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Defending a planet's surface from ships in orbit

For a story I'm writing I'm planning a large-scale battle between human mercenaries on the surface who will eventually come under attack by hostile alien forces. At first, the fight will feature small ...
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Interstellar combat without instant FTL

In this scenario there are two spacefaring empires, each with a handful of solar systems under their control. The two empires have been adversaries for millennia. In each solar system there are ...
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Martial arts for small races(goblins, hobbits, etc)

What would their techniques be like, what weapons would they use(if at all), to what real martial art those would be comparable to and how would their strategies change depending on the opponent(Say, ...
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Scaling anthropomorphized 'ship girls'

Currently i'm building a world where conventional warship is largely replaced by Kantai, anthropomorphized human female posessing power of modern warship. They are basicly a human sized girl that is ...
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Underground fight club realism

My story revolves around illegal fight club, one where opponents get serious and fights sometimes end in fatality. There is one problem though, I want to make more or less inclusive and appealing to ...
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How to make a professional guerilla/partisan army work?

When you see certain wargame scenario's, there are some places that are simply outmatched from the outset. For example in a scenario where Russia decides to attack the EU (or the EU decides to attack ...
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Fairy battle tactics

My fairies are hunted for food by basically anything that’ll eat bugs, mice, and small birds. Humans also target them because wild fairies are seen as a nuisance (and a tasty nuisance at that). How ...
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What kind of combat situation warrants the use of frequency modulating phaser? [closed]

I'm comparing 2 modes of modulation: amplitude(AM) and frequency(FM). My understanding is if the phaser is set to stun I can lower the power which is exactly what AM phaser is preferred but what about ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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Arena strategy on Tron bikes on the interior of a sphere? [closed]

A group of humans have been transported to an alien arena, where they are forced to duel in many different arenas(I've asked about one of them here). This time, the characters have advanced from hand ...
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What would combat look like inside an O'Neill Cylinder?

Problem If you were attempting to take over an O'Neill Cylinder without destroying it or the majority of its inhabitants/ecology how would you go about it? What benefits or detriments to an attacking ...
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How do you beat an opponent that can read your moves? [duplicate]

How do you beat an opponent in a fight, who can read your mind and therefore knows what you're going to do before you do it? For example, in the video game Metal Gear Solid, an opponent called Psycho ...
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Composite armor plates: stainless steel mesh embedded in poly resin

Long story short: the setting is something like Highlander meets The Road or I Am Legend – basically a vast majority of humanity dies VERY suddenly such that vast quantities of regular items are ...
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Fighting techniques in an arena of rings rotating in alternating directions

This might be a bit story based, but here goes- I have an idea for an arena for one of my civilizations which involves about 20 rings a yard wide and rotating each other at different speeds. the outer ...
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In a medieval society with gigantic insects and arachnids which ones could be useful [closed]

so i'm thinking of a medieval society in a world with giant bugs. let's say the honeybee was about the size of a house mouse for reference (which makes the insects and arachnid nine times it's size). ...
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How would a bronze-age people harvest meat from a creature the size of a mountain?

In this world a flat but giant continent holds a ginormous and ancient but unrotting corpse, from which many peoples harvest large amounts of meat. However, as said, these people are at most in the ...
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Fighting In The Highest Of Heels (chopines)

Assuming a combatant who has trained for some years with these shoes and assuming weaponry in terms of a one handed sword or perhaps a spear or one of the shorter, lighter polearms, how plausible ...
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Surviving within SCP-3008 (The Infinite IKEA)? [closed]

There was an old SCP I liked called SCP-3008 (The Infinity IKEA) here it is: http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3008 My question is, if a group of people were trapped within SCP-3008, what would be the ...
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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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How would one train a group of women, who previously had no idea of the existence of aircraft, into pilots?

All the fantasy races like Elves, Dwarves, god-like beings and Demons have all grown sick of humanity’s shenanigans. They started a war of extermination against Humans, eventually confining them to an ...
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What are the benefits of learning both sword-fighting and combat sorcery instead of just focusing on sorcery? [closed]

I've always liked the concept of using sorcery to enhance one's abilities while sword-fighting. For instance, increasing speed, casting waves of fire with the sword, making the sword cut through ...
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Can a heat-seeking missile track a target in “Hell”? [closed]

Air laden with sulfur, boiling seas of lava, acid rains on areas that aren’t molten and when you think you’re safe, you hear the screams of the damned coming after you. This is Hell. Or is it? ...
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Despite being invulnerable against ballistic projectiles, why does a wizard's robe still get wet during rain?

A battlemage practiced the art of close combat fighting, and could deal huge amounts of damage to his opponents at point blank range. He also had a special robe, which was enchanted by a powerful ...
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How would weaponry develop differently in a world where you have total technological superiority?

In today’s modern military, massive things are generally frowned upon. They’re simply too big of a target. Oh! You have a big tank that could easily beat my tanks? Apply aircraft. Oh God! Oh no! ...
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How long would it take to train peasants into useful troops? [closed]

How long would it take to train a medieval pesants to become a decent: spear & shield soldier foot archer mounted archer knight equivalent for commoner (man at arms?) For each unit type ...
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How long could a late WW2-era battleship last under sustained ship of the line cannon fire?

In an alternate world of magic, a battleship similar in design to the Bismarck is stopped in the middle of the ocean. It was built by a society of Earth humans who moved to this world. All other ...
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Is it possible to crush a human neck? [closed]

One of the character's in my story is a overly-augmented augmented warrior (has a terminator-esque endoskeleton beneath layers of dermal plating and everything) and at one point grabs someone's throat ...
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Realism of throwing knives or daggers

It lots of fictional settings and worlds, 'rogues' and other skilled martial fighters are constantly throwing knives and daggers at people. Furthermore, assassins/rogues are often pictured as having a ...
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For a species that prefers throwing large rocks at foes, what else would those developed muscle groups make them good at?

Context: I'm working on a fantasy setting and one of the races I want to include are cyclops. When I implement a race into my setting, I usually take one or two sources as the primary inspirations ...
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Are mechanical walking vehicles useful in combat?

This is a highly contested issue on this site, and I have seen many different opinions on this topic. Are mechanical legged vehicles (or mechs) useful in combat in a near future scenario? If so where?
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Primitive underwater melee combat [duplicate]

My setting contains modified humans who live on an ocean planet with only small pockets of land. Generally, large populations of people live on these small islands but since land is so restricted, ...
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How would clothes be created for an easy put on/take out in the middle of combat?

There is a magic that allows a certain percentage of the population to create a twin of themselves instantly, a clone that is aware of itself and is equal in all aspects to the original, which makes ...
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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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What would be the best melee weapon(s) to emphasize arboreal mobility?

I'm currently trying to come up with various different Melee weapon "load outs" for the creatures in my world, and have come up with a few different ones for certain situations already. The warriors ...
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Most energy efficent attacks in a physics-bound magic system

I'm currently working on devising a magic system in which all the standard laws of physics are upheld (Conservation of mass/energy, thermodynamics/entropy, and more). 'Powering' the Spell: To keep ...
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Would it makes sense for medieval warriors to carry giant bladed weapon on weak gravity?

Imagine Earth has been a tenth as massive as it is now, does it makes sense for warriors in the medieval period to carry bladed weapon bigger than themselves? for this purpose we have to assume no ...
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Best fish for a giant force of combat?

Alright, suppose that fish can breathe in the air. What species of fish, assuming there are 50,000 of them in a 10 year war against modern humans, would most likely prevail. The only conditions are ...
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How tattered can membranous wings get before flight becomes impossible?

It's a common trope in the visual design of dragons, giant bats and other fictional flying beings to have wings that appear to be severely torn, cut, pierced, and otherwise worn down. It's also quite ...
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Explanation of Game-Balancing Mechanics for Creature “Types”

I'm working on a creature-capture/battling game (think Pokemon for the genre, but nothing trademarked and a more adult tone), and it will be story-centric. Background of the World Gemini is a nation ...
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The effect of a 20 kilojoule punch on a person that is wearing a plate armor

I have always been in love of hand to hand combat but I realize the concept of efficiency and why that is not an ideal choice for combat so I decided to write a story in which characters who are ...
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How would one defend against a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will? [closed]

There are a number of stories that contain a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will, meaning it won't interact with most objects: The twins from the second Matrix movie; The demon ...
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Best fighting style for a pacifist

I am looking for a fighting style a semi pacifist could use; someone who hates violence but has no problem defending himself and putting someone down. He has no problem HURTING the infected, but he ...
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why do people commonly think scythes are good weapon? [closed]

I'm asking this because I commonly see scythes in fiction. and people in fiction use them to cut people into bacon bits, but in reality, it is utterly useless. I've already been exposed to how bad of ...
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Swords Becoming Effective Weapons [duplicate]

What sort of event would make swords the safest bet for a fight? In most post-apocalyptic scenarios, you would never be sure that your opponent didn't have a gun, no matter how rare ammo is. That ...
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Warfare in the presence of magic users [closed]

In this world you have normal earth like technology and also magic. There are multiples levels in magic from least powerful to invincible. The number of magicians at a level is inversely ...
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Why would rapid-fire firearms do less damage than slower-firing ones?

It's a common trope in first-person shooter video games for the stopping power of a firearm to be inversely proportional to its fire rate and/or magazine capacity. This is done for game balance, in a ...
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Strategies against a water bender in modern day for an average citizen?

Assuming a water bender can only manipulate water that they are either touching or is within their relative touching distance (say, a few cm to a meter away), and assume that blood, saliva, and sweat ...
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How could a high medieval 1000bc level tec army use these spells on a large scale battlefield

Magic in this world is not comon but not particularly rare either. Anyone can do it with the proper training and dedication but to be truly great at it can take several decades however it's fairly ...
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What limitations, drawbacks, and gear can I give my hero who has absorption and reflection abilities?

I have a character who exists in a world where superpowers are a thing and common. Her ability is to absorb and reflect back energy and force she receives and even amplify that force (kinda like Black ...
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What would be the ideal “language” to control a complex machine via a human body?

Please assume the following scenario: A spaceship in a dense battle situation, controlled by a human beeing. The bridge is basically an empty room, consisting of screen-walls (showing the outside and ...

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