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Look what I got in my mail today. Six Guns Lasers from Terra/Sol Games. A really good book by MJD that is useful for any Traveller Universe.
I have been waiting for this for a long time. Almost two years since this Kickstarter Project closed. Now it is finally here, and I am very happy.
In this book you find rules for Lasers, accessories for Laser Guns, six Laser Guns described, a short adventure and some other interesting stuff. It is 58 pages. The only problem I have seen so far is that the table of contents is offset by two pages. Not a big problem for an otherwise excellent book.
For Traveller fans, the most interesting aspect of the books are the race called the Hani. There are lots of characteristics of the Hani that are a lot like the Aslan of Traveller.
- First (the most obvious), the Hani are cat-folk.
- Then, just like in Traveller, it is the females that are useful.
- Just like in Traveller, there are clans that are run by males.
I asked C.J. Cherryh and Marc Miller about the influences between her books and Traveller.
C.J. Cherryh said that she never has heard of the Aslan. (So it’s just like H. Beam Piper and the Sword Worlds then, just a bit more recent).
Anyway, these books are great. There are a few more races that are described. There is a map over the Compact. There are lots of ideas that can be used in Traveller. Making a subsector map over the Compact and using this as an ATU would also be possible.
The main characters are female Hani. They are the crew of the ship The Pride of Chanur. They find a Human male that has escaped from a race called the Kif (that are a bit like the Vargr). The Kif wants the human back. That is just the beginning. I shouldn’t post any more spoilers here.
While chatting with Cj Cherryh and Marc Miller about the Hani from the Chanur novels and the Aslan from Traveller, Marc Miller said that he “envisioned that the Terran scout who first contacted them saw the resemblance to Narnia’s Aslan and used the name.”
When I commented about the idea from GURPS Traveller that the Aslan was discovered by Turkish explorers, Marc said “No one asked me. “