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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The main one I can think of is gap sickness...

So, I guess my answer to the question "Do you know any of these effects?" is Yes. 😊
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I discounted gap sickness as not being subtle...still, I suppose it was, especially when nobody knew about it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loss of ship rotational ability is not correct. Sorry CH!

Gap sickness, although correct, is not correct either Very Happy in the context of the text and yeah, not the subtle effect that this answer requires.

First clue - it relates to human perception of real space...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made everything seem (be perceived as) closer than it actually was?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's correct Av - human perceptions of vast distances was distorted due to the dimensional translocation of the gap drive. Ships bypassed light years making the distances seem small.

So... one of the effects of this misconception was ... ? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People going out to colonise the galaxy?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to have to give another clue aren't I Laughing

Ok, piracy. That's the clue Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't help me...

Uh...formation of UMCP?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However, some of the gap drive's effects were more subtle. For example, it produced an insidious distortion in the perception of real space. The ability to travel imponderable distances almost instantly created the pervasive illusion that those distances were indeed effectively small.

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In real time, effective time, the light-years crossed by the gap drive didn't exist. A ship with a gap drive didn't travel those light-years: it bypassed them through dimensional translocation. But when the crossing was done, the ship returned to normal space - and normal space was so vast that its scale was not truly conceivable.

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In other words, the discovery of the Juanita Estevez Mass Transmission Field Generator had a transforming effect on humankind's relationship with vast distances - and no effect at all on humankind's place in normal space.

The dilemma of piracy was a case in point.

Why was piracy such a virulent problem? How had it attained such power in human space? Ships could cross the gap in a matter of instants. If a pirate raided, say, Terminus, the information could be transmitted to Earth by gap courier drone, and within hours UMCPHQ could send out a cruiser to support the station. How could any illegal flourish under these conditions?



So, why was piracy such a problem? That's the last clue before I give the answer - otherwise this thread will be dead forever Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because once they got there they couldn't find them?

(I have no idea... Laughing )

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because once a pirate ship engaged the Gap drive, it was hard for the police to determine its trajectory/direction?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Quite simply, piracy flourished because it took place in normal space. Like the UMCP, illegals often had gap ships. Nevertheless their every action took place in normal space. Gap ships could change the sector of space in which they acted with incredible ease; but the actions themselves still consumed real time and involved real distances. A UMCP cruiser might well chase the pirate vessel across the entire galaxy - and yet every effort the cruiser made to give battle occurred in normal space, where simply hunting through a solar system for telltale emissions was a job that might take months.

These hindrances were vastly increased by the fact that gap travel itself was not as precise as it appeared on paper. Both course and distance for any crossing were susceptible to several forms of inaccuracy. Minuscule fractions of a degree in course became hundreds of thousands of kilometres when those fractions were multiplied by light-years. And the calibration of distance was even more complex. The distance a ship travelled through the gap varied according to a number of factors, including speed, rate of acceleration, and the ratio between her mass and both the actual and potential power of her gap drive.

In addition the interaction of those elements was ruled by the gap drive's hysteresis transducer, which controlled the extent to which the drive's effect lagged behind its cause: too much lag, and the ship never went into tach; too little, and the ship never resumed tard. As a result, tiny fluctuations in power or hysteresis, or minute miscalculations of mass, became large shortfalls or overshots. Superhuman precision was required to make any ship resume tard right where her captain intended when he went into tach.

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Here again the sheer scale of space subtly undermined humankind's apparent mastery of inconceivable distances. Being a pirate was easier - and fighting piracy was harder - than most people understood.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, thank you StevieG; it was just a wild guess.

I'll try to come up with a new Gap Quiz question shortly.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What warning did Nick give Angus after Captain's Fancy crippled Bright Beauty?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, he'd kill him? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick reminded him that he was beaten?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Uh, he'd kill him? Very Happy

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Nick never said that specifically to Angus, though he may have implied it with his warning. You're CLOSE, Avatar, but not quite at the answer. Good guess, though! Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nick reminded him that he was beaten?




THAT'S IT! Shocked Shocked Shocked Nick transmits to Angus, "Captain Thermo-pile. You're beaten. Remember that."

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes! Thanks CH Smile

I'll give an easier one this time:

When the Bill refused to give Davies to Nick and also didn't honour his credit, what did Nick offer to trade? When the Bill declined this offer, what was Nick going to offer before he was interrupted?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morn's ID? Morn herself?

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