Update: This was intended to be a short article and drastically ran over. I've not touched it in two months, and it's time to kick it out of the nest. This is an excellent candidate for a bloody editing Go to Comment
As a reader, I don't have problem with its current length. As a non-fan of sci-fi and your Cosmic Era setting, I still think it a solid article that goes thru in a concise way the purpose of screenery. Go to Comment
I like it. Interesting take on the concept of alien life, done in a less seen way. I'd be interested to see something like this translated into actual game stats. (As an aside, those 3-D 'fractal cocoons' really make me think of the Antispiral machines from Gurren Lagann.) Go to Comment
The new feudalism thread contains information that has all already gone into the Cosmic Era setting. The new feudalism is the mentality that leads the world into the Resource Wars at the end of the Petroleum Age, and it's the mentality that the Cosmic Era rejects and projects at the same time. Supercomputers, megacorps, and other think tanks run everything and most places don't make a pretense of pretending to democracy. Democracy and the vote are tarnished by the legacy of the Petroleum Era. Go to Comment
With the law of mass displacement I'm not sure if something this big could do 12 knots? Other than that a great background piece to the Cosmic Era and a fun read.Dove tails nicely with the forum thread on the new feudalism. another Scras gem! 4.5/5 Go to Comment
CIWS is relative to scale, in the Gundam SEED universe, CIWS are rotary barrel 75mm vulcans designed to shoot down missiles and space mecha that get to close to the warships.
A CIWS has a high rate of fire to fill a certain area of space to intercept and destroy fast moving inbound targets. Traditionally this involves missiles and other guided projectiles. Given the high velocities of these targets most CIWS are constantly active, as only a computer is going to respond fast enough to do anything about it. In the Falklands War, the British generally had less than 20 seconds to spot, identify, and respond to a harpoon missile launched at one of their ships. Go to Comment