History TabletopGame / Traveller

19th May '16 8:04:31 PM erforce
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Not to be confused with [[UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers the Irish Traveller community]]. Or one of the titles for [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]].

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16th May '16 9:30:43 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.

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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 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.
16th May '16 9:30:07 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.

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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 ,called "The Rebellion").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 line, produced under license) license, are still quite renowned among ''Traveller'' fans for their quality.
16th May '16 9:28:21 AM Bense
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* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]]. ''[=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.

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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]].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.
16th May '16 9:11:43 AM Bense
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' (1998-2015): by Steve Jackson Games. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, complete with a timeline reboot in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to [[BrokenBase unbreak the base.]] The last book in the line, ''Interstellar Wars'', released in 2006, presented the initial contact between Earth and the First Imperium from the BackStory for the first time. This was a well-produced version, with several of the same people who worked on the original ''Traveller'', and was quite popular in its time. Although as with the other licensed versions no new materials were created for the line after ''Mongoose Traveller'' was released in 2008, the GURPS license was still technically active until the end of 2015, when Steve Jackson games allowed it to expire.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' (1998-2015): by Steve Jackson Games.Creator/SteveJacksonGames. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, complete with a timeline reboot in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to [[BrokenBase unbreak the base.]] The last book in the line, ''Interstellar Wars'', released in 2006, presented the initial contact between Earth and the First Imperium from the BackStory for the first time. This was a well-produced version, with several of the same people who worked on the original ''Traveller'', and was quite popular in its time. Although as with the other licensed versions no new materials were created for the line after ''Mongoose Traveller'' was released in 2008, the GURPS license was still technically active until the end of 2015, when Steve Jackson games allowed it to expire.
16th May '16 9:07:55 AM Bense
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* ''Classic Traveller'' (1977-86): The original. Then just called ''Traveller'' but it has since acquired the "Classic" qualifier to distinguish it from the later editions. It has also been called the [[AscendedMeme "Little Black Books"]] because of the printing format and minimalist covers used.[[note]]The books were nearly all half-size "pamphlets" featuring a mostly black cover with a narrow colored stripe[[/note]] The line began as a rather generic sci-fi system, and added detail to the setting as it went. Several other game companies also produced materials for the line under license, including [=FASA=][[note]]Which got its start producing ''Traveller'' materials[[/note]], Gamelords, Judges Guild, Paranoia Press, and even Creator/GamesWorkshop.

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* ''Classic Traveller'' (1977-86): The original. Then just called ''Traveller'' but it has since acquired the "Classic" qualifier to distinguish it from the later editions. It has also been called the [[AscendedMeme "Little Black Books"]] because of the printing format and minimalist covers used.[[note]]The books were nearly all half-size "pamphlets" featuring a mostly black cover with a narrow colored stripe[[/note]] The line began as a rather generic sci-fi system, and added detail to the setting as it went. Several other game companies also produced materials for the line under license, including [=FASA=][[note]]Which {{Creator/FASA}}[[note]]Which got its start producing ''Traveller'' materials[[/note]], Gamelords, Judges Guild, Paranoia Press, and even Creator/GamesWorkshop.
16th May '16 9:05:28 AM Bense
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There have been ''many'' editions:

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



* ''Classic Traveller'' (1977-86): The original. Then just called ''Traveller'' but it has since acquired the "Classic" qualifier to distinguish it from the later editions. It has also been called the [[AscendedMeme "Little Black Books"]] because of the printing format and minimalist covers used.[[note]]The books were nearly all half-size "pamphlets" featuring a mostly black cover with a narrow colored stripe[[/note]]
* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]].
* ''Traveller: The New Era'' (1993-95): A [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] take on the original setting, with options for almost-original flavour and an entirely new system.[[note]]The new rules system was a slightly modified version of the set used for the 2nd edition of [=GDW's=] TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}[[/note]] Some {{retcon}}s as well, mostly dealing with how tech worked in the Third Imperium.

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* ''Classic Traveller'' (1977-86): The original. Then just called ''Traveller'' but it has since acquired the "Classic" qualifier to distinguish it from the later editions. It has also been called the [[AscendedMeme "Little Black Books"]] because of the printing format and minimalist covers used.[[note]]The books were nearly all half-size "pamphlets" featuring a mostly black cover with a narrow colored stripe[[/note]]
stripe[[/note]] The line began as a rather generic sci-fi system, and added detail to the setting as it went. Several other game companies also produced materials for the line under license, including [=FASA=][[note]]Which got its start producing ''Traveller'' materials[[/note]], Gamelords, Judges Guild, Paranoia Press, and even Creator/GamesWorkshop.
* ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' (1987-92): An update to the original rule system, complete with a controversial {{metaplot}} shift involving the collapse of the [[TheFederation Imperium]].
Imperium]]. ''[=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.
* ''Traveller: The New Era'' (1993-95): A [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] take on the original setting, with options for almost-original flavour and an entirely new system.[[note]]The new rules system was a slightly modified version of the set used for the 2nd edition of [=GDW's=] TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}[[/note]] Some {{retcon}}s were present as well, mostly dealing with how tech worked in the Third Imperium.Imperium. Although it certainly has its fans, the final destruction of the Third Imperium in this version's MetaPlot was what [[BrokenBase broke the base]].
16th May '16 8:45:45 AM Bense
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* ''Marc Miller's Traveller'' aka ''Traveller 4'' (1996-98): The first edition of the game after GDW folded, overseen by original ''Traveller'' creator Marc Miller, who retained rights to the game after the end of GDW. Set in "Milieu 0" - the beginning of the Third Imperium. Miller has said it was something of a "rushed" product, and became a market failure. ''Pocket Empires'', however, is still quite highly regarded by players interested in the economics of the setting, which as trading is often a major part of the game isn't as esoteric a concern as it may seem.
The financing deal Miller struck to produce T4 left him in debt, and it was necessary to license other companies to produce further versions, all of which contributed to "T4" being a largely forgotten version. These versions were adaptations of the setting to use the core mechanics of other RPG systems:
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' (1998-2015): by Steve Jackson Games. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, complete with a timeline reboot in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to [[BrokenBase unbreak the base.]] The last book in the line, ''Interstellar Wars'', released in 2006, presented the initial contact between Earth and the First Imperium from the BackStory for the first time. The GURPS license expired at the end of 2015.
* ''Traveller 20'' (2002-2008): The inevitable TabletopGame/{{d20System}} version, by Quick Link Interactive/RPG Realms Publishing. The preferred setting was in the Domain of Gateway in year 990, approximately 100 years before Classic Traveller. No longer active.
* ''Traveller [[HeroSystem Hero]]'' (2006-2008): Again, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Produced under license by Comstar Games using the 5th edition of the Hero system. It shared the classic Traveller setting. No longer active.

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* ''Marc Miller's Traveller'' aka ''Traveller 4'' (1996-98): The first edition of the game after GDW folded, overseen by original ''Traveller'' creator Marc Miller, who retained rights to the game after the end of GDW. Set in "Milieu 0" - the beginning of the Third Imperium. Miller has said admitted it was something of a "rushed" product, and became a market failure.it was not successful. ''Pocket Empires'', however, is still quite highly regarded by players interested in the economics of the setting, which as trading is often a major part of the game isn't as esoteric a concern as it may seem.
The financing deal Miller struck to produce T4 left him in debt, and it was necessary he turned to license licensing ''Traveller'' to other companies to produce further versions, all of which contributed to "T4" being a largely forgotten version. game companies. These versions were adaptations of the setting to use using the core mechanics of other RPG [=RPG=] systems:
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' (1998-2015): by Steve Jackson Games. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, complete with a timeline reboot in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to [[BrokenBase unbreak the base.]] The last book in the line, ''Interstellar Wars'', released in 2006, presented the initial contact between Earth and the First Imperium from the BackStory for the first time. The This was a well-produced version, with several of the same people who worked on the original ''Traveller'', and was quite popular in its time. Although as with the other licensed versions no new materials were created for the line after ''Mongoose Traveller'' was released in 2008, the GURPS license expired at was still technically active until the end of 2015.
2015, when Steve Jackson games allowed it to expire.
* ''Traveller 20'' (2002-2008): The inevitable TabletopGame/{{d20System}} version, by Quick Link Interactive/RPG Realms Publishing. The preferred setting was in the Domain of Gateway in year 990, approximately 100 years before Classic Traveller. No longer active.
The license was terminated when ''Mongoose Traveller'' was released.
* ''Traveller [[HeroSystem Hero]]'' (2006-2008): Again, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Produced under license by Comstar Games using the 5th edition of the Hero system. It shared the classic Traveller setting. No longer active.As with ''T20'', the Comstar license terminated when ''Mongoose Traveller'' was released.



* ''Mongoose Traveller'' (2008-present): An updated version of ''Classic Traveller'' with some ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' mixed in, published by, well, Mongoose Publishing. Mongoose has made the basic system available on an "open-license" basis, and has also adapted several of their licensed properties to use the ''Traveller'' rule set. A ''Traveller'' version of ''Series/BabylonFive'' was released in 2009 to mixed reviews, along with ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' in the same year. Later adaptations have included ''Literature/HammersSlammers,'' ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'', and a version of ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD''. ''Mongoose Traveller'' is not the official name: it's sold simply as ''Traveller''. This line is probably the most active currently; a second edition featuring numerous rules tweaks and an all-new full color layout is available in PDF now and the print version is scheduled for release in April 2016.

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* ''Mongoose Traveller'' (2008-present): An updated version of ''Classic Traveller'' with incorporating some ''[=MegaTraveller=]'' mixed in, of the later innovations of the line, published by, well, Mongoose Publishing. Mongoose has made the basic system available on an "open-license" basis, and has also adapted several of their licensed properties to use the ''Traveller'' rule set. A ''Traveller'' version of ''Series/BabylonFive'' was released in 2009 to mixed reviews, along with ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' in the same year. Later adaptations have included ''Literature/HammersSlammers,'' ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'', and a version of ''TabletopGame/TwentyThreeHundredAD''. ''Mongoose Traveller'' is not the official name: it's sold simply as ''Traveller''. This line is probably the most active and most popular currently; a second edition featuring numerous rules tweaks and an all-new full color layout is available in PDF now and the print version is scheduled for release in April 2016.
13th May '16 6:47:10 PM oknazevad
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The financing deal Miller struck to produce T4 left him in debt, and it was necessary to legends other companies to produce further versions, all of which contributed to "T4" being a largely forgotten version. These versions were adaptations of the setting to use the core mechanics of other RPG systems:

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The financing deal Miller struck to produce T4 left him in debt, and it was necessary to legends license other companies to produce further versions, all of which contributed to "T4" being a largely forgotten version. These versions were adaptations of the setting to use the core mechanics of other RPG systems:
12th May '16 10:45:01 AM darkhandsomestranger
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* {{Flanderization}}: The Aslan. In early depictions, the writers took great pains to emphasize that they were only vaguely leonine in appearance. Unfortunately, the idea of them being [[PettingZooPeople lion people]] was a bit too enduring for its own good, so by the time Mongoose Traveller rolled around, most depictions tended toward the simple "bipedal lion" look.
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