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The Fringe

Patron: Entertainer Manager
Required Skills: martial skills consistent with bodyguards/security
Required Equipment: non-lethal weapons

Players’ Information:
The group is contacted by Maran FitzSimmons, the manager of the up-and-coming group The Fringe. This group of five musicians has been signed to a year-long tour of this and a neighboring subsector. This tour includes public venues, private concerts for nobility and even open-air concerts on military installations to entertain the troops.

The manager has already hired the crew to the newly purchased Desiree Keah-type yacht (see FASA, Adventure Class Ships, Vol. 1) that will be used to take the group from concert to concert. Named the Cosmic Chorus, this yacht has had a few minor modifications. This includes converting the entertainment/recreational space up forward to a makeshift stage where the group practices their song sets and creates holovid productions used for public release. The cargo bay has been reduced from 24 to 20 tons to allow eight more low berths to be in use (for a total of ten berths). These berths contain the “roadies” that set up and break down the concerts. The computer space also has been modified to include sound mixing and recording of the holovids.

The offer from the manager is to guard the musicians while they are out an about planetside. The group is known for their chaotic public appearances and due to their popularity, the manager wants to make sure they don’t get kidnapped or lose their way to and from the concerts. What makes this so interesting is the group wears fancy psi helmets when they perform. These psi helmets also have a display screen on the front of their visor that either shows the lyrics as they are being sung or it displays messages from the group to their fans. At all performances the group’s faces are concealed. This has allowed the group to have free movement when in public.

The group of five consists of three male and two female entertainers. The manager is looking for one bodyguard per performer and one to act as a liaison between the concert security and the band’s security. If possible, the bodyguards need to try to keep the performers out of trouble and away from any negative headlines. The PC’s will be asked to sign a contract for six months (with the option of a full year) which includes a confidentiality clause. The rates will be double normal rate (4,000 credits per month) and if the contract is filled a bonus of 4,000 credits will be awarded. Food and accommodations on board the ship are covered, and they each will be allowed one ton of cargo space in the hold for personal gear. The PC’s will be advanced 1,000 credits to purchase non-lethal weapons (such as OC spray, stun batons, etc.).

While on duty the PC’s will be required to follow the law levels of the worlds they visit. If the law allows for heavier weapons they can be utilized, but the concerts are strictly non-lethal weapons only. All security measures and reports of trouble are to be sent back to the manager only. The PC’s will also be asked to wear a tee-shirt with the band’s logo with “Security” on the front and back.

The Band
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Referee’s Information:
The manager runs the show and owns the ship. The band itself are basically his employees and they are not thrilled about it. It is their hope to buy out the manager someday and they can run their own affairs. Most of the musicians have some substance abuse problems to cope with the pressure and with their situation. Because of this, the manager has robots made up to look like the performers on stage. Because they are always concealed nobody would be the wiser. These robots are maintained by the mechanical cyber-engineer who is a trusted friend of the manager. The sound engineer is also a talented software engineer who is also a trusted friend of the manager. Rounding this out is the ship’s doctor who makes sure the musicians have the substance of their choice on hand to keep them happy and stoned.

Between the tension on the boat between the band and the manager’s staff, between the chaotic nature of the band itself and the close nature of all these people on a yacht, this can keep the PC’s busy for a while.

Outcomes:
1. The offer is legitimate. The musicians party a lot and really have to be kept on a leash, especially when they are planetside. The manager stays focused on the bottom line as tensions between his and the band escalate. If the PC’s last a year the band will break up, but the money promised will be paid.

2. The offer is legitimate. The musicians are unaware that the manager is skimming the profits off the top until the end of the tour. At the end of the six months the manager will let the PC’s go to avoid paying any bonus. He will use any “incident” as an excuse to legitimize his actions. Meanwhile the “Sound engineer” will be hacking into the planetary networks on the worlds they visit, attacking financial assets whenever vulnerable systems can be found.

3. The band is a fraud. The “voices” of the band come from the sound engineer who generates sounds and loads them on to the robots. The manager will be willing to pay more to keep the secret from the public. The actual musicians are just a front.

4. The band is paranoid. The “Voices” are truly theirs, but they are loaded on to the robots when a live performance is required.

5. The band is a front. The manager is actually an intelligence officer who is using access to military installations and public places to gather information for a foreign group.

6. The band is a front. The roadies are trained commandos who have specific targets along the way in mind to compromise. The robots are also have martial skills.
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Traveller RPG playlist for Spotify

My thoughts about the Traveller RPG playlist for Spotify was to include good (and some bad, but still fun to listen to) music that could be an inspiration for Traveller.

A really good Referee could arrange the list, so that it matches the current game. (E.g. play Vargr Moon when meeting the Vargr, play 1-0-0-1-0 when working with computers and play The Joker when meeting a Space Cowboy. etc…)

I didn’t want to include any theme song from science fiction movies or TV in the list since these shows are not Traveller. The only exception (since I think it is very close to Traveller) is the theme from Firefly by Sonny Rhodes (who look a bit like a Zhodani). But his original version isn’t on Spotify so it is not in the list.

Why are those tracks on the playlist?

  1. Oxygène – Part IV (Jean Michel Jarre)
    A nice futuristic track. Oxygen is needed by most sophonts in Traveller. Why not play this when there is a hull breach.
  2. Love Missile F1-11 (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)
    It’s one of the bad (or annoying) tracks, but it’s about missiles by a band named Sputnik. We played this a lot in the 80s. At one time we filled a jukebox in a Bayswater pub with coins and only selected this song and “Touch Me” (since you could not select the same song twice in a row).
  3. Blinkar Blå (Adolphson & Falk)
    A good futuristic track. I haven’t figured out if this is about a Nuclear Power Plant or about SETI yet.
  4. Vargr Moon (The Lord Weird Slough Feg)
    I had to include one of their tracks from their Traveller album.
  5. Life on Mars? (David Bowie)
    One of Bowie’s classic space themed songs. Play it when visiting an ice-capped world.
  6. Lunar Bay (FGTH)
    A nice one (but not that well known) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Play it when landing on a moon.
  7. Spaceface (Simple Minds)
    I have played lots of music by Simple Minds when playing Traveller. This one can be played when doing a space walk.
  8. Satellite Of Love (Eurythmics)
    This version of Lou Reed’s song is the one I think work best as an Inspiration for Traveller.
  9. Seconds (Human League)
    A song about an assassination, a not too uncommon theme in Traveller.
  10. Planet Earth (Duran Duran)
    A song about a well-known planet… May work better in the Solomani Rim.
  11. Space Oddity (David Bowie)
    Another one of his classic space themed songs. Another one to play when doing an EVA.
  12. The Only Star in Heaven (FGTH)
    A cool song about a Star by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Space is a place called love.
  13. Blue Skinned Beast (Madness)
    Something to play in the StarPort bar. Three cheers to the blue skinned beast hip hip!
  14. Declare Guerre Nucleair (The Hives)
    A band that tries to manipulate you must be on the list. Play when using Striker rules.
  15. Jet Boy Jet Girl (Chron Gen)
    Space punk to play when in orbit. I’m gonna take you ’round the world. (Ça plane pour moi)
  16. Sweat In Bullet (Simple Minds)
    Another one to play when using Striker rules. Airmobility, dressability, tranquil.
  17. Rocket Man (Elton John)
    When Travelling. Oh no, no, no, I’m a rocket man.
  18. 1-0-0-1-0 (Adolphson & Falk)
    About computers. 1-0-0-1-0, vi måste tala samma språk. Adolphson & Falk made an album in English, but the translations of the songs were really bad. 1-0-0-1-0, we have to talk the same language.
  19. Out Of Space (The Prodigy)
    This one is for the Scouts. I’m gonna send him to outer space, find another race.
  20. In the year 2525 (Zager And Evans)
    In the year 4545, Cleon I rules the Imperium.
  21. The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
    This just had to into this list. Some people call me the space cowboy.
  22. Starman (David Bowie)
    Another one of Bowie’s songs. There’s a Starman waiting in the sky.
  23. Venus (Bananarama)
    A song about a planet? Anyway, I think that this version is the best one. We played this a lot on the jukebox in the cantina at Lv7 in Luleå.
  24. Les chants magnétiques, Pt. II (Jean Michel Jarre)
    I have studied astrophysics, and know about the magnetic fields in Space. \nabla\cdot\mathbf{B} = 0
  25. Loving The Alien (David Bowie)
    Something for the Scouts, or when visiting Zeta 2.
  26. Back In Standard Gravity (Liberator)
    To play when you have landed.
  27. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Ultravox)
    Play when having problems with the ship’s Powerplant.
  28. Foundation (Spandau Ballet)
    This song must have been inspired by Asimov. In the Foundation series, Cleon I was the last emperor. In Traveller Cleon I he was the first one (in the Third Imperium).
  29. Tout Petit La Planète (Plastic Bertrand)
    Could be played when visiting a small (size < 4) planet. (Or use my house rules for too small planets.)
  30. The Robots (Kraftwerk)
    Play when meeting robots.
  31. Intergalactic (Beastie Boys)
    Intergalactic, planetary, planetary Intergalactic.
  32. Astronaut (Gordon)
    Swedish Ska. From their album “Oh my God, it’s full of Stars”.
  33. Spaceship (Miss Li)
    We can build a spaceship and fly away.
  34. Planet Claire (The B-52’s)
    Faster than the speed of light.
  35. Surfing With The Alien (Joe Satriani)
    Suggested by Jim Kundert.
  36. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)
    Jim Kunderts suggested another Pink Floyd song, but I like this one better.
  37. Spaceman (Babylon Zoo)
    Or should it be Babylon Zho? Suggested by Jim Kundert.
  38. Sailing (Christopher Cross)
    Suggested by Don McKinney, for Classic Traveller
  39. Supernova (Mike Oldfield)
    Suggested by Jim Kundert.
  40. The Traveller (Joe Satriani)
    Suggested by Andy Slack.
  41. For A Million (Alphaville)
    Suggested by Jim Kundert.
  42. Navigator (Lesiëm)
    Do you think of the navigators from Dune?
  43. Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei)
    Suggested by Jim Kundert. Not the Kill Bill version.
  44. The Honeythief (Hipsway)
    Suggested by Don McKinney, for MegaTraveller
  45. Also sprach Zarathustra (Deodato)
    From Todd Bradley’s playlist. But I preferred this version since it didn’t sound so 2001.
  46. I Am A Dalek (The Art Attacks)
    Sorry! I just had to add this.
  47. Gamma Ray (Beck)
    From a Super Nova or from a really powerful laser?
  48. Stellar (Incubus)
    Meet me in outer space.
  49. Hangar 18 (Megadeth)
    Is there a crashed Vegan Scout-ship hidden in Hangar 18?
  50. Knights Of Cydonia (Muse)
    If the Face of Mars in Cydonia isn’t just a strangely shaped mountain, then what it is? Adventure!
  51. Escape From the Atmosphere (Mannheim Steamroller)
    Suggested by Don McKinney, for dealing with the Zhodani in Mongoose Traveller.
  52. Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple)
    Suggested by Bill Clark.
  53. I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper (Sarah Brightman)
    Flashing lights in hyper space.
  54. Short Change Hero (The Heavy)
    Suggested by Nils.
  55. Worst Day Since Yesterday (Flogging Molly)
    Suggested by Nils.
  56. 2000 Light Years from Home (The Rolling Stones)
    That will place you somewhere in the Chtierabl Sector.
Music Listener
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