Crew expansions... and shrinking cabin space!

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Crew expansions... and shrinking cabin space!

Postby Whitney » Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:42 am

Hey! Here's something Ron and I were discussing yesterday...

One of the best ways a Firefly has of supplementing its cargo operation is to take on passengers. Having those passenger berths available is going to be a make-it or break-it issue for the average mid-bulk class merchanter like the Jin Dui or Serenity. If crew want to get paid quarterly bonuses, then crew will be striving to keep those passenger berths full at every port!

The Jin Dui has 7 passenger cabins. Two of those are immediately occupied by Abby & Chang when our adventures start. Then along comes Carver, Tilly, and Rebecca. By the time our ship gets to early July and the start of our first tour of the Rim, we're functionally down to have having 5 of our 7 passenger cabins occupied by crew!

Captain Cooper is certainly going to be thinking this over, and her solution probably ain't gonna be very popular. But sometime during that summer, between Greenleaf and Beylix (and before they even take Rebecca on), Cooper will start discussing the following option. High on Cooper's to-do list when the ship arrives at Beylix in early July will be to refit all of the cabins on the ship -- forward crew cabins as well as the 7 passenger cabins, making sure that each cabin has a secondary let-down bunk installed (each passenger cabin might be fit with two, or at least have the wall fixtures, so that an additional set can be quickly taken out of storage and set in). Additionally, each of the passenger cabins is also to be outfitted twin beds on an adjustable tracks, allowing them to either be pushed together as a single queen-sized bed, or pushed apart as separate beds. This would result in each passenger cabin comfortably housing one or two passengers, or squeezing in up to four for groups wanting to pay a "barracks" special rate.

With the passenger accommodations refitted like this, there will be times when crew will be asked to double-up in cabins. There may times when only two crew will be affected -- and there may be times when everyone is affected. It is possible that in some more extreme situations, if every available cabin space is needed, that everyone will be sharing the forward crew cabins, possibly except for one passenger cabin being held to be shared by Carver & Chang (Carver being physically present to keep an eye on passengers, and Chang to be present with all of his gadget and sensors to keep track of them electronically...)

Anyway, that's the idea at the moment. What do you think? What will your character think?
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Re: Crew expansions... and shrinking cabin space!

Postby Brouwer » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:25 am

I think that sounds phenomenal! It's a great way to add tension, character interactions, and plot twists depending on the types of people we end up housing! (I mean, imagine how differently the pilot of Firefly might have gone if Lawrence had shared someone's cabin!)

Of course, Tilly will be ecstatic at the idea, even if she's understandably never housed with passengers. Her past with a big family means she's used to cramped sleepovers, and as an extrovert she'll be almost annoyingly excited every time she shares someone's room.
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Re: Crew expansions... and shrinking cabin space!

Postby Whitney » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:45 am

A good point Jonathan made to Ron and I last night -- a lot of our former military characters will be very familiar with "hot bunking" -- certainly Cooper and Hoss experienced that aboard the ISF Diamondback, and Carver in the barracks of several different fleet ships.
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Re: Crew expansions... and shrinking cabin space!

Postby Ellenmillion » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:45 am

Abby will hate it, but appreciate that it makes sense.
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