“What makes you base your calculations on the pilot being the only one with squads in the shuttles? If one person can command squads that fit inside 2 sentinels, then 6 people can command squads that fit inside 12 sentinels. Except that's wrong, isn't it? ”
And 12 people can command squads that fit in 24 Sentinels can't they. The purpose of NPC'ing other shuttles is so that you do not require the help of another PC.
“You list 72 people, and Xavze's calculations on passenger capacity put it at 720. So that's 10 times as many, not 6 times as many. Now, even allowing for the pilot, and also for an additional individual to command each set of 72 NPCs, you're only going to have to leave behind one squad of NPCs to fit these 11 people in. And you'll have space for 1 person left over. Assuming, of course, you can find 9 people with a ground command skill of 5, and one with a skill of 4. ”
If the appropriate skills were present and a group foolish enough to have a single pilot for multiple PC's then a group of 12 Sentinels could carry the combat power of about 600 NPC's. You can't cut squads in half and it would be ill advised to go into a fight with an already depleted squad. Most of these would be reduced to 48 man strength becuase of the PC, and yes you would need about 10 people with insane ground command skills which is highly unlikely and wasteful for a military, which only helps show putting up large numbers and crying "not balanced" is a crock (con with next quote).
“Now, if you're smart, you're going to put all those PCs in the ship with the pilot, along with a bunch of NPCs, and fill the other ships just with NPCs. Assuming that what I recall reading about NPC vessels being destroyed first is correct, which I can't seem to actually find at the moment. I guess that one will have to wait until we see more rules to become part of the final plan. But if correct, then they'll need to destroy all 12 sentinels before killing any PCs. ”
So you've decided to separate your PC's from their squads to be able to put in a few more squads based on the idea that you want to keep the PC's alive. You expand your number of troops to 708 dis-including the 12 or less PCs in the primary shuttle commanding them. Now all 708 of the NPC's are taken to one single target, and you weren't even expecting all the shuttle to make it to the ground.
“And now that I've gotten all the way through that before looking at the ground combat rules, there seems to be an extra error in your calculations. Each PC can command their own party, plus one squad, PLUS Ground Command number of squads.
So someone with GC of 5 will be able to command 7 squads of 12, not 6, which would be 84. Which would be 8 full squads, plus PCs, making 681 people on the sentinels, allowing for 39 other support personnel. Or if the pilot has even a 1 in Ground Command, he could command 36 people himself, potentially in defence of the ships if they were to remain on the ground.
Your are certainly correct, I did not use the correct number of someone having skill level 5, 72 is a number recurring in much of the paper work I'm currently doing.
Again, being able to NPC shuttles is avoiding the subject and only making my grounds stronger. You can NPC all shuttles so if you wish to use the foolish operations mentioned above you can do it with most of the shuttles and with the rarity of people with level 4 and 5 ground command it's very doubtful that even large factions could pull off that maneuver even if they tried.
So let us again revert to the idea that an NPC will be piloting a Shuttle or two with all his NPC's, the Sentinel has 60 passengers...how can it not be obvious that it's supposed to have that many troopers. The only way to know for sure about the original intentions is ask who first dubbed that number or compare all current shuttles with their canon stats.
Gamma Assault Shuttle Max Passengers: 45
Canon: Passengers 40 spacetroopers
-Room for Pilot, purpose for space troopers not dropship
DX-9 Dropship Max Passengers: 25
Canon: Passengers 30 stormtroopers or 10 Space troopers, 5 crew
-Possible average + 5 for crew, or 2 squads and a pilot
Lambda Shuttle Max Passengers: 17
Canon: 20+ passengers
-a definite cut, in this case we have the illusive 12 squad + 5 for crew
So yes if 61 is such a horrible thing then reduce the number to 49 or 53, either way 60 doesn't work.