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The Electronic Fan-Supported Traveller® Resource

November/December 2017

 

 
November/December 2017 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Featured Articles
Critics’ Corner 2300AD: Tools for Frontier Living Megan Robertson
2300AD: Hard Suits, Combat Walkers, and Battlesuits Megan Robertson
Skull and Crossbones Jeff Zeitlin
LinkLooks: Supplement 1: 1000001 Characters Timothy Collinson
The Prep Room Jottings #1: Naming Practices Jeff Zeitlin
Bullet Journalling and Traveller Timothy Collinson
Raconteurs’ Rest Here Be Dragons John Clifford
Active Measures An Introductory Corporate Repo Adventure Joshua Levy
Getting Off the Ground: The Boys in Blue Timothy Collinson
Up Close and Personal Kvinne Vaskebjørn Joshua Levy
Doing It My Way Character Generation Rules: Shavian Empire Careers Ken Pick
The Chase Benedikt Schwarz
Columns Confessions of a Newbie Referee: #31: Off Piste Timothy Collinson

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From the Editor

Sometimes, people who you think of as larger than life, aren’t. That can be disappointing, or it can be a pleasant surprise. Those of us who attended TravellerCON/USA this year had the opportunity to meet Marc Miller, and I found it a pleasant surprise.

Simply put, Mr Miller is human. He presented the image of being genuinely happy to meet the Traveller community that sprang from his efforts of 40 years ago (yes, it’s really been that long since the initial release of what we now call Classic Traveller), and while he no longer plays, he clearly still takes an interest in the game, and in what the community is doing with it. I was quite flattered, for example, when he told me that I—meaning, ultimately, you—had met my original intent/conceit and done a fine job of filling the niche left empty by the demise of the various incarnations of the Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society. He was also willing to talk about future plans for Traveller5, and about a variety of other subjects, not all related to Traveller or role-playing—though he was willing to discuss that, too; he and I spent a few minutes on various aspects of the convention quick-chargen he was running (and which appears in this issue). I also got permission from him to transcribe (and clean up, to get rid of hesitations and ‘ah,…’) his lecture/Q&A sessions; those will appear in future issues.

Meeting him and talking to him was definitely a privilege, and one I am thankful for. It gave me a chance to see that even someone who ‘should be’ larger-than-life can also be as ordinary as me.