February 12, 2017 at 1:44 am #2526
CoM Fireside Chats
-The Ground Warfare Problem Part 1-
It was a great turnout for our first Fireside Chat and I am happy to say we covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. The whole goal of these fireside chats are to introduce topics and given everyone a chance to discuss them, ask questions, and get a better understanding of how the universe works. If you are interested in joining them in the future, grab your mic and headphones and hop on over to our Discord channel on Saturday Nights at 7PM EST. I’ll use the forum to help summarize what we talked about and some of the key things we came to terms with in our discussions. So here are the notes from the first chat:
TOPIC 1 – Shield Zones
Shield zones are planetary regions distinct in that they are covered by an umbrella-like shield which protects that shield zone from orbital bombardment. Shield zones can vary in size from something the size of a continent to something the size of a city, all depending on the overall power of the projector. Large shields can be reduced in size and thus increase their overall strength, but there are limits to just how much they can be reduced and how much gain in strength is had by reducing the size. A good thumbrule for this states that a shield can be reduced by about 1/10th of its normal full size for a gain of about 3x the overall strength. Any further reduction doesn’t increase the strength of the shield. This process is sometimes referred to as “lensing” or “retracting” a shield.
Shields can protect planetary defenses, but those shields must be dropped in small regions in order for these weapons to fire through. Shields can also vary in how they are configured, with some opting for a central, powerful shield projector with smaller ancillary shields. Others use a series of equal strength projectors creating an overlapping network of equal strength shield regions.
Shield zone shields are not portable and require a decent amount of power and infrastructure to establish and deploy. While some large ships can be used to carrying the equipment, actually establishing a shield zone takes time and equipment to set up before it can be powered on.
Shield zone shields interfere with and can deflect radio and microwave energies usually used in mid to short range communications, and many modern sensors can only collect very vague data through the shield grid itself. Consequently, most fleets rely on more traditional imaging techniques to collect data on the enemy’s defenses with some limited sensor data that they can collect through the raised umbrella shield.
TOPIC 2 – Invasions
Notes Coming Soon
TOPIC 3 – Ground Vehicles
Notes Coming Soon
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