I think the best example of Classic Traveller’s “do it yourself” nature is the conspicuous absence of laser pistols. There are even laser carbines which are, if I’m not misremembering, just a worse version of the laser rifle, barely cheaper and at the the same tech level - as if to say “You want a laser pistol? Have useless stats for a laser carbine instead! Let’s see if you can put two and two together and repurpose them.” Because in my experience, once you’ve hacked the rules once, it becomes easy to do it again and again - which I think is the whole point of CT.
– Malcolm 2021-03-28 08:08 UTC
Haha, yes! I guess Marc Miller thought: how is poking holes into people using lasers different from poking holes into people using metal slugs?
“While technology will certainly progress in the centuries that come, it will also remain a fact that one of the surest ways to injure or kill an adversary is to subject him or her to a large dose of kinetic energy; the simplest way to deliver that energy to someone is with bullet impact.” (The Traveller Book, p. 48)
I guess the only benefit would be lack of recoil.
“Virtually all weapons have recoil (except laser carbines and laser rifles) and in a zero·G environment this recoil can disorient or render helpless individuals not trained to compensate for it.” (ibid)
Then again, I don’t remember a single zero G scene in all of Star Wars… 😀
– Alex 2021-03-28 09:29 UTC
Thanks for these lists. I really love these curated and commented links! 😍
There is so much interesting content floating around waiting to be found.
– Ludos Curator 2021-03-31 08:16 UTC
Thanks! More at Seed of Worlds.
– Alex 2021-03-31 12:31 UTC