GunBunny wrote:Thanks for the Mobile designs, gives me something to chew on and try,and I appreciate the responses along with patience for a new campaign learner.
Two more questions:
1- When you start off and research Construction (Just realized this is EL not SL, so no need to research construction as long as I'm improving EL correct?) are the Hulls listed at that level available to prototype or do you have to research those hulls first then prototype?
2- For those Solo campaigns, how do YOU determine if newly found WPs double back to another system that you have found but not yet surveyed its WPs? I know this is a player hat vs SM hat situation that Cralis has mentioned, but how do you handle it? For example do you roll for a small percentage chance that it connects to a previous one, like say 5% or less or do you have another method?
Don't ever feel bad about having to ask! As you might guess from the conversation that's happening here, there's plenty of people who've been out doing this for a long while who have their own interpretations!
1) So, yes, construction SL moves along in time with your EL. That is to say when you get EL 3, you get Construction SL 3 as well. At that point the hulls are available to be prototyped. Yes, this means that you COULD go push your Construction SL higher than your EL, but this is (at face value) a very poor and expensive idea. It CAN however be useful since SL research has quite a few more ways to be accellerated, and if you absolutetely positively NEED something one SL along, it can be done.
2) Myself, I use a somewhat hybrid approach. I have a pregenerated universe of about 2500 stars, but I generate teh warp links dynamically with the cluster rules (1-8 on a D10 makes it +/- 20 from the departure system, 9-10 makes it a pure random roll). I then check the list for the new system, and see if it has a warp point that is a valid connection. If so, I link it right up. If it goes to a pre-existing system, I check to see if there's a valid unsurveyed warp point. If so, link established! if not, then I go on to the next system in the list until I find a valid WP to link to.
This way, while I know all the stars in my universe, I don't know how they'll link together until I actually survey them.