I really want a simple Traveller rule set with lots of pictures so that it would be easier to play Traveller with my son when he gets old enough. Traveller Liftoff may be exactly what I am looking for.
However it looks like this crowdfunding isn’t going to liftoff. 5 days to go and only €2,599 raised of the €100,000 goal. Was the goal too high? Are gamers tired of new Traveller rule sets or just of Traveller crowdfunding projects? Maybe gamers would have prefered if it was on Kickstarter instead of Indiegogo?
Just the rules (Beta-version) can be downloaded for free from 13Mann. I hope they give this another try. Maybe they could skip the box and only make a glossy book and find alternative ways to pay the artists (maybe based on sales). In a few years I will need this.
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No, the Zhodani Base has not been hacked. I wrote about a Traveller crowd funding movie project and I thought the vanity levels looked cool. Now look at the vanity levels of this crowd funding movie project called How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town! For even less money than you would have to spend to party with the crew of the Traveller movie, you get to party with Jewel Staite (a.k.a. known as Kaylee from Firefly).
I am a fan of the Firefly since the style of that show is so close to my own Traveller gaming adventures. Kaylee as the engineer of the ship was one of my favourite characters. (Not only because she is so pretty.) Now she will be in a Canadian crowd funded movie.
Jewel Staite also runs a foodie blog and one of the vanity levels in this crowd funding project was to go out and eat with her in Vancouver. If I had lived in America, I would have supported this project at that level. Have you noted that Jewel and I are at the same restaurant in Paris in the pictures in the right column at our blogs.
If you cannot get enough of Jewel State you should also have a look at this charity work for Breast Cancer Research that she did. (Yes, she is nude in a tub.)
There is a new Traveller Kickstarter project to support. There is finally going to be a Traveller Movie, or at least a T.V. Pilot or a 22 minutes short film.
I do hope they can make this movie look good. The preview looks a bit cheap. I hope they can come up with a few better tricks when they are funded. It is not impossible to do something great with a small budget. Just look what Samuli Torssonen managed to do with Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. I hope Ken and Marc can learn something from him. Or if this project gets over funded and find some sponsors, then hire him or Joss Whedon.
When looking at the clips at for the Kickstarter I hope they would change the Aslan that looks like a crossbreed (and her hands are all wrong), and the recoil of the laser blast. Unless the ship has had a massive mis-jump, we shouldn’t see the galaxy in the “Possible Spinward Traveller Show Opening”.
The background story that is presented is interesting. This could be as good as Firefly without feeling as a copy of it. (In my opinion Firefly is already a copy of Traveller.)
My favorite character is already Tamhtadlieqr “Tam” Doka’rune played by Kristin Pelletier. She looks like a very convincing (and good-looking) Zhodani. I really like to meet her. But then I have to support this Kickstarter at the most expensive vanity levels… When it comes to the acting, so far, I like the facial expressions of Jon Spinward played by Brian Lewis. I hope that Ken and Marc can see the humour in the situation that Jon is in and to make him as hilarious as Arnold Judas Rimmer from Red Dwarf.
All images in this post used with permission from Ken Whitman.