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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:46 am

You asked for this and it has finally gone live.

:) I hope that you find it useful and enjoy it. The price should be right -- free!

http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=ADB8000

Introduction to the Star Fleet Universe: Prime Directive and Roleplaying

Ever wondered just what is the Star Fleet Universe? Want to find out?

This short introduction provides some of the background, "geography," timeline, mysteries, and a quick look at the species inhabiting the Star Fleet Universe. It can also be used as a brief introduction of what is "known" for new players at demos and conventions. Come game with us in the Star Fleet Universe!
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby IanBruntlett » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:25 pm

Jean wrote: :) I hope that you find it useful and enjoy it. The price should be right -- free!

http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=ADB8000
Interesting. I followed the link and I ended up in SJ Games webstore. Do I have to create an account to download your free e-book?

EDIT: No, I downloaded it without registering.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Rick » Sun Feb 12, 2012 7:12 pm

Excellent - thanks very much for that Jean, much appreciated.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:58 pm

For those of you who prefer Drive Thru RPG, our Introduction to the Star Fleet Universe: Prime Directive and Roleplaying is now available from that site.

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_i ... s_id=99676
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Traveller-61 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:17 pm

Jean wrote:For those of you who prefer Drive Thru RPG, our Introduction to the Star Fleet Universe: Prime Directive and Roleplaying is now available from that site.

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_i ... s_id=99676
And to think we were fortunate enough to have it first :D

Jean - any chance of an update on how things are going?

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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:51 pm

Not as fast as I would have liked. In all honesty, personal and professional things happened to create a nearly perfect storm. Mom has needed my time a lot after Dad passed and I was quite worried about her. That took a minimum of a couple of weekends a month for a while, but that is starting to ease off. In addition, my doctor yesterday gave me a rather stern lecture about exercise being necessary if I want to keep working on books, so I need to find time to do what is necessary there.

However, I'm feeling the urge to put my hands on words again (in a metaphorical sort of way), so work should pick up on what Mike has already sent me. I'll need to distill that and absorb it and then really look at Hammer's Slammers to see how to integrate some ideas on organization from that self-contained setting.

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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Traveller-61 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:08 pm

Fast reply - thanks :D
Please remember to look after yourself, otherwise you'll never finish the book :lol:

Hammers Slammers is a great book and I thought worked really well for Traveller (of course I'd have liked more background but you can't have everything). An old copy of the Traveller B5 might be a help too (but not the Warships of B5 - there are serious "issues" in my opinion with that one).
Anyway I'm sure that we'll all look forward to hearing how you get on.

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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Captain Jonah » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:35 am

Jean wrote:Not as fast as I would have liked. In all honesty, personal and professional things happened to create a nearly perfect storm. Mom has needed my time a lot after Dad passed and I was quite worried about her. That took a minimum of a couple of weekends a month for a while, but that is starting to ease off. In addition, my doctor yesterday gave me a rather stern lecture about exercise being necessary if I want to keep working on books, so I need to find time to do what is necessary there.

However, I'm feeling the urge to put my hands on words again (in a metaphorical sort of way), so work should pick up on what Mike has already sent me. I'll need to distill that and absorb it and then really look at Hammer's Slammers to see how to integrate some ideas on organization from that self-contained setting.

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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:16 pm

Thanks for being so understanding. :) Y'all are great!

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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby nerfherder » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:51 pm

Captain Jonah wrote:Remember. Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything. :wink:
Couldn't agree more. I'm looking forward to PDT, but I'd rather you have your health than I have a game.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Mr Black » Fri May 04, 2012 1:08 am

Just thought I'd post my apprecitation that someone is doing this. You have another sale here for sure! :)

FWIW, I know my group will be just as interested in playing the naval game as they will be in playing a merchant trading game in the Star Fleet Universe, so hopefully both types of games will be in the book.

In the meantime, I'll be reading my Call to Arms Star Fleet book and waiting for the Fed fleet I just ordered from ADB and the Kzinti fleet I just ordered from Mongoose. Good times. :D
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Sun May 06, 2012 1:22 pm

Quick question. Over on the ADB side of things, there is a debate going on about what size square should represent 1.5 meters. I'm not seeing a consensus of opinion. Is there a standard that everyone agrees on?
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby IanBruntlett » Sun May 06, 2012 1:43 pm

Jean wrote:Quick question. Over on the ADB side of things, there is a debate going on about what size square should represent 1.5 meters. I'm not seeing a consensus of opinion. Is there a standard that everyone agrees on?
It depends :) If you're mapping out a big ship then the square size will probably be smaller than when mapping out a small ship.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Sun May 06, 2012 1:52 pm

SVC has been working on some deckplans for KRAG and for the D7, the deckplan is pretty big. He's written: My plans (at current, as big as will fit on 11x17) are 7mm per meter.

We're dealing with pretty big ships.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby IanBruntlett » Sun May 06, 2012 2:11 pm

Jean wrote:SVC has been working on some deckplans for KRAG and for the D7, the deckplan is pretty big. He's written: My plans (at current, as big as will fit on 11x17) are 7mm per meter.

We're dealing with pretty big ships.
OK. For big ships I generally prefer having one deck per side of paper. I'm unlikely to need more detail than that.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby locarno24 » Mon May 14, 2012 8:58 am

OK. For big ships I generally prefer having one deck per side of paper. I'm unlikely to need more detail than that.
There was a suggestion at one point of varying scales - that is, do a 'zoomed out' drawing and a larger scale copy of critical areas (bridge, main engineering, etc);

This came from Warships of Babylon 5, which - whilst full of very shiny things - has decks on the bigger ships which are completely unreadable due to the demands of fitting everything onto a page (the victory-class in S&P is the worst culprit); especially when the deck is full of repeating cargo areas or staterooms, we don't need that; a few generic corridors for firefights against marauding tribbles and the important rooms along with a (less detailed) general layout is better than a massive blob of unreadable ink...
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby That Blasted Samophlange » Mon May 14, 2012 2:14 pm

Very excited about this. I used to have the original Prime Directive, but never ran it.

As to deckplans, if the game is all about Prime Teams like the original, then you just need to have the critical areas that a firefight would happen; bridge, engineering, various labs. You don't need every deck in meticulous detail.
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Iron Domokun » Fri May 18, 2012 6:14 am

Post from Steve Cole on the latest plan for PD: Traveller. I've interjected in [square brackets] for people who don't obsessively read the ADB forums.
The plan at the moment is this:

During May 20-28, Jean [travels to Amarillo for a working holiday and while there] converts PD20M core rulebook into PD Traveller core rulebook. That's about 200 pages.

About June 1st, SVC and Matthew decide if we want to go with a 200-page POD [Print-on-Demand, softcover] book two months later, and 200-page hardback three months later, or a 300-page hardback book four months later. The extra 100 pages would be 65 pages of deck plans, and 35 pages of RPG stuff like (perhaps) a survey of hex of the F&E map with several important planets laid out in multi-page detail and other planets done in one-page or one-paragraph, and/or maybe a campaign or something.

The extra 100 pages would then be turned into the first issue of FINAL FRONTIER [a magazine to support Prime Directive in all flavours] with 20-40 pages of game system specific information (covering PD, PD20M, and GURPS, and maybe Savage Worlds, and of course Traveller if we went with the 200 page version of PD traveller).
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Renny » Fri May 18, 2012 10:40 am

Can you point me at where the original thread is as i'd like to jump in there :D
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Re: Prime Directive Traveller

Postby Jean » Fri May 18, 2012 10:54 am

Going directly in: http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus/me ... 1337312974

Anyone can read posts, but to comment, you need to register using your real name. We find that it promotes civility and it gets you credit for anything you contribute to the project. Some people have had trouble finding Instant Registration; it is on the left menu under Utilities.

I will be on the bus from Friday night 9:15 Eastern Daylight Time until Sunday morning 8:15 Central Daylight Time. I'll have very limited computer time. I will try to check in here.

If you want to follow my travels, check ADB's page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amarillo- ... 279?ref=mf. I try to keep that up to date since I'm responsible for maintaining it.

Wish me luck!

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