No. Remember that a completely average character, 777777, has to receive 21 points of damage before killed by a single shot, then note the 3d6 dam caused by a semiautomatic rifle. Even if (1 in 216 chance) an 18 is rolled, the firer will still need an effect of +3 to kill the target outright. The Traveller PC has much better chance of surviving a rifle bullet hit than a real person would.OneTrikPony wrote: Do I understand correctly?
Is this game really that deadly?
And also yes, compared to most RPGs trav combat is deadly, it is part of the gritty vibe of the game. The "solutions" for the players (hide, spot the enemy first, use cover, bring better weapons along, buy the best armour you can, don't be afraid to retreat (manourve tactically to the rear)) have all been suggested, and are very true. If the players stand around in the open, goodnight Vienna.
Merc campaigns can work, but expect a high body count on both sides, with the players having more than one character, and including a large number of friendly NPCs (the rest of the platoon).