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Handling extensive in-system travel

An excellent way to learn about real orbital mechanics (and a lot of fun, if a terrible time sink) is to get a copy of Kerbal Space Program. By the time it's eaten all your RP gaming time for a few ...
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Handling extensive in-system travel

This was solved pretty comprehensively for GURPS Spaceships by an article in Pyramid #3/79, entitled "Half-way to Anywhere". It comes with an Excel spreadsheet, which is necessary given all the ...
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How to be a pirate in the third imperium?

In Mongoose traveller (v1) there is a small paragraph detailing how piracy works in that version. Ambushing ships travelling in normal space between moons and colonies. Lurking around the 100D limit ...
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What are the major differences between Mongoose Traveller 1st and 2nd Edition?

I have never played any Traveller, however I have found an RPG.net review, on which I base my answer. Size: 2nd edition has 60 more pages. The art: 1st edition was made in 80s style. 2nd looks more ...
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Why are Anagathics so expensive in character creation?

As far as I remember, the high price of anagathics is largely a matter of creating pressure on the PCs to spend money, go adventure, and generally to preventing infinite lifepaths. If anything, ...
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What does the "bulky" trait mean in Traveller 2ed?

On page 75 of my "Traveller_2e_Core_Rulebook.pdf", I have: Bulky: A Bulky weapon has a powerful recoil or is simply extremely heavy – this makes it difficult to use effectively in combat by someone ...
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Is there anything that lets me quickly figure out the distance from a safe jump point to the starport?

To the best of my knowledge, no edition of Traveller has ever forced players take into account the sun's diameter. Possibly this is just an oversight, but having read the original CT LBBs and seen the ...
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Traveller: where are rules for extinguishing fires

Mild spoiler alert: The very first scene of The Fall of Tinath (published 2017 and released with the Core Rulebook as part of the Traveller Starter Set) has a situation where player characters need ...
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What is the proper name for the 2016 edition of Traveller by Mongoose?

It is officially just "Traveller." Mongoose simply uses "New Traveller" on their product Web site to distinguish it from the older products, which are listed as "Last Chance to Buy Traveller!". ...
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How exactly does GURPS Traveller setting material differ from OTU?

As Jeff Zeitlin mentions in a comment on Ghotir's answer, GURPS does not differ from the OTU beyond the "alternate timeline" issue. In fact, since Loren Wiseman ran that line, GURPS material is ...
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How exactly does GURPS Traveller setting material differ from OTU?

The TravellerRPG website has a nice summary of the various versions of Traveller. The short version is that GURPS Traveller: Set in 1116-1124 Imperial, in an alternate timeline which differs ...
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What is the formula for calculating in-system traveling time?

This table is, indeed, calculated by assuming that a ship can produce constant acceleration away from its origin, instantaneously pivot \$180^\circ\$ at the midpoint of its journey, and constantly ...
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During character generation should all PC have the same number of terms?

It's not normal, at least in my experience. The idea of the system is that you get a range of ages, backgrounds and experience rather than a bunch of "level 1" beginners. In my campaigns the groups ...
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How to be a pirate in the third imperium?

From my rules reading (mainly from the original GDW Traveller), there is no way to either track or intercept a ship during jump. Though I don't recall any canon explanation of this, I always ...
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Is it possible to carry fuel in cargo bay and refuel in space for a second jump?

If you think about it, liquid hydrogen isn't very compatible with spaces that normally open into the living spaces of the ship, so you wouldn't/couldn't just pump the fuel into the cargo space (which ...
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Is there any way to get more than one military promotion per term during character generation?

No. Your math is correct, in that pre-career education does nothing to change your "timeline," it simply alters the constellation of skills and attributes you might have entering your 22-26 ...
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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?

You cannot easily reapply for a career once you left it, except when drafted ("Einberufung") into it by happening to roll the matching number after you selected "Drafting into" as ...
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What skills do you get when pass an advancement roll?

No Program is a Substitute for Reading the Book While using a character generator is great for making characters faster, it is no substitute for reading the book. Especially with all the wonkiness ...
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How to be a pirate in the third imperium?

Pauls answer got me thinking about the optimal placement for a pirate to catch ships jumping into a system. I assume that incoming ships will arrive at a random location 100D from their destination. ...
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Is Traveller 5 ship building compatible with Mongoose Traveller?

No, they're not compatible. T5 followed a rather different design philosophy to MGT2, and the games have rather different mechanics. While the two games share a lot of setting conceits, they're ...
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Handling extensive in-system travel

Orbital 2100 has a nice system that is designed to integrate with "Classic 2D6 SF games" (i.e., Traveller.) It's setting is at TL-9 with TL-11 electronics and no jump drive. In Orbital 2100, the ref ...
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Is there anything that lets me quickly figure out the distance from a safe jump point to the starport?

There have been discussions on Citizens of the Imperium forums and the Traveller Mailing List going back decades on the question of what the 100D really means. Marc was cagey about expressing exactly ...
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When You Take Damage Does Your END DM Change?

In my game we have used current stat value for all rolls. It feels natural that a character gets less bonuses the more hurt he is. Page 79 (natural healing) backs up this claim: "A Traveller who ...
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What is the application of symbols in the cultural extension of UWP?

Per this thread the meaning of specific levels of symbols (and the other elements of the cultural extension) hasn't been given definitive meaning by Marc Miller. However the developer of the ...
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What is the effect of a critical success on an attack roll?

You only add the Effect to the damage roll. There is no additional damage for scoring a critical hit on an opponent. Attacking Opponents If you attack an opponent (creature, person, alien, robot etc.) ...
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Clarification on cargo requirements for passengers in Traveller

No It means that basic passengers are cargo. From memory, 1 ton of cargo space takes up 1 cubic meter. So a basic passenger gets 2 cubic meters of space in the cargo hold - essentially a crawl space ...
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Is it possible to carry fuel in cargo bay and refuel in space for a second jump?

I see no reason why not. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: How does the crew get the fuel from the cargo bay into the actual fuel tanks. The crew would have jury rig up some form ...
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How to be a pirate in the third imperium?

From my memory of original GDW Traveller and various scenarios and tournaments Jump Space is "safe" unless the GM invents a technology to suit the game. Piracy as I encountered it tactically was ...
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System for running starports in traveller

GURPS Traveller: Starports is the most detailed treatment. While there are a few GURPS specific rules in the character section, the Starport Design section can be readily used in Mongoose Traveller ...
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Clarification on cargo requirements for passengers in Traveller

First, some background You've probably already read this in the rules, but "tons" measure volume, not weight. As described on page 42 of the Traveller core rules, the "tons" used ...
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