Traveller Prime Directive

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Traveller Prime Directive

Postby GamerDude » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:39 am

Folks have been asking in other topics questions on the upcoming Traveller Prime Directive so, here’s a topic to discuss the game (along with all the answers so far).
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Re: Traveller Prime Directive

Postby GamerDude » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:41 am

TrippyHippy wrote:
Wed Nov 03, 2021 11:32 am
May I enquire a bit more about the proposed Prime Directive for Traveller book?
Is it potentially slated for some time soon? How is it going to be supported? What sort of thing should we be looking forward to?
well, as the author of the TPD books I can speak to some things.

Listed as I think of them:
1) The TPD core book is currently being Playtested as the material is written.
2) All four books currently out for GURPS/d20M are planned for TPD (Core, Federation, Klingons, Romulans).
3) All the background, Histories, species, etc in each of these books for the Star Fleet Universe (SFU) will be in the TPD editions
4) We (ADB) are shooting for releasing the PDF of the core book in Feb 2022 with print approx 2 months later (if things go according to plan)
5) Right now the core book will have over 30 playable species from across at least 10 empires. The SFU is broken down by “Empire/Species/Race” ex: “Federation/Human/African”.
6) Besides the small adjustments to the core MGT2 careers so the fit the SFU, the core book will have careers for at least Starfleet, Starfleet Marines, Federation Mercant Marines, the Galactic Intelligence Agency (GIA), and the Federation Marshals Service.

I’m probably forgetting a few things but those are the high points.
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Re: Traveller Prime Directive

Postby GamerDude » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:42 am

TrippyHippy wrote:
Sat Nov 06, 2021 11:33 pm

I think I am starting to look forward to a Traveller: Prime Directive game, even though I’m not especially a Star Trek fan. Star Fleet Battles has been around almost as long as Traveller has and, while I never understood the legal basis of the IP (vs Paramount’s official Star Trek), I actually think there would still be a big fan base that would prefer having a simple 2D6 based system over the more ’narrative’ 2D20 system used in the official Star Trek game. I think it would be a great addition.
The Star Fleet Universe (SFU), as defined by the games Star Fleet Battles, Federation & Empire, Federation Commader, etc., was based on the Original ST series along with the Animated series. Basically anything not already used from those series at the time Paramount granted the license to ADB are off limits - as well as anything from any other series, movies, etc. From the starting point of the two original series the SFU created its own history, timeline, technologies, etc. (As well as adding new empires and races).

Overall, with the SFU’s area being 1,700+ times the size of Traveller’s default Charted Space, having over 15 Empires and 30 species, “this ain’t your grandma’s Star Trek!” :shock:

ADB’s license is perpetual lacking a requirement to be renewed every X number of years.

Each official Star Trek RPG is really an ‘alter at’ version of the canon ST universe (of which there are actually two thanks to the Kepler timeline).

I hope this answers your question.
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Re: Traveller Prime Directive

Postby FreeTrav » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:30 pm

GamerDude, would you please drop me an email at editor@freelancetraveller.com? If TPD is that close to release, I need to talk to you (or to someone at ADB).
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