Friday, October 7, 2016

Z is for Zhodani Courier

"Finished Not Perfect" - Jake Parker

It was a weird coincidence that the night before I started the A-Z Blog Challenge I came across Jake Parker's video on YouTube. He had just posted it that day. "Finished Not Perfect" became a sort of mantra to me over the last month. My initial idea of spending 1 to 3 hours a day was pretty much blown out of the water from the start. Some items posted were already created so they didn't take much time. Other items I had to research extensively before I even started working on them. Some of the ships with 3D model and deck plans have 15 to 20 hours in them. I think I can safely say I've worked past my initial frustration of only creating one post in August. Lots of new ideas were generated along the way. This isn't the end, but I'll be taking a more realistic pace after this.

So here's last entry for the A-Z challenge - my take on the Zhodani Courier. For reference I looked at both the classic Traveller Alien Module 4 - Zhodani and  GURPs' deck plans from their Aliens Races 1 - Zhodani and Vargr. I don't understand why the GURPs deck plan shows the maneuver drives so big or why there isn't a power plant or computer called out.

The engineering areas are completely reworked and I modified several other parts of the GURPs deck plan to make it more to my liking and to get it to conform with the CT book 2 rules. I also replaced the GURPs #$@&%*! hex grid with a proper square grid as nature intended.

For a higher resolution PDF, click this link: (Traveller Starship Deckplan Zhodani Courier). The deckplan was created to be printed out on 30"x42". Scale is 1" = 5'-0" so it can be used with 25mm miniatures. Enjoy!


  1. You can tell that this Courier is meant to work near or in Imperial space what with all the Bilanidin slathered on it. :p

    Congrats on your most excellent and entertaining set of posts, looking forward to more.

  2. I run a PBEM campaign set in 1100 classic era spinward marches and this vessel is a prominent fixture of that campaign. Thank you for your fine work.

    Trouble in the Spinward Marches (CT) Play By Email Campaign

  3. This would've been useful back in my college days in the early '90s: we did a 5th FW campaign as raiders of Zho shipping. The GM came up with his own courier-type vessel, and other than merchants? The courier was a common target.