You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Discuss the Traveller RPG and its many settings
GamingGlen
Mongoose
Posts: 189
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:59 am

You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby GamingGlen » Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:27 pm

... and, because you've already settled up and bought your new shiny with your recent payoff and still have credits left over, you saunter into the gift shop just to browse.
What catches your eye enough you would spend a few of those destined-for-the-local-"fun"-spot credits?

In other words, what could be found in a high-tech gift shop?

Aside: Why doesn't the subsidized liner have a gift shop? You have these paying prisoners, er, passengers, to be tempted for over a week by the lure of shiny trinkets.
Glen
AndrewW
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4369
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:57 pm

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby AndrewW » Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:13 pm

Holographic images of the sites.
Linwood
Lesser Spotted Mongoose
Posts: 749
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:41 am

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Linwood » Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:32 pm

A cute little toy or touristy memento for one's significant other.

Some last-minute snacks for the shuttle (especially those horribly unhealthy bars/cookies/candy/drinks you just can't find anywhere else in the next five minutes.

The replacement filter or LS mask you need for the local atmosphere that you left back on your bunk in the ship.

Mirror shades. 'Cause they're cool.

Personal grooming and cosmetics - because you saw yourself in the mirror when you walked in.

Personal grooming and body-care supplies - because you saw the look on the clerk's face when you walked in.

A charger compatible with the local electrical grid - because the natives decided to go with 75 Hz/185 V service for reasons known only to the Ancients.

A minor item of clothing - because you left your hat/gloves/scarf/whatever back on your bunk. Alternatively, because the ship's cat was mad at you during your trip and ate it.

A pet toy - so your ship's cat won't be mad at you (for at least an hour or two) when you return.
AnotherDilbert
Cosmic Mongoose
Posts: 4291
Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:49 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby AnotherDilbert » Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:09 pm

GamingGlen wrote: Aside: Why doesn't the subsidized liner have a gift shop? You have these paying prisoners, er, passengers, to be tempted for over a week by the lure of shiny trinkets.
Space is at a premium onboard ship. Not to worry, the stewardess has a cart...
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8486
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Condottiere » Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:13 pm

The Einstein Cypher, by Don Mauve.
User avatar
Spenser
Shrew
Posts: 22
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:02 pm
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Contact:

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Spenser » Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:36 am

The download keys or media for a digital friend/expert that looked and spoke as a local (or various locals) talking about history, "important" people, great places to spend your credits, local urban legends, and so on.

I am imagining the digital version of every ghost tour, local walk, pub crawl, and welcome speech I've ever seen. I'm not sure I'd pay 1750 for that, but I'd pay less for some sort of overlay of the digital friend / expert I already had.
Linwood
Lesser Spotted Mongoose
Posts: 749
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:41 am

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Linwood » Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:59 am

Along those lines - temp subscription to the local dating app. (Or - maybe an app resident at any Class A or B starport?)

Mid- to low-tech worlds could have a bulletin board or similar for jobs, services, etc.
User avatar
MongooseMatt
Site Admin
Posts: 15035
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2003 4:25 pm

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby MongooseMatt » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:53 am

Awesome idea for a JTAS article...
Matthew Sprange

Mongoose Publishing
http://www.mongoosepublishing.com
User avatar
Chumbly
Stoat
Posts: 75
Joined: Tue Jul 15, 2008 4:41 am
Location: Arizona

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Chumbly » Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:03 pm

On the back wall, there is a wall of vid-screens hawking the latest advertising for the selection of Novels to be immediately
downloaded to a travelers' PAD, before liftoff. There is a trio of travelers watching the advertising, the Human male is
watching an ad for the latest Toveev Clance novel of a future war in the Marches with the book following the
exploits of the Imperial Household Cavalry Division(the Emperor's Hammer), in a future invasion of the Sword Worlds.
The Human female is looking at two ads for the latest Romance Novels, one's cover image is of a Shirtless Sector Duke
sweeping a Noblewoman in his arms in a passionate embrace.. called "The Sector Duke's Concubine". The other romance
novel ad holding her attention is a scantily clad human female dressed in the rags of a fashionable dress, cringing in
terror of a gaudy dressed Vargr Corsair about to ravish her, in a metal cell, called "Prisoner of the Korezrufh Corsairs". Her Vargr female friend standing next to her is holding her tongue, but rolling her eyes at her friend and her interest in that novel's cover image.

Chumbly
Linwood
Lesser Spotted Mongoose
Posts: 749
Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:41 am

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Linwood » Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:32 pm

Tickets to the local raffle or lottery. Cr1 gets you a chance to win Cr10000!
Condottiere
Warlord Mongoose
Posts: 8486
Joined: Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Re: You see the blazing lights of the starport gift shop...

Postby Condottiere » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:37 am

finder

connecting people, among other things

Image

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 20 guests