I've not made up an ISS world map recently - I tend to do that when running games to give the players something to look at. And I have fun with it. But in looking at a few things the last few weeks (I've been re-reading some of my game stuff from my esoteric library) I've had some thoughts on expanding out the descriptions a bit.
First, I think a nice little chart for travel times may be useful. Rather than calculate this on the fly, there would be a listing for specific travel times based on G-rating of the ship. I am thinking something like:
The orbit time is based on the rules and is a simplification. Mongoose added some additional rules based on how fast you are actually coming in, which in most cases I think would be referenced if you were trying to escape something, so not a published value. However each world may have differing times based on the government and tech levels so that these base values may change per system. A highly regulated system may not allow a ship to accelerate more than 2G for instance.
And that leads us into one of the articles in the Mongoose Journal of the Traveller's Aid Society, volume 5: World Security Profiles. While in theory I really like a lot of code-looking things, without a lot of use or an application to expand them out, they can be hard to read (though I admit I used to be able to read the High Guard string and use it, but that was a long time ago). But from a player's perspective, I think it could be a useful tool as well, and aid in setting expectations.
So looking at the code for additional info given, it is based on the system's government and tech level, and has the classic coding structure:
- S is for security
- p planetary presence
- o orbital presence
- s system presence
- -s stance
Montca A639997-C S7D5-8The security profile shows that the planetary presence is the same as the law, 7. However, up to the 100 diameter limit they seem to have a much higher presence. In fact, you WILL be stopped on the way in. Which did not happen in my last solo session except for a brief call from the port and an escort in. Beyond the 100 diameter limit they are not as present, despite Montca having a couple of research stations on its two moons. Finally, the stance of 8 implies that they will stop and check with Travellers more often than most law level 7 systems. So I'll keep that in mind for the next session.