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by daryen
Sat Mar 28, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

To be fair to the discussion at hand, this is more of a wider setting issue than a problem with the Aslan as an alien race. This particular problem has, IIRC, been recognized by just about everyone except the authors (ie. DGP's original crowd) and recast as a panic reaction by the Imperium's most r...
by daryen
Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

It just means that the alien has to be different enough from the player's culture to seem exotic AND the alien culture must be self-consistent. Broad stereotypes make this easier to manage and yet is the least satisfying. As an aside, this is where Travellers' treatment of Aslan breaks down. Their ...
by daryen
Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

Well then, I apologize. I did take your point on it as beening pointed at me. If that was not the intend, sorry. ... Sorry about the misunderstanding. Your post to me seemed a bit pointed. I was not directing my comments at anyone in specific, but rather about the term itself. I also admit that in ...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

Let me try to explain my point another way. But imagine an alien that has to eat its "mother" to be born, never knows which "male" has fertilized its "egg" and grows up in a society ruled by the young members of the species because the adult members lose their intelligence during their puberty, and ...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

And daryen I do appreciate your concern/issue with the term but please don't in the future attempt to say, what I mean by what I write. Ask, clarify your stance and even refute what I say, but don't go overboard by what I used in words until you give me (or anyone) a chance to attempt to clarify wh...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: After Some Thought On MGT...
Replies: 56
Views: 8212

No doubt MJD did a good job with MGT:SM, but ... I'd rather have the CT Spinward Marches supplement (no, I don't have it; I was barely-a-newborn-yes-literally when it was published, and haven't seen a copy of the supplements book) first; it seems necessary for MGT:SM to be useful for me. Supplement...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

Chances are the traditional look of the Aslan will undergo some changes. Though we understand that a lot of people will simply want a rehash of the old Aslan books, :( that's not what we're going for. Some concepts may be forthcoming. :) On that subject, please tell me you did something great with ...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

Sorry, but no matter how they are done, if these Aslan can be played as player characters, then they are "just humans in rubber suites". I do not think so. It is quite possible to describe aliens in a way that en- ables both styles of playing them, the "humans in rubber suits" as well as "really al...
by daryen
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

One of my main concerns with any 'Alien' race is are they alien or just humans in rubber/funny suites. Sorry, but no matter how they are done, if these Aslan can be played as player characters, then they are "just humans in rubber suites". Pretty much by definition. Not much anyone can do about tha...
by daryen
Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:37 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Smuggling Comaprtments
Replies: 18
Views: 3319

Re: Smuggling Comaprtments

It would seem to me that doing a detailed scan (whatever that means) of the ship should show just about every area that such a compartment could be. Then it is just a matter of checking them all. The question then becomes: how long does that take? Are you really going to do a millimeter-grade densi...
by daryen
Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Smuggling Comaprtments
Replies: 18
Views: 3319

Re: Smuggling Comaprtments

Assuming that: a) You know weher they are. Another good reason to want guidelines for detecting them! Of course, that ignores the point that if the player characters have guidelines for detecting such compartments, then the authorities have them, too. And, quite frankly, the authorities are the pro...
by daryen
Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:25 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Don't write an Aslan sourcebook...
Replies: 79
Views: 11587

(2) Do something we have not seen before. All Aslan to date have pretty well repeated the treatment of the original Aslan module. If you are going to Samurai Cats or Kzinzi they have already been done. If the Aslan are going to be different read other sources. Imagine the shrieking that will happen...
by daryen
Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: The Classic Traveller Easter Egg
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

My favorite "Easter Eggs" in Traveller are the "physical" ones: Paques in Trojan Reach and Easter in Solomani Rim.
by daryen
Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: regina in-system travel
Replies: 36
Views: 5979

Yup, I was the one suggesting that Speck be a hot Jupiter. (Thanks for remembering, EDG!) I was so bummed when you figured out that Regina couldn't be that nice and a GG moon. Sometimes, reality bites ... And, on another point, I am willing to bet that Regina was inspired by Yavin IV. And why not? T...
by daryen
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

Besides the Gateway sector in the T20 book was based on the material presented in MTJ#4. So, that sector is already a bit of a repeat, anyway.

I see no reason not to include such. And since they would all be based off the same basic source, they would also all be mostly compatible.
by daryen
Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:50 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

My biggest problem with Ziafrplians is that it is like 90% Zhodani with no minor states. Sorry, but its boring. Far Frontiers would be way more interesting with its minor states that the Zhodani can go screw with. But then maybe I just don't have the imagination to see how "adventuring" entirely wi...
by daryen
Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

Zhodani is more difficult. The sector that is absolutely perfect is Foreven. They own 1/3 of the sector, and there are two other medium size polities to play with. To a large extent, Foreven is the Spinward Marches of the Zhodani. But that can't happen. Is using the old FASA stomping grounds of the...
by daryen
Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

Pairing the Aslan with the Trojan Reach is cool. Also, that means that the Spinward Marches book is actually the first alien book: It details the "Imperial" aliens. :) Assuming that this pattern is to be maintained, what does that mean for the other aliens? Vargr has to be Gvurrdon. It is an obvious...
by daryen
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

:shock: Right. Geez. How on earth did I miss listing THAT. The Regency Sourcebook was literally the foundation of Spinward States!!

I have edited my post to fix this egregious error.
by daryen
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Aslan Book
Replies: 26
Views: 5050

Trojan Reach was initially touched on in CT Adventure 4: Leviathan . Two of the subsectors (B and C) were detailed. One (C) was published in the standard format; the other (B) was just a starmap that the players were supposed to explore. Mike Jackson took that piece and built out the whole sector in...