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by RogerMc
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colonization history of the Third Imperium
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Colonization history of the Third Imperium

I still don't understand the problem.

Canon tells us Mora was settled by LSP in 60 and not that much else.

We also know that Mora remains the sector capital and still a hugely important world a millennium later.

Ergo there must have been a jolly good reason it was settled in the first place.
by RogerMc
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colonization history of the Third Imperium
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Colonization history of the Third Imperium

The GURPS Sword Worlds book has a good campaign outline for an exploration and colonisation project which could be easily drawn on for an easier milieu. And the spirit of Traveller when faced with something that looks implausible is to make something up. Why settle Mora? Maybe it had a vital and rar...
by RogerMc
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colonization history of the Third Imperium
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Colonization history of the Third Imperium

If you look at the SF material that inspired Traveller colonisation tended to be driven by private enterprise - traders forging new trade routes, idealists and heretics refugees seeking new worlds to settle etc. and Only when something worth absorbing has been established do empire's move in. So Mor...
by RogerMc
Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Colonization history of the Third Imperium
Replies: 24
Views: 1985

Re: Colonization history of the Third Imperium

If you look at the SF material that inspired Traveller colonisation tended to be driven by private enterprise - traders forging new trade routes, idealists and heretics refugees seeking new worlds to settle etc. and Only when something worth absorbing has been established do empire's move in. So Mor...
by RogerMc
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Pirates of Drinax] Admiral Darokyn's backstory?
Replies: 15
Views: 1351

Re: [Pirates of Drinax] Admiral Darokyn's backstory?

He doesn't really need to be an Admiral - the Trojan Reach is a small ship setting where a small flotilla of close escorts can be a significant force. So quite a junior officer if he managed to lead a mutiny on a single Gazelle class close escort and ended up on Theev would soon be significant playe...
by RogerMc
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How does a traveller computer work, and apart from skil wafers what does it do that we cant do today?
Replies: 13
Views: 2011

Re: How does a traveller computer work, and apart from skil wafers what does it do that we cant do today?

Personality.

May or may not be a true AI but the higher TL the computer the more apparent personality it has.

And even an entirely passive and reactive higher TL computer can still feel like it has a personality of its own.

Lucy in Killjoys for example.
by RogerMc
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Real World - why people + computers make best combination
Replies: 25
Views: 3870

Re: Real World - why people + computers make best combination

Definitely. If I wanted to represent current medical training I'd go for a 4 year degree in Life Sciences with a minor in Medic that represents a pre-med degree and then a 4 year Med School term that gives Medic-3. However Medical really should be a cascade skill with First Aid, Surgery, General Med...
by RogerMc
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Xenobiologist
Replies: 25
Views: 2621

Re: Xenobiologist

Seconded on all the 101 books.
by RogerMc
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Xenobiologist
Replies: 25
Views: 2621

Re: Xenobiologist

Seconded on all the 101 books.
by RogerMc
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Real World - why people + computers make best combination
Replies: 25
Views: 3870

Re: Real World - why people + computers make best combination

A Traveller with level two to three in a skill is a skilled professional in that field. A Traveller with level four or five is probably both well-respected and well-known in his field. They're interning; somewhere before the end of the series they graduate to three . Except US medical interns have ...
by RogerMc
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Real World - why people + computers make best combination
Replies: 25
Views: 3870

Re: Real World - why people + computers make best combination

A Traveller with level two to three in a skill is a skilled professional in that field. A Traveller with level four or five is probably both well-respected and well-known in his field. They're interning; somewhere before the end of the series they graduate to three . Except US medical interns have ...
by RogerMc
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Spy on the Zhodani
Replies: 16
Views: 1610

Re: Spy on the Zhodani

Impossible unless you don't know that you are spies.

Which will presumably require some sort of memory implantation and erasure.
by RogerMc
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Xenobiologist
Replies: 25
Views: 2621

Re: Xenobiologist

Perfect fictional inspiration would be Dr Maturin in Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander books (and the film of that name) He is technically a ship's surgeon but also a botanist, zoologist etc who when he is not sawing bones after naval battles catalogues the flora and fauna of every new island t...
by RogerMc
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Real World - why people + computers make best combination
Replies: 25
Views: 3870

Re: Real World - why people + computers make best combination

https://www.vnews.am/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Scrubs.jpg Medical - two . In S01 they are interns who have completed at least 3 years of a pre-med degree and 4 years at medical school. This is surely worth at least Medical-3 in Traveller terms? (I see the Medic background in the Companion indeed h...
by RogerMc
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Xenobiologist
Replies: 25
Views: 2621

Re: Xenobiologist

Consider buying Theories of Everything which is a basically an eccentric group of scientists bumming around on a lab ship mini campaign. And remember a PC can have multiple careers - a spell in college studying xenobiology, a couple of terms in the Scouts survey branch and then a couple of terms as ...
by RogerMc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Large Scout Ships?
Replies: 33
Views: 5153

Re: Large Scout Ships?

Yeah, I'll pass on agent book. While T5 is official (and I'm a kickstarter backer), it's a dust collector as far as I'm concerned. The Empress Wave is something that I've never bothered with or done much with. And one would have to figure out if it's going to be part of the Traveller universe or no...
by RogerMc
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Large Scout Ships?
Replies: 33
Views: 5153

Re: Large Scout Ships?

Wasn't one of the Azhanti High Lightning cruisers (60,000 dtons IIRC?) handed over to the Scouts?

Correction: IISS had 4 Lightning class cruisers transferred to them.
by RogerMc
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: So, what's with the supplements?
Replies: 72
Views: 15780

Re: So, what's with the supplements?

While I would love lots of fully detailed alien books it is worth remembering that all the classic traveller alien books could be fitted into one 200-300 page book with a lot of space left over for minor races. And I would much rather see one Alien compendium book with enough detail to create charac...
by RogerMc
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED
Replies: 18
Views: 3210

Re: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED

I too am very sorry for you and family's loss.
by RogerMc
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED
Replies: 18
Views: 3210

Re: [Freelance Traveller] November/December 2018 CANCELLED

I too am very sorry for you and family's loss.