History TabletopGame / Traveller

4th Apr '17 12:30:38 PM Scalebug
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''Traveller'' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Creator/GameDesignersWorkshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.

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''Traveller'' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Creator/GameDesignersWorkshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus Forty years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.
28th Mar '17 9:29:53 AM Bense
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* HumanPopsicle: Low berths: a low-cost way to see the galaxy, but not without danger. The crews and passengers of passenger ships sometimes play "the low lottery" - a Cr 10 bet on how many low berth passengers will survive the trip. If the winner doesn't survive the Captain of the ship gets the money.

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* HumanPopsicle: Low berths: a low-cost way to see HumansAdvanceSwiftly: Both averted and played straight.
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the galaxy, but not without danger. The crews and passengers of passenger ships sometimes play "the low lottery" - a Cr 10 bet on how backstory, the Vilani were first in many low berth passengers will survive technological developments (especially the trip. If jump drive), but advanced extremely slowly compared to the winner doesn't survive Solomani, who were ahead of them in some areas when first contact occurred and within 200 years had outpaced them in everything. It's a cultural thing, though, as both races are biologically humans.
** A few thousand years later
the Captain Third Imperium, a mixture of the ship gets Vilani and Solomani, is more technologically advanced than all of its neighbors except possibly the money.Hivers. That includes two neighbors, the Solomani and Zhodani, who are both biologically human. So Imperial humans have in fact advanced more swiftly than the other races.


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* HumanPopsicle: Low berths: a low-cost way to see the galaxy, but not without danger. The crews and passengers of passenger ships sometimes play "the low lottery" - a Cr 10 bet on how many low berth passengers will survive the trip. If the winner doesn't survive the Captain of the ship gets the money.
21st Mar '17 12:50:35 PM optimusjamie
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''Traveller'' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Game Designers' Workshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.

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''Traveller'' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Game Designers' Workshop Creator/GameDesignersWorkshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.
20th Jan '17 9:06:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FollowTheLeader: Most of ''Traveller'''s roots are in the Science Fiction literature of the '60s and '70s, but its initial success might have something to do with it coming out right after ''StarWars'' was released.
8th Jan '17 7:55:50 PM optimusjamie
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** Recent T5 material is teasing something called [[http://www.traveller5.net/GalaxiadIntroPublic.pdf The Galaxiad]], a galaxy-spanning epic with the fate of the entire Universe at stake, set several centuries after the 'classic' Traveller era.
16th Dec '16 5:15:50 PM Xtifr
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'''''Traveller''''' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Game Designers' Workshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.

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'''''Traveller''''' ''Traveller'' was one of the earliest published [[RolePlayingGame role-playing-game]] systems, originally designed by Marc Miller and first published by Game Designers' Workshop ([=GDW=]) in 1977. Thirty-plus years later, it still has a rabid pack of followers, despite the fact that [=GDW=] closed down in 1996. The publishing license has passed through a number of hands since then.
27th Nov '16 1:45:36 PM nombretomado
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* CatFolk: The Aslan are race of lionlike creatures. Their name is also a ShoutOut to ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.

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* CatFolk: The Aslan are race of lionlike creatures. Their name is also a ShoutOut to ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
22nd Nov '16 8:31:13 PM zarpaulus
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* NuclearNullifier: Nuclear dampers are TL 12 starship defenses that reduce the damage from nuclear missiles and fusion guns. Apparently by suppressing nuclear weak force.
31st Oct '16 9:10:10 AM Bense
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[[caption-width-right:350:Cover of the first Mongoose edition, showing the classic logo.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Cover of the first Mongoose edition, showing a logo very close to that of the classic logo.original.]]
30th Oct '16 11:00:09 AM nombretomado
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-->The cover of {{GURPS}} ''Traveller'', nearly 20 years later.


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-->The cover of {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} ''Traveller'', nearly 20 years later.




''Traveller'' was probably the first game of its kind to divorce the concept of skills from that of occupation or class. Characters did not enter the campaign young and untrained; rather, they had careers during which character development occurred. This was generally perceived as giving the game a more "three-dimensional" feel. While there were some assumptions about the campaign world, an interstellar setting called "the Spinward Marches", little actual information was initially provided, leaving the campaign world to the [[GameMaster Referee's]] fertile imagination. The system wasn't static, though; the release of supplements and of subsequent editions of the system, brought more detailed character generation, task systems, rules for skill improvement, and additional skills and rules for them. But ''Traveller'' isn't a role-playing ''system'', because you can play ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'', which is a different system entirely.

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''Traveller'' was probably the first game of its kind to divorce the concept of skills from that of occupation or class. Characters did not enter the campaign young and untrained; rather, they had careers during which character development occurred. This was generally perceived as giving the game a more "three-dimensional" feel. While there were some assumptions about the campaign world, an interstellar setting called "the Spinward Marches", little actual information was initially provided, leaving the campaign world to the [[GameMaster Referee's]] fertile imagination. The system wasn't static, though; the release of supplements and of subsequent editions of the system, brought more detailed character generation, task systems, rules for skill improvement, and additional skills and rules for them. But ''Traveller'' isn't a role-playing ''system'', because you can play ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'', which is a different system entirely.



* AlternateContinuity: ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'' presented a timeline where Strephen was not assassinated.

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* AlternateContinuity: ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' presented a timeline where Strephen was not assassinated.



* BeleagueredBureaucrat: In ''{{GURPS}} Traveller: Interstellar Wars'', the Vilani Imperium was deliberately organized to make the Emperor this. The idea was that there would be less volatility if everything was slowed down.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: In ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller: Interstellar Wars'', the Vilani Imperium was deliberately organized to make the Emperor this. The idea was that there would be less volatility if everything was slowed down.



* DisContinuityNod: Prince Varian's dream of the Final War and the virus, among many others in ''{{GURPS}} Traveller''.

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* DisContinuityNod: Prince Varian's dream of the Final War and the virus, among many others in ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller''.



* ForeverWar: The Intersteller Wars which went on for two hundred years before the Terrans conquered the Vilani. The frontier wars between the Imperium and the Zho which are ''still'' going on (in the {{GURPS}} version).

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* ForeverWar: The Intersteller Wars which went on for two hundred years before the Terrans conquered the Vilani. The frontier wars between the Imperium and the Zho which are ''still'' going on (in the {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} version).



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Solomani Confederation, with its doctrine that [[FantasticRacism humans are better than aliens and Solomani are better than the other humans]], is usually portrayed this way. An AuthorsSavingThrow in the ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'' supplement ''Rim of Fire'' {{retcon}}ned this into ethnic nationalism, not racism. The old portrayal of the Confederation also owed a lot to RedScare; it was easy to tell [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar when it was written.]]

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Solomani Confederation, with its doctrine that [[FantasticRacism humans are better than aliens and Solomani are better than the other humans]], is usually portrayed this way. An AuthorsSavingThrow in the ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' supplement ''Rim of Fire'' {{retcon}}ned this into ethnic nationalism, not racism. The old portrayal of the Confederation also owed a lot to RedScare; it was easy to tell [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar when it was written.]]



* OneFederationLimit: Averted. The Third Imperium is the main [[TheFederation Federation]] but there are other states that play that role. For instance the Sword Worlds Confederation is TheFederation in the ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'' volume ''Sword Worlds'' and The Terran Confederation was definitely a Federation long before The Imperium. Even the states that most resemble [[TheEmpire Empires]] have "Federation-like" aspects to them.

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* OneFederationLimit: Averted. The Third Imperium is the main [[TheFederation Federation]] but there are other states that play that role. For instance the Sword Worlds Confederation is TheFederation in the ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'' volume ''Sword Worlds'' and The Terran Confederation was definitely a Federation long before The Imperium. Even the states that most resemble [[TheEmpire Empires]] have "Federation-like" aspects to them.



* PleasurePlanet: "Imperial pleasure planets" and Garden Prime in Classic supplements and Kamsii, planetary theme park in ''{{GURPS}} Traveller''.

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* PleasurePlanet: "Imperial pleasure planets" and Garden Prime in Classic supplements and Kamsii, planetary theme park in ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller''.



* TechnologyLevels: TropeMaker, at least for [[TabletopRPG the medium.]] [=TLs=] may look implausible if taken literally. The Sourcebooks imply that exactly the same technology evolves in planets that sometimes have different conditions and no connection. However, using [=TLs=] as a base a clever GM can construct something more believable. [=MegaTraveller=]'s "World Builder's Handbook" introduced the idea that a world may have different [=TLs=] for different areas of science and engineering, and a similar system was adopted by ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'''s "First In" sourcebook.

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* TechnologyLevels: TropeMaker, at least for [[TabletopRPG the medium.]] [=TLs=] may look implausible if taken literally. The Sourcebooks imply that exactly the same technology evolves in planets that sometimes have different conditions and no connection. However, using [=TLs=] as a base a clever GM can construct something more believable. [=MegaTraveller=]'s "World Builder's Handbook" introduced the idea that a world may have different [=TLs=] for different areas of science and engineering, and a similar system was adopted by ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'''s "First In" sourcebook.



* {{Uncanceled}}: ''{{GURPS}} Traveller'', ''T4'', and other latter-day incarnations.

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* {{Uncanceled}}: ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Traveller'', ''T4'', and other latter-day incarnations.
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