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The Electronic Fan-Supported Traveller® Resource

May 2011


May 2011 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Critics Corner Six Guns: Gauss Weapons kafka
Mongoose Traveller Book 9: Robots Jeff Zeitlin
CD-ROM: Journal of the Travellers Aid Society Paul Havoc
Raconteurs Rest Drop Out (Part 4) Ken Murphy
Up Close and Personal Brodie LeBouchere Ken Murphy
In A Store Near You The Showroom: Bramford-class Wheel Loading Shovel Ewan Quibell
Active Measures Getting Off The Ground: The Marrying Kind Michael Brown
Fifth Imperium #18: Twenty Weeks of Traveller, Part Four: The Other Nine Plot Hooks Shannon Appelcline
Multimedia Gallery The BurrowWolf (Chapter Four, Part Two) Dave Redington and David Billinghurst
Doing It My Way Keeping the Adventure in Merchant Campaigns Jeff Zeitlin

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From the Editor

Recently, the Editor obtained a copy of Hyperlite: The Sirius Treaty. Sceaptune Games has treated it as a “fork” of OGL Traveller, rather than an alternative setting, and Tim Bancroft’s article in our June 2010 issue outlines the differences between “stock” Traveller and Hyperlite, but overall, if one can say that Twilight Sector, Reign of Discordia, Hammer’s Slammers, Babylon 5, Judge Dredd, and Strontium Dog are all “Traveller settings”, then Hyperlite is no less one, and Freelance Traveller will henceforth be supporting it as such—even if Sceaptune Games doesn’t agree that it’s Traveller. So far, all we’ve seen is the core rulebook; it is our hope that Sceaptune Games will develop this setting further.

Beyond welcoming Hyperlite to the Freelance Traveller fold, we take note that there is a wealth of Traveller material available for purchase, ranging from the PDFs-on-CD from FarFuture Enterprises of the otherwise out-of-print older versions of Traveller to monthly releases from Mongoose for the newest version of Traveller—and just as there were a host of small-press companies putting out product for Classic Traveller, so today is there a similar host of small-press companies putting out product for Mongoose Traveller. We hope that this is a sign that Traveller has experienced a true rebirth, and that this will be the beginning of another 35 years of development, in both the core “Third Imperium” setting, and the best of the alternate settings, whichever they may turn out to be.

We were a little disappointed when our most recent attempt at a Topical Talk on IRC sank without a bubble; we do intend to try again at some point—but before we do, we’d like to hear from you as to (a) why you didn’t come to the last one, and (b) what would encourage you to come to future ones. We’d ultimately like to be as “full service” to Traveller fans as we can, without being beholden to any particular vendor, but to do that, we need to know what you want. That’s called “feedback”, and we’ve got provisions for getting it from you (we’ve even fixed the form on the website!). Please, use them!