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The Electronic Fan-Supported Traveller® Resource

April 2014


April 2014 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Featured Article
Critics’ Corner Mongoose Traveller Supplement 9: Campaign Guide “kafka”
Mongoose Traveller: The Spinward Marches - Spinward Encounters “kafka”
Off the Table: Deathworld 3 Jeff Zeitlin
Active Measures Ten Blocks Bill Cameron
Raconteurs’ Rest Funny Fish: Choices [Part 3] Andrea Vallance
Doing It My Way Fixing Standard Cargo Containers Jason Barnabas
Confessions of a Newbie Referee #9: Tablet Amanuensis Timothy Collinson
The Shipyard Classic Traveller Designs: Venture-class Frontier Trader Scott Diamond
MegaTraveller Designs: Urntia-class Planetoid Tanker Ewan Quibell
Kurishdam Games People Play: Kerx Jeff Zeitlin

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From the Editor

If I had to name exactly one thing that I like best about producing Freelance Traveller, I don’t think I could do it—from beginning to end, it’s just plain interesting, and for the most part fun. I think, though, that what keeps me willing—no, eager—to keep doing it is really a combination of two things: seeing the creativity and workmanship of what people submit, and knowing that my efforts as curator and editor are playing a not-insignificant role in spurring the community to put forth their best efforts to improve Traveller and share with others.

When I first shifted Freelance Traveller from a pure website to the monthly magazine format (four years ago!), I had in mind that it would, in some sense, fill the role of the original Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society. In a very basic way, I think I’ve achieved that—certainly, some comments I’ve heard suggest that others think so, too—but in a very real sense, I neither can nor should do so completely. The original Journal was quite definitely a “house organ” for GDW and Traveller. It was, in a very real sense, the “official” word, even though it printed articles that were not and would not be ‘canonical’. Freelance Traveller does not have any official status with Marc Miller/FarFuture, with Mongoose Publishing, or with any other Traveller licensee, and that lack gives me, as curator/editor, a certain level of freedom in evaluating material submitted for publication.

There’s a potential downside, though—for those who are submitting material for publication here. I run this in my spare time, and on as low a budget as I can manage. That’s part of why Freelance Traveller is free, and doesn’t pay for material. So, if you’ve been told that people think your material is publishable commercially, I have an obligation to suggest that you talk to the commercial licensees, and see if they’re interested in your work. If they decline, I’ll happily accept. But don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to get paid for your work!