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Special sensors and line of sight

 
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TrotskyTrotsky
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Special sensors and line of sight Reply with quote

Do special sensors need to be able to see a target hex - i.e. can they be used on a target behind a planet?
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The Ghost
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think they would require a line of sight as the functions are effectively directing energy into that hex to cause the effect.
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TrotskyTrotsky
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree - but the rules do not state it does.
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Monty
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are very special. If the rule doesn't explicitly state it then I would think not.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is how i read it Monty - just want to check if that was the intention.
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mjwest
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really wanted to just leave it as "it isn't addressed in the rules, so isn't affected", but I really can't. While it is a relatively minor case, it is just too glaring to let slide.

Simple ruling: Special Sensors are blocked by terrain as if they were direct fire weapons.

Expanded version: Special Sensors are blocked by planets, pulsars, and black holes as if they were direct fire weapons. This means that if a phaser fired at the target of the special sensor would be blocked, the special sensor cannot be used on that target. Note that this only applies to outright blocking of fire. Asteroids, which degrade direct-fire weapons firing through them, will not affect special sensors. Likewise web, which is not terrain, will not block special sensors, either.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks mj - I agree it is relatively rare but in our current campaign where a starbase in the same system as a planet needs to be destroyed it is important.
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