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Element Class Cruisers: Ship Builder's Blueprints
by Daniel H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/05/2019 16:28:35

Excellent supplement to High Guard and the Core Rulebook. Completely satisfied with all contents of this e-book. The level of detail present in the blueprints far exceeds anything else in this edition of Traveller (haven't looked at previous versions). The Naval Campaign guide is a fantastic resource that gives many additional rules on how to run a game taking place within a rigid command structure, the sort of adventures those Travellers will go on, and so forth. The ~80 page book pertaining to just the Element Class Cruisers is detailed and evocative enough such that the PCs will have all the information they need on all aspects of running the ship, and the referee has enough information to infer much about ship operations on other, less detailed ships. Highly recommend this book, and I would love to see similar products soon!



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Element Class Cruisers: Ship Builder's Blueprints
by Christopher J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/08/2019 21:32:38

This is the kind of dense, meaty product that makes Traveller shine. The writer is one of the best in Mongoose's stables (IMHO); his prose is clear, concise, and flows smoothly from one page to the next, even in the rule systems sections. This product has a plethora of rules additions and modifications for running a thoroughly immersive naval campaign. The crunch is modular, so you can pick and choose to use the bits you're comfortable with. Then there are the blueprints - holy cow, these are massive and high quality. The actual blueprints have 2 more files than the print-friendly black and white ones (Forward comms and the Courier / High Guard poster).

I wish Mongoose had a more aggressive publication schedule because products like this make me want to buy more, more, more.



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Reach Adventure 2: Theories of Everything
by Tom S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/02/2019 08:01:09

Traveller Reach Adventure 2: Theories of Everything Author: Martin J Dougherty Publisher: Mongoose Publishing ISBN 978-1-908460-62-2

Price: £8 Pages: 38

I received this as a complimentary copy from Mongoose for review purposes.

Overview:

"In Reach Adventure 2: Theories of Everything the Travellers are hired as crew and research assistants aboard the laboratory vessel Insight III. The ship is owned by a cooperative of scientists working in a cross-discipline environment to solve problems and discover knowledge as they journey across the vast reaches of space… or so they claim. In fact, Insight III is basically a jump-capable shouting match as its owners bicker, squabble and argue their erratic way across a dangerous subsector. The Travellers’ mission is thus more than merely running the ship and helping collect data. They will need to be advisors, diplomats and bodyguards too, injecting a little common sense into the heady mix of ego and brilliance aboard Insight III. The storyline of the adventure is as much about the interactions of the scientists and crew as the situations they find themselves in, and it may be that the Travellers’ greatest challenge will be keeping the scientists from murdering one another…"

This an adventure book that utilises the Type L research vessel that has seen deployment in many a Traveller adventure since the early days. It does this with a well detailed, well mapped, and interesting mixture of vessel, scientist crew, a clearly define set of research tasks that begin on the planet of Marduk, move to Borite and end in an exciting and potentially emotionally fraught rescue off a gas giant.

This scenario is not novel, but the author, Martin J Dougherty, expands and delivers it well, and in doing so reveals a little more about the wider setting in which Marduk and Borite lies. This is a non-linear adventure book with lots of opportunity for dynamic and freeform roleplaying, and using a limited set of components, the book delivers an excellent series of play sessions, probably 3-4 in total. There is some overlap and re-use of the Marduk material from Reach Adventure 1, but in a way that could enrichen the ability of the PCs to save the bacon of a rather foolish research academic. It is well illustrated with recognisably 'Traveller' like 3D imager, Tyle L ship plans, pinnacle and vehicle stats, and competent character illustrations. It follows the high quality of Traveller 2.0 layout and graphics, and has no apparent typos or grammatical problems.

It comprises of the following chapters:

Introduction: A short, sweet and yet purposeful. Key here is the adventure starts on the planet of Marduk, in the Oghma Cluster, in the Sindal subsector of Trojan Reach, before proceeding into the Borite system. The adventure is suitable for any group of Travellers, but they need to either not have starship or a plot device is provided he.re to relieve them of it with a hook to engage them in "Theories of Everything" for a month or so. Again, so nice phrasing from the author "Using the jump drive in it's present state would fall into the 'might not die' catergory of risks" raised a smile from me. The players do really need a pilot, and an engineer. Referee's Introduction: As noted, this a Sindal subsector, Oghma cluster adventure in the Trojan Reach sector. This is a very well detailed part of the Original Traveller Universe (OTU), and well developed by Mongoose over many years in books about the Aslan and the foundational "Pirates of Drinax" campaign. There is a small amount of necessary duplication from Reach Adventure 1, and other sources, but this is utterly necessary and makes this adventure accessible to a referee or group of players who know nothing of the Reach, or even the OTU. The Insight III: This chapter details the Type L research lab ship, a ring design familiar to experience Traveller gamers, and the complement of quixotic, irascible, heads-in-the-clouds research scientists who own and work on it. These are the academics that the players will need to look after as they embark on a series of field work missions across 3 systems: Marduk, Borite and Noricum. The ships and pinnace are attractively mapped out, detailed for Mongoose Traveller 2.0, and the four scientists statted up and their idiosyncratic personalities and inter-personal relationships explained. There are also 2 other non scientist NPCs, which could be easily swapped out for suitable player characters, so as to avoid the possibility of the players simply watching the referee 'acting out' a cast of NPCs in front of them. With little work a group could also adopt the roster of NPCs and simply play them as pre-generated characters, which would be my personal preference for a 3-4 session extended micro-campaign. Theories of Everything: This is technically chapter 3, but is in fact 3 paragraphs stating that this a freeform open ended adventure. Superfluous, but has a lovely scene setting picture of a snarky note left by one NPC to another that's well worth printing and showing to the players! Hiring On: Here the research project is detailed, in and of itself straightforward but notably it gives the whole group clearly defined tasks, opportunities for roleplaying, and [and this is rare] actual tasks to fulfil when in jumpspace between systems.. Marduk: This could be subtitled "Amongst the Ruins by the Seaside, something Lurks". So as not to spoil it, any player who has played Reach Adventure 1 is going to be able to handle this spike of danger very well, but the duplication of moving pieces is well handled and should delight the group. If the first adventure was not played, then it will be potentially a little dangerous, as it should be. Borite: The culture of Borite is one of carefully nurtured idiocy, a front to ensure that no-one is a potential target for Oghma raiders who target the capture of anyone who can read/write or has numeracy. The interaction of a group of very well educated and in one case very extroverted scientists as such a culture is a potential source of great roleplaying. [I was also minded that an Oghma quisling might even be on planet and taking names..] The Borite field work is very similar to that on Marduk, but is interrupted by a Signal GK distress call from space! Rescue: This is a very exciting, well designed, rescue attempt to save the crew of the far trader Jolly Joel before it tumbles into a gas giant. Slingshots, parallel routing of the Insight III and the pinnace, the number of hour left before disaster, all are carefully explained by the author, and even if you don't know your 2G acceleration from your 4G mobile phone, a referee has all they need to run a space rescue mission worthy of Thunderbirds. Again, not all is at seems, and the crew of far trader are flawed people, the scientists have little common sense, and it might all go completely Pete Tong [Google it..], and a very linear mission has been interweaved with open ended possibilities, some tragic, some triumphant. At the end it is likely that those that live will eventually make their way to Noricum. As the blasted remains of the Sindal Empire a key place in the Pirates of Drinax campaign, this a good choice for Mongoose and Dougherty to leave the players, probably with a new network of contacts, friends or enemies on board a rambling excuse for a scientist adventure in games to come.

Summary: Well crafted, well illustrated, well laid out, well written, high potential for 3-4 evenings of engagement in non combat SF adventure, complements Reach Adventure 1 well. 4.5/5



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Reach Adventure 1: Marooned on Marduk
by Thomas Z. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/02/2019 07:59:30

Traveller Reach Adventure 1: Marooned on Marduk Author: Martin J Dougherty Publisher: Mongoose Publishing ISBN 978-1-908460-58-5

Price: £8 Pages: 33

I received this as a complimentary copy from Mongoose for review purposes.

Overview: "This adventure takes place on the world of Marduk, in the Oghma Cluster which lies at the Rimward (bottom) end of Sindal Subsector. The adventure is suitable for almost any group ofTravellers, with or without a starship. Inventive Travellers can get through this adventure using almost any skills set, though ‘planetside’ skills such as survival and combat skills will be useful. No matter how much weaponry the Travellers possess, they will be deprived of most of it, and will find themselves outgunned if combat breaks out. Clever tactics and use of the environment will be necessary to level the odds."

This an adventure book that explores the oft explored 'lost on a hostile planet' adventure. This scenario is not novel, but the author, Martin J Dougherty, expands and delivers it well, and in doing so reveals more about the wider setting in which Marduk lies. Whilst quite linear, and using a limited set of components, the book delivers an excellent evening's gaming, with re-use and links to further travelling in the Sindal sub sector. It is well illustrated with recognisably 'Traveller' like 3D imager, shuttle plans, and competent character illustrations. It follows the high quality of Traveller 2.0 layout and graphics, and has no apparent typos or grammatical problems.

It comprises of the following chapters:

"Introduction": a top level introduction and a potential hook linked to GeDeCo, the Imperial corp of note in the Trojan Reaches. "Referee's Information": This is an excellent and concise summary of the Trojan Reach, the role of the Aslan Hierate and the Third Imperium; as well as a summary of GeDeCo's role as starport builder and operator through the Reach. The Sindal Subsector is then described and mapped, before moving onto the 'collapsed' worlds in the Oghma Cluster: the titular Oghma, Marduk, and Borite. The adventure is set on the ultra balkanised world of Marduk, but the raiders of Oghma prove to be key. The detail on the Marduk Highport is crisp and useful, and gives insight that can be used elsewhere. This is a great introduction to the setting. I have read and run the Reach extensively, from the 'Pirates of Drinax' campaigh and elsewhere, and I appreciate how Dougherty delivers such flavout in 8 pages. "Arriving on Marduk": a 3 page arrival introduces 3 NPCs that will travel with the PCs, they are interesting, and in fact they would also make perfectly good pre-generated PCs if the referee wanted to deploy them as part of a one-off. "Downed on Marduk","Into the Wilderness", "Rule The Ruins" and "Holding On For Daybreak": These are the key Acts of the adventure. The core is set in a dark, rain swept night; cunning and vicious predators roam long abandoned ruins; xenophobic locals stumble into offworlders; translation comm computers struggle with barely recognisable dialects. Above, debris from a fatal collision light up the sky as shooting stars, and all the emergency comms channels are silent.. Without spoiling amything, all is here for a tense, genre appropriate SF adventure that could be from Star Trek, Doctor Who or HG Wells. All the bits are there.. and Dougherty keeps the advice coming: the sidebar entitled: "Going Off Script? What Script?"; is quite charming. "Characters": Stats and ships and all you need.. as mentioned before, many NPC would repurpose as a PC.

Summary: Well crafted, well illustrated, well laid out, well written, high potential for an evening of tension, great for a con one-off. 5/5



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Traveller Companion
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/22/2018 17:17:17

It's really a hodge-podge of collected ideas and developments - possibly the first of a series.

That said, there will be some players and referees that find the alternative character generation methods (points buy, background/career packages included) and a full experience system to be a godsend. It's the sort of thing that they have clamouring for.

In all, there will definitely be something in here for everyone to like.



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Gladiator
by Jose F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/22/2018 00:53:27

The sourcebook itself is actually pretty decent, but the images in the PDF have been so compressed that you can literally see squares like you were playing an Atari game. Other images are blurry, including a custom record sheet. Very disappointing.



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Traveller: Makergod
by Robins T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/14/2018 22:04:34

Great work Christopher in fleshing out one of the more interesting worlds in the Trojan Reach, and for a very playable adventure as well!



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Truth or Dare
by Christopher J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/30/2018 08:17:37

The book is not funny, which is sad because of the sheer joy and giggles one can have with the other books in the Paranoia line. A lot of the "jokes" are forced and land with a thud. The adventure itself is also disappointing in that it railroads the PCs even more than usual. Fully half of the book is the GM sheparding the PCs from one costume change to the next with only lip service paid to the possible permutations. (I would have said "amusing permutations" if there was any legit humor evident.)

The core conceit is actually interesting, just so poorly executed. 1 participation prize out of 10.



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Alien Module 4: Zhodani
by Simon S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/28/2018 00:42:43

This is generally a good guide to the Zhodani within the standard Traveller setting. However, there is one notable flaw that lets it down - while there are a number of interesting depictions of the Zhodani approach to shipbuilding, and there are deck plans provided for each design, complete with key numbers on the plans ... there are no keys that identify what these numbers are for most of the ships.



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Supplement 4: Central Supply Catalogue
by Matthew T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/25/2018 17:20:25

Ridiculous pagination errors. Amateur hour.

Also, in the future everything is guns.



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Traveller: Makergod
by Daniele O. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/25/2018 14:46:23

This is a great resource. While it provides a decent adventure scenario, its real value for the busy GM is the detail it provides of the setting -- a history, major NPCs, quality world map, and new ship type (complete with deckplans and beautiful illustrations by Ian Stead). While it is written by and for GMs running Traveller campaigns in the Trojan Reach, it can easily be used in any setting where the GM wants to introduce space vikings -- and give them some depth and context. Well worth the purchase.



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Traveller: Makergod
by Darin C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/22/2018 11:13:22

Awesome module. Over all nicely layed out. Lots of scope for the NPC's to be tweaked in such a way so as to allow the DM to have them be (Or become) re-appearing 'Bad guys' across a wide area of space.

Enough scope for there even to be 'Sequels' as well as expanded NPC character and equipment type lists.



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Traveller: Makergod
by Chris K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/27/2018 17:29:32

Good value. Fleshes out an interesting world, making sense of the ability of a relatively low-tech society to sustain Jump-capable raiders while fitting in to the known history of the region. The scenario is quite open - there is enough information to let players decide their own goals, rather than just follow a scripted path. Plus there's a nice ship design - even if you don't intend to adventure in the Trojan Reach the ship is a useful addition to any Traveller game.



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The Book of Dragons
by Kris S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2018 23:19:31

Full of interesting ideas about how a dragon can be the center of a campaign rather than just a powerful monster. You can treat its territory as a set of concentric zones run by oppressed peasants, monsters or magical forces, and turn a dragon-hunt into an attempt to stealthily get past the hazards created by its magic and cunning. There are even tables suggesting how the dragon's minions can react to various events and alerts, and there's info on how to roleplay a Bilbo-like encounter of riddles and groveling and how to design a dragon lair as something more planned-out than a simple cave. This book helped inspire a writing project of my own.



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SDB Custos-Class LRP Ship
by Wayne G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/29/2018 13:28:28

A complete System Defense Boat, ready to drop into your campaign. Fully-detailed, the best part of this set are the deckplans. These are a must if you suddenly find that your players took a right turn and choose to explore an SDB they encountered.



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