Good Morning, All:
Mongoose has released the latest draft of the Developer’s Pack for Traveller, which included, among other things, the Fair Use Policy that has governed the release of Stellar Reaches in the past. Other things that have been included in the Developer’s Pack are the Foreven Sector Logo License (which allows publications in the OTU, but only in the Foreven Sector) and the Traveller Logo License (which allows for the use of a Traveller Compatible logo). While these elements are not yet fully complete, it is likely that we are seeing something close to the final product. Thus, these documents give us an idea of what may lie ahead for Stellar Reaches.
To my understanding, here are our options:
1. If we want to continue to support the Empty Quarter sector and the rest of the OTU, then we will be able to use the Fair Use Policy. However, using the Fair Use Policy means that we cannot publish anything that supports the Mongoose Traveller rules set.
2. If we want to support the Mongoose Traveller rules set and publish in the OTU, then we will have to limit our involvement in the OTU to the Foreven Sector only. This would allow us to support all of the Traveller rules sets AND the OTU.
3. If we want to support all Traveller rules sets, and not worry about the OTU, then we will have to limit our involvement to a non-OTU setting. It is possible for us to create our own setting for the fanzine under the Fair Use Policy, but the fan support may be more limited than an OTU approach would be.
I personally do not feel strongly towards any particular option being presented above, as I do not game in the Empty Quarter sector. However, I recognize that Stellar Reaches fans may have some strong opinions on the matter, and so I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see for the future of Stellar Reaches before I make any decisions.
With Warm Regards,
Jason “Flynn” Kemp,
Editor, Stellar Reaches Fanzine