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  1. Dafydd

    Why the large crew sizes?

    The Lambda isn't really a dedicated cargo shuttle. It's a multi-purpose vessel that can be reconfigured for as a small cargo hauler, passenger shuttle, VIP transport or even a troop lander. Even in full cargo mode, it isn't really big enough to warrant a full-time loadmaster.
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    Why the large crew sizes?

    Warships in general tend to be very crew-heavy compared to civilian ships of equivalent size. A huge cargo container carrier doesn't need a lot of people to run safely. Warships tend to need a lot of spare crew, on the other hand. Firstly, the crew requirement goes up dramatically when the ship goes to action stations. Most of the time there would only be a skeleton crew on the tactical stations and most, if not all, of the weapons would be unmanned. When the klaxon goes off, however: - Every station has to be manned - Damage control and firefighting parties are needed - Marines and crew members muster in security teams to repel boarders, or conduct boarding actions - Lots of spare warm bodies are needed to replace casualties On top of all that, thinking beings are much more flexible than machines, and therefore good for those times when automated systems break down or suffer battle damage. Beyond that, a warship may need to detach crew for other duties. For example, if the warship stops a freighter for inspection and discovers contraband on board, it will need to send that freighter back to base; that requires a prize crew to operate the freighter and guard the prisoners. For most of its service, a warship's will actually be looking for things for their enlisted crew to do. That's where the endless routine of hull painting and deck scrubbing originated in historical warships, the need to keep large crews occupied when not in combat. I'm a fan of David Weber's Honor Harrington novel series, and the issue of crew levels is something that's come up quite a lot in the more recent books. The Royal Manticoran Navy (the one Honor serves in) has recently adopted far higher levels of automation on their warships that they were previously willing to accept, and reduced crew sizes accordingly. Forexample, the Chanson-class destroyers introduced about 25 years before the current time in the books have a crew of just over 300 (destroyers are small escorts, not Star Destroyer equivalents, in this world). The current Wolfhound-class, which are 50% larger than the Chansons, have a crew of less than 90 and the Roland-class, contemporaries of the Wolfhounds and more than twice the tonnage of the Chansons, have barely 60 crew. The change has made it far easier to provide enough trained crews for an expanding fleet, but it's come back to bite them in other ways. The Rolands don't carry any marines on board, so all boarding parties have to be drawn from the naval crew, and if they need to detach a prize crew it leaves them very short-handed.
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    Deadly Accuracy Question (ranked?)

    Quoted For Truth. The descriptions on the talent trees are just as a reminder of the basic mechanics during play.
  4. Knowing the pronunciation helps - it's said Gla-morgan, no Glamor-gan. The modern county derives from an old Welsh kingdom called Gwlad Morgan, "the country of Morgan".
  5. *Puts on history nerd hat* Where the two missiles hit was also a factor. Glamorgan had more warning of the incoming missile (it helped that it was the Argentines' third shot - the first failed to launch and the second didn't track) and was thus able to maneuver so the missile hit her in the stern near the hangar. The missile skidded across the deck and the warhead exploded outside the hull, blowing a hole in the deck starting a fire in the galley below, while the missile body penetrated the hangar door and struck the fully-fueled helicopter inside, destroying it and starting a hangar fire. Over a dozen men were killed and more wounded, but the fires were extinguished within three and a half hours and the ship never lost power. On Sheffield, by contrast, the missile struck the ship in the port side at something close to 90 degrees, penetrated the hull and exploded inside. The impact knocked out the water main, leaving the crew to fight the fire with hand-held extinguishers. It's important to note here that Sheffield's captain didn't order the crew to abandon ship because she was sinking, but because the fire (much further forward in the ship than on Glamorgan) was spreading forwards and getting dangerously close to the magazine for her Sea Dart surface-to-air missiles; if they exploded, they'd cut the ship in half. In the event, the fire burned itself out and the ship ultimately sank in bad weather while under tow. On a side note, the US Navy took a great interest in the British experience in the Falklands, and the lessons learned from Sheffield's loss contributed significantly to the survival of the USS Stark when she was hit by two Exocets fired by an Iraqi fighter in 1987. If you're going to bring logic into this, I'll take my ball and go home. 😛
  6. The rules reflect individual troopers or small minion groups firing at a moving target under combat conditions. Massed fire at a stationary X-Wing from point-blank range isn't the same thing at all.
  7. That's a good enough reason to do it, right there 😁
  8. Dafydd

    Amazon shopping

    If you haven't got the Essential Atlas, grab it. A lot of the story in it counts as Legends now (everything about the first Death Star, for example), but it's still a mine of useful information.
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    WWII Situations Suggestions

    It's quite cheesy, but the raid at the end is pretty impressive.
  10. Dafydd

    WWII Situations Suggestions

    That's what everyone says, but there's an even greater similarity between the Battle of Yavin and the raid in 633 Squadron. A squadron of Mosquito bombers making a low-level attack down a Norwegian fjord in the face of German fighters and anti-aircraft fire, to hit a pinpoint target and destroy a rocket fuel factory.
  11. Never underestimate the shock value of a shaved Wookiee.
  12. From a purely aesthetic perspective, if you try combining all those outfits on one person, they're going to look ridiculous.
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    Armor Master Question

    Any time you reach a non-ranked talent in a tree that you already have, you just tick it off. The only reason not to tick them off as soon as you acquire the specialisation is to make sure you don't accidentally take new talents you haven't actually unlocked yet.
  14. You're right, I'm having a brain fart. I saw the 4, thought "4 guns" and went for 3 extra hits. Is there anything out there that has Linked 4? The highest Linked I can think of is 3, on things like the X-Wing and TIE Interceptor.
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