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  • Late 19th Century alt history game.

    i posted a while back I was wanting to do a naval game set around the 1890s or so.

    well Iím setting it closer to 1880s.

    in 1849 unmanned incendiary balloons were used as weapons, and as we all know the civil war saw the use of balloons on both sides, as well as in other conflicts until airplanes became militarily viable.

    while I unfortunately canít find evidence of actual manned balloons being used offensively during my time frame would it be reasonable for a balloon to carry two people, and 3-7 6pdr shells of exploding shot depending on the size?

    im not trying to make it a steam punk thing. Only using real technology that was really available.
    the answer is on the floor- john roseberry

    A tiger dies and leaves his fur,
    A man dies and leaves his name,
    A teacher dies and teaches death.
    Seikchi Toguchi 1917-1998

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    Are these to be a one way trip? The balloons have to land somewhere and odds are a angry reception with pitchforks is awaiting...
    Credo quia absurdum.


    Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bwaha View Post
      Are these to be a one way trip? The balloons have to land somewhere and odds are a angry reception with pitchforks is awaiting...
      well they could be single use landing off board or 'well behind enemy lines' in 1870 paris was surrounded by the prussians and 66 balloons flights were made to tours to deliver personnel, and mail. 58 made, the other 8 were either blown off course (in at least one case blown to norway) or landed in enemy held territory. that being said the first flight carried over 220 pounds of mail, so i'm thinking a handful of fused bombs isn't that unrealistic of a payload.

      spherical balloons couldn't be steered well, but so called kite balloons (cigar shaped) could be.

      not sure if adding a propeller would be too much (like, well if a screw can propel a ship maybe one can push a balloon thought process) tech for a mostly historically based game.

      it honestly seems like the offensive manned balloon in the1870s-1880s was only just barely missed.
      the answer is on the floor- john roseberry

      A tiger dies and leaves his fur,
      A man dies and leaves his name,
      A teacher dies and teaches death.
      Seikchi Toguchi 1917-1998

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      • #4
        What would you turn the propeller with? Steam engines at that time were heavy for their power.

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        • #5
          The First Powered Airship | The Greatest Moments in Flight
          https://www.space.com/16623-first-powered-airship.html
          EidRew7jzSWGUnuTnDinRK-970-80.jpg

          Electric engine?
          Lightest hot air balloon in the world, with electric outboard motor
          https://www.technology.org/2018/09/3...utboard-motor/

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          • #6
            Have fun. Btw The Ironclads was a most excellent board game. Yaquinto was the producer and it's a 1979 game. Really good mechanics too and it pioneered the impulse system of simultaneous movement at the same time. https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/295...onclads-family

            Credo quia absurdum.


            Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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            • #7
              Originally posted by OttoHarkaman View Post
              The First Powered Airship | The Greatest Moments in Flight
              https://www.space.com/16623-first-powered-airship.html
              EidRew7jzSWGUnuTnDinRK-970-80.jpg

              Electric engine?
              Lightest hot air balloon in the world, with electric outboard motor
              https://www.technology.org/2018/09/3...utboard-motor/
              that's awesome thanks for the link.
              the answer is on the floor- john roseberry

              A tiger dies and leaves his fur,
              A man dies and leaves his name,
              A teacher dies and teaches death.
              Seikchi Toguchi 1917-1998

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