Freedom Amongst The Countless Stars
Shape, Size, and Scale
Shape and Size
There are an almost inﬁnite number of ways the modules may be put together to form a vessels. Here are a few examples and how to determine the approximate length of each.
Cylindrical: The ship is a few meters wide, a few meters deep, and very long. (On graph paper, the area units would be side by side.) Add together the number of area units of all the modules, and divide by 2 to get the length.
Ellipsoid: Ships designed this way have a squashed-egg appearance, a few meters deep and twice as long as they are wide. To get the length, add together the number of area units of all modules and divide by 3.
Spheroid: The area units of the modules are evenly divided throughout two or more layers. Add together the number of area units of all the modules and divide by 6 to ﬁgure out the radius. Note that spheroid vessels are not normally capable of atmospheric ﬂight.
Wedge-Shaped: The ship is a few meters deep and wider at the tail than at the nose. To ﬁnd the length, add together the number of area units of all the modules and divide by 4.
For other shapes, or vessels that use a combination of shapes (for example, saucer shapes connected to cylindrical sections), either draw out the section or simply use the ellipsoid formula, which is close enough to what the average result would turn out to be.
Determining the Scale
To ﬁgure out the scale of the ship, take the total tonnage and compare it to the accompanying chart, following the instructions given with it.
For Ships Massing 10 Tons or Less
|Total Mass of Ship||Scale|
For Ships Massing More than 10 Tons
|First 2 Digits of Tonnage||Base Value|
|Number of Digits after First 2 Numbers||Value Modifier|
†If there are no digits after 10 or they all equal zero, then the base value is 5 (not 6).
For ships of 10 tons or less, look up the tonnage on the ﬁrst chart to the scale of the ship.
For ships over 10 tons, you’ll need to do a little work with one of two methods.
In the ﬁrst way, look up the ﬁrst two digits of the total tonnage on the second chart. Then count the number of digits after the ﬁrst two numbers and look up the modifier on the second chart. Add together the numbers to get the ship’s scale.
If you prefer scientiﬁc notation or are working with very large numbers, convert the tonnage to exponential format with two signiﬁcant digits. Multiply the coeﬃcient by 10 and look that number up on the ﬁrst of the second set of charts to get the base value. Then, multiply the exponent by 5 to get the value modiﬁer. Add the base value to the value modiﬁer to get the scale value of the ship.