Monthly Archives: March 2018

1) The Grand Duchy of Liechtenstein 2) The European Imperium

The Grand Duchy Quite a number of neat-o story ideas here… …but not really suitable for the loony-bin known as the Empty Quarter. It’s a better fit for a very wealthy, and very quirky, long-settled Imperial sector. Maybe the Old … Continue reading

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Roman Tales: A Day in the Life of a Roman Soldier

I always tend to emphasize the Imperial Navy, like many sci-fi fans. Individual soldiers are rarely seen: instead, there is just a mass conscript army, “here today, gone tomorrow.” This is due in part to the very nature of military … Continue reading

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Advanced Metamaterials… and Spice

You have to get past the hard crunch, before you get to the delicious military stuff… …which actually give a nice assist for scouting. Sure, Imperial Scouts are still going to die like flies in my version of the Imperium: … Continue reading

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“Great Men”

From Quora: Which famous person in history who is idolized, was actually a horrible person? [On Quora, Winston Churchill is winning this race hands down, and deservedly so. It would be very interesting making someone modeled him — as opposed … Continue reading

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Home Life

Not a bad model for the homelife of an Mixed Vilani adventurer. Lots of broken bones in his active lifestyle… (“If you want a safe, quiet life, don’t be a Traveller.”) …and a home that would be quite roomy – … Continue reading

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Pranks

After reading My Greatest Prank, my thoughts immediately turn to what stunts a creative Traveller free trader crew could do on a pompous, bureaucratic, yet low-tech world. For the master class in pranks, you want a high-tech, bureaucratic world. For … Continue reading

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Roman Tales: Piracy

A famous one, this time, from Quora… Was Julius Caesar really captured by pirates? Rachel Meyers, M.A. Comparative Literature & Classics Yes. And he really did demand they increase his ransom because he was worth more than they were asking. … Continue reading

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Spanish Flea

“We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by.” Now you know what song to play when the news channel the PCs are watching suddenly goes off the air.  

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PC Backstories

I generally manage to successfully fight NPC backstories to a three-page limit, although I admit I let myself go for Emperor Gavin (four pages) on Stellar Reaches #13. But hey, rank hath its privileges, so allowances will just have to … Continue reading

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Reality Ensures

There was a time when people were terrified – and rightly so – of lions and bears and dragons. In Traveller, they probably still are, on various low-tech worlds. Perhaps the PCs will have the opportunity to ease their fears.

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