Category Archives: Traveller

A science fiction game from the late 1970s.

TRAVELLER: Trojan Reach

Our party was small — just myself (a Vargr corsair with 2 Starburst for Extraordinary Heroism) and a Qwab (Newt) diplomat on Pallindrome. We were embedded with 2nd squad in the servant of Baroness Gloriana, along with another Vargr, and … Continue reading

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TRAVELLER: Preparing for Old School game in Trojan Reach

So we’re getting ready for a Classic Traveller game set in the Trojan Reach. I dug around and found my copy of Galactic 24c so I can act as navigator on my laptop, where I’ve installed dosbox. I’m looking forward … Continue reading

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Enjoying “The Expanse”

We started watching The Expanse this weekend, and are greatly enjoying it. A complex story with few major problems (so far). It is a SyFy channel series, and is a hard sf space opera involving a Cold War between Earth … Continue reading

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Resources in the Internet Archive

I was cruising the web this morning and stumbled across a lot of fan-created resources saved on the Internet Archive, including the old net books. Here’s the ones most appealing to an old school gamer like me: Traveller fanzines, including … Continue reading

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French Role-Playing

I’ve always enjoyed buying British rpg material. Their fanzines are eclectic, their humor jaded, and their modules tinged with Old World folklore. The French, well, I love Donjon comics of course; I love everything from Joann Sfar. But I haven’t … Continue reading

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Creating Beautiful Planetary Maps

Ian Stead does some amazing work with planet design, and then puts out the standard Traveller flat map format as well. He uses Cosmic Pack III, which is from a British company called Digital Heavens. It is an artist’s tool … Continue reading

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A Parent’s Guide to Starting Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) or Pathfinder

Gaming has gotten a lot more commercial over the years, and I really don’t enjoy going into stores much any more. A friend of mine and I were chatting about how kids today often have problems starting to game because … Continue reading

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Starship Design Spreadsheet (per High Guard) & Spatial Coordinates near Sol

I was moving all of my Excel files over to Access yesterday, and found this old ship design chart for Traveler. It doesn’t have any documentation with it. I used to use it to design our ships in accordance with … Continue reading

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Worlds of Our Choosing (An Appreciation)

One of my first posts was on Rules of Gamemastering, or at least on the rules I use. One of those was “RPGing is not wargaming.” Well, I was wrong. Sometimes it is, especially recently. These days, when someone mentions … Continue reading

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Generating Solar Systems

My brother Matt Burdick was more into Traveller than I was when we were kids. One of the things he did while he was in college was to put together a program that generated random solar systems based on Bode’s … Continue reading

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