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Subject: Square vs. Space vs. Segment rss

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So I'm trying to get a good grip on the flow of this game before trying to get it on the tables. The big question I have is regarding segments, and the other two mentioned things in the title.

In the rules, it says that a computer action can be snoop, which means looking at an entire segment. More specifically, on page 10 under Security Actions:
"Observe everything within one station segment"

And again, on page 9 under Decompression:
"...hatch is opened adjacent to an already depressurized segment."

Is a segment, for instance, a room, half of the gravity ring, the entire gravity ring, the hub, the hub and all hallways/room adjacent to the hub (excluding docked ships), or what?

There are also times when the rules mention spaces and squares. It seems obvious what a square is (4 people can stack in it, aside from elevators which can hold 8). Is a space the same thing as a square, or is it different? If it's different, does that mean it's a room (each room being distinguished by doors and walls)?

Currently I'm assuming a segment for purposes of snooping refers to half the gravity ring (left half right half, ring 1 ring 2, however you refer to them), and assuming that a space is the same as a square.
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square = space

Segments are divided by thick black lines and hatches.

Remember that in the Artifact that the doors don't exist... so if you depressurize a room, that whole segment gets depressurized. Video snooping is done segment by segment as well... which can cover alot of ground, but not 1/2 the gravity ring at once.

hope that helps?
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Ah, never noticed that some lines were thicker than others in the Ring, to divide areas of the space station into segments.

Ok, so if I understand correctly, breaching a segment doesn't make the entire ring depressurized, just the segment, am I right? If that's the case, then entering into a different segment, one that isn't breached, would then make it breath-able for humans, making it possible for them to survive without necessarily having to make it to a hatch.

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The segments are divided by hatches, so to enter a different segment would require getting through a hatch.
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