Payn's Ponderings Traveller Editions

aramis erak

Legend
I meant "were" as in "liked them in CT, and saw them change in MgT".
Until Mongoose (2008), Mega was the second best selling edition. If we split CT by the two mechanical major variants, we get CT2 as 1st, and CT1 as third, MT in the middle.... and GT was climbing.

MT fans can find most of MT in CT.

The number of choices in character gen is really about double to quadruple that of CT, on a term by term basis. It varies by career and how combat heavy is.

Almost everything in MT was in CT first... including the task system. (DGP got their start doing 3rd party stuff for CT, and the task system is developed for CT and in their CT products.)
 

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aramis erak

Legend
Own many LBBs (sold all once, re-bought recently). I believe I have the 1977 version, but would have to check.
Easy test: if your weapons had dice+adds (such as 2D+3), it was 1977. If they all had integer dice, it was 1981.

While that's far from the only difference, it's the most memorable.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Easy test: if your weapons had dice+adds (such as 2D+3), it was 1977. If they all had integer dice, it was 1981.

While that's far from the only difference, it's the most memorable.
I did the simple thing and walked over to my shelf and opened the box set. Copyright 1977, 7th printing. Sadly whomever used to own it wrote in fat sharpie his name and phone number. I'm tempted to call him today and say "Why dude... Why?!?"
 

Mezuka

Hero
Question: do the characters gain experience points in Traveller? Unless I misread, there is no mention of character progression after Chargen in the rule book.

Answer: Yes, I found the Post-Career Education section.
 

Until Mongoose (2008), Mega was the second best selling edition. If we split CT by the two mechanical major variants, we get CT2 as 1st, and CT1 as third, MT in the middle.... and GT was climbing.

MT fans can find most of MT in CT.

The number of choices in character gen is really about double to quadruple that of CT, on a term by term basis. It varies by career and how combat heavy is.

Almost everything in MT was in CT first... including the task system. (DGP got their start doing 3rd party stuff for CT, and the task system is developed for CT and in their CT products.)

That doesn't mean there wasn't considerable amount of reduction in randomness and an improvement in consistency of process between CT and MgT. Which was the point in the exchange.
 

Question: do the characters gain experience points in Traveller? Unless I misread, there is no mention of character progression after Chargen in the rule book.

Answer: Yes, I found the Post-Career Education section.

One of the thing most incarnations of Traveler did was have virtually no learn-by-doing experience. Even if they wanted it to be slow (which could have been managed by simply having slow accumulation until you made enough to actually make a bonus) that never seemed particularly sensible. I don't know about everyone else here, but even after my formal education was done, I learned quite a bit about my field(s) over time, even if the numbers in Trav are such they should have changed slowly to represent that. It didn't require taking time off to get more training.
 

Mezuka

Hero
This may sound heretical but has anyone made a fantasy rpg using a Traveller-like chargen and 2d6 task resolution system?
 






I'll concede there was a change in the direction of consistency. I don't agree that it was an improvement!

When a construction is framed about "consistency of process" it was an improvement. You don't have to accept consistency of process being a virtue for that to be a correct statement.
 

Mezuka

Hero
Not sure we understand how computer/2 work with the Wafer Jack. Does Bandwidth 8 mean that a character can run simultaneously 4 computer/2 programs (4x2 =8)?
 

Mezuka

Hero
Not sure we understand how computer/2 work with the Wafer Jack. Does Bandwidth 8 mean that a character can run simultaneously 4 computer/2 programs (4x2 =8)?
From FB group: Bandwith 8 means storage. Computer 2 means the maximum level of program the wafer can run. The wafer can store up to 8 levels of programming but can only use up to 2 levels at the same time. You can run one level 2 program or a level 1 program + another level 1 program at the same time.
 

Mezuka

Hero
Finished the creation of the first character. The player wanted an Archeologist with survival skills. Worked out rather well. He did make 2 enemies and 1 ally. All are women. The first enemy he made during university. The player told me his character messed around with the woman's research data as a 'prank'. She had to rewrite her thesis. The second enemy he made was a love interest during his first term as a field researcher. His ally is a romantic interest met during his last term in field research. Quite a ladies' man!
 

payn

Legend
Finished the creation of the first character. The player wanted an Archeologist with survival skills. Worked out rather well. He did make 2 enemies and 1 ally. All are women. The first enemy he made during university. The player told me his character messed around with the woman's research data as a 'prank'. She had to rewrite her thesis. The second enemy he made was a love interest during his first term as a field researcher. His ally is a romantic interest met during his last term in field research. Quite a ladies' man!
The science careers are pretty easy to survive in. I have made me several in my time and they always have a good spread of skills.

Kinda jealous, I am always a ref and never a player it seems in Traveller.
 

Mezuka

Hero
The science careers are pretty easy to survive in. I have made me several in my time and they always have a good spread of skills.

Kinda jealous, I am always a ref and never a player it seems in Traveller.
I'm the Ref actualy.
 


Mezuka

Hero
I few pictures from the 2022 Core Book Update

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