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by Saladman
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New to Traveller... questions
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: New to Traveller... questions

I let multiple Weapon benefits trade up to a better item. I'll even stack it with the skill boost if I (GM) pick the better item rather than going straight to the very best. It's not game-breaking if you let players pay the difference. It does bypass one element of play in traditional Traveller, whe...
by Saladman
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How to let players generate the characters they want without letting them min/max?
Replies: 22
Views: 3126

Re: How to let players generate the characters they want without letting them min/max?

“Depending on how well each person rolls we’ll have a party where some characters are much better than others” I'm a big fan of term limits by campaign. I normally like a 4 term limit, but I've considered getting fiddly with a 3 term + 1 per every two failed survival + promotion rolls. Rolling unti...
by Saladman
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Secret skill checks
Replies: 8
Views: 949

Re: Secret skill checks

I try to compensate by making sure there are plenty of die rolls that the players do get to throw themselves. I have no qualms about rolling Recon or Stealth for a player in secret. I take the opposite approach though and try to minimize the number of rolls behind or in front the screen. I don't as...
by Saladman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Studying Athletics at university
Replies: 18
Views: 1352

Re: Studying Athletics at university

I just recently learned that University in Classic gave you a boost to your Education stat... and that's all. Clarified what I didn't like about making University and Prison full separate careers in 2e - I'm okay with abstract, and 2e in general seems to be about making the game literal. If I did ad...
by Saladman
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aim for the kill?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Aim for the kill?

For those who don't have it, it's basically Aim but a +2 to damage instead of the +1 to hit. Which is less unbalanced than I expected it would be, I should actually add that.
I also like the implementation of Suppression Fire from the same chapter, I may add that as well.
by Saladman
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: ship rental - costs and problems. Do we break char gen if ships are too easy to get?
Replies: 16
Views: 1411

Re: ship rental - costs and problems. Do we break char gen if ships are too easy to get?

ship rental Why do you want this in the first place? What are you trying to accomplish by adding it? ship rental costs I would handle it as a charter. Figure the owner has a mortgage, operating costs, crew costs since he wants it to not disappear, then a profit. And profit is likely to have a sligh...
by Saladman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spacecraft Operations - Running Costs
Replies: 61
Views: 7210

Re: Spacecraft Operations - Running Costs

In particular, I am not sure that your typical troupe of adventurers could afford the mortgage payments of a new ship. That's kind of the point. If they're only taking freight jobs, they're also going to need to take patron missions to bring up their total income, and patron missions of dubious leg...
by Saladman
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: New Adventure Start: Flatlined
Replies: 38
Views: 7220

Re: New Adventure Start: Flatlined

The characteristics and skills of the characters are—quite frankly—a bit difficult to manage. With expert programs, augments, most of the armor types available, and dangerous combat rules, a player’s die rolls are not that big of a deal. Traveller is a game in which the role playing is more importa...
by Saladman
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: House Rules: Character Generation aka Traveller Creation
Replies: 7
Views: 2127

Re: House Rules: Character Generation aka Traveller Creation

I've used 1 and 2 for games with lower term limits. If you're using them for characters going to geriatric admiral I think you've missed the point somewhere. 3 I wouldn't use, but again wouldn't mind it in a game with term limits. 4 and 5 I wouldn't use, and in fact would take as a sign that a playe...
by Saladman
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Book 9 Robots
Replies: 12
Views: 1339

Book 9 Robots

Is there errata for this? Or even just some worked examples? I cracked it open to try to use it for the first time, and it is not actually user friendly.
by Saladman
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Are we playing two different games?
Replies: 18
Views: 3829

Re: Are we playing two different games?

I have the same problem with Traveller. I am NOT going going to hunt through 1,000s of PDFs. It's a fair critique if you're trying to use every rule ever published. For myself, I found it remarkably liberating to realize the 1e core book rules were stronger than most of the game rules out of supple...
by Saladman
Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.
Replies: 17
Views: 2021

Re: Ship inspection time for the Broadsword, or why you're late to the party.

Some nice potential for roleplaying here. A-E, all options involve time spent roleplaying for no other reward than being allowed to proceed with the adventure, putting the characters in a position of powerlessness, and being allowed to roleplay kissing the GM's NPCs' asses. There is potential for r...
by Saladman
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Growing a System Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 1539

Re: Growing a System Economy

- scour the planet for luxury goods: furs, honey(/equivalent), alcohol or drugs, gems/shells/wood unique to the planet, etc. - increased education: TL 3 is already steam power/19th century, so they should be able to handle educators or at least material from offworld. - gains from removing corruptio...
by Saladman
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Are we playing two different games?
Replies: 18
Views: 3829

Are we playing two different games?

Because I've come to think we are playing two different games, out of the exact same rulebook. In the game I play, I picked up from the start on the "don't roll skill checks unless you're being shot at, opposed or working under adverse circumstances" (my paraphrase, but true to the spirit I believe)...
by Saladman
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: First and Second Edition
Replies: 9
Views: 1866

Re: First and Second Edition

You're underestimating the compatibility of 1e and 2e. You can use the original career books with 2e with very little problem, and deal with any skill discrepancies on the fly.

What do you mean by "unviable characters"?
by Saladman
Fri May 31, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Alien Environments
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Alien Environments

6. Small planet or large moon, but a strong magnetosphere and thick atmosphere keep it livable. Every step is like walking on the moon. With a smaller globe you can get anywhere on the world in an air-raft or light jet surprising quickly. 7. Heavy planet. Visitors commonly use exoskeletons just to g...
by Saladman
Fri May 31, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Avoiding the Character Generation 'mini-game'
Replies: 9
Views: 3101

Re: Avoiding the Character Generation 'mini-game'

Iron man point buy: write down whatever numbers you want. If I approve the character you can play. If I don't approve the character you can't play.

Notice I didn't say you can't play that character, I said you can't play.
by Saladman
Thu May 30, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: No Navy Medics?
Replies: 38
Views: 7094

Re: No Navy Medics?

As there is no listing in Mongoose Traveller 1st edition that I can find, denoting what levels of skill mean what... It's on page 6, under Skills. They even use Medic skill/doctor as the example: ... A character with level 2-3 in a skill is a skilled professional in that field. A character with Med...
by Saladman
Wed May 15, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Modern ATV designs
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: Modern ATV designs

On thread topic first, here's a couple more ATVs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfiqbpvOGbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_26tzou_-c Now for the rabbit hole! Many of the generated characters are "super rich" because of ship shares and other things - or they should already getting a pension and ...
by Saladman
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: untested house rule
Replies: 13
Views: 2713

Re: untested house rule

Defiles the laws of fizziks, I think. The universe normally doesn't give everyone a trophy. That's why we have bell curves. It's kind of like "the higher they are, the farther they fall", rather than "everyone falls the same distance no matter what their height." Well, it's not simulationist/realis...