What I am currently working on. The adventures of Starship Notorious.
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.
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.
It was quite difficult to pick the winners of the 76 patrons contest this last year of the contest. There were 11 good entries to choose from.
But one Patron stood out from the rest. It was written in a very inspiring way. It may have missed the brief a bit since it may seem unethical (but the PCs should believe that they are stopping a crime, so it really isn’t unethical). It also may seem a bit copied from the Firefly episode “The Train Job” and using ideas from “Johnny Mnemonic” but it could also be played in many different ways. Anyway, I think it was the best one! The winner is Hypercognitive by Michael Brown. Well done and Congratulations!
Second place goes to Idol of the Space God by Roland Volz. It is a very fun idea that could be expanded into many related adventures using this church and/or the idols as a theme.
Third place goes to Hewitt’s Hog Rides Again by KJ Potter. Recovering that mortar and the military aspect of this and/or additional adventures using this makes this an interesting Patron.
- Hypercognitive (by Michael Brown) $100
- Idol of the Space God (by Roland Volz) $60
- Hewitt’s Hog Rides Again (by KJ Potter) $40
Other winners are Marcus Maximus ($ 15) for being the most productive contestant.
Alegis Downport for writing the Patron that attracts most SPAM comments ($ 5).
Flynn for including his own name ($ 5).
Ron Smith for an excellent campaign starting Patron ($ 5).
Aza, for almost cheating but still writing a cool adventure ($ 5).
Finally Jim Vassilakos for his very interesting Patron in the Foreven sector and for including the Zhodani in option 5 and 6 ($ 10).
All winners will be contacted. All prizes are Gift Certificates at DriveThruRPG.
I want to say a big Thank You to all contestants!
This was the last Zhodani Base 76 Patrons contest. Unfortunately we only have 73 Patrons now. I have to write 3 Patrons myself. I have some ideas… But if you have an idea and want to help, then please contact BeRKA.
We got 10 entries for the 76 Patrons Contest. If you have sent me something and not got a reply. This is the last call to resend it! This is also the last call for any updates!
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:
- Universal Health Care (by Raz, winner 2009)
- Drought (by Ewan Quibell, winner 2010)
- The Builder (by Alegis Downport, winner 2011)
- Tourist Trap (by Greg Videll, winner 2012)
- The Executor (by Friz, winner 2013)
- The Oncoming Storm (by Library Bob, winner 2014)
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.
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…
6, Please use a spell checker!
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.