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Traveller News and Editorial

Our most recent editorial: "A New Model for RPG's?"

News items:

9 January 2004 - T20 Folks looking for writers:
Exerpt from the T20 site - -
We're looking for LBB-type Traveller adventures along the lines of Stoner Express etc. These can be set in any major era or setting:

993 Gateway (CT and T20)
1107-1120 Marches and Rim (CT and T20)
1200 TNE (TNE and T20)
1248 (CT and T20)
Generic (CT and T20

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Traveller Line Editor, Quiklink Interactive

28 December 2003 - Power Projection:
From Dom Mooney - -
The Power Projection website has been updated, and now has some FAQ items on the differences between Escort and Fleet etc. The cover is also up there now, if you haven't already seen it at Star-Ranger.com or The Miniatures Page. Star-Ranger.com also has a sneak preview of some of the counters that Jesse DeGraff produced for us.

As soon as I have shipping confirmation and prices in USD I'll let you know. For reference, PP:F was selling at a convention price of 15 GBP. The convention prices are usually reduced slightly.

Oh yes - it's http://www.powerprojection.net/

11 December 2003 - New version of Dosbox:
Fabian reports that there is good news for users of JimV's Galactic 2.4 program. The newest version of Dosbox now supports the Galactic program in full.

13 November 2003 - Freeport meets Downport:
Roger Malmstein's Traveller Freeport website has moved to our own PocketEmpires.com domain, and just in time for the publication of Roger's incredibly detailed landgrab of three Gvurrdon Sector worlds!

28 September 2003 - Admiral Summeroff returns:
After four months away (three planned and one extra due to a misjump), Vice Admiral Michael Summeroff of the Gram Fleet has returned, with much fanfare, to Excalibur for a well-deserved holiday. While away the admiral managed to acquire some lovely trinkets, which he is offering for sale on The Traveller Trader web site. He was heard to say, "Just a few hundred little baubles to help entertain my fellow travellers. It was the least I could do."

01 August 2003 - Snapshot in 'The War Engine':
Fred Hartig passed this along: "Maybe your readers are interested in some work I did recently. I made a full conversion mod of the Traveller/Snapshot combat game for a computer game named 'The War Engine' (by Shrapnelgames). 'The War Engine' (TWE) is a turn-based(!) wargame construction kit in which you can define all parameters, maps, graphics, sound effects and even AI behaviour. Because of the small scale TWE uses, it was a perfect tool to create a faithful port of Snapshot. It was possible, to model all the weapons (SMGs, Cutlass, Gauss Rifles, Lasers, etc.) and Armor types (Cloth, Reflec, etc.)."

The mod is available as a free download, but one needs the basic TWE program in order to play. I posted some screenshots of my work here.

01 August 2003 - Admiral Summeroff still on the run:
Vice Admiral Michael Summeroff of the Gram Fleet, who disappeared sometime after May 18th this year has been spotted in a small seaside resort town sporting a deep tan. He is quoted as saying, "Shove off! Can't a sailor take a little shore leave once in awhile?!"

18 May 2003 - Adventure Seed writing contest goes to the vote:
Over on the TAS-Net Forums they are running a contest for the best Adventure Seed, Patron Encounter, or Amber Zone. Winner will be decided by a special poll on the site. The voting has begun and will continue for seven days. Stop by and tell them which of the four entries you think deserves the top honors! Look for the contest under the Wanted: Adventurers forum.

13 May 2003 - HIWG web site repaired:
After waiting some time for someone to emerge and fix the broken links on the History of the Imperium Working Group pages, I have finally taken the time to do it myself. Turns out that there were a number of files that were missing completely, so I have tracked them down on the HIWG CD and placed them in their proper locations. Now, if I could just convince them to begin adding more of their excellent content again...

10 May 2003 - Adventure Seed writing contest:
Over on the TAS-Net Forums they are running a contest for the best Adventure Seed, Patron Encounter, or Amber Zone. Winner will be decided by a special poll on the site. The idea is to encourage more visitors at the forum and to liven up the conversation by offering a great little prize: a copy of "The Spinward Marches Campaign", great addition to any collection and a great read, too! Look for the contest under the Wanted: Adventurers forum.

07 May 2003 - Great new PDF forms published:
As announced on TML, FlightCommanderSolitude has recreated several of the old CT forms as PDF files. They have been made generally available on the TravellerRPG.com site and on the TAS-Net site for our enjoyment.

06 May 2003 - Travellers' Aide Print edition:
RPG Realms, publishers of T20, has just released the print edition of TA1 - Personal Weapons of Charted Space. This edition is 48-pages, containing the original material from the PDF version plus the addition of a number of related Patron Encounters and Amber Zones.

30 April 2003 - Alternate outcomes for Rebellion article:
Another unearthed article has made its way onto the MegaTraveller pages. This one is about possible military endgames for the Rebellion.

29 April 2003 - TAS-Net Forums collecting adventure seeds:
The web bulletin board on JTAS.Net, known as the TAS-Net Forums, have a section called "Wanted: Adventurers" where they are collecting adventure seeds, patron encounters, casual encounters and Amber Zone style snippets for everyone to enjoy.

23 April 2003 - Added Imperial credit notes to Art area:
Found these in my bag of holding and decided to post them. No idea where I got them originally, but I would be happy to give credit when I do find out. Colorful paper money converted to ImpCr. See them in the Art section, bottom of the page.

21 April 2003 - Anagathics article added to MegaTraveller area:
I've unearthed some old articles written for MegaTraveller that never saw publication. The first one, a detailed treatise on anagathics, is now posted in the MegaTraveller sections as a PDF.

15 April 2003 - Downport.com moved to new server:
The big move finally caught up with The Traveller Web Portal. It has now moved to the new, co-located server in Texas and is operating well. The boss is going to be adding new services as testing is completed, including forums, database, PHP, Java, BBS, chat, NNTP and SMTP server access and virtual domains, to name a few. As part of the big doings, I went ahead and redesigned the front page. As time goes by I'll update my own areas under the "Traveller Downport" banner, as well.

11 April 2003 - TAS-Net website moved to new server, forums fixed:
The Travellers' Aid Society Network web site, JTAS.net, has moved to a new server and reopened its web forum / discussion boards. They had a lot of database problems witht he old forum software and were happy to make the big move. Additionally, the Traveller Atlas on that site is being revamped, which make take another week or two.

04 April 2003 - The Illustrated Traveller Bibliography:
This web site has been up and down and in process for about a year, but as of today it has its own domain. TravellerBibliography.org is on the way to being the ultimate reference work for Traveller publications. Cover images and bibliographic information are being posted for everything ever licensed for the system, plus magazine articles and promo items are being listed, as well. Work is ongoing, but the project is more than halfway completed. Marc Miller chartered this project just over a year ago and it is being done as time allows, as a labor of love. Enjoy!

02 April 2003 - Pocket Empires website opens:
Rob Eaglestone's site, including the IMTU code and Burrito files, etc., has moved around a bit in the past few years. I'm happy to say that it has taken up residence in its own Pocket Empire and can evermore be found at http://www.pocketempires.com/Eaglestone.

PocketEmpires.com will be hosting several Traveller-related web sites. What a great web address! You could have your own pocket empire for only ten bucks per year. Check out PocketEmpires.com.

01 April 2003 - Traveller5.com announced:
Because April 1st has become the Official Traveller 5 rumor day, I have chosen this magic moment to announce the launch of a new web site honoring (and anticipating) this elusive questing beast. Little discussions and spotty rumors pop up here and there from time-to-time, but now T5 has a Rumor Central! Starting some time shortly after 00:00:00 Zulu time on April 1, 2003 you can visit---

Traveller5.com : The site for fans who are ahead of their time!

Is this an April fool? Not entirely ;-) Look for it to improve over the next couple of weeks as I get a better handle on the various lines of thought about the future of the Far Future.

11 March 2003 - TravellerMini.org working on new line of ships:
TravellerMini.org is a fairly new project being started by big time Traveller fans who want to see a new line of ship minis go into production. They hope to support T20 and Power Projection, beginning with a nifty Scout ship patterned after the one in the T20 Handbook. They are looking for interested new supporters, too, so go take a look.

06 March 2003 - The Traveller Trader starts an Announcement mailing list:
The Traveller Trader online book store yesterday announced a new mailing list for customers. The list members will receive announcements when new items are listed on the web site and advance notice of sales and special promotions. Join the new list by sending a blank email to travellertrader-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

26 February 2003 - Swordy turns 40 today:
Happy birthday, Mr. Swordworlder, sir ;) That's quite a milestone!

11 February 2003 - FFE Aliens Module Reprints published:
Far Future Enterprises has announced the availability of their next two Traveller Reprint books, Aliens Modules 1-4 and Aliens Modules 5-8. These two $35 books are the first reprints of the full-sized Traveller supplements that GDW published in smaller quantities in the late 1980's. Marc says that the Alien Modules have been the most-requested series of the CT reprints.

22 January 2003 - Traveller's Aide no. 3 published:
RPG Realms has announced the availability of their next PDF Traveller supplement, On the Ground, a complete guide to privately owned vehicles. They have also announced the imminent release of their 4th supplement, 76 Gunmen, a set of predesigned T20 combatants.

12 January 2003 - New servers for Downport.com et al:
Due to continued growth and the desire to keep adding services, Ron has worked out a new co-lo server contract for Downport.com and her affiliated web sites. The move should be pretty seamless on the front end. By February new things should start showing up, including two new domains and the use of some virtual domains. Along with the new features there will be even more room for more affiliate sites. Looking for a better place to host your Traveller web stuff? Take a look at what Downport.com has to offer. Click here for more info.

Older Articles:
10 December 2002: Grand reopening of The Traveller Trader...
11 October 2002: T20 released...
07 October 2002: Downport.com name SciFi.com site of the week...
20 September 2002: JTAS Reprints released...
20 August 2002: Bill Mellman moves in...
19 August 2002: 20% off of OOP books at The Traveller Trader...
01 July 2002: 25th anniversary party...
20 May 2002: Topical chats in Undernet #traveller...
08 May 2002: Gamelords books unearthed...
01 May 2002: FFE006 & FFE007, the JTAS reprints, are out...
26 April 2002: New product announcements...
16 April 2002: Affiliate gets award...
12 April 2002: New Traveller fiction...
10 April 2002: Happy Anniversary to us...
08 April 2002: Understanding updated...
05 April 2002: Vilani Repository of all Knowledge joins Downport.com...
01 April 2002: New link forum begun...
25 March 2002: Swordy is back...
25 January 2002: The Traveller Trader shuttered for a move...
23 January 2002: Freelance Traveller launches new site...
15 January 2002: The Traveller Trader going off-line temporarily...
08 January 2002: New Active Campaigns Survey in process...
14 December 2001: A few interesting bits...
08 December 2001: New Seeker web site...
06 December 2001: TAS Web Boards added to JTAS...
27 November 2001: 25th anniversary commemorative shirt...
22 November 2001: Marc is changing the Far Future web site...
09 November 2001: The long-awaited FFE 005, The Games is out...
17 October 2001: The Yahoo! webring is defunct...
22 September 2001: New website joins the Traveller Portal...
20 September 2001: Seeker Gaming Systems on the move...
28 August 2001: High Guard Shipyard v1.12 announced...
18 August 2001: New content on JTAS.com: JTAS cover images...
08 August 2001: Extended CT reprint run announced...
17 July 2001: Traveller website listing tops 200 entries...
05 July 2001: Loren announces new Traveller patches...
20 June 2001: TNE-Pocket list no more...
11 May 2001: SJG contract renewal info from Loren...
11 May 2001: D20 Traveller announced today.
05 May 2001: Welcome a new website for in-game use...
18 April 2001: Goodbye old TML, kudos to Rob Miracle...
14 April 2001: Traveller Downport update goes live.
04 April 2001: Two new affiliates are joining Downport.com...
03 April 2001: The TML is back on...
28 March 2001: The Traveller Mailing List (TML) went out...
02 March 2001: Downport.com returns after a three-day "uh-oh"...
26 February 2001: The Short Adventures has been published...
20 February 2001: FarFuture Enterprises has launched a new message board...
12 February 2001: changes coming to Traveller Downport...
03 February 2001: The Landgrab topic has suddenly heated up...


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