Traveller PD News


While most of this news affects ACTASF and Starline 2500, there is a section that applies to Traveller.

PRESS RELEASE -- 13 November 2013
ADB, Inc. and Mongoose Publishing have signed a contract modification which ensures that the three joint-venture product lines (A Call to Arms Star Fleet, Starline 2500, and Traveller Prime Directive) will continue and grow. This does not end the joint venture; it simply realigns the responsibilities to better match each company's core competencies to the best advantage. The two companies remain great friends.

We will ask you to be patient a little longer regarding elements of the new production plan. We could not begin to work out the details on some items until the contract modification was signed. (You're welcome to send your questions which will be answered in future press releases as we resolve each of them.)
ADB will assume primary design responsibility for A Call to Arms Star Fleet including the revisions to Book One and the entirely new future Books Two and Three. (Tony L. Thomas will manage the designs as developer; Matthew Sprange remains the designer of record.) ADB plans to sell these as both PDFs and print-on-demand books. The revisions to Book One will include adjusting the relative power of some weapons at various ranges, revising damage scores for some ships, creating a new way to handle seeking weapons, extending the range for transporters, changing compulsory movement, altering some special actions so they no longer preclude some other special actions, removing most of the crew quality checks, clarifying any confusing rules, and adding unobtrusive cross-indexes without resorting to formal rule numbers. ADB is committed to maintaining the existing ACTASF game system and improving it. ADB will be the only source for the purchase of new ACTASF books and PDFs. Mongoose will retain ownership and control of non-SFU versions of ACTA.

The Starline 2500 range will continue and expand. Mongoose will remain the primary designer of new ship models, but ADB will be responsible for production, marketing, sales, and quality control. ADB is committed to keeping the 2500s in production as long as someone buys them, and to adding new 2500s as long as enough players buy new ships. The stands will be changed and most resin ships will be replaced by metal ships. ADB has (with the signing of this deal) become the only source for 2500s. Mongoose will fulfill or cancel any back orders on file and any obligations to the Mongoose Infantry. The contract modification happened when Mongoose had just shifted production to a new facility, and until that facility is fully on line, ADB will be selling 2500s by mail order only (not through stores). We expect to do a major relaunch of the line in the first half of next year. This will include the missing Book One ships, several new ships, as well as changing the packaging and price structure.

Work will accelerate on the four Traveller Prime Directive books, which will be written, produced, and marketed by ADB in both print-on-demand and PDF formats. ADB will be the only source for the purchase of new books and PDFs. We expect to see the first book released in the spring of 2014 and one or two of the other books later during 2014.

We will be moving development of this line to ADB's BBS. It isn't really fair to Matthew to take up his forum and bandwidth.

Thanks for bearing with us.
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I just sent chapters 2 and 3 out to the TPD Team. These have to do with the species of the SFU and the careers that are unique to the SFU. Happy dance!

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Chapter 5 of Traveller Prime Directive has been sent out to the TPD Team. True, it is a short chapter of skills, but it is progress. :)
TPD progresses.

Steve Cole wrote: This week's work on the joint venture:

Monday 25th
2500: Got a bunch of info from Matthew on 2500s.
Jean working on Traveller.
ACTASF turn mode discussion.

Tuesday 26th
2500: Staff meeting created the 2425 brand for ships that work in both scales (freighters, APT, PT/FT, bases, shuttles, drones, monster, plasmas). The 2500 MB will be dropped (use the 2425) because it looks just like the 2400 (now 2425) and is designed for resin, which we are eliminating.
TPD: Jean is working on it.
ACTASF: Tony is working on it.

Wednesday 27th
2500: Posted master status list of ships in progress. Decided to do the Mongoose 2500 Battlestation over because it was done for resin and won't work in metal.
TPD: Mike W and Jean were discussing Chapter 5.
ACTASF: discussions of fast ships and x-ships and special orders for power drain actions.

Thursday 28th
2500: Discussions of big starbases including a note from Bill Stec about a company that makes something of that size and a note from Will McCammon about doing our own on Shapeways.
ACTASF: Somebody reminded me that the term is special actions not special orders.
TPD: Jean was working with Matthew on Rigellian height.

Friday 29th
2500: Mongoose says they have ended 2500 sales and replacements.
TPD: Jean and Matthew discussed what "homeworld" means.
ACTASF: Tony was developing new rules.
Joint venture progress report

Monday 2 Dec
2500: ordered production mold for new three-piece version of King Eagle. Sent Mongoose needed modifications to the Orion DW.

TPD: conferred with Jean regarding Traveller vs SFU telephathy.

ACTASF: Confirmed that the fleet doctrine rules will be a part of book 1.2 and apply to scenarios.

Tuesday 3 Dec
2500: Found another lost ship (K-D7C) but it needs redesign.

TPD: Jean is standing strong on including all of the species.

ACTASF: Debate continues over several issues. Tony is playtesting new rules.

Wednesay 4 Dec
2500: The quest for stands begins. Discussions of prestige scale.

TPD: Jean worked on Faz sense.

ACTASF: Tony says the new drone rules work well.

Thursday 5 Dec
2500: Green lighted Seattle’s jumbo freighter design.

TPD: Jean and Mike were working on psionics.

ACTASF: Tony recalculated all of the turn modes for 45 degrees.

Friday 6 Dec
2500: Looked into the bigger minis and didn’t find what I was looking for.

TPD: Lots of memos about psionics.

ACTASF: Tony has recalculated the damage scores as total FC boxes divided by 3, and says the Klingons and Kestrels gain damage score, but most cruisers stay the same.

Saturday 7 Dec

2500: Tracked down the last reports on Tholian TK5 and DN and asked Staff to release them.

TPD: psionics rules were reviewed by Mike West and Jean.

ACTASF: Reviewed Tony’s outline of the changes and fixes needed.

Sunday 8 Dec

2500: Cleared the Tholian DN and TK5 to go to prototype. Tony reports receiving masters and says that the Tholian PC and CA will be easy fixes and quickly sent back to Bruce, but that the Tholian DD could take up to two weeks because of machining the joints.