Josh Peters
▶ Stars Without Number
2019-01-16T13:36:31.553Z

Two interesting Stars Without Number rules questions:

Tangible Force Construct: once called into existence, is it rigid and now "baked" into its form, or can it be reshaped later? My ruling last night was that it was permanent, and if you want a new shape, you need to spend more Effort.

Crew Capacity and Life Support: my plucky privateer player characters have rescued 60 prisoners and wish to transport them to another system. Unfortunately, their patrol boat hull only supports 20 crew for two months. If you have fewer crewmembers, the life support lasts for a proportionally longer time (so, say, 10 crew would be able to live for 4 months on this boat). Is the same true for exceeding the maximum? Would the 60 prisoners and 10 crew be able to live on the ship for about two weeks? Or is it non-linear once you exceed the max crew?

Kevin Crawford
2019-01-16T13:36:31.553Z

1) It's permanent. You want to reshape it, re-activate the power.

2) For purely emergency uses in and out of orbit you might be able to just cram in as many bodies as the ship can hold, but any real time over a ship's maximum crew is going to start getting lethal. You're overtaxing the oxygen scrubbers, cooling systems, and other things that keep everyone from dying or baking to death inside a flying vacuum thermos. There are some (not entirely safe) stasis drugs and slaver-type tech you can use to stack people like cordwood in the hold, and maybe the ship's doc can improvise something from the ship's medical cabinet if they don't have a supply of these drugs to hand, but they'd never survive a spike drill without some kind of stasis.

Josh Peters
2019-01-16T13:36:31.553Z

1) cool, that's what I ruled. It seemed fair.

2) stasis drugs FTW!

Thanks!