Monthly Archives: June 2016

Traveller Scale

Sometimes, Traveller works on a huge scale. And sometimes, small-scale stories are the thing to do. I suggest that the small scale is best for most groups: the huge scale of the Traveller universe is kept in the background most … Continue reading

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Travel Zones

It’s interesting, to see Traveller-style travel zones put to work in the real world. The Travellers Aid Society sticks to zoning worlds: but there could be a market for more detailed zoning of main worlds (and other worlds of population … Continue reading

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Desperation Trades

We Have It… if You Can Pay for It After reading an interesting article on the ongoing collapse of Venezuela, I can come up with a critical set of goods that an interstellar trader can offer “at prices the market can … Continue reading

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Democratic Earth, Conquered Earth

If you divided earth into pieces of roughly equal population, you’d get this map. From the comments: This map of the world has been divided in equally-populated zones. Each zone contains roughly 1% of the human world population, which currently means … Continue reading

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The Only Fantasy World Map…

…you’ll ever need. (The unlabelled version is here… but it’s the original that made me snort.) Now, Traveller is an SF game… but the PCs have got to land somewhere, and if they can’t get to the starship for one … Continue reading

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Martin van Creveld

I have only recently discovered that van Creveld, an author I always admired, also has a fine blog as well. Duh! Just going back to the more recent posts, I came across two posts that would be gremane Imperial forces in the … Continue reading

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There Will Be War

Jerry Pournelle, a sci-fi author beloved by fans of a certain age, has actually released a new volume in the There Will Be War series. There Will Be War Volume X came out in December 2015, but I just discovered … Continue reading

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Something Went Wrong

“I tell you, Grimm, Aoli and I have done this a thousand times! This wasn’t supposed to be any different. A few goblins, a troll or two and then treasure. Everything was going great! We were just about to enter … Continue reading

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Styrofoam & Mealworms

From High school girl discovers Styrofoam-eating bacterium I blogged about a Canadian student’s discovery of plastic-eating microorganisms last May. Just last month, another 16-year-old high school student (this time from Taiwan), Tseng I-Ching swept the world’s largest science fair in the Peoples Choice … Continue reading

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Vilani Conversation Skills

From How to Overcome Shyness: Warm up. If you’re at a party, you can have the same exact conversation over and over and over. Hit up one or two people at a time and practice the same social pleasantries and platitudes until you’ve … Continue reading

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