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[Recruiting!](Mongoose)Traveller:The Spinward Marches.

Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
edited June 2009 in Critical Failures
Spoiler:

I would love to play this, but I don't have any books!
D:
Worry not, the Traveller System Reference Document is here to help.

But there's only one career listed, and some of the other stuff is missing.

I will send the rest to you, if and only if you express interest in this campaign.

Sign up, give timezones/etc and we will be ready to go.

After telling a friend that I was refereeing Traveller, he gave me a copy of The Spinward Marches, by Mongoose, So, we are ready to go, I will take 6-8 players, I would prefer IRC but will do PbP if necessary.

He also has a copy of Mercenary "Somewhere", presumably in his godforsaken attic or crawlspace. D:

Let's just stick with the SRD for mercenary.

The DM:GMT-7(Denver) whatever time I can play.

1.Wildcat GMT+1(Summer time)
2.Premier Kakos GMT -7 Denver time.
3.GalagaGalaxian GMT-8? Pacific. Saturday=Out
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Rule one of Traveller is that you do not COMPLAIN about the lack of post-scarcity, FTL comms, autolaserguns that never miss, transhumanism and other stupid shit that only gets in the way of having an enjoyable game.

Rule two is that you don't call certain alien races a disparaging five letter name. Those people didn't exist when Traveller was made.

Skill Packages are spoilered below for convenience:
Spoiler:

Player Specific Resources: MY LIFE FOR A GOOD PDF EDITOR.

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I remember playing the computer game adaptation of this. The setting seemed nice. The game was not so much.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wildcat wrote: »
    I remember playing the computer game adaptation of this. The setting seemed nice. The game was not so much.

    The second one was better, the first was SPEAKERS ATTEMPT TO EMULATE HUMAN FOOTSTEPS, OH GOD MY EARS, COMBAT, NOT TURN-BASED, YOUR PARTY IS DEEEEAD.

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    The first one also had a huuuuuge difficulty spike for the very last encounter that was just D:

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wildcat wrote: »
    The first one also had a huuuuuge difficulty spike for the very last encounter that was just D:

    You're probably suppposed to have Battle Dress and PGMP's by that time.

    Also, how the fuck did you get past the FIRST encounter?

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Luck. And a good game guide.

    I HAD Battle Dress, TL12s and PGMPs for the last mission, but it was still a total crapshoot.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    So, who else loves those podcasts?

    EDIT:why is this thread not at page fifty?

  • delrolanddelroland Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Erich Zahn wrote: »
    EDIT:why is this thread not at page fifty?

    Because not everyone can do maths.

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  • AlectharAlecthar Alan Shore We're not territorial about that sort of thing, are we?Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    One question: Battleships. Can I get one?

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Alecthar wrote: »
    One question: Battleships. Can I get one?


    High Guard(the navy book)/the old mini games will facilitate your fetish for BEEEEG SHEEEPS.:winky:

  • EchoEcho staring is caring Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2009
    I have GURPS Traveller lying around somewhere. It's the kind of system that makes me go "but if I make my ship captain addicted to cigarettes I can add two more points in book keeping!"

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Echo wrote: »
    I have GURPS Traveller lying around somewhere. It's the kind of system that makes me go "but if I make my ship captain addicted to cigarettes I can add two more points in book keeping!"

    GURPS Traveller is...

    Uh.

    It's antithetical to the way I run/play games.

    With Mongoose Traveller I can generate characters in under a minute. GURPS,not so much.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    So, I've gotten started generating Forevan, going to post badly drawn PAINT.NET pics when I am done with current sector, because Cosmographer+CC3 is prohibitively expensive.

    Additionally, I shall construct Phalla GK in an attempt to get interest in Traveller up.

  • The EverymanThe Everyman Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Erich Zahn wrote: »
    So, I've gotten started generating Forevan, going to post badly drawn PAINT.NET pics when I am done with current sector, because Cosmographer+CC3 is prohibitively expensive.

    Additionally, I shall construct Phalla GK in an attempt to get interest in Traveller up.

    Ever try out GIMP?

    Garber, the Touchstone & Philo, the Hoarder / Apocalypse World - The Fleet
  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Saw that there were brushes for Traveller and started DLing it now.

    EDIT:Nice.

    EDIT2:Systems 1 1-2 2 are generated, good amount of gas giants, now to go one to Planet Generation.

    After my first game of TF2 on a PA server, because Planet Gen takes forever.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    So, I generated my first world, anyone who finds a worldgen program that works with Mongoose's version recieves my gratitude.

    My first planet:
    Spoiler:

    The reason I don't have at least five more is that GIMP is being a bitch and fucking up the text layer because it doesn't come with any standard fonts.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Spoiler:

    So, what sort of characters do you play as in Traveller?
    Spoiler:

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Vets!

    Edit: why does the second vet down look like he's about to shave his legs?

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    That's a pneumatic syringe.

    Like the army has, they inject you with about forty vaccinations in one shot, makes a sound like the doors on Star Trek, and doesn't hurt compared to stupid normal syringes.

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Cool, but I like my idea better.

    By the way, I would certainly like to be considered for inclusion in your campaign if you do decide to run one, please.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Alright, I sent Wildcat the package of chargen stuff not in the SRD+the lovely deckplans for an S Class Scout Ship, which is THE Traveller ship.

    Post if interested. PM me your email, put in vote for the starting package of skills to be distributed to the PCs in the campaign, etc.

    PM me if you only have the SRD, even the "sample" career isn't fully detailed.

  • WasabiBeanWasabiBean Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Wow. How could I pass up the opportunity to role-play a welder in a muscle shirt? I love GURPS, but in lacking in documentation. e-mail PMed.

  • Premier kakosPremier kakos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2009
    I am so up for this. I'm in Boulder, CO, GMT -7.

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Alright, start working on characters, normal rules. The second people see that this game will actually go somewhere is when it will go somewhere.

    D:

    Also, people who I sent the packages, tell me if that's enough to do shit with.

    Remember, the SRD is in the OP.

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Eeep, I will get working on it this week and weekend.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wildcat wrote: »
    Eeep, I will get working on it this week and weekend.

    ?

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    All right, this week. :( Sorry.

  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wildcat wrote: »
    All right, this week. :( Sorry.

    reeesulllts.

    I demand them.

  • GalagaGalaxianGalagaGalaxian Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Due to a chance run-in at the TF2 thread in G&T, Erich Zahn forcibly pointed me over here. And since he hasn't responded to the last PM I guess I should post.

    I'm potentially interested, depending on time. I've got the Mongoose Traveller book as well as High Guard and Mercenary. I'm Pacific(US) timezone (Soo.. GMT-8?), however I play in a Dark Heresy game on Saturdays, so that day is not good for me.

    I come bearing gifts

    Mongoose Traveller World Generator
    (its basic though, lacking gov't subfactions and certain stuff like world average temperature, I always liked rolling up world by hand personally)

    Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Nice, that guy posts on ENWorld right?

  • GalagaGalaxianGalagaGalaxian Registered User
    edited May 2009
    No clue, its just something I stumbled across a ways back digging up Traveller info.

    So what kind of game are you looking to run, tone and style wise? "Traveller" "Explorer" etc etc. I have several 4-6 term characters I rolled up at various poitns out of boredom I could use or I could roll up something new (amongst those is a retired Army/SpecOps soldier/agent I've taken a liking to, though he lacks a lot of spacer style skills).

    Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Basic Traveller, zip from planet to planet trading shit and inadvertantly getting involved in other shit.

  • GalagaGalaxianGalagaGalaxian Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Well, here is that guy I mentioned. He's pretty damn capable on his feet, if rather useless in a spaceship. Skill packages could alleviate that a bit. Too bad they don't include steward in the Traveller skill package (or any of them) it'd be funny to have an ex-special forces dude be the resident flight attendant. As is I'm not sure what kind of role he could play on a ship, besides "muscle"/cargo-hand, but, again, skill packages should sort that a bit.. Between Traveller and Mercenary he has some nice toys left over from his Intelligence days, but its all within the "any item under 2,000 Cr." rules (unless you count upgrades as part of the item cost, rather than their own item purchase, in which case his guns and suit may lose some of their bells & whistles).
    Spoiler:

    He turned out quite different from what I originally had in mind. I planned to make an Army Vet who would leave the military to become a frontier colonist, but when he rolled up all those athletics, recon, and stealth advances followed by a "Superior Officer Takes interest in career" I decided it'd be a great excuse to switch him over to an Agent and make him a Spec-Ops kinda guy. I love how Traveller tends to do that sort of thing.

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    THAT is how you format a character sheet for forum poasting. EXCELLENT.

  • GalagaGalaxianGalagaGalaxian Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Thanks I guess, if you mean the term rolls part, I recorded that stuff because it all helps suggest a history for a character. I'll probably get around to writing up one or two prose-ish paragraphs of history eventually. Anyways, does the character himself look ok? And is the equipment ok? (I'm not sure but I think a few of the upgrades would push the protect suit and/or Gauss Carbine over 2,000 Cr. each if you consider item+upgrades a single purchase). I'm a tiny bit worried he might be a bit overpowered as he has a large spread of skills and a bunch of +1s in his stats.

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Don't worry, I plan to roll aging, I count upgrades only if there's some rediculous amount / someone tries to make something deliberately OP.

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Woooo gogo free weekend

    Character coming all up ins soon!

  • GalagaGalaxianGalagaGalaxian Registered User
    edited June 2009
    :?

    ?

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  • Erich ZahnErich Zahn Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I've given up at this point.

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