State of the Base

What has happened at The Base in 2016? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!

Highlights

One of the highlights in 2016 was the 76 Patrons contest with 11 great entries.

The Zhodani Base now has reached over 700 fans at facebook.

I have written a number of reviews and Jonathan Sherlock has helped me writing two.

We have been allowed to repost stuff from the defunct Traveller Freeport website.

I have read Marc Miller’s book, Agent of the Imperium.

I have read Gregory P. Lee’s forthcoming book The Usual Suspects. It is mostly set in Rhylanor Subsector. It is really good! I hope it will be released in 2017.

The last highlights is a Kickstarters that has delivered. The Things We Leave Behind (for another game) by our Traveller playing and map making friend Stephanie McAlea at Stygian Fox.

Lowlights

All the things I didn’t have time to write or finish.

There was no Amber Zone Contest this year.

Spinward Traveller is a Kickstarter that still hasn’t delivered. Ken Whitman, please finish this project!

Traveller Ascension: Imperial Warrant Boardgame is another Kickstarter that still hasn’t delivered.

Site Stats

The Zhodani Base has about 5900 proper visitors each month. That is a little better than last year.

The 5 most popular posts on the blog was:

  1. Cepheus Engine (new)
  2. Spherical Space Ships (1)
  3. Traveller Inspiration: Free e-books (new)
  4. The Final Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest (new)
  5. What makes a subsector popular? (4)

The 5 most popular pages on the blog was:

  1. Free pdf-files (1)
  2. Random Subsector Generator (2)
  3. Maps and Data (3)
  4. Amber Zone (5)
  5. Generators (new)

The 5 most popular search words/phrases for finding the blog was:

  1. zhodani base (1)
  2. traveller rpg pdf (3)
  3. traveller rpg (2)
  4. free traveller rpg pdf downloads (new)
  5. berka (new)

We can see that the pdfs are still very popular. Both in searches and in the popular pages list.

The long search string “free traveller rpg pdf downloads” is a bit weird. That may be someones favorite search or a bookmark.

To-do List

We will run an Amber Zone contest this year. (Be prepared!)

Expect to see at least some more reviews of Science Fiction books and Traveller Products.

We will repost some more stuff from the defunct Traveller Freeport website.

Other than that I hope to finish some stuff that I promised or just planned to do.

Pulp-O-Mizer State of the Base

Zhodani Base Awards 2016

Zhodani Base Awards 2016Welcome to the Zhodani Base Awards 2016! 2016 has been another good 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 2016 is: Fate of the Kinunir from GDW.

There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers. Fate of the Kinunir combined a classic Traveller cover with a nice image. I really liked that.

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 2016 is: Freelance Traveller

Freelance Traveller has once again proved that they are the best fanzine by publishing monthly 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 2016 is: The Calixcuel Incident from Mongoose.

There were lots of fine Traveller Adventures for different settings published. This year Mongoose did a few really good ones. The Calixcuel Incident was in my opinion the best one.

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

The winner of the “Best Ship or Deckplan” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2016 is: Type S Scout/Courier from Moon Toad Publishing.

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

I do love the classic Traveller ships.

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

The winner of the “Best ATU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2016 is: The Space Patrol from Stellagama Publishing.

This category always make me happy since you can always find so many cool ideas. This year The Space Patrol win. Not only because it is really good, but also because it could have been useful for one of my own campaigns. (Unfortunately it was published a bit too late to help me.)

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

The winner of the “Best OTU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2016 is: High Guard from Mongoose

Only products from Mongoose was nominated this year. I hope that will change next year. High Guard was the best one.

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 2016 is: Cepheus Engine from Samardan Press.

Cepheus Engine wins because it has enabled many other small publishers to produce cool Traveller products without being limited by the restrictions from Mongoose. Read my review here.

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