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From CT:Supplement 7 - Traders & Gunboats, p.23:
"The basic ship involved in free trade is called the free trader. Variations on the basic ship have resulted in variations in the name.
The subsidized merchant, partly because of its size, and partly because of its subsidy, is called the fat trader. Some well equipped high-G traders employed beyond the Imperial border are called fast traders. The type A2 far trader derives its name from its jump capability: its drives are capable of jump-2, twice what the standard free trader can do."
By this definition, a Fast Trader would be a type of Frontier Trader.
DONE. Switched long and fast.
From CT:JTAS #22, p.30:
"The lack of a good merchant trader capable of greater than jump-2 prompted the design of the Type R2 Deep Trader listed below.
"I needed a vessel with a little longer range, but still within the economy of the player character, so I used the 400 ton Book 2 hull and went to work. If you have done Book 2 starship design, you know how tough it is to get higher jump numbers in a small ship and still have room for cargo. I solved the dilemma by giving the ship fuel enough for two jump-2. It could travel 4 parsecs by doubling the amount of time to get somewhere (a reasonable compromise given the construction constraints). The other implication of this allows a trade team to get into a system without having to refuel in that system. This is useful if there is no gas giant or available water to be refined at the destination."
Note that by this definition, the ANNIC NOVA would likely be a type of Non-Standard Deep Trader.
I would suggest:
- Type A/A1 - Free Trader
- Type A2 - Far Trader
- Type A3 - Long Trader
- Type AF/RF - Fast Trader
- Type AA/RA - Armored Trader
- Type R/R1 - Fat Trader
- Type R2/R22 - Deep Trader
There is going to be overlap in terms no matter what we do. Consistency is not what happened over the years.
- If you want to add some additional types, that's fine by me. I would leave the existing stuff alone unless you think changes are necessary.
- It's okay to have redundancy and semantic overlap.
- But, if you're sure, why not.
- R's are under Liner.
- Any J-2 ship could be fast, far, or even deep.
- J-3s also have a variety of names.
- I usually try to include everything rather than remove existing categories.