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The Electronic Fan-Supported Traveller® Resource

July 2011


July 2011 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Critics Corner Off the Table: Space Viking Shannon Appelcline
Off the Table: Dumarest of Terra Shannon Appelcline
Flynn's Guide to Alien Creation kafka
The Third Imperium: Starports kafka
Raconteurs Rest Drop Out (Part 6) Ken Murphy
Fifth Imperium #19: Genre-ic Plot Seeds, Part Five: The Fantastic SF Genres Shannon Appelcline
Up Close and Personal Arisia Boston Ken Murphy
The Shipyard Mongoose Traveller Designs: Gatekeeper-class Armed Trader Peter Bradley
In A Store Near You The Showroom: Porfiria-class TL6 Steam Train Richard Perks
The Showroom: Riptide-class Attack Submarine Richard Perks
Major Strongs Iron Rations Ken Murphy
Active Measures Getting Off The Ground: Diplomatic Heavyweights J.E. Geoffrey
Medical Intervention Richard Perks
Multimedia Gallery The BurrowWolf (Chapter Five, Part Two) Dave Redington and David Billinghurst

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From the Editor

With this month’s issue, we open up a new section in Critics’ Corner: Off the Table, covering reviews of fiction considered from a Traveller viewpoint. Shannon Appelcline, our Fifth Imperium columnist, has been writing these reviews for RPG.Net for approximately two years, and has given us permission to reprint them here. However, we wish to emphasize that Off the Table is not a Shannon exclusive; anyone can contribute a fiction review to this section—the only requirement is that the relevance to Traveller be a major part of the review. Since there’s so much good fiction that can inspire Traveller players and referees, there should be no lack of reviews from the community. Don’t wait for Shannon; join the fun! (And that goes for regular reviews, too!)

Although none of this issue’s items from In A Store Near You are by Ewan Quibell, Ewan has been quite prolific in creating low-tech vehicles for The Showroom, and this issue sees Richard Perks contribute efforts to that section as well. We encourage other members of the community to look around at their day-to-day lives and contribute other TL9-or-below items to In A Store Near You—anything from the latest tablet computers to that old beat-up Schwinn 3-speed in the back of your garage, all cast into Traveller terms. Not everybody lives in starships or flies air/rafts, after all…

With the new Animal Encounters supplement having been released, Mongoose Traveller now has rules for creating animals of all kinds. Freelance Traveller has a section for animals of all kinds. Doesn’t that sound like a good match? We think so, and so we’re asking you to grab that book, fire up your imaginations, and start adding to the zoo in Less Dangerous Game.

Finally, I’d like to extend my continued thanks to the entire Traveller community, without whom Freelance Traveller would be merely an exercise in irrelevance. Your imaginations and efforts are absolutely vital—in both senses of the word—to our success.