Monthly Archives: November 2019

When Dying in Place…

Just a reconsideration of a Traveller groups’ options when a Total Party Kill is the most likely outcome: when dealing with an enemy that is going to kill you, before you kill it. Wound the enemy: You can’t kill it … Continue reading

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…Thrown Away, Like So Much Garbage

An excerpt from my other blog. (2) In 1900, Europe’s population (~400M) was quintuple that of Sub-Saharan Africa’s (~80M). By 2100, Sub-Saharan Africa’s population (~4B) will be eight times as great as Europe’s (~650M). Quite the reversal! Source: Maddison; UN … Continue reading

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The Best Part of Being VIlani

I like the assumption – made explicit in Traveller: Interstellar Wars – that the Vilani are a bit more skilled in math (on average) than the Solomani. Coupled with their well-known love of asymmetry, and there is a decent chance … Continue reading

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Urban Explorers

Protips from the comments: Jimmy Rustler As a former repo man in East Cleveland – you learn a thing or two. The homes/apartments were abandoned due to poverty, hence “rust belt” phrase. Now they’re used as drug/stash houses for gangs. … Continue reading

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Missionaries, Jailers, and Pictures

Compliance to Inhuman Norms In the honor-shame culture of the Middle East, if a woman is raped it brings shame upon the family and they have a duty to kill her. “She is killed twice, once by rape and once … Continue reading

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Old English

Old English, used from the mid-5th century to after the Norman Conquest 1066. So, peg it at 1,500 – 1,000 years ago. Classic Traveller is set about 3,500 years in the future. What Travdeller calls “Anglic” has less in common … Continue reading

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More Traveller Inspiration

Tokyo Imperial Palace: in case you need to detail the home of a ruling Subsector Duke. Prehistoric Animals (That Aren’t Dinosaurs): When Referees need inspiration to further terrorize your Players Zoo of Extinct Animals: Nobles want what they want, and … Continue reading

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Protecting the Traveller, Sheltering the Stranger

There are quite a number of East Indians circulating within the Imperial Empty Quarter. If a large minority of them have the heart and bravery of Neerja Bhanot, they will have quite a good deal of earned respect, from both … Continue reading

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Solomani Free Spirits, Imperial Mystics

As we gallivanted around East Berlin, Hendrika rattled on about life on her commune in southern Holland. She talked of being a “free spirit,” and I soon realized that the Dutch translation meant “also does animals.” She bragged of frolicking … Continue reading

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Real World System Generation

Traveller’s 70s/80s system generation system – and even the more detailed GURPS Traveller system – is based on the mediocrity principle: “there is nothing special about humans, or earth, or our solar system, or our galaxy.” Ooops. “Contact your nearest … Continue reading

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