Memories of Connor's Adventures

Orlando the Adventurer pulled a Scimitar from beneath his Robes and smiled...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Doctor Who: The Doctor isnt a Man or Woman

The Doctor is an Alien. And given the nature of  this Alien species propensity to Regenerate, and the use of a Chameleon circuit in the average TARDIS, the species is chameleonic.

So the rather pathetic cry over the Doctor being portrayed as a woman is as valid as crying over the doctor being portrayed by an orangutan who can communicate with sign language. Its all irrelevant.

The fact is we know that the Timelords are time travelling chameleonic predators (dogs who can look like anyone).

"You know how you went on holiday and left your dog to fend for itself...there you go." - innevitable Men in Black/Doctor Who cross-over.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Star Trek: Part of the LCARS deck to get you started

I still need to create Another Twenty Four cards in the LCARS deck, but they will be After Action Reports that get you to draw another card...mostly.

Now you can play. You just need LEGO.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Stellar Cartography: Proxima B has a moon...maybe (updated)

Anyway...the main curve is supposed to be Proxima B orbiting Proxima Centauri with its eleven day year...
so the tiny variation I think is a Moon which I name Sugar Glider if anyone is yet to catch it, has a cycle of 0.0294 (32 minutes) and a Relative Velocity contribution of +/- 0.25 ms^-1.
Thats a pretty fast orbit so I figure its a moon and not another planet so close to the star its rolling across the damn surface.

Dont know what the phase shifting relationship is though. It will come to me.

Oops: This is Alpha Centauri B data...

Okay so here is the Proxima Centauri data. Fortunately there is a also moon. Dont know what the noise in Radial velocity data means. Its almost like solar pressure contributing to accelerated rotational velocity (or decelerated rotational velocity).

I wonder if you can name both moons Sugar Glider Possum?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ship Wrecks: Another off Northern Territory

 I fished off that beach as a kid, so When it comes to the suggestion there is a ship... just a few hundred feet out from the shore is a surprise. Its size is significant. More on the scale of a steam ship. In Australian history a big steamer sailed from a port in Western Australia, and headed for an unknown Northern Port, and she vanished into a cyclone.
The SS Koombana was a Passenger and Mail Carrier which vanished in 20th March, 1912 having sailed from Rock Hampton.

It was 348 feet long, 48 feet wide.

Its hard to tell on the scale with Google maps. Bit it looks like collapsed decks, and a damaged bow, as though it had rolled.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Star trek: Borg Transwarp Conduit Network & Hubs

 Here is the Borg Transwarp Conduit Network and Hubs... and adjusting the image distortion I overlay various objects and move them over our Voyager return path map.
Assuming Janeway eliminated green line that exits near Klingons, Romulans, and Federation, that leaves a whole lot of places across the Galaxy where conduits exit, and hubs exist for major Borg movements into the future.

What do these represent?
Conduits represent Technologically advanced Civilizations of Assimilation interest to the Borg.

Secondary Hubs represent heavy assimilation efforts and resource commitment to expansion.

The origins of the Borg can be seen in the development of smaller conduit networks targeting less significant civilizations before they go after bigger species further out. The entire Beta Quadrant along the Perseus Arm is under Assimilation from the far edge of the Romulans and Klingons around to the Delta Quadrant. And the Beta Quadrant hub has a conduit extending out to the Outer Arm. Who ever is out there is Third Assimilation Category...Which the Federation is only on the verge of becoming thanks to the efforts of Voyager.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

History Amok: Roman Legion in 1500BC Syria

You were probably amazed at the arrival of the 8th Roman legion in Korea...not impossible, and it exhibits an anomaly that will need to go into a history book. Now it gets ugly. Time Travelling 8th Roman Legion ugly.
Here is uau-gal (volcae for eagle) in a 1500BC cuniform script found in a city in Syria. While the word eagle exists in this time frame as uau-gal thanks to the volcae, the pictogram script used to describe it is the anomaly. The phonetic letters form an eagle (wing-body-wing) over a second phonetic layer with (V-body-III). We have a Roman eagle banner of the 8th legion in a 1500BC cuniform script. The script would need to be a proto hangul korean script and the Archaeologists simply got it wrong on date.

The Alternative is time travel. The 8th Roman Legion Traveled to 1500BC Syria and created a civilization.

For the DM: Your PCs 8th Legion from the Millenian Empire from the Hollow World having Explored the Eastern Realms is dispatched 1500 years into the Past where they get to Establish a Colony and Civilization.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Stellar Cartography: Sirius, five voids, three flare stars and Planet nine

My right ascension star map has come along but I thought I would use it to point out an oddity. There are in that basket of Possums five significant Voids where you could park our Oort cloud.  The centres of those voids lined up on an aparent orbit around our solar system that passes close to three Flare Stars (Cancrii, Virginis, and Sagittarii), skirts close to our Solar system and heads off Straight through Sirius AB.
Sirius AB is a fun Binary with Sirius A being about five solar masses of our own star, and Sirius B is a significantly oversized White Dwarf almost equal to our Solar mass and is considered to have been a Red Giant around 120 million years Ago (oddly around the same time as an extinction event and made all the more likely if it passed very close to our own star).
Then we have Planet nine whose size is considered significant enough to create a tilting of our star and affect all the little planet orbits in our system. Its possible that Planet nine entered our system when Sirius passed by at the closest point. And if that planet still orbits Sirius it moved its near earth orbit back out through the Oort cloud.
Of course this is all Speculation on its way to being Coincidence. I now need to do a new star map that gives me the bearings of these stars to determine void centres, flare stars, Sirius, and Planet Nine's orbit in three dimensions.

Obviously this is something that real Astronomers could do with their golden ticket astronomy budgets...

Saturday, 1 July 2017

History Amok: Roman Legion in Korea

As I previously wrote, the word 'eagle' comes from the volcae form 'uau-gal'. In the Korean Language in a Roman left to right writing style we get this:

A proto Korean Pictogram
We can build an eagle in the Volcae form from the Korean phonetic a left to right Roman style.

eu-a-eu +g/k-a-l/r

And we get an eagle with its wings spread, and an eagle with two Roman numerals (one each side of the eagle), a V and III.

This is of course a particular Roman Legion. The 8th legio under Julius Ceasar and their symbol (the eagle) and the Roman pronounced letters of the Volcae word for a Roman Legion's standard becomes part of the Korean language and Alphabet.

A Romanized Volcae with an Eagle standard travels to Korea and creates the Modern Korean Language.

The Roman VIII Legion were active at a much earlier period of 59BC-48BC. Initially established by Pompey, they served with Julius Ceasar in Gaulish Campaigns and North Africa and were eventually disbanded by Julius Ceasar. Oddly enough, the northern Border of the Korean Peninsula is precisely East of Rome.

Funny how history turns out.

Star Trek: Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra


Friday, 30 June 2017

StarTrek: Expanding Age of Warp with LCARS Cards

Building your Age of Warp Expansion Deck

Right now the Startrek: Age of Warp board game uses dice rolls to determine what happens as your colony ship travels out into the Universe. But these systems can be replaced with card decks.

The purpose of the Library Computer Archive Retreival System is a database of Federation History amongst other things. This means it tells the story of peoples and it means we can use an LCARS card deck as a source of random story events that can be drawn once a turn. And when the ship takes damage its must drop from Warp 2 down to Warp 1 meaning it now takes longer to journey between hexes (sectors or star systems).

The Ships Log- A Story Card Deck
So some of the story cards will need to be a kill-shot for your starship, others will reduce ship velocity from warp two to warp one. This can be expressed in game by having cards that instructs you to draw another. There will be a bunch of these because if you are not immediatly killed you should experience a shit load of bad things that happen to you because the longer you spend in travelling, the more things happen to your ship and crew. This will be our 'people cards' - jacks, queens, and kings.
There must also be cards that force you to colonize where you are because you can no longer go on, and cards that will provide you with discoveries that add to your ship, space station, or colony.
And once you get a card that says you have reached a potential colonization point you can colonize by converting your colony ship to a space station or planetary colony.

Card Deck Outline

  • Your Journey Ends here forced space station Cards (2x Jokers)
  • Alien Intruder on Board (4x Aces)
  • Crew incidents (12x face cards)
  • Location Specific/ Warp 2-10 (36x low cards)

Your Journey ends in Death
13 Spades cards gives us a 1 in 4-ish chance of being killed on the journey.

So the SS Platypus sets out with its passengers... unfortunately as it jumps to Warp 2 we draw a card (the only one at the moment but that will change once I get done creating my own Deck) and the warp field opens a wormhole and the ship is dumped in the Delta Quadrant where it is assimilated by the Borg. So the people on the SS Platypus loose straight out of spacedock... and centuries later the Crew of the Voyager discover the SS Platypus Black Box and watch your Assimilation on movie night with popcorn and laughter... the jaded bastards that they are.

This will be one of our Warp-10 cards (10 of Spades) that carries you ship out of the Quadrant and gameplay (only to kill you - spades).

Next Time... a full card deck.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dungeon Mastery: 20 Exotic Magic Items

20 exotic magic items

1. Tattoo of Hands
2. Scar of the Sky
3. Scar of the Doll
4. Scar of the Sea
5. Bone of the Ancients
6. Bone of Order
7. Hide of the Wild
8. Powder of Time
9. Powder of Darkness
10. Door of Stone
11. Door of Hope
12. Canoe of Fate
13. Mound of Sand
14. Mound of the bound creator
15. Grave of the Saints
16. Eye of the Tiger
17. Pottery of Manipur
18. Wheel of Time
19. Rope of Sand
20. Rope of Pearls

Another twenty autocorrect magic items...

Monday, 26 June 2017

Star Trek: Thoughts on a better Prequel

Enterprise doesnt exist in the pre original series universe. It exists in a post nasa universe. My choice for a prequel would have been with warp two ships around Stardate 2080. Thats a year to travel to Vulcan, and not quonos at a 116 light years. Beta quadrant is the other side of a line that ran through earth. Its like they ignored that.
The first year would be on earth forming the political, corporate, criminal alliances necessary to get the ship built. Assassination and some spy stuff based on Bashirs holonovels. Make it so those characters are real and the stories are set in post first contact but a lot of it is wrong...but having foiled the genetic enhanced Madman Doctor Noah, The ship heads off to deliver an ambassador to Vulcan. This in itself would take a season at warp two and the ambassador would be Spock's human great grandfather whose family are political 'lifers'. A family who bought the ambassadorship in the year of dirty politics. They will live on Vulcan in an embassy. The trip with the Ambassador would be a living hell for Lilly who knows that Picard and the real Enterprise will emerge from all this human pollution in the centuries ahead. Season three would involve headding out around the Sector One sphere (sector one is a sphere with vulcan and earth at opposite poles). There are several potential colony worlds, a few with ancient alien ruins, telerite and andorian space (draylaxians with whom mayweather was familiar are on a homeworld in the same system as andor...assumedly closer to the sun).
So yes you could explore sector one and colonization. And the secret room hidden in the ship with a section 31 transporter, armoury, database, post voyager tech and operative. Once Lilly discovers  the room, and that Doctor Noah, having been a major backer of her Enterprise is planning to kill the human race. She abducts him with the transporter to her enterprise and exhiles him on a planet.

That should be good for a three to four season startrek.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Map of the Week: Higgurt's Fort

 You are hired to clear out the bandits hold up in the timber tower-fort known as Higgurts Fort.

Space Australis: Aussie up your Scifi Setting

Part 1: Vessel Classes

A descent Scifi requires vast fleets of ships: military and civilian.  government, corporate, and private. Here is a selection of ship classes for an Aussie dominated future in space.

Defence Force Vessels

• Rockhampton Class Deep Space Cruiser
• Melbourne Class Gas Giant Operations Cruiser

Gas Giant Operations

• Southport Class Gas Giant Mining Vessel

• Freemantle Class Gas Giant Rescue Vessel

Deep Space Operations

• Maryborough Class Container Cargo Transport Vessel
• Brisbane Class Tanker
• Devonport Class Bulk Carrier

• Mooloolaba Class Barge
• Port Adelaide Class Construction Vessel
• Townsville Class Research Vessel

• Gladstone Class Survey Vessel
• Dampier Class Utility Vessel
• Darwin Class Supply Vessel

• Sydney Class Orbital Tug
• Cairns Class Landing Vessel

Civilian Space Transport Vessels

• Port Douglas Class Passenger Liner

• Hobart Class Solar-Sail Mass Accelerator
• Launceston Class Freighter

• Mackay Class Racing Yacht
• Geelong Class Pleasure Yacht

Vessel Weight Range
In there were a bunch of ship mass subcategories, but what do they mean?

Weight Range                       Mass (Ton)
Super-Heavy                         Trillion
Medium-Heavy                     Billion
Heavy                                      Million
Orbital                                     Thousand

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Space Crazy: I claim these Worlds

 So you know that Proxima b is a high radiation hell hole around a nasty little star but what of the Alpha Centauri binary?
Hunting Exoplanets
An adjustment of brightness, contrast, and temperature using android's photo app and we get objects against both stars.

Alpha Centauri A
Objects a and b around alpha centauri a could be the same object depending on how the hubble imaged the photo.

Alpha Centauri B
Object c is substantial on scale with a brown dwarf close to alpha centauri b, colder than the star, yet not cold like a gas giant. so there is a potential 'fourth star' to the Centauri group.
Object d is more on the gas giant scale except its position which means a north pole is always facing Alpha Centauri A suggests an orbital path that may altering due to the presence of other stars. If that is the case it may be eating any habitable worlds or disrupting their orbits...which brings us to trans solar objects.

Trans solar objects
Object k has all the look of a planet sized comet. This is an unpleasant thought that your world just got flung out of one stellar orbit at the other. I name Object k Planet Connor...because I can.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Starship Voyager: a better map of their journey home

This LCARS image is the best we have of Voyagers Journey to Earth from the Delta Quadrant. So first off we flip the image and stretch it so it matches the Milky Way galaxy.
Next draw a line object over the flight path and move one end to earth on our far more significant NASA map of the Milky Way.
This means we have a better view of the Return Path of the Federation Starship Voyager from their encounter with the Caretaker near the Galactic edge on the Sagittarius arm...across five thousand light years of interspiral space to the Scutum-Centaurus Arm, then again across to the Norma Arm, and over to the Near 3kpc Arm skirting the Galactic Barrier, and then out through the Norma Arm, Scutum-Centaurus Arm,  and Sagittarius Arm to the Orion Local Spur.

Federation, Klingon, Romulans all appear to be in the Local Orion Spur by comparison.