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Riding an Animal
Animals are a low tech solution to being able to go further other time. They are great if you do not have much in the means of advance technologies to help pave the way. They are also great a carrying things.
The carrying capacity of an animal is based on the Strength of the animal. If the animal is burdened with extra load it will travel slower. Below is a table using the horses as an example:
|Horse (carrying load)||Per Hour||Per Day|
|Light horse||5 miles||40 miles|
|Light horse(175-525 lbs.)||~3.5 miles||28 miles|
|Heavy horse||5 miles||40 miles|
|Heavy horse(229-690 lbs.)||~3.5 miles||28 miles|
|Pony||4 miles||32 miles|
|Pony(151-300 lbs.)||3 miles||24 miles|
|Cart or Wagon||2 miles||16 miles|
Driving/Riding a Vehicle
This is a wide range of vehicles for most Tech Level ~0 to ~1ish Civilizations.
To drive a Boat or Ship requires the Drive skill. Driving may be intuitive for a motor vehicle but it is not with boats and sailing ships. The skill is required if the character is to attempt to drive anything Sea/floating related or else suffer a Major (-4) disadvantage when doing the skill check. This includes hybrid vehicles such as a hover craft.
Below is an example table for different boats.
|Ship Size||Avg. Speed||Cost|
|Sail Boat Small(6 person)||5 knots||$1,0000/2,500|
|Sail Boat Medium(12 person)||5 knots||$20,000/30,000|
|Sail Boat Large(24 person)||5 knots||$65,000/75,000|
|Motor Boat Small(~6 person)||40 knots||$10,000|
|Speed Boat Small(~4 person)||70 knots||$100,000|
|Cruisers Boat Medium(~12 persons)||30 knots||$80,000/110,000|
|Yacht Boat Small(6-8 persons)||5/30 knots||$200,000/300,000|
|Yacht Boat Medium(9-12 persons)||5/30 knots||$450,000/2,000,000|
|Yacht Boat Large(12+ persons)||4/30 knots||$4,000,000/10,000,000|
These are vehicles that generally stay on the ground of a planet. Although hybrid version of these vehicles can float and even fly the basic principle ferrying persons from one point to another usually within a short (short being relative to the species and there technical level) distance. Longer distances would normally require a more powerful vehicle that is large enough to carry the proper amount of fuel and recourse to keep its occupants alive. Such as air and food.
Most tech level 0 too tech 1 Civilizations will likely use the invention of the wheel as a way to move across a flat service. Unless they live on a water world. Most of these vehicles will have attributes such as speed/carrying capacity and distance traveled before refueling (This can include charging). The better at any one of these things and the greater the cost and rarer the vehicle.
Below is the average options sorted by Carrying Capacity.
|Carrying Capacity||Avg. Speed||Distance Traveled||Avg. Cost|
|1(Motor Cycle)||0-60 in 4 sec||50 Mpg||$12,000|
|2(Sports Car)||0-60 in 3.4sec||20 Mpg||$120,000/500,000|
|5(Sedan)||0-60 in 5+sec||30 Mpg||$35,000|
|8(Mini Van)||0-60 in 6+sec||30 Mpg||$45,000|
|11(Event Van)||0-60 in 7+sec||27mpg||$55,000|
|12+(Bus)||0-60 in 10+sec||17mpg||$100,000|
These are vehicles that fly within a planets atmosphere. Some may be able to leave a planet to travel outward. However the basic idea is any vehicle with the ability to fly in a planets atmosphere is considered a plan and requires the Pilot skill to fly. A Character cannot even attempt to fly a Plane without the skill. If they do its considered an automatic failure unless they roll a natural 20 on the check. With the skill Pilot the Character does not need to do a skill check to fly a plane unless there are conditions that require checks. Such as preforming a stunt, evading an enemy, flying in unfavorable conditions or landing in unfavorable conditions.
Plans are expensive not only to own for one selves but depending on the tech level of the civilization also expensive to ride. Getting a ticket may be a one in a life time experience for some people and possibly dangerous one at that. Take Earth back in the early 1900s. Flying was a fairly new thing and most people didn't get to do it. And some that did died in the experience.
The main driver for the cost of a plane is its size. Which usually dictates how many passengers it can carry.
|Size||Carrying Capacity||(Procure Diff)/Cost|
|Private Single Engine||2/4||(0)$200,000/500,000|
|Twin Turbo||4/8||(0)$1/6 Million|
|Small Passenger Plane||12/24||(0)$22/44 Million|
|Medium Passenger Plane||~100||(1)$70/150 Million|
|Large Passenger Plane||~200||(2)$150/300 Million|
|Jumbo Passenger Plane||~300||(3)$300/500 Million|
|Small Business Bi-Plane||~12||(0)$6/12 Million|
|Medium Business Plane||~20||(0)$20/30 Million|
|Large Business Plane||~100||(0)$50/100 Million|
|Cargo Plane||-||(2)$30/300 Million|
A Civilization advance enough may have the infrastructure to support Mass Transportation. If so normally the Characters will have to pay in some way to ride the transportation. They may also need to show papers or proof of citizenship as some mass transportation systems are designed to not only move a population but also track them. Depending on the civilization and its tech level Mass Transportation can be a many different varieties. Everything from a large system of horses and buggies to a web of Quantum teleporters zipping mass in the form of information instantly across great distances.
Just note that the Characters, if not local citizens may be confused and overwhelmed by mass transit or possibly not even able to access it. The price for a ticket if there is one should be based on the distance traveled retaliative to that civilizations capabilities.
|Domestic, first class||$300|
|International, first class||$1000|
|Mid-size or truck||$25|
|Lodging||Cost Per Night|
Futuristic Forms of Transportation
Civilizations that are Tech 1 and above may have found other ways to travel then burning fossil fuels or using wheels to transfer energy. Below is a list of different types of high tech forms of transportation.