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Hello. A lurker would like to request a forum weapon, please. I would appreciate a powerful one.


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Hi. Been here for years, never checked in. I'd like to try and weaponise Chlorine Triflouride


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I wonder what means of awesomely impractical weapon the armorers can come up to issue to this choosy poster.

I only post when I feel I have something to add to the discussion. Even if the need for my posts still to be moderated through means there's a huge delay in the message final arrival.

So many cool weapons though have been issued already to the forum members.

Also is it just me, or does anyone else think the wasteland area outside this subforum the seems like victim of some apocalypse?


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[quote="Psystorm"]By "weaponise", they probably don't mean "make more deadly", but rather "make deadly over there, without being deadly right here, before I want it to be, even." Basically the difference between nitroglycerine and dynamite.

EDIT: So... MesCorp may not be the best people to ask.

Indeed. Good thing we're in habit of not giving out special requests like that one. So you gonna do it, Mes? Or shall I cook up something humiliating for him?

Edit: Oh never mind. Just this once, I guess.

You said YOU would like to try to weaponize ClF3. This is slightly different than asking for somebody else to engineer and field test a weapon that incorporates it, and deliver to you the resulting finished product. Hence and therefore...
*leads you into a basement machine shop replete with all the latest in computer-assisted machining and rapid prototyping tools, a walk-in closet full of feedstocks for the lathe, floor plated with an inch of steel, a HAZMAT suit hanging in the corner next to a large first aid kit which is heavy on Burn-Jel and tubes marked "calcium gluconate", and the centerpiece, a shiny 10 gallon steel pressure tank, liberally covered with warning signs*

Good luck, and we're all counting on you.


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Ermm ... I hope that basement machine shop is in a basement far far away from the armory...
I wouldn't like it when "Lil' Bertha" gets scorched by an inextinguishable fire. And i would hate to think about how all that MesCorp stuff on the back shelves will react to Chlorine Triflouride... :shudder:

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Y'know... It occurs to me. I was never issued a weapon. I have an unlicensed nuclear particle accelerator, backpack-mounted, along with an arm-mounted energy projector and scomp-linked HUD on my glasses. Built it for Halloween a few years ago. Doesn't quite perform correctly yet, but I've made some progress past the first few models. Needs more than just the case of pinball machine parts that that crackpot gave me - couldn't even pronounce standard units right! - to perfect it, but I'm getting closer. If R&D contracts are available, rather than weapons, and considering Egon's unfortunate recent passing - may you get to continue your research, old friend - I might be able to get my hands on some of his notes...

This bears thinking upon. Can't just ask for a weapon, that leads to bad stuff. And I've been here long enough I can't pass myself off as a new hire - even issued weapons myself, once or twice!

Hmm...

Hmm...


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*double post*


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Hmm... lessee... rough upper limit on a walnut, without gengineering, EDIT: That's for a cup of walnuts! A single, medium-sized walnut can weigh between 5-10 grams. All calcs after this based on a cup, so a single walnut changes a lot. .8c roughly 2.4E8 m/s. Works out to between... in joules, which, about 143 kilotons... But the recoil... Upper boundary, to knock an Earth-sized planet out of orbit... necessary increase or decrease in orbital velocity ~5 km/s, weight of earth ~5.972E24kg, necessary force ~7.465E+31 joules... means recoil roughly equivalent to 1.8 zettatons. If it only spins the planet like a top, significantly lower, but... to do this without severe structural ramifications on the planet and the railgun, there has to be some sort of reinforcement or something, because even if we're not talking about an earth-sized planet and are only talking exatons or, hell, petatons, that would send the railgun clear through the core of the planet, if it was still in one enormous-mountain-sized piece... reinforcement likely tensor fields or similar... energy required enormous, applications for tensor fields, significant.

On the other hand, Illudium Q-39 Explosive Space Modulator... assuming no interference from wascally wabbits... minimum gravitational binding energy of an Earth-like planet 2.2E32 joules... assuming no chain-reaction effects, minimum yield of a Q-39... roughly 52 and a half zettatons. But only one-shot.

So either a roughly 143kt shot, repeatable as long as I have walnuts and can calculate trajectories, but whose recoil sends a planet spinning like a top (I can only assume the efficiency of the railgun is utterly woeful - but that can be improved), but the fact that it does that instead of utterly destroying the railgun, as the recoil is, very conservatively, 10) orders of magnitude greater than the weapon's impact, means that there's more at work here than meets the eye, plus the power for that isn't coming out of nowhere, so I could likely power the entire world with the reactor and have enough left over for experiments. Or, a one-shot, possibly chain reaction, planet-destroyer, that likely comes with its own integrated sabotage system, but with a yield at around 29 times greater.

Y'know what? The structural reinforcement of an entire planet, along with the reactor necessary to power the railgun... that has revolutionary implications. I'm going to go with the railgun, even though... *looks longingly at the Space Modulator* No. I could benefit all of humanity with the tech from the railgun. Plus, if I can improve the efficiency even slightly... Yeah, railgun it is. I might even be able to work this and the related tech into a propulsion source for the planet, to say nothing of the spacelaunch possibilities. Thank-you for the generous offer of the Space Modulator, ChowGuy, but this way I not only get a weapon, but also research projects for the next few decades, at least!

So, after 9 years of being weaponless, and three of those nine only weaponless in the sense that I didn't have an issued weapon, but rather one I built myself, I now have a railgun that can knock a planet out of orbit with the recoil, but has an effect on the target EDIT: less than ten times that of Little Boy. Which means I have research to do!

EDIT: I changed my sig, but it's not showing up at the bottom of my posts. In fact, my old sig never did, either. I can see all of yours, but can you see mine? Can't find an option that would turn it on, apart from the one that turns on all sigs.


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Ya know, those massive losses in your railgun are probably related to whatever keeps the walnut coherent at such extreme speeds. I bet with some tweaks, you could boost that launch speed by quite a bit, at the price of accuracy. :twisted:


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Hmm... past a certain speed, there's no practical difference between a solid projectile and a cloud of particles, or even a particle beam... *dawning realisation* Whitehawke... y-you are a beautiful human being, you know that?

Do you know what this paragon of humanity did? He gave me a weaponised particle accelerator that, assuming I can get it up to even 0.01% efficiency, has a yield in the hundreds of petatons... I-I'm going to need a minute here...

Oh, the tinkering that awaits!

EDIT: A particle beam can also be used as a variable-choke thruster - with this power for a planet - or an (inefficient, dirty) laser-propulsion device for a long-range laserrider ship...

To say nothing of the power source! I can imagine any number of scientists will be lining up to help me on this one!

If any of you near Brisbane, Australia, hear a window-shattering high-pitched squee, that's me giving in to the impulse to vocalise my excitement. And all under the guise of taking away my dangerous backpack particle accelerator!

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Here, have some cleenex ...

*sits down and starts thinking about how to move "Lil' Bertha" (and the roof she's permanently bolted to) to somewhere less likely to be hit by hundreds of petatons worth of walnut particles. Like Andromeda or so*

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Thank-you for the tissue. *wipes drool*
what, did you think I'd need it for something else?

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Psst, Max!
Deidre's the eco-witch.
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