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Traveller: Your Ship Says A Lot About You

The ship you fly says quite a bit about the person flying her in the same way that you can tell quite a bit about someone by what kind of car they drive. In the same way you don’t find many young wealthy entrepreneurs driving minivans, you’re not going to find military attack vessels with a large cargo hold.

So if you and your gaming group are flying around in the new MDC-41—also known as the Malforge Defense Craft—you’re not going to be your standard group of cargo haulers. This 100-ton ship has exactly 1 ton of cargo space inside. Unlike the civilian variant of this ship, the Malforge Light Cargo Ship (MLCS-783) which has a full 30 tons devoted to cargo. Even though these two ships are identical from the outside (except for the paint job), these two ships are quite different. The attack ship is optimized to jump into a system, conduct its mission and jump back out again, all without refueling. It features a triple beam turret to take on ships that comes its way. While the civilian variant can … deliver cargo. Sure the civilian ship still has the armored bulkheads for the power plant, gravity drive and fuel tanks, and both ships use identical software, allowing the ships to operate with less crew that would otherwise be required. However, it is the way these ships use their space that makes them appeal to very different audiences. So what does choosing the MDC-41 Malforge Defense Craft say about someone that chooses it over the MLCS-783 Malforge Light Cargo Ship? Crews flying the defense craft are looking for action, both in space and on the ground. If you are in the Light Cargo Ship, you are looking for a regular steady job, even if problems keep finding you.

Now lets compare the MDC-41 to the Bromley Mercenary Hauler (CJ-875). The Bromley may have ten staterooms to the Malforge’s three. The Malforge Defense Craft may have a single turret sporting three beam lasers, the CJ-875 features six turrets, each with a pair of armor piercing pulse lasers, owing to the fact that the latter is six times the size of the Malforge ship. That difference in size gives it room to have a 263 ton cargo hold, giving the Bromley the ability to carry vehicles and transport precious cargo. However, the Bromley requires eleven people to be fully operational while the Malforge only requires three, and that is before the Malforge craft’s virtual crew software handles a position. Plus the Bromley costs more than four times the price of the Malforge. So what does choosing the MDC-41 Malforge Defense Craft say about someone that chooses it over the Bromley? Crews flying the Malforge have a smaller crew, more economical crew and can handle more personal stories. Alternatively crews that fly the Bromley are going to be taking on groups of guerilla rebels and pirate outfits.

These three ships described here are featured in the Foreven Worlds: Ships of the Border Worlds. Download this awesome book today exclusively at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

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Traveller: Foreven Worlds: Fessor Patrons for Your Game

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Along with working on Foreven Worlds: Fessor Subsector, I’ve been working on several patrons that tie into the area. Here are two of them that you can use right now.

Succession War

Silver Fur, the head of the Vargr smuggling clan Ghouller on Cadian, had just finished overseeing the the name on his ships from Borderlands Secure Delivery to Speedy Interplanetary when he was shot dead in the street. His daughter, Broken Tooth, is hiring the players to find her father’s killer since she is in the middle of intra-clan struggle for leadership. She is going to the players since they are not intertwined with clan politics, allowing her to trust them. While she doesn’t know for sure, she suspects the one that hired her father’s killer was:

1) Konlaerruedz. He was ready for this fight before anyone else and had fired the first shots. He and his clan have always been difficult to keep on a leash and have always been a thorn in her father’s paw.

2) Ngoekzithsu. It was his ship he captained that was sloppy enough that got caught by the Zhodani authorities off Thikrit, and he was the reason that the clan had to change markings on their ships. Silver Fur was about to remove Ngoekzithsu as captain of his ship and head of his own little clan. 

3) Okell. He is impulsive and greedy. He shoots first and growls later. The kind of bullets used to kill her father are the same caliber as his favorite gun. His clan have done some of the most brutal fighting to date.

4) Argus Vanth, the actual head of Borderlands Secure Delivery. He never liked that the Ghouller clan was using his company’s marking to slip past the Zhodani authorities. But when he tried to do something about it in the past, the Vargrs “convinced” Vanth that allowing the clan to use his name was in his own interest, if he was interested in still living. He swore revenge but had yet to do anything about it. Broken Tooth feels that with his company now having to go through extra scrutiny because of her family’s clan, Vanth may well have killed him.

5) Brandon Myers. He was one of the few law enforcement officials on Cadian that would not look the other way, regardless of the bribe.

6) Zarneff Jiadr. He is a community organizer on Cadian, attempting to make the planet a better place for Zhodanis. She would bet the remnants of her broke fang that he is a SORAG agent, trying to undermine what he called “destructive elements” in Zhodani circles.

Repelling the Raiders

Elder Starshine from the farming colony on Sieven says that a band of pirates come and steal most of their harvest every few months, leaving the people with barely enough to survive on and no where nearly enough to sell off world. The elder offers to pay the players in food if they put an end to the raids. Also the players should know that:

1) one of the farmers stood up to the pirates once. She was fed to the raider’s captive chamax hunter.

2) the colony use to have defenses. The raiders shot them all down and told the colonists that if they got more, they would bomb the whole colony.

3) the pirates took the elder’s son a few years ago and said they would keep him to insure compliance. They produce the kid every time they arrive.

4) the elder is pretty sure that the leader’s second on command is a telepathy of some kind.

5) the pirate crew wears some kind of electronic tag on their neck. If a pirate resists the captain’s orders, the freeman gets shocked.

6) the crop was bad this time because of some farming equipment malfunctions. The colonists have just enough to meet the quota, leaving them with nothing to eat for several months if they pay the raiders.

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Traveller: Foreven Worlds: More Info on Other Worlds

Foreven Worlds: Fessor SubsectorAfter a highly successful first day of Foreven Worlds: Fessor Subsector, we received 2 reviews. The first is a glowing 5 star review (thank you). The second is a 3 star review. The review’s author gave two reasons for dropping it two stars: 1) the map isn’t color and 2) the other planets of the sector do not have much, if any, detail. And well … he’s right. I should have done both. So I will be updating Fessor Subsector with a color map. It might take me a bit, but it will happen.

As for his second point, I’ll be sure to do that in the release for all other other subsectors, but I’m just going to post them here on my website for Fessor for all to have. I’ll post a few every few days. Please forgive that these will be unedited (my editors hate it when I do this). So here goes.

Dralib was the first world conquered by the Cornathian Empire. Their ships arrived in IY 971. The few hundred farmers working the communal farms knew they did not stand a chance against this force and surrendered without a shot being fired. More than two hundred years later, the descendants of the original colonists, known on world as Drians, are vastly outnumbered by those that moved here after the conquest. The IPF, Imperial Peacekeeper Force, routinely arrest Drians, claiming they were thinking of starting trouble and point to planted objects as evidence of such intent. The Drians have tried appealing to the planet’s ruler for relief from such persecution. While Governor Frinsk claims to be sympathetic to their cause, no change in the IPF’s actions are yet apparent.

Despite being a frequented trading stop between Alespron and Reidian subsectors, the people of Magnef live in perpetual poverty. The wage laws allow corporations to pay their employees so little, the people live in near-squalor conditions. Even when corporations do break such flimsy laws, there is little recourse for the several million people that live on this world. The only time the planet’s nobility go after such corporations is when they cause serious environmental damage. Recently, several hundred tons of radioactive waste material were discovered on a remote moon of the system’s only gas giant world. The only reason it was discovered was that the noblewoman that owned that world, Lady Bedia, decided to set up a pleasure dome on that moon and was unable to do so because of the unexpectedly high radiation levels. She used her influence to get the planet’s police to find the responsible party. The investigator placed the blame squarely on the crew of the Iadria Zhdev, a ship owned by Iadria Vlovl. Since the corporation received word of such an accusation, the company has ordered the crew to a different section of space. Lady Bedia is now searching for some mercenaries to bring the Iadria Zhdev and her crew to justice.

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Traveller: Define Your Own Destiny in Foreven Worlds

Foreven Worlds: Fessor SubsectorBeyond the Third Imperium’s borders and in the shadow of the Zhodani Consulate lies the subsector of Fessor. Brutal warlords and savage space pirates take what they can while agents of major powers ply their trade in secret. With danger lurking behind every asteroid, how will you change lives? Will you seek your fortune or topple a dictator bent on domination? Will you wage a war or stop one? Will you bring peace at the point of a gun or by spreading ideas? Only you can decide.

Foreven Worlds: Fessor Subsector is an 11 page supplement for Traveller. Inside you will find:

  • details of worlds and the people that make their way in this lawless region of space,
  • a detailed map of the subsector, showing political boundaries, locations of bases and much more,
  • and plot hooks for you to create your own campaign.

What destiny lies in your hands?

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