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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:45 am    Post subject: The Geometry of Maneuvers Reply with quote

What method do you use to resolve how many SUs or Meters a ship/vehicle moves during a Maneuver?

For instance, when performing a 90 degree turn while moving at Full Speed, does an X-Wing move forward 16 SUs, then make a 90-degree turn, or does it move forward 8 SUs, make a 90 degree turn, then move forward another 8 SUs? Or do you use something more esoteric?

Or, to make it even more complicated, if the pilot/driver executes a 180-degree turn, where do you put the angles? Two 5 SU legs connected by two 90-degree turns and a 6 SU leg?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our games literally have never dealt with this. A faster ship is faster (so it gets away or catches up when both ships are at wide open throttle).

A higher maneuverability roll (reactions skill or whatever) out maneuvers the lower one. The effect desired is achieved by the player if the roll succeeds.

Now... this could be a problem depending on the scenario and the gaming group... for us, it never once came up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run it like b/tech, where the player moves his ship, performing the maneuver.. Moving costs 1 'su' on the map per hex gone, and each 'hex face (45/90/135/180) costs one move. So in that case of the fighter going 16, he could move 3 forward, do a 90 turn (2su cost), go 2 more hexes for a 'half move'..
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Our games literally have never dealt with this. A faster ship is faster (so it gets away or catches up when both ships are at wide open throttle).

A higher maneuverability roll (reactions skill or whatever) out maneuvers the

Yes, but a faster ship is going to cover much more distance per round than would a slower ship. For example, an SR-71 at Mach 3.2 requires over 160 kilometers to affect a 180 degree turn, and take about 4 minutes to do it. A Cessna traveling a fraction of that speed can turn itself around much more quickly and requires much less area in which to do it.

So, in the event of something like, say, a strafing run by a TIE Fighter, it's important to know how many meters it covers in a turn, which affects how fast it can go...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I run it like b/tech, where the player moves his ship, performing the maneuver.. Moving costs 1 'su' on the map per hex gone, and each 'hex face (45/90/135/180) costs one move. So in that case of the fighter going 16, he could move 3 forward, do a 90 turn (2su cost), go 2 more hexes for a 'half move'..

But a six-sided hex doesn't readily lend itself to Maneuvers that are based on a four-sided square (divided into fire arcs by the facing of the square).

Based on the Movement rules, I've always allowed a ship to make a course heading anywhere within their Front Arc (i.e. upto 45 degrees off the bow) as a Free Action as part of the Move. Turning into either the Left or Right Fire Arcs (turns of up to 135 degrees) count as Extreme Turns.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:

So, in the event of something like, say, a strafing run by a TIE Fighter, it's important to know how many meters it covers in a turn, which affects how fast it can go...

That's one thing adnd had good, was maneuverability class for flying creatures, which told you how far they had to move before and after turning before they could turn again and the like..

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But a six-sided hex doesn't readily lend itself to Maneuvers that are based on a four-sided square (divided into fire arcs by the facing of the square).

Based on the Movement rules, I've always allowed a ship to make a course heading anywhere within their Front Arc (i.e. upto 45 degrees off the bow) as a Free Action as part of the Move. Turning into either the Left or Right Fire Arcs (turns of up to 135 degrees) count as Extreme Turns.


Maybe not, but most game systems do use a 6 side hex for maneuvering i've seen. So it imo was easier to adapt that, than come up with my own for SW..
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:
Naaman wrote:
Our games literally have never dealt with this. A faster ship is faster (so it gets away or catches up when both ships are at wide open throttle).

A higher maneuverability roll (reactions skill or whatever) out maneuvers the

Yes, but a faster ship is going to cover much more distance per round than would a slower ship. For example, an SR-71 at Mach 3.2 requires over 160 kilometers to affect a 180 degree turn, and take about 4 minutes to do it. A Cessna traveling a fraction of that speed can turn itself around much more quickly and requires much less area in which to do it.

So, in the event of something like, say, a strafing run by a TIE Fighter, it's important to know how many meters it covers in a turn, which affects how fast it can go...



Yes and no. Let the declared speed at which the maneuver is attempted affect the difficulty of the maneuver. I also, long ago, suggested a maximum performance cap for vehicles so that certain things would literally be impossible with some vehicles, regardless of operator skill.

I get where you're going with this, but at this stage in the discussion, it feels like a solution in need of a problem.

OTOH, if you've got a space-battle heavy campaign, where tactical maneuvering is central to thegame, this bears consideration, IMO.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garhkal wrote:
That's one thing adnd had good, was maneuverability class for flying creatures, which told you how far they had to move before and after turning before they could turn again and the like..

I'm trying to do something similar with Maneuverability penalties based on Scale differences. If a larger scale ship attempts to perform the same maneuver as a smaller scale ship, it suffers a penalty equal to the difference in their scale modifiers, which rolls off at a rate of 2D per round. For example, if a YT-1300 is being pursued by an ISD, and the YT makes a 90 degree turn, the ISD suffers a -6D penalty if it attempts to make the same turn. If it waits one round, the penalty drops to -4D, and then to -2D the round after that. Only by the third round can the ISD make the turn unpenalized, but by the third round, it will have traveled an additional 36-72 SUs down its original course before it can make a normal course change (although per the rules, it could conceivably make two consecutive 45 degree turns as part of its Move, and be back on the YT's tail within two rounds).

Obviously, a rule like this makes larger ships a lot easier to avoid, and also increases the necessity and utility of starfighters and ships like Assault Shuttles and Blastboats aboard ISDs, as their smaller Scale will allow them to stay with enemy vessels in a maneuvering pursuit. It also makes for a

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Maybe not, but most game systems do use a 6 side hex for maneuvering i've seen. So it imo was easier to adapt that, than come up with my own for SW..

How do you adapt the left and right side fire arcs? IIRC, all the Renegade Legion variants used hex-maps as well, so there might be some pointers there, especially since the game is subdivided into systems for vehicle, fighter and capital ship combat respectively...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CRMcNeill wrote:

How do you adapt the left and right side fire arcs? IIRC, all the Renegade Legion variants used hex-maps as well, so there might be some pointers there, especially since the game is subdivided into systems for vehicle, fighter and capital ship combat respectively...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

garhkal wrote:
CRMcNeill wrote:

How do you adapt the left and right side fire arcs? IIRC, all the Renegade Legion variants used hex-maps as well, so there might be some pointers there, especially since the game is subdivided into systems for vehicle, fighter and capital ship combat respectively...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyway, based on the RAW's four fire arcs, I could see a consensus on this being helpful for GMs in mapping out chase scenes in tight quarters, such as canyons, cave complexes or artificial tunnels, as seen in many of the films. Knowing how far a ship at a given speed will move will allow the GM to make better estimations of relative Difficulty of Maneuvers.
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