Web Findings

I’ve just started to play Traveller (MgT, Version 1) with my kids and needed to update my GM library of useful tools. Fillable PDF forms are always worth stowing away. So here are two nice sheets. One is a fillable variant.

TravCharSheetPlain

TravCharSheetFillable




Happy New Year

This new year already is a few days old but even if a bit late, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016. Thank you so much for frequently or occasionally visiting my site. So what am I up to with the site this year?

There will be at least one new ship being presented and produced that I have started to work on in 2014 already. It was a proposed collaboration with Ian Steed, which didn’t make it into reality, because several personal aspekts of my life strained my wellbeing and I fell into a big creative lock.

Sory, Ian, for not having been able to do my part. Sorry, my readers, for lack of content. That’s going to change.

Cheers,
Mirco




Small Craft – 20ton Safari Launch

This 20ton Safari Launch is a variant of the small patrol boat I once designed for my patrol cruiser model. It has bee re-utilised as a Standard Merchant’s Launch (for the Subsidized Merchant) and a Safari Launch for both the Animal Class Safari Ship (yet to be built) and the JG Safari Ship.

Safari Launch

Vol Name TL Free Gs Fuel Duration MCr Computer Notes
20 Launch 9 11 1 0.5t 5 weeks 12.9 Model/1bis C, L0

The following interior view is from the 30ton Patrol Boat, so a few differences should be pointed out. The 20 ton launch does not have the indicated cargo bays, but retains the rear accessway between the split drives and powerplant. The corridor functions as the main airlock and has a ventral hatch to allow docking with a Subsidized Merchant, JG Safari Ship or other ships with externally mounted launches. All 20ton variants feature the dorsal hatch, which is optional on the larger 30ton boat.

A SAR (search and rescue) emergency response variant exists that trades the hardpoint for a dorsal docking mount used for quick evacuation of other craft trapped in hazardous situations. This variant also features an appropriate interior configuration (e.g. emergency lowberth or a sickbay.

The passenger area can be equipped with various configurations during construction or converted at any shipyard capable of repairing small craft.

patrolboatnoroof1

The image above shows a 30 ton Versiil Class Patrol Boat. To imagine the layout of the 20 ton Safari Launch described here imagine the following: The rear portion of the craft is moved forward to the approximate location of the rear cargo bay walls in the image above. The drives would be located at the location of the cargo bays above. The Passenger compartment is nearly the same size and misses the two center rows of seats. The total capacity for the Safari Launch is 20 plus 2 crew.

Pure cargo configurations or such with a lot more room for each passenger are common with the average of these vessels totalling 16 Passenger seats and 2 crew seats or 8 passenger seats, 2 crew plus a small cargo area in the rear part of the passenger section.




Small Craft – The Gig revisited…

Well I had this model for a while. But it lacked a certain something. Now what might that be? Interior? Landing gear? A mounted Weapon? Drive exhaust trails? A Pilot?

Let’s have a look…

Vol;Name;TL;Free;Gs;Fuel;Duration;MCr;Computer;Notes
20 ;Gig ;15 ;7.5 ;8 ;2t;5 weeks ;18.3 ;Model/2 ;B, C

20ton Gig WIP 01

20ton Gig WIP 01

I could be color.

30ton_Gig_2014

This is a larger 30ton variant. But you get the idea. I’m on a mission to texture all my existing models.




Traveller – Star Trader (Solo- or Solitaire RPG)

Today I grabbed Zozer’s Star Trader from DriveThruRPG.com (at less than 5 bucks a bargain, I’d say). And I plan to play a tiny series of adventure trading using that game. I printed it out in EU A5 size to match the format of the LBBs. I plan to play a potentially unhealthy mix of T5 and Classic Traveller with Book 2+ Rules, some house rules and a bit of handwaveium. What ever I use I will document that ion the project site.

Using this I will try to illustrated some (probably only very few) ships or perhaps even scenes to support my star trader’s diary.

My reference material will be…

  1. Star Trader by Zozer Games
  2. a few 6 sided Traveller dice
  3. travellermap.com
  4. Traveller deckplans from the web
  5. a spreadsheet on my tablet (google tables)
  6. some pregenerated characters (which will be described)
  7. http://eaglestone.pocketempires.com

And last and hopefully not least „imagination“. I want to play a trader on the edge. Maybe a smuggler or a pitential pirate. One who skips maintenance repairs, crew salaries and is otherwise quite nice. He’s not Mal Reynolds but Firefly flaor will certainly touch this solo game.




News – Updated articles of the past…

I recently updated the article about my 50ton Modular Cutter setting out a module and ATV. Have a look…

Modular Cutter w ContModule

Patrol Cruiser

  • Cunningham
  • SAR Cutter
  • System Guard
  • Undecorated Model

Modular Cutter

  • SAR Modular Cutter
  • Local Carrier
  • Remote Merchant

Module Setout

  • Landing Cutter
  • Prepare Module
  • Launch Cutter
  • Waiting Module
  • Open Clamshell Doors
  • Rotate Boom
  • Deploy Tracks
  • Relase ATV and drive off

Various Small Craft

  • 20ton Launch
  • 30ton Ship's Boat Combi Configuration
  • 30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat w Container Extension
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat w Container Extension (closed)
  • 30ton Slow Cargo Boat Std.

Research Pinnace

  • Combi Carrier
  • Passenger Shuttle
  • Cargo Hauler

More to come…




Small Craft – 20ton Launch

Now that I am addressing Classic Traveller small craft again, the 20dt Launch was just begging to be built from the basic ship’s boat frame.

Vol Name TL Free Gs Fuel Duration MCr Computer Notes
20 Launch 9 11 1 0.5t 5 weeks 12.9 Model/1bis C, L0

20ton Launch

20ton Launch

 

The 30ton Ship’s Boat and 20ton Launch share the same diameter hull and front section. As visible at the cockpit window configuration these craft have three windows out front. The 50ton Modular Cutter and the 40ton Research Pinnace however share a 6m diameter hull and the same front section to. These cockpits have four windows out front.




Small Craft – 30ton Ship’s Boat

After I made a modular Cutter about two years ago, I planned to do all the standard Small Craft. I sort of relauched that project recently. This is the current State of the Ship’s Boat.

Vol Name TL Free Gs Fuel Duration MCr Computer Notes
30 Ship’s Boat  13+ 16 6 2t 4 weeks 14.8 Model/1bis

30ton Ship's Boat Combi Configuration

30ton Ship’s Boat Combi Configuration

 

I think I will need the finished boat for the 600ton Subsidized Liner, that’s also on my workbench atm. But both vessels are far from complete.

The 30ton Ship’s Boat and 20ton Launch share the same diameter hull and front section. As visible at the cockpit window configuration these craft have three windows out front. The 50ton Modular Cutter and the 40ton Research Pinnace however share a 6m diameter hull and the same front section to. These cockpits have four windows out front.

30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration

30ton Ships Boat Double Cargo Gate Configuration

The image below shows two updated models above the Slow Boat.

 

CargoBoats




Rolling back to original Traveller Illustrated Theme…

Hi everybody. After dabbling around with approximately 15 different themes I liked the old one best and rolled back to that theme. It doesn’t support advanced menus, but this is a much simpler site than e.g. http://riftroamers.net, where my own Sci-Fi RPG resides and probably doesn’t need all that fancy blinky-blink stuff at all.

If you wish to comment on the site-design, please feel free to do so, but I am quite content atm.

Theme variants I recently tried:

 

 

And last but not least the old new scheme…

 stardust

 

I think now I can concentrate on creating illustrations for Traveller again, instead of redesigning the website. Hope you like and agree…

Cheers, Mirco




„Lone Lady“ resource page…

The „Lone Lady“ Resources

Here is a link to the Promotional Video by Digital Arc Systems

The „Lone Lady“ in Action, video by Digital Arc Systems

Copyright 2015: Digital Arc Systems and used with permission.

Please note that the video below is not covered by the side-wide License stated below.

DropBox-Download Link for the model: link and the Update-Link.

(Software used: Blender 2.70 or later).

Digital Arc Systems: Promotional use during devellopment of commercial Traveller Gaming Support software.

All other users (if you have the password you are part of this group):

Traveller Illustrated International Licensing

Creative Commons License
Traveller Illustrated by Mirco Adam is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

The video plot is as follows (text edited):

The trader comes out of jump space, streaking toward a barren planet.  There is a cliff side industrial looking facility, it lands on a platform overhanging the chasm.  We switch to live action video showing a fire fight with the party.  We show the ship taking off from the platform, the facility exploding behind it.  As it tries to reach orbit, two Rampart class fighters harass it.  That’s no problem for the Lone Lady, she makes quick work of them using her turrets…

She’s made orbit, and she’s almost home free.  That’s when the two system defense boats come over the horizon of the planet.  The DBs are moving at flank speed, their turrets slew and begin firing on our Empress Marava as the missile bays open.  The Marava is now desperate to make the 100 diameter limit, it’s popping sand casters, performing evasive maneuvers.  The SDBs launch wave after wave of missiles. The Marava engages in Point defense, but there are just too many missiles.  They get closer and closer and at the very last possible minute, the ship makes jump…

Scale of the project:

The distribution on this is private.  After securing the rights to build the actual game, we would be interested in sitting down and talking with you about utilizing some of your models for animation purposes (not as part of the game per se).  The distribution would be start in the US and grow to world wide.  The intended audience is between 60,000 and 120,000 people.

[…] We are particularly intersted in Far Trader Lone Lady.  (She’s a sharp looking lady!)  We would like the model with the textures.  We’d need it in C4D or OBJ + MTI format.