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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!