Zhodani Base Awards 2017

Zhodani Base Awards 2017Welcome to the Zhodani Base Awards 2017! 2017 has been another amazing year for Traveller products. Lots of new stuff from the small publishers (and Mongoose).

The first category is “Best Cover“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Cover” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: A Life Worth Living from Stygian Fox.

There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers. A cool action image and an otherwise well designed cover was what won this year.

Next category is “Best Fanzine or Online Magazine“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Fanzine/Online Magazine” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: Freelance Traveller

Freelance Traveller has once again proved that they are the best fanzine by publishing bimestrial issues with lots of good contents for free.

Freelance Traveller has won this category every year since 2011!

Next category is “Best Adventure“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Adventure” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Pirates of Drinax from Mongoose.

There were lots of fine Traveller Adventures for different settings published. But The Pirates of Drinax was outstanding.

Next category is “Best Ship or Deckplan“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Ship or Deckplan” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: DeVass Class Private Starship from Moon Toad Publishing.

There were lots of fine ships for Traveller published this year. Moon Toad Publishing made a TTA inspired one for this category and won.

Next category is “Best ATU Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best ATU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: Mindjammer from Modiphius.

This category always make me happy since you can always find so many cool ideas.

Next category is “Best OTU Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best OTU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Great Rift from Mongoose

Mongoose continues to produce good quality products for the OTU.

A final bonus category this year is “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Encyclopedia of Dagudashaag from Signal-GK and GDW.

The Encyclopedia of Dagudashaag wins because it is an amazing fan produced product.

Dune – House Harkonnen

A few years ago I read Dune – House Atreides. Now I have read the next one of the prequels. Dune – House Harkonnen.

We get to know more about the Harkonnen family and a few new characters are introduced. Not all are bad.

But the bad and stupid ones do what could be expected of them.

There are also the expected side stories about the Atreides and other important Houses.

A few concepts are introduced a bit too early here. Things that didn’t exist until later in the original series. That is a bit annoying. But other than that, I thought the book was quite good. (But don’t read it until you have read all of the original Dune books first. The originals are a lot better.)

Harkonnen flag – Image from wikimedia – CC-BY-SA-4.0 license

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