Monday, January 27, 2020

Xboat Fanzine Special Supplement #1: Contact!

Just received my copy of Xboat Special Supplement #1: Contact! as part of Rob Eaglestone's Kickstarter fanzine project.  It's a good mix of classic Traveller races and some lesser knowns. Races include the Amindii, Aslan, Bwap, Clothian, Droyne, Hiver, K'kree, Llellewyloly, Robots, Shrieker, and Vargr. Very cool wraparound cover and amazing interior artwork by Tim Osborne. Great job, guys!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Xboat Fanzine Issue #2

Guess what showed up in the mailbox today? It even came in an envelope this time, so it arrived in great condition. Congratulations again to Rob Eaglestone for getting another issue out the airlock!

11/26/2019 UPDATE: I just discovered this morning that Rob had sent out just a few copies of Issue #2 as a mail test. With everything working out okay, I'm sure he'll have the rest in the mail soon. Sorry to jump the gun on this one, gang!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Interview with Marc Miller and Starship Geomorphs update

I really enjoy watching interviews with Marc Miller. I'm not sure how I missed this one, from GaryCon last March, but since it currently only has 25 views I'm guessing a lot of you haven't seen it either. It is well worth watching in my opinion. Big thanks to Luke Gygax for posting this to YouTube. Here's a link to help boost the signal: GCXI Panel: Traveller.

In the interview, there is some discussion about a print version of the Starship Geomorphs book. This is something I still very much want to do and am working toward that goal, but I currently have a lot of Traveller irons in the fire and no more spare time than usual. I am in the process of creating a new section for the book called End Geomorphs. These are geomorphs that are designed to connect to only one other geomorph. I'm not sure yet how many of the new geomorphs I will create, but I expect the final print version will be between 200 and 220 pages, including new artwork. December is generally a slow month for me, so hopefully this will be complete and ready to print in early 2020.

Here is an example of an End geomorph, a bridge for a large scale ship with stations based loosely on the Azhanti High Lightning:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Traveller 5 Has Arrived!

I received my hardbound Traveller 5 set today - 5 days ahead of schedule and everything in great shape! I don't know why, but there's something about holding a physical copy of a book that is so much more fulfilling than reading a PDF from a tablet

Congratulations to Marc Miller for his successful Kickstarter campaign!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

What's Playing at the Starport Megaplex?

I came up with a list of a couple dozen or so movie titles that might be playing in my Traveller universe and decided to create movie posters for some of them. Sorry guys, "Debbie Does Dalos" didn't make the list. What's playing at your starport megaplex?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Xboat Fanzine Issue #1

I just received this in the mail. Congratulations to Robert Eaglestone for his successful Kickstarter campaign. It's always great to see new Traveller products being developed to keep the game not just alive, but thriving. I'm honored to have been a part. Ian Stead's cover art blows my socks off and I can't stop looking at it.

For those who didn't fund the Kickstarter and are interested in purchasing issues, I'd suggest to keep your eyes on the Traveller Facebook groups for more info. I think Rob's got his hands full right now making sure all the orders get processed. I'll post an update here when I find out what his plans are.

As one of the contributing artists, and having had access to the texts for months, I think I'm too close to the project to provide any kind of review. I'm curious to hear what the people new to the fanzine have to say. I do have one minor complaint, which I've already read echoed by other Kickstarter contributors - the 'zine came in the mail just as it is shown, so there was a small bit of damage that occurred during delivery. A couple crunched corners and a few bent pages inside. Nothing to cry over, but not pristine. Maybe some kind of mailer can be used for the next issue.

To all the supporters, I hope you enjoy this addition to your library. Happy Travelling, everyone!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

HSG's "Yacht My Problem" campaign on YouTube

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to High Shelf Gaming for their "Yacht My Problem" Traveller campaign. David Gillespie is using Roll20 to bring his group together virtually. Gaming sessions are live streamed and posted on YouTube.

Watching others play is an entertaining way to see different gamer and referee play styles. Session 3, just released yesterday, was a good reminder of just how deadly Traveller play can be and how quickly things can go bad. The scene where the characters had to move their recently deceased comrade from one ship to another while flying through space was a particular nail-biter - and yet still hilarious in many ways. I also enjoyed seeing the bounty hunter variant of my Hammer Class starship and some Starship Geomorphs used in actual gameplay. Always happy to see my work being put to good use.

HSG's videos can be found here: High Shelf Gaming on YouTube.

HSG also does a gaming podcast. For more Traveller goodness, check out their podcast episode: Traveller: A Space Opera RPG