ED:Traveller – Ship Adaption Attempt

Ever since I’ve actively played Elite Dangerous in PC I wanted to have an RPG based on this game. Well ED:RPG is long published by now and an Adaption is not really necessary anymore.

But I attempted it anyway. There are a few drawbacks though. First it is unclear how Ships Mass and Cargo values are related in ED. An Anavonda for example has 400 Mass an 468 t of cargo. On all other basic ships cargo is significantly lower than ships mass. Cargo could be cubic meters (kiloliters) though. Then we should need to know how ED ship’s mass is related to volume (displacement).

I found a few 3d models and drawings of ED:Ships which should enable me to check the volume of each ship within blender for exact calculations. So far I’ve assumed Ships mass being related to Traveller tonnage (dt). On ED ton of mass therefor would be equivalent to one Traveller displacement ton (14 cubic meters).

However this would make ED:Ships of less than 100 tons non-starships and would defy the purpose of this experiment, because almost all the popular cheap ships fall into that category.

So I treated all of these ships as 100 dt ships.

The following table should show what I came up with.

Name RW T:Jump Sp/Bst Accel. Mass/Cargo T:Hull OT P(t) J(t) M(t) JF CT Notes
Hauler 32.48 3 200/300 2 14/22 100 -86 B(7) B(15) A(2) ? ? none
Sidewinder 23.62 2 220/320 2 25/10 100 -75 A(4) A(10) A(2) ? ? none
Adder 27.79 2 220/320 2 35/26 100 -65 A(4) A(10) A(2) ? ? none
Imp.Courier 26.83 2 280/380 2 35/30 100 -65 A(4) A(10) A(2) ? ? none
Eagle Mk II 23.91 2 250/350 2 50/14 100 -50 A(4) A(10) A(2) ? ? none
Imp. Eagle 23.55 2 300/399 3 50/16 100 -50 B(7) A(10) B(3) ? ? none
Viper Mk III 22.68 2 320/500 3 50/22 100 -50 B(7) A(10) B(3) ? ? none
ASP Scout 29.85 2 223/304 2 150/44 200 -50 B(7) B(15) B(3) ? ? none
Cobra Mk III 26.32 2 280/400 2 180/60 200 -20 B(7) B(15) B(3) ? ? none
Viper Mk IV 25.29 2 271/342 2 190/50 200 -10 B(7) B(15) B(3) ? ? none
Cobra Mk IV 23.16 2 200/299 2 210/88 200 +10 B(7) B(15) B(3) ? ? none
Vulture 21.13 2 210/340 2 230/40 300 -70 C(10) C(20) C(5) ? ? none
Fer de Lance 18.53 1 260/350 2 250/70 300 -50 C(10) C(20) C(5) ? ? none
ASP Explorer 33.84 3 250/345 2 280/128 300 -20 E(16) E(30) C(5) ? ? none
Krait Mk II 26.09 2 245/337 2 320/228 300 +20 C(10) C(20) C(5) ? ? none
Python 24.54 2 180/280 2 350/292 400 -50 D(13) D(25) D(7) ? ? none
Anaconda 31.18 3 180/250 1 400/468 400 0 F(19) F(35) B(3) ? ? none

RW – range in ly

Sp/Bst – speed/boost in m/s

Accel. – Thrust in G

OT – overtonnage (undertonnage), T5

P(t) – tons of powerplant

J(t) – tons of jumpdrive

M(t) – tons of maneuverdrive

JF – Jump fuel

CT – Cargo tonnage