Traveller is a system for playing generic space-opera themed science fiction adventures.

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How to tell your players about the setting without make them read?

I'm a (quite) new GM who's going to start a Traveller campaign, where my players don't know anything about the setting (be it the canon one or a modified one). I tried to sum the basic setting ...
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How to play boring everyday tasks

I am about to run a Traveller rpg game using the Outer Veil setting by Spice publishing. I am having the players be very much like the firefly crew, needing to work to keep their ship barely flying. ...
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Which Traveller editions are (mostly) compatible?

There have been several editions and offspring versions of the Traveller RPG. Those are the ones I know of: Classic Traveller (the very first edition) Traveller T4 Traveller 5 Mongoose Traveller ...
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What is the most accessible edition of Traveller?

I'd love to play Traveller. Which edition best combines understandability, availability, and flavor? In other words, I'm looking for an edition that is easy to grasp and available for purchase, that ...
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What else is in the Traveller galaxy?

In Traveller the Imperium charted space is a small portion of the galaxy. In the T5 book, the Galaxy map (page 417) has Abyssals and Denizens west of Core, Dushis Kurisi North of Core, Essaray east of ...
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How should I run a cottage industry in space?

Recently, I've been considering running a Mongoose Traveller campaign, and I recieved a question from a potential player about how possible it would be for them to spend their time aboard ship making ...
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How is character development realised in Mongoose Traveller?

I've just read through Mongoose Traveller, and as I understand it the lack of conventional character development (perceived as the increased value of numeral signifiers) isn't a bug but a feature - ...
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What is the maintenance cost of a starship?

In every edition of Traveller I've seen, a noteworthy part of the maintenance cost of a starship is... Well, the maintenence cost of a starship: Bills must be paid to keep all the parts in the right ...
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Battlesuit and Mech Rules in Mongoose Traveller

Are there any rules for battlesuits (think of the Starship Troopers novel) or mechs (as in Battletech) in any of the Mongoose Traveller sourcebooks? If so, where?
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Compatibility between Classic Traveller and Traveller5

I'd like to use Traveller5 as a toolbox for Classic Traveller - is that possible without (too much) tinkering? For example, can I use the VehicleMaker in order to create CT ships - at least with only ...
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I desire a tool with which to map the void

For a potential upcoming Traveller campaign, I would like to make a map. Since Traveller's got quite good support for generating maps already, I figured I might see if I could go one further by ...
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Where can I get Traveller 5 and when?

I'm very interested in the Traveller 5 game. I missed its Kickstarter. Is the game available? If so where? If not, where and when will it be available for purchase?
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Games that use Mongoose Traveller's Game Engine

I've read (the free version of) Worlds Apart - a fantasy system using "Traveller System Reference Document Copyright © 2008, Mongoose Publishing". I.e. an adaptation of core Traveller mechanics (as ...
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Does anyone know of tools for running a Pocket Empires (traveller) games via e-mail?

I'm interested in running a game of Pocket Empires (traveller), but the system is fairly complex, and my players are a bit out of their depth here so I'll be receiving their decisions via e-mail and ...
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What sort of behaviors would an Intelligence of 2 dictate for an animal?

Using the rules from the Traveller supplement Animal Encounters, I rolled up an animal that ended up being: Omnivorous Melee: Unarmed /2 Deception /1 Survival /1 Stealth /0 Recon /0 Strength 12 ...
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What are the best ways for a group of players and/or the GM to believably/fairly get one's hands on a spaceship? [closed]

Well of course you can always get yourself a credit from a bank and buy one, but both the interest and the payment of said credit being due every month make this a pretty big gamble. Since finding ...
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How to add roleplayed investigation in a “search for the items” city quest?

The situations is this: the party has to find three rare starship components in order to make its starship fly. These items are a modified computer part, a military motor piece and a century old motor ...
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How can you fight with two weapons?

I'm running Mongoose Traveller and one of my players wants to have their PC dual-wield pistols. I can't find any rules for two-weapon fighting in the core book or Central Supply Catalog. The same ...
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How do I handle roleplaying these giant sorta-smart ants?

I am rolling up a breed of gigantic ants that are the most powerful omnivorous insects ever discovered and are also the dominant predator on their home planet and 1 of the most feared omnivores in the ...
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Wait for The Void or get Chthonian Stars?

Has Wildfire's standalone version of Chthonian Stars (a Lovecraftian sourcebook for the Traveller system published by Mongoose) "The Void" been cancelled?
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How do I adjust Part 8 of The Traveller Campaign for more powerful characters?

I've just gotten to Adventure 8 in The Traveller Campaign and I have a problem: the characters are far too powerful for the adventure. The main problem is that The Privateer Fleet that the characters ...
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How do I weaken Drinax without making it too weak?

Over the last 3 years of real-life and 14.7 ears by Traveller Time, my group has been building up, in The Pirates Of Drinax Campaign, The Kingdom Of Drinax consists of 2,177 ships and 62 planets and ...
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How do I convey that Traveller and the Outer Veil setting are more deadly than RPGs my players are used to?

I am about to run the "Beyond the Veil" scenarios for the outer veil setting for Traveller. I am concerned about how to set the tone for players not used to this setting or the ruleset. As death can ...
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How do the Armour and Weapon mustering out benefits work?

I'm evaluating Mongoose Traveller as an option for a new gaming group, and currently I'm running through the character creation process. The range of options for the Armour and Weapon mustering out ...
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Traveller: Faster character creation?

Has anyone managed to find or make a faster way to do character creation in Traveller? (original ed) I'd like to start a campaign but I don't want to spend most of a session just rolling up a ...
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Do pre-made Traveller 5 adventures exist, in the book or separately?

I am going to be picking up a copy of the Traveller 5 core book. Neither I nor any of my group have ever played Travller before. Does the book come with an adventure for new players? Either way, are ...
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Is Drinax Part 8 not released yet, or am I just having trouble downloading it?

The Mongoose Website clearly says that Part 8 is out, but it is only available to download as a Ebook and will not let me download just Part 8. Does anyone know whether this is a general issue, or if ...