Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

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Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby msprange » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:32 am

We have some exciting news for fans of Traveller - on Thursday July 6th, at 16:00pm (BST/GMT+1), we will be launching a brand new Kickstarter for Traveller: The Great Rift & Deep Space Exploration box set!

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Written by Traveller fan favourite Martin Dougherty, the Great Rift box set will (initially) contain:

* Two full colour, 96 page books covering Corridor, Reft, Riftspan Reaches and Touchstone sectors.
* Two gigantic (28" x 48") two-sided, full colour sector maps.
* The Deep Space Exploration Handbook, a 32 page book featuring all the rules needed to conduct deep space exploration, plus the specially designed ships needed to traverse the void.

We are really pumped up about this one, and Martin has already completed more than half of the manuscript, which we will be previewing throughout the Kickstarter (Martin will be diving in throughout July as well, ready to answer any of your questions and let you know his thoughts on where the Great Rift is going). Not only are we diving into one of the least covered and most mysterious areas of the Third Imperium universe, we are also exploring deep space and all the weird and wonderful discoveries to be made there.

As well as the histories and worlds of the explored systems, each sector includes rules on its own unique vehicles, spacecraft, aliens, animals and diseases. While you read about the great agricultural-transfer ships that service the population of Oleiros, you will also see complete High Guard statistics and deck plans for them. As you discover the vicious meteor swarms of R'Bak, you will be provided with the rules to inflict them upon passing ships. In a nutshell, you are not only getting four sectors in the Great Rift, you are also receiving everything needed to incorporate them into actual game play.

The Deep Space Exploration Handbook then takes you on a journey through what may be found in the depths of space - anything from fully-fledged systems, proto-stars just forming, nebulae and, of course, black holes (and yes, we have rules for what happens to your ship in all these places!). An expanded star creation system takes the referee through the process of generating brand new worlds, from the central star(s) to the furthest planetoids, complete with guidance on assigning orbital positions.

Finally, the book is rounded off with a selection of spacecraft dedicated to investigating the unknown and supporting deep space expeditions, including the Armstrong-class exploration vessel featured on the front of the box, a rugged and reasonably priced 1,000 ton ship that will be perfect for Travellers to begin their own expeditions.

We will be previewing chapters, rules and artwork from the box set throughout the Kickstarter process, and we will be polling backers for their opinions on the content, as well as any (hopefully) unblocked stretch goals - if you join in on this great expedition, you will have a very real chance to influence the Traveller universe.

See you there on Thursday - we will post links in the afternoon, as soon as the site goes live!
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby Gimgamgoo » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:58 pm

Is this going to be a nice straightforward easy choice kickstarter, or one of those with a dozen pledge levels, a thousand addons, exclusives etc etc?
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby msprange » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:42 am

Gimgamgoo wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:58 pm
Is this going to be a nice straightforward easy choice kickstarter, or one of those with a dozen pledge levels, a thousand addons, exclusives etc etc?
Very straightforward. There are two main pledge levels (box set or PDF), plus the option to get the existing hardbacks at a discount... and that is it!

We have some stretch goals planned, but we want backers to decide exactly what we add - that is really going to be the only complication, and you will get the results of it included in your pledges!
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby mancerbear » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:14 am

I like the sound of it really. Thursday can't come fast enough.
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby Gimgamgoo » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:37 am

I also looking forward to seeing what this offers.

I recently bought the 3rd Imperium books - Reft Sector and Deneb Sector. How much of these are recycled into this product and will the new box set offer anything new over and above these existing books?
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby AndrewW » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:07 am

Gimgamgoo wrote:
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:37 am
I recently bought the 3rd Imperium books - Reft Sector and Deneb Sector. How much of these are recycled into this product and will the new box set offer anything new over and above these existing books?
There's certainly some of Reft Sector in their, but there's a lot of entirely new material as well.
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby msprange » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:25 am

Indeed, we used Reft as a base, but have been working hard to inject new material every step of the way. I don't think you would be disappointed with the new box set.

Deneb, however, is not being covered at all in the set - we are heading deeper into the Rift instead.
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby Gimgamgoo » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:34 am

Great stuff.
Looking forward to all the releases this year.
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby allanimal » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:31 pm

Have I missed the kickstarter link somewhere?
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby msprange » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:36 pm

Will be appearing in less than half an hour!
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby phavoc » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:41 pm

If you opt for the dead tree version do you also get the PDFs (like the Bricks and Mortar program)?
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Re: Great Rift Box Set Kickstarter - July 6th

Postby phavoc » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:04 pm

phavoc wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:41 pm
If you opt for the dead tree version do you also get the PDFs (like the Bricks and Mortar program)?
Nvm... I answered my own question by going to the Kickstarter site. :)

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