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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 10:32 pm 
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Lots of good comments and I think you hit the nails.

The tactical use of FTL is something that I never understood why the Colonials never used, or were they always in a position where they couldn't use it? I mean, if they're accurate enough to jump into the atmosphere, within a couple thousand meters of the deck, I would think that they'd be able to plot the jumps that Styx performed.

Fidel...the more I thought about the character, the more I wanted him to be more than a walk-on. Using him gave me a chance to introduce some more survivors, but with someone who once was Admiral Traces "boy Fye-del!"

The hatchet scene...Looking at how Laurel Massena treated Brock Carlsbad showed that she still had feelings. The idea of the hatchet came from two friends of mine who were going through a very rough time in their marriage. They had separated because they both put work before their relationship and by the time they realized this they were already living separately. We were out to lunch one day and Cara, the wife, happened to lament that she needed something that would break the ice and get them talking because she wanted to bury the hatchet and rebuild what they had. Someone suggested that she buy a hatchet at the hardware store and go see Will, her husband, and tell him what she wanted to do. Long story short, she did, they did, and after a lot of work with both a counselor and their parish priest, they rebuilt what they had and their marriage is now stronger than it ever was.

Nibbles...I needed to show that Diana's brazen commander who shoots people with frozen paintballs in a duel because someone grabbed her ass, was human.

One thing...when you read Ismail's dialog and watch his actions, imagine he's played by Tom Ellis the way he plays Lucifer...the inflection, the silly little comments, the accent...and you've got Ismail to a "T".

If Connie did step aside, Esposito could do the job, but she is still young and doesn't have much CIC experience, certainly not like Captain Leslie Hunter had on Andromeda before she was promoted.

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I think the Jupiter class Computers COULD do it, the problem is that Jupiters have to retract/extend their arms before/after each jump. So it's not as tactical to use.... well actually they only need to do that to reclaim their vipers... hm

Yeah it's odd. The writing could have used some work.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:16 am 
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I don't blame the writing. We've had an extra eleven years to think, discuss, rethink, and so on the various baselines that they put in the show. They had a couple days to write the script and were more focused on character development than exploring how the technology really worked or perhaps better put, how the technology could be put to work.

Now the next question is...What will happen to Styx on her way home...

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"Do you think they're mad at us, Girlfriend?"

"Two nukes broke through the flak."

"They ain't happy, DC!"

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"Do you think they're mad at us, Girlfriend?"

"Two nukes broke through the flak."

"They ain't happy, DC!"


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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 11:53 pm 
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Chapter 51...page count is 22, just shy of about a third of what I'm projecting. Most of the page count so far, probably 15 pages or so, is combat of one sort or another...

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Hi, Kurt!

Another AMAZING read my friend, Bravo! Absolutely loved it and Ava loves it as well! She's so happy! Well done my friend, we love it!

Love, Mia, Mitzi and Commander Ava x x x


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The tactical use of FTL is something that I never understood why the Colonials never used, or were they always in a position where they couldn't use it? I mean, if they're accurate enough to jump into the atmosphere, within a couple thousand meters of the deck, I would think that they'd be able to plot the jumps that Styx performed.

Yes this is something I pondered for a while, why have such technology and not utilise it to the full, one reason I guessed was the uncertainty of not knowing exactly what position you would end up in battle coming out of an F.T.L jump, possibly in the sights of a Cylon Base Star. This is one reason why I designed my Battlestars to have their pods integral to the hull and not retractable, to make them more stable in a jump and to utilise the extra space for barracks, stores etc.

Great work with Lady H and the size charts Kurt and great work with 'Recovered Souls' Mia, bravo both of you.


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I'm so far behind. But now I get to read three chapters over the long weekend by the pool. :-)


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 4:47 pm 
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Mia_36 wrote:
Hi, Kurt!

Another AMAZING read my friend, Bravo! Absolutely loved it and Ava loves it as well! She's so happy! Well done my friend, we love it!

Love, Mia, Mitzi and Commander Ava x x x


Thank you! I can't believe how long it took me to complete the chapter, but now I'm running at full speed.

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kamikazi wrote:
I'm so far behind. But now I get to read three chapters over the long weekend by the pool. :-)


My goodness! You're going to need the long weekend to get through them! I think it's about 250 pages or so in Word...

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The tactical use of FTL is something that I never understood why the Colonials never used, or were they always in a position where they couldn't use it? I mean, if they're accurate enough to jump into the atmosphere, within a couple thousand meters of the deck, I would think that they'd be able to plot the jumps that Styx performed.

Yes this is something I pondered for a while, why have such technology and not utilise it to the full, one reason I guessed was the uncertainty of not knowing exactly what position you would end up in battle coming out of an F.T.L jump, possibly in the sights of a Cylon Base Star. This is one reason why I designed my Battlestars to have their pods integral to the hull and not retractable, to make them more stable in a jump and to utilise the extra space for barracks, stores etc.

Great work with Lady H and the size charts Kurt and great work with 'Recovered Souls' Mia, bravo both of you.


Thanks for the kind comments!

Regarding the retracting pods, I never understood them when viewed in the larger context of the canonical ship designs that we saw before Pegasus or Valkyrie. If you look at ships like Zephyr and Cloud 9 especially, you see designs that lack the length/width ratio that Galactica had with her pods retracted, and even exceeded that ratio with them extended. Zephyr was said to be an old ship, pre-war, while Cloud 9 was probably part of the post war boom. I think in the beginning, it was "cool" without being completely thought out like a bunch of fan nerds would. ;-)

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Chapter 51 is at 27 pages...chugging along.

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Yeah some sci find goes for cool before it figures out it's rules

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Chapter 51 is at 44 pages. I might split this into four separate parts and post them individually, but I like the idea of keeping everything self contained within the chapter. We'll see. Also, I need to decide if Hellbent Harley shows up or not...

Here's a teaser from the first page...

The colors, cut, and how each piece of clothing was worn told a story…and told the onlookers that these weren’t local women, but members of the Romani who traveled the provinces trading and doing odd jobs…and, if the rumors and stories were true, some petty theft and virtue chasing on the side. The older of the two wore a deep red sash knotted just in front of her right hip and signified that she was a widow, while the black trim mixed with golden thread on her linen shirt indicated that she had an open claim of vendetta against someone…or some group.

Her companion, likewise, wore a deep red sash, but this one was tied on the left, just in front of the hip; she was kin to the widow, and her shirt’s black trim woven with gold thread showed that she shared her kin’s oath of vendetta. The dark chocolate brown leather breeches that both wore coupled with the high black boots, golden buckle, and deep purple hooded cloaks were standard Romani fare, but the specific combination told those who knew the code that these women weren’t common caravan Romani, these were members of one of the noble houses that ruled the clans in a manner that was unchanged since before Earth was settled.

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