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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:02 pm 
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Can someone help me understand the Planet Mercenary Ship Ranking system a little better?

Once I have it down I'll make a nice wiki page for it.


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It's pretty straightforward though I won't just detail everything since that's what the rulebook is for. The letter is an indicator of size. Going from Z, really small, to Q, really big. The number indicates the firepower/class going from 0, merchant ships, to 9, loaded for bear. Standard warships are 6. A "+" means that the ship is special somehow usually because it's carrying other ships.

Note that the number indicates the class within the size category. A Z9 is not going to be beating Q8, or even a Q6 most likely. Something amply demonstrated by today's comic which explicitly states that an S9 cannot beat a Q7, which is only one category size larger.


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The size goes backwards from Z-A, though we haven't seen anything bigger than a Q yet, I don't think - those may be better classified as 'starbases' to Planet Mercenary - and the number indicates how heavily armed and combat capable it is, from 1-9.

Clearly 'combat capability' is fluid, since Breath Weapon dropped *considerably* With no AI, to the point where even a tiny X-class could give her a fight (Albeit an extremely *bitey* X)

The size class HAS to be a multiplier of some sort, as the face of it implies that X9 could outfight an Ob'enn Superfortress which sits at Q8.


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Z- less than 10 meters in length
Y - 10-39 meters
X - 40-99 meters
V - 100-299 meters
T - 300-499 meters
S - 500-999 meters
Q - 999+ meters

0, 1, 2 - basically unarmed, minimal point defenses
3, 4, 5 - point defenses, minimal ship to ship weapons
6 - ship to ship capable
7, 8, 9 - warships

With as much as Howard as referenced that table, he really should post it himself.


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Well, the W would sound like a tax form, the U is close to a certain band, and the R is famous for a certain Type of ship....

After The Great Retcon I don't blame Howard for wanting to avoid trouble.


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Q stands for Q-mungous


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Z probably snuck its way in by virtue of those ships being too small to notice.


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I'm telling you, the R size class may well be because there's a rather famous series of video games starring ships of the R# designation. It's called R-Type.

Considering the trouble involved with the predecessor to the 'Maxims', whatever it was called, I can't blame Howard for wanting to try to avoid that.


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I wonder what happens when someone starts fielding objects so massive that Q no longer even does it justice. A category that begins at merely a kilometer long would inconveniently encompass both something the size of an Imperial Star Destroyer and the Death Star, and these objects are clearly of such grossly different power levels that a range of 7-9 just doesn't cover it. And there certainly isn't anything in the Schlockiverse that stops anyone from creating, mobilizing, and weaponizing an object the size of the Death Star or more.


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