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January/February 2021


Jan/Feb 2021 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Featured Article
Critics’ Corner Mongoose Traveller Adventure 4: Into the Unknown Jeff Zeitlin
Express Boat, Tender, and Scout Ship Deck Plans Ewan Quibell
Geptorem Ewan Quibell
Off the Table: Hunters of the Sky Cave David Johnson
Raconteurs’ Rest The Lost Diaries #3: Mission Aborted Dean S.
The Prep Room Bankers’ Boxes: Cheap and Cheerful Storage for Digest-sized Traveller Books Timothy Collinson
Finding Your Way Around the Starport: The Military Dock Benedikt Schwarz
Sources of Inspiration: The South Seas Island Adventures Kevin Scrivner
Active Measures The Seeds of a War Gone Cold Thomas Barclay
Columns Confessions of a Newbie Referee: #48: One Thing Leads to Another Timothy Collinson
Multimedia Gallery Twilight Stories #1: Port of Transit Mike Cross
The Shipyard MegaTraveller Designs: Shaar Muzaandi-class Freighter Jeffrey Wharton
Doing It My Way Technology Rules: Laser Smallarms in Classic Traveller Ken Pick

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From the Editor

There’s no denying that 2020 was a year that will be remembered for a long time, with general agreement that it would be better forgotten. However, at the same time, I would be remiss in failing to point out that—for Traveller—it can’t be called a complete failure: Mongoose put out its third major Kickstarter-funded campaign set, Deepnight Revelation (with the hard-copy products to be shipped in 2021), following on 2019’s Element-Class Cruisers and 2018’s Great Rift.

Other Kickstarter-funded projects that came to fruition in 2020 were Rob Eaglestone’s XBoat and Mongoose’s Journal of the Travellers’ Aid Society boxed set, and (beyond Kickstarter) Timothy Collinson’s March Harrier Publishing imprint released no less than three (more) (excellent) adventures.

TravCon/UK went off on schedule, squeaking in just before the UK went into dumpanic pandemic restrictions, but the loss of TravellerCON/USA to the pandemic didn’t prevent October from having a weekend of Traveller gaming; Jim Vassilakos gives his take on Virtual Traveller 2020 in this issue.

Although I didn’t find out about it until just two days before I sat down to write this (Boxing Day), August 2020 saw another Traveller support fanzine—or rather, a Cepheus Engine support fanzine—go to “press”; I’ll review the first three issues of Cepheus Journal in Freelance Traveller’s next issue—and no, I’m not “going in” biased either way; good quality support for Cepheus Engine can only benefit the community, and you should all know by now that I’m about benefiting the community.