The Final Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest

It is now time for The Final Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest.

Lets make this a great competition for our 600+ facebook fans and all other fans that are not on facebook! As I have promised, the first prize will be a $100 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.

This years first prize is a $100 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.
Second prize is a $60 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.
Third prize is a $40 Gift Certificate at DriveThruRPG.

If you win you can buy lots of traveller goodies that you might have missed.

The style of the entries should be in the style of the patrons in CT Supplement 6, 76 Patrons.

Past winners are:

The contest starts now and ends 31 Mar 2016. Write as many entries as You like.

After the 31:st of March 2016, all entries will be posted on the Zhodani Base. The winner will be chosen by BeRKA.

By entering the contest You allow your entry to be posted at the Zhodani Base. All entries might also be posted in PDF format as a free down-loadable file at the Zhodani Base.

All entrants will be given credit for their work and will retain the copyright on their entries.

Some general guidelines:

1, Each entry should be less than 1000 words.

2, One image may be used in each entry. You must either own the rights to the image, or it must be used under some sort of free license. Wikimedia Commons is a good place to find an image that You can use. Please provide information about the image. (Is it Yours? If not, where have You found it? What license is used?) Note: You don’t need to use an image. You can also generate an image using the Pulp-o-Mizer or similar services.

3, Each patron should offer 6 options.

4, Each patron should be placed in the Foreven Sector. You may use the version of the Foreven Sector that can be found here at the Zhodani Base. (You don’t have to use this version.)

5, Please don’t force the PCs to sign up for (what they think are) illegal activities. It is better if they find that out later, or in some way are forced to take illegal action… :twisted:

6, Please use a spell checker! :roll:

Send Your entries by e-mail. Please use plain text format and attach the image, if You select to use one. Word files will not be accepted!

IMPORTANT! Everyone that sends me an entry will get a reply. If you have sent me something and not got a reply within a few days, then contact me again.

Please include a preferred nickname (that may be your real name) to show on the Zhodani Base. If You expect to win, include an e-mail address to send the first prize to.

Some help about Foreven Sector. (That you don’t have to use.)

Any rules you choose to use to design something for your patron is fine, even Mongoose Traveller rules, since the Zhodani Base has a Foreven Free Sector License.

76 Patrons Contest

State of the Base

What has happened at The Base in 2015? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!

Highlights

One of the highlights this year was the chat about Aslans and Hani I had with C.J. Cherryh and Marc Miller.

Another highlight was the deckplans submitted by Bleddyn.

Another highlight was that The Zhodani Base now has reached 500 fans at facebook.

Another is The Amber Zone Contest with 19 new entries.

The last highlights are five Kickstarters that has delivered. Agent of the Imperium, Elite, Tales from the Loop, Six Guns Lasers and Fat Cat. (Two of them quite late.)

Lowlights

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

There was no 76 Patrons Contest this year.

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

But worst of all. RIP Donald McKinney. :-(

Site Stats

The Zhodani Base has about 5800 proper visitors each month. That is a little better than last year.

The 5 most popular posts on the blog was:

  1. Spherical Space Ships (1)
  2. Traveller RPG playlist for Spotify (4)
  3. T5 Review (3)
  4. What makes a subsector popular? (5)
  5. Spinward Traveller – Kickstarter Project (new)

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. Starships (new)
  5. Amber Zone (5)

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

  1. zhodani base (3)
  2. traveller rpg (2)
  3. traveller rpg pdf (1)
  4. spinward marches (4)
  5. traveller pdf (new)

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

To-do List

The most important thing that must happen is that we will run a Final 76 Patron Contest. (Running the Amber Zone Contest took too much of my time.)

Expect to see at least some reviews of Science Fiction books.

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 2015

trophy-2015Welcome to the Zhodani Base Awards 2015! 2015 has been another good year for Traveller products. Lots of new stuff from the small publishers (and Mongoose). Some great old products have also been rereleased from GDW.

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

The winner of the “Best Cover” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2015 is: Foreven Worlds: Tsokabar Subsector from Jon Brazer Enterprises.

There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers.

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 2015 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.

Nice to see that Freelance Traveller gets some competition from Frontier Explorer, even though Frontier Explorer is not for Traveller.

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

The winner of the “Best Adventure” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2015 is: 21 Plots Go Forth from Gypsy Knights Games.

There were lots of fine Traveller Adventures for different settings published. GKG once again produces some great ideas that can be used for more than their own TU.

If there was a category for ugliest cover, then Into the Borderland from Mongoose would have won that 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 2015 is: Ship Book:Type A Free Trader from Moon Toad Publishing.

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

“I have wanted this book for 30 years.” BeRKA

I can’t leave this category without saying that The Perfuga-Class Space Station from Nienhaus Games is a great work of love for the game. 2537 pages!

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

The winner of the “Best ATU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2015 is: 2300AD: Atlas of the French Arm from Mongoose.

A really fine 240 pages atlas. A worthy winner.

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

The winner of the “Best OTU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2015 is: D20-01 Traveller20 Core Rules Set from GDW (QLI).

The T20 rules are quite good. I don’t think we should forget these rules among all other rules versions.

A final bonus category this year is “Best Free Traveller Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Free Traveller Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2015 is: Introduction to Clement Sector from Gypsy Knights Games.

Now, go and download all of the free Traveller Products. Why? They are free!

Donald McKinney

There was some very sad news about Donald McKinney. 😥

Donald was one of the few very important people in Traveller that you could contact if you wanted to say something to Marc Miller himself.

MgT ZhodaniDonald was a master at Traveller canon and had collected lots of information and errata at his Traveller website.

Donald was also an author of Traveller RPG books. I got to know him while I helped him with the MgT Zhodani Book. He was really a great guy to work with.

Now he joins the too long list of Absent Friends. :-(

RIP Donald McKinney 1967-2015.

New Ships and Equipment

Bleddyn Wilson has contributed a lot to The Zhodani Base in the past. Now he has sent us a few new designs and a few updated ones.

Banya Fleet Corvette

He has also recently sent us some weapons from the Sword Worlds.

SW Small Arms Poster

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