Dreadnought Specifications are a set of house rules for ships with a Hull Size greater than 20.
Frontier News NetworkEdit
Operation:Dreadnought Bill Passes by Narrow Majority
—Morgaine's World, Prenglar
The Council of Worlds finally approved the bill that allows for the construction of larger than Class 20 military craft. Following the Second Sathar War, the Star Fighter Corps was formed to turn small-scale formations into worthy fighting units. High-ranking Spacefleet officials followed suit by calling for the same to be done on the other end of the spectrum.
The bill was not taken seriously until the appearance of what the UPF dubbed the "Juggernaut", a massive Sathar vessel that dwarfed entire space stations in sheer mass. This opened the eyes of many UPF strategists realizing that more such craft - or even larger ones - would spell certain doom for the Frontier.
Immediately following the passage of the bill, military contractors began drafting blueprints for such craft as a class-24 craft designated as a "Strike Cruiser", a class-30 "Strike Carrier" that could carry up to 24 fighters or 6 assault scouts in its massive bay, all the way up to one enormous class-50 craft that would simply be known as a "Frontier Cruiser".
News of passage brought smiles to Pan-Galactic executives. Following a recently-awarded extension of their battleship contract, Little doubt exists that their Gran Quivera shipyard will host some of the initial dreadnought construction as well. Needless to say, shares of PGC stock should be enjoying more healthy gains in the near future.
Streel executives aren't frowning either. Their new shipyard at Cassidine is scheduled to pump out an all new and updated Heavy Cruiser design with modern features that will blow away the original leftovers from the First Sathar War.
CEO Hilo Headow was quoted as saying "We're confident that once all this gets under-way, our new cruisers will become the mainstay capital ship of UPF fleets. They cost less and we can produce them quicker than our competition's battleships. There's a certain advantage to being number two: it lets the competition know that there's something uncomfortable up their asses, and when it's all said and done they still have to look behind them to see what it is."
Spacefleet is considering the purchase of no fewer than three of the new craft, assuming the prototype lives up to Streel's marketing promises.
Many rallies by the Frontier Peace Organization expressing their outrage cropped up during the time the bill was up for consideration, and most of them continue to rage today. Some of them have turned violent as supporters of the Anti-Satharian League gathered nearby for retaliating demonstrations.
ASL leader J. Harrington Farnsworth was quoted saying "We're all very happy about the passage of Operation: Dreadnought. It's about time the UPF stepped up their efforts."
With regards to the FPO, he simply said "When those fools are done hugging their trees, I hope for their sake a strangler chute drops down on them before a worm blasts them in the back. It's always nicer to die thinking that you were right."
FPO leaders were unavailable for comment. An amendment for the possibility of larger civilian freight haulers and liners is now up for consideration.
Here are a few tables for creating Dreadnoughts in Star Frontiers.
Hull Size Tables Edit
MR: ½ relates to making one 60º facing change every other combat turn, and ⅓ (marked with *) relates to making one 60º facing change every three combat turns.
Anything over HS:60 becomes impractical for biological operation as the ADF would be restricted to 1/3, which would generate insufficient artificial gravity for long term crew survival.
Dreadnought Drive Tables Edit
Atomic Drives Edit
|Hull Size||Engines Size||Cost||Fuel Pellet Capacity||Trips Between Overhauls||Program Level/FP|
|21-25||D||1,000,000||15||20||6 / 256|
|26-40||E||1,500,000||25||30||6 / 512|
|41-50||F||3,000,000||40||50||6 / 1024|
|51-60||G||4,500,000||60||75||6 / 2048|
Ion Drives Edit
|Hull Size||Engines Size||Cost||Program Level/FP|
|21-25||D||300,000||6 / 96|
|26-40||E||600,000||6 / 192|
|41-50||F||1,000,000||6 / 384|
No Ion Drives available in the G rating, as the ADF would be ¼ which would be insufficient for long term crew survival.
Engines of these sizes are only available at Class-I Construction Centers.
The Alarm, Damage Control, and Maintenance programs will all be at Level: 6 at double the function points. Likewise, any supplemental software will also need to be doubled, such as Commerce, Communication, Industry, and Transportation (for the ship's cargo manifest logs, intercoms, hydroponics/machine shops, and elevators respectively) at Level: 2 instead of Level: 1.
Notes and References Edit
- ↑ As many as five new battleships may be constructed within the next two years.