|July/August 2017||Department||Article Title||Author|
|From the Editor||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Active Measures||The Smarargian Crisis||Benedikt Schwarz|
|Critics’ Corner||Clement Sector Core Setting (2nd Edition)||Omer G. Joel|
|The Space Patrol||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Encyclopaedia Dagudashaag||Timothy Collinson|
|These Stars Are Ours!||Timothy Collinson|
|RHI Sandpiper Light Trader||Omer G. Joel|
|Active Measures||The Derelict||Steve Hatherley|
|Saving the Throne||Jeff Zeitlin|
|The Prep Room||An Improvised Classic Traveller Convention Game||Christopher Kubasik|
|The Shipyard||Collapsible Fuel Tanks and Jump Drives "On Rails"||Joshua Levy|
|Repair Tugs||Joshua Levy|
|Doing It My Way||Speaking in Tongues: Simulating Dialects in Your Game||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Raconteurs’ Rest||The Adventures of Gerry Fynne||Sam Swindell|
|Kurishdam||The Club Room: The Hospitallers||Sam Swindell|
|Lecture Hall and Library: Michlin’s Guide to the Planets: Introduction||Shelby Michlin|
|Lecture Hall and Library: Michlin’s Guide to the Planets: Ekhono||Shelby Michlin|
|Columns||Confessions of a Newbie Referee: #29: Slow Time||Timothy Collinson|
|In a Store Near You||The Promenade: The Jewel of the Jewel||Bill Hand|
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From the Editor
It’s rare that I end up with two articles in an issue that both deserve to be featured, but that’s what happened this issue. I was hard-pressed to decide between this issue’s feature, The Smarargian Crisis adventure, or the runner up, the Repair Tugs. The latter is most definitely an interesting idea for a ship, and one that hasn’t, to the best of my knowledge, been attempted previously in any Traveller-related publication or forum. The adventure, on the other hand, was well-thought-out, extensive, and had the potential to affect a campaign in which it was included, beyond the immediate denouement of the adventure.
So, how to decide which one gets the “feature” billing? What it ultimately came down to was that the Repair Tugs, while they had good statistical information for both Classic Traveller and Cepheus Engine, didn’t supply it in any of the standard formats for either. The extra work in providing the standard formats, while not onerous, was enough to be a tie-breaker.
This actually pleases me quite a lot: It means that the overall quality of submissions is increasing, and to get submissions like these from new contributors suggests that perhaps I’m starting to reach new audiences—because this level of quality suggests a level of writing ability that doesn’t come without experience elsewhere.
Give me dilemmas like this more often, please! It’s the hard decisions, alongside the positive feedback, that keeps this fun!