Which Space Ship Would You Choose?

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Shadow Shack
June 16, 2017 - 8:51am
For whatever purpose you see fit (exploration, combat, point A to point B transport, profit, etc), what ship would you choose for your very own from cinema, televison, and/or literature? From the SF game or any other RPG (Traveller etc)? And for each of those choices, why?
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My answer for the Cinematic/etc question would be a CEC YT-1300 (the ship model that the Millennium Falcon was based on). Small, quick, and agile along with atmospheric capabilities and a fair offense/defense system not to mention a minimal crew to operate; this makes for a fine "does everything well" transport.

Naturally I'll take the trim with the flame licks on the mandibles. Cool


From gaming it would be a demilitarized UPF assault scout or, if possible, the military version...as long as it would be equipped with something resembling a hold in either trim. Even a re-titled pirate scout would do. In the absence of a military version, ultimately I would want my RT-3100 Merchant Scout variant. No matter what trim it is though, it would be small, quick, and agile along with atmospheric capabilities and a fair offense/defense system not to mention a minimal crew to operate; this makes for a fine "does everything well" transport (yes, I copy/cut/pasted that because it is equally applicable).

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JCab747
June 16, 2017 - 12:16pm
For versatility and a more Star Frontiers type of system ship, there's the Eagle transporters from Space 1999.

Image result for Eagle transporter space 1999

They are modular -- you can change them from a nuclear waste hauling mode to a passenger transport, a medical transport, or command transport, for example. And, despite having the aerodynamics of a brick, have an anti-gravity field so they can land and takeoff from planets with an atmosphere.


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JCab747
June 16, 2017 - 12:19pm
You can even strap a rocket booster pack on an Eagle -- does it briefly give it an ADF of 2?

They even made great toys in different varieties.

Image result for space 1999 eagle toy
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JCab747
June 16, 2017 - 12:20pm
And more:

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Lt._Dan_Braxton
June 16, 2017 - 12:39pm
I like the YT-1300 design, especially this one:

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Shadow Shack
June 16, 2017 - 2:46pm
The numerous YT1300 variants are pretty slick too. I really dig this TIE/Falcon amalgam:

TIE Falcon by AdamKop on deviantART... A pretty crazy concept of making a YT-1300 freighter with parts from the TIE Fighter.

Speaking of modular ships, the various combinations from the original V series were pretty slick (fighter, shuttle, passenger transport, & tanker):


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ChrisDonovan
June 17, 2017 - 9:53am
As much as I adore the V ships, they're outside the accepted bounds of Star Frontiers b/c they're purely gravitically powered. You might as well go "full Trek" if you go that route.

Space 1999 kind'a straddles the fence.  They have gravity fields, but only internally.  They use regular thrust engines for propulsion, even take-off/landing.

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Shadow Shack
June 17, 2017 - 2:17pm
ChrisDonovan wrote:
As much as I adore the V ships, they're outside the accepted bounds of Star Frontiers b/c they're purely gravitically powered. You might as well go "full Trek" if you go that route.

Space 1999 kind'a straddles the fence.  They have gravity fields, but only internally.  They use regular thrust engines for propulsion, even take-off/landing.

Fortunately for this thread we are not limited to one set of rules, you get to pick one ship from any cinema/television/novel outlet and one from any RPG/gaming outlet, so go ahead and adore those V ships all you want if that's what you prefer as the ultimate ship you want to cruise around in. 

If there wasn't so much mystique and novelty behind my choice, I'd probably go with the V craft myself. Cool
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Tchklinxa
June 18, 2017 - 9:32am
A good old flying saucer is my favorite Sci-Fi movie/TV ship... so Lost In Space TV show, but my favorite is the United Planets Cruiser C-57D from the movie Forbidden Planet, it also made appearances on the old Twilight Zone. 

I also love the old Atomic Rocket type ships from the old TV serries and movies... Rocky Jones, Space Ranger's various XV (V-2 type ships) would be an example.


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ChrisDonovan
June 18, 2017 - 8:42pm
Shadow Shack wrote:
ChrisDonovan wrote:
As much as I adore the V ships, they're outside the accepted bounds of Star Frontiers b/c they're purely gravitically powered. You might as well go "full Trek" if you go that route.

Space 1999 kind'a straddles the fence.  They have gravity fields, but only internally.  They use regular thrust engines for propulsion, even take-off/landing.

Fortunately for this thread we are not limited to one set of rules, you get to pick one ship from any cinema/television/novel outlet and one from any RPG/gaming outlet, so go ahead and adore those V ships all you want if that's what you prefer as the ultimate ship you want to cruise around in. 

If there wasn't so much mystique and novelty behind my choice, I'd probably go with the V craft myself. Cool


In that case, they'd do, if I couldn't find a decent Federation shuttlecraft (at least in terms of small craft).

Something bigger I'd go with some sub-species of Connie.

Madkoifish does a superb reimagination of her.



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Sargonarhes
June 19, 2017 - 7:55pm

Sieg Mein Kaiser.
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SFAndroid
June 22, 2017 - 4:40am
This ship...is...awesome.

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Stormcrow
June 22, 2017 - 8:54am
The galaxy, ad ininitum!

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ChrisDonovan
June 23, 2017 - 8:35am
Of course we can't forget this lovely lady...


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Shadow Shack
June 23, 2017 - 6:14pm
I'm shocked we haven't seen the first vote for Serenity yet.

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iggy
June 23, 2017 - 9:59pm
Nice ship but not interstellar capable.  My vote is for the Falcon.
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jedion357
June 25, 2017 - 4:11am
Personal Fave From Star Fleet Battles:

The Romulan War Eagle

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ChrisDonovan
June 25, 2017 - 8:23pm
As far as Romulans go, I've always been partial to FASA's Winged Defender.

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Shadow Shack
June 26, 2017 - 6:45am
There's only one Trek ship that fits my criteria above:

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ExileInParadise
June 26, 2017 - 3:36pm
As I posted on Facehole... USCSS Nostromo for cinematic (even if it does have magic gravity and FTL), the ByChem Jetsom platform from SDAD5, or... the Suleiman-Class Type S Scout/Courier from Classic Traveller A0, The Imperial Fringe, with upgraded life support so it doesn't smell like gym socks all the time.

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June 26, 2017 - 6:17pm
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JCab747
June 28, 2017 - 9:35am
Not that I've seen it, but I found this 1936 Soviet sci fi ship that looks like it would be a interesting ride.

Image result for first science fiction film moon landing
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JCab747
June 28, 2017 - 9:37am
I don't think I'd want a ride in a big artillery shell/ship however from the 1902 film Trip to the Moon.

Image result for first science fiction film moon landing
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Shadow Shack
June 28, 2017 - 6:11pm
iggy wrote:
Nice ship but not interstellar capable.

Serenity? It's been a while since I watched it but I distinctly recall episodes where they went to different star systems.
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jedion357
June 28, 2017 - 7:10pm
Shadow Shack wrote:
iggy wrote:
Nice ship but not interstellar capable.

Serenity? It's been a while since I watched it but I distinctly recall episodes where they went to different star systems.


Actually, I believe all of the Firefly's travels were in the same system that all those planets had been terraformed. Its not terribly believable but I suspended disbelief for the sake of enjoying the show.
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Shadow Shack
June 28, 2017 - 7:53pm
I could have sworn the ship had a jump drive. Maybe I am thinking of something else...
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jedion357
June 28, 2017 - 9:08pm
Shadow Shack wrote:
I could have sworn the ship had a jump drive. Maybe I am thinking of something else...


According to the show its a gravity drive and they have what appears to be 2 modes of use but not really a jump drive. Although the show portrays a hard burn as something powerful.
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Shadow Shack
June 29, 2017 - 6:54am
That might have been what I was thinking of, the hard burn.

Still, I have a tough time subscribing to the system ship premise considering the orign is alluding to an American/Chinese space superiority and the fact that there were more worlds in the series than planets in out solar system (even if you count Pluto as a planet these days) coupled with the fact that some of our planets could never even be "terra-formed". It works as alternate reality where you can write in whatever you want, but not in our time line.
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iggy
June 29, 2017 - 6:55am
Yes the Serenity verse is one big star system where most planets are orbiting gas giants.  All but one or two worlds are terraformed.  The advantage of living in the core worlds was they were close to the star and you didn't get the nasty byproducts of terraforming a world further out.  They never really explained it all.
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Shadow Shack
June 30, 2017 - 6:18am
Well, for the purpose of this discussion the desired ship does not have to be jump capable...just for "whatever purpose you see fit". Granted interstellar jumps do open the use factor, but it's certainly not a requirement if you don't want it to be. So far everyone is gravitating toward interstellar travel so I can (now) see why it wasn't mentioned. ;)
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jedion357
July 1, 2017 - 3:50am
Yes, on some level, everyone wants to seek out strange new world, new life and civilizations and exploit Smile it.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!