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May/June 2012


May/June 2012 Department Article Title Author
From the Editor   Jeff Zeitlin
Theme Issue: 2300AD
Up Close and Personal Estė Toivenen Timothy Collinson
Critics Corner Mongoose Traveller: 2300AD kafka
CD-ROM: 2300AD Jeff Zeitlin
2300AD: Then and Now Timothy Collinson
Active Measures Back to a Future Timothy Collinson
Raconteurs Rest Drop Out (Part 16) Ken Murphy
After-Action Report: TravCon 12 Timothy Collinson
Up Close and Personal Comstock Uri Ken Murphy
In A Store Near You Coffee and the Coffee Maker Cian Witheren
FastPack EMT Michael Wakefield
Less Dangerous Game Damnthing Scott Diamond
Active Measures Apotheosis Michael Brown
Critics' Corner 21 Plots Planetside kafka
Off the Table: Diaspora Phoenix Shannon Appelcline
Off the Table: The Backwards Mask (P. Brunette) Shannon Appelcline
Off the Table: The Backwards Mask (M. Carson) Shannon Appelcline
Off the Table: Designers and Dragons kafka

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From the Editor

We apologize for missing last month’s issue; while Real Life has occasionally interfered with our getting the magazine out on the schedule we’d like, this is the first time that it has interfered so heavily that we felt we had to skip the issue entirely. To make up for it, though, we’re going for a larger issue this month. We’re also bringing you our first “Theme Issue”, which was something we promised back in January that we’d do occasionally. This issue’s theme is “2300 AD”, to spotlight Mongoose’s re-release of this not-quite-so-far future SF RPG from GDW.

It also marks the official beginning of our support for the Mongoose Traveller version of 2300 AD. In accordance with our mission statement, material for 2300 AD should be specifically for the Mongoose Traveller version of the setting; if it’s written to the GDW version of the setting, or the GDW rule set, it falls outside our boundaries (we’re a Traveller support magazine, and GDW’s version of 2300 AD wasn’t Traveller). Generic (system-agnostic) material is OK, though. As with other settings, material that’s suitable for any of our sections is eagerly sought for; we’ll just ask that you flag it as being for 2300 AD (or for whatever other setting or version of Traveller is appropriate).

Also beginning with this issue, we’re identifying the setting that each particular article supports. Look for a symbol at the left end of the black section heading bar; a miniature version of the ringed-sun logo that you see at the beginning of this article will represent material for the Third Imperium setting; the number “23” in the 2300 AD font (like used on our cover for the words “2300 AD”) will signal material for the 2300 AD setting, and we’ll develop and use other symbols for other settings as needed. “Meta”-articles, like the Table of Contents, this column, and the other “administrative” inserts, will have no symbol at all (and no space left for one), and (for now, at least) system/setting-agnostic material will have the space left for a symbol, but no symbol in it.

Though this is our first “Theme Issue”, it’s definitely not our last. Currently, we’re collecting material for a Psionics theme issue, a Cruise theme issue, and a special theme issue for Prime Directive, when it gets released for Mongoose Traveller. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.