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Old 03-07-2017, 08:24 AM
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Lightbulb EMP effects in T2K

Is it just me or does there seem to be too much high-tech in T2K? The effects of EMP and HEMP (High altitude EMP) are fairly well understood as of now and with all those nukes going off, wouldn't at least some of the electronics in use by armies be disabled? I'm thinking tank fire control systems, night vision devices, radio and the like. Tanks would have some shielding, to be sure, but portable electronics would certainly be affected--and don't tell me every solider witnessing a nuclear attack would have the presence of mind to throw their NVGs into Faraday cage (think ammo can) at the moment of attack. I don't recall any rules to that effect. Has anyone limited or restricted electronic devices in their campaigns because of EMP?

While we're on the subject, how well would a battery powered red dot or holographic reflex sight (Aimpoint or EOTech) fare in terms of surviving EMP? Thoughts?
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:43 AM
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You may be right in terms of that gear, but I've always thought that there was too much EMP damage in terms of civilian gear.

The idea that there aren't any working computers in all of Europe seems too much. If nothing else, they would have been recovered from areas away from nuke sites and moved.

I think the real problem was the foresight to understand how much electronic gear there would have been in the world in 2000 when they were writing in the1980s.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:10 PM
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Altitude would be a significant factor. Below about 10 kilometers, EMP is almost negligible because most of the electrons are absorbed by atmosphere before they can interact with Earth's magnetic field. Smaller items will also tend to be safer - check the appendix to this paper (note: PDF) for some common EMP myths.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:25 PM
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...check the appendix to this paper (note: PDF) for some common EMP myths...
Er, thanks for you reply. Which is basically: go RTF 168 page M!

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Old 03-07-2017, 08:32 PM
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Er, thanks for you reply. Which is basically: go RTF 168 page M!

LOL!
I don't know of a way to target the link to open at the appendix, unfortunately. It's the last two pages (167-168).
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