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by paltrysum
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax: Fencing ships
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Pirates of Drinax: Fencing ships

That ended up being exactly the amount they got. I had Zhuekvi, one of the pirate lords mentioned in "Pirates of Drinax," run into them on Palindrome and he intervened when he saw that the crew of the Harrier (my players renamed it Ghost of Sindal ) had acquired the Janal Torsk , Ferrik Redthane's f...
by paltrysum
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax: Fencing ships
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Pirates of Drinax: Fencing ships

For those of you running a Drinax campaign, I assume most of you have run into situations in which the travellers acquire one or more prize ships while pirating the Void. Have your travellers sold any of the ships they steal? How have you handled that? Do you imagine it like the "chop shop" scenario...
by paltrysum
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Players and their armor.
Replies: 41
Views: 872

Re: Players and their armor.

You're not listing all the options. Perhaps the players can leverage the mob/corrupt cops another way. Perhaps they can leave the system, obtain something (tech, assistance, financial leverage) that sways the mob/corrupt cops to continue their current course. The military solution isn't always the o...
by paltrysum
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Players and their armor.
Replies: 41
Views: 872

Re: Players and their armor.

Those are all great solutions if you want to drill down to that level. In spite of the implications, I intend to just go with the "splat" method. Battledress and combat armor essentially make you impervious to most attacks. But once a capable enemy decides he needs to eliminate you, he brings the to...
by paltrysum
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Psionics vs. aliens
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Psionics vs. aliens

How do you handle psionics when used by a human against aliens? For example, using the various telepathy skills on an Aslan or Vargr mind. What if the alien doesn't even speak Galanglic? Surely language is a part of psionic comprehension and suggestion. Has anyone addressed this situation and how di...
by paltrysum
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Theev planetoids
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: Theev planetoids

I don't think there is any additional information on those. Theev is an astrographically rich system with its four gas giants and three planetoid belts. For Theev not to be a belter hub, those belts must have been played out by the Sindalian Empire. Could be an explorer would find the remnants of so...
by paltrysum
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Solar System Campaign
Replies: 19
Views: 514

Re: The Solar System Campaign

In addition, Mars has this little problem: https://www.space.com/37402-mars-life-s ... ation.html

I'm not sure how would-be terraformers would address that. Introduce some sort of perchlorate-resistant bacteria?
by paltrysum
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: High and Dry: 567-908
Replies: 8
Views: 373

Re: High and Dry: 567-908

When I ran "High and Dry," the 567-908 visit had my players scratching their heads, as in "What was that for?" They seemed to find it boring and I can't blame them. I understand the mechanic, and certainly any ref has to have the trick up his sleeve wherein not every encounter is action-packed lest ...
by paltrysum
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: High and Dry: 567-908
Replies: 8
Views: 373

High and Dry: 567-908

I'm considering running "High and Dry" for a group of people who are new to Traveller and roleplaying in general. While going over the adventure, I was trying to think of ways to make the stopover at 567-908 more interesting when I made the connection that the system is the same one featured in CT A...
by paltrysum
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Solar System Campaign
Replies: 19
Views: 514

Re: The Solar System Campaign

Similar stellar energy concepts are explored in Kim Stanley Robinson's "2312." Great novel that features a solar-system-spanning story. I highly recommend it for inspiration: https://www.amazon.com/2312-Kim-Stanley-Robinson/dp/0316526983/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528213415&sr=8-1&keywords=2312 Your Ju...
by paltrysum
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Solar System Campaign
Replies: 19
Views: 514

Re: The Solar System Campaign

Very cool setting, Tom. What are the various points of drama in the setting? Are there political conflicts? Wars? Competition over resources, or is the setting essentially post-scarcity and its denizens are planning STL expeditions to nearby stars? One question I have regarding futurist settings is ...
by paltrysum
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deck Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Deck Plans

Agreed, Annatar Giftbringer. I really like the isometric plans. They give depth and texture to the ships they're depicting. I like to have the 2D around, too, for the purpose of drawing up portions of them on a game mat for combat or other actions, but I would miss the iso plans if they did away wit...
by paltrysum
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deck Plans
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Deck Plans

Most of the 2D plans are available at Mongoose's website: http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/pdf/highguard2d.zip As for the editorial quality of the books Mongoose has developed, they don't seem to invest in a really accurate final edit. Heck, a spellcheck would ferret most of those out. It's a fault...
by paltrysum
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Players and their armor.
Replies: 41
Views: 872

Re: Players and their armor.

Weapons, armor, and tech proliferation is really a game issue. It makes sense that these amazing high-tech armors would be available, and it kind of ruins the verisimilitude of the setting if you just deny access to it all the time. I'm experiencing the same thing in my campaign. One player has batt...
by paltrysum
Wed May 30, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Who is Sal Dancet?
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Who is Sal Dancet?

Dancet seems to have been left to each individual referee's fiat. I use her as CaladanGuard does: a friendly, built-in contact who can relate to and work with the players. She's useful in that she seems to have the trust of Drinax without being too tied into all the machinations and politics of Oleb...
by paltrysum
Tue May 22, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

The space station is pretty far from Drinax. Do the players intend to change their area of operations? If their goal is to recreate the original Kingdom of Drinax, or some facsimile thereof, it's not an ideal location. Of course, it is a sandbox campaign. Could be that the players change their objec...
by paltrysum
Mon May 14, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

That must have been it: he confused fluid (Fl) for water world (Wa). It's a tough retcon to engineer. Aslan aren't likely to leave a challenging, fluid-atmosphere environment for another challenging fluid-atmosphere environment if they have better choices. In addition to its fluid atmosphere, Pourne...
by paltrysum
Sat May 12, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

Found a little problem with the adventure "Ihatei!" Keaih, the planet the two warring clans came from, is described as a water world: "The Hkaaiheir and the Htyowao are both respectable clans within the Hierate. The Hkaaiheir are considerably more powerful, but the Htyowao are close allies with the ...
by paltrysum
Fri May 11, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

I don't know about that Dan. There is a precedent in space opera: We came to know Han Solo as "hawn" in "A New Hope," and then suddenly, in "Empire Strikes Back," along comes Lando and he's "han." You can switch. It's not too late. :)
by paltrysum
Thu May 10, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread
Replies: 31
Views: 1296

Re: Pirates of Drinax - GMs thread

2 - I've always imagined the name Drinax to be pronounced "Dry-nax", however recently heard someone pronounce it "Drin-ax" with a short 'i'...is there an official pronunciation out there? For my ears "Dry-nax" has a more powerful ring to it. We call it Drinax with a short i, but hey, you can do it ...