Zeta is the research, development and production-oriented arm of
TRES Corps, distinct in its
nature from other squadrons inside of TRES Corps.
Our purpose is to be a think-tank for clever ideas for gagetry to
be used in story lines, development of specialized internet resources for
TRES Corps, and an editorial resource for technical content for the add-on
stories produced in the newsgroup, alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die.
A common misconception is that TRES Corps members must be in Zeta
to produce R&D. This is not the case, rather those who are in this
squad are specializing in R&D and anyone may contribute
ideas and designs.
In general, acceptable ideas follow one of these catergories:
They must also conform to the following:
The description of the device(s) submitted for review should have all
or at least most of the following to aid in the evaluation of an idea:
The technology being described must conform to known laws of
OR it must conform to proposed laws of science by scientists,
engineers, etc. In other words, anti-gravity, overunity motors, etc. is
fair game and totally acceptable by us providing the device meets the rest
of the criteria for acceptance. (Skimming the science newsgroups are a
great source for ideas!)
Devices that are technological in nature that don't conform to the previous
two criteria are still acceptable provided a sensible description (detailed,
if at all possible) of the "theory" of operation behind the device accompanies
the devices' description. This is the criteria applied to most of the Magitech
we accept (Using Authur C. Clarke's Law- Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic).
Is there a good reason for this sort of thing? Is there a purpose behind
doing the device in question?
Is it a common device in real life? Ordinary passenger cars would not
be an item to submit to Zeta. Jet/Rocket packs for strike teams that lasted
more than 5-10 minutes would be. Purposefully modified common equipment
would also be acceptable.
It's not infinite in scope or power- we can't (at least to the best
of our knowlege) achieve this sort of thing in real life, so why allow
it in the story content?
It's not so dangerous to operate that it's as much a hazard to the users
and their allies as it is to the targets. A tacnuke as a hand-held anti-personel
weapon is an example of that sort of danger.
We also accept un-fleshed out ideas that don't meet the above criteria-
Zeta views these as requests for research. Our officers will mull over
the merits of the idea and will attempt to fill in the rest of the holes
if the idea appears to hold merit.
Device weight and size
Detailed description of the makeup of the device- in other words, what
it looks like.
Operating temperature, humidity, etc.
Detailed description of the operation of the device.
If possible, an overview of the science behind the device- often, this
can be wrappered into the operation part.
In the case of weapons, rounds capacity in the magazine, rate of fire,
effective range, damage levels, etc. where applicable
In the case of vehicles, range of operation on one tank of fuel/battery
charge/etc., ground/air/space speed, carrying capacity, general armament,
armor, and equipment options where appicable.
An illustration of the device in question is preferred for our HTMLization
of the device design description- if one is not provided Zeta officers
will gladly provide a ray-traced/radiosity rendered, pencil/pen & ink
drawing, or CAD illustration for you (Our choice).
The governing principle of all R&D produced by Zeta is its reasonableness,
or non-cheddary/non-munchkinish quality. All submissions are subjected
to editorial scrutiny by the acting CO & XO of Zeta, using the above
criteria as the basic guidelines for giving a "go/no-go" decision on the
submission. If it is editorially approved, it is subject to final approval
by the acting Grand Admiral of TRES Corps. After final approval, the submission
is usually announced on the newsgroup alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die by
the individual (or individuals) responsible for the design and is eventually
added to the HTML pages covering our designs.
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