9] Optimized for Mars Trans-Orbital Taxi (L)"

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That field allows you to type in a value, since it's basically informational for the system note.
Okay, I was just hoping that if a drop down list of vehicles could be used as a "Vehicle Docks" option it could generated here.
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Old 09-16-2020, 08:12 AM   #970
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Nope, still a total of 0 power points for all three Solar Panel Arrays. (The original "Warren" design never adjusted the Solar Power Options.) Should be a total of 1 regular and 1 small power point if it worked. There is a nice note explaining "[8] Power Points ×0.444 for Stellar Luminosity 1.0 L and Distance 1.5 AU, [9] Optimized for Mars Trans-Orbital Taxi (L)"
Yeah, there are some issues with the way it's handling it. I'm going to look into it when I get some time.

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Okay, I was just hoping that if a drop down list of vehicles could be used as a "Vehicle Docks" option it could generated here.
I'm not sure why I never set it up like the Vehicle Dock with the dropdown. Maybe I'll go back and revisit that.
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