Starship Design Blunder

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Starship design in most science-fiction doesn’t make a lot of sense. This is true across most science-fiction franchises. Star Wars, Star Trek, the original Battlestar Galactica, and many others.

The design problem is the placement of the bridge. In many of these starships the bridge is located behind a glass window looking out into space. And it is located at the front and center of the ship.

This makes the bridge an easy target during combat. It’s not well protected and it sticks out like a sore thumb.

The bridge dome at the top of every Federation starship’s saucer shaped primary hull. The front windows of the bridge of the Battlestar Galactica in the original series was shattered more times that I can count in battle. And the bridge at the top tower of an Imperial Star Destroyer of the Galactic Empire in Star Wars.

These are all advanced civilizations but they don’t protect the nerve center of their warships. At least this was corrected in the reimaged Battlestar Galactica series as it was within the hull and well protected. It used sensors and small craft to view what was happening outside instead of a glass window.

Having the bridge exposed is just a bad design. In any of these stories I would target the bridge location in every engagement. Concentrated firepower would get through any energy shields and completely disable any ship targeted.

Rogue One

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I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over opening weekend. I want to see it again.

There is nothing like being in a darkened theater and seeing the LucasFilm logo appear followed by those 10 immortal words lighting up the screen:

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

So much has already been written about why we are so enthralled by the themes in the Star Wars saga. So I’m not going to go there other than saying that it worked once again.

Other people who have seen this movie are already saying it is the best movie since Empire Strike Back. And I would have to agree. This is a must see movie in the Star Wars saga.

Without going into any spoilers. Rogue One takes place just before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope. Going into the details of those brave rebels who stole the plans to the first Death Star.

If you are already a Star Wars fan I’m sure you can think of many things surrounding that one event. And you would probably be right.

So if you see only one movie this winter Holiday season. See Rogue One.

Star Wars Day

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I’m a life long fan, well at least since I was 10, of the Star Wars saga. I am a fan of all of it. All 7 movies to date. All books, games (all though West End’s was the best RPG version), magazines, toys, and you name it. If it’s Star Wars I like it.

May Fourth is known by the fans world-wide as “Star Wars Day”. It takes a play of words from the slogan “May the Force be with you” and turns it into “May the Fourth be with you”.

So celebrate Star Wars today and May the Fourth be with you.

New Generation of Gamers

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During the Easter holiday I had the opportunity to introduce the concept of Role-playing games to my 11 year old niece.

Sad to say that she didn’t quite get it. She did take a little bit of interest but then decided she would rather play games on her phone instead.

I’ll try again around Christmas time. To see if I can get her going into this great hobby of gaming.

I’ll continue to use the D6/WEG version of the Star Wars RPG since she, like me, is a Star Wars fan.