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Monday, November 05, 2007

Star Cars

This is Steven Petrick posting.

A discussion started about having what amounted to "star cars" (actually the reference being used was "system hopper") for use by role players.

The design concept was essentially a (for those of you that remember) small vehicle like that used by George Jetson in the cartoon series The Jetsons. Supposedly this was something that was needed for roleplaying.

This is just not an idea that I can support. And frankly none of the statements made by its champions could ever quite get past why the existing shuttles are not already adequate.

There are a lot of questions that come up.

George Jetson had access to a technology that pretty much let him put all of his camping gear and several days change of clothes into the vehicle (as an example), but technology in the Star Fleet Universe is not that advanced. Also, very few adventuring parties that I am aware of have only four people, and if they did, where would they put all of their equipment?

Once you get around to those concepts, a "space sedan" or "Space Coupe" simply does not make much sense. Nor is such a vehicle of any real value at a newly established colony.

Does not mean the idea is dead, but it is not one I can support. The idea of a four seat vehicle that exists for the sole purpose of just moving three people(a pilot and three passengers) and very little else from a planet's surface to a station on another planet somewhere else in the system simply does not strike me as efficient.