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SITREP MJD

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:49 am
by M J Dougherty
I has recently occurred to me that I might post updates here about the work I'm doing for Mongoose.

Yes, it really did take that long to come up with the idea.

Anyway.

As I type this, I'm in possession of the edited version of the Naval Campaigns Guide. That one seems to be finished. I'm working from it right now on Shakedown, the adventure for the Element Class Cruiser pack. The character of the ship, INS Sharshana, is beginning to emerge and I'm growing rather fond of her. Not that it'll stop me doing horrible things to the ship and crew.

So that's where we are on this one.

More as it happens.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:34 pm
by MonkeyX
Can you shed any light on which sector a bulk of this will take place in? I’d love to see stuff outside of the areas we’ve already seen campaigns take place.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:10 pm
by steve98052
Going off topic a bit, can you point to Mongoose Traveller writers' guidelines?

When Steve Jackson Games had the license they had great writers' resources: how to write for the company in general (for on-line and print), how to write Traveller material, what kind of submissions they liked for JTAS, what they'd like for print, how to submit work, and even a "we're not interested in this kind of thing" list of things that people often wanted to do. Their guidelines are still on their web site (even the Traveller guidelines, which may not have been updated since their license expired). They had art guidelines too.

I'm sure Mongoose has such guides, but I haven't figured out whether they're visible on-line. If you have links, please point the way. I sold the only JTAS article I wrote, in part because their guidelines were so clear.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:13 pm
by M J Dougherty
The first Naval adventure is set in Deneb sector close to Trin's Veil subsector.

I'm not aware of any online guidelines for Mongoose I'm afraid.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:31 am
by ShawnDriscoll
steve98052 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:10 pm
Going off topic a bit, can you point to Mongoose Traveller writers' guidelines?
See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=119092

Writing for Mongoose

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:21 pm
by steve98052
ShawnDriscoll wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:31 am
See viewtopic.php?f=2&t=119092
Thanks for the pointer!

It appears, however, that it only covers self-published material through the TAS sub-license. I don't see anything about "how to write for Mongoose". If that's because they do all their writing in-house, or that they have enough freelance writers to cover all their planned projects, it makes sense that they don't have a wish list.

But it would still make sense to have the house style easier to find, so that potential TAS writers can follow the same style. A house style covers more than type face choices, after all.

It also might be nice to have the In Design templates saved in Scribus format too; hobbyist writers don't usually want to spend $20 per month for desktop publishing software they rarely use. But if templates don't readily save-as, I suppose we can just look at published Mongoose books and follow their style, or use their own style.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:53 pm
by MonkeyX
I 2nd a Scribus template. I use it for all my layout work and if it were available a few Traveller may actually be on the horizon.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:24 pm
by M J Dougherty
Currently working through Shakedown, the naval campaign mission. It's more fiddly than expected because of all the examples but it's progressing well.

Once it's compelete, that's the whole naval cruiser experience all done and I can run off and live in the forests as a wild man.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:06 pm
by AndrewW
M J Dougherty wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:24 pm
Once it's compelete, that's the whole naval cruiser experience all done and I can run off and live in the forests as a wild man.
If you tried that I suspect someone would get the Imperial authorities to issue a warrant for your capture. Bring you back, lock you away somewhere and force you to continue working on Traveller material.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:38 pm
by M J Dougherty
More than likely.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:17 pm
by qstor
Any chance of "updating" Gateway to Destiny for MGT? It's one of my favorite all time Traveller books.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:27 pm
by M J Dougherty
I actually did that.

Then I found that someone else had published something that was now recognised as canon and contradicted/over-wrote what I published in GtD. Which meant I'd wasted my time.

Not sure what the resolution of that would be.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:17 pm
by qstor
M J Dougherty wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:27 pm
I actually did that.

Then I found that someone else had published something that was now recognised as canon and contradicted/over-wrote what I published in GtD.
I was unaware that anything was published that contradicted what was in GtD and I'd like to think that I keep up on new Traveller material.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:44 pm
by M J Dougherty
The Luriani book, I think.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:40 pm
by M J Dougherty
I just submitted the naval adventure and an update to the Campaign Guide.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:31 pm
by Annatar Giftbringer
Awesome, great news!

Out of (off-topic) curiosity, what is “gateway to destiny”? An old adventure I’ve missed?

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:42 pm
by M J Dougherty
A sourcebook for t20.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:36 pm
by Baldo
Annatar Giftbringer wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:31 pm
Out of (off-topic) curiosity, what is “gateway to destiny”? An old adventure I’ve missed?
M J Dougherty wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:42 pm
A sourcebook for t20.
http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?keywor ... from=&pto=

Out of (off-topic) curiosity (me too me too :D ), I've surfed RPGNow for your work and got 111(!?!) results, there is something RPG-related you wrote in the past but not in this list (yet)?

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm
by M J Dougherty
I'm not sure what you mean.

I don't know how complete that list is. There's at least one entry on it that I didn't write.

Re: SITREP MJD

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:13 pm
by Baldo
M J Dougherty wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm
I'm not sure what you mean.
*SIGH* It's because I can't write proper English even after 31 years of reading&gaming RPG stuff from England and the U.S., sorry :oops: .
M J Dougherty wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm
I don't know how complete that list is. There's at least one entry on it that I didn't write.
If I'm not mistaken, I have 40-50 PDFs from that list, but I want to buy everything RPG-related you wrote, eventually.
Let me know if you wrote any articles/books/adventures RPGNow doesn't have, my backlog is always growing...