How do we perceive a sector? What do we look for? Where is the adventure? I have discussed this before when I tried to find out why a subsector was popular. I may have been partly wrong. It looks like the position of a subsector within a sector also is an important factor.
Using a new function at the TravellerMap one can now rotate a map. (When I write this there is no UI. You have to use the API to do this.)
This is what the Spinward Marches looks like upside down:
So what can we see here? My eyes move up to Glisten subsector. Starting from Glisten and running a J-1 ship to Five Sisters subsector suddenly looks like an interesting idea. Lunion subsector also looks like it a good place for adventures since it is so close to the Sword Worlds. (But the Sword Worlds really needs to be stronger.)
Less interesting is the backwater Regina subsector in the lower end of the map. The conflict with the Zhodani is now in an unimportant lower corner. That doesn’t look very exciting or important any longer.
What do you see in the upside down Spinward Marches?
New to the list of Absent Friends is Loren Wiseman. 🙁
Marc Miller has this to say:
Digging through my old mailbox I found this. 12 years ago Loren asked me to remove a spoof GURPS Traveller cover from the Zhodani Base. His reply after I removed it was:
Thank you for your rapid attention to this matter. I found the rest of your website amusing and entertaining.
RIP Loren Wiseman.
What has happened at The Base in 2016? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!
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.
All the things I didn’t have time to write or finish.
There was no Amber Zone Contest this year.
Traveller Ascension: Imperial Warrant Boardgame is another Kickstarter that still hasn’t delivered.
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:
- Cepheus Engine (new)
- Spherical Space Ships (1)
- Traveller Inspiration: Free e-books (new)
- The Final Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest (new)
- What makes a subsector popular? (4)
The 5 most popular pages on the blog was:
The 5 most popular search words/phrases for finding the blog was:
- zhodani base (1)
- traveller rpg pdf (3)
- traveller rpg (2)
- free traveller rpg pdf downloads (new)
- 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.
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.
How did this happen?
In this ATU, the Solomani discovered jump-drive a lot earlier (in 2017 AD) than in the OTU. NASA and ESA agreed that the most democratic way to name planets and subsectors would be to let everyone vote on the interwebs. The result can be seen above.
The first category is “Best Cover“. The nominees are:
- Anderson & Felix Guide to Naval Architecture : from GKG
- Traveller Referee’s Screen : from Mongoose
- Foreven Worlds: Fessor Subsector : from JBE
- Fate of the Kinunir : from GDW
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:
- Theories of Everything : from Mongoose
- The Rose of Death : from JBE
- Castrobancla, The City of Aliens : from Alex Greene
- The Calixcuel Incident : from Mongoose
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:
- Quick Decks: TL 9 Yacht : from DSL Ironworks
- Rucker-class Merchant : from GKG
- Type S Scout/Courier : from Moon Toad Publishing
- Crusader Class Close Escort : from Gamer Printshop
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:
- Skull and Crossbones: Piracy in Clement Sector : from GKG
- Orbital 2100 : from Zozer Games
- The Space Patrol : from Stellagama Publishing
- Wendy’s Guide to the Fleets of Hub Subsector : from GKG
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:
- Central Supply Catalogue : from Mongoose
- High Guard : from Mongoose
- Going Portside : from Mongoose
- Mercenary Forces : from Mongoose
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:
- Castrobancla from Alex Greene
- Prelude to War: Player’s Guide from JBE
- Near Space from Stellagama Publishing
- Cepheus Engine from Samardan Press
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.