What *is* the armor on an EVA sled?

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ChaosAngel ChaosAngel's picture
What *is* the armor on an EVA sled?

I was looking through the core rulebook, and I found something. The Armor on the EVA sled is listed as simply "5", no slash, no further information. If this has already been discussed here, then I apologize, but my search-fu came up blank, so I'm looking for any input I can find. Thank you sooooo much for your time.

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I think the sled is exposed

I think the sled is exposed so whatever armour you have is whatever the crew wears.

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Quick question: what does EVA

Quick question: what does EVA stand for?

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Darkening Kaos Darkening Kaos's picture
EVA is....

Extra Vehicular Activity.

Edit -
Not real answers:
Extremely Violent Arsehole (Asshole for those that can't spell/lazy/non-British);
Exterminate Venusian Aerostats;
Ethical Voters Association (of Jovian Repub. I suspect).

Real but irrelevant:
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate;
Economic Value Added.

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ChaosAngel wrote:I was

ChaosAngel wrote:
I was looking through the core rulebook, and I found something. The Armor on the EVA sled is listed as simply "5", no slash, no further information. If this has already been discussed here, then I apologize, but my search-fu came up blank, so I'm looking for any input I can find. Thank you sooooo much for your time.

Probably a typo. Most likely it was meant to indicate that the EVA Sled itself (as distinct from the exposed riders, whose armor values can be anything but which are likely to be much, much higher,) has an inherent armor value of 5/5 - that is, 5 armor vs. both kinetic and energy attacks.

5/5 is loooooooow. Any random spec of interplanetary dust is likely to blow through that without even noticing. It's probably meant as "just enough armor to dock and undock frequently without taking damage from bumping into whatever it docks with."

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Chernoborg Chernoborg's picture
I wouldn't even give it an

I wouldn't even give it an energy protection rating at all. It's probably sheet metal there to keep out dust and local debris- rocks kicked up by the jets or stray tools in freefall.
Curiously there is precedent and good reason in building that flimsy. First, any conservation of mass is welcome in rocket design. Also thin materials actually reduce some radiation hazards! When relativistic particles hit heavy shielding they break up into a shower of more dangerous radiation so a thin hull lets the particle pass through intact. The Apollo Lander was built like this.

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ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
I think they would've written

I think they would've written it as 5/0 if that were the case, Chernoborg. Though then again, with only the nebulous "5" there, that's as valid an interpretation as my suggestion of 5/5.

That said, energy protection in EP is liiiiiiiight. You can easily get 5 energy protection in any set of regular clothing. And remember that in EP, with plasma and ion drives and metallic hydrogen, the Δv budgets they're playing with are much, much more generous than the ones we have.

The rocket equation tyrant is still there, but the invention of EP's various miracle techs means that we've handed it a Magna Carta and forced it to sign.

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jackgraham jackgraham's picture
Errata'd. Thanks!

Errata'd. Thanks!

I'd go with 5/2 or 5/3 (or lower) if you're with Chernobog's argument, 5/5 for simplicity if not. Our level of fidelity to reality doesn't always model things like the radiation detail that Chernobog describes, although it's certainly an interesting point!

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ShadowDragon8685 ShadowDragon8685's picture
Plus, you should weigh the

Plus, you should weigh the risk of a stray shot of interstellar radiation hitting the energy armor, absorbing and turning into a shower of nasty stuff, versus the risk of a stray blast from a microwave stunner on roast mode or a random shot from a laser rifle hitting the thing and disabling it in one shot versus not in one shot, if it has that 5 energy armor.

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Chernoborg Chernoborg's picture
Ha! Yeah, that's why I'm not

Ha! Yeah, that's why I'm not a game developer! :) I got caught up in strictly DEW defense thinking not diffuse threats.

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Guy 1 : "The quonset?"
Guy 2 : "Yup, but I forgot the sunscreen and got burned after I took my suit off!"
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Guy 2 : " No kidding, it's a weird universe we live in !"

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