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Monday, March 2, 2020

Strictly (Duke) Springer - Day 062 – March 2nd

Ok, I have to do some book keeping. We are taking a day of RRR. I have two engineers, so I have them get to work on the new ship. They install some guns and stasis units. Lucy, Duke and Emily are healing up.

We decide to name the second ship the Alicorn.

I am dividing the areas protected by stasis units among the ships. There are 4 CU of protected space in each ship’s crew quarters. I move the 2 CU stasis unit from engineering to the other ship’s pilotage. The turret of the Antelope has 1 CU of protected space. There is a 4 CU stasis unit in the cargo hold of the Antelope. I have created a pair of sheets to mark all of this down.

We also redistribute cargo and the crew.

Four crew members are on the Antelope: Duke (pilot/gunner), Bones (medic), Ratchet (engineer) and Lefty (gunner). Five are on the Alicorn: Emily (pilot/gunner), Deadeye (gunner), Doc (medic), Lucy (engineer) and David (gunner). We lose the capacity to fly the hoppers and the ships at the same time. We have 9 crew and need another pair of pilots and one gunner.

In order to protect all of these people, I need to buy some more status units. In doing this, I will refit the crew quarters with 4 3 CU stasis units. This will allow me to protect up to 12 crew per ship in groups of 3. I can move the single CU units to various parts of the ship to protect workstations. I’m almost OSHA compliant. :)

Since I am being so nice to the crew, I am going to cut their salaries and simply give them a 1% cut off of all profits. This is 1% each, not total. Cheating, yes, but this will make record keeping easier. Payouts will be much higher than a measly 15 secs. a week.

As an additional cheat, I will no longer be tracking personal items owned by the crew as cargo. That removes side arms, PS bots and USuits from the cargo hold and presumably into the crew quarters. I am simply going to assume the weekly cost of the bots as a loss, per week.

You'll note on these sheets that I am only coloring very large items like big guns and multiples of repair units, fuel and life support units. The Alicorn has no boat, so the fuel and guns are simply sitting in the boat bay. Since I am actually working on paper, I merely have a sheet with penciled in notations. I may share that later.

1 Antelope starship with TL-5 Guns. I owe nothing.
1 Hopper with boat guns, TL-3.

1 Boat guns, TL-2,
4 CU Status Unit (e103),
1 TL-1 military U-suit,
5 TL-4 heavy hand weapons with explosive effects,
7 Side Arms TL-1,
4 Doses of pheromones (e009) in Duke’s pocket,
and the ship is fueled with 6 hypercharges.

1 Alicorn starship with TL-1 Guns. We owe nothing.

1 TL-2 Boat guns,
10 TL-1 Heavy Hand Weapons,
and the ship is fueled with 6 hypercharges.

I have 54,171 secs. We are wanted in the Palatek system.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Chessex at Gamestop

Gamestop has some Chessex dice available. At $9.99, I might order a set or three. I am sure I can find dice cheaper, but Chessex dice are nice.

The images below are links to Gamestop. Clicking will take to the website for ordering. Each click supports this site via remuneration.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Endless Quest on Alibris

Yesterday, I looked at Endless Quest books at Amazon. Today, I'm looking for deals at Alibris. Sometimes, comparision shopping can really save you. The links below are paid ads and will take you to Every click supports this website with remuneration.

Not all of the Endless Quest books were available, but sometimes the pricing was better.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Strictly (Duke) Springer - Day 040 – Feb 9th

FINALLY! I sell all but five side arms for 2,000 secs. I also get lucky and sell the skimmers for another 1,200.

I have 16 CU of space in the Bay. Time to move on.

Before I move on, I'm going to make a principal only payment, since I already paid the interest this week. 1,000 secs.

1 Antelope starship with TL-5 Guns. I owe 116,000 secs. in principle.
1 TL-1 Ship’s Guns.
1 Hopper with boat guns, TL-3.
2 CU Status unit in Cockpit and Engineering, 8 1 CU Status units in Crew Quarters and 1 1 CU unit in Gunnery.
10 Fuel Units in the Ship’s Boat.
12 Repair units,
5 Life Support Units in the Ship’s boat.
7 PS-bots, 1 per character,
6 Heavy Hand Weapons for sale, 4 for characters use,
5 Side Arms
13 U-suits, 7 for the crew, 5 for sale and the ship is fueled with 4 hypercharges.

I have 3,631 secs. We are wanted in the Palatek system.

Time for another ad from Lego. Before I buy one more piece of nerd stuff, I need storage bins. These Lego bins are cool look and retail for Fifty Bucks.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Starship Deck Plans for Hopper Alternates (Star Smuggler)

I came up with three alternates for Ship's Boats. One is a completely new product, an Orbiter, which takes up 50 CU inside a 60 CU cargo bay. It really not a good choice for the Antelope, but it can be done.

The Orbiter is roughly 25% bigger than a Hopper Ship's Boat. It is able to carry a skimmer. This ship is big enough to provide it's own Life Support just like a Starship. Even though it has enough cargo space for guns, there is no way to mount them due to the wing configuration. It is always unarmed.

The second ship is a regular sized Hopper, but reconfigured for longer trips. It does not provide Life Support, so some cargo will have to be used for that.

The third ship is called an Interceptor, because... well, it's an interceptor. It has integrated guns. They can be upgraded or downgraded, but never removed. It has a dedicated space for Fuel and Life Support Units. These spaces can't be used for other things, just like the gun space.

Each and every one of these ships have the ability to break out of gravity wells. See r214b. The Orbiter must use it's cargo for fuel to escape, while the other two ships can do it with just their fuel tanks. The Orbiter has a max power of 15, the Fast Boat has a rating or 16 and the Interceptor has a rating of 20.

In order to boost to a speed of 20, the Interceptor must purchase external fuel tanks on the planet is is leaving. Each tank holds just enough fuel to break orbit from that planet and are jettisoned on take-off. These tanks can be purchased for standard price 500 each and are available from ground based areas which offer offer Hypercharges (eg. e025). These tanks are extraordinarily dangerous and can only be stored on a planet or on a military vessel, like a carrier. They are never available at space stations.

All three of these items can be purchased or sold from e034 or e035. They can never be found in the Ruins.

Prices are:

Orbiter, e034. 1800 secs. base price. e035 is 2400 secs.
Fast Boat, e034. 1000 secs. base price. e035 is 1500 secs.
Interceptor, e034. 2500 secs. base price. e035 is 5000 secs.

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Starship Deck Plans for Antelope Alternates (Star Smuggler)

A few weeks ago, I brainstormed an Antelope-class starship alternate. I inked out a Buffalo-class starship. I really didn't like how it looked, but did like some of the ideas.

Last night, I busted out the Wacom Tablet and gave it another go. It turns out I am really not good with either Inkscape or a Wacom Tablet and had to resort to mouse and keyboard. However, the results were nice. I came up with one new design I call a Blockade Buster, which is designed to fight and fly. It is more than twice the size of an Antelope-class starship and has a couple of different options for cargo and ship's boats.

First, the ship. The Antelope-class has 126 CU of space. The Blockage Buster has 256 CU of carrying capacity, but some of it is limited. The Boat Bay, Cargo Bay 1 and turrets are identical to those of the the Antelope-class.

However, the Blockade Buster has two turrets. Engineering, and Pilotage is twice the size of the Antelope's. There is a Bay for an orbiter, which is a larger shuttle that can carry a skimmer. The Cargo Bay 2 is specifically designed for consumables. It can hold one skimmer and has 36 racks for any type of consumable unit, such as Life Support, Repair or Fuel. In the corner is space for 4 Utility Suits. There is a locker for weapons near the officer's quarters. On the opposite side of the ship is a large suite of rooms for crew quarters. The Blockade Runner holds 12 hypercharges.

Special Rules for this ship: There are no hidden storage places. Cargo Bay 2 cannot be reconfigured to hold other items, the racks are a part of the hull. The ship has no installed Stasis Units. This ship has 12 hits.

If you would like to incorporate this into Star Smuggler, I have pricing and other information here to mix into e001 and e036.

Next post, we'll look at the Alternate Hopper Class Boats. I will also post some generic deck plans for any game system.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

75268 - Lego Snow Speeder

Another of my favorite Star Wars sets. The Lego Snowspeeder comes with 2 figures, a gun and the aforementioned speeder. Reasonably priced at $19.99. Click the link to order from I receive remuneration every time you order something, which helps me keep this website going. 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

31073 Mythical Creature Set from Lego

Mythical Creatures set from Lego! I didn't know they had dragons. I so want this set. Click the image to order from

Armor in the Movies and in Games

This week, I had two ideas collide. I finally finished The Mandalorian on Disney+ and received my order of the book, What is Dungeons and Dragons?. The book takes you through the process of how to create for not just Dugeons and Dragons, but many game systems, while the TV show follows the adventures of Baby Yoda and his newly minted father figure, The Mandalorian.

One thing that stands out in the TV show is how armor should work. Mando gets blasted and knocked around, losing bits and pieces all over the place. Like the real world.

Apparently, Mandalorians are the only Star Wars characters with fully functioning armor. I'd like to bring that into my D&D campaign.

In the original Unearthed Arcana book, there are a couple of options for this. First, there is field plate, which acts like hit points and a matching Magic Armor spell which does the same. I use a fusion of B/X and AD&D so this isn't too outside the box.

What I would like to do is create a system where all armor works to reduce damage. AD&D's armor class is nicely suited for this as 10 is a person's street clothes armor class, which is not protective. It stands to reason that I could simply create a table where dividing each minus to AC by 4 reduces damage by one.

10 0/4 is nothing, so No Damage Reduction
9 is -1/4=.25 No Damage Reduction
8 is -2/4=.50 for 1 Point of  Damage Reduction
7 is -3/4=.75 for 1 Point of  Damage Reduction
6 is -4/4=1.00 for 1 Point of Damage Reduction
5 is -5/4=1.25 for 1 Point of Damage Reduction
4 is -6/4=1.50 for 2 Points of Damage Reduction
3 is -7/4=1.75 for 2 Points of Damage Reduction
2 is -8/4=2.00 for 2 Points of Damage Reduction
1 is -9/4=2.25 for 2 Points of Damage Reduction
0 is -10/4=2.50 for 3 Points of Damage Reduction

This table is nice because it naturally places armor in groups: none, minimal, medium and heavy, which is kind of what the game books do anyway. The table requires division and rounding, which is easy enough on the brain to do on the fly or I could simply make an index sized card for quick reference.

What do you think?

Now, as promised, the ads. On January 1st, I picked up some new ad sources which are very nice. Clicking a link will take you to a store based on the topics covered in this post. The first is for a set of mini-figures from The Mandalarian and the second is to Alibris, where you can get a 3/3.5 edition of Unearthed Arcana. Of course, you could click on the link on the upper right and check out one of my books from DriveThruRPG, offered at PWYW. These ads provide funds to me to keep this site going as I head back to school.

Clicking the link below will take you to the Lego store.

Clicking the link below will take you to purchase Andy Collins Unearthed Arcana @ Alibris

Friday, January 3, 2020

A-Wing Test of Rakuten Ads

As I mention in December update of The Tek, I am looking to put more high quality ads on my site to generate more revenue. This post is a test of such ads.

I recently posted about the Star Wars RPG and generally have Star Wars on the brain. The A-Wing is my favorite fighter from this series, so I selected it as my first test post. I need to figure out the rules of the road for these ads. One issue I have is, these ads include large pictures which precludes placing them in the sidebar. On the upside, I can mine ad content for posting ideas which will bump up my posts, even if they don't result in more ads.

Now this particular product is new and is priced at $29.99 at Lego and Target. It is cheaper elsewhere. If the ads work as intended, I will make sure this is the first thing I buy.

Yeah... It's an addiction. The image below is an ad.

Click the image above to visit the Lego Store.

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