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State of the Base

What has happened at The Base in 2017? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!

Highlights

The Zhodani Base now has reached over 750 fans at facebook.

A new adventure.

Lowlights

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

There was no Amber Zone Contest this year.

We only did two reviews.

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

Traveller Ascension: Imperial Warrant Boardgame is another Kickstarter that still hasn’t delivered.

Greg Lee and Donavan Lambertus and Loren Wiseman 🙁

Site Stats

The Zhodani Base has about 6000 proper visitors each month. That is a little better than last year.

The 5 most popular posts on the blog was:

  1. Cepheus Engine (1)
  2. Spherical Space Ships (2)
  3. New big blank subsector maps (new)
  4. Traveller Inspiration: Free e-books (3)
  5. Spinward Marches upside down (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. Generators (5)
  5. Amber Zone (4)

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

  1. traveller rpg (3)
  2. traveller rpg pdf (2)
  3. zho berka (new)
  4. cepheus engine (new)
  5. zhodani (new)

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

It is interesting to see that Cepheus Engine is becoming more popular.

To-do List

We will run an Amber Zone contest this year. (Be prepared!)
Sorry for not running one in 2017. I will probably do this without sponsors.

Expect to see at least some more reviews of Science Fiction books and Traveller Products. We have a huge backlog now.

We will repost some more stuff from the defunct Traveller Freeport website.

We will post season 2 of the The adventures of Starship Notorious.

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Zhodani Base Awards 2017

Zhodani Base Awards 2017Welcome to the Zhodani Base Awards 2017! 2017 has been another amazing year for Traveller products. Lots of new stuff from the small publishers (and Mongoose).

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

The winner of the “Best Cover” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: A Life Worth Living from Stygian Fox.

There were lots of Traveller products with nice covers this year. Lots of love for all nice covers. A cool action image and an otherwise well designed cover was what won this year.

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 2017 is: Freelance Traveller

Freelance Traveller has once again proved that they are the best fanzine by publishing bimestrial 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:

The winner of the “Best Adventure” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Pirates of Drinax from Mongoose.

There were lots of fine Traveller Adventures for different settings published. But The Pirates of Drinax was outstanding.

Next category is “Best Ship or Deckplan“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Ship or Deckplan” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: DeVass Class Private Starship from Moon Toad Publishing.

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

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

The winner of the “Best ATU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: Mindjammer from Modiphius.

This category always make me happy since you can always find so many cool ideas.

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

The winner of the “Best OTU Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Great Rift from Mongoose

Mongoose continues to produce good quality products for the OTU.

A final bonus category this year is “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product“. The nominees are:

The winner of the “Best Free or Pay What You Want Traveller Product” category of the Zhodani Base Awards 2017 is: The Encyclopedia of Dagudashaag from Signal-GK and GDW.

The Encyclopedia of Dagudashaag wins because it is an amazing fan produced product.

State of the Base

What has happened at The Base in 2016? A lot of things, but not as much as I had hoped!

Highlights

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.

Lowlights

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

There was no Amber Zone Contest this year.

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

Traveller Ascension: Imperial Warrant Boardgame is another Kickstarter that still hasn’t delivered.

Site Stats

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:

  1. Cepheus Engine (new)
  2. Spherical Space Ships (1)
  3. Traveller Inspiration: Free e-books (new)
  4. The Final Zhodani Base 76 Patrons Writing Contest (new)
  5. What makes a subsector popular? (4)

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. Amber Zone (5)
  5. Generators (new)

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

  1. zhodani base (1)
  2. traveller rpg pdf (3)
  3. traveller rpg (2)
  4. free traveller rpg pdf downloads (new)
  5. 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.

To-do List

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.

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