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13th Sep '17 2:29:08 PM Kalaong
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* TimeAbyss: Grandfather is immortal and more than 300,000 years old. The players might actually meet him in some published adventures.
17th Aug '17 10:11:48 AM Kalaong
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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: At the '''Mohs/PhysicsPlus:''' level. The jump drive, artificial gravity, reactionless thrusters, and psionic powers are usually handled fairly realistically. Some of the things the Ancients could do, however, are on the '''Mohs/WorldofPhlebotinum:''' level.

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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: At the '''Mohs/PhysicsPlus:''' '''Mohs/PhysicsPlus''' level. The jump drive, artificial gravity, reactionless thrusters, and psionic powers are usually handled fairly realistically. Some of the things the Ancients could do, however, are on the '''Mohs/WorldofPhlebotinum:''' '''Mohs/WorldOfPhlebotinum''' level.
31st Jul '17 7:54:51 AM Bense
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** The Zhodani are also especially open to this. The Imperium plays up their FantasticCasteSystem, BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood, and the repeated wars they've fought with them. The Consulate itself plays up their efficient government, universal health care(mental as well as physical), and military strength. And of course, they're often considered a promised land by individuals who develop PsychicPowers, since they're the only nation in charted space where psionics are not anathema.

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** The Zhodani are also especially open to this. The Imperium plays up their FantasticCasteSystem, BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood, and the repeated wars they've fought with them. The Consulate itself plays up their efficient government, universal health care(mental care (mental as well as physical), and military strength. And of course, they're often considered a promised land by individuals who develop PsychicPowers, since they're the only nation in charted space where psionics are not anathema.
28th Jul '17 9:18:24 PM Kalaong
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Nearly everything in Traveller can have an alternate interpretation - by design. The Imperium itself can be viewed as a peaceful and benevolent [[TheFederation federation]] that lets its worlds largely govern themselves or as an oppressive, tyrannical [[TheEmpire empire]] that cares only about the taxes it receives, or anywhere in between. The Zhodani are also especially open to this. [[invoked]]

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Nearly everything in Traveller can have an alternate interpretation - by design. The [[invoked]]
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Imperium itself can be viewed as a peaceful and benevolent [[TheFederation federation]] that lets its worlds largely govern themselves or as an oppressive, tyrannical [[TheEmpire empire]] that cares only about the taxes it receives, or anywhere in between. The Even in the ''same'' interpretation, a world's treatment is entirely based on the whims and competence of the local lords, meaning to one world the Imperium is an oppressive force that terrorizes their population in order to [[NoBloodForPhlebotinum ensure access to local phlebotinum]], while to another they're just the guys who maintain the starport and provide all kinds of goodies for just another percentage of taxes.
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Zhodani are also especially open to this. [[invoked]]The Imperium plays up their FantasticCasteSystem, BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood, and the repeated wars they've fought with them. The Consulate itself plays up their efficient government, universal health care(mental as well as physical), and military strength. And of course, they're often considered a promised land by individuals who develop PsychicPowers, since they're the only nation in charted space where psionics are not anathema.
30th Jun '17 6:37:57 AM Kalaong
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* LostTechnology: Loads. Apart from artifacts of the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]] there are any number of other lost races who left strange artifacts. The Darrians [[spoiler:pretend that]] they still have some of theirs from their first interstellar civilization.

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* LostTechnology: Loads. Apart from artifacts of the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]] there are any number of other lost races who left strange artifacts. The Darrians [[spoiler:pretend that]] they still have some of theirs ''reaaally'' nice toys from their first interstellar civilization.civilization [[spoiler:but they can barely maintain them, let alone build more. They ''have'' figured out how to '''[[StarKilling make stars explode]]''' again, though]].
29th Jun '17 5:19:18 PM Kalaong
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* NeglectfulPrecursors: The Ancients left all sorts of high-tech weaponry and even a few super-weapons lying around charted space.

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* NeglectfulPrecursors: The Ancients left all sorts of LostTechnology lying around when they bit the dust. Lost Technology is actually {{Deconstructed}} in Traveler, as having loads of high-tech weaponry and even a few super-weapons lying around charted space. space hasn't done anyone any favors;



** The Vilani civilization couldn't get started until the constantly-fighting Ancient juggernaut war machines finally ran down, about ''200,000 years'' after the war ended.

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** The Vilani civilization couldn't get started until the constantly-fighting Ancient juggernaut war machines finally ran down, about ''200,000 years'' after the war ended. Aeons later, they have an instinctual fear of anything unfamiliar, to the point that they ''refuse'' to develop any technologies without spending multiple generations testing it. This even applied to ideological developments, resulting in a draconian bureaucracy that would send a North Korean planner into screaming fits - and this refusal to adapt to unforeseeable events enabled Earth to conquer them over the course of a century of repeated wars.
29th Jun '17 5:12:33 PM Kalaong
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** The Ancients breed the Dryone into castes [[spoiler: to make them better servitors]], but left them without the ability to select a caste without direction from their masters. After the Ancients wiped themselves out the Droyne almost went extinct as well, until they developed coyns and began using them in the casting ritual to select the caste of a maturing Droyne [[spoiler:Grandfather only realized that he had made the Droyne a TerminallyDependentSociety long after the Last War, and he "fixed" his mistake by giving them the coyns]].

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** The Ancients breed bred the Dryone into castes [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to make them better servitors]], but left them without the ability to select a caste without direction from their masters. After the Ancients wiped themselves out the Droyne almost went extinct as well, until they developed coyns and began using them in the casting ritual to select the caste of a maturing Droyne Droyne. [[spoiler:Grandfather only realized that he had made the Droyne a TerminallyDependentSociety long after the Last War, and he "fixed" his mistake by giving them the coyns]].
23rd Jun '17 8:58:48 AM Bense
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* PressStartToGameOver: One of the things ''Classic Traveller'' is famous for is that character generation involved making a survival roll at the beginning of each term of service in a career. "Failure to successfully achieve the survival roll results in death; a new character must be generated." This was supposed to be a game balance rule, with careers that provided more benefits being more dangerous. The Scouts had the worst survival roll (7+) because they also automatically got the Pilot skill, had the best chance of gaining the Jack of All Trades skill, and had the best chance of getting a ship at the end of character generation.
7th Jun '17 9:15:16 AM Bense
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There have been ''many'' editions, most of which are available in .pdf format from Imperium Games:

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There have been ''many'' editions, most of which are available in .pdf format from Imperium Games:Far Future Enterprises:



* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the assassination of the Emperor and collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]] into civil war, called "The Rebellion". ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' was mostly created by Digest Group Publications[[note]]Producers of the popular ''Travellers' Digest'' magazine for ''Classic Traveller''[[/note]] rather than [=GDW=] itself. Incompatible production methods between the two companies produced a lot of typos in this version. Despite the production problems and the controversial Rebellion it was successful. Digest Group's own supplements to the line, produced under license, are still quite renowned among ''Traveller'' fans for their quality, though rights issues when Digest Group folded mean they have [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes never been reprinted]] by Imperium Games and they aren't likely to be.

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* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the assassination of the Emperor and collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]] into civil war, called "The Rebellion". ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' was mostly created by Digest Group Publications[[note]]Producers of the popular ''Travellers' Digest'' magazine for ''Classic Traveller''[[/note]] rather than [=GDW=] itself. Incompatible production methods between the two companies produced a lot of typos in this version. Despite the production problems and the controversial Rebellion it was successful. Digest Group's own supplements to the line, produced under license, are still quite renowned among ''Traveller'' fans for their quality, though rights issues when Digest Group folded in the mid '90s mean they have [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes never been reprinted]] by Imperium Games Far Future Enterprises and they aren't likely to be.
7th Jun '17 8:51:15 AM Bense
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* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the assassination of the Emperor and collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]] into civil war, called "The Rebellion". ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' was mostly created by Digest Group Publications[[note]]Producers of the popular ''Travellers' Digest'' magazine for ''Classic Traveller''[[/note]] rather than [=GDW=] itself. Incompatible production methods between the two companies produced a lot of typos in this version. Despite the production problems and the controversial Rebellion it was successful. Digest Group's own supplements to the line, produced under license, are still quite renowned among ''Traveller'' fans for their quality, though they have [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes never been reprinted]].

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* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the assassination of the Emperor and collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]] into civil war, called "The Rebellion". ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' was mostly created by Digest Group Publications[[note]]Producers of the popular ''Travellers' Digest'' magazine for ''Classic Traveller''[[/note]] rather than [=GDW=] itself. Incompatible production methods between the two companies produced a lot of typos in this version. Despite the production problems and the controversial Rebellion it was successful. Digest Group's own supplements to the line, produced under license, are still quite renowned among ''Traveller'' fans for their quality, though rights issues when Digest Group folded mean they have [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes never been reprinted]].reprinted]] by Imperium Games and they aren't likely to be.
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