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Subsector SKA-1979

On this day (19 October 1979) , 40 years ago, the albums One Step Beyond… by Madness and the album The Specials by the Specials were released. (Read more here.) This is an ATU subsector map I made to celebrate this:
Madness and The Specials Subsector


#--------1---------2---------3---------4---------5-------
#PlanetName   Loc. UPP Code   B   Notes         Z  PBG Al
#----------   ---- ---------  - --------------- -  --- --
Bedders       0913 B788130-9    Lo Ni              134 Ll
Buster        1015 B562595-6  S Ni                 401 Na
Dekker        0915 C472579-6  S Ni                 120 Na
Barso         1012 C642574-5    Ni Po              602 Ll
Jerry         1017 A620463-9  2 De Ni Po           510 Ck
Kix           1113 E566583-7    Ag Ni              205 Ll
Roddy         1118 E320651-8    De Na Po           110 Ck
Suggs         1414 A542134-8  N Lo Ni Po           403 Ll
Chas          1214 E575200-3    Lo Ni           A  102 Ll
Neville       1218 C764567-8    Ag Ni              200 Ck
Woody         1312 B986347-7  N Lo Ni              414 Ll
Terry         1416 A366200-E  N Lo Ni              110 Ck
Lynval        1317 D568574-2  S Ag Ni              103 Ck
Brad          1320 B588233-9  N Lo Ni              124 Ck
Chrissy       1512 B542433-7  N Ni Po              602 Ll
Horace        1517 B49A78A-D  N Wa                 704 Ck
Dread         1615 X59A888-1    Wa              R  804 Na



A Message to You, Rudy
Do the Dog
It's Up to You
Nite Klub
Doesn't Make It Alright
Concrete Jungle
Too Hot
Monkey Man
(Dawning of A) New Era
Blank Expression
Stupid Marriage
Too Much Too Young
Little Bitch
You're Wondering Now
One Step Beyond
My Girl
Night Boat to Cairo
Believe Me
Land of Hope and Glory
The Prince
Tarzan's Nuts
In The Middle of The Night
Bed and Breakfast Man
Razor Blade Alley
Swan Lake
Rockin' in A?
Mummy's Boy
Madness
Chipmunks Are Go!


Madness and The Specials

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2019

LBB 317Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We have some Irish themed gaming ideas for you. There are two free pdf files to download.

First some adventure ideas that can be used in the OTU. Irish themed pirates in the Neutral Zone between the (evil) Imperium and the Zhodani Consulate.

Then we want to remind you of the adventures in Eire Subsector that we have posted here before. Eire subsector is set in an ATU.

Both of these pdfs should be seen as a work in progress. If you have any ideas that you want me to add just contact me and we will add them in the version we present next Saint Patrick’s Day.

The Baltic Loop

For a game in the not too distant future or maybe for the 2300AD. The Baltic Loop is a vactrain that can travel at supersonic speeds.

Baltic Loop
The distance between the stations are only 2-3 minutes. The train runs in both directions. 4 trains runs in each direction. This means that a new train arrives at the station every 9 minutes.

Adventure hooks:

The Island Games is held on Gotland, Åland and Saaremaa. The participants from many other island arrive by air in Helsinki or Stockholm. Now the PCs must help one confused team to go to the correct island using the Baltic loop.

The Baltic Loop is closed down one day to try to set a speed record (and beat the Californian HyperLoop). Agents from the Californian HyperLoop tries to sabotage the record attempt. The PCs must help with the record attempt and stop the Californian agents.

Courland has just become an independent nation. The Latvian flag has to be replaced on every sign at the loop. Latvian agents are trying to sabotage this. Polish agents turn the Courland flags upside down to make them look like the Polish flag. The PCs must stop the Latvian  and Polish agents.

Florensa Subsector

One of the more popular pages at the Zhodani Base is the Random Subsector Generator. With the help of the generator, some text editing and the post function at Traveller Maps and some editing using Gimp, I created this subsector.

I made this subsector to try out the region xml-tag that is used at TravellerMap for nebulas. But then I liked the subsector that I have made, so I decided to make it prettier using an image of a real nebula.

Florensa Subsector
The Florensa Nebula is in the center of the subsector. This nebula is a navigational hazard. (Add +2 for misjump to/from Florensa and +1 for misjump to/from any of the six surrounding hexes.)

Three interstellar powers are present in the subsector. The Portuna Federation, the Caponiana Free State, and the Elekto Zardom.

All three interstellar powers have signed an agreement that have defined the Florensa Nebula as a space preserve. No ships are allowed to go there except for scientific missions.


Short Write-Ups:

SILESTINA B6889BC-B

Silestina is the local capital of the Portuna Federation. Trade in illegal gems from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers. The planet is ruled by Duke Ostretto who is not very popular and that have risen the law-level to C to protect himself.

Florensa X000000-0

At Florensa there is a thin asteroid belt orbiting a neutron star at 80 AU. There are a few research stations in the belt. These stations observe the neutron star and the nebula. The stations are usually unmanned.

In some areas of the Nebula, there are lots of valuable minerals. It is possible to find gems like Diamonds or Sapphires. There are also noble metals like Platinum, Gold, Iridium, and Osmium. Some radioactive  can also be found.

In a few locations in the nebula, 2000-year-old (non-human) mining equipment have been found. Due to micrometeorites and radiation, these doesn’t work anymore, but they seem to have been more advance than what any of the current interstellar powers can produce.

PALERIA B500964-B

Paleria is the local capital of the Caponiana Free State. Trade in illegal gold from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers. Paleria is controlled directly from Caponiana.

ARMIONA B000979-B

Armiona is working as some kind of local capital of the Elekto Zardom. Armiona is a huge asteroid belt and each asteroid have its own government. There is no central control. Trade in illegal radioactives from the Florensa system has attracted lots of settlers.


@SUB-SECTOR: Florensa SECTOR: Sadobi
# 
#--------1---------2---------3---------4---------5-------
#PlanetName   Loc. UPP Code   B   Notes         Z  PBG Al
#----------   ---- ---------  - --------------- -  --- --
Seelio        0107 E654564-6    Ag Ni              321 Pf
Signes-3      0205 D100277-5  S Lo Ni Va           323 Pf
Silestina     0206 B6889BC-B  N Hi Cp              224 Pf
Alkmesis      0208 C454775-8  S Ag              A  122 Na
Salora        0210 X000000-0    As Na           R  325 Na
Ekardina      0306 C878244-4  S Lo Ni              223 Pf
Roxandory     0307 D510210-5  S Lo Ni              723 Pf
Herlina       0310 X667000-0    Lo Ni           R  324 Na
Ornalda       0402 C100355-8  S Lo Ni Va           800 Ez
Armenete      0408 D520646-2    De Na Po           513 Cf
Irisek        0409 E634424-3    Ni                 123 Cf
Yurstea       0410 D797235-7  S Lo Ni              302 Cf
Isaraston     0501 C000776-6    As Na              503 Ez
Koronia       0503 C424110-A  S Lo Ni              903 Ez
Florensa      0505 X000000-0    As Ba Lo Ni     R  000 Na
Paleria       0508 B500964-B  N Hi In Na Va Cp     132 Cf
Ludoran       0510 E542425-2    Ni Po              723 Cf
Frington      0601 X9B4000-0    Ba Fl Lo Ni     R  024 Ez
Annelope      0602 C110125-7    Lo Ni              124 Ez
Armiona       0703 B000979-B    As Hi In Na Cp     314 Ez
Bavardina     0706 E524200-9    Lo Ni              813 Cf
Euphelene     0707 B10065A-9    Na Va              223 Cf
Restriam      0708 E69A665-8    Wa                 624 Cf
Rhodica       0709 X679000-0    Ba Lo Ni        R  034 Cf
Ullacin       0801 D210132-4    Lo Ni              122 Ez
Harmula       0804 C649420-7    Ni                 103 Ez
Clorian       0809 D695330-3  S Lo Ni              811 Cf



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The shorter jump

This post is about trigonometry in the hex-maps used for Traveller subsectors. The summary for those who hate maths is that a jump-4 is actually only 3.46 parsecs if you take the shortest route.

3.46 pc

As you can see in the image above is that if you want to go from point X (0503) to point Y (0101) it is a jump-4. The distance is 4 parsecs.

But if you wants to go from point  X (0503) to point Z (0103) it is also a jump-4, but the distance is actually shorter since you are zigzagging  when you are counting the hexes following the dotted orange line.

How much shorter is it? If we use Pythagoras, then:
a2 + b2 = c2
b2 = c2 – a2
b2 = 16 – 4 = 12
b = 3.46

If we use trigonometry, b = 4 * cos(30) = 3.46.

In the Adventures of the Starship Notorious the crew meets a very talented jump-drive scientist that helps the crew improve and calibrate their J-3 drive so that it can do 3.46. This will only work if the ship is unloaded and if a special jump-program is run.