Monthly Archives: January 2015

Space Viking

Space Viking, by H. Beam Piper, is a strong influence on the heart of Traveller, from the feudal system to world names (especially with the Sword Worlds), to the technology levels. Even as late as the Traveller: The New Era, … Continue reading

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Unusual Cargo

So the PCs have come to their favorite port, and find someone who wants to completely fill their cargo hold with… a famous detergent brand. Lots and lots of detergent. Every nook and cranny – the agent will try to … Continue reading

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Living on the Silly Side of Town

You’d always think that you would prefer to live in those high-tech Bwap and Vilani neighbourhoods. But the Bwap love their sweaty humidity, the Vilani are way too orderly and conformist, and both are ridiculously conformist and bureaucratic. Like Swiss-style, … Continue reading

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A Chase Scene, With Commentary

A few pointers: Underground passages have an unusual resemblance to starport passageways. PCs love their flashy high-tech gear… but a simple, ordinary, reliable handgun can be quite effective. A lesson for the PCs to remember, the easy way or the … Continue reading

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Moon Bases, 4D Printing, and Tragedies

I admit, I like the idea of pipes contacting and expanding to move the liquids along, so disposing of the need of a pump. That is The Future! A sad scene from a great sci-fi flick, Moon (2009). If you … Continue reading

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Cool Quote: Stars

“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.” “Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.” – C. S. Lewis, The Voyage … Continue reading

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A Model for an Updated Snapshot

You may remember Snapshot, the Classic Traveller game for individual combat on starships (and, with some remodeling, space stations and even buildings). I’m pretty sure that there are several models out there for an updated & online Snapshot. One I … Continue reading

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Sci-Fi for the Ears

There are quite a number of spoken-word stories now available on YouTube: useful for understanding the mental universe of the Golden Age of science fiction. Pride of place goes to H. Beam Piper, a major influence on Traveller. Philip K. … Continue reading

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A Model for an Isolated Outpost

Whittier, Alaska, is a pretty good model of an isolated outpost. Half of the small seaport’s population of ~200 souls have to work together, living in a single large building, just to keep everything operating from the schools to the … Continue reading

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New Toys

An amazing little toy, but no camera or sensors… in 2015. On the other hand, things are always getting smaller, so I would expect these little spy drones to be fairly common in 2025. Less noise too, and longer battery … Continue reading

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