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September 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: For reasons beyond our control, the cover art is NOT correctly credited in this issue.  The correct credit is to Marek Tarnawski, and the image itself is artwork being used as promotion for and expected to be in the forthcoming Cthonian Stars, from Wildfire LLC and Mongoose Publishing. The original posting of the artwork is at http://img6.imageshack.us/i/alienruins2.jpg/, and the original associated posting pointing to it reads

To complement the released Terofex found in another posting here is the first environmental piece to start giving you a feel of the atmosphere of Chthonian Stars.

On a large asteroid deep in the Kuiper Belt a small group of prospectors searching for their 'next big score' stumble upon something much bigger than they had ever imagined. The question is, what is inside the large alien ruins and who built it? They may not like the answers.

We apologise for the error. The corrected information comes from Robert Glass, Wildfire LLC line developer for Cthonian Stars, via the individual actually credited on this issue's Table of Contents page.

Cthonian Stars ©2010-2023 Wildfire LLC.  Image used by permission.

September 2010 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Essay Question   Jeff Zeitlin
Critics' Corner Reign of Discordia - Traveller Edition Jeff Zeitlin
Fifth Imperium #12: My Rules, Part Three: Dramatic Flourishes Shannon Appelcline
The Shipyard MegaTraveller Ship Designs: Onderneming-class Colony Transport William Ringland
Less Dangerous Game Red Spiny Runner Sarah and Scott Diamond
Bughunter Martin Carter
Doing It My Way Variant Ship Life Support Rules for Mongoose Traveller Sebastian Messiah
In A Store Near You The Gun Shop: PowerGuns Scott Diamond
Multimedia Gallery Battledress Images MAG
The BurrowWolf: A Traveller Graphic Novel Dave Billinghurst and David Redington

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The articles listed and linked above are also linked in their appropriate sections of our website.

From the Editor

It looks like we’re starting off another issue with an apology; although your loyal editor has been working a normal schedule, he’s apparently not fully recovered from his hospital ordeal from late July and last month, and much-needed sleep has been cutting into the time that he’d normally spend putting the magazine together. Hopefully, next month’s issue will be back on schedule.

As you’ll see in this issue, the Fifth Imperium column has a limited remaining lifespan. We’ll be sorry to see Shannon go, but we understand perfectly that burnout happens, and the only way to deal with it is to get away from what you’re burned out on, and come back to it only when you’re ready. It does leave us with a potential gap, though, and so we’d like to hear from anyone who thinks they’d be interested in writing two or three pages—or more, if you like—each month, on anything Traveller that interests you. Each offer will be considered as a regular column in Freelance Traveller, and if we get enough offers, the “schedule” can be relaxed so that any columnist need only write for every alternate month, and we can alternate between columns.

We’d also like to see more reviews—our editor has a large backlog of products to review, and really doesn’t want to overwhelm any one issue with too many articles over his own byline. Since he’s also going to be an occasional contributor of material other than reviews, he’s been limiting himself to one review per issue—but between the wealth of pre-Mongoose material, and the new stuff coming out each month, from both Mongoose Publishing and secondary licensees, the backlog is almost inevitably going to increase. So, pick some of your favorites—and least favorites—and review them for us!

Finally, artwork. Up to now, Freelance Traveller has generally been a lot of “grey” pages, with very little artwork other than the alternate-month BurrowWolf chapters. Please help us change that, by sending us artwork (or links to artwork) of all types, anything Traveller, that you have the right to share.