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.
Cirque, a 160 page campaign source book for Traveller5 (T5) at familiar worlds in the Spinward Marches. This sounded like a good idea to me. I am backing it and getting a print version.
The idea of a circus, instead of the usual gang in a Free Trader is quite an unorthodox idea. But it sounds interesting and this is not the first time we have seen an unorthodox idea like this. Remember the rock-band Veedback in an amber zone adventure in JTAS 23. That was a cool adventure in only 3 pages. Cirque will probably be just as cool and requires a lot less work for the referee since it will be 160 pages.
I just love Elite. You have a starship and travel between planets and trade and try to avoid dangers. You can equip your starship or upgrade to a better ship. (Does it sound familiar?) I played it a lot on my ZX Spectrum. I would have played it even more if the copyright protection hadn’t been so silly. Then I got a PC and played Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters. Now I play Oolite.
David Braben has now started a Kickstarted project for a new multi-user Elite called Elite: Dangerous. I want this new game and I support this project.
In the original Elite (and in Oolite) the game map is 8 “galaxies” with 256 planets each. I thought that a galaxy would work great as a sector for Traveller, so I started mapping Galaxy One for Traveller. So far I have mapped half of the sector (8 Subsectors). The starting position for the old Elite game is in the Old Worlds Subsector. The other 7 subsectors can be found here and here.
I found a new subsector at Traveller Map. I am sure it wasn’t there a few days ago. Now we can have a look at subsector E of Pliabriebl sector. There was no news about it at the Traveller Map blog (yet). If you look at the credits for this Sector, you can see that it is Marc Miller that has mapped this subsector.
The reason for mapping this subsector must be that in the very successful Kickstarter project for Traveller5 you will get your name “laser-carved on the alabaster cliffs overlooking the Sea of Mists on Ecalpemos (Pliabriebl 0411) after the crucial Battle of Shadows against the Black Fleets” if you invest $25 or more. I am also looking forward to reading more about the Shadows and the Black Fleets as well…
The Fat Cat (tIG TPT-133 “Fat Cat” Logistics Transport) is an interesting ship from Fat Cat Games. It’s a 300 ton trader with an unorthodox design. 300 tons might be a nice compromise between the 200 ton far trader, that might seem too small and the 400 ton Subsidized Merchant that may be too big. This feels like it would be a perfect adventure ship. The design is done for Mongoose Traveller rules, but can easily be used with any Traveller rules. The design is for an unspecified ATU (that I think we will soon hear some more about), but can easily be used in the OTU.
The deckplans in the book are in black and white. The level of detail in them are better than what we are used to see in a CT product. The side views are really cool. I like that they have included images of humans to show the size. The descriptions of the deckplans are very good.
The CGI images are good but I think the texture on the ship is a bit boring. (I want to see serial numbers, name of the ship, company logo, warning markings, etc.) The darker images are the ones I like the best. The mirror effect on the landed ship is quite cool, since that is not what we are used to see. Showing humans with the landed craft is also a good idea.
In the last part of the book there is an example crew and 3 Patrons (adventure hooks). I like this, since I like adventure. Now it is easy to use the ship, either as an encounter or as a PCs ship to run some quick scenarios.
I like this product. It could serve as a template for what a product for a Traveller Starship should include. (I only missed a good index.)
You can get this now as a pdf at DriveThruRPG, but there is also a Kickstarter project for a printed (and updated) version. At the Kickstarter site, there is also a nice picture of the ship landed in water.