The fragment of the "lost diary" is a popular literary device. It has been used to provide the impetus to adventure, in the form of clues toward all sorts of things, such as lost technology, super-weapons, treasure lodes, evidence that an antagonist is guilty of some heinous crime, evidence that a protagonist or hero is not guilty of some crime, and so on. The diary almost never tells the whole story; just enough to make others want to know more.
The Lost Diaries here on Freelance Traveller are both less, and more. Less, in that the real-life writers may not have had a particular framework for an adventure in mind (those would be found in Active Measures); more, in that they're therefore completely open, and a creative referee - or creative players - might be able to use any of them to take an adventure in totally unforeseen directions, with equally unforeseen results.
They will all have some things in common, however:
- They will all have "strong" or "compelling" images. None of them should make the reader say "so what?" (well, none of them will have made the editor say "so what?").
- They will all leave unanswered questions. Not all of the questions will necessarily be germane to any particular adventure or campaign - or even useful to planning one. Sometimes, some of the unanswered questions may only be useful for developing background. But it will be up to the reader to fill that background in, or plan the adventure. Or not, as you please.
In some ways, this is a different sort of material than Freelance Traveller has made available in the past. But the editor thinks it's worthwhile, and the editor and the authors all hope you enjoy it.
- The Lost Diaries #1 - Lost in the Ziru Sirka (Rob Eaglestone)
- The Lost Diaries #2 - The Last Cargo (Rob Eaglestone)
- The Lost Diaries #3 - Mission Aborted (Dean S)
- The Lost Diaries #4 - The Personal Diary of Andres Braun (Andrew Brown)