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by M J Dougherty
Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: A few suggestions for The Drinax Companion
Replies: 15
Views: 1816

Re: A few suggestions for The Drinax Companion

The book was completed months ago.
by M J Dougherty
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Black Gate Interview
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: Black Gate Interview

The Drinaxian Companion (which I wrote) attempts to provide guidance on how to navigate in the sandbox (which I am sometimes credited with writing, but I didn't). The players I'm referring to had been complaining that other players in the group were getting all the limelight (on account of them comi...
by M J Dougherty
Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 4221

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

Somewhere in the GDW Traveller materials (might be T4 though) there is a statement that M drive only works properly close to a planetary gravity well. This is at odds with the constant acceleration formulae dating from CT days. To reconcile this we assumed that the drive works OK within a star's gra...
by M J Dougherty
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Black Gate Interview
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: Black Gate Interview

A lot of the most boring adventures I've seen take the form of 'do this thing, roll that'. This approach works in a visual medium like an MMO but a typical RPG falls flat if it's reduced to just a series of task rolls. Though I've met players who cannot cope with anything more open than Press X to W...
by M J Dougherty
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: How would you rate this deal?
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: How would you rate this deal?

Could it be that when you say 'player in yet another Drinax game' you mean 'what do you think of this hypothetical situation I've come up with?'
by M J Dougherty
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets
Replies: 46
Views: 4221

Re: 1 question on Huscarle Fleets

The short and simple answer is that if you're within a star system you're within a gravity field suficent to permit normal m-drive operation. Out beyond the heliopause and off in deep space (empty hexes) you need a DSMS.
by M J Dougherty
Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Black Gate Interview
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Black Gate Interview

I did one. Here;'s a link. https://www.blackgate.com/2019/11/17/traveller-journeys-into-deep-space-with-a-new-kickstarter-an-interview-with-martin-dougherty/ It's 2:19AM and I'm writing about research projects and what the Travellers can learn about the Alo'hei. Wild man in the forest looks like an ...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation
Replies: 146
Views: 29405

Re: Deepnight Revelation

Huh?
by M J Dougherty
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation
Replies: 146
Views: 29405

Re: Deepnight Revelation

As we speak, all the four core books are complete and I'm working on the first expansion book. I'll be doing a video probably tomorrow, but in the meantime one interesting thing has appeared. I can't respond on the kickstarter commensts section but some folks have mentioned things that are dealt wit...
by M J Dougherty
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT
Replies: 25
Views: 6499

Re: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT

I just saw the counter pass £40,000.
by M J Dougherty
Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Should she let them do it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Should she let them do it?

Portfolios. Again. Why would someone sell off all their assets, some of which would likely be hereditary, to buy a very common (in the sense of not noble type) starship to share with some randoms? Would they be permitted to liquidate these assets? Would they be able to? Would they retain noble statu...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Nov 02, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT
Replies: 25
Views: 6499

Re: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT

We left the Deepnight Endeavour question open. That way referees who have it can use it as an introduction (or you might even encounter it on the way back from deepnight Legacy) but we're not requiring anyone to buy another product to use this one.
by M J Dougherty
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is this a good enough deal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1730

Re: Is this a good enough deal?

I am not the author of the original campaign, but I know more about it than most having written multiple supplements for it. And the Companion of course. Instead of focussing on the desired end-point with exact troop numbers and whatnot, the Pirates of Drinax need to be working with what they have a...
by M J Dougherty
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Traveller and ion storms
Replies: 16
Views: 2803

Re: Traveller and ion storms

I recall a mention of an Ion Storm in one of the very early Star Trek novelisations (dating from the 1970s maybe?), but as usual with Star Trek it was a made-up thing used as a plot device. I don't know what the Star Trek universe says about such phenomena, but it sounds like a cloud of charged part...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT
Replies: 25
Views: 6499

Re: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT

That was the sort of thing we looked at. There may be people aboard as cargo handlers or lab rats who are experts in some hugely obscure field or who have reasons for volunteering for a mission like this that don't match the primary recruiting criteria. One of the ship's clerks or stewards might eve...
by M J Dougherty
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starter ships
Replies: 27
Views: 4570

Re: Starter ships

Indeed. The ship can be a great adventure push if you don't just give the Travellers a nice one with no strings. Maybe let them have something unusually good (like an extreme conversion of a standard ship) but at a price (it's really pranged up, abandoned on some backwater somehere with complication...
by M J Dougherty
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Is this a good enough deal?
Replies: 6
Views: 1730

Re: Is this a good enough deal?

Where would all those ships come from? You seem to have an over-inflated idea of how many vessels a world would have.

Also... yet another Drinax campaign with a referee who doesn't grasp the basic premise. That just does not seem likely.
by M J Dougherty
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Starter ships
Replies: 27
Views: 4570

Re: Starter ships

Maybe it's worth letting them get a really broken-down needs-fixing ship as the reward for a first aventure?

That way the ship is a source of adventure ideas as well as an asset.
by M J Dougherty
Sat Oct 26, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT
Replies: 25
Views: 6499

Re: Deepnight Revelation - Kickstarter, Nov 1st, 10am GMT

One of the biggest challenges of this project - apart from all the others - was how to accommodate the player who doesn't want to play an explorer, scientist, naval or scout crewmember. There is room for almost any sort of character on the misison. Not offically, but oddballs might be picked up or s...
by M J Dougherty
Fri Oct 25, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Traveller
Topic: Deepnight Revelation
Replies: 146
Views: 29405

Re: Deepnight Revelation

It's not a detailed Traveller creation system though, it's to create crewmembers rather than players.