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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.

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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!

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

Origo Point Subsector

One of the more popular pages at the Zhodani Base is the Random Subsector Generator. With the help of the generator, some text editing and the post function at Traveller Maps I created this subsector.
Origo Point SubsectorI was inspired by Point Central from the Valérian Comic, Ambassador of the Shadows (and others). I thought it was an interesting idea with a place where different cultures could meet. Babylon-5 is a similar place. I was also inspired by the planet Rubanis from the Valérian comic Les Spectres d’Inverloch (and others). It was because of Rubanis that I decided to make Origo Point a planet.

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