Author Archives: Alvin Plummer

About Alvin Plummer

I enjoy playing in the huge sandbox that Classic Traveller represents. Come along for the ride!

The Cheollima Group

An interesting model for a Traveller Intervention association, perhaps tied to transporting refugees and fleeing families from Zhodani or Solomani Space, to the safety of the Imperial worlds. The man claiming to be Nam’s son in the latest video doesn’t … Continue reading

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Upside Down Deaths

Typically, I have always envisioned most Travellers dying by ballistics, explosives, radiation, the joys of (not) breathing vacuum, and occasionally disease and low-tech pointy and blunt instruments. Then, there are the Scouts, who have apparently made it their mission to … Continue reading

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Room Breaching & Clearing

For Referees who have exactly zero military experience – like yours truly – this is a smooth, simple, and clear review of the basics. The thing that immediately stands out for scenario/tactical mapping is: it’s really important where those doors … Continue reading

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Space Elevators

A very nice presentation of space elevators. Certainly, there are a ton of good story ideas to be used here, and not just if the cable snaps! Even the fight to bring the cost of graphene or carbon cables down … Continue reading

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Who’s Laughing?

A joke currently in circulation: My wife asked why I carried a gun around the house. I told her: fear of CIA. She laughed. I laughed. The Amazon Echo laughed. I shot the echo. The guys listening in – be … Continue reading

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A Lost World of Innovation

The following post is not really Traveller until the end. Instead, it describes a scientific tragedy, and a great loss in potential discoveries and new insights, all in the name of restricting knowledge to a guild of elitist paid professionals. … Continue reading

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Imperial Dreams

It is false, to always claim that the past was better than the present. In some ways, yes, but not in most ways. Even so… I wish that Traveller would inspire dreams, and visions, of a grand, inspiring, yet dangerous … Continue reading

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The Purge, The Books, and the Money

From an article celebrating both Capitalism and the Reformation: A curious tale is related of how he contrived to turn the devices of his foes to advantage. The Archbishop of Canterbury [Whalem at the time] was buying up his translations … Continue reading

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Space is Big: The Map

If the Moon Were Only One Pixel does a good job in describing how immense a solar system is. Or — if you don’t care to scroll for a couple of minutes — there’s always the video below. An on … Continue reading

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He was Nothing. The Well is Everything!

Every Traveller group should encounter at least one frenemy with eagle eyes and amazing marksmanship. Also, this clip gets the tribal instincts of the Empty Quarter spot-on. When you get two tribes and their flocks, and a well that can … Continue reading

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