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The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:38 am
by MongooseMatt
We have had lots of emails and a few forum posts asking pretty much the same thing - 'where is X for Traveller, eh?'

When we started work on the new edition of Traveller, we made a decision that books would go to print only when we felt they were ready and the Design Schedule we had in the office would be a set of guidelines rather than deadlines. Predictably, books now take longer to produce - however, we also feel their quality has soared over the past year. Happy with this process, we are going to continue it into 2017.

However, that still does not answer the question - where is all the cool Traveller stuff? Well, we have not been idle...

We have crunched through a few projects recently, burning the midnight oil, and we have brought Hannah on board, a new full-time graphical person (Referee's Briefing 4: Mercenary Forces was her very first publication and, I think you will agree, she hit the ground running!). We have also been busy beavering away on the writing and editorial side of things, and we can now announce a brand new release schedule for Traveller that carries us into 2017. You can find it here:

http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/releaseschedule

So, how reliable is this schedule, you will want to know!

As with all schedules, the further you go into the future, the more like fiction it becomes. The one question mark I have is the new Pirates of Drinax mega-campaign set. This set is a Big Ask overall (one 200 page book, one 256 page book, and a huge poster map, all in glorious full colour) and it is going to suck editorial and graphical resources like they are going out of fashion. However, we have also done a lot of prep work already on it.

Everything else though... is looking pretty good for those dates!

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:34 am
by EldritchFire
Sad to see the Vehicle Handbook pushed so far back, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make it awesome. Thank you for the update, sir ^_^

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:35 am
by MongooseMatt
EldritchFire wrote:Sad to see the Vehicle Handbook pushed so far back, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make it awesome. Thank you for the update, sir ^_^
Well, it will be with us soon enough now and, I promise, it is ten times better than it would have been had we released it before Summer!

(there is some seriously nice stuff in that book :))

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:36 am
by EldritchFire
msprange wrote:
EldritchFire wrote:Sad to see the Vehicle Handbook pushed so far back, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make it awesome. Thank you for the update, sir ^_^
Well, it will be with us soon enough now and, I promise, it is ten times better than it would have been had we released it before Summer!

(there is some seriously nice stuff in that book :))
:D :D :D :D :D

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:04 pm
by -Daniel-
Thanks for the great update. Looking forward to seeing the stuff that is on the way. :D

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:39 pm
by Sigtrygg
No starter set for Christmas :(

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:15 pm
by MongooseMatt
Sigtrygg wrote:No starter set for Christmas :(
We did try our best for that, but between a choice of making it good and getting it out for Christmas... well, I think you know what we will do!

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:27 pm
by alex_greene
You could still do a Bundle of Holding - style release of Traveller goodies for Christmas: 2E Core Rulebook + High Guard + Central Supply, or 2E + all the Referee's Briefings + all the Adventures so far, or Drinax + Secrets + 2E or some such. All PDFs, sure, but they'd make nice gift sets, especially say for someone who's wanting to start with Traveller but has not had the budget for it.

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:24 am
by haveahappy
Could we clarify what all of the different Pirates products are - there are LOADS scheduled!

I see:
The Pirates of Drinax Traveller Editing February April
Pirates of Drinax: Ship Encounters Traveller Layout February -
Pirates of Drinax: Shadows of Sindal TravellerEditing February -
Pirates of Drinax: Gods of Marduk Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Revolution on Acrid Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Friends in Dry Places Traveller Editing April -


Only the first one has a print release listed.

What are these?

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:24 am
by MongooseMatt
haveahappy wrote:Could we clarify what all of the different Pirates products are - there are LOADS scheduled!

I see:
The Pirates of Drinax Traveller Editing February April
Pirates of Drinax: Ship Encounters Traveller Layout February -
Pirates of Drinax: Shadows of Sindal TravellerEditing February -
Pirates of Drinax: Gods of Marduk Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Revolution on Acrid Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Friends in Dry Places Traveller Editing April -


Only the first one has a print release listed.

What are these?
I was waiting for someone to ask that :)

Alongside the (frankly colossal) Pirates of Drinax campaign set, we are releasing a host of electronic support material to expand the campaign and help referees out. For example, Ship Encounters is a (big!) set of pre-created ships for players to pirate (along with adventure hooks, so they are not 'just another merchant'. Gods of Marduk expands one of the patron encounters in the campaign into a full adventure, as does Revolution and Friends. Theev and Torpol Cluster flesh out worlds the players are likely to visit.

None of this is necessary, but we think it will greatly enhance the campaign!

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:24 pm
by allanimal
msprange wrote:
haveahappy wrote:Could we clarify what all of the different Pirates products are - there are LOADS scheduled!

I see:
The Pirates of Drinax Traveller Editing February April
Pirates of Drinax: Ship Encounters Traveller Layout February -
Pirates of Drinax: Shadows of Sindal TravellerEditing February -
Pirates of Drinax: Gods of Marduk Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Revolution on Acrid Traveller Editing March -
Pirates of Drinax: Friends in Dry Places Traveller Editing April -


Only the first one has a print release listed.

What are these?
I was waiting for someone to ask that :)

Alongside the (frankly colossal) Pirates of Drinax campaign set, we are releasing a host of electronic support material to expand the campaign and help referees out. For example, Ship Encounters is a (big!) set of pre-created ships for players to pirate (along with adventure hooks, so they are not 'just another merchant'. Gods of Marduk expands one of the patron encounters in the campaign into a full adventure, as does Revolution and Friends. Theev and Torpol Cluster flesh out worlds the players are likely to visit.

None of this is necessary, but we think it will greatly enhance the campaign!
So excited for all of these! My ongoing campaign will probably be in the end stages by the time these are out though.
I guess I'll have to run it again for a new group...

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:48 pm
by JRoss
And Drinax print is going to be for 2E?

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:54 pm
by AndrewW
JRoss wrote:And Drinax print is going to be for 2E?
Yes.

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 11:50 pm
by EldritchFire
Not sure if this belongs here or not, but do we have a timeframe for the Traveller Companion that is hinted at in the core book? Even if it's 'Q3 2017' vague. It's the next book I'm super excited about (after the Vehile Handbook).

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:54 am
by -Daniel-
EldritchFire wrote: ... the Traveller Companion that is hinted at in the core book? ..... It's the next book I'm super excited about (after the Vehile Handbook).
I agree with this thought. I too am excited thinking about what treasures might be found in such a book. Options and ideas that have just been hinted at alone make me curious. :D

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:21 am
by MongooseMatt
Traveller Companion: Likely a little after the Drinax set!

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:07 pm
by EldritchFire
msprange wrote:Traveller Companion: Likely a little after the Drinax set!
WOOOOO~OOOO!!!!11!!111!!!ONE!!!11!!!111!

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:47 pm
by -Daniel-
msprange wrote:Traveller Companion: Likely a little after the Drinax set!
Thank You, sounds like fun. :D

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:25 pm
by chrisdw
I can't see anything on the release schedule for 2300AD, is there anything in the works for that?

Re: The Traveller Release Schedule

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:03 am
by MongooseMatt
chrisdw wrote:I can't see anything on the release schedule for 2300AD, is there anything in the works for that?
There is indeed, we just need to get a few more ducks in a line for that and we will reveal all!