Making the Grade: On Prowess, Vol. 2 — Deadliness

Napoleon Bonaparte possessed the mind of a genius of war. He gained his prowess by studying the traditions and theories of the military leaders who came before him. He was inspired by them and harnessed their wisdom to become one of the most ruthless, offensive-minded generals of his time. There is no other role model as perfect for this study on deadliness in VGA Planets.

“With speed, surprise, maneuver, thorough planning, dictatorial power over military affairs, and a boldness unmatched by any soldier of his generation, Napoleon wrecked army after army that the European powers hurled against him.”

(Teters, 2004, p. 14)

This second volume on prowess evaluates each empire’s fleet on its ability to kill, as measured by combat mass, warship armaments, and the class of ships in each fleet.

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Mass of weapons and ship components

To calculate the exact empty mass of a ship the the used beam weapons and torpedo launchers are added to the hull mass of a ship design.

Note that neither engines nor fighter bays have their own mass, since they are integrated in the hull mass during the construction process.

Beam Weapons Mass Torpedo launchers Mass
Laser 1 kt Mark 1 Photon 2 kt
X-Ray Laser 1 kt Proton Torpedo 2 kt
Plasma Bolt 2 kt Mark 2 Photon 2 kt
Blaster 4 kt Gamma Bomb 4 kt
Positron Beam 3 kt Mark 3 Photon 2 kt
Disruptor 4 kt Mark 4 Photon 2 kt
Heavy Blaster 7 kt Mark 5 Photon 3 kt
Phaser 5 kt Mark 6 Photon 2 kt
Heavy Disruptor 7 kt Mark 7 Photon 3 kt
Heavy Phaser 6 kt Mark 8 Photon 3 kt

The table shows the mass for one beam weapon, respectively one torpedo launcher.
Should a ship design for example have 4 beam weapons installed, the beam mass must be taken x4.