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    Id doesn't state in the rules anywhere I can find but to em it seems that evading a railgun fired at close range is nigh on impossible due to the velocity of the rounds I'm thinking. What do you think?

    The only caveat to this might be that spinal mounted railguns could be evaded at close and medium range as they are fixed weapons and harder to bring to bear on an evading vessel, however some of the capital ships have turret mounted railguns which could track vessels and these i reckon could not be evaded unless when fired at close range but could be at medium range. Thoughts?

  • #2
    Depends on perspective I guess.

    They are not as fast-firing - is my impression - as PDCs, so I guess one could make an argument that it takes more time to fire, and even on a turret, the aiming will be somewhat more sluggish, considering the power involved.

    I guess, some experimental turret-mounted rail guns could have a rule similar to torpedoes fired at long range, but instead when fired at close range. I wouldn't make that a hard and fast rule for turret mounted rail guns though, but as a new and scary foe that is plot-related in some way, sure.
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    • #3
      Remember these aren’t airplanes . They can pivot on their axis via altitude thrusters. This means that it’s actually really easy to bring a spinal mount to bear even at very short ranges