Monthly Archives: July 2016

Cowardly Civilizations

From The Telegraph: Bernard Cazeneuve’s statement might have appeared smugly oracular, or perhaps just irritatingly French. Responding to national outrage over the killing of a blameless, elderly priest at his altar, France’s interior minister observed, “We can’t step back from the … Continue reading

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1) Longsleep Revival Briefing 2) STL Empire Building

Background material for the Rimworld game, the sci-fi colony simulation. The Quick Primer is more like the short and to the point Referee’s Notes on the universe. A quote from the Primer: Things you won’t see RimWorld does not include: Faster than light … Continue reading

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard

From Wikipedia (lightly edited): Sir Henry Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925), known as H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform throughout … Continue reading

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The Return of the RICE Paper

Traveller grognards no doubt remember the old RICE (“Regency Institute for Cultural Education”) papers of Traveller: The New Era. These papers from the Regency – the sole surviving Imperial successor state known, as of 1201 Imperial – were detailed overviews of various … Continue reading

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Offensive Translations

When you want to spark a war at a all-worlds Empty Quarter peace conference, this is the translator you get. (Or, just start talking stridently about race or religion: preferably both. It doesn’t really matter what you say, you’re going … Continue reading

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Mist Monster

It’s unfortunate that the Starship Troopers movie never got their powered armour, or it would have made a half-decent model of Traveller conventional warfare. As it is, I get to indulge in my explorer fantasies, with the video above. Yes, … Continue reading

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Schlock Mercenary

“No matter how hard I rattle this maraca, I can’t seem to shake a new ship out of it.” Tagon’s Toughs are on shore leave: No ship, no payroll, and no prospects. Then a ship becomes available at a price … Continue reading

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Holy Cows, Despised People

Or, even more on the joys of the Indian caste system. Cows and the caste system Rathod explained how intricately the stigma against dealing with a dead holy animal is linked with the caste system. “In the village, if a … Continue reading

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Terrible Regrets

What you see above is Ivan the Terrible, Czar of All the Russias, who just realized that he has killed his own son during a rage. It would be interesting for the PCs to get involved in a similar dramatic turning-point … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Interstellar Wars

I was skimming through the GURPS Traveller listing in Wikipedia. I admit, I was pleased to read this bit… Until 1998 the original Traveller books had been out of print for over a decade. Also the small size and amount … Continue reading

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