|February 2011||Department||Article Title||Author|
|From the Editor||Jeff Zeitlin|
|Critics’ Corner||Mongoose Traveller Alien Module 3: Darrians||“kafka”|
|Other People's Toys: Diaspora: Hard Science Fiction Role-Playing With FATE||Jeff Zeitlin|
|The Shipyard||MegaTraveller Design: Scot-class System Probe||Ewan Quibell|
|Up Close and Personal||Olbion Joplin||Ken Murphy|
|In A Store Near You||The Showroom: Caduceus-class Grav Ambulance||
|EF2 Emergency Flare Gun||Bo Wozniak|
|Stim Stix||Ken Murphy|
|Active Measures||Getting Off The Ground: The Miasma||Michael Brown|
|Fifth Imperium||#16: Twenty Weeks of Traveller: GMing Lessons Learned||Shannon Appelcline|
|Doing It My Way||Character Detailing Rules: Get A Life: Generating Character Background Life Events||Glen Grant|
The articles listed and linked above are also linked in their appropriate sections of our website.
From the Editor
Last month, I said I’d discuss the new Freelance Traveller Forums this month. Unfortunately, due to a case of “too much hands on my time” (read it again; I wrote it exactly as I meant it), they’re not up and running yet. We apologize for the delay, and hope that we will soon be able to announce their availability.
The new forums, as I said last month, will be oriented more toward support of the magazine than to general Traveller discussion; for the latter, there are already excellent forums for general discussion at Citizens of the Imperium, at Mongoose Publishing, at Steve Jackson Games, and at SFRPG. Overcoming the inertia of these sites is a difficult proposition at best.
So, what does “support of the magazine” really mean? First, it means that you’ll be able to provide feedback. We’re not abandoning the use of email for that; just providing another option. Second, it means that if you have a question about writing for us, you’ll be able to get an answer by checking out the “Writer’s Guide” and “FAQ” sections. Third, at the columnist’s option, there will be a section where you can discuss the regular columns, and reasonably expect to see the columnist respond. There will also be forum sections to match the various departments of the magazine, where articles of the indicated type may be discussed. Fourth, any “community” projects to be undertaken under Freelance Traveller’s auspices will use the forums as both a discussion area and work-in-progress repository. We have one project we’d like to resurrect, and another that will soon be proposed to certain relevant individuals, and we hope that there will ultimately be more. Finally, the forums will serve as a combined “slush pile” and “writers’ workshop” for future articles to appear in the magazine—potential authors will be able to post drafts and get comments, both on the content and the writing. A separate subsection will be available for in-depth technical discussions relevant to articles posted for commentary, as well.
We hope you’ll join us when we’re ready; we’re looking forward to your participation in making Freelance Traveller the best magazine it can be.