Thursday, May 28, 2015

Updating Classic Traveller Computers, sort of

Check out my new Model/2 computer!

New Computer Programs for Classic Traveller

Everyone likes to make fun of CT's computer rules. It's not surprising; by today's standards, the computer aboard your average Type S scout weighs two tons and has less computing power than the laptop upon which I'm typing this. 
Yeah? Well here's my new Model/2. Loser.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Who are you calling a Pirate?

And you laugh at the Marines for using cutlasses.
They're everywhere in Traveller. Every group of Travellers will encounter pirates at some point in their adventurous career; it's almost a requirement. Piracy is a popular and often-debated topic, but how do you decide who's a pirate and who isn't? Does the Third Imperium have a definition of piracy? The Traveller Wiki says no; this entry simply assumes that piracy exists.

All right, then, I'll do it.  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

66 Missions for Traveller

Have you ever gotten stuck trying to come up with a mission for your PCs?  The Patron tables in the Traveller Book tell you who the patron is, but not what the patron wants the PCs to do. I've made up a D66 (roll 2d6 and read the two numbers separately) list of potential missions. Each entry gives you an Activity, and a Target or Object for that activity. Some will involve risk and some will not. Some will focus on using appropriate skills and others will focus on role-playing. 
Just deliver these two packages to the expedition site outside the inhabited region, he said. What could possibly go wrong, we said? 
Look at your patron again once you have a mission chosen. A Scholar and a Marine Officer, for example,  would not want the same Activity done to the same Object.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Meet the Armata - a brand new TL-8 MBT

The Russians unveiled the Armata, it's first new MBT design in a quarter century at the May 9th Victory Day Parade. STRATFOR provides a video review of this new vehicle, which is to be a 'universal' vehicle platform. 

Russia unveils its groundbreaking new tank 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to Create Striker Battle Maps

Op orders will be distributed from Company HQ at 1730 hours.
 I have really enjoyed digging into Striker. The hard part about Striker, though, is all of the prep work that has to be done - there's no example map, or troop sheets and only a handful of example vehicles. However, if you're willing to sink the effort into creating units, vehicles, and maps, Striker is ginormous fun.

I hope that these suggestions take some of the labor out of the mapping part.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Casual Encounter - The AVENGERS!

In honor of the premiere of the new film Avengers: Age of Ultron, I've teamed up with my son to cast the Avengers team in Traveller terms, again demonstrating that Traveller is flexible enough to encompass almost any genre of fiction & RPG.

And now, Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

Captain America FFF88A Age 87 1 terms Army