by Crucis on Thu 13 Dec 2012 11:23
Alright everyone, I'm working on another WP related idea in parallel to the more traditional way of looking at WP's.
This idea is rather off-beat and non-canon, and I am IN NO WAY committing myself to using it. But it's worth considering.
Here goes:
Rather than looking at capacity and distance as the defining characteristics of WP, maybe consider the idea of having each of the types have a different characteristic that's somewhat similar to some of the WP oddities. WP visibility would remain as an important characteristic. Let me give you the 6 characteristics I have thus far.
1. Gentle WP
These warp points are unusually gentle in terms of gravity stress. Transit effects are considerably reduced. This would definitely be an Open WP type.
2. Ultra-far WP
Instead of being somewhere in the usual 0-30 sH range from the star, this WP is something like 1-4, 5, or 6 StMP out. This one is a perfect Closed WP type, since being undetectable would eliminate the need to try to survey for them.
3. Huge WP
These WP's have a very large exit area. Ships exit the WP 1 tac hex from the WP, on a heading determined by the scattergram. Ships must exit heading directly away from the WP. Like normal WP's, the exit heading can be controlled after the WP has been surveyed, but the ship must still exit the WP heading directly away from it. Also the nature of this type of WP also forces the placement of mines and buoys back to a minimum of 2 tac hexes from the WP, rather than usual 1 tH. This is a definite Open WP type.
4. Turbulent or Rough WP
This type automatically inflicts greater than normal transit effects, even on a normal transit. (Of course, it only matters in a combat situation.) Not sure if this should be an Open, Concealed, or Closed type, though leaning towards Concealed.
5. Unstable WP
This type is so internally complex and unstable that no ship can ever control its heading when exiting the WP. Of course, this is only a problem in a WP assault situation. Probably either a Concealed or a Closed WP type.
6. Ultra-close or Coronal WP
Sort of self-explanatory. Probably a Concealed WP, so that it can mirror the old Type 7 WP.
Note: I'm wary of using a WP type whose effects match the jump drive, but I won't rule out either. In general, my thinking is that Open WP's should be the most large and bland/gentle in their effects, whereas concealed WP's would be more turbulent. And closed WP's probably don't have any specific characteristic, other than perhaps it being convenient if one doesn't have to bother surveying for them, like the ultra-far WP type above. Also note, if you don't see a WP Oddity from Ultra in the list above, it probably means that it doesn't feel right for what I'm looking for.
Anyways, I'm looking for 9 more characteristics to define WP types in the off the wall WP idea. I'm leaning towards 5 Open, 5 Concealed, and 5 Closed. I've already got 2 Opens, 1 Concealed, and 1 Closed, and 2 "Closed or Concealed".
So ...
A. What do you think?
and
B. Any ideas for additional "characteristics"?
EDIT: Oh, also note that I'm thinking that these characteristics are strictly exit characteristics, not entry. And the types would not need to be matched up. For example, you could like a Rough to a Gentle and the only thing that would matter is which WP you'd exiting. If you're exiting the Rough WP, you're getting rough effects, regardless of the fact that you entered a Gentle WP on the other side.