Questions tagged [traveller]

"Traveller" refers to the 1977 (Classic) Traveller system and all of the compatible editions that follow on from it. These systems are designed for playing generic space-opera themed science fiction adventures.

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What effects would nuclear weapons have in Traveller space combat?

How would a nuclear explosions operate in the cold, hard vacuum that is Traveller space combat? Battlestar: Galactica and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED both portrayed nuclear weapons (or fusion/fission ...
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Flat Rate Cargo in Book 7 Trade System

Classic Traveller Book 7: Merchant Prince describes on pages 34 through 42 a trade system focused on speculative cargoes. There are, however, a few references to carrying, rather than purchasing and ...
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What is the application of symbols in the cultural extension of UWP?

In Traveller-5, worldgen step E includes creating the world's cultural extension (Cx), the last digit of which is "symbols." The rule book explains only that: Symbols used by the culture may range ...
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Looking for a specific Traveller adventure about a rescue operation before a nuclear war beaks out

I'm looking for the name of a Traveller adventure I read on the Internet long ago. It concerned the characters landing on an atomic-age world to rescue someone (the daughter of someone important?), or ...
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What is the formula/logic behind the Orbital Factor table?

The Orbital Factor table appears in MegaTraveller and The New Era, in World Tamer's Handbook, page 84. The numbers appear to be derived from what I can only assume is a formula. It has piqued my ...
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Why do Traveller sector maps use the parsec as the hex size?

I played Traveller many years ago (the GDW version that came in small format paperbacks). I had a number of Sector books (Spinward Marches, for instance), each of which was filled with subsector ...
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Handling extensive in-system travel in Traveller

I'm going to run a campaign that spends a significant time in a system with no jump capability. The players will be similarly limited. This means that for most of the time they are going to travel ...
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How exactly does GURPS Traveller setting material differ from OTU?

I'm about to start a campaign using MgT 2e and I have tons of GT material but I've read over and over again how Behind the Claw (for GT) differs from OTU. I'm not interested on moving rules from ...
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How did the native reptilians traverse levels?

CT-TTB, The Traveller Book contains two adventures. (Spoilers ahead for the adventure "Shadows.")
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How harmful is an insidious atmosphere?

An insidious atmosphere "requires the use of protective suits or vacc suits" (inherited from corrosive atmospheres) and "will defeat any personal protective measures in 2 to 12 hours." (CT-TTB p.83, "...
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Which jurisdiction applies during customs inspections?

This is something of a fluff-based question rather than entirely mechanics-based, but it's been tagged on the basis of the sourcebooks referenced whilst asking the question. The Scoundrel book as a ...
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Is only one turret required to make all reaction shots?

1st edition Mongoose Traveller. Under the Reactions section of the Space Combat chapter on page 149 of the main rulebook, there's rules for shooting down missiles, and how it costs 1 reaction for ...
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System for running starports in traveller

I'm looking for rules for running a starport. The book starports has a decent description of the cost involved in buying/building a starport, but not any information about actually operating one. At ...
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Is there anything that lets me quickly figure out the distance from a safe jump point to the starport?

I realised something. While reading the core rulebook I always assumed that the relevant distance for jumping into a system was the diameter of the systems star times one hundred, and I got the ...
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What is the formula for calculating in-system traveling time?

What is the formula for calculating in-system traveling time in Mongoose Traveller 2? On page 153 of the MGT2 core rulebook there is a table, but I'm looking for the formula behind the table to insert ...
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How to be a pirate in the third imperium?

How is piracy conducted in the Third Imperium? Does it all take place within 100D of a space port, as ships travel to or from their jump location? Or is there a way to waylay victims during a jump? ...
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Is it possible to carry fuel in cargo bay and refuel in space for a second jump?

Is there anything preventing a ship from carrying extra fuel in the cargo bay and refuel the ship in space after a jump in order to perform a second jump? For instance could a Free Trader with a ...
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If a character has a mishap during a term and must leave the career how quickly can he re-enter the same career and will he retain his rank?

During a career you may have a mishap and be forced out of that career. Can you immediately reapply to the same career? If this is the case at what rank do you enter the career, same as when you left ...
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During character generation should all PC have the same number of terms?

When generating characters for Traveller is it normal to make all players have the same number of terms or set a limit on the maximum number of terms allowed? Or will the negative effects of age ...
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Is there any way to get more than one military promotion per term during character generation?

My understanding of the quickest possible promotion through the military ranks during character generation is that officer 01 can earliest be achieved at age 22, either by doing no pre-career ...
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How much does repairing lost points of a ship's armor cost?

On page 143 of the Core Rulebook (Traveller Mongoose) under section Repairs it specifies how and how much to repair Hull Damage, Structure Damage and System Damage, but there is no mention of Armor ...
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Does a Light Fighter fit inside the cargo hold of a Free Trader Type A?

Could a light fighter (Mongoose Traveller core rulebook, p. 136) fit into the cargo zone of a Free Trader Type A (p. 117)? If yes, how much cargo space will it use — its tonnage of 10 tons? Or more, ...
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Is UPP an in-game or just a metagame construct?

In Classic Traveller are UPPs solely a metagame construct, or would they be something characters are aware of? Both Personality and Planetary, I mean. On the Personality side I imagine characters ...
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When and how does a conscious character recover from wounds?

In Traveller (GDW: 1981 printing) if I sustain a wound in combat but am conscious at the end of combat, how and when do those wounds recover? P.34 of "Characters and Combat" details how and when ...
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Savage Worlds vs. Traveller for a Science Fiction Campaign [closed]

I'm thinking of starting up a RPG group with some similarly minded friends, but unfortunately, we're not 100% on which setting to go with. I'm going to be GMing the group, and its fallen to me to ...
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How do I adjust Part 8 of The Traveller Campaign for more powerful characters? [closed]

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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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 ...
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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? [closed]

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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Where can I get Traveller 5 and when? [closed]

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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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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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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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 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 compatible is Traveller5 content with Classic Traveller?

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...