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My perfect evil overlord plan... or is it?
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Yes, nations who are stupid enough to allow a thousand of what are obviously nuclear missile platforms (I mean those things are big) to be placed into LEO do deserve to be manhandled this way. ...

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Ancient-Roman-type Postal Service with Rats as Couriers
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So basically this is a "star" network where the data packets are rats. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_network The Exchange is where the interesting problems are, and it also is your bottleneck. ...

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A solution for the time-travel paradox - What could go wrong?
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Musing about the concept... Essentially, living memory becomes (potentially) more accessible. The big benefit is that those memories could contain information that was originally not really noticed, ...

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Small Species - What weapons would make sense?
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Edited Feb 1 2019 with some additional fun stuff. Welcome, Knight Owl! Part of the answer may come from the ecological niche they evolved from. Otter-canines might be carnivore chasers; therefore, ...

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How to prevent superluminal traveling idiots from wrecking half of the universe?
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From a Traveller pen-and-paper RPG point of view: FTL travel is more like "wrinkle in time" travel than "really really fast" travel. The jump drive steps you into jumpspace, you fly along at no net ...

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Brown Dwarf Star vs Gas Giant as parent for habitable moon
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One possible problem with just a plain ol' Gas Giant is... radiation. From Quora: Jupiter’s magnetic field is the largest out of all the planets in the solar system. It probably has a huge metallic ...

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Weapons for Bio-Electric creatures
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Possibles to think about: Conductive Whip. A whiplike stunner that not only hurts, it also conducts the sophont's electric charge to the target. Two kinds of attacks in one strike. Batteries not ...

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Stopping a Planet Cracker?
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Three thoughts, all taken from my experiences with the Traveller RPG. My first thought is to make technology unable to push big dangerous masses in a manner convenient for warfare. The Problem with ...

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Distance between star systems
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The Traveller RPG assumes star systems are approximately 3 light-years apart (one parsec to be accurate, about 3.2 light years). The wiggle-room is roughly plus or minus a light year. This allows ...

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Locking an old spaceship from the outside?
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This is not a silly question at all. My players (I'm a Traveller referee) have asked the question at various times, although it's never become a serious issue. In other words, the game hasn't ...

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Can humans be conditioned to become non-violent and forget how to defend themselves?
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Example from science fiction literature: even the Eloi have Morlocks. In other words, a "non-defending" human species would cease to be at the top of the food chain...

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On a tidally locked planet, would time be quantized?
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(Philosophy: 'time' is the changing of energy states. So it's probably impossible to remove that from a sophont people.) It is REASONABLE for time-keeping to emerge, even without the concept of a ...

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Can black algae promote a global warming on a cold planet?
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So, can the pitch-patch, along with carbon dioxide, make the difference and melt larger fields of ice? Can it create a more hospitable environment at-least around the equator? there is sufficient ...

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How to colonize the asteroid belt within the next 50 years?
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"How could costs be cut to make this doable in the next 25-50 years using no more than 10% of the world's GPD?" Invent cheap, low-power anti-gravity. (Example: Traveller RPG)

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Why would a peaceful race construct weapons?
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Not very interesting perhaps, but what about experimentation for the sake of research? Ah, that's "for the sake of science" as you mentioned. The argument could be made that, if "necessity is the ...

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How much technological regression is plausible?
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Based on JBH's answer: if things aren't absolutely extinction-level terrible, then it seems to me that the human race can be expected to recover into self-sustaining "local industry" - farming and ...

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What mechanisms need to be in place for an advanced, peaceful society to retain high testosterone levels?
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The Voyage An idea taken from Traveller's Adventure 10: a social ritual requires an arduous journey with other couples to the "Valley of Memories" and back. The sophont species in the adventure lay ...

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2 weeks day, 2 weeks night, how would the sleeping pattern of the planet's dominant species work with a 28 'day' Day?
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Perhaps the humanoid species has diverged into two subspecies (or modes!): one is nocturnal, and the other is diurnal. The two have a symbiotic (and perhaps interfertile) relationship. During the day-...

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