Squadron Strike: Traveller

Squadron Strike: Traveller

There are a number of different space warfare games. Some are purely strategic, like the Traveller-based Fifth Frontier War, or a mix, like the Starfire system used to inspire several of David Weber's non-Honor Harrington books. Others are very tactical. Take Star Fleet Battles, or Talon. Not many were realistic. Sure, SFB could get as insanely detailed as a game of Harpoon, but it was still warp drives and swooping spaceships. Very little captured the freedom of motion of fighters in Babylon 5, though several games like Mayday, (also Traveller-based) and Triplanetary (I reviewed it and covered navigation) tried to…

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Ian Stead

Ian Stead

One of the people I followed on Google+ was Ian Stead, who has done a lot of space and Sci-Fi related art, including a number of excellent renderings of Traveller ships. These have been used for a number of Traveller-compatible shipbook and related products in the last decade or so. While he hasn't updated his website much, it's worth a visit.…

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Cepheus/Traveller : Hard Space

Cepheus/Traveller : Hard Space

Omer G Joel over at spacecockroach.blogspot.com has been posting about his new background for the Cepheus Engine (a kindof Traveller retroclone mostly compatible with Mongoose Traveller), and it sounds fun, especially the aspects that lend themselves to aliens/outland style horror. I’ll note that it’s not the only project to do “weird shit man was not meant to know in space” of the gritty variety, there’s also a project called “Hostile” From his latest posting on interstellar travel: Interstellar travel uses the Jump Drive. The jump drive is a complex contraption manipulating an Antediluvian artifact…

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Review: Agent of the Imperium: A Story of the Traveller Universe

Review: Agent of the Imperium: A Story of the Traveller Universe

A long time ago, in a suburb far away, a middle schooler went into the local hobby shop. Most of this shop was dedicated to trains, miniatures, modeling, and such, but it also had an aisle with role playing games and classic wargames by companies like TSR, Steve Jackson Games and Avalon Hill. His eyes fell upon a large, 8.5 x 11 hardcover book. The cover had two people with futuristic weapons, in clothes that would easily fit in on the Millennium Falcon, or Serenity. They were leaving their ship via a transparent, enclosed gangway, ready for trouble.The…

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