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[WOIN] Starship Construction Manual v1.1

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This book requires the use of a What’s O.L.D. is N.E.W. core rulebook.  It is fully compatible with the starship combat rules found in other WOIN products.
The Starship Construction Manual enables you to design, build, and customize starships for use with the What’s O.L.D. is N.E.W. roleplaying game.  Hundreds of components, from FTL engines to control computers, torpedo bays to particle beams, hangars to deflector shields, all combine to create vessels from the smallest yachts to the greatest battleships! 
Additional advice on funding starships and specifications of nine well-known vessel types make this manual required reading at the Navy Academy.
This guide for the What’s O.L.D. is N.E.W. roleplaying game system gives engineers and starship captains the ability to upgrade and modify their ships, or to design and construct a complete starship from scratch. It contains details of engines, computers, and hulls, along with many more systems which combine together to make a starship.

Starship construction is a technical process, and is designed for those players who enjoy ducking into the nuts and bolts of the system and tinkering. Most captains simply purchase a ship, and perhaps have the engines upgraded; however, spending time on optimizing a starship design can be very rewarding to those so inclined. This section, therefore, is detailed and sometimes complex in nature, with many inter-relating figures and components.

When designing a starship, the engineer will need to consider a whole range of factors. Every single component has its own specifi cations, quality, size, type, and model number; the engineer will choose a hull, command and control systems (computers, sensors, etc,), engines and power sources for both sub-luminal and FTL propulsion, weaponry, shields and point defenses, armor, superstructure, plus scientific, medical and leisure facilities and crew accommodations. All of these things funnel down into a much more simple set of values for use in actual play.

Building and customizing starships is not required, of course. This rulebook also contains a number of standard starship designs that you can purchase and use.

Like this book? Also check out the WOIN Starship Recognition Manual for 70+ premade ships for use in your game! Or use the Starship Recognition Tiles as convenient handouts during the game, and the Starship Counters to represent your ships!

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Aaron M December 19, 2017 3:02 am UTC
I'm confused by the sample designs. The Junker has a Messhall for 4, and a Messhall is 4 CU/crew, so how can the Junker have only 9 CU used? The Messhall alone should be 16 CU.

Or take the Murphy from the main rules. Sickbay(5) = 15 CU. Messhall(10) = 40 CU. Laboratory(5) = 20 CU. ZM2 Shuttle Bay = 25 CU. Haven't even gotten to the weapons and stuff. How can it have less than 100 CU used?

I also don't get the balancing of equipment on the charts. The Endeavour Cruiser has shields: 4x Satellite Yards MSM-1 combat deflector shields. But for the same total shield power, it would be better to have 3x Satellite Yards MSM-2 combat deflector shields, or way cheaper to have 5x Mekhdiev LSN-2 navigational deflector shields. Many of the equipment entries seem, well, just lousy in comparison to others.
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Russ M December 19, 2017 12:54 pm UTC
The MSM-2 shields weren't available when the Endeavour was built; they're a later, more advanced model of shield generator. I'm sure a refit would involve an upgrade of that tpe. The Endeavours have been around for a few years on long multi-year missile. Some components are most definitely better than others. The number at the end of the component number (1, 2) can usually indicate its relative age.

There is some errata coming for the cargo space in the sample ships - they use an older CU/class chart.
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Victor Y August 25, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
So content of this book is not included in the newly released "N.E.W. The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game" book, do I read it correctly?
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Russ M August 25, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Correct. This one is separate.
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Victor Y August 25, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Oh, it's a really quick reply! Thanks a lot.
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Marcelino S December 12, 2015 2:05 am UTC
Question when is the core book coming out. I really want this and I'm so getting antsy waiting for it.
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Russ M May 20, 2016 11:43 pm UTC
Pretty much the whole future line is out! Check the WOIN section under our listing on this site. :)
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This title was added to our catalog on August 26, 2015.