Reynard wrote:I also notice how many inhabit this game forum who have a distinct dislike if not hatred for Traveller. They make it clear how absolutely horrible it's been for forty years never getting better edition after edition by monitoring all posts here and replying very regularly 24/7. Some say "oh, I like the game but it's so broken and I'm here to point out all flaws so someday someone will get it right like all those other better SFRPGs." The game has enough gamers who like it enough to keep the producer solvent enough keep putting it on the market but we hear every other game is better even the ones that died off in those forty years.
Is any of this making sense?
It’s easy to love, say, the setting
of Traveller, or the simulationist character creation process, or the Hard Science Fiction Realism baked into the original Little Black Books... but when the parts around
those things are broken, like when the combat systems at different scales refuse to mesh
, or when the berthing space of vehicles is utterly inconsistent
, or when supposedly futuristic communications devices don’t even reach modern levels of performance
, “Traveller” as a product
“Traveller” as an experience
. It’s all well and good to say that Traveller as an experience is great. I don’t think any of us would be here if we thought otherwise. But as a modern Tabletop RPG product, it’s crap
Rather than look at developments in real-world spaceflight, information technology, or, heaven forbid, every-day life
, and extrapolate from there
, it re-stats up the same old tired junk that was obsolete decades
ago. Rather than integrate disparate combat systems that were broken
in the old edition, so they can work this time
in the new
edition, they toss in a fad game mechanic. Rather than deliver us a carefully crafted steak, they toss the wolves some bones, and when we complain how we ordered steak, the wolves snap at us.
to love the play experiences you make with your friends when playing an RPG, Traveller or not. And it’s certainly easy to like the parts of a whole that are in good working order. But if the parts that are broken
are never fixed
, you wind up with the Microsoft Zune.