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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2023 5:05 p.m. PST

…side by side?

"Would it not be more advantageous to align your broadside (where the heavier guns are located) towards the back, underneath, or front of an enemy vessel instead of subjecting yourself to broadside to broadside combat? The methods of attack we often see deployed involve, for the most part, battles that take place on the same 2D plane, as if the ships were floating in water. I find this unimaginative from a military command standpoint. We should expect all sorts of angles of attack in a 3D space battle, yet rarely see it pan out this way with the exception of smaller starfighters…"

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chironex12 Dec 2023 6:03 p.m. PST

There's a whole lecture about this in one Battlefleet Gothic mag. Crossing the T wins, not coming up alongside.

Yamatos in World of Warships are easily defeated when they show too much broadside while getting greedy about the amount of 18" turrets they can track on target.

thosmoss12 Dec 2023 6:28 p.m. PST

'Cos it's called the Rebel ALLIANCE.


Toaster12 Dec 2023 6:56 p.m. PST

Here's your answer, Star Fleet Regulations.


Stryderg12 Dec 2023 8:58 p.m. PST

I think I have new favorite web comic.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2023 7:37 a.m. PST

Of course, you can START with T crossed, but nobody would stay that way, unless disabled by the alpha strike.

And, speaking of Star Fleet, a heck of a lot of ships in films and games aren't restricted to the long skinny that water craft are.

Many actually LEAD with the broadside.

Unless transport, aka 'target', when you're more interested in leaving, and dissuading pursuit.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2023 3:17 p.m. PST



JMcCarroll13 Dec 2023 3:49 p.m. PST

Never yellow alert. Always RED alert!

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2023 6:15 a.m. PST

"Never yellow alert. Always RED alert!" Indeed! Even if it means changing the light bulb.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2023 11:49 a.m. PST

I think I have new favorite web comic.

I've been bingeing for hours; it's the most Star Trek damn thing I've seen for long damn…


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2023 3:56 p.m. PST



Toaster14 Dec 2023 8:30 p.m. PST

For those enjoying Attack Pattern Tuggs following my mention of it.
1. Your welcome.
2. I love the way the characters go from a perfect parody of the various Star trek tropes to actual fully rounded characters with their own stories.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2023 11:14 p.m. PST

It depends on how spaceships are built in the particular universe. In Traveller, e.g., a warship is typically built around the main weapon, with the maneuver drive aft and aperature of the weapon forward.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2023 4:40 p.m. PST



David Johansen13 Jan 2024 9:40 p.m. PST

As I've explained on-line so many times. Every race has a device to deterimine the universal up. This is done by the most advanced method known to science. A slice of buttered toast is dropped and thus 'up' is synchronized between the fleets of all races.

TheBeast Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2024 8:59 a.m. PST

Two words: integral trees.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Jan 2024 11:20 a.m. PST

… uhm … mind don't?

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