|January 2012||Department||Article Title||Author|
|From the Editor||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Active Measures||Insane Pleasures||Michael Brown|
|Critics’ Corner||Twilight Sector: Beyond the Open Door||“kafka”|
|Mongoose Traveller Supplement 12: Dynasty||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Off the Table: Traveller Chronicle Short Fiction||Shannon Appelcline|
|Off the Table: The Empire’s Legacy|
|In A Store Near You||The Showroom: Bushman-class Utility Grav Vehicle||Ken Murphy|
|Up Close and Personal||Alma Sunguptra||Ken Murphy|
|Kurishdam||At Home, We Do It Like This: Slice of Life: Pets in the 30th Century||Mike Cross|
|Raconteurs’ Rest||Drop Out (Part 12)||Ken Murphy|
|The Shipyard||Gas Giant Refueling/Refining Platform and Lighter||Scott Diamond|
|Multimedia Gallery||The Lab Ship||Andrew Boulton|
|The Third Collection||Mike Linsenmayer|
The articles listed and linked above are also linked in their appropriate sections of our website.
From the Editor
For the new year, we’ve made some minor cosmetic changes to Freelance Traveller. First, as you’ve no doubt noticed, we’ve modified our masthead to include our ringed-sun logo, matching the website. And yes, we’ll change the color of the masthead if our default orange turns out to be difficult to see against the cover image.
We’ve also added a dingbat to the end of every article, so that you can be sure that you’ve reached the end of the article, and that we haven’t simply forgotten to include a “continued on page…” indicator—which we have done in the past. (Those dingbats won't be in the web versions of the articles, only the PDFs.)
Other changes in the coming year:
- Featured articles: Any month where the entire issue isn’t a “theme issue”, we’ll pick one article, usually a long one with a lot of “meat” in it, and call your attention to it on the cover. These will be articles that caught the Editor’s interest in some fashion, beyond what any article in Freelance Traveller does. The most likely candidates are adventures, new careers, new races, or well-developed worlds—but anything is eligible. If we have a cover that’s thematically connected to the featured article, we’ll use it. Getting covers isn’t really easy, though, so we aren’t committing to that.
- Under a subtopic of the Multimedia Gallery heading (actual name to be determined), we’re going to be printing images of potentially useful locations. You’ll get a floor plan (0.75m squares—we’ll explain why when we print the first one) and some character-perspective renderings. Once we’ve determined the best format, we’ll also provide the line-drawing plan in a scalable format so that you can print it to whatever scale you feel is best. If you have suggestions of what sorts of locations you’d like to see—indoor locations only, please—send them to the editor.
- Theme issues: We’ve mentioned these in the past; we’re going to push for them in the future. We won’t announce a schedule, but we will request articles on a specific theme for future issues. When we get enough response to actually build the theme issue, we’ll schedule and announce the theme issue.
Other changes are possible, as well—we’ll keep you informed, and we’ll listen to your suggestions if you send them to the editor.