Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Lioness of Brittany’s Black Fleet

From Wikipedia In 1342, the English, after four attempts, captured Vannes. Her husband Olivier and Hervé VII de Léon, the military commanders defending this city, were captured. Olivier was the only one released after an exchange for Ralph de Stafford, … Continue reading

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The Kardsashev Scale

One day, someday, someone will finally write a science-fiction story leveraging all the available technology to its maximum potential. Well, with near-future, frankly mundane assumptions, such as computers being smarter than men and useful fusion plants. In case the music … Continue reading

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“Your Friends Will Miss You Dearly”

The cut’n’paste is from Can you destroy an enemy tank by opening the hatch and dropping a grenade inside? Hmm.. Image: Merkava turret (sorry for the mess, end of exercise), my scrawny gunner shoved into the hatch and photoshopped in … Continue reading

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Schooled by Issac Arthur

Issac Arthur — actually, Isaac Albert Arthur (a born sci-fi man) — has produced an intellectually attractive set of 20-40 minute speculative science videos, dense with information, which could be very useful for Travellers of all ages. Starlifting (what I … Continue reading

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Hexographer

I recently discovered an older (but still very useful) hex mapper, Hexographer. While it is capable of building simple-but-useful Subsector and Sector maps, it’s planetary maps that the Free Java-based program excels at. It is originally meant for the Fantasy … Continue reading

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Far Horizon

A good supplement for the Cepheus Engine, Far Horizon is a near-future space exploration of a rogue planet. Part of the Orbital 2100 universe, the general setting is TL 9. Even if it’s just to low-tech for your tastes, the … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Third Planet

An interesting cartoon, the Mystery of the Third Planet. There are a couple of decent Trav ideas to be gleaned from it: I liked the “robot plague” the most, but the meeting of three famous captains is worth a spin. … Continue reading

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Mindjammer for Traveller

As you might guess, I’m fully vested in the Traveller Canon… …but I won’t begrudge you if you decide to go for something more modern and free-form, like Mindjammer (now with Traveller Rules!) From the original Mindjammer text (winner of … Continue reading

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Telstar Logistics

A very interesting company, based in Bavaria. PCs checking up on it are sure to find something inspirational for their campaigns…  

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Enraging Vilani Perfectionism

The Vilani and the East Asians By her own account, Marie Kondo was an unusual child, poring over lifestyle magazines to glean organizing techniques and then stealthily practicing them at home and school, confounding her family and bemusing her teachers. … Continue reading

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